SPOTIFY: The Greatest Rock Ballads In The World… Ever!

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Many people will know that I am someone who has a huge appreciation for music, and that it’s rare for me not to actually have music around me.

And, whilst I absolutely adore my musical theatre stuff, I equally love my 70s and 80s rock music (and it was actually this genre of songs that were very prominent in my teenage years, and these that I can link a lot of memories to).

This album was a 1995 compilation by Virgin Records, back when every other day there seemed to be another one of these The Greatest in the World…. Ever! albums released.

All of these songs from the original compilation album are classics:

1. Kind Of Magic – Queen
2. Girl Like You – Collins, Edwyn
3. Over My Shoulder – Mike & The Mechanics
4. Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealer’s Wheel
5. Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac
6. Heaven Is A Place On Earth – Carlisle, Belinda
7. Dignity – Deacon Blue
8. Road To Hell (2) – Rea, Chris
9. I Wish It Would Rain Down – Collins, Phil
10. Romeo And Juliet – Dire Straits
11. Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House
12. Waiting For A Girl Like You – Foreigner
13. I’ll Stand By You – Pretenders
14. Show Me Heaven – McKee, Maria
15. Eternal Flame – Bangles
16. Oh Yeah (On The Radio) – Roxy Music
17. Drive – Cars
18. Wind Of Change – Scorpions
19. To Be With You – Mr. Big
20. Heaven Help – Kravitz, Lenny
21. I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) – Meat Loaf
22. If I Could Turn Back Time – Cher
23. Is This Love – Whitesnake
24. Black Velvet – Myles, Alannah
25. Days – MacColl, Kirsty
26. Pure – Lightning Seeds
27. Mary’s Prayer – Danny Wilson
28. Valerie – Winwood, Steve
29. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – Police
30. Rosanna – Toto
31. Keep On Lovin’ You – REO Speedwagon
32. Hard To Say I’m Sorry – Chicago
33. Follow You Follow Me – Genesis
34. Walking In Memphis – Cohen, Marc
35. Missing You – Waite, John
36. I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight – Cutting Crew
37. Kayleigh – Marillion
38. Babe – Styx
39. Listen To Your Heart – Roxette
40. Right Here Waiting – Marx, Richard

Therefore, for Spotify users, I thought that it’d be great to share with you one of the albums that really started it all off for me, and to give you guys chance to help me update it with your favourite rock ballads too!
(yes, it’s collaborative!)

Enjoy, and look forward to listening to your contributions!


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About Gari

Northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

6 Responses

  1. After a cursory glance, I reckon no more than 50% of these tracks could really qualify as a rock ballad in the strcit sense of the word.
    Don’t stop is a shuffle!!! Kind of magic isnt a ballad, neither is Oh yeah really, nor stuck in the middle with you. Valerie? a ballad? nooooo.

    Definite rock ballads here are:

    Is this love
    Missing you
    To be with you.
    Waiting for a girl like you

    Lightning seeds, danny wilson marc cohn…ROCK?? no way!

    Its interesting how little these record company compilationists know or care about their product or indeed their audience.

    Anyway, there’s my two cents worth!


  2. haha! -the really funny thing is, I know “Mrs Loud” on the Meat Loaf track personally! Her name’s Lorraine Crosby and we sang together once for a mutual friend’s birthday! Just never liked Meaty too much though 🙂 Some Chris Rea I like, I just find road to hell a bit ‘slit your wrists!”


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