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.


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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.


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3Lady Madonna - The Beatles Listen to sample

4Desperado - 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.


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5Layla - Derek and the Dominos Listen to sample

6Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
My favorite queen song and it's #1 on best songs list


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7Riders On the Storm - The Doors Listen to sample

8Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce Listen to sample

9Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger Listen to sample

10Bring Me to Life - Evanescence Listen to sample

The Contenders

11Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
Closer to folk than rock, but it's too good not to be here.


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12November Rain - Guns N' Roses Listen to sample

13Butterflies and Hurricanes - Muse

14Art of Life - X Japan

15Year of the Cat - Al Stewart
Say what you will, the piano in this song is great. One of my favorite piano intros ever.
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16My Immortal - Evanescence Listen to sample

17Taking Over Me - Evanescence Listen to sample

18Haunted - Evanescence Listen to sample

19In the End - Linkin Park Listen to sample

20My Heart Is Broken - Evanescence Listen to sample

21Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance Listen to sample

22Viva la Gloria! - Green Day Listen to sample

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