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Is there anything your friends and family will love more than hearing you play them their favorite pop songs on the piano?
Pop songs are the type of music that will make even a beginner’s skills more awe-inspiring.
15 Easy Pop Songs on Piano
When you first get started on the piano, you want to find some fun songs that you can use to show off your newfound skills. After you have practiced Für Elise for the hundredth time, consider trying one of these exciting pop songs out for a spin.
Pop songs are excellent options for beginners at the piano because they are full of earworm melodies and memorable lyrics. No matter what century they come out in, pop songs are designed to grab your attention. They do not have too many complicated chords or unusual notations. Instead, they often stick to common patterns and have obvious choruses and verses.
This list of songs is sure to spark a sing-along at your next party or family gathering. There is a decent mixture of older but classic songs and fresh and new songs to please everyone and anyone. No matter what era of music they grew up in, there are amazing pop songs represented on this list.
Start with the familiar chorus sections and work your way up to learning the full songs. Challenge yourself to learn every part backwards and forwards of your very favorite pop song.
1. Let It Be by The Beatles
A list of easy pop songs for the piano would be woefully incomplete without the legendary Beatles. “Let It Be” is a slower, soulful song that is very recognizable to the ear. If you need some comfort or you want to offer a friend or family member some support, this is the best pop song to do just that.
This is an easy song for someone looking to start slow with melodies. It has a slightly complicated series of notes in the verses, but the chorus is memorable and not hard to pick up with a little practice. Focus on the right hand with its melody before you attempt the underlying bass chords on the left hand.
2. Lean on Me by Bill Withers
“Lean on Me,” made popular by Bill Withers, made it to the top of the charts in 1972. The simple, stepping rhythm and logical progression of the major chords make it one of the easiest songs you will ever learn to play on the piano. Its earnest melody sounds just as amazing and inspiring on the piano as it does with a full band.
The verse of this song alternates between drawn-out notes and shorter rhythms using the same chords. Once you have the chords down on both hands, you will have almost all of the parts of this song mastered. Plus, the most iconic part is the verse with its friendly lyrics about leaning on each other when times are tough.
3. Drops of Jupiter by Train
With its slow and steady pace, “Drops of Jupiter” by Train is the kind of fun song to learn for piano. It starts with a piano in the original song, which makes it an excellent option to impress someone with similar skills. People will have a hard time not singing along.
You might have trouble with the jaunty rhythms, but they can be learned through diligent practice and effort. Overall, you only need to know four chords to achieve a similar sound to the original. A slight variation on the standard F chord gives this song its poppy feel.
4. Elastic Heart by Sia
For a time, “Elastic Heart” by Sia could be heard every time you turned on your radio. Sia’s powerful vocals fill the whole song from start to finish, and you can learn to imitate them on the piano without too much trouble.
This pop song is a great starter option because it features just four chords in the key of A major. The melody is not very complicated due to the slower nature of the song. If you feel comfortable with the melody and chords, you can even try inversions to change the effect and test your skills.
5. Imagine by John Lennon
An older song, but still classic for any generation, “Imagine” by John Lennon of the Beatles is an essential part of any beginner’s repertoire. Despite its simplistic structure, others will be captivated by the well-known melody. It truly deserves a place on this list of pop songs as number three on a list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
It is played in the key of C major and is often described as a piano ballad. Start with a basic look at the chords and master the melody. This is a great choice for one of your first piano pop songs because you will be able to catch on quickly.
6. Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye
In 2011, the Belgian-Australian singer Gotye released an infectious pop song called “Somebody That I Used To Know” and took the world by storm. This pop song is considered one of the most successful Australian songs due to its reach into the British and American music markets.
It is the simplistic nature of the song that makes it the best beginner song for the piano. Some people have described the melody as almost childlike because it does not take too long to learn. The chords are limited to two simple ones for the entire song, except for some fun variation during the chorus.
7. Believer by Imagine Dragons
While this pop-rock song may not be the same without the incredible vocals by Imagine Dragons, “Believer” has a bold drum section that is fun to replicate on the piano. This song may sound a bit more complicated than it actually is to learn and play.
The drum part is a great way for you to learn how to play triplet rhythms on the piano. On the piano, the series of repetitive rhythms can sound mysterious and eerie like a movie soundtrack. Try working through one section at a time until you have the note changes memorized.
8. How Far I’ll Go from Moana
A nominee for Best Original Song at the 89th Academy Awards, “How Far I’ll Go” is a song from the hit movie Moana. In the movie, it is sung by Auli’I Cravalho, but it was also released by the famous Canadian pop star Alessia Cara. The empowering message of this song will make it fun for you to bring out whenever you are feeling down.
You will want to familiarize yourself with the alternating notes that make up many of the fast-paced rhythms. These notes follow a logical pattern and are usually situated next to each other on the keys. This basic structure is a good first step for a beginner piano player.
9. This Is Me from The Greatest Showman
Pop songs do not have to be limited to popular artists. Some of the greatest pop songs are the ones that get their start in musicals and movie musicals. “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman is a great example of a riveting song to increase your confidence with the piano.
This song has a very catchy tune that can be learned on the right hand. Eventually, you can add in the deeper bass line with your left hand. The chords will make this song more impressive when others hear you play it but are not essential when you first begin to practice it.
10. Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
If you can avoid singing along as you learn to play “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi, you must have a strong mentality. This song from the 1980s was big then and even bigger now. Because it tells a story, it features a lot of repetitive verses. But it is the bombastic chorus with its catchy lines that will steal the show.
This is a good pop song for beginners because it has a steady rhythm and notes despite its fast pace. You can play the main parts of the song with about six or seven notes. Worry about the chords last because the most impressive part of this song to others will be the familiar melody that they can sing along to.
11. Dynamite by BTS
BTS is a seven-member group from South Korea known for their amazing dance skills and catchy pop songs in a variety of languages. This funky English-language song is a fun one for the piano. It has a repetitive chorus and easy-to-master chords.
The main rhythms of this song use a lot of the same notes in quick succession. Focus on the chorus, especially the easy-to-remember “Dyna-na-na” section. You can add more pieces after you get the notes to that important part down first. On the left hand, your chords are very simple and easy to remember. Watch out for a key change at the end of the song.
12. A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton
A very iconic pop song featured in quite a few movie scenes, “A Thousand Miles,” opens with a recognizable piano melody. Beginner piano players will be attracted to that driving melody that almost plays itself. Vanessa Carlton sings about all the ways she wants to gain back someone’s love, which is a feeling many can relate to the feeling, too.
Do not be too hard on yourself when learning your favorite pop songs. Sometimes you can alter keys so that you can play more manageable chords for a beginner. This song is a great opportunity to try this method out because the original key has a lot of sharp notes. Practice it with a major key until you can grasp the melodies, notes, and rhythms.
13. Roar by Katy Perry
Katy Perry is a pop star who would be hard to leave off this type of list. “Roar” by Katy Perry is a solid beginner song because its most complex part is in the rhythms. It also has a nice, bouncy pop feel to every note. You will feel stronger and prepared to take on anything after playing this song once or twice.
Because this song has a heavier emphasis on the rhythms, you should start slower than the original. Practice small bits so that you can master the rhythms in their proper notes. Once you have the rhythms down, you can work up to the pace of the original song.
14. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake
If you are drawn to more R&B sounds, “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake has a great opening run for you. This song sticks pretty close to the classic pop song formula and only uses four different chords. These four chords are used over and over in the chorus and verses, which means you can easily grasp this song without a lot of practice.
The original song does have a great bass rhythm that you do not want to miss out on learning. Once you have mastered the chorus and verses with your right hand, you can add in the bass using the left.
15. Halo by Beyoncé
Would any list of easy pop songs for the piano be complete without the incomparable Beyoncé? Her song “Halo” is an essential pop song from the 2000s. You may remember hearing it often on the radio and at everyone’s wedding ever since its release. The distinct pop melody and repetition is a fresh take on a soulful ballad song.
The introduction of the song will be the most challenging portion to get for a beginner. Focus on the main melody to start because you can always add in more flourishes as you progress in your piano skills. The chord variations can also get tricky. Take it slow and work your way up to the original song’s speed.
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Eduardo Perez is a multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years of experience playing instruments such as piano, guitar, ukulele, and bass. Having arranged songs and produced music in a recording studio, he has a wealth of knowledge to share about analyzing songs, composing, and producing. Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Musical Studies at Berklee College School of Music. Featured on Entrepreneur.com. Subscribe to his YouTube channel, or follow him on Instagram.