It is too hot to come up with any well-thought out and clever links, so here are ten self-proclaimed ballads. That's about it, really.
"Ballad of a Chocolate-Coated Candy Bar" - A Cuddly Pair
"The Ballad of El Goodo" - Big Star
"Ballad of the Bastard" - Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat
"Ballad of the Blue Ox Babes" - Blue Ox Babes
"Ballad of a Crystal Man" - Donovan
"Ballad of Ira Hayes" - Johnny Cash
"Ballad of Handy Mackey" - Larry Jon Wilson
"The Ballad of Rory Gallagher" - Pierce Turner
"The Ballad of the Kingsmen" - Todd Snider
"The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" - XTC
The more cultured among you will have recognised the title of this post as a line from "A Wandering Minstrel I", from Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado". You may also have anticipated what comes next. This breaks me up every time - no idea why.