Let’s face it—playing the piano is difficult. It can be easy to hope for musical success, but it is tricky to actually achieve it. In order to become an expert at the piano, you must be practicing daily for a number of years.
However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t impress your friends and family along the way! There are many piano songs that seem very difficult, but are actually quite intuitive to learn.
To help you find piano songs that you can use to dazzle others, we’ve created a list of 5 Easy Piano Songs That Sound Complicated:
#1. “New Born” by Muse
Muse is one of those bands that has exceptionally complicated piano parts, largely due to the lead singer Matt Bellamy’s background in classical music. Songs like “Space Dementia” show this, demonstrating how his approach to the piano is complicated and seemingly effortless. In this way, “New Born” is different than the rest of their catalogue, having a very simple piano part that sounds complicated.
Though there is a lot of counterpoint going on between the parts, all you have to do is play the same chords in each hand. The only complicated part is that you have to start from the bottom with the left hand and start from the top with the right hand, but this is quite easy to pick up.
#2. “Theme from ‘Swan Lake'” by Tchaikovsky
One of the most difficult things about playing piano is getting used to having different rhythms in each had. Whereas it might be easier for a guitarist to keep the rhythm in their right hand while playing notes with their left hand, pianists have to maintain the delicate balance of playing notes and rhythm with both hands. However, Tchaikovsky’s “Theme from ‘Swan Lake'” doesn’t feature too many difficult rhythms, making it a great choice for an easy piano song to learn. On top of this, the harmonies are beautiful, making anyone who plays it sound accomplished.
#3. “Clocks” by Coldplay
If you listened to the radio at any point in the 2000s, it’s very likely that you’ve heard this song. The introduction to “Clocks” is one of the most iconic piano riffs of the last 20 years, making it a perfect song for any pianist to learn. This riff might seem very complicated, but it is very easy to play. Both hands play the same chords and figure, allowing you to not worry about coordination as much. On top of this, you can play the same riff for the entire song and still be following along with the recording! If you’re someone who also likes to sing while playing the piano, this is a great option to impress your friends and family with!
#4. “Let it Go” by Idina Menzel
“Let it Go” is one of the flashiest songs you can play on piano. The piano writing is intricate and the vocal part is incredibly demanding, making it an ideal song for showing off your talent. The piano part is also remarkably easy and fits in well with the vocal part, making anyone who plays it look incredibly impressive to onlookers. The chord progression is also quite simple, only following a typical four-chord pop progression. Because of this, your left hand doesn’t have much to play, freeing up your right hand for the more complicated melody. This makes the song quite easy to play, but it certainly doesn’t seem that way! If you want to look even more impressive while performing this song, we recommend joining forces with a vocalist friend to show off your talents to others!
#5. “Let it Be” by The Beatles
As one of the most popular pop songs ever, “Let it Be” has cemented itself in the musical canon of the past 100 years. The piano part is also very easy to learn, only requiring quarter notes in the right hand. However, the complicated part begins in the left hand, requiring some uneven bass motion that makes it look very difficult! This is a timeless example of a piano song that you can play to impress just about anyone.