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At least for some country music:
Main Entry: bal·lad
Etymology: Middle English balade ballade, song, from Middle French, from Old Provençal balada dance, song sung while dancing, from balar to dance, from Late Latin ballare
Date: 14th century
1 a : a narrative composition in rhythmic verse suitable for singing b : an art song accompanying a traditional ballad
2 : a simple song : AIR
3 : a popular song; especially : a slow romantic or sentimental song