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Things that are named "The Ballad of (Something)".

See also The Something Song and Something Blues. Note: actual Ballad form requires specific meter and rhythm, and not all of these examples fit that classification in its strictest sense. The trope is about the name, not the song structure.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The Cowboy Bebop episode "Ballad of Fallen Angels."
  • Ranma ½: "The Ballad of Ranma and Akane."
  • Trigun: "The Ballad of Vash the Stampede."



  • The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a poem written by Oscar Wilde.
  • "Ballad of a Boneless Chicken" is a children's poem by Jack Prelustky.
  • The English version of Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera has "The Ballad of Mack the Knife".
  • "The Ballad of Lost C'Mell" is a novelette written by Cordwainer Smith.
  • "Ballad of the Flexible Bullet" is a short story by Stephen King.
  • Rudyard Kipling was fond of these: "The Ballad of East and West," "The Ballad of the King's Jest," "The Ballad of the King's Mercy," "The Ballad of the Red Earl," etc.
  • Many poems by Robert W. Service: "The Ballad of Blasphemous Bill," "The Ballad of the Black Fox Skin," "The Ballad of the Northern Lights," "The Ballad of Casey's Billy-Goat," etc.
  • "The Ballad of the Lonely Masturbator" is a poem by Anne Sexton.
  • The Ballad of the Sad Café is a novella by Carson McCullers.
  • The Ballad of Beta-2 is a novel by Samuel R. Delany.
  • Poul Anderson's After Doomsday is about a crew of spacemen who return to find Earth shattered from a huge kaboom, and write a song in the sector's Common Tongue, called "The Ballad of Brandobar'' to let other Earthlings know they're alive and can be found at Brandobar, as well as who nuked Earth.

    Live Action TV 
  • An early Doctor Who serial, The Gunfighters, had "The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon".
  • The Gilligan's Island theme song is actually called "The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle" (written by creator Sherwood Schwartz and George Wyle)
  • The theme to The Beverly Hillbillies is "The Ballad of Jed Clampett".
  • An episode of Alton Brown 's Good Eats featuring foods that are both salty and sweet in nature, was appropriately titled The Ballad of Salty and Sweet.
  • Firefly has The Ballad of Jayne Cobb.
    • Firefly's opening is The Ballad of Serenity.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? has "The Ballad of Leonard the Lawyer".
  • The Ballad of Big Al.


  • The Ballads of Booth, Czolgosz, and Guiteau in Assassins.
  • The Ballad of Sweeney Todd.
  • The Ballad of Ollie Deasy
  • "The Ballad of Sara Berry" from Ryan Scott Oliver's 35MM
  • The Ballad of Baby Doe, an opera.
  • "Ballad of the Robbers" from Knickerbocker Holiday.
  • "The Ballad of Farquaad" from Shrek: The Musical.

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