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Best piano solos in pop songs

"Outdoor Miner" - Wire

"Uncertain Smile" - The The

What else?

by Anonymousreply 6603/04/2013


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by Anonymousreply 402/16/2013

I like Fleetwood Mac's "Songbird" from 'Rumours.'

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by Anonymousreply 802/16/2013

MacArthur Park, especially the version by Webb himself

by Anonymousreply 902/16/2013

[quote]"Uncertain Smile" - The The

This is hands-down the winner

by Anonymousreply 1002/16/2013

First one I thought of (but R3 beat me to it).

by Anonymousreply 1102/16/2013

"Pretty Good Year" - Tori Amos

by Anonymousreply 1202/16/2013

Rock piano

by Anonymousreply 1302/16/2013

never felt this way

by Anonymousreply 1402/16/2013

The intro to "Year of the Cat" by Al Stewart.

by Anonymousreply 1502/16/2013

Benny and the Jets

by Anonymousreply 1602/16/2013

thousand miles

by Anonymousreply 1702/16/2013

"I Don't Blame You" - Cat Power

by Anonymousreply 1802/16/2013

Monkey Man By the Stones

Layla has a good piano solo which then pairs with a guitar

by Anonymousreply 1902/16/2013

The Year of the Cat

by Anonymousreply 2102/16/2013

This one

by Anonymousreply 2202/17/2013

The Crystal's Ship. Gets me every time.

by Anonymousreply 2302/17/2013

The *Crystal* Ship.

Friggin' autocorrrect.

by Anonymousreply 2402/17/2013

Bite Your Lip - Elton John, 1980

by Anonymousreply 2502/17/2013

Billy Joel's Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

by Anonymousreply 2602/17/2013

Billy Joel's Piano Man

They don't write great songs like that anymore.

by Anonymousreply 2702/17/2013

"Uncertain Smile" by The The

(the solo is at the end, and is just amazing)

by Anonymousreply 2802/17/2013

Yes, Jools Holland. It's mentioned in the OP, R28.

by Anonymousreply 2902/17/2013

Fats Waller - Ain't Misbehavin'

by Anonymousreply 3002/17/2013

Anything Nicky Hopkins ever did.

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"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

by Anonymousreply 3202/17/2013

Still the Same -- Bob Seeger

by Anonymousreply 3302/17/2013

Not always a fan of ELP, but Keith Emerson is arguably the best keyboardist in rock.

by Anonymousreply 3402/17/2013

Adding to r34 -- the keyboard in Yes

by Anonymousreply 3502/18/2013

I liked the keyboard in Whiter Shade of Pale.

by Anonymousreply 3602/18/2013

The Who - "Drowned" (played by the great session man Nicky Hopkins)

Ben Folds Five - "One Angry Dwarf..."

by Anonymousreply 3702/18/2013

Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness -- Smashing Pumpkins

by Anonymousreply 3802/18/2013

"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

by Anonymousreply 3902/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4002/18/2013

Shannon Wright - Avalanche

by Anonymousreply 4102/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4202/18/2013

Music Box Dancer by Frank Mills

by Anonymousreply 4302/18/2013

r36 - the organ solo in Whiter Shade of Pale is J.S. Bach's "Air on a G String".

by Anonymousreply 4402/18/2013

It's very pretty and moody at the same time r44

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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

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I Will Play a Rhapsody - Burton Cummings

Danse With Me George - Ambrosia

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My Old Piano - Diana Ross

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"Foolish Love" - Rufus Wainwright

by Anonymousreply 4902/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 5002/19/2013

"Melody" by the Stones. I think it's Billy Preston on the piano solo.

by Anonymousreply 5102/19/2013

"Go Now", Moody Blues.

by Anonymousreply 5202/19/2013

"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.

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by Anonymousreply 5402/19/2013

The Nice - Hang on To A Dream. Keith Emerson does a fantastic job throughout the song. Long song but great jazzy section!

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Year of the Cat - Al Stewart

by Anonymousreply 5602/19/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 5702/19/2013

"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.

by Anonymousreply 5802/19/2013

What's wrong with my piano solo?

by Anonymousreply 5902/19/2013

Aretha Franklin's version of "Brand New Me". Piano solo at the end by Aretha herself:

by Anonymousreply 6002/19/2013

Steely Dan - "Aja"

by Anonymousreply 6102/20/2013

Walking in Memphis - Marc Cohn

Backstreets - Bruce Springsteen

by Anonymousreply 6203/03/2013

This weekend, I dug out my Allman Brothers albums and the piano on them really was astounding...

by Anonymousreply 6303/04/2013

I always loved the piano parts of "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John. It's one of his best songs.

by Anonymousreply 6403/04/2013

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"

by Anonymousreply 6503/04/2013

Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton - "Crowd Surf Off A Cliff"

by Anonymousreply 6603/04/2013
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