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The best power ballads

From Meatloaf to Whitney, the Ultimate Power team reveal the top ten songs filling their dancefloors

By Amy Smith
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The Ultimate Power club night DJs are bonafide experts in power balladry. Steve Proud and Dave Fawbert have spent the last decade serving euphoric chord changes and epic choruses to packed crowds eager for a bit of Phil Collins and Bonnie Tyler. They rifled through their vast music collection to lay choice tunes down onto a bed of roses just for you. Put the confetti cannons on standby because here are their top 10 ultimate power ballads.

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Top ten ultimate power ballads

Meatloaf, I'd Do Anything For Love

‘I’d Do Anything For Love’ – Meatloaf

‘It’s just the most preposterous song. Like the final “Lord of the Rings” film, there are just so many climactic points. You think it’s finished and it keeps coming back. We play the full 12-minute version. There’s no need to edit perfection.’

Ultimate Power Anthems, Journey

‘Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

‘This is a big starting pistol for the confetti canons. There’s no chorus until about three minutes in, but it’s that good that we can wait for the pay off.’

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Ultimate Power Anthems, Seal

‘Kiss From A Rose’ – Seal

‘It’s got this almost medieval folk song aspect and when the harmonies in the middle eight kick in…it’s just incredible. Every time we play it, I get blown away.'

Ultimate Power Anthems, Bonnie Tyler

‘Total Eclipse of The Heart’ – Bonnie Tyler

‘From the opening three notes, people know that this is what they came for. Those vocals! Bonnie’s on the verge of a nervous breakdown, there’s nothing else like it. The floor is covered in white confetti by the end of this song.’

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Ultimare power anthems, Prince

‘Purple Rain’ – Prince

‘Such amazing production and half the song is just the swirling outro. No way you could play this early on, we always end the night with 15 minutes of  ‘double rain’ – this and Guns and Roses "September Rain".’

Ultimate Power Anthems, Bon Jovi

‘Always’, Bon Jovi

‘You can hear the crowd recognise it in between the third and the fourth tom of the drum fill at the start. It’s unabashedly romantic. It’s that sentiment everyone wants to hear. Phenonmenal.’

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Ultimate Power Anthems, Bryan Adams

‘Everything I Do’, Bryan Adams

‘This was the soundtrack to summer 1991, you could not escape it. We play the full-length version. You think it’s finished and then there’s this massive guitar solo and we storm back in and, fucking hell, it’s a rollercoaster of a song.’

Ultimate Power Anthems, Phil Collins

‘Against All Odds’ – Phil Collins

‘He’s not the world’s best singer but oh my god the lyrics on this one, we’ve all been there, literally bleeding. It’s brilliant – like watching a giant lemon being squeezed with all the sadness and anger and hope dripping out.’

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Ultimate Power Anthems, Queen

‘We Are The Champions’ – Queen

‘It’s Freddie with the ultimate pomp, the curtain call. It’s an incredibly bombastic track with a giant chorus. Peak Freddie.’

Ultimate Power Anthems, Whitney Houston

‘I Have Nothing’ – Whitney Houston

‘Her vocal is incredible, she’s just laying herself open and at the climax everyone is screaming at the top of their lungs. Mindblowing.’

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