10 Piano Covers That Are (Almost) Better Than the Originals

Playing piano covers of popular songs is an excellent way to make practicing the instrument fun and enjoyable.

When most people look at the piano, they think of classical music written hundreds of years ago. However, the piano is a much more versatile instrument, and these modern covers of pop songs on piano prove it!

Here are 10 of the best covers that show off the wide range of genres and musical styles you can learn on the piano.

10 Best Piano Covers of Popular Songs

1. Hugo Silver Covers “Chandelier” by Sia

Sia loved this cover of “Chandelier” so much she shared it on her Facebook and Twitter, and when you listen to Hugo play it’s easy to hear why. Silver’s emotional playing perfectly conveys the mood of the original song.

2. The Unsung Heroine Covers “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons’ alternative pop is catchy, a little funky, and has an edge. In this piano cover, The Unsung Heroine plays crisp staccato notes with precision to add her own flavor to this cover.

3. David Sides Covers “Halo” by Beyonce

Beyonce often uses a vocal technique called melisma, the art of stretching a syllable over a run of notes. In this cover, Sides uses his right-hand technique to replicate Beyonce’s vocal style.

4. Jonny May Covers “Wake Me Up” by Avicii

This is another one of the best piano covers of popular songs: a ragtime version of Avicii. One of the beautiful things about the piano is how it can be used to play a song in a whole new style!

5. The Theorist Covers “Drop the Game” by Flume

The Theorist’s Flume cover captures the R&B of the original, while adding some delicate, more classical sounding touches. His cover makes “Drop the Game” sound like a song that was truly written just for the piano.

6. Viktoriya Yermolyeva Covers “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns N’ Roses

If pop songs on piano aren’t your thing, Viktoriva Yermolyeva’s channel might be just the thing for you. Yermolyeva takes classic rock tunes from the likes of Guns N’ Roses and Led Zeppelin and turns them into piano masterpieces.

7. Pianist Miri Covers “Bang Bang” by Jessie J

The original single features Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj, which begs the question: is the piano big enough for three divas? Answer that with a resounding “yes”! Miri’s version of this pop song on piano captures the energy and vibrancy of the original.

8. Aston Covers “Video Games” by Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey’s jazz-infused sad pop is practically begging for a piano cover. “Video Games” is one of her more popular songs, and this version would be perfect for a film noir!

9. Joyce Leong Covers “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s bouncy, country-pop translates well on the piano. Here, Leong’s energetic playing brings this song to life on the keys, making it one of the best piano covers of popular songs.

10. Talk With Your Fingers Covers “Everlong” by Foo Fighters

Turns out, even grunge ballads sound great on the piano! This cover shows off even more of the versatility of this popular instrument.

We hope you enjoyed this list of the best piano covers of popular songs. Which one would you like to play next? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Keogan
    Keogan says:

    Although these covers are great I think that Costantino Carrara should be on this list. If you haven’t heard of him you should seriously go check it out. Most talented man I’ve ever seen.

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