In popular culture, it has been brought up time and time again, that one thing which killed Hair Metal was their overblown power ballads. Productions which made Phil Spector's productions look sparse and music videos which cost several millions of dollars to shoot. But to think that with the emergence of Grunge, shoe gaze and Britpop, that Power ballad was over with would be a mistake, because hitting in the feels always works. So here's some nineties power Ballads Nils Lofgren (and the Boss on backing vocal) Valentine Such a beautiful song, a tender ballad. Skunk Anansie - Secretly. Oh boy, talk about a VOICE. Skin should have been a heavy hitter, sadly seemingly nobody remembers her. Blur - Tender Real heartbreak will always be a good source of inspiration. When Blur frontman Damon Albarn and his long time girlfriend Justine Firschman of the band Elastica broke up, it was pretty much Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks all over again. Pretty much the entire "13" album is about that break up. But this song adding some light at the end of the tunnel, a "Thank you" for the times when it all was smooth sailing. Pearl Jam - Oceans Fretless bass, a good dollop of reverb on the drums to make them sound really vast and Eddie Vedder's voice. And I'll close off with an oddball in this list. Pulp - "Something changed" Pulp was one of those "Can't-pin-them-down" bands that emerged, during that time. Were they Indie? Were they Britpop? Were they alt rock? There was no answer except for the fact that they were Pulp. And this swooning song about the uncertanties of life will always be one of my favorites of theirs.