Can you name 10 best slow rock ballads? It might be a challenge. Many great ballads were recorded through the years and opinions always vary because music is subjective. People like what they like. The American music audience consistently rank the following songs among the best slow ballads of all time. See if you agree.
- “Imagine” Many consider John Lennon’s 1970s song, “Imagine,” the best slow rock ballad of all time. Interestingly, the song that is popular with the American masses is unconventional, anti-religious and anti-nationalistic.
- “Bridge Over Troubled Water” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” is a well-known slow ballad by Simon and Garfunkel. The 1970 song has different interpretations, but friendship appears to be the central theme.
- “Crying” “Crying” is Roy Orbison’s slow, haunting rock and roll ballad from the early 1960s. The song’s narrator cries in his heart as he sings of a lost love and how seeing her again affects him.
- “Tears In Heaven” “Tears In Heaven” is a moving rock ballad by Eric Clapton. The 1990s song expresses Clapton’s pain following the death of his four-year-old son.
- “Piano Man” “Piano Man” is Billy Joel’s signature song. This 1970s ballad recounts the different people he met during his days as a lounge singer.
- “In My Life” “In My Life” is one of the very best slow rock ballads. The 1960s Beatles hit represents a generalized reminiscence on the past that everyone can relate to.
- “Candle in the Wind” “Candle In The Wind” is a 1970s song by Elton John, written in memory of Marilyn Monroe. John also performed a remake as a tribute to Princess Diana.
- “American Pie” “American Pie” is one of the most popular slow rock ballads from the 1970s. Don McLean’s signature song recounts the plane crash that killed three legendary rock and roll stars on “the day the music died.”
- “Desperado” “Desperado” is a 1970s soft rock ballad by the Eagles. It is known as a “painfully slow ballad.” It appears to tell the story of a cowboy who refuses to fall in love, but some say it’s about a rock star who must suffer for his art.
- “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” is a slow rock ballad from the 1960s. The Hollies recorded the most popular version and the title phrase is said to be a Boys Town motto from the 1940s.
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