Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Ballad or Slow Jam of All Time?

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May 6, 2011 5:46 PM ET
James Taylor, Mariah Carey, Marvin Gaye and Chris Martin of Coldplay (clockwise from top left)
James Taylor, Mariah Carey, Marvin Gaye and Chris Martin of Coldplay (clockwise from top left)
David Corio/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images (Gaye), Michael Ochs Archive/Getty (Taylor), Kevin Mazur/WireImage (Martin, Carey).

Last week, we asked Rolling Stone readers to name their favorite one-hit wonder of all time – and we compiled the votes into a top 10 list.

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Now it's time for a new weekend rock question: What is the best ballad or slow jam of all time?

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