An iconic American music magazine held a poll of its readers recently to get them to vote for their favourite rock n’ roll ballads of all time. The poll was tight, because the magazine had to expand their usual Top 10 to a Top 12 because it was so close. A rock n’ roll ballad is tough to get right, and can easily fall on to the side of cliché and mawkishness, but if you can pull it off, it might just become one of the most played songs of all time.

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