10 Easy Piano Songs for Beginners (With Video Tutorials)
Do you want to learn how to play the piano while having a lot of fun along the way? These 10 famous songs are surprisingly easy to play on the piano, and will give you a great jump start playing this instrument.
This list can be used by adults and kids alike. Learning songs is just one facet of playing an instrument, but it’s a great way to practice while keeping you motivated.
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.
Even basic songs might initially appear difficult at first, but you will be surprised at how quickly they will become easy to you.
1. Perfect by Ed Sheeran
The newest song on 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.
2. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is one of the first songs that comes onto everyone’s list for easy piano songs.
The song is usually performed in the key of C Major, which means that you only have to play the white keys. The simple melody line, slow tempo, and only needing to play white keys makes this a great starter song for you to play.
Before we move on, check out the tutorial video below which shows you exactly how to play it.
3. Hey Jude by The Beatles
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. Happy Birthday
Probably the most famous song ever written, Happy Birthday is another really easy song to play on piano.
Just follow the great tutorial above and you’ll be playing it in no time.
This song is particularly easy because of its slow tempo and easy sequential melody.
The story behind the song Happy Birthday is quite interesting, if you want to learn about it then be sure to read our article on it!
5. Lean On Me by Will Withers
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.
6. Someone Like You by Adele
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.
7. Elastic Heart by Sia
The piano version of “Elastic Heart” by Sia made this song one of the most powerful ballads of the 2010s.
It’s certainly more difficult than Twinkle Twinkle and Happy Birthday, but once you get the groove down, it’s easier than it might appear.
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.
The singing is also not too complex, which will make it easier for you to sing it in public.
On the video above, you can follow a thorough tutorial that will teach you how to play “Elastic Heart” in an accurate and easy way.
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 by The Beatles
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.
10. Imagine by John Lennon
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.
This song has been happily appreciated 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. 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.