Valentine’s Day, the time of year when love and romance are in the air, is all about expressing deepest feelings and showering your loved ones with tokens of affection. But who said it has to be all about syrupy pop songs and swooning R&B melodies? For those who prefer the intensity and raw emotion of heavy metal, we’ve compiled the top 10 heavy metal ballads for a truly headbanging Valentine’s Day. Let’s dive in!

  1. Scorpions Love At First Sting

    Scorpions – Love At First Sting

    Still Loving You” by Scorpions: A true classic, no heavy metal ballads list is complete without this anthemic masterpiece from the German hard rock band. The heartfelt lyrics and piercing guitar solos make it a perfect Valentine’s Day anthem for the rockers. The combination of the hard punch with the softer side of the band is a perfect hit.

  2. Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica: Known for their hard-hitting metal tracks, Metallica also has a softer side as exemplified in this soulful ballad. It’s about trusting your heart and standing by your love, a fitting sentiment for Valentine’s Day. Love it or hate it, the Black Album is Metallica’s largest contribution to the metal world and this song was right there behind Enter Sandman.
  3. Love Bites” by Def Leppard: This power ballad is the perfect blend of heavy metal and romance. The soaring vocals and killer guitar riffs, coupled with lyrics about love’s intensity, make it a must-play on Valentine’s Day. Even after all these years, it’s still a fan favourite at concerts.
  4. Is This Love” by Whitesnake: This love anthem is a staple in the heavy metal scene. With its powerful lyrics about longing and powerful guitar work, it’s a sure-shot heart-melter. David Coverdale was at his peak when this song came out and it shows in the passionate delivery.
  5. Scorpions Love At First Sting

    Motley Crue – Dr. Feelgood

    Without You” by Mötley Crüe: This love ballad’s powerful lyrics about missing the one you love are sure to tug at your heartstrings and make you appreciate your significant other even more. Mick Mars rocks that steel guitar. In the Dr. Feelgood album’s liner notes, the composition is said to be about Tommy Lee’s relationship with Heather Locklear.

  6. I Remember You” by Skid Row: A powerhouse of emotion, this ballad is all about nostalgia and love. It’s a perfect track to reminisce over past memories with your partner. Sebastian Bach’s voice is in his prime here and he captures the essence of not only the era, but the defining sound of the voice behind Skid Row.
  7. Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses: This iconic rockin’ ballad with its unforgettable opening riff is a tribute to pure, innocent love, making it an ideal Valentine’s Day anthem. Although not a ballad in the traditional sense, the sentiment it sends has helped bond many relationships.
  8. Armageddon soundtrack

    Armageddon soundtrack

    I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith: While it might lean more towards rock than heavy metal, no one can deny the romantic power this song holds. It’s a promise to cherish every moment with your loved one and a key moment in the film soundtrack it comes from, Armageddon.

  9. More than Words” by Extreme: This song, with its poignant lyrics and beautiful acoustic melody, is a beautiful testament to the power of love beyond words. Nuno Bettencourt’s guitar work is stellar in this song and inspired many young guitarists to pick up an acoustic guitar.
  10. KISS Forever music video

    KISS Forever music video

    Forever” by KISS: Rounding off the list is this timeless ballad from KISS. With its beautiful lyrics about eternal love, it’s the perfect song to dedicate to your partner this Valentine’s Day. Written by Paul Stanley and Michael Bolton, it captures the best of both their musical worlds.

Each of these songs tells a different story about love and the emotions that come with it. They allow you to express your feelings in a unique way, breaking away from the traditional Valentine’s Day tunes.


“Still Loving You” and “Nothing Else Matters” show us that love can be enduring and resilient, even against all odds. This sentiment is echoed in “Without You” and “I Remember You”, which remind us of the heartache that comes with being away from the one you love.

“Love Bites” and “Is This Love” perfectly encapsulate the intensity and passion of love. These ballads, with their powerful guitar solos and emotive lyrics, are perfect for those wanting to express their love in a more intense and passionate way.

“Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” celebrate the joys of love and the desire to cherish every moment with your loved one. These songs are ideal for those who want to express their deep appreciation for their partners.

“More than Words” and “Forever” remind us that love goes beyond the physical. These songs, with their heartfelt lyrics about eternal love and love beyond words, are perfect for those wanting to express their deep emotional commitment to their partners.

So there you have it! The top 10 heavy metal ballads for a rockin’ Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re expressing your undying love, reminiscing over past memories, or simply enjoying the powerful emotion that these songs bring, one thing’s for sure – you’ll be headbanging to the rhythm of love. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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