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An emotional hard rock/heavy metal song, often with a slow tempo, dramatic sung vocals, and many instruments, including acoustic ones and synthesizers. Power ballads usually start soft, then heaviness builds up with drums and heavy electric guitars.
In the eighties, almost every metal band had its power ballad.
by CraftTheMushy August 15, 2015
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trademark of heavy metal bands of the 80's that is making a comeback. an acoustic rock song with heavy guitar.
" every rose has its thorn is a power ballad by poison, outside is one by staind"
by cody July 01, 2003
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The musical equivalent of an orgasm. Originated/popularized in the 70s by bands such as Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Generally longer than average rock songs and often consist of a variety of instruments, not just guitars and drums.
Stairway to Heaven, Free Bird, Dream on, and November Rain are all great power ballads
by himomareyouproudofme March 31, 2010
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A form of heavy metal music in which the listener is tempted to pump their fist into the air repeatedly synchronized with the emotional impact said song inflicts upon the listener.
"Mandy, do you know what a power ballad is?"
"No, I could try to explain it but really I have no idea what I'm talking about Stephen."
by Stephonzo August 14, 2008
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1. any song written by a hairband that is sung and not screamed.

2. any song that creates suicidal thoughts in teenage girls of the 80's.

3. any song that played at a prom from 1981-1995.
example of a power ballad as follows: November rain, anything for love, eternal flame.
by shortikat February 17, 2012
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