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The Essential Ballads

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11/21/2011

Review

This three-disc, 60-track set paints the definition of ballad in the broadest sense, but there’s no denying that each of the tracks here packs the kind of sincerity, certainty, and emotional thump that makes up a great ballad. There’s a lot of variety here, with songs from the Goo Goo Dolls (“Iris”), Adele (“Feel My Love”), Cee Lo (“I Want You”), Prince (“Purple Rain”), k.d. lang (“Constant Craving”), Bill Withers (“Ain’t No Sunshine”), Otis Redding (“Try a Little Tenderness”), and others, and tracks are spread well across various eras. In the end, it all makes a pretty interesting playlist, although it might make one think a little bit too much about the deep end of love. Yep, there's a reason most of these songs have shown up in commercials. ~ Steve Leggett
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Iris The Goo Goo Dolls 4:42
  3. 2 Jar of Hearts Christina Perri 4:7
  4. 3 Make You Feel My Love Adele 3:30
  5. 4 Skinny Love Birdy 3:20
  6. 5 Cannonball Damien Rice 4:53
  7. 6 This Year’S Love David Gray 4:5
  8. 7 Last Request Paolo Nutini 3:39
  9. 8 I'm Yours Jason Mraz 3:33
  10. 9 For the First Time The Script 4:9
  11. 10 How to Save a Life The Fray 4:2
  12. 11 Same Mistake James Blunt 3:52
  13. 12 Light My Fire Will Young 3:15
  14. 13 I’D Rather Be With You Joshua Radin 2:41
  15. 14 Valerie The Zutons 3:53
  16. 15 Side Travis 3:43
  17. 16 Billionaire Travie McCoy 3:6
  18. 17 I Love You Always Forever Donna Lewis 3:52
  19. 18 Never Ever All Saints 6:20
  20. 19 Stay Shakespear's Sister 3:43
  21. 20 Somewhere Over the Rainbow Eva Cassidy 4:59
  22. 1 Just the Way You Are Bruno Mars 3:37
  23. 2 Run Leona Lewis 4:35
  24. 3 Everything Michael Bublé 3:29
  25. 4 Here With Me Dido 4:12
  26. 5 Love Goes Down Plan B 3:50
  27. 6 Red Daniel Merriweather 3:53
  28. 7 I Want You Cee-Lo Green 3:28
  29. 8 Bad Day Daniel Powter 3:48
  30. 9 Slow Rumer 3:36
  31. 10 Praying For Time George Michael 4:40
  32. 11 Purple Rain Prince 4:1
  33. 12 Kiss From a Rose Seal 4:48
  34. 13 Torn Natalie Imbruglia 4:2
  35. 14 Complicated Avril Lavigne 4:4
  36. 15 Constant Craving k.d. lang 4:17
  37. 16 When Love Breaks Down Prefab Sprout 4:4
  38. 17 If You Don'T Know Me By Now Simply Red 3:23
  39. 18 Bad Day Carmel 3:40
  40. 19 I Don’T Want To Talk About It Everything But the Girl 4:18
  41. 20 Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want The Smiths 1:51
  42. 1 Empire State of Mind, Pt. 2 Alicia Keys 3:34
  43. 2 I Believe I Can Fly R. Kelly 4:42
  44. 3 I Have Nothing Whitney Houston 4:46
  45. 4 Anytime You Need a Friend Mariah Carey 4:12
  46. 5 No Ordinary Love Sade 4:0
  47. 6 Un-Break My Heart Toni Braxton 4:6
  48. 7 The Boy is Mine Brandy & Monica 4:0
  49. 8 Waterfalls TLC 3:25
  50. 9 Hold On En Vogue 3:32
  51. 10 Heard It All Before Sunshine Anderson 4:49
  52. 11 Why Carly Simon 3:34
  53. 12 Sweet Love Anita Baker 4:16
  54. 13 One Day I'll Fly Away Randy Crawford 4:53
  55. 15 Love T.K.O. Teddy Pendergrass 4:58
  56. 16 Walk On By Dionne Warwick 2:54
  57. 17 Ain't No Sunshine Bill Withers 2:4
  58. 18 You're All I Need To Get By Aretha Franklin 3:34
  59. 19 Tired of Being Alone Al Green 2:48
  60. 20 Try a Little Tenderness Otis Redding 3:43

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