'80s music is known for big hair bands and killer guitar solos. The popularity of metal and hard rock definitely reached its peak during the decade and even occasionally appeared into the Top 40. The chart success of bands like Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, and Guns N' Roses seemed to influence pop music in that, ballads started featuring some great guitar solos. In other cases, some rock bands just seemed to have a niche for producing power ballads and being somewhat sneaky with their electric guitar work.
Let's explore several cheesy '80s ballads and rank their guitar solos on a surprise factor scale of 1-10:
Cutting Crew "I've Been In Love Before" (1987) - There were a few '80s bands from England to make a splash across the pond that I would classify outside the new wave and punk genres. You can definitely hear some synth elements in Cutting Crew's first and highest-charting single "(I Just Died) In Your Arms", but also features some great guitar work. I've always enjoyed their follow-up ballad which has a nice mix of mellow and power throughout including a great solo (at 3:13) and at the end. Surprise factor: 7/10