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.

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1Scenes 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. - PetSounds

If this isn't the most definitive piano rock song, I don't know what is.

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2Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

My favorite queen song and it's #1 on best songs list - Ajkloth

3Rocket 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. - PetSounds

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. - PetSounds

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. - Billyv

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

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

8Chance - Savatage
9Gutter Ballet - Savatage
10Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger

The Newcomers

?Clocks - Coldplay
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The Contenders

11Life On Mars? - David Bowie
12Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel

Closer to folk than rock, but it's too good not to be here. - PetSounds

13Miracle Machine - Blind Guardian
14Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
15November Rain - Guns N' Roses
16Riders On the Storm - The Doors
17Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
18Mozart and Madness - Savatage
19Butterflies and Hurricanes - Muse
20In the End - Linkin Park

In The End is that should be number 1 with My Immortal.

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List StatsUpdated 25 Jul 2016

33 listings
2 years, 178 days old

Top Remixes

1. Scenes From an Italian Restaurant - Billy Joel
2. Life On Mars? - David Bowie
3. Year of the Cat - Al Stewart
1. Gutter Ballet - Savatage
2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
3. Chance - Savatage



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