Skip to comments.Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Best Ballads of All Time
Posted on 05/13/2011 9:14:29 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
Last week we asked our readers to vote for their favorite ballad or slow jam of all time. Votes were all over the place from tracks by Pearl Jam to Elvis Presley to Lionel Richie. In the end it was very close, and there was a tie so we had to expand our standard top 10 to a top 12. If this survey has reinforced anything, it's that our readers really, really love Led Zeppelin.
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1. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
2. Something by the Beatles
3. Wild Horses by Rolling Stones
4. November Rain by Guns N' Roses
5. Let it Be by the Beatles.
Bleh. Zep is overplayed and overrated. You’re better off with bands with truly original ideas (e.g. Purple, Heep, Sabbath) from that era. (Yes, they did ballads; Heep’s cover of “Come Away Melinda” from their first album is quite the classic.)
Love Reign O’er Me - The Who
Dust in the Wind by Kansas.
No Roy Orbison or James Taylor, no Little Feat or Al Stewart, no mention at all of Hendrix’s “Little Wing” or “Hey Joe”?
Yeesh, who reads RS these days?
When a person thinks of ballads, they probably think of Barry Manilow or Peter Cetera.
But there is one artist who’s done only a few ballads over the years and his were great sounding.
Yes, seriously. For those of you who’ve never heard one of his ballads, click on these YouTube links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbGM3zGb918 - I Never Cry
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd4s3xmP7lI - How You Gonna See Me Now?
A few years ago, I played “I never Cry” for some of the younger guys at work. They had no idea it was Alice Cooper. They thought he sounded great.
I think Looking Glass had a damn fine one with “Brandy”.
Never beat Roy and Dales “Happy Trails to you”
no Freebird in the top 5,,, philistines,,
Just, please...nobody say, “Beth.” That song is an embarrassment to KISS.
Heard it in a Love Song - Marshall Tucker Band.
What? No “Wang-Dang Sweet Poontang”?
At 7 minutes plus you got your moneys worth. I threw this 8-track in driving the Vista Cruiser yesterday and my wife and daughter got cranky. Screw them.
I have my “Nuge Java” cap nearby.
Wife and daughter need the Donna Summer cover.
If you want to get serious “The Ballad of Curtis Lowe” is very good.
Jimmy Webb could alone place 5 out of 10 on the list.
Welll, there really is nothing bad from them IMO.