Best Piano Rock Songs

PetSounds
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.

Freddie's masterpiece.

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

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

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

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 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!

5 Gutter Ballet - Savatage
6 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

Genuine masterpiece

7 Life on Mars? - David Bowie
8 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.

9 Lady Madonna - The Beatles
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 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
17 Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
18 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

19 In the End - Linkin Park

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

20 Butterflies and Hurricanes - Muse
21 Piano Man - Billy Joel
22 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

23 Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis

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

24 Space Dementia - Muse
25 Man of Golden Words - Mother Love Bone

Beautiful soul playing a beautiful song - RIP Andrew Wood

26 Karma Police - Radiohead
27 Art of Life - X Japan
28 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
Shakespeare
Indian food, Gary Lineker... " (bonus track from their 2014 album)

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

29 Tarkus - Emerson, Lake, & Palmer

I really have to add this one? - SevenTreeTool

30 Taking Over Me - Evanescence
31 Only the Good Die Young - Billy Joel
32 Keep On Loving You - REO Speedwagon
33 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
34 My Immortal - Evanescence
35 Haunted - Evanescence
36 My Heart is Broken - Evanescence
37 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
38 Viva la Gloria! - Green Day
39 The Forgotten - Green Day
40 Man That You Fear - Marilyn Manson
41 Wasted Time - Eagles
42 Take a Pebble - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
43 Breakfast in America - Supertramp
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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
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1. Gutter Ballet - Savatage
2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
3. Chance - Savatage
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