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The most common use of the term ballad in modern pop music is for an emotional love song.
During the 1970s, the power ballad was developed by rock bands as an emotional song, generally focused on love, delivered with powerful vocals and using rock instruments, particularly electric guitars, keyboards and drums. According to music essayist and author Charles Aaron, power ballads came into existence in the early 1970s, when rock stars attempted to be introspective and sensitive. In 1976, the power ballad broke into the top 40: “earlier songs like (Led Zeppelin’s) Stairway To Heaven, (Aerosmith’s) Dream On, and (Lynyrd Skynyrd’s) Free Bird had a new lease on life”. He cites Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home” as the power ballad that popularized the style in the 1980s The song aired frequently on MTV in 1985 becoming the most requested video for four months straight and the most requested video on the station in its history up to that time. Other notable examples include Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is” (1984) Heart’s “What About Love” (1985) and Whitesnake’s “Is This Love” (1987).
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