An example of a ballad is "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" or "God Bless the Child."
On Friday nights, the roller rink had a time-block called "Lovers' Lap" when they played nothing but ballads on the overhead speakers.
Origin of ballad
- Middle English balade poem or song in stanza form from Old French ballade from Old Provençal balada song sung while dancing from balar to dance from Late Latin ballāre to dance ball2
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition