Top 10 Modern Pop Piano Songs Worth Learning To Play

Is there anything more impressive than listening to a beautiful piece of piano pop? While bands and guitars and electro pop are still popular on the airwaves, it’s still a welcome sound to listen to a big piano anthem on the radio.

The good thing about piano anthems is that you can learn to play them yourself – ideal as a party piece or when you’ve got friends and family to entertain. Take a look at this list of top 10 modern piano songs and start learning how to play them.

1. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton

The opening notes alone are enough to get you excited about this epic piano track. It’s a fantastic, complicated piece, but will show amazing talent if you can pull it off!

2. Love Song – Sara Bareilles 

Do you remember this being played endlessly on the radio way back in 2007? It’s a fun and uplifting track that you won’t be help singing along to. In fact, the whole first album, Little Voice, is packed with some pretty amazing piano pieces that are also worth your time.

3. Fallin’ – Alicia Keys

A favourite with X Factor hopefuls, if you’re not too tired of Alicia Keys’ Fallin’, then it’s definitely one to aim for on the piano. Need a bit of inspiration? Check out Alicia performing the track live – it’ll give you goosebumps.

4. The Scientist – Coldplay

The Scientist is a bit of a sombre track, but it’s a beautiful piece to play on the piano. Classic Coldplay had some amazing piano songs that are worth checking out.

5. All of Me – John Legend

Who doesn’t love a bit of John Legend? ‘All of Me’ is a gorgeous modern pop song. If you’re looking to serenade your sweetheart, learning this on the piano is the way to do it!

6. Someone Like You – Adele

If it’s featured in NME’s best ever piano songs, then it has to be a good one. The perfect track to belt out and bellow, you’ll be sure to dazzle if you can learn to play this top tune.

7. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

Yes, it was from Twilight Saga, but now this iconic track is a popular choice for couples everywhere walking down the aisle. Get ready for the tears if you learn to play this sweet single.

8. Havana – Camila Cabello 

Now for something a bit sassier that’s a bit easier to play. This was the song of last summer, and will no doubt be a crowd pleaser this year too.

9. Chandelier – Sia

Fancy yourself as a bit of a drama queen? Then Chandelier is the perfect piano track for you. Get ready to throw your whole body into it, it’s a showstopper!

10. This is Me – The Greatest Showman

And here’s saving the best for last. Popular with everyone of all ages, this feel-good, incredible song is now a classic – although it’ll be hard to resist the urge to get up and dance while playing this crowd pleaser!

Learning to play

Playing the piano is a great skill to have, and can be a fun hobby too. If you’re looking for a piano to invest in, then Yamaha pianos are a great place to start. You can take lessons or teach yourself to play using online tutorials and more, and you’ll soon be tinkling the ivories with the best of them.

What’s your favourite pop piano song? Don’t forget to check out the latest pop news to help you discover even more piano tracks.

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