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The slow-tempo variant of the Pop genre tag, usually, though not always, sentimental in nature. Popular examples would include: Celine Dion's “My Heart Will Go On”, Elton John's “Candle In The Wind” and George Michael's “Careless Whisper”. Note that many of the slow-tempo Traditional Pop ballads are rather found in the Crooner / Cabaret category, whenever the style dictates.

The Jukebox Pick (of 2,589):

 Perfect Day

 (Lou Reed)

 Lou Reed

 10 out of 10 “Utterly perfect” Pop Ballad

 From his album “Transformer” released in October, 1972. By the standards he’d set with the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed’s self-titled debut LP in April ’72 was, as good as it was, a bit of a plain-Jane affair, literally recorded with Yes men. By sheer contrast, the follow-up, “Transformer”, out just 6 months later, was way-ahead in every department – production, quality of songs, invention and delivery. So perfect is the first side of this LP, it probably stands in my All-Time Top 5 of album sides. Again, Lou recorded this one in London, but this time he chose his cohorts wisely, falling in with David Bowie and Mick Ronson – the album’s co-producers – who were into Lou’s work and also had loads of their own ideas to bring to the party. The sublime “Perfect Day” can be taken innocently as an ode to a beautiful romance or sinisterly to a deadly dalliance; adjust as per your mood of the moment. Mick Ronson’s string arrangements showcase a master craftsman at work; clearly, he’s not your average filthy Rock n Roll animal. Not only the ultimate Lou Reed song; “Perfect Day” stands as one of thee greatest songs ever written.

Some favourite artists:

Roy Orbison, The Shangri-Las, Fats Domino

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