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  • Boidiva02
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    Is it just me or have ballads not been very popular in recent years?  It seems every singer popular today (save for Adele), is a thin voiced performer who can’t hold a tune.   It’s especially apparent compared to the singers of the 80’s and 90’s like Whitney, Mariah, Celine, Christina, etc who could all hold huge notes and shatter expectations.  

    My question is do you think ballads and the big voiced type of singing will be able to make a comeback anytime soon? I for one miss the diva type singers.     Why do you think ballads aren’t as popular anymore?

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    Renaton
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    I like ballads. What I don’t like it’s those divas you mention that people associate with ballads.

    As to why these kind of songs are not that popular anymore, well, it’s basically just cyclical. Those singers all have come to a place where their material sorta became stale. And with the popularization of club culture and singles, dance tracks took the advantage. But at some point, ballads will rule again, when people get tired of dance/pop tracks. And when those ballads became stale, well, you get the point… 

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    James Otto Sweet Heart
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    Go here to listen to what I think is the best ballad ever done. (big smile)

    God bless you always!!!

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    Gucci
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    I’m sure ballads will come back.  I do miss the 90’s.  That decade provided us with some sickening ballads.

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    PoweR
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    There have been quite a few ballads that have caught on in recent years. Last year, it was “Someone Like You” and the year before that it was “Need You Now.” This year seems to be Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.” 

    The dance-pop scene is becoming stale now, and that’s why we are having several breakthroughs by different types of artists. I think ballads and other types of songs will continue to make an impact until dance-pop is no longer the dominant force in music.

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    JustGuy89
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    There have been quite a few ballads that have caught on in recent years. Last year, it was “Someone Like You” and the year before that it was “Need You Now.” This year seems to be Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.” 

    The dance-pop scene is becoming stale now, and that’s why we are having several breakthroughs by different types of artists. I think ballads and other types of songs will continue to make an impact until dance-pop is no longer the dominant force in music.

    How about “It will Rain” and “Grenade” by Bruno Mars? I feel like Bruno’s ballads are big.

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    TWC
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    “It Will Rain”? “Somebody that I used to Know”? “Need You Now”? You guys are calling these “ballads”?  I would refere to these as “Mid-tempos”.  And these are certainly not songs that rely on their respective singers to deliver the song vocally. A true ballad is usually a singer’s song.  Just my opinion.  

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    Renaton
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    I don’t feel like those songs are mid-tempos. They are ballads. They might not be the slower, more melodramatic kind of ballad like Whitney used to do in her prime, but they are certainly ballads. For me, at least, mid-tempos are songs that you can sorta still dance to (like “Say It Right” or “Touch My Body”). I don’t see myself dancing to Gotye or “It Will Rain”, unless it’s a slow dance. 

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    In what world are “Need You Now,” “Somebody That I Used to Know,” and “It Will Rain” mid-tempos? Those are ballads.

    Ballads are not determined by vocal delivery; it has always been determined by a slow tempo. You can’t say that Janet’s “Again” isn’t a ballad because it doesn’t hit the same vocal highs as “I Will Always Love You.”

     

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    TWC
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    Well there are certainly several definitions of the word “Ballad”.  The origional (and literal) meaning of the word is a song that tells a story.  So the true definition of the word had nothing to do with tempo or range.  Around here, “Ballad” tends to mean a slow-tempo song, but it has grown to be synonomous with divas and high notes.  Some currently sucessful ballads: “Someone Like You”, “A Thousand Years”, “I Won’t Give Up”, and “Over You”.  

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    Around here, “Ballad” tends to mean a slow-tempo song, but it has grown to be synonomous with divas and high notes.
     Some currently sucessful ballads: “Someone Like You”, “A Thousand Years”, “I Won’t Give Up”, and “Over You”.  

     

    And how is “Need You Now” or “It Will Rain” any different than those songs you mentioned? “I Won’t Give Up” isn’t by a diva…

    “A Thousand Years” and “Need You Now” sound somewhat similar to me.

    Mid-tempos are neither fast nor slow, and none of those songs that were mentioned in previous posts are mid-tempos; they’re ballads. Current examples of mid-tempos would be something like “Love on Top” or “The One That Got Away.”

     

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    Boidiva02
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    I am definetly talking more about the diva-ish, belt for your life type songs. Songs like Celine Dion or 90’s Mariah used to make famous. I want more of those.

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    You need more big voice divas to do those.

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