Music Monday: Contemporary Ballads

Contrary to popular belief, ballads weren’t always slow songs about love and/or heartbreak. It used to mean a song that told a story or had a narrative. You see it a lot in country music but it does happen in other genres occasionally. This week, I give you songs that a tale.

The Nights the Lights Went Out in Georgia by Reba McEntire
My Last Name by Carrie Underwood
Tie It Up by Kelly Clarkson
Harper Valley PTA by Martina McBride
Devil Went Down to Georgia by Charlie Daniels Band
The Last Time I Saw Richard by Joni Mitchell
In the Ghetto by Elvis Presley
The Cat’s in the Cradle by Harry Chapin
The Mariner’s Revenge Song by The Decemberists
Stan by Eminem
Scenes From An Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel
Hotel California by The Eagles
Escape (The Piña Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes
All Too Well by Taylor Swift
Joel the Lump of Coal by The Killers featuring Jimmy Kimmel
Nature Boy by Nat King Cole

Bonus: Metropolis 2: Scenes from a Memory by Dream Theater (yes, the entire album)


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