Which Maiden songs we should consider as a ballads/power ballads ?

R@inmaker

Trooper
how is Wasted Years not being mentioned here more? to me that is THE definitive (if few) Maiden power ballads! all about longing for home and and the love you left behind and of course growing older etc etc
 

chaosapiant

Ancient Marinade
how is Wasted Years not being mentioned here more? to me that is THE definitive (if few) Maiden power ballads! all about longing for home and and the love you left behind and of course growing older etc etc
Wasted Years does not strike me at all as a ballad, or power ballad. Very few of Maiden’s songs do, since they’re almost always just a bit too heavy (wasting love) or a bit too fast (wasted years) to be ballad material.
 

R@inmaker

Trooper
yeah, i guess i'm more just playing along with the "IF you had to label any Maiden songs power ballads..." argument. i agree, Madien has never really done a power ballad or ballad for that matter...just not their thing and probably a big reason why they've always been "true metal" despite trend/fashion etc
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
As far as I can tell, these are Maiden’s ballads:

  • Remember Tomorrow
  • Strange World
  • Prodigal Son
  • Children of the Damned
  • Revelations
  • No Prayer for the Dying
  • Afraid to Shoot Strangers
  • Wasting Love
  • Fortunes of War
  • The Aftermath
  • Judgement of Heaven
  • 2 AM
  • Lightning Strikes Twice
  • The Educated Fool
  • Como Estais Amigos
  • Blood Brothers
  • Dream of Mirrors
  • No More Lies
  • Face in the Sand
  • Journeyman
  • Out of the Shadows
  • Coming Home
  • When the Wild Wind Blows
  • The Man of Sorrows
  • Empire of the Clouds
But there’s room for discussion.
 

MindRuler

Ancient Mariner
That would make one hell of a compilation album! Although I have one question for you: Lightning Strikes Twice a ballad?
 

Travis The Dragon

"Can you see them riding. Riding next to you!"
As far as I can tell, these are Maiden’s ballads:

  • Remember Tomorrow
  • Strange World
  • Prodigal Son
  • Children of the Damned
  • Revelations
  • No Prayer for the Dying
  • Afraid to Shoot Strangers
  • Wasting Love
  • Fortunes of War
  • The Aftermath
  • Judgement of Heaven
  • 2 AM
  • Lightning Strikes Twice
  • The Educated Fool
  • Como Estais Amigos
  • Blood Brothers
  • Dream of Mirrors
  • No More Lies
  • Face in the Sand
  • Journeyman
  • Out of the Shadows
  • Coming Home
  • When the Wild Wind Blows
  • The Man of Sorrows
  • Empire of the Clouds
But there’s room for discussion.

To me a power ballad type song should contain the following: The song should start with a verse-chorus-verse-chorus structure with at least the verses being acoustic only. And the choruses need to have strong, powerful vocal parts/hooks. So, any songs with a slow acoustic intro that turn into electric not long after don't qualify. Songs such as Children Of The Damned and Dream Of Mirrors would qualify since they both have a good part of the song that follows the structure. Now, if you're talking simply a ballad or songs that have good portions of ballad type parts, then songs like No Prayer For The Dying, Afraid To Shoot Strangers and Empire Of The Clouds would qualify. But songs like Revelations, The Aftermath, No More Lies, and Face In The Sand have too much electric guitar in them.
 

Belshazzar

Yer Mum Can't Come
As far as I can tell, these are Maiden’s ballads:

  • Remember Tomorrow
  • Strange World
  • Prodigal Son
  • Children of the Damned
  • Revelations
  • No Prayer for the Dying
  • Afraid to Shoot Strangers
  • Wasting Love
  • Fortunes of War
  • The Aftermath
  • Judgement of Heaven
  • 2 AM
  • Lightning Strikes Twice
  • The Educated Fool
  • Como Estais Amigos
  • Blood Brothers
  • Dream of Mirrors
  • No More Lies
  • Face in the Sand
  • Journeyman
  • Out of the Shadows
  • Coming Home
  • When the Wild Wind Blows
  • The Man of Sorrows
  • Empire of the Clouds
But there’s room for discussion.
As far as I can tell, you have no idea of what a ballad is :cool:
 

Maturin

Sköldpadda
The most power ballad-like Maiden songs I can think of are like... "Wasting Love" and "Coming Home".

Clear-cut power ballads are for me songs like "The Flame" by Cheap Trick and "Alone Again" by Dokken.

In the end though, I don't think Maiden has done any song that's a true power ballad or true anything else.
 
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