Best Male Solo Ballad Performances of All-Time

Billyv
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 Ten

1 The Impossible Dream (the Quest) - Robert Goulet The Impossible Dream (the Quest) - Robert Goulet

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

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

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

The Contenders

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

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