I'm not sure this qualifies as a ballad but another one of my favs:
Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten
What? Who says a man can't listen to Natasha Bedingfield?
Also, my other favorite softer song:
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Classical piano and violin.
I never remember those long French names with the random numbers at the end though.
But I also like more progressive ballads (if you can call them that) like
Crawling - Linkin Park
mmm mmm mmm - Crash Test Dummies
How you remind me - Nickelback
I also like alot of really old stuff like
When a man loves a woman - (many different performers)
Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfuncle
Dream Dream Dream - Everly Brothers
Unchained Melody - The Rightous Brothers