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

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

The best song to ever exist let alone just on piano

Freddie's masterpiece.

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

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

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

4 Life on Mars? - David Bowie

Where is Moonage Daydream? This list is biased. Sorry!

5 Gutter Ballet - Savatage
6 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.

7 Layla - Derek and the Dominos

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

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!

8 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

Genuine masterpiece

Greatest song of all time

beautiful - general_tao

9 Lady Madonna - The Beatles
10 Chance - Savatage

The Newcomers

? Death of a Disco Dancer - The Smiths

The Contenders

11 Miracle Machine - Blind Guardian
12 Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
13 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

14 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel

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

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

An awesome song that deserves to be way higher up

I prefer My Immortal. - Userguy44

17 Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce

It's so fun. Rock'n Roll Piano the way you want it to be.

18 Clocks - Coldplay

At the same time a piano rock banger and the precursor of most of the last decade's EDM, influencing people like David Guetta and Avicii. Probably one of the best riffs in rock music.

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

19 Piano Man - Billy Joel
20 Butterflies and Hurricanes - Muse

Intense rock song with a near symphonic piano break down near the end.

21 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

22 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

23 Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis

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

24 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
25 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

26 Space Dementia - Muse

Underrated. - Userguy44

27 Karma Police - Radiohead
28 Art of Life - X Japan
29 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

Two three notes in and your transported!

30 Estranged - Guns N' Roses

In my opinion best Guns N' Roses song, amazing piano solo in the middle of it...this is the most underrated Guns N' Roses song too. - general_tao

31 Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
32 Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull
33 Tarkus - Emerson, Lake, & Palmer

I really have to add this one? - SevenTreeTool

34 Take a Pebble - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
35 Man of Golden Words - Mother Love Bone

Beautiful soul playing a beautiful song - RIP Andrew Wood

36 Breakfast in America - Supertramp

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

37 Only the Good Die Young - Billy Joel
38 Wasted Time - Eagles
39 Keep On Loving You - REO Speedwagon
40 The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby & the Range
41 Right Now - Van Halen
42 Taking Over Me - Evanescence
43 Haunted - Evanescence
44 My Heart is Broken - Evanescence
45 Viva la Gloria! - Green Day
46 Who's Crying Now - Journey
47 Can't Fight This Feeling - Reo Speedwagon
48 Hold the Line - Toto
49 Lady - Styx
50 Cold as Ice - Foreigner
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