Ever dreamt of being the next Mozart or Bach? Or ever wanted to just be able to play your favorite song on the piano?
The joy of being able to play a musical instrument is incomparable. Not only has music proven to be a stress alleviator, it has also shown itself to help students perform better in other aspects of school and personal life. Playing the piano can help improve motor skills, social awareness, body coordination, sharpen your intellect, reduce anxiety, and most importantly, end up being a super fun activity! And the best part? It’s never too late to start learning to play the piano.
However, there’s no shortcut to success, much as most of us wish there was! So before you get intimidated by the instrument and its intricacies and decide to give up, remember that every process takes time and you need to learn to crawl before you can walk or run. The piano is no exception to this rule of thumb! Luckily, to help you out on your journey to becoming the next Mozart, we’ve put together a list of 15 easy songs to master on the piano that’ll have people convinced that you’re a “pro”!
But remember, though these songs may be easy, nothing comes without practice. So while these songs may be easier to play than many others in terms of technique, tempo, and their tunes, they’ll still require your time and effort to end up sounding like the beautiful melodies that they’re meant to sound like!
Prelude to the Well-Tempered Clavichord by Bach
Since being as excellent as Johann Sebastian Bach is the end goal you probably have, we thought we’d start off with a piece that is easy to play and still lets you boast about being able to play Bach! Bach’s “Prelude to the Well-Tempered Clavichord” uses only two very simple notes in the left hand and simple arpeggio’s in the right hand. Well-known for being simple yet sophisticated, the version we’ve chosen of the prelude is in the scale of C major, which, as you probably know, means no sharp or flat notes! Even better, the piece isn’t too long (2 minutes long) and lets you experiment with dynamics as the notes are simple enough to memorize, thereby letting you pay more attention to dynamics.
Shape of You by Ed Sheeran
If you haven’t heard of this song, you’re definitely a rare exception! Ed Sheeran took the music world by storm when he decided to sing about the “shape of you”. The song topped charts everywhere and probably featured on the music devices of 99% of the world’s population. The best part of the song? It’s got one of the easiest melodies (Which you’ve probably already memorized anyway because we all had that one phase when this song was on endless repeat. Oh, and some of us still do!).
What makes this song super easy to play is the fact that the left hand is the same throughout the whole song, playing only 4 notes, while the right hand plays only 6 chords. Learning these means you’ve learned the whole song as the melody stays the same through the whole song. Time to fall in love with the shape of the piano with this super easy, super fun and super popular song!
Prelude in E Minor, Opus 28, No. 4 by Frederic Chopin
If you’re intimidated by the fancy name, don’t be! Remember watching that scene in “The Notebook” where Allie plays that beautiful piece on the piano in the old house that Noah promised he’d one day rebuild? Well, no prizes for guessing which song that was! One of the 24 preludes that Frederic Chopin wrote and which was played at his funeral (by his own request), the “Prelude in E Minor” is a perfect example of beauty in melancholy.
Quite simple in its structure, this piece features a super simple melody on the right hand and very basic chords on the left, and with a length of around 3 minutes, it isn’t too long a song either. Super easy to master and still a great piece to show off some skill, this prelude is the perfect choice for beginners!
Ode to Joy by Beethoven
Christmas mass is incomplete without this song, in our opinion! Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” has been sung and played since times immemorial, which is probably what makes it so popular.
Often the first song piano students are taught, “Ode to Joy” features a highly simple melody to play on your right hand and a mixture of 4 super basic chords in the left hand. Played at a slow tempo and rhythm, the piece features easy fingering and rhythm, and is thus a great beginner’s choice.
Let It Go by Idina Menzel
Let’s face it. This movie had us sobbing our hearts out and singing “Let It Go” with great gusto for quite some time! This highly popular song, rendered by the gorgeous Idina Menzel (man, that voice!) and jointly written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, made fans of all ages around the world and even won many awards.
Though more complicated versions of the song do exist, the song’s basic melody and chord structure are quite simple. With a basic 4/4 time signature and set in the scale of C major (so yes, no sharp or flat notes), this song is sure to earn you fans once you master it!
The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss
By now, you’ve probably understood that just because a piece is one of the classics, it doesn’t mean that it’s beyond the comprehension and skill levels of a normal person! “The Blue Danube”, written by Johann Strauss, is one of the most popular waltz pieces out there and like “Ode to Joy”, is one of the first few pieces that piano students learn.Though the time signature may initially be a little tricky (¾), the song’s super easy melody and rhythm will have you mastering it in no time at all, with the right amount of practice! And since it’s a waltz, that means a slow tempo as well. Beautiful and classy, this song is a must-learn for any student of the piano!
Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Written by Claude Debussy, a highly renown French composer, this piece has been widely used in media and is known for its ethereal melody and beautiful arrangement.
Though the original arrangement can be complicated, there are many easy versions of the song which only involve playing a very simple melody and simple chords to support the melody, which makes it an easy song to learn.
Fur Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven
Undoubtedly one of the most popular of his pieces, Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” is recognized the world over. From concert halls to elevators around the world, “Fur Elise” has echoed around the world. Though this piece is called “Fur Elise”, meaning “for Elise” in German, no one really knows who Elise ever was, which adds a certain mysterious element to the piece!
What makes this piece easy to learn and play is that it consists of a repetitive single-line melody and minimal crossing over of your hands. The piece also has a very simple rhythmic structure, but is challenging enough to impress those who hear you play it! Though the tempo may sound a little challenging when you first hear the piece, take it slow, as the piece sounds beautiful either way!
Ave Maria by Franz Schubert
This beautiful piece has been played at countless weddings and funerals alike for its soothing melody. Franz Schubert’s highly popular piano piece is a must-learn for students of the piano and with good reason!
With a very simple melody played by the right hand and repetitive broken chords played by the left hand, this song’s timing may initially present a challenge, but with a little practice, can be mastered beautifully! With a very easy-to-remember melody, slow tempo, and easy fingering, “Ave Maria” is perfect for beginners.
Drops of Jupiter by Train
A Grammy-award winner, this song, by popular rock/pop band “Train”, is easily one of the most renown songs on the planet. With a great melody, rhythm and tempo, this song is simple to play on the piano due to its repetitive notes and easy arrangement. Though the timing may initially seem challenging, the song’s slow tempo can help you master it in no time!
All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
This fun, award-winning song had us going gaga over its creative video, great tune, and even better lyrics! Written and performed by the gorgeous Meghan Trainor, this song can be played with just 4 chords that are repeated through the whole song! Even if you do wish to add in the melody and the addictive baseline, it’s a super simple and catchy melody with easy fingering, all-in-all leading to some great fun!
Someone Like You by Adele
The fact that “Someone Like You”, written and performed by the stunning Adele, was a chart-topper in almost 10 different countries is a testimony to the popularity and beauty of this song. Girls (and boys) with broken hearts around the world made this song their anthem and countless Youtube covers sprung up overnight!
Well, this song is also great to play not just for its beautiful melody but also for its ease of playing. A majority of the song can be played with just 4 chords that are repeated throughout as arpeggios, with your left hand. The melody is also simple and repetitive, letting you master this song quite easily!
Stay With Me by Sam Smith
Written and performed by the brilliant Sam Smith, this gospel-inspired ballad enjoyed a worldwide fan base! With just 3 chords throughout the whole song, a slow tempo, easy fingering and a great rhythm, it doesn’t get easier than this song! Once you master the chords in your left hand, add in the melody with your right and you’ll end up with as many fans as the song itself!
Clocks by Coldplay
Honestly, no playlist is complete without a Coldplay song on it. “Clocks”, one of the band’s biggest hits, is one of the most recognized songs around the world, which makes it a great song to learn and play. The right hand plays the arpeggio pattern and the left plays the corresponding chords. The verse and the chorus only consist of 3 chords and the bridge with another 3 chords, making it a super simple yet classy song to learn.
Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
No list about music is complete with the “King of Pop” on it. This highly popular song by Michael Jackson, though dating back to 1982, is still as popular today as it was in its heydays! With a super sassy tune that’s catchy and addictive, the song plays 3 chords with the right hand and a corresponding 4-note baseline with the left hand, which changes with a change in chords.
What are you waiting for? Master this song and watch yourself slowly become the “King (or Queen!) of the Piano”!
On a Parting Note
Well, there you have it! Our list of the 15 easiest songs to play on the piano! With a little time and effort, these songs can be mastered in no time as well as earn you fans and applause in no time. Remember to stay committed, perseverant, and put in a little time every day, though. Just because these songs are easy to learn and play, doesn’t mean they require no effort at all. A little practice goes a long way in helping you become the next Beethoven, so don’t give up! Good luck!