Give me your favorite "power ballads" from the past 15 years!
February 4, 2019 4:39 PM   Subscribe

I heard Mitski's "Your Best American Girl" recently and thought to myself - I really love the "power ballad" setup of this song, and I wish it would make a bigger comeback! On Wikipedia's entry for power ballad, the newest example is Velvet Revolver's "Fall to Pieces" (2004), which I remember hearing on both rock and Top 40 stations back then. Of course, power ballads had mostly fallen out of fashion by then from their '70s-'80s peak. So, what are your favorite "power ballads" from 2004 or later?
posted by Seeking Direction to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I don't know if it counts as a power ballad and it's 2 years prior to your 2004 cutoff but "A Better Son/Daughter" by Rilo Kiley gives me the power ballad mood pretty deep.
posted by nikaspark at 5:01 PM on February 4 [6 favorites]

You might enjoy Lucius: My Heart Got Caught On Your Sleeve, Go Home

Also I think a lot of Brandi Carlile's music would qualify. The Joke
posted by bananana at 6:12 PM on February 4 [1 favorite]

Sheena Ringo's Gips is a pretty great ballad (sorry it's in Japanese but it still hits like a ton of bricks.)

If you like it, most of her catalog's on Spotify and Apple Music now.
posted by Sokka shot first at 10:23 PM on February 4 [1 favorite]

"See You Again" by Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa is a power ballad, by their own admission.
posted by goatdog at 12:11 AM on February 5 [1 favorite]

Paramore, "The Only Exception"

Bad Wolves, "Zombie" A cover of the Cranberries song.
posted by nicebookrack at 9:28 AM on February 5 [1 favorite]

The New Pornographers put out pretty much an album of them: 2007's Challengers. The standout ones (without SLYT links - sorry, at work):

Go Places

I think their best, word-salad power ballad masterpiece has to be from the follow-up album Together: We End Up Together. Simply a classic.
posted by theseventhstranger at 4:00 PM on February 5 [1 favorite]

We Are Young - Fun, featuring Janelle Monae
posted by obscure simpsons reference at 8:51 PM on February 5 [1 favorite]

The Queen/Kerry Ellis cover of "Defying Gravity", here on their official channel. Very, very different than the Broadway version, and very much a power ballad.
posted by WCityMike at 11:32 AM on February 9 [1 favorite]

Including those cited in the Wikipedia article, Spotify playlist.
posted by WCityMike at 12:47 PM on June 16

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