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Ballads were once long stories told in song, given to the tune of minstrels plucking their lutes in days of yore. In the nineteenth century, a ballad came to mean any sentimental song that was popular and well-known to everyone.

Once the great age of music recording arrived in the twentieth century, the songs that were termed as ballads were recognized as being smooth to sing, with a slow tempo and with lyrics that spoke to the emotions of love.


The following classic ballads are presented in no particular order, as each of these sweet songs is universally beloved. Listen to some evergreen songs by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Aaron Neville, Ray Charles & Betty Carter,Moody Blues.

The songs by such great singers will bring out the romantic streak which is hidden somewhere deep down.  Here we have chosen some of the great compositions by the performers we mentioned above. So, just tune in your ears and please your heart.

1. Elvis Presley—“Can’t Help Falling in Love”

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” is one of the more famous Elvis Presley songs, and given the popularity of all the King’s music, that is really saying something. Presley sang the song in his 1961 film, Blue Hawaii, and it shot to the top of the charts soon after. It is frequently sung by various artists even to the present day.

2. Frank Sinatra—“Always”

The smooth sounds of Frank Sinatra, perhaps the greatest crooner of all time, should never be left off a list of popular ballads. “Always” has been a standard since it was first written by Irving Berlin in 1925, but of all the artists who have covered it, none deliver a version quite as iconic as that of Sinatra.

3. Patsy Cline—“I Fall to Pieces”

Patsy Cline is a legend among classic country performers, and “I Fall to Pieces” is perhaps the most-recognized of her hits. Telling the story of a woman who can’t ignore her feelings for a man who doesn’t want them to be together, this song has brought tears to the eyes of many a listener over the decades.

4. Ella Fitzgerald—“My Funny Valentine”

After first appearing in the 1937 Broadway musical Babes in Arms, this song became a popular standard for jazz and blues singers. Nowhere has it been done more justice than with Ella Fitzgerald’s voice, in this beautiful version recorded in 1956.

5. Carpenters—“(They Long to Be) Close to You”

This song, with its well-known opening lyrics, was first recorded in 1963 by Richard Chamberlain, but did not prove to be a major hit. It achieved real success in 1970 with the release of the iconic Carpenters version, and has been covered a number of times since then.

6. Etta James—“At Last”

Most people are unaware of the true age of “At Last,” being familiar with the award-winning 1960 version sung by Etta James. The song was actually written nearly twenty years earlier, in 1941, for inclusion in a musical film called Orchestra Wives. Despite its roots, it is considered a standard in the blues genre.

7. Gordon Lightfoot—“If You Could Read My Mind”

Gordon Lightfoot’s tender, bittersweet song stylings were not well-known outside his native Canada before this song was released, shooting up to #5 on the American charts in 1971. It established Lightfoot south of the border and has been covered by many influential artist from Johnny Cash to Liza Minnelli.

8. Ray Charles & Betty Carter—“Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”

“Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye,” often renamed as “Everytime We Say Goodbye,” was originally written in 1944 by Cole Porter. It did not become a major jazz standard, however, until more than ten years later, but has since been covered many times. Ray Charles and Betty Carter deliver what is perhaps the most iconic version.

9. The Moody Blues—“Nights In White Satin”

Because it is a long song, “Nights In White Satin” gained more success upon its re-release in 1972 than it did in 1967 when it first hit the airwaves. The smooth sound of the song is now famous, as is the short spoken poem, “Late Lament,” that appears in the album recording.

10. Aaron Neville—“Tell It Like It Is”

One of Aaron Neville’s hugest hits, “Tell It Like It Is” sailed near the top of the charts in 1966 and early 1967. It lends itself well to covers, even by non-R&B bands such as the rock duo Heart. The original version, however, remains the favorite among fans of the song.


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