- “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins
- “Baba O’Riley” by The Who
- ” Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
- “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd
- “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
- “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin
- “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
- “Hotel California” by The Eagles
- “Yesterday” by The Beatles
- “Piano Man” by Billy Joel
We all know that the piano is a versatile instrument. It can be used for classical music, jazz, and even rock. In this blog post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best piano solos in rock music.
“In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins
“In the Air Tonight” is a song by English drummer and singer-songwriter Phil Collins. It was released as the lead single from his debut solo album, Face Value, in January 1981. The song was an instant hit, reaching number two in the UK in February 1981 and number one in Australia for three weeks in March. In the US, it peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 1981 and reached number five on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart that same month.
The song has since been covered by many artists, including The Isley Brothers, Kate Bush, George Michael, Seal, Warlock, and Susanna Hoffs.
“Baba O’Riley” by The Who
“Baba O’Riley” is a song written by Pete Townshend of The Who, and it is considered one of the best piano solos in rock music. The song was released as a single in 1971, and it reached the top of the charts in several countries. The song is included on The Who’s album “Who’s Next”, which is considered to be one of the greatest albums of all time.
” Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
One of the most popular piano solos in rock music is “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. It is a classic rock song that has been covered by many artists. The solo is played by Freddie Mercury, who was the lead singer of Queen. The song was released in 1975 and is about six minutes long.
“Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd
Comfortably Numb is a song by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released on their eleventh album, The Wall (1979). It was written by bassist Roger Waters and guitarist David Gilmour. The song is one of Pink Floyd’s most celebrated songs, and is renowned for its guitar solos by Gilmour.
“Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
One of the most iconic guitar solos of all time, “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd is also one of the best piano solos in rock music. Pianist Billy Powell crafts a beautiful, soaring solo that perfectly complements the rest of the song.
“Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin
“Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin is widely considered to be one of the best piano solos in rock music. The solo was performed by John Paul Jones, and it was featured on the band’s 1971 album, Led Zeppelin IV.
“Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
Released in 1981, “Don’t Stop Believin'” is a song by American rock band Journey. It was written by Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain and singer Steve Perry, and it became the band’s biggest hit, spending six weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1982. The song has been covered by many artists, including former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.
“Hotel California” by The Eagles
“Hotel California” is one of the most iconic piano solos in rock music. The Eagles’ version, which is played by Don Felder, is particularly well-known and has been covered by many other artists. The solo is relatively simple but extremely catchy, and it’s easy to see why it’s become so famous.
“Yesterday” by The Beatles
“Yesterday” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney), and first released on the album Help! in August 1965. It ranked as the number-one hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for four weeks in October 1965 and became the Beatles’ sixth million-selling single in the United States.
The track featured only McCartney on lead vocal and acoustic guitar, backed by a string quartet. It was also issued as a single, with “Act Naturally” as its flipside, “Yesterday” becoming one of the most covered songs in popular music history.Originally titled “Scrambled Eggs”, McCartney wrote the song at his home in London after waking up with a melody in his head. He later recalled: “‘Scrambled Eggs’ is actually an embryology term…It’s something to do with when you wake up with a tune in your head, something that’s half-formed.”
“Piano Man” by Billy Joel
“Piano Man” by Billy Joel is one of the most well-known and beloved piano solos in rock music. The song was released in 1973 and has been a staple of Joel’s live performances ever since. The solo is simple but catchy, and its memorable melody has helped to make it one of the most popular piano solos of all time.