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15 More Easy Pop Songs on Piano

You’ve already learned how to play 5 easy pop songs on the piano, but the fun doesn’t stop there! Here, teacher Liz T. walks you through 15 more easy pop songs to play on piano.

Did you know that some of today’s most popular music can be easily played on the piano or keyboard? Everyone loves hearing covers of songs on the radio performed live, whether it’s at a wedding, talent show, or private concert. So as a piano player, it’s important to be able to play many different genres and artists.

Let’s check out a diverse and fun selection of easy pop songs to play on the piano. Get ready to WOW your next audience!

15 Easy Pop Songs on Piano


1. “Fallin'” by Alicia Keys

Neo-Soul/R&B Ballad

“Fallin'” was the debut song from Alicia Keys back in 2001. The song became a success not only because of its beautiful, repeating R&B melodic line, but also because Alicia Keys was the writer, singer, and instrumentalist on the recording (which is not common in pop music). The lyrics are very meaningful, and piano-wise, the song challenges your jazz/R&B/pop playing, as well as blues improvising.

Here’s how to play “Fallin'” on the piano:


2. “Superman” by Five for Fighting

Mid-tempo Ballad

This early millennium song has a driving melody and powerful chorus. The lyrics are strong and they tell a story. It has also been featured on many popular TV shows and movies as the theme song or ending credits. It’s a great song for a coffeehouse or a singer/songwriter night.

Here’s how to play “Superman” on the piano:

Key of C

C G
It may sound absurd, but don’t be naïve
Amin7 F
Even heroes have the right to bleed
C G
I may be disturbed, but won’t you concede even
AM7 F C G
Even heroes have the right to dream
F
And it’s not easy to be me

Note: Watch for the major and minor changes in this song within the A chord. It’s good practice going back and forth.


3. “Drops of Jupiter” by Train

Uptempo, Piano Rock/Pop

This Grammy award-winner is a great song to bang out on the piano! You should really let loose and feel the melodies, rhythm, and lyrics, especially after the first verse and each time the chorus hits thereafter. I also encourage you to perform this song with a band, if possible, or re-arrange the song with drums and strings by using computer software.

Here’s how to play “Drop of Jupiter” on the piano:

Key of C

G D
So tell me, did you sail across the sun
F
Did you make it to the Milky way to see
C
The lights all faded, and that Heaven is overrated
G D
Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star
Dm
One without a permanent scar
F
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself

Note: These are pretty simple chords; notice the dominant 5th motion: G to D, F-C, C-G.


4. “Bubbly” by Colbie Caillat

Uplifting, Laidback

This warm and cozy song, transcripted from the guitar, is a wonderfully easy pop song to play on piano. The chords and rhythm flow very naturally along with the voice.

Here’s how to play “Bubbly” on the piano:


5. “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars

Romantic Piano Ballad

This is a gorgeous song to display your deepest emotions. It’s one of the few songs that truly sounds incredible with just piano alone. It does not need a full band or any other instruments, because the vocals and piano are powerful enough.

Here’s how to play “When I Was Your Man” on the piano:

Key of G

G F
That I should have bought you flowers 
G C
And held your hand, should’ve given you all my hours
F G C
When I had the chance
F G
Take you to every party, cause all you wanted to do was dance
Am D7 F
Now my baby’s dancing
Fmin C F C G/B
But she’s dancing with another man

Note: G/B means you play a G chord in the right hand over a B root in the left hand.


6. “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding

Pop, Love EDM Track

It’s also fun to take brand new pop songs from the charts and make them just for piano alone, as an acoustic version. I encourage you to make this EDM song sound more like your own — try performing a cover of it and put it on YouTube!

Here’s how to play “Love Me Like You Do” on the piano:

Key of G#

G# Cm
So love me like you do, love me like you do
Fm C#
Love me like you do, love me like you do
A#m Fm D#
Touch me like you do, touch me like you do

Note: The great thing about this song is that all four choruses have the same chords!


7. “Take Me to Church” by Hozier

Pop, Blues Ballad

This piano song is easy to play because it has very simple chords. The vocal melodic line makes the song sound very mysterious. It’s also a great song for practicing those minor chords and scales. It won song of the year at the 2014 Grammys!

Here’s how to play “Take Me to Church” on the piano:

Key of Am

Downbeat: G5 F#5

F#5 F5 Em
Take me to church, I’ll worship like a dog
Bm
At the shrine of your lies, I’ll tell you my sins
G
So you can sharpen your knife
Am Em A5 G5
Offer me that deathless death, good God let me give you my life

Note: Because this is mostly a guitar song, there are many power chords, like F5 for example, which means you play just the root and 5th of the chord.


8. “Elastic Heart” by Sia

Passionate Pop EDM

From the soundtrack of “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, “Elastic Heart” is a pop song from Australian artist Sia. It’s groovy, especially dominant in the chorus, and it translates well on the piano. I encourage you to really groove in this song and try to be “in the moment,” because it’s very powerful!

Key of C

C G D
Well I’ve got thick skin, and an elastic heart
Em D
But your blade it might be too sharp
C G D
I’m like a rubber band until you pull too hard
Em D
But I may snap when I move close
C G D Em D
But you won’t see me move no more
C G D Em D
Cause I’ve got an elastic heart


9. “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry

Pop/Rap and Pop/Hip-Hop

Have fun with this one and explore how rap and piano can play along with each other! Their respective rhythms complement each other well. It also has a really fun intro that doubles as a fast exercise for your fingers!

Here’s how to play “Dark Horse” on piano:


10. “Counting Stars” by One Republic

Bright, Uptempo Pop

This feel-good song will have everyone singing, clapping, and dancing along! It’s a great song to show off your piano and vocal skills, as you can add in fun embellishments and improvisation!

Here’s how to play “Counting Stars” on piano:

Key of Am

Am C
Lately I’ve been, I’ve been losing sleep
G F
Dreaming about the things that we could be
Am C
But baby I’ve been, I’ve been praying hard
G F
Said no more counting dollars, we’ll be counting stars


11. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

Easy Listening Ballad

This is a very soft easy listening piece. It’s perfect to play on a rainy day or lazy afternoon. Challenge yourself and try re-harmonizing the chords, or do different inversions to make the song sound a bit more dramatic.

Here’s how to play “Thinking Out Loud” on the piano:

Key of C

D D/F# G A D D/F#
So honey now, take me into your loving arms
A
Kiss me under the light
D D/F# G A
Of a thousand stars, place your hand
D D/F# G A
On my beating heart, I’m thinking out loud
Bm A G D/F# Em A7 D
Maybe we found love right where we are


12. “Clarity” by Zedd

Vocal EDM Song

This is a great song to play on the digital keyboard; try exploring with synthesizers and different effects. This is an EDM-driven song, but its core is on the piano. A fun idea is to use different keyboard settings played with the left and the right hand.

Here’s how to play “Clarity” on the piano:


13. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

Upbeat, Funky Pop

This is a fun, upbeat song with a funky beat. Don’t be afraid of the syncopation and the tempo changes. It’s a great song to practice your rhythm chops while having fun!

Here’s how to play “Shake It Off” on the piano:


14. “How to Save a Life” by The Fray

Rock-Pop Ballad

This 2005 hit predominantly features piano; it’s mostly a rock song, but the piano is undoubtedly the highlight. The piano does a good job of making the song sound full. The song’s lyrics convey a strong message of key values and lessons in life.

Here’s how to play “How to Save a Life” on the piano:

Key of A#

C D Em
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
G D/F#
Somewhere along the bitterness
C D Em
And I would have stayed up with you all night
G D/F# G
Had I known how to save a life


15. “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel

Musical Theater/Movie Soundtrack, Power Ballad

From the popular movie “Frozen,” you can play this song two ways — in a Broadway/movie soundtrack style, or in a rock ballad style as Demi Lovato covered. Both ways sound outstanding on the piano. This song has many diverse elements, including softer verses, driven choruses, and a climatic bridge. This is the #1 most-requested song for piano players today.

Here’s how to play “Let It Go” on the piano:


These tutorials should help you quickly learn how to play a variety of easy pop songs on the piano! To keep track of all your favorites, try compiling a notebook specifically for piano pop songs. If you need more guidance learning pop piano techniques, schedule a piano lesson with a professional teacher near you. An instructor can help you gain the confidence and skills you need to master your next performance!

LizTPost Author: Liz T.
Liz T. teaches singing, acting, and music lessons online. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a B.M in Vocal performance and currently performs/teaches all styles of music including Musical Theater, Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, R&B, and Country. Learn more about Liz here!

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