Top Ten Queen Songs Featuring a Piano

The piano was a staple of their music in the 1970s because of Freddie Mercury; one of his classmates at St. Peter's Boarding School in Bombay said that he had a strong ability to play what he heard on the radio. Unfortunately, he played the piano less and less as time went on, preferring to be out in front of the audience. I only want examples with a real piano, not electric piano (i.e. You're My Best Friend), synthesizer (i.e. The Show Must Go On, Who Wants to Live Forever, The Miracle), or any other type of keyboard. Feel free to add this list; I also encourage you to have an open mind when voting on this list.

The Top Ten

1 Bohemian Rhapsody

Greatest song ever

Fabulous song, great vocals and Freddy is great on the piano.

Used very well - iliekpiez

An obvious choice for number one. Freddie built the original song around the piano, and they recorded the basic track with just piano, bass, and drums. - Gg2000

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2 Killer Queen

The piano gives the song its rhythmic drive. - Gg2000

3 Seven Seas of Rhye

The song starts out with a really distinctive piano riff. I tried to learn it several times, but could never get the hang of it. - Gg2000

4 We Are the Champions

One of the most iconic piano intros in rock history; virtually everyone would cheer when Freddie played it. - Gg2000

5 Don't Stop Me Now

Piano is very recognizing in this song. - Userguy44

6 Love of My Life

The piano runs that Freddie plays in the middle are absolutely divine. - Gg2000

7 Save Me

Unlike most of the other examples on this list, Brian May played piano. When they did it live, Brian played piano for the first half, and Freddie played piano in the middle while Brian played the guitar solo. - Gg2000

8 Somebody to Love

Thanks for the extra additions! I love the piano in this song. - Gg2000

One of my top 5 Queen songs. - Metal_Treasure

9 Under Pressure
10 Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy

The piano sort of gives out that old-timey music hall type of sound, which is what Freddie was going for. - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 Bicycle Race

I think that Freddie's playing in this song is semi-urgent, propelling it forward. - Gg2000

12 Doing All Right

Brian May also played piano on this one in the studio, but Freddie would play it when they did it live. - Gg2000

13 My Melancholy Blues

Piano here is amazing, takes you back to the 40’s like you are in a Smokey lounge with Freddie soulfully playing...

14 Flash's Theme

I know some people automatically discount the Flash Gordon soundtrack, but I think this song is too cool not to mention. Brian May used an Imperial Bosendorfer Grand Piano on the song, which is notable for having an extra octave's worth of keys on the bottom. This explains why he gets that low, rumbly bass sound out of the piano. - Gg2000

15 Friends Will Be Friends
16 Spread Your Wings

I was listening to News of the World the other day and realized that I forgot about this song. I think it belongs on the list. - Gg2000

17 Dear Friends

Just vocals and piano, absoloutley beautiful.

18 Play the Game
19 The Millionaire Waltz

I used to love this song when I was younger. Now that I'm older, it amazes me that they were able to record a song that slows down and speeds up a lot. You have to spend a lot of time working with the band practicing those type of songs in order to make them feel right. Especially if you want to do it live. - Gg2000

20 You Take My Breath Away

Just vocals and piano, with a little multi-track guitar solo in the middle and some cymbals around. Really calm and stripped, absoloutley love the simple concept.

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1. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. Killer Queen
3. Don't Stop Me Now
1. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. Love of My Life
3. Seven Seas of Rhye
1. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. Somebody to Love
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