- The Way it is -- Bruce Hornsby
- "Head Over Heels" - The Go-Go's
"The Millionaire Waltz" - Queen
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- Night Mist - performed by Greta Matassa
- I Don't Like Mondays -- Boomtown Rats
- I like Fleetwood Mac's "Songbird" from 'Rumours.'
- MacArthur Park, especially the version by Webb himself
- [quote]"Uncertain Smile" - The The
This is hands-down the winner
- First one I thought of (but R3 beat me to it).
- "Pretty Good Year" - Tori Amos
- Rock piano
- never felt this way
- The intro to "Year of the Cat" by Al Stewart.
- Benny and the Jets
- thousand miles
- "I Don't Blame You" - Cat Power
- Monkey Man By the Stones
Layla has a good piano solo which then pairs with a guitar
- All By Myself-Eric Carmen
- The Year of the Cat
- This one
- The Crystal's Ship. Gets me every time.
- The *Crystal* Ship.
- Bite Your Lip - Elton John, 1980
- Billy Joel's Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
- Billy Joel's Piano Man
They don't write great songs like that anymore.
- "Uncertain Smile" by The The
(the solo is at the end, and is just amazing)
- Yes, Jools Holland. It's mentioned in the OP, R28.
- Fats Waller - Ain't Misbehavin'
- Anything Nicky Hopkins ever did.
- "A Big Hunk O Love" - Elvis Presley
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" - Jerry Lee Lewis
"Great Balls Of Fire" - Jerry Lewis
"Woman From Tokyo" - Deep Purple
"March Of The Black Queen" - Queen
- Still the Same -- Bob Seeger
- Not always a fan of ELP, but Keith Emerson is arguably the best keyboardist in rock.
- Adding to r34 -- the keyboard in Yes
- I liked the keyboard in Whiter Shade of Pale.
- The Who - "Drowned" (played by the great session man Nicky Hopkins)
Ben Folds Five - "One Angry Dwarf..."
- Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness -- Smashing Pumpkins
- "Jessica" by the Allman Brothers. Piano solo by Chuck Leavell, who also played keyboards for the Rolling Stones.
If you don't recognize the title, it's the instrumental that played in "Field of Dreams" during the scene showing Kevin Costner driving to Boston to meet James Earl Jones.
Piano section starts at 2:28
- This is silly, but the first song that popped into my head is 'If You Find Yourself Caught in Love' by Belle and Sebastian. It is just a simple piano intro but I have always loved it.
- Shannon Wright - Avalanche
- Before any rock-and-roll queens correct me, I totally realize that Nicky Hopkins didn't play on The Who's "Drowned", it was Craig Stainton.
- Music Box Dancer by Frank Mills
- r36 - the organ solo in Whiter Shade of Pale is J.S. Bach's "Air on a G String".
- It's very pretty and moody at the same time r44
- Moondance - Van Morrison
Riders On The Storm - The Doors
Joan Crawford - Blue Oyster Cult
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Tuesday's Gone - Lynyrd Skynyrd
You Take My Breath Away - Queen
She's A Rainbow - The Rolling Stones
November Rain - Guns N' Roses
Air Dance - Black Sabbath
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
Seven Seas of Rhye - Queen
Funeral For A Friend - Elton John
Candle In The Wind - Elton John
Imagine - John Lennon
Breathless - Jerry Lee Lewis
- I Will Play a Rhapsody - Burton Cummings
Danse With Me George - Ambrosia
- My Old Piano - Diana Ross
- "Foolish Love" - Rufus Wainwright
- Yes, R29, I KNOW it was mentioned in the OP. I wanted to include a link to the actual track, so that those unfamiliar might be able to hear it conveniently.
- "Melody" by the Stones. I think it's Billy Preston on the piano solo.
- "Go Now", Moody Blues.
- "Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock n' Roll". Either Elton John or Dr. John on the piano solo.
- The Nice - Hang on To A Dream. Keith Emerson does a fantastic job throughout the song. Long song but great jazzy section!
- Year of the Cat - Al Stewart
- I've listened to both "Songbird" by Fleetwood Mac, R7, and Cat Power's "I Don't Blame You", and I don't hear a piano solo on either of them. And judging from some of the other submissions ("Bohemian Rhapsody" -- although if you cared to point to a specific section of the song that you consider the piano solo, I'm game), I don't think some of you understand what is meant by a 'solo' in a song. We all know what a guitar solo is, right? It's played by the lead guitarist. Do you know the difference between rhythm and lead?
A piano solo does not mean a person sitting alone at a piano, with no other accompaniment, nor does it mean the piano is the main instrument on the song.
A piano solo is a break in the song where a clear melody is picked out over what would otherwise be considered the "rhythm". "Not A Second Time," by the Beatles has a great example of a clear piano solo. It was played by their producer, George Martin, by the way, and is excellent.
Guitar solos are much more common; I'm assuming the OP started the thread because piano solos are more novel. I'm going to have to reinvestigate "Year of the Cat" -- that one's popped up a lot here.
- "Year of the Cat" has an acoustic guitar solo, followed by an electric guitar solo, followed by a sax. No piano solo there. I'm assuming the lot of you were referring to the piano intro.
To better suit the many wrong answers, this thread should be renamed "Best Piano Parts In Pop Songs"... But that's not possible.
- What's wrong with my piano solo?
- Aretha Franklin's version of "Brand New Me". Piano solo at the end by Aretha herself:
- Steely Dan - "Aja"
- Walking in Memphis - Marc Cohn
Backstreets - Bruce Springsteen
- This weekend, I dug out my Allman Brothers albums and the piano on them really was astounding...
- I always loved the piano parts of "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John. It's one of his best songs.
- Peter Brown's "Dance With Me"
Steely Dan's "Black Cow"
Meat Loaf's "Bat Out Of Hell"
Don McClean's "American Pie"
Carole King's "I Feel The Earth Move"
MFSB's "Love Is The Message"
- Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton - "Crowd Surf Off A Cliff"