Much to the detriment of my soul, and my mother, when the mid-late 80’s came around, I started banging my head to the likes of Motley Crue, Poison, Ratt, Bon Jovi, Cinderella, Ozzy, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, etc…

That was over 20 years ago and I still love them all. I have even found new hard rock bands to love, but the previously mentioned bands will always been my favorites and will always hold a special place in my heart.

One thing about them that I always loved was they could write/sing/play ballads like no one else. Their guitar riffs, while maybe not the best, always got to me. Ever. I’ve listened to music from the earliest recordings to current and I don’t think any era comes close to the ballads of the the 80’s hair bands.

I went to see all these bands live and many others. Concert tickets back then were a mere $15, sometimes as little as $12. I pay that just in parking now for shows. And we won’t discuss the actual ticket prices currently. They are astronomical and while the shows are sometimes good, the assigned seating and alcohol drinking leaves a lot to be desired.

Music in general is special to me. It’s where most of my inspiration comes from for the books I write. Some old songs, some new songs, some classics, some very obscure. But, I can get lost in the 80’s. Following are some of the ballads that still give me chills…

This was not a ballad but it always gives me chills. Randy Rhoads was completely amazing.

What ballad, from any era, gives you chills?

~lissa