Best Male Solo Ballad Performances of All-Time

This is intended for songs and performances that have really stood the test of time, several decades. It's meant to focus on the song and singing more than music. Obviously there are many potential candidates worthy of consideration and obviously many regular users of this site aren't aware of many or any of these. Nor do I pretend to have a vast knowledge. This original list is a starting point to try something a little different if anyone's interested. Please add, considering the concept, vote, remix... Etc.

The Top TenXW

1The Impossible Dream (the Quest) - Robert Goulet

Amazing one, yup, I, must say that. - Ananya

2What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
3My Way - Frank Sinatra
4I've Gotta Be Me - Sammy Davis Jr
5The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
6Where Do I Begin ( Theme From Love Story) - Andy Williams
7MacArthur Park - Richard Harris
8All I Know - Art Garfunkel
9The Last Farewell - Roger Whittaker
10Yes I Will - Neil Diamond

Inspirational, philosophical, grounded in a common man's reality. - Billyv

The Contenders

11Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson
12Bridge Over Troubled Water - Art Garfunkel
13Fire and Rain - James Taylor
14Your Song - Elton John
15Softly, As I Leave You - Frank Sinatra
16Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
17My Cherie Amor - Stevie Wonder
18Yesterday - Paul McCartney

Sure, I'd agree it "qualifies", a great, phenomenal song - covered several times by soloists, and Paul's renditions should be given the definitive credit whether it's a "performance" with our without the rest of The Beatles. As originally recorded, this really does present as much more a "solo" effort than a group piece. And given its overall importance -- thanks for adding it, and to any others who also posted some of the first great additions to this list. - Billyv

Not sure if this qualifies, although he has actually performed this far more often as a solo act than he did when he was a Beatle.

19By The Time I Get To Phoenix - Glen Campbell
20Darling Be Home Soon - Joe Cocker
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