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Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Best Ballads of All Time
Rolling Stone Magazine ^ | Andy Greene

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: ballads; ledzeppelin; music; rockandroll
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The top five is:

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.

1 posted on 05/13/2011 9:14:34 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

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.)


2 posted on 05/13/2011 9:16:38 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: ConservativeStatement

Love Reign O’er Me - The Who


3 posted on 05/13/2011 9:20:55 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ConservativeStatement
This is for "ballads" right?

Dust in the Wind by Kansas.

4 posted on 05/13/2011 9:20:55 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: ConservativeStatement
Davy, Davy Crockett,
King of the wild frontier!

5 posted on 05/13/2011 9:22:50 PM PDT by I see my hands (Shred 'til you're dead)
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To: dfwgator
I agree. What a great song....what a great album.
6 posted on 05/13/2011 9:24:05 PM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Wow.

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?


7 posted on 05/13/2011 9:24:35 PM PDT by DemforBush
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To: All

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.

Alice Cooper.

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.


8 posted on 05/13/2011 9:25:14 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: ConservativeStatement

I think Looking Glass had a damn fine one with “Brandy”.


9 posted on 05/13/2011 9:26:17 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: I see my hands

Never beat Roy and Dales “Happy Trails to you”


10 posted on 05/13/2011 9:26:41 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: ConservativeStatement

no Freebird in the top 5,,, philistines,,


11 posted on 05/13/2011 9:27:23 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: DemforBush

Just, please...nobody say, “Beth.” That song is an embarrassment to KISS.


12 posted on 05/13/2011 9:27:36 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: dfwgator

Heard it in a Love Song - Marshall Tucker Band.


13 posted on 05/13/2011 9:29:09 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

What? No “Wang-Dang Sweet Poontang”?


14 posted on 05/13/2011 9:29:26 PM PDT by TomServo
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To: ConservativeStatement
MacArther Park. If this is not on their radar, they are way too high

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2U-6sahf9s

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.

15 posted on 05/13/2011 9:29:58 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: TomServo

I have my “Nuge Java” cap nearby.


16 posted on 05/13/2011 9:30:10 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: Lazlo in PA

Wife and daughter need the Donna Summer cover.


17 posted on 05/13/2011 9:31:22 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: DesertRhino

If you want to get serious “The Ballad of Curtis Lowe” is very good.


18 posted on 05/13/2011 9:31:57 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Jimmy Webb could alone place 5 out of 10 on the list.


19 posted on 05/13/2011 9:33:22 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: eyedigress

Welll, there really is nothing bad from them IMO.


20 posted on 05/13/2011 9:34:12 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I agree with Olog-hai. BLEH!!

On New Years Eve night in 1979, Kasey Kasum of immemorial memory - a great disc jockey! - featured the greatest song of the 70s. Listen and watch while this ballad, from 1977. is sung. This is a truly great ballad sung by a lovely woman!

The singer was Debbie Boone, and the song, You Light Up My Life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b07-yKnKRMQ&feature=related


21 posted on 05/13/2011 9:35:09 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NOT FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: DesertRhino

Freebird is rich, but I am overplayed on that. I guess it isn’t fair.


22 posted on 05/13/2011 9:35:32 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Lazlo in PA
If you want to go for broke...


23 posted on 05/13/2011 9:35:54 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Good pick!


24 posted on 05/13/2011 9:35:58 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: M-cubed
If by never you mean always then you're right.

For the kids out there.


25 posted on 05/13/2011 9:36:16 PM PDT by I see my hands (Embrace Misanthropy)
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To: All

How can any beat Gordon Lighfoot’s ..Edmund Fitzgerald..hey , no brainer...


26 posted on 05/13/2011 9:36:42 PM PDT by merryberry (just like that..they took it away! (former car dealer said to me as i watched on cspan))
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To: Olog-hai

I like a lot of Zep but I’ve always hated Stairway to Heaven.


27 posted on 05/13/2011 9:37:14 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: MplsSteve
I wonder if the younger guys you played I Never Cry for scratched their heads about the line "The TV was dead and gone". No one under the age of 30 has seen the Stare Spangled Banner played and a test pattern on TV in their life.


28 posted on 05/13/2011 9:37:29 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Feelins!
29 posted on 05/13/2011 9:37:32 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: ConservativeStatement; a fool in paradise; JoeProBono; Daffynition; Slings and Arrows

BAD TASTE THREAD PING!


30 posted on 05/13/2011 9:39:07 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I ain’t a vet but I like the ballad of the Green Beret!


31 posted on 05/13/2011 9:39:41 PM PDT by Always Independent
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To: ConservativeStatement

No Freebird, no Sink the Bismarck....bah


32 posted on 05/13/2011 9:40:34 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: ConservativeStatement
I watched the video of Let It Be from the link (great song)- it's sad to see what liberalism did to shuch a fine enterprise that was once the Beatles
33 posted on 05/13/2011 9:40:55 PM PDT by JD91
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To: SatinDoll
Anything by Ambrosia works...

You're The Only Woman

34 posted on 05/13/2011 9:40:55 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

This is Engelbert’s greatest ballad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPTXVqETBM4&feature=related


35 posted on 05/13/2011 9:41:12 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ConservativeStatement

I found YouTube to be an excellent tool to learn how to play all of these songs on guitar. Thousands of teachers with lessons.

I learned how to play “Pinball Wizard” on guitar tonight at Privettricker’s YouTube channel! That guy covers it all-—Beatles, Stones, Zep, Sabbath, one hit wonder groups, lesser known artists, he’s got it all. He must have posted 800 lessons now. There’s many other guitarists, pianists on YouTube showing you how to play all those songs.


36 posted on 05/13/2011 9:41:23 PM PDT by Tea Party Reveler
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To: SatinDoll

just bought the dvd of the movie from amazon. can’t wait to see it again. wow so long ago...


37 posted on 05/13/2011 9:41:56 PM PDT by merryberry (just like that..they took it away! (former car dealer said to me as i watched on cspan))
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To: buccaneer81
Got that covered but I wasn't in the mood. Got way too many 8-tracks floating around that midsize Station Wagon.

Mine is exactly like this except I have body colored roof and roof rack. I also have the ultra rare wire hubcaps.

38 posted on 05/13/2011 9:42:17 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: SatinDoll

you light up my life????? after hearing it 600 times in 2 days all i can say is blechhhh the radio stations really killed that one forever


39 posted on 05/13/2011 9:43:36 PM PDT by Craftmore
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To: ConservativeStatement
Feelines! (This version almost saves it.)
40 posted on 05/13/2011 9:43:39 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Lazlo in PA
The best: "Since I Don't Have You". ......Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners..............Pittsburgers All.

"See You In September"......The origional was The Tempos.
We all went to Duquesne University.

41 posted on 05/13/2011 9:43:46 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

I’m with you, Psycho_Bunny:

Always found ‘Stairway To Heaven’ depressing and dismal. Much prefer ‘Hot Dog’.

By the way, where’s Janis Joplin’s ‘Me And Bobby McGee’?

Just thought I’d ask.

Jack.


42 posted on 05/13/2011 9:44:13 PM PDT by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Resident FReeper Kitty Poem /Haiku Guy)
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To: JD91

It’s been a while since I heard “For No One.” Came across it earlier in the week. A terrific song.


43 posted on 05/13/2011 9:44:24 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

Good Post. We are likely to remember many songs by the input of fellow FReepers young and a tad older.

Dock of the Bay

Alone Again Naturally

Midnite Train to Georgia

Wichita Lineman

The list is large.


44 posted on 05/13/2011 9:45:29 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

“You Send Me” (1957) - Sam Cooke

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqzv1ZS6uZs


45 posted on 05/13/2011 9:45:30 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: Tea Party Reveler
I found YouTube to be an excellent tool to learn how to play all of these songs on guitar

Keep learning your chops on the guitar any way you can - it sounds like this is your passion! you will do well and be better for it!

46 posted on 05/13/2011 9:45:48 PM PDT by JD91
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To: DemforBush
BTW, 10 ballads that, while maybe not the 10 greatest ever, are at least as good as anything RS's poll put out:

Hendrix - Little Wing

The Guess Who - These Eyes

Rolling Stones -Winter

Bob Dylan - Knocking on Heaven's Door

Rainbow - Catch the Rainbow

The Twilight Singers - The Lure Would Prove Too Much

The Eagles - Best of My Love

Pink Floyd - Stay

ZZ Top - Hot, Blue, and Righteous

Mazzy Star - Fade into You

47 posted on 05/13/2011 9:45:48 PM PDT by DemforBush
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To: Craftmore

Where have you been where its played 600 times in the past two days - Japan? I know they love it there.


48 posted on 05/13/2011 9:46:21 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NOT FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: Always Independent

me too. I post that on my fb every two months or so


49 posted on 05/13/2011 9:46:21 PM PDT by merryberry (just like that..they took it away! (former car dealer said to me as i watched on cspan))
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To: buccaneer81

Heh, I never dug that one, either.


50 posted on 05/13/2011 9:46:39 PM PDT by DemforBush
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