How often have you listened to your favorite pop song and thought, I wish I could learn to play that?
Pop songs can sometimes sound complicated, and you may think they are challenging to learn, but simplify them down to their chords, and they can become pretty easy. After all, isn’t it true that all pop songs use the same four chords?
joking aside, learning fun pop songs on the piano is a great way to stay motivated to practice, and can even entertain your friends and family. So, we put together a big list of easy pop songs for the piano that beginners can learn. And at the end, you’ll find a mega list of 70+ easy piano pop songs for beginners (including chords, links to sheet music, and Youtube tutorials).
All you need to play these easy pop songs on piano is some basic understanding of chords and finding time to practice. But with this list, you’ll be jammin’ in no time!
Want to learn classical music? Check out our list of easy classical piano songs!
Easy Piano Pop Songs for Beginners
Pop music is great fun to play on the piano. You can lose yourself in the songs and imagine yourself as the next Taylor Swift.
Add a selection of these easy piano songs to your repertoire, and it won’t be long before you’re wowing your friends and family with your piano playing prowess.
All the songs included in the list have a video of someone playing the song, and some include a chord sheet or lead sheet.
If you’ve never used a lead sheet before, it provides the basic structure of the song. You play the chords with your left hand and the melody with your right hand. Use a lead sheet as a guide, and with a little practice, you’ll soon be creating your own versions of your favorite songs.
Our list of easy piano pop songs is designed to give you the confidence to play the popular songs that we all love, some of which we’ve grown up listening to. If this is why you wanted to play the piano in the first place, you are going to have so much fun playing pop songs from across the decades.
The best of it is, you don’t even need to read sheet music. The lead and chord sheets will give you all the information you need to play everyone’s favorite pop songs.
When I’m Gone – Anna Kendrick (C, F, Am, G)
If you’ve seen the film Pitch Perfect, then you’ll recognize this as the Cup Song that Anna Kendrick plays for her Barden Bella’s Audition. It’s such an upbeat song that sounds great on the piano and is one of the easiest songs to play.
It’s is a super easy song if you are a beginner, and as it’s played in the key of C, there are no flats or sharps to throw you! The song has just four simple chords, which you will get the hang of in no time.
If you are a beginner this is one of those pop songs that are brilliant to play and show off your skills. So why not get your friends to accompany you with some cups and have fun recreating Pitch Perfect!
Play along with the simple tutorial and chord sheet.
Clocks – Coldplay (Eb, Bb, F, F#, Db, Ab,)
“Clocks” by Coldplay won record of the year in the 2004 Grammy awards and is one of Coldplay’s signature easy pop songs.
It will certainly test your skills as it uses six chords. You’re correct in thinking that the right-hand melody initially sounds a bit tricky, but slow it right down and you’ll quickly realize it’s not as complicated as it sounds.
The video tutorial is easy to follow, and once you have mastered the right-hand introduction, you can start to speed the whole thing up. Before you know it, you’ll be playing along with Chris Martin in no time!
Hello – Adele (Fm, Ab, Eb, Db, Cm)
“Hello” was a massive hit for Adele, hitting the Number 1 spot in over 36 countries. It has been called the perfect pop song and on its release, it cemented Adele as a talented artist.
The song makes the list of easy pops songs because it uses just four chords in the entire song, with Cm thrown in once for good measure. It’s played in the key of F minor, and it uses flats throughout the whole piece, giving it that soulful, mournful sound. Due to the number of flats in the piece, you’ll get some good practice playing all of the black keys in the piece.
Download and print this lead sheet to use alongside the easy-to-follow tutorial.
Lewis Capaldi – Someone you loved (C, G, Am, F, Dm)
This soulful song by Lewis Capaldi is in the key of C, making it straightforward to play. As you can see, it has five chords, but Dm is played only once.
Someone You Loved is a simple piano ballad, and it’s a great song that clearly struck a nerve with people as it topped the UK chart for seven weeks. Capaldi was also the first Scottish solo artist to top the US chart since Sheena Easton in 1981.
What is it about breaking up that makes artists want to sit down and play a sad song on the piano? Well, you can, too, with the easy video tutorial and lead sheet.
Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars (G, Em, C)
This version is so simple it only has three chords, and you should pick it up really easily. The song is heavily influenced by tracks like “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton and “You are so Beautiful” by Joe Cocker.
Despite some cheesy lyrics and mixed reviews from the music press on its release, it still topped the chart in more than ten countries and made Bruno Mars one of the world’s biggest pop stars.
Learn how to play one of Bruno Mars’ most well known and easy pop songs with this easy to follow chord sheet.
Ed Sheeran – Perfect – (G, Em, C, D)
“Perfect” kind of lives up to its name in that it’s pretty much a perfect pop song. It is a simple yet beautiful song to play. The song was written for Ed Sheeran’s future wife and was the first collaboration that he did with his brother.
The song is popular as a first dance at weddings, which isn’t surprising given the romantic lyrics. Learn to play this song and you could be asked to play a rendition of it at the wedding of friends or family.
In the video tutorial, you will learn to play broken chords to make the tune sing out. Use the lead sheet to improvise and make this song your own.
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen (Bb, Gm, Cm, F, Abm, Eb, F#dim, Fm)
We couldn’t create a list of 25 pop songs and not include “Bohemian Rhapsody.” This popular Queen tune is not one of the easiest songs to play, so it helps if you already have some piano playing experience.
The song was released in 1975 and went against everything that should be in a pop song. It progresses from a ballad through to a hard rock song via an operatic segment. At six minutes in length, it should never have been a hit, yet it is the third best-selling single in the UK, and the movie of the same name is the highest-grossing musical biography of all time.
The tutorial walks you slowly through the steps of playing “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and we’ve also included the sheet music of the first two bars of the song.
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen (C, Am, F, G, E)
Written in 1984 by Leonard Cohen, this song has been covered by a wide variety of singers and artists. But it wasn’t until 2001 that it finally achieved the success it deserved after featuring in the film Shrek.
The song is written in the key of C major, and interestingly the chord progressions follow the lyrics. “It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, and the major lift” while at the same time you play C, F, G, A minor, F.
It is a beautiful song with a simple melody and has had many interpretations over the years, with Jeff Buckley’s version being one of the most popular and well-loved of all of them. The video explains how to play it using five chords and accompanies this lead sheet.
Imagine – John Lennon (C, F, Am, E, E7, Dm7)
A hauntingly beautiful original song by the former Beatle, “Imagine” is an easy song for a beginner to learn on the piano. It may be a simple song, but it has had a significant impact since its initial release in 1971.
So much so that in 2004 Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it third in their list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It’s one of several easy piano songs that can make you sound like a real pro when you play it.
Play along with the tutorial and follow the music with this lead sheet.
Tiny Dancer – Elton John (C, F, A, G, B, Em7, Dm, Bb, Gm, Ab)
We have to include Sir Elton on the list. He may be a classically trained pianist, but he has also written some of the most iconic and easy pop songs ever!
The melody of this song is excellent to learn, but if you don’t feel confident enough to play a melody, you can just play the chords and sing along.
As you can see from the list in the title, there are a LOT of chords in the song, so we don’t recommend you try it if you’re a beginner. But the video does take you slowly through each step so that you can work up to it. Plus, you have the lead sheet for reference.
Let it Be – The Beatles (C, Gm, Am, F)
This is a super easy version of The Beatle’s iconic song. Play just four simple chords, and you have the basics of “Let it Be,” which makes it one of the great easy piano songs to play (“Let it Be” on the ukulele is also fun and easy to play).
“Let it Be” was written by Paul McCartney after he dreamt of his mother coming to him, which explains the lyrics “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me.” Sir Paul is a genius at creating easy piano songs that work well with other instruments, and even a full band.
“Let it Be” is a great song to start with if you are a beginner, and the video takes you through each step slowly.
Use the simple lead sheet, create your version and add more flourish as your confidence grows.
Fallin’ – Alicia Keys. (Em, B)
This accessible version of the classic Alicia Keys hit is so simple that it has just two chords, yet the song actually sounds pretty complicated.
Play Em and B with your left hand on the piano. You then continue playing the same chords throughout as you introduce the melody with your right hand. With just two chords, this song clearly makes the list of easy pop songs on the piano.
The video clearly explains how to create the driving melody while repeating those same two chords.
Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding (Ab, Eb, Db, Fm, Cm7)
The song is better suited to piano players with a little more experience. It’s written in the key of Ab Major and uses the chords associated with that key.
The song was written for the film Fifty Shades of Grey and performed by the British pop singer Ellie Goulding. The whole song is very much in keeping with her traditional dreamy and melodic style.
This video slows the song down and provides an excellent tutorial, and includes a lead sheet.
Counting Stars – One Republic (C#m, E, B, A, C#maj7, F#m)
This bright, feel-good, and fun song is perfect for a modern-day sing-along around the piano. It’s the band’s most famous song to date, and the video is one of the most played songs on YouTube.
This great song was released in 2013 from the band’s third album and is one of those really fun songs to play on piano.
Although the chord sheet is written for guitar, it translates just as well for piano. Use the chord sheet along with the video tutorial to recreate this One Republic song.
Angels – Robbie Williams (E, A, C#m, B, D, G#, Bm, F#m)
It may be a bit of a cheesy ballad but Angels, by ex-take that member Robbie Williams, is sure to have you singing into your hairbrush.
Angels starts quietly and builds to a crescendo by the beginning of the first chorus. The entire song is one of those popular songs that you can’t help but sing along with.
The video tutorial demonstrates a more straightforward version, or if you feel like a challenge, here’s a more advanced chord sheet.
Beautiful – Christina Aguilera (Eb, Db, Cm7, B, Ab, G, Fm)
“Beautiful” is an empowering ballad that Christina Aguilera belts out at the top of her lungs. It’s one of the most fabulous songs to play as you can really make the piano sing out.
The single was released in 2002 and has since been adopted by the LGBTQ community as it contains messages about self-reflection, inner beauty, and confidence in who you are.
When you learn to play this song, don’t be afraid to go for it, building emotional expression in the chorus. Watch the video and check out the chord sheet.
Sympathy for the Devil – the Rolling Stones (A, D, E, B,)
The Rollings Stones or The Beatles? It’s a tough choice, but we can all agree that both of these British rock bands produced some fantastic pop songs.
“Sympathy for the Devil” got The Rolling Stones into a whole heap of trouble as some fans accused them of devil worship after releasing this pop rock song. They’ve always denied it, but whether it’s true or not, this is a brilliantly innovative song, and one of the best piano songs for beginners to learn.
The video demonstrates a slightly more complex version, while the chord sheet allows you to play the song in its entirety using just four chords.
Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers (C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am, Eb)
If you’re a fan of the film Ghost, you’ll probably remember this song from the famous pottery scene. But what you may not know is that it was originally written for an unknown prison film called unchained.
It may be an old song, it was initially released in 1955, but it’s still popular today. “Unchained Melody” is a beautiful ballad that will test your vocal skills if you want to sing along. It’s been covered by a host of different artists who have all tried to replicate the sound of The Righteous Brothers, but we think the original is the best.
The video tutorial includes all the chords that you need for playing piano alongside this classic tune.
My Heart will Go on – Celine Dion (G, D, C, D, Em, Bm)
“My Heart Will Go On” is another one of those big power ballads, this time from Celine Dion, who recorded the theme song for the blockbuster Titanic.
This song won the 1998 Acadamy Award for Best Original Song and launched Celine’s career as a mega artist.
As with any good power ballad, the song alternates from a slow start and builds to a rip-roaring crescendo.
The video tutorial is a simple version of the song, as is the chord sheet. If you feel like more of a challenge, try some of the more complicated versions available on YouTube.
Piano Man – Billie Joel (C, G, F, C, D7)
What would a list of easy-to-play piano pop songs be without the Piano Man himself, Billie Joel.
The song features a jazz introduction before transitioning into a classic 3/4 waltz time signature. The lyrics feature characters that Joel came across during his time as a piano player in a bar. If you are learning the piano this is one of the most iconic pop songs you can learn.
The video shows you how to recreate the introduction before launching into the waltzy tune. Or try the chord sheet if you want to understand the basics.
Hotel California – The Eagles (Bm, F#, A, E, G, D, Em)
“Hotel California” was released in 1977 and quickly became The Eagle’s most iconic song. It won the record of the year in the 1977 Grammy awards. Fun fact: Readers of Guitarist Magazine voted the song’s now-famous guitar solo, best solo of all time in 1998
This classic song from The Eagles focuses on their experiences staying at The Beverly Hills Hotel in California. It’s become entrenched in America’s popular music history and features reggae and Latin influences.
Learn how to play “Hotel California” in the easy-to-follow video tutorial or use the chord sheet for a simple chord-only version.
Firework – Katy Perry (C, Dm, Am, F)
This anthemic pop song from Katy Perry became her fourth number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song features on the 2010 Katy Perry album Teenage Dream and reached number one in 20 charts around the world.
It’s an inspirational song designed to give performers confidence in their abilities and encourage people to believe in themselves. It has been said that the song is a more upbeat version of Christina Aguilera’s song “Beautiful”.
The music of “Firework” relies heavily on emotion that can be realized through the dynamics used when playing the piano. Don’t hold back when playing this popular song, it’s meant to be strong and powerful.
The video tutorial demonstrates the whole song pretty quickly, or you can use the simple chord chart.
Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley (D, E7, A7, F#7, B7)
We’re going back to 1956 for this ballad by the King of Rock’ n’ Roll himself, Elvis Presley. It’s one of the few songs that Elvis himself was credited with writing.
The song is an adaptation of an old Civil War song called “Aura Lea.”
It is one of the most covered songs in popular music history, with over 50 different artists recording their version of it.
Now you can play your version following the simple tutorial and chord sheet.
Shallow – A Star is Born (Em, D/F#, G, C, D, Em, Am)
Described as a power ballad combined with a blend of rock, country, and folk-pop, there’s not a dry eye in the house when Lady Gaga belts this turn out alongside her co-star Bradley Cooper. And who knew that Bradley Cooper could sing?
The song topped the charts in 20 countries and everyone fell in love with Gaga who use the song to demonstrate her incredible vocal range.
So if you fancy yourself as the next Gaga, pull up your piano stool and prepare to bash out this highly emotive song.
The tutorial for this easy piano song is pitched at the more experienced piano player but is enjoyable and straightforward to play. Give it a go. You may surprise yourself, and remember to take a look at the lead sheet.
Halo – Beyoncé (A, Bm, F#m, D)
“Halo” by Beyoncé has its roots in gospel and soul and features a cascading piano that you can replicate with just four chords. It is a pop and R&B ballad that showcases Beyoncé’s amazing vocal range.
The whole song revolves around the four basic chords and is a classic pop song.
The tutorial demonstrates how to play the first part of the song, which repeats throughout the entire song.
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