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 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Cover Art

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

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

The best song to ever exist let alone just on piano

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

2 Scenes from an Italian Restaurant - Billy Joel Scenes from an Italian Restaurant - Billy Joel Cover Art

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.

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?

If this isn't the most definitive piano rock song, I don't know what is.

3 Rocket 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.

Great song, love it

4 Life on Mars? - David Bowie Life on Mars? - David Bowie Cover Art

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

5 Gutter Ballet - Savatage Gutter Ballet - Savatage Cover Art
6 Year of the Cat - Al Stewart Year of the Cat - Al Stewart Cover Art

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.

I'm still amazed I didn't include this when I made this list a year ago. It's one of my favourite songs.

Say what you will, the piano in this song is great. One of my favorite piano intros ever.

7 Layla - Derek and the Dominos Layla - Derek and the Dominos Cover Art

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!

8 November Rain - Guns N' Roses November Rain - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

Greatest song of all time

Genuine masterpiece

9 Lady Madonna - The Beatles Lady Madonna - The Beatles Cover Art
10 Chance - Savatage Chance - Savatage Cover Art

The Contenders

11 Miracle Machine - Blind Guardian Miracle Machine - Blind Guardian Cover Art
12 Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
13 Desperado - Eagles Desperado - Eagles Cover Art

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.

14 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel Cover Art

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

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

An awesome song that deserves to be way higher up

I prefer My Immortal.

17 Clocks - Coldplay Clocks - Coldplay Cover Art

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

18 Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce Cover Art

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

19 Piano Man - Billy Joel Piano Man - Billy Joel Cover Art
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 Riders On the Storm - The Doors Cover Art

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 - Linkin Park Cover Art

In The End is that should be number 1 with My Immortal.
GO Linkin Park! GO EVANESCENCE!

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 Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis Cover Art

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

24 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance Cover Art
25 Space Dementia - Muse Space Dementia - Muse Cover Art
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