Learning how to play a musical instrument is beneficial at every age. Playing the piano is one of the most amusing and exciting musical experiences you can have.
However, the methodology by which you learn to play this instrument isn’t the same for all groups of learners. To be more precise, when you’re a child learner, you usually learn in a more traditional way, starting with etudes and classical music. Adult learners, on the other side, may find this approach a bit tiring.
Because of that, it’s great for grown-up piano learners to start playing songs immediately. That’s why we’ve chosen ten popular songs that can be learned quite easily on the piano. After you’ve learned how to separate your hands on the piano, you can start playing the songs from this guide.
1) Lean On Me
One of the soul standards of the 1970s, Bill Wither’s “Lean On Me” is one of the simplest, yet most effective songs to play on the piano. It was released in this album Still Bill from 1972.
Apart from the straightforward chord progression, another great thing about this song is that it’s originally performed in C major. On the piano, this means that you need to play only white keys to perform the melody.
In this video, you can easily follow the notes and the finger arrangement thanks to the visually well-organized tutorial.
2) The Joker
This song was released in 1973 on the eponymous album recorded by Steve Miller Band.
Its groove is similar to “Lean On Me”, and three major chords are played interchangeably, i.e. F, Bb, and C. While you’ll have to play black keys here, it’s nothing to complicated.
Also, this song is not difficult to sing, and newer generations know it because of Fatboy Slim’s cover. All these facts make it appropriate for different companies and groups of people.
Here you can learn how to play it in a simple way.
3) Hey Jude
Another slow evergreen in F major, “Hey Jude” is an effective choice for new piano players. Released by The Beatles in 1968 as a single record, it has been one of the most popular piano songs for 50 years now. In the link below you can watch Paul McCartney singing it live in 2010 in Hyde Park, just to get the right feel how to play this song.
While its harmony isn’t as simple as one would expect, you can play it first in a simple way and then add some bridges and breaks. In this tutorial. you can learn step by step how to put different parts of this song together into a powerful singalong song.
4) Someone Like You
One of the most popular songs of 2010s, “Someone Like You” was released in 2011 on Adele’s album 21.
The original version was recorded in A major, which includes using both white and black keys. Since the melody is catchy and the tempo is slow, it’s not that difficult to play this song. As for the singing part, here you might have to practice a bit more, especially if you want to play it and sing it at the same time.
The tutorial provided in the link below will help you learn to play this song quite precisely. After that, you can switch to combining playing and singing.
5) Elastic Heart
Released in 2013 by Sia, “Elastic Heart” was first typical pop songs of the 2010s, until she released the piano version in 2015. This version made this song one of the most powerful ballads of the current decade.
Written and recorded in A major, it’s a simple song with a straightforward beat. There’s no need for any particular syncopation and even beginners can get that groove.
Singing is also not too complex, which will make it easier for you to sing it in public.
On this link, you can follow a thorough tutorial that will teach you how to play “Elastic Heart” in an accurate and easy way.
The newest song in his guide, “Perfect” was released on Ed Sheeran’s album Divide from 2017.
A slow but interesting ballad, it shouldn’t be too big a challenge for beginners. However, the original key is Ab major, which might be tricky even for intermediate players. Because of that, we’ve added a link to the tutorial in C major, which should be much easier for piano rookies. When you learn how to play it properly in this key, you can try to perform it in the original key, as well.
7) Come Sail Away
Released in 1977 by Styx on their album The Grand Illusion, “Come Sail Away” takes us back to the 1970s – probably one of the best periods for rock ballads.
It was originally written and recorded in C major, which means that it’s another white-key song. Not having to use black keys is always a practical advantage for a piano beginner.
As for the singing, it’s the classic rock style of the 1970s.
So, if you’re keen on traditional rock music, you can learn how to play “Come Sail Away” via this video lesson.
8) Crocodile Rock
A catchy and lively piano song written by Elton John, “Crocodile Rock” was released on his album Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player in 1973.
The song is originally performed and recorded in G major and the chord progression in the verse is I-ii-III-V, i.e. G-a-C-D. With only one minor chord – a minor – it’s a plain harmony that can be easily played by piano beginners.
In this tutorial, the entire song has been precisely broken down into smaller chunks that can be easily practiced and learned.
Also, the album is tailor-made for the piano, so more avid beginners could give it a shot and try playing more songs from this album.
9) Let It Be
Released on the eponymous album in 1970, “Let It Be” is still one of the most beloved sing-alongs created by The Beatles, i.e. mostly by Paul McCartney.
Written and recorded in C major, this song with the predominant piano intro can be learned pretty easily even if you’re only a piano newbie. It has a simple beat and pretty clear chord progression throughout the entire song. Just sit at your piano and follow the tutorial provided in the link below to learn how to play this song.
John Lennon wasn’t the best piano player himself, but he wrote one of the most beautiful piano songs of all times. Released on the eponymous album in 1971, “Imagine” is best-known for the smoothly pulsing intro played on the piano.
Accompanied by engaged, hippie lyrics, this song is happily listened to by many generations. Because of that, people will sing along with you if you decide to once show them what you’ve learned. Until then, practice how to play “Imagine” with the help of this video tutorial.
Learning how to play any musical instrument requires a lot of time and concentration. The piano is even more demanding because it includes the hand separation process, which can be time-consuming.
Still, if you play the piano on the songs you like or know well, you’ll be more motivated to master them on the piano. That’s why we’ve included some simple songs from different decades of popular music.
We hope you’ll learn how to play them without too many difficulties, as well as to add dozens of other songs to your personal piano songbook.