For those of you who care about these sorts of things, ballad measure tends to be my fallback when composing poetry. For traditional examples , most experts point to Emily Dickinson. I remember in an old episode of "The Head of the Class" (remember that show??) that one of the kids, Brian Robbins' character (the "toughie" who's mom put him in the class because of his bent for poetry), pointed out to the teacher Mr. Moore that all of Dickinson's poems could be sung to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas". And it's true, because ballad measure is named precisely because balladeers found it easy to right music to it, and almost all popular music loves the 4 beat, pause, 3 beat tempo that ballad verse is known for. As for me, Dickinson is too modern for my tastes, so I usually point out Ben Jonson and Robert Herrick (yes, I'm a Renaissance bigot) and watch people's eyes glaze over.
Strictly speaking, you don't have to be a stickler for quatrains of iambic tetrameter first and third lines and iambic trimeter second and fourth lines to write in ballad measure, but if you're a poet, you think "Perfectly written meter equals the number of beats". I leave the sloppy beat writing to the songwriters. Just for amusement, though, try to sing my poem from 2001 to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas".
A Valentine's Complaint 2001
What day is this that makes men fret?
A pressured harried time
For beaus to find that perfect gift
That sings out "Please be mine!"
The cues are posted everywhere,
The signs are counting down,
Three days, two days, one day to shop!
Some guys feel like they'll drown.
Is heart-shaped candy a propos?
How 'bout a plushy bear?
Are marked up roses just the thing
To prove they really care?
Sometimes a word or well-timed kiss
Is all it seems to take.
Surviving Valentine's unstressed
Can be a piece of cake.