Celebrating Piano Day With Classic Rock Piano Songs
Today, March 29, 2021, is officially Piano Day! Celebrated on the 88th day of the year due to the fact that there are 88 keys on the piano.
According to PianoDay.org, "The aim of the day is to create a platform for piano related projects in order to promote the development of musical dimensions and to continue sharing the centuries-old joy of playing piano. Piano Day welcomes all kinds of piano lovers — young and old, amateur and professional, of any musical direction – to join in."
So, we celebrate the songwriters, players, and songs featuring pianos that have filled the airwaves here on 97X for many years.
These are my top picks. Feel free to email your picks or comment on the social media @97Xradio which classic rock piano songs you think we should have included. There are probably "better" songs from a music theory perspective, but these are the songs that are on our airwaves the most that are rock & roll enough to not care about music snobbery.
John Lennon, "Imagine", Journey, "Don't Stop Believing", Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Sweet Home Alabama", Queen, "Bohemian Rhapsody", Guns n' Roses, "November Rain", The Who, "Love Reign O'r Me", Aerosmith, "Dream On", Kiss, "Beth", Eric Clapton, "Layla", Paul McCartney, "Live & Let Die"
“Why does the world need a Piano Day? For many reasons. But mostly, because it doesn’t hurt to celebrate the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers and most important, the listener.” – Nils Frahm, Piano Day founder