Created By: DragonQuestZ on March 18, 2011 Last Edited By: DragonQuestZ on March 4, 2012

Life Affirming Pop Ballad

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Any ballad style pop song where the lyrics are meant to be uplifting and heartwarming, although some consider them schmaltzy.

Now despite the association of the term "ballad" with being a slow song, as the link above shows, that is not the actual definition of a ballad. Several types of songs can do.

This was especially popular in The '80s, and The '90s to a lesser extent, as a Thematic Theme Tune, especially for sitcoms.

Examples (Rolling Updates):

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  • March 18, 2011
    I'd say we need type 1 and type 2 of this. Type 1 is the type you're talking about here, a theme created for a TV show/film/musical/whatever.

    Type 2 would be a foray into a slower "ballad" or AOR/pop song by an act better known for being far, far higher on the Mohs Scale Of Rock And Metal Hardness on average. That said, this type may still be "heavier" than a traditional pop song instrumentally (owing to the source), but it is characterized by Lighter And Softer and somewhat uncontroversial lyrics and delivery - note the absence of Harsh Vocals, the absence of the Metal Scream, the absence of the Cluster F Bomb and Atomic F Bomb, its pointedly NOT being the Protest Song or Religion Rant Song, etcetera. That said, while definitely life-affirming ballads, some Type 2s can be very sad - a fair amount of these are memorial songs.

    Type 1:
    • "Forever Love" by X Japan for X1999

    Type 2:
    • "The Garden of the Goddess" by Galneryus
    • "Ares's Lament/"So Lonely," "The Love Of My Life," and "Never Change Your Mind" by Loudness
    • "Wake Up Honey" and "Thanx Givin Day" by Miyavi
    • "Serenade" by Versailles
    • "Tears" by X Japan
  • March 19, 2011
    No, you didn't read the description, or really skimmed it (I can tell because you got the laconic completely wrong), and seemed to have missed the point of the second paragraph and are using it to shoehorn in a separate trope as some kind of "type" for this.

    Edit that info out of that post and take it to your own damn ykttw.
  • March 19, 2011
    Don't, actually. It already exists: Surprisingly Gentle Song.
  • March 19, 2011
    Okay, so then let's just focus on the actual trope proposed here.
  • March 20, 2011
    Potential crossover with Award Bait Song.

    Can a pop song not written for a show qualify? If so, I'd say Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson would qualify, as would most pop/rock 'Girl Power!' type songs.
  • March 21, 2011
    You know, I don't see a reason to narrow this to theme tunes. I'll widen the description.
  • March 29, 2011
    Would "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen count?
  • March 29, 2011
    ^ I think so. What about "Don't Worry, Be Happy"?
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  • March 4, 2012
    The theme song to The Greatest American Hero, "Believe it Or Not," was a popular ballad in its time and a favorite at school concerts.
  • March 4, 2012
    There were also (from my childhood) "We Are The World," and "God Bless the U.S.A."