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5 Facts About Ballads

Here are 5 facts about ballads

  • Ballads are a form of verse, often a narrative set to music.
  • They were characteristic of British and Irish popular songs from the later medieval period until the 19th century
  • Ballads about Robin Hood were being sung from at least the late 14th century
  • Broadside ballads (also known as 'roadsheet’, ‘vulgar’ ) were a popular in the 16th century
  • The most common use of the term ballad in modern pop music is for an emotional love song
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