If Wishes Came True by Sweet Sensation

Power ballads have been around for decades.  Some of the best known songs of all time could fall into that category.  (“Stairway to Heaven”, anyone?)  Quite honestly, most of the songs that would be classified as power ballads would be most at home on classic rock stations, and there are many that still get lots of airplay.  With that said, there have been power ballads from groups whose music was of a different type entirely.  Could you, for example, picture a power ballad from a group best known for freestyle dance music?

Enter Sweet Sensation.

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Monkey by George Michael

2016 has not been a good year, if you judge years based on how many pop superstars died.  The last week of December brought the news that George Michael died on Christmas Day.  Though it has been a while since Mr. Michael hit the charts, his music still gets a fair amount of airplay, continuing to introduce him to a whole new generation and thereby making it that much more of a shock for so many when they heard of his death.

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