Top Ten Piano/Keyboard Solos In Popular Music

Including piano, organ, electric piano, synth, and even "keytar". If you really want to add a keytar solo.

The Top Ten

1 Scenes From an Italian Restaurant - Billy Joel

So many Billy Joel songs could have made this list. Technically, "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" is not as difficult as "Prelude/Angry Young Man" or "Stiletto", but the solo propels the song through a transition perfectly. - PetSounds

Billy Joel rocks on piano. - Pony

2 School - Supertramp

An incredible solo for an incredible song...!

Once again, this isn't technically difficult, but it's perfect for the song. The Wurlitzer's sound is unique, and makes me think of Supertramp instantly. - PetSounds

3 Layla - Derek and the Dominos
4 Riders on the Storm - The Doors

Just as amazing as the vocals too! - MontyPython

5 Year of the Cat - Al Stewart

I debated about including this, since it's more of a riff than a solo. Make sure you find the full version of the song--the piano intro was snipped on the single edit. - PetSounds

6 Revolution - The Beatles

Most people simply think of the distorted guitar and forget the fantastic, wild solo that guest musician Billy Preston plays. - PetSounds

7 Pinball Wizard - Elton John

If you listen carefully during the outro, you'll notice that Elton added a snippet of another song by The Who, "I Can't Explain". - PetSounds

8 The Revealing Science of God - Yes
9 Racing in the Street - Bruce Springsteen
10 Take on Me - A-Ha

The Contenders

11 All the Way From Memphis - Mott the Hoople
12 Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding - Elton John
13 Fresh Air - Quicksilver Messenger Service
14 Must Be Something - Leon Russell
15 Highway Star - Deep Purple
16 The Heart Asks Pleasure First - Michael Nyman

It's from the soundtrack (by Michael Nyman) of 1993 Academy Award-winning film The Piano (starring Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel).
Don't know if this is really relevant here, since it may not be so popular. However, the movie and the music had such an impact on me, that when I read the title of your list, this is the first thing that came to my mind. - Lotuscandy

17 House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
18 Burn - Deep Purple
19 Close to the Edge - Yes
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