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 Ten

1 The Impossible Dream (the Quest) - Robert Goulet

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

2 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Art Garfunkel
3 What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
4 My Way - Frank Sinatra
5 The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
6 I've Gotta Be Me - Sammy Davis Jr
7 Where Do I Begin ( Theme From Love Story) - Andy Williams
8 MacArthur Park - Richard Harris
9 The Last Farewell - Roger Whittaker
10 Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson

The Contenders

11 All I Know - Art Garfunkel
12 Yes I Will - Neil Diamond

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

13 Fire and Rain - James Taylor
14 Softly, As I Leave You - Frank Sinatra
15 Your Song - Elton John
16 Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
17 My Cherie Amor - Stevie Wonder
18 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
20 Darling Be Home Soon - Joe Cocker
21 Darling Be Home Soon - John Sebastian
22 Falling In Love With You - Elvis Presley
23 My Way - Robbie Williams

Could someone please stop the stuffing of the ballot - the constant and incessant vote from the same user for their favorite?! Geez Robbie, I guess this is one way to feed your ego and claim some sort of significance. Publicity hound! Lol - Billyv

24 Mr Bojangles - Robbie Williams
25 Walk Away - Matt Monro
26 Born Free - Matt Monro
27 White Christmas - Bing Crosby
28 If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot
29 Tiny Dancer - Elton John
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