Previous chapter
Next chapter

Chapter 178: I Could Fall In Love

Pop ballads

My favorite thing about these pop ballads, and the quality that makes them polarizing, is how heavy they ladle on the sentiment. Bryan Adams is so certain you’ll be moved by the climax of “Everything I Do” that he lets the coda play out for a full 2:30. Bette Midler’s devout “Wings” earns those showoffy buoyant flourishes at the end. Even Andrea Bocelli gets out-opera’d in this set by Mariah Carey’s fireworks on “Hero.” The emotions are so big they're almost exhausting, but that’s fitting for a song like “Silent All These Years,” and its portrait of a woman at the end of her rope.
1. Bryan Adams

(Everything I Do) I Do It for You

2. Sarah McLachlan


3. Don Henley

The End of the Innocence

4. Bette Midler

Wind Beneath My Wings

5. Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman

Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò)

6. Tori Amos

Silent All These Years

7. Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Almost Blue

8. Mariah Carey


9. The Pretenders

I'll Stand By You

10. Selena

I Could Fall In Love