10 Best Piano Ballads

The piano is an instrument for making beautiful music, so it is no surprise that the top ten piano ballads are some of the most beautiful songs ever recorded. Something magical happens when a story is accompanied by the tinkling notes of a piano. The next time you need to unwind, sit back, prop your feet up and pop in any of these top ten piano ballads, and enjoy the peaceful feeling that overcomes you.

  1. "Imagine" by John Lennon. Lennon's vision of world peace is as beautiful now as it was when it was first released in 1971. It was ranked number three by Rolling Stone in its "500 Greatest Songs of all Time."

  2. "Vienna" by Billy Joel. "Vienna" was the B side to Joel's hit "She's Always A Woman." Even though it is one of his lesser known songs, Joel has admitted it is one of his favorites. This song is a great reminder to slow down and enjoy life to its fullest.

  3. "The Rose" by Bette Midler. This song is so achingly simple and hauntingly beautiful and offers one of the most important lessons in life-we all have a rose hidden somewhere within us.

  4. "Piano Man" by Billy Joel. Probably the best known-and most loved-song by Billy Joel, "Piano Man" is the autobiographical tale of Joel's time playing piano in a bar and the supporting cast of characters in his life at the time.

  5. "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" by Elton John. This tale of unrequited love is one of John's most overlooked ballads, often taking a place behind "Your Song," "Tiny Dancer" and "Candle in the Wind." It has been covered by numerous other artists, ranging from country to R&B.

  6. "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan. This stunning song was a Grammy winner for McLachlan in 1999.

  7. "Don't Know What You Got Til It's Gone" by Cinderella. While 80's glam bands were known more for their big hair and bigger guitar riffs, Cinderella's power ballad, "Don't Know What You Got Til It's Gone," showcased a softer, more melodic side as lead singer Tom Keiffer tickled the ivories.

  8. "November Rain" by Guns and Roses. Many feel that this ballad is Guns and Roses at its finest. Axle's piano playing skills may play second fiddle to Slash's soaring guitar solo, but the song wouldn't be the same without it.

  9. "Brick" by Ben Folds Five. Ben Fold's is known for his phenomenal piano playing skills, and he certainly does not disappoint in "Brick," the band's most widely circulated song.

  10. "The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby and the Range. Hornsby's first release and biggest hit was in part inspired by the Civil Rights movement.

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