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.
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.
Freebird is rich, but I am overplayed on that. I guess it isn’t fair.
How can any beat Gordon Lighfoot’s ..Edmund Fitzgerald..hey , no brainer...
I like a lot of Zep but I’ve always hated Stairway to Heaven.
BAD TASTE THREAD PING!
I ain’t a vet but I like the ballad of the Green Beret!
No Freebird, no Sink the Bismarck....bah
This is Engelbert’s greatest ballad
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.
just bought the dvd of the movie from amazon. can’t wait to see it again. wow so long ago...
Mine is exactly like this except I have body colored roof and roof rack. I also have the ultra rare wire hubcaps.
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
"See You In September"......The origional was The Tempos.
We all went to Duquesne University.
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.
It’s been a while since I heard “For No One.” Came across it earlier in the week. A terrific song.
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
The list is large.
“You Send Me” (1957) - Sam Cooke
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!
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
Where have you been where its played 600 times in the past two days - Japan? I know they love it there.
me too. I post that on my fb every two months or so
Heh, I never dug that one, either.