While most piano teachers will make you learn hundreds of chords and scales, with so many easy songs to learn on piano, learning how to play a few of them will get you playing on the piano quickly. Now don’t get me wrong, expanding your range of piano chords and learning at least the most important scales in each key is something you are going to need to practice if you want to be a very good player, but if you just want to learn to play a few tunes to impress your friends, (or for whatever reason), I see no reason not to practice easy songs right away!
In this article we will present you a few songs in three categories you can start learning today. The first section is kids songs based on traditional folk classics. Kids songs are easy songs on piano for beginners to practice. These are the typical sort of songs children learn to sing in preschool (kindergarten). Their simplicity makes them great candidate songs to practice when you are new and still feeling your way around the piano.
In the second section we feature some old rock classic hits that many people still recognize today. While relatively straight forward some are more complicated to play than others. These songs may or may not be your cup of tea. Some have complicated sections, which you can ignore for now. Just play the chords, and try and get your chord changes as smooth as possible. Don’t worry if you don’t play it perfectly the first time. Until you get a feel for the keys it may take some time before you can even put a few simple chords together in time to a song! It’s OK. That is what practice is for!
The third section features easy to learn piano songs of more recent popular music. Most modern songs do not fall into the “easy” category and the ones listed here are more challenging than the earlier examples, but given that modern songs are probably the kind that most of you young players enjoy playing, we felt we should provide some offerings here.
Our list is a rather limited list too and chances are, the songs you would prefer to play are not on our list. If you’d rather play something that’s more to your liking we suggest you go and look for the sheet music.
On the topic of sheet music. We assume you already know how to read music. If you do not, then you can simply play the chords. Alternatively you could sign up with the Pianoforall course that teaches you the basics of reading music along with many other valuable lessons.
Learning piano is much easier with an experienced piano teacher to guide you through your learning curve, who will teach you the correct posture, fingering patterns and give you tips, but if you can’t afford piano lessons then, Robin Hall’s Pianoforall course is the best online course for learning to play piano on your own and it is much cheaper, provided you stay focused and stick to the lesson plan.
Alright, without further ado, here is our list of easy songs to learn on piano.
Easy Songs To Learn On Piano: Our List
Kids Songs – A Great Way To Learn!
Actually these are simple versions of traditional folk songs that have been around for hundreds of years, put into a simple format that is easy to follow and play along with. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, these should be instantly recognizable! You can opt to practice chords using your right hand, or to play the melody of the song. You will have really mastered it when you can play with both hands, but just focus on one hand for now if you find two hands too hard. Alright here are a few examples of easy songs to learn on piano for kids we think are useful for beginners and this is regardless of age.
Itsy Bitsy Spider
This song is alternatively known as “Incy Wincy Spider” and also goes by several other similar names.
This well known nursery rhyme is an easy song to learn on piano. Below is a video you can play along to.
When the Saints Go Marching In
When the saints go marching in is an American Christian gospel hymn. Like many traditional folk songs, there is no single “official” version of this song, however it has become immensely popular and is often played by jazz bands. When the saints go marching in is a simple song to learn on piano. You can play the chords or lyrics to the following video for practice.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
The lyrics to the song “Twinkle, twinkle, little star” were written by Jane Taylor in the early 19th century, however the tune is from Ah! vous dirai-je, maman, a French melody published in 1761 which was to be later arranged by many prominent composers including Mozart. Twinkle, twinkle, little star is a great song to play on piano when you are learning. The video bellow displays the chords and melody for you to play to the tune.
Old MacDonald Had A Farm
Old MacDonald Had a Farm, like many traditional folk songs evolved over time and does not have a single recorded source, however it is widely recognized today. In it, farmer MacDonald owns a farm and has various animals on the farm which are listed in the song. The song is simple, easy to play and a great tune to practice playing on piano. You can play either the chords or the melody along with the video.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Classic Pop Music Songs
Some people prefer to play classic rock tracks rather than songs that are usually sung by kids in pre-school. These songs were all classics of their time and are still very popular today. We have chosen some that we feel are easy enough for beginners to practice playing along to, so if you enjoy these songs then feel free to play along to the videos and download the sheet music. Alright here are a few examples of easy songs to learn on piano of the classic rock variety.
Smoke On The Water By Deep Purple
From their 1972 album “Machine Head”, the song “Smoke on the Water” is an iconic song that is included in Rolling Stone’s list of 500 greatest songs of all time and has arguably one of the greatest guitar riffs. It is certainly easily recognized and translates well onto piano, making it a fun song to learn and practice playing.
Jump By Van Halen
The Song “Jump” by American rock band Van Halen was released in late 1983 and is the group’s only single to reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song is one of Van Halen’s most recognizable compositions and is reasonably straight forward to play on piano (excluding the keyboard solo). Here is a simplified video that you can use to practice Eddie Van Halen’s synthesizer chords to.
Yellow Submarine By The Beatles
“Yellow Submarine” was one of the rare Beatles tracks that was actually sung by Ringo Starr and featured on the band’s “Revolver” album. The single went to number 1 on every British chart where it stayed for four weeks, such was the popularity of the Beatles at the time. The song is fun and iconic and reasonably easy to play on piano, so feel free to make the following video part of your practice regime.
Modern Pop Music Songs
Young budding piano players are more interesting in playing songs that are popular right now (or at least a few years old), so we have included a couple of more modern songs that make for great practice fodder for now piano players. Alright here are a few examples of easy songs to learn on piano that are relatively modern. Enjoy!
All Of Me By John Legend
This song was written by American artist John Legend and Toby Gad from the album “Love in the Future” released in 2013. The song is actually a dedication to Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen and became Legend’s biggest hit to date, becoming his first number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It is also relatively easy to play on piano, although there are a few parts where the rhythm gets a little tricky, so you may just want to play the chords your own way. This version has been slightly modified to make it a little easier to play, while staying reasonably close to the original. If you’d like to learn the full, unaltered track then I suggest you purchase the sheet music.
Someone Like You By Adele
“Someone Like You” was written by Adele and Dan Wilson for her number two studio album “21”. Inspired by a broken relationship, the song is about Adele’s struggle to come to terms with it. The song was also released as a single in the UK and US in 2011 and received universal critical acclaim from critics and topping the charts in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and many other countries. This song features a repeating pattern of broken chords so it’s a great song for practicing finger positioning and playing note by note.
Like with learning anything else, practice leads to mastery and learning to play the piano is no exception. We hope these songs were of use to you. If you feel there is a song you’d like to see here then feel free to contact us and offer us your suggestions. Practicing some of the many easy songs to learn on piano will get you playing something right away, which can increase your motivation to practice harder.
To reiterate what we said earlier, if you wish to become a really good piano player, then you will need to more beyond easy to play piano songs and onto new scales, chords, rhythms and more complicated and challenging songs.