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Top 20 piano songs that everybody can learn – classics, evergreens, songs from movies and latest hits

As I promised in my previous post (about my methods), finally I reveal my list of the best songs to learn on piano.  

Let me say a few words about the categories first. During my research I noticed that perhaps the most common grouping is this: classical music, evergreens, latest hits and soundtracks. So I decided to group these cool songs to play on piano into the same 4 classes. At the moment I’m showing you the 5 must know tunes for all above groups  and these are the ones that really can be played on the piano, as you will see.

For every song I’ve given a comment for the mood it represents: romantic, love, happiness, calming, relaxing, shakes you up, motivates, etc.

Beside that I’ve rated them by difficulty to learn on a list of 1 to 10. Unfortunately it can’t be 100% accurate and objective, but I double checked how widely it’s known, how fast it is and how easy it is to learn and play on piano.

You can try to play them all yourself, they are really beautiful piano songs to learn. I ll give links to all of them for it’s notes and for a video of it as well. I try to give you the notes for free (downloadable in pdf), and I think I’ll link videos of the original songs, and the piano versions as well.

After all that explanations, here is the list:


RECENT TOP HITS

These are fresh or up to 2 years old songs. The point is that the youngest generation who knows what a top list means will know all of these.

Author / Title YouTube PDF sheet Mood Difficulty (1-10)
Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby pathetic 5
OneRepublic – Apologize calm 4
Coldplay – Clocks romantic 4
Bruno Mars – Count On Me cheering 4
John Legend – All of Me romantic 6

EVERGREENS

The best songs of the past ten-twenty-thirty years. All playable on the keyboard and any kind of piano. There is one exception tho, the Bohemian Rhapsody just had it’s 40th birthday recently. Some songs are like wine, they just get better by the years.

Author / Title YouTube PDF sheet Mood Difficulty (1-10)
Bon Jovi – Always romantic 3
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody pathetic 6
Guns N’ Roses – November Rain romantic 5
The Spice Girls – Viva Forever calm 5
John Lennon – Imagine romantic 4

SOUNDTRACKS

Beautiful piano songs from movies: there are some newer ones and older ones as well in this group. Some of the movies these songs are in won Oscar, some are sitcom series. So they differ a lot, but after all I still think everybody knows all of them:

Author / Title YouTube PDF sheet Mood Difficulty (1-10)
Yann Tiersen – Comptine D’un Autre été, L’Après-midi romantic 6
The Rembrandts – I’ll Be There For You cheering 6
The Simpsons – Main theme cheering 5
Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On (Titanic Theme Song) romantic 4
Shrek – Fairytale calm 4

CLASSICAL PIECES

Finally I wanna list the best classical piano songs to learn. Most of them you will know, but I tryed to sneak in some surprises. Don’t get too bored! : )  . I think the surprise one(s) are relatively easy and express a lot of feelings, which I believe are very important as I detailed in the previous posts.

Author / Title YouTube PDF sheet Mood Difficulty (1-10)
Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata (1st movement) romantic 3
Claude Debussy – Clair de Lune calm 7
Beethoven – Fur Elise cheering 5
Pachelbel – Canon In D Piano romantic 4
Erik Satie – Gymnopédie No.1 calm 5
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