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What are your favorite love ballads of all time?

Whether they’re about falling in love or loving family or falling out of love, which ballads about love are your favorite?

I have to say I adore Songbird by Fleetwood Mac. It’s so beautiful and I love the melody and arrangement. I also love the pretty vocals. Great song. I can listen to this song all the time. Calms me down, actually.

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by Anonymousreply 170Yesterday at 3:29 AM

the Mamas and the Papas

by Anonymousreply 1Last Wednesday at 1:29 PM

oops wrong thread

by Anonymousreply 2Last Wednesday at 1:30 PM

Harry Nilsson's Don't Forget Me

It brings tears to my eyes.

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by Anonymousreply 3Last Wednesday at 1:31 PM

Talking Heads This Must Be The Place hits all the notes for me.

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by Anonymousreply 4Last Wednesday at 1:34 PM

Angel from Montgomery

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by Anonymousreply 5Last Wednesday at 1:34 PM

This Used to be my Playground

Justify My Love

You’ll See

Take a Bow

Forbidden Love

Love Don’t Live Here Anymore

Loving for Love

Love Profusion

I’ll Remember

Love Tried to Welcome Me...

Just to name a few...

by Anonymousreply 6Last Wednesday at 1:38 PM

Endless Love

Close to You

Wonderful World

The Way We Were

by Anonymousreply 7Last Wednesday at 1:40 PM

What do you think of John Legend’s All of me ?

by Anonymousreply 8Last Wednesday at 1:41 PM

Genesis by Quah from 1974. God, it hurts to listen -- the one that got away in college.

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by Anonymousreply 9Last Wednesday at 1:43 PM

A list at R6 of some of the most terrible songs ever recorded

by Anonymousreply 10Last Wednesday at 1:44 PM

Lost in love

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by Anonymousreply 11Last Wednesday at 1:45 PM

Love the harmonies on this one, and the lyrics are wistful without veering into schmaltz (unlike some of her subsequent ballads...)

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by Anonymousreply 12Last Wednesday at 1:46 PM

This from the Carpenters

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by Anonymousreply 13Last Wednesday at 1:49 PM

Honestly, Shadow by Britney

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by Anonymousreply 14Last Wednesday at 1:49 PM

Angie? Rolling Stones.

by Anonymousreply 15Last Wednesday at 1:50 PM

Not a love ballad, but it got me through a terrible breakup and introduced me to my husband. So yeah -- love.

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by Anonymousreply 16Last Wednesday at 1:52 PM

You light up my life

by Anonymousreply 17Last Wednesday at 1:57 PM

From Camelot ‘I loved you once in silence’

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by Anonymousreply 18Last Wednesday at 2:00 PM

Love Ballad

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by Anonymousreply 19Last Wednesday at 2:04 PM

I truly feel that Elton John's "Blue Eyes" is one of the most beautiful songs ever written:

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by Anonymousreply 20Last Wednesday at 2:23 PM

I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston

by Anonymousreply 21Last Wednesday at 2:27 PM

Janet Jackson - "Again":

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by Anonymousreply 22Last Wednesday at 2:31 PM

Open Arms by Journey

by Anonymousreply 23Last Wednesday at 2:31 PM

"Valerie" by Steve Winwood:

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by Anonymousreply 24Last Wednesday at 2:34 PM

Starship - "Sara":

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by Anonymousreply 25Last Wednesday at 2:35 PM

"Ballerina Girl" by Lionel Richie:

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by Anonymousreply 26Last Wednesday at 2:39 PM

"Penny Lover" by Lionel Richie:

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by Anonymousreply 27Last Wednesday at 2:40 PM

Stylistics

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by Anonymousreply 28Last Wednesday at 2:41 PM

Michael Jackson - "You Are Not Alone":

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by Anonymousreply 29Last Wednesday at 2:43 PM

"If" by Bread.

by Anonymousreply 30Last Wednesday at 2:45 PM

"The End of the Innocence" by Don Henley:

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by Anonymousreply 31Last Wednesday at 2:45 PM

"Goodbye Girl" by Bread:

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by Anonymousreply 32Last Wednesday at 2:47 PM

"Nobody Knows" by the Tony Rich Project:

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by Anonymousreply 33Last Wednesday at 2:50 PM
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by Anonymousreply 34Last Wednesday at 2:52 PM

Penny Lover is such a glorious and sweet love song. Gives me goosebumps every time I hear it.

Lionel Richie had such a good feel for melodie.

by Anonymousreply 35Last Wednesday at 2:55 PM

As far as love songs go, I can't think of a more perfect recording than this one:

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by Anonymousreply 36Last Wednesday at 2:56 PM

Roberta Flack ‘First time ever I saw your face’

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by Anonymousreply 37Last Wednesday at 2:59 PM

Sam Smith - insert song

by Anonymousreply 38Last Wednesday at 3:02 PM

Perfection

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by Anonymousreply 39Last Wednesday at 3:02 PM

Missing You

Another Lionel Richie classic, sung by the amazing Diana Ross.

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by Anonymousreply 40Last Wednesday at 3:03 PM

B.J.

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by Anonymousreply 41Last Wednesday at 3:06 PM

r40 my favorite song sung by Diana 💗

by Anonymousreply 42Last Wednesday at 3:07 PM

Damn, y'all gonna have me in this thread all night. Great choices!

by Anonymousreply 43Last Wednesday at 3:09 PM

Roberta’s cover of the Stephen Bishop classic is pretty wonderful.

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by Anonymousreply 44Last Wednesday at 3:14 PM

Now That I Have You - Luther Vandross

One of his lesser known songs, a gorgeous big ballad, very melodious and Luther on top of his vocal prowess.

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by Anonymousreply 45Last Wednesday at 3:15 PM

When my husband and I got married 5 years ago, this was our first dance song. Both of our parents played it when we were kids and we both loved it.

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by Anonymousreply 46Last Wednesday at 3:23 PM

Another town Another train

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by Anonymousreply 47Last Wednesday at 3:30 PM

Ugh - I wish I had a huckleberry friend, too. Congrats R46. What year did you guys get married?

by Anonymousreply 48Last Wednesday at 3:32 PM

Oops didn’t see the five years ago, R46. Never mind.

by Anonymousreply 49Last Wednesday at 3:33 PM

Peter Paul and Mary “Leaving on a jet plane”

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by Anonymousreply 50Last Wednesday at 3:33 PM

I Eat His Babies by Princess Vitarah

by Anonymousreply 51Last Wednesday at 3:33 PM

In The Dark W/You is a gem of a song by Greg Brown

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by Anonymousreply 52Last Wednesday at 4:38 PM

I’m fond of the old chestnut ‘Hey There,’ from The Pajama Game. The reprise sung by Miss Doris Day tugs at my heartstrings.

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by Anonymousreply 53Last Wednesday at 4:50 PM
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by Anonymousreply 54Last Wednesday at 4:54 PM

Della Reese - Don't You Know

Never been a big fan of either her or the opera-to-pop adaptations that were popular in the late 50's/early 60's, but this one hits me in all the feels.

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by Anonymousreply 55Last Wednesday at 5:50 PM

A DL favorite

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by Anonymousreply 56Last Wednesday at 6:46 PM

R56, as a companion to yours, here's another great one:

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by Anonymousreply 57Last Wednesday at 6:50 PM

Prince "Adore"

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by Anonymousreply 58Last Wednesday at 6:51 PM

[quote]”The End of the Innocence" by Don Henley

I never thought of that as a love song, but I love it. For a lost-love song, my fave is Henley’s “The Heart of the Matter.”

by Anonymousreply 59Last Wednesday at 7:01 PM

This is exquisite:

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by Anonymousreply 60Last Wednesday at 7:07 PM

And so is this:

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by Anonymousreply 61Last Wednesday at 7:08 PM

Just Like Heaven

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by Anonymousreply 62Last Wednesday at 7:14 PM

Fade Into You by Sam Palladio & Claire Bowen

by Anonymousreply 63Last Wednesday at 7:17 PM

Muskrat Love

by Anonymousreply 64Last Wednesday at 7:21 PM

Here's another version of "Leaving on Jet Plane."

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by Anonymousreply 65Last Wednesday at 7:24 PM

I always thought Bread's "Everything I Own" was a nice little love song, until I realized David Gates is singing about his dead father, not a love interest. Now viewed through that prism, it's become one of my favorite songs.

by Anonymousreply 66Last Wednesday at 7:24 PM
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by Anonymousreply 67Last Wednesday at 7:27 PM

Only the most romantic and melodic song ever....

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by Anonymousreply 68Last Wednesday at 7:39 PM

Nothing breaks my heart like this song. "We've been through hell together..."

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by Anonymousreply 69Last Wednesday at 7:41 PM

...except maybe this song.

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by Anonymousreply 70Last Wednesday at 7:44 PM
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by Anonymousreply 71Last Wednesday at 7:54 PM

Bee Gees "To Love Somebody"

by Anonymousreply 72Last Wednesday at 8:11 PM

We Built This City

by Anonymousreply 73Last Wednesday at 8:13 PM

Hooked on a Feeling - BJ Thomas

by Anonymousreply 74Last Wednesday at 8:14 PM

The Eagles: I Can't Tell You Why

by Anonymousreply 75Last Wednesday at 8:15 PM

Even though Ghost almost ruined it,this is still my favorite love song ever. One of my earliest memories was standing on my mothers feet as she danced me around the living room .

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by Anonymousreply 76Last Wednesday at 8:16 PM

one of the best song of the 90's , unbreak my heart by toni braxton

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by Anonymousreply 77Last Wednesday at 8:16 PM

you'll see by madona

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by Anonymousreply 78Last Wednesday at 8:21 PM

I Have Dreamed from The King & I - Sinatra

TIny Dancer - Elton John

Stone In Love With You by The Stylistics

She's Got You Patsy Kline

One Step - Aretha

Take a Bow : Madonna

Skylark Linda Ronstadt

In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning - Sinatra

by Anonymousreply 79Last Wednesday at 8:27 PM

Do You Remember? by Phil Collins

by Anonymousreply 80Last Wednesday at 8:35 PM

Say something, haunts me.

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by Anonymousreply 81Last Wednesday at 8:40 PM

I Drove All Night

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by Anonymousreply 82Last Wednesday at 8:59 PM

Also, since others aren’t posting actual ballads, I will add Stevie Wonder’s Overjoyed.

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by Anonymousreply 83Last Wednesday at 9:01 PM

It Must Have Been Love

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by Anonymousreply 84Last Wednesday at 9:09 PM

Tupelo Honey

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by Anonymousreply 85Last Wednesday at 9:41 PM

Alison

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by Anonymousreply 86Last Wednesday at 9:47 PM

Some of you here don’t understand what a ballad is.

by Anonymousreply 87Last Wednesday at 10:06 PM

Air That I Breathe by The Hollies

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by Anonymousreply 88Last Wednesday at 10:08 PM

When I Fall In Love—Celine Dion and Clive Griffin

by Anonymousreply 89Last Wednesday at 10:20 PM

Can't Help Falling in Love

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by Anonymousreply 90Last Wednesday at 10:23 PM

Stevie and Don, Leather and Lace

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by Anonymousreply 91Last Wednesday at 10:25 PM

Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole - "Unforgettable":

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by Anonymousreply 92Last Wednesday at 10:27 PM

Yaz, Only You

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by Anonymousreply 93Last Wednesday at 10:28 PM

For self-love, this one by Alanis.

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by Anonymousreply 94Last Wednesday at 10:30 PM

This one makes me bawl.

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by Anonymousreply 95Last Wednesday at 10:37 PM

Somewhere Out There

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by Anonymousreply 96Last Wednesday at 10:42 PM

God Only Knows, The Beach Boys

Plus a few other good ones already mentioned. (There are also some musical abominations already mentioned.)

by Anonymousreply 97Last Wednesday at 10:42 PM

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Frankie Valli

by Anonymousreply 98Last Wednesday at 10:44 PM

Really, r95? That song and Phil Collins in general make me vomit.

by Anonymousreply 99Last Wednesday at 10:46 PM

My wedding song: All My Life

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by Anonymousreply 100Last Wednesday at 10:48 PM

My wedding song: All My Life

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by Anonymousreply 101Last Wednesday at 10:48 PM

For Emily Wherever I May Find Her

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by Anonymousreply 102Last Wednesday at 10:51 PM

Love Is Everything

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by Anonymousreply 103Last Wednesday at 11:07 PM

If one is in the mood for a hauntingly gorgeous ballad in a minor key.

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by Anonymousreply 104Last Wednesday at 11:10 PM

I think this is Lady Gaga's best song. Her only great ballad.

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by Anonymousreply 105Last Wednesday at 11:12 PM

Baby Can I Hold You Tonight

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by Anonymousreply 106Last Wednesday at 11:13 PM

All Too Well

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by Anonymousreply 107Last Thursday at 12:11 AM

So Amazing - Luther Vandross

by Anonymousreply 108Last Thursday at 12:17 AM

For OP

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by Anonymousreply 109Last Thursday at 12:30 AM

Pale Blue Eyes

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by Anonymousreply 110Last Thursday at 1:24 AM

Bon Jovi I'll be there for you.

by Anonymousreply 111Last Thursday at 1:48 AM
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by Anonymousreply 112Last Thursday at 1:53 AM

Something

by Anonymousreply 113Last Thursday at 1:55 AM

"Crazy For You" - Madonna

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by Anonymousreply 114Last Thursday at 2:38 AM

THE FLAME - Cheap Trick 1988

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by Anonymousreply 115Last Thursday at 2:59 AM

Janet Jackson - LONELY. Beautiful, lush Spanish guitar, Spanish spoken background vocals, gorgeous harmonies. It could have easily been one of the landmark singles from her 1814 album.

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by Anonymousreply 116Last Thursday at 3:14 AM

In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel. The lyrics bring tears.

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by Anonymousreply 117Last Thursday at 3:15 AM
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by Anonymousreply 118Last Thursday at 3:52 AM

Prince "The Beautiful Ones." Haunting. Magnificent. His longing is palpable. The segue from calmness at the beginning and middle to the storm of shrieking emotions at the end is jarring. An amazing tour de force.

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by Anonymousreply 119Last Thursday at 3:58 AM

"Tougher Than the Rest" by Bruce Springsteen.

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by Anonymousreply 120Last Thursday at 6:23 AM

My favorite song when it first came out:

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by Anonymousreply 121Last Thursday at 8:26 AM

The Very Thought of You by Nat King Cole, When I Fall In Love, Nat King Cole

The lyrics to the old classic, "Stardust." Oh, hell. Just get the Nat King Cole play list and listen. Great stuff.

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by Anonymousreply 122Last Thursday at 9:46 AM

The Divine Miss M

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by Anonymousreply 123Last Thursday at 9:51 AM

I just love this by Elton John I cry when I hear it. I want them to sing it at my funeral.....

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by Anonymousreply 124Last Thursday at 9:54 AM

Dianne Reeves - Willow

I first heard this song on a rainy night, playing on an obscure, static-y, distant radio station, sitting in a car in a bank parking lot, waiting for my first lover while he performed an ATM transaction. It was 1985. Something about it just hit me. I could barely hear it, the reception was so poor, but what I could hear seemed to speak to what I was feeling, or what I was trying to feel or thought I was feeling, at the time.

In those pre-internet days, it was hard as hell to track down a song when you didn't know the title or the artist...especially one as obscure as this, but I eventually figured it out and bought the album, upon which I learned the composer was Joan Armatrading. Her original version is better known, but I'll always prefer this one.

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by Anonymousreply 125Last Thursday at 10:28 AM

"Why" - Annie Lennox

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by Anonymousreply 126Last Friday at 2:37 AM

Classics 4

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by Anonymousreply 127Last Friday at 11:24 AM

Climax

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by Anonymousreply 128Last Friday at 11:25 AM

Aretha

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by Anonymousreply 129Last Friday at 11:26 AM

Paul

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by Anonymousreply 130Last Friday at 11:32 AM

Natalie

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by Anonymousreply 131Last Friday at 11:33 AM

Carpenters

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by Anonymousreply 132Last Friday at 11:36 AM

Minnie Riperton

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by Anonymousreply 133Last Friday at 11:37 AM

Boz Scaggs

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by Anonymousreply 134Last Friday at 11:46 AM

Three Degrees

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by Anonymousreply 135Last Friday at 11:52 AM

"The Sweetest Gift" - Linda Ronstadt (with Emmylou Harris). A mother's love for her son.

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by Anonymousreply 136Last Friday at 11:54 AM

Little River Band

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by Anonymousreply 137Last Friday at 12:00 PM

"Boulder to Birmingham" - Emmylou Harris

"I would walk all the way From Boulder to Birmingham If I thought I could see, I could see your face."

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by Anonymousreply 138Last Friday at 12:04 PM

This live version of "Thunder Road," from 1975:

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by Anonymousreply 139Last Friday at 12:11 PM

My most favorite is probably John Denver's "Annie's Song," but the person with whom I associate that song is long dead, so sometimes I can hardly bear to listen to it. My second pick would have to be "It Might Be You," by Stephen Bishop.

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by Anonymousreply 140Last Friday at 12:12 PM

"Keep Me in Your Heart" - Warren Zevon

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by Anonymousreply 141Last Friday at 12:17 PM

Come Undone

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by Anonymousreply 142Last Friday at 12:25 PM

Endless Love. Lovely.

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by Anonymousreply 143Last Friday at 12:25 PM

I love Sinead O'Connor's cover of Dolly Parton's "Dagger through the Heart." She transforms Dolly's melancholy into rage.

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by Anonymousreply 144Last Friday at 12:27 PM

Slave to Love

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by Anonymousreply 145Last Friday at 12:28 PM

"Don't Know Much" - Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville

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by Anonymousreply 146Last Friday at 12:29 PM

Be My Baby - the Ronettes

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by Anonymousreply 147Last Friday at 12:34 PM

Then He Kissed Me - the Crystals

I actually thought it was going to be this easy. Or, at least, this simple.

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by Anonymousreply 148Last Friday at 12:37 PM

Aretha and George Benson

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by Anonymousreply 149Last Friday at 1:04 PM

"Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" - Frankie Valli

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by Anonymousreply 150Last Friday at 1:31 PM

Frankly, I don’t think many of these are ballads.

by Anonymousreply 151Last Friday at 2:04 PM

Wilson Pickett - I'm in Love

Aretha had the bigger hit with it, but Wilson did it first and, in my opinion, better.

Live version from Soul Train in 1972:

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by Anonymousreply 152Last Friday at 2:07 PM

Do they have to be about erotic love?

One of my favourites is, ‘I See A Darkness’; either version, by Johnny Cash or Bonnie Prince Billy. It’s a melancholy, moody, downbeat song about a fraternal friendship.

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by Anonymousreply 153Last Friday at 2:15 PM

Ten Sharp- You

Makes me so nostalgic for my idealistic youth, and the love I had then.

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by Anonymousreply 154Last Friday at 3:53 PM

Stevie

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by Anonymousreply 155Last Friday at 4:00 PM

Marvin

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by Anonymousreply 156Last Friday at 5:16 PM

Smokey

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by Anonymousreply 157Last Friday at 5:17 PM

I Wished on the Moon

by Anonymousreply 158Last Friday at 5:46 PM
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by Anonymousreply 159Last Friday at 6:28 PM

Ok call me a corndog but this one is so touching — it makes me cry every time.

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by Anonymousreply 160Last Friday at 6:47 PM

Bertha Tillman - Oh My Angel

Any Latino who grew up in the Southwestern U.S. knows this one for sure, it's part of the lowrider oldies canon. Probably unknown in the rest of the country.

It's a very simple late 50's/early 60's doo-wop style ballad.

What always made it stand out for me was the deeply mournful quality of her voice. She sings in a very understated style, but her vocal sounds like it's drenched in pure heartbreak.

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by Anonymousreply 161Last Friday at 7:28 PM

For us naughty lovers

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by Anonymousreply 162Last Friday at 7:38 PM

Since we have strayed away from ballads I'll post this one. Night and Day by Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66

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by Anonymousreply 163Last Friday at 7:57 PM

I got a true ballad

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by Anonymousreply 164Last Friday at 8:15 PM

"You Still Believe in Me" - the Beach Boys

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by Anonymousreply 165Last Friday at 8:22 PM

My Cup Runneth Over

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by Anonymousreply 166Last Friday at 10:04 PM

O Mio Babbino Caro

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by Anonymousreply 167Last Friday at 11:47 PM

Dindi- Antonio Carlos Jobim

by Anonymousreply 168Yesterday at 1:14 AM

"The Rose" - Bette Midler

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by Anonymousreply 169Yesterday at 2:22 AM

Texas - Put Your Arms Around Me (Autumn Breeze Mix).

I love this song. I first heard it at the end of the movie Ever After starring Drew Barrymore in a take on the Cinderella story. I've loved it ever since. I prefer this Autumn Breeze Mix to the original. Sherry Spiteri from Texas has a lovely voice.

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by Anonymousreply 170Yesterday at 3:29 AM
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