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Easy Pop Songs and Jazz Standards for Piano

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Classic Piano Songs for Beginners

If you are just starting out on piano, you may be spending an awful lot of time doing little more than playing scales or chord progressions. Eventually, you are going to want to actually play something. Fortunately, there are several well-known and beloved songs that you can learn early on. In this article, we will go over jazz and pop standards that you can check out.

Autumn Leaves

This classic jazz tune has been covered by Bill Evans, Roger Williams, and countless others. It was written in 1945 as Les feuilles mortes and is readily recognized, even by non-jazz lovers. Here is a tutorial video showing you how to play a basic version of the song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-XOnlL_OHk

Satin Doll

This is a jazz standard written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Written in 1953, the song has been recorded countless times by such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, 101 Strings, Terry Callier, and Nancy Wilson.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vMn94zpMnI

Girl from Ipanema

A true pop standard, this is believed to be the second most recorded song in history, only behind "Yesterday" by The Beatles. It was written in 1962, with music by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Portuguese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes. English lyrics were written later by Norman Gimbel. Among the artists who have covered this classic are Astrud Gilberto and Frank Sinatra.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLhmoME-6yw

Someone like You

This modern ballad, sung by the amazing Adele, is a fine example of modern songcraft. The song was inspired by a broken relationship, and lyrically it speaks of Adele coming to terms with it. Someone like You became Adele's first number one single in the United Kingdom and it stayed on the top of the chart for five weeks. The song also topped the charts in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Italy, France, and Switzerland and has become Adele's second number one in the United States.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htRWRk9zvYA

All About That Bass

This catchy number, co-written and sung by Meghan Trainor, was named one of the best songs of 2014 by several publications and received Grammy Award nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The song sold 11 million copies worldwide, becoming the fourth best-selling song of 2014 and one of the best-selling singles of all time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0gAmPbhCZw

Clocks

This 2002 Grammy winner for Record of the Year was written and performed by the British alternative band Coldplay. It has a memorable piano line, which can be easily learned. Ironically, it was almost not included on their hit album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. The band's producer had to persuade them to include it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB5coSDI7ZM

Inspired?

One thing to keep in mind as you peruse these songs is that most songs can be broken down and simplified. If you hear a song you really like and want to learn it, no problem! Your piano teacher can often help break songs down like that for you. He or she wants you to succeed, after all. The only mistake is not to ask.

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