Best Piano Rock Songs


As a classically-trained pianist, there is nothing I enjoy more than hearing a rock 'n' roll song featuring a piano. I've limited my original list to one song per pianist; otherwise, Billy Joel would have had at least five. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Scenes From an Italian Restaurant - Billy Joel
Who else would take the number one spot but Billy Joel? And especially this song. It begins as a gentle ballad, then progresses into a Dixieland section which sets the stage for the upbeat story of Brenda and Eddie, and seamlessly transitions back into the ballad section of the beginning.


2Rocket Man - Elton John
No list of this type would be complete without Elton John. Almost any of his songs could fit here, but this is my favourite.


3Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
My favorite queen song and it's #1 on best songs list


4Lady Madonna - The Beatles

5Desperado - Eagles
I love the way Don Henley's understated piano sets the stage for the guitar solo. Wonderful song, and the Eagles' finest, in my opinion.


6Layla - Derek and the Dominos

7Year of the Cat - Al Stewart
I love everything about this song. It would be a strong candidate for number 1 if I did a list of most underrated/overlooked songs that once were popular.


I'm still amazed I didn't include this when I made this list a year ago. It's one of my favourite songs.


Say what you will, the piano in this song is great. One of my favorite piano intros ever.

8Gutter Ballet - Savatage

9Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger

10Life On Mars? - David Bowie

The Contenders

11Chance - Savatage

12Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce

13Miracle Machine - Blind Guardian

14Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
Closer to folk than rock, but it's too good not to be here.


15Bring Me to Life - Evanescence

16Riders On the Storm - The Doors

17November Rain - Guns N' Roses

18Mozart and Madness - Savatage

19In the End - Linkin Park
In The End is that should be number 1 with My Immortal.

20Butterflies and Hurricanes - Muse

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Updated Monday, August 24, 2015

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