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.

The Top Ten

1 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

its great

The best song to ever exist let alone just on piano

Freddie's masterpiece.

Love of my life, and You take my breath away is super, too.

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2 Scenes from an Italian Restaurant - Billy Joel

This is a good song, but Vienna is better in my opinion. Also, where is Benny and the Jets by Elton John on this list?

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.

A classic

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3 Rocket Man - Elton John

Great song, love it

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

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4 Life on Mars? - David Bowie UListen to Sample
5 Gutter Ballet - Savatage UListen to Sample
6 Layla - Derek and the Dominos

After probably the coolest guitar riff of all time, this song ends with one of the most emotional and beautiful piano pieces in rock. Clapton is God!

It's a shame the band broke up after 1 album. They sounded great!

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7 Year 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.

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9 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

Greatest song of all time

beautiful - general_tao

Genuine masterpiece

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10 Chance - Savatage UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Miracle Machine - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
12 Desperado - 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

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14 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel

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

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15 Mozart and Madness - Savatage UListen to Sample
16 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence

An awesome song that deserves to be way higher up

I prefer My Immortal. - Userguy44

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17 Clocks - Coldplay

Possibly the greatest piano riff of all modern music. Should be much higher for bringing the piano to a greater role in pop and rock music in the early 00's. Definitely a seminal song, both of all time and of the piano rock genre.

Should be higher

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18 Piano Man - Billy Joel UListen to Sample
19 Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce UListen to Sample
20 Butterflies and Hurricanes - Muse
21 In the End - Linkin Park

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

Love the intro almost as much as the part when Mike goes "acting like I was part of your pro-p-p-erty

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22 Riders On the Storm - The Doors

All time classic. I mean.
that track is more emotionally moving than all these other tracks with guitars in
although not strictly piano more keyboards
i still vote for this track by the doors over all the others on the list.
miles better

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23 Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis

The killer is the greatest rock 'n' roll piano player of all time!

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24 England - Edguy

"I may like New York, Bavaria or Paris
But nothing compares to you, England
Cause you got the magic bullet
England's got Steve Harris

England - inventors of definitely Leppard
Indian food, Gary Lineker... " (bonus track from their 2014 album)

PS. Steve Harris - founder and bassist of Iron Maiden. - Metal_Treasure

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25 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance UListen to Sample
26 Space Dementia - Muse

Underrated. - Userguy44

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27 Karma Police - Radiohead UListen to Sample
28 Art of Life - X Japan
29 Man of Golden Words - Mother Love Bone

Beautiful soul playing a beautiful song - RIP Andrew Wood

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30 Breakfast in America - Supertramp

Could we have kipper for can't beat that classic 70's piano in a rock song!

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31 Only the Good Die Young - Billy Joel UListen to Sample
32 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

Two three notes in and your transported!

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33 Tarkus - Emerson, Lake, & Palmer

I really have to add this one? - SevenTreeTool

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34 Wasted Time - Eagles UListen to Sample
35 Take a Pebble - Emerson, Lake & Palmer UListen to Sample
36 Keep On Loving You - REO Speedwagon UListen to Sample
37 Right Now - Van Halen UListen to Sample
38 Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull UListen to Sample
39 Taking Over Me - Evanescence UListen to Sample
40 Viva la Gloria! - Green Day UListen to Sample
41 Who's Crying Now - Journey UListen to Sample
42 Can't Fight This Feeling - Reo Speedwagon UListen to Sample
43 Lady - Styx UListen to Sample
44 Cold as Ice - Foreigner UListen to Sample
45 My Immortal - Evanescence UListen to Sample
46 Haunted - Evanescence UListen to Sample
47 My Heart is Broken - Evanescence UListen to Sample
48 The Forgotten - Green Day UListen to Sample
49 Man That You Fear - Marilyn Manson UListen to Sample
50 The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby & the Range UListen to Sample
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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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