1 Elton John
Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, pianist and composer. Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967 on more than 30 albums, John has sold over 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits in the UK Singles Chart and US Billboard Hot 100, including nine number ones in the UK and nine in the US, as well as seven consecutive number-one albums in the US. His tribute single "Candle in the Wind 1997", rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling chart single of all time. According to Billboard ...read more.
Billy Joel is a pop singer, NOT a rock singer. On the other hand, Elton John is both a rock AND a pop singer, and an absolutely unmatched songwriter and performer. More than 50 years in the music business, and he's about to start a three-year world tour!
Sir Elton John is the best piano rock artist of all time, bar none. He was offered a place in the British Royal Academy at the tender age of 11, where he studied for four years and then decided to move into rock and roll. I'm so glad he did. He has sold over 300 million albums and is currently on his three-year farewell tour. He's a very inspirational and encouraging artist to those who are in the early years of their music careers.
No one is better. Even Bill states, and I quote, "Elton kicks my ass on piano."
2 Billy Joel
William Martin Joel is an American singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man", he has been making music since the 1960s, releasing popular albums throughout the '70s, '80s and '90s.
In response to the guy who says Joel is a pop artist, sure. I guess Joel's Male Rock Vocal Performance Grammy award for the entire Glass Houses album doesn't count. Or any of the rock tracks like Matter of Trust, No Man's Land, Shameless, I Go to Extremes. All music and lyrics, by the way, were written by Joel. Meanwhile, Elton has to rely on Bernie Taupin for his lyrics.
Sir Elton John has sold more than 350 million albums. Billy Joel has sold more than 150 million.
3 The Arcana
The Arcana are a British rock band formed in 2016 in London, England. The band consists of Peter Lennodo (vocals, guitars and keyboards), Jack Aquiziac (vocals, bass guitar and keyboards) and Joey Silverheel (drums and percussion).
They have released four studio albums: Pastel Painted People In Candy Coloured Crowds (2023), Mesmer Theatre (2020), Lemon Freddy Phantom Of The Sky (2017) and Tomorrow Is Yesterday (2016). They have released three singles: Ghostwriter (2016), Lemon Freddy (2018) and Wishes Last Forever (2019). ...read more.
There are a lot of amazing piano pieces in their songs. 'Somewhere in Nowhere' has a beautiful introduction melody.
Wishes Last Forever has great piano playing, and Good to Be Home has great harpsichord playing.
4 Leon Russell
Legend. Check out "Delta Lady" and "Stranger in a Strange Land." Also, "Cry Me a River" and "Let's Go Get Stoned," with Joe Cocker. Good ol' Okie.
Queen are an English rock band formed in London in 1970. The original lineup was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar, vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury was a fan of Smile and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques. He then joined the band in 1970, suggested "Queen" as a new band name, and adopted his familiar stage name. John Deacon was also recruited to complete the line-up. ...read more.
They aren't that kind of piano rock artist, but they have good piano rock songs though.
The Millionaire Waltz: Great piano rock song.
Freddie was a talented piano player.
6 Dr John
7 The Fray
The Fray is an American rock band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2002 by schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King, they achieved success with the release of their debut album, How to Save a Life in 2005, which was certified double platinum by the RIAA and platinum in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and ...read more.
8 Ben Folds
9 Ian Stewart
10 Billy Preston
William Everett Preston was an American musician whose work included R&B, rock, soul, funk, and gospel.
Coldplay are a British pop rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.
12 Tori Amos
Tori Amos is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. She is a classically trained musician with a mezzo-soprano vocal range.
Keane are an English rock band from Battle, East Sussex, formed in 1995. The group currently comprises Tim Rice-Oxley, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin and Tom Chaplin.
Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 ...read more.
15 The Beatles
The Beatles were an English pop rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. ...read more.
They aren't much of a piano rock artist, but Paul McCartney plays good rock songs with piano.
Savatage is an American heavy metal band founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1978 at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
Many of their songs have piano, and the piano is an important part of their sound. They use the piano very well to set a progressive tone in metal songs such as Gutter Ballet, Commissar, Surrender, Chance, Morphine Child, and many more. Mozart and Madness is an instrumental with significant piano presence. The lead singer, Jon Oliva, is a multi-instrumentalist who played the piano parts.
17 The Doors
The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.
18 Bruce Hornsby
19 Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo that is originally from Columbus, Ohio, who are best known for their songs "Stressed Out", "Heathens" and "Ride". Currently there are two members, Tyler Joseph (lead vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, ukulele, bass and guitar) and Josh Dun (drums and ...read more.
20 Rick Davies
21 Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis (1935 - 2022) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist, often known by his nickname, The Killer. He has been described as "rock and roll's first great wild man." A pioneer of rock and roll and rockabilly music, Lewis made his first recordings in 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis, with his signature song, "Great Balls on Fire", later being featured in Top Gun.
I can't believe that I had to add him to the list. He and Little Richard were two of the earliest rock and roll stars that proved that the piano could be a worthy instrument in rock and roll.
22 Laura Nyro
Laura Nyro was an American songwriter, singer, and pianist. She achieved critical acclaim with her own recordings, particularly the albums Eli and the Thirteenth Confession and New York Tendaberry, and had commercial success with artists such as Barbra Streisand and The 5th Dimension recording her songs. ...read more.
23 Roger Hodgson
Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.
25 Little Richard
Richard Wayne Penniman, known by his stage name, Little Richard, was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He is widely regarded to be one of the most influential rock musicians of all time.
I'm going to miss his music now that he's gone. He's the one who created rock piano.