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.

Seven seas of rhyes is also good piano rock song from Queen.

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2 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. - 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 Gutter Ballet - Savatage
5 Life on Mars? - David Bowie
6 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!

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.

8 Lady Madonna - The Beatles
9 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

Genuine masterpiece

beautiful - general_tao

10 Chance - Savatage

The Contenders

11 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

12 Miracle Machine - Blind Guardian
13 Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
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 Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
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

18 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
19 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

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

22 Piano Man - Billy Joel
23 Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis

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

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

25 Karma Police - Radiohead
26 Art of Life - X Japan
27 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
28 Space Dementia - Muse
29 Man of Golden Words - Mother Love Bone

Beautiful soul playing a beautiful song - RIP Andrew Wood

30 Breakfast in America - Supertramp

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

31 Tarkus - Emerson, Lake, & Palmer

I really have to add this one? - SevenTreeTool

32 Wasted Time - Eagles
33 Only the Good Die Young - Billy Joel
34 Taking Over Me - Evanescence
35 Viva la Gloria! - Green Day
36 Keep On Loving You - REO Speedwagon
37 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
38 Right Now - Van Halen
39 Can't Fight This Feeling - Reo Speedwagon
40 Lady - Styx
41 My Immortal - Evanescence
42 Haunted - Evanescence
43 My Heart is Broken - Evanescence
44 The Forgotten - Green Day
45 Man That You Fear - Marilyn Manson
46 Take a Pebble - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
47 The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby & the Range
48 Faithfully - Journey
49 Who's Crying Now - Journey
50 Alone - Heart
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List Stats

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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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