From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- A long song or poem that tells a story.
- The poet composed a ballad praising the heroic exploits of the fallen commander.
- A slow romantic pop song.
- On Friday nights, the roller rink had a time-block called "Lovers' Lap" when they played nothing but ballads on the overhead speakers.
A ballad is a story, usually a narrative or poem, in a song. Any story form may be told as a ballad, such as historical accounts or fairy tales in verse form. It usually has foreshortened, alternating four stress lines ("ballad meter") and simple repeating rhymes, often with a refrain.
- "Over the Rainbow" – Harold Arlen
- "Body and Soul" – Johnny Green
- "Misty" – Erroll Garner
- "The Man I Love" – George Gershwin
- "My Funny Valentine" – Rodgers and Hart
- "God Bless the Child" – Billie Holiday
- "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" – Cole Porter
- "Naima" – John Coltrane (an instrumental ballad)
- "Lush Life" – Billy Strayhorn
- "In a Sentimental Mood" – Duke Ellington
- "'Round Midnight" – Thelonious Monk
- "Always" - Irving Berlin