15 Easy Piano Songs for Beginners

Playing the piano is kind of like riding a bike – once you know what you’re doing, it’s almost impossible to forget! The hardest part is just getting started. It can be frustrating for adults and children alike to get the hang of playing the piano.

Learning piano requires a lot of time and practice to train the hands to do what the eyes are reading and the brain is asking. Soon enough, though, everything starts coming together.

If you want to speed up the learning process a bit, try taking on some of these easy piano songs.

1. Itsy Bitsy Spider

This classic children’s song might sound a bit silly for an adult to play, but it’s very helpful. The Itsy Bitsy Spider helps you learn the basics of reading notes and finding the right keys simultaneously. It warms you up to the thought of playing new music that is right in front of you instead of relying on memory.

2. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Another nice warm-up song is Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

This is actually a fun song to fool your friends with! Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star has the same sound as the ABC’s [1]. You can make people think you’re playing one song and reveal it was something totally different.

3. Happy Birthday

The final child-like suggestion on this list of beginner piano songs is Happy Birthday. Everyone loves Happy Birthday, and it’s a fun song to put your own spin on.

Make it fast and upbeat or stick to the classic version. Whatever you do, the point is to get comfortable with the piano and the different tunes it can create.

4. Lean On Me – Bill Wither

The next easy piano song to learn is Lean On Me. This is more than a feel-good classic. Lean On Me is slow and simple enough to learn, and it’s a good foundation for future songs.

5. Stand By Me – Ben E. King

Once you’ve gotten Lean On Me down, practice Stand By Me. These two musical creations are actually pretty similar in beat – just as they are in title and lyric. The transition from one to the other should be simple, which is a nice little confidence booster once you have two easy piano songs under your belt.

6. Clocks – Coldplay

As classic as Lean On Me and Stand By Me are, there’s a certain special ring to Clocks. This song was meant for the piano, but it doesn’t have to be played by an experienced musician to sound just right. Give it a go yourself to see what we mean.

7. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

The king of pop certainly knew what he was doing when creating Billie Jean. But, nothing says you can’t master this song, too! It’s more simple to play on piano than you might think, you just have to have the guts to try it out.

8. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion

If you’re interested in playing slower, more heartfelt songs, put My Heart Will Go On on your list of things to learn. This is sure to pull at the heartstrings of everyone in the room. Whether you’re practicing by yourself or using this song for your first piano performance, it will sound absolutely beautiful.

9. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

Celine Dion isn’t the only one who knows how to write a romantic song. Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years sounds amazing on piano, too.

This song has a slightly more upbeat feel to it, but that doesn’t take any of the romance away. Practice this if you’re looking to impress a special someone in your life.

10. Perfect – Ed Sheeran

There’s Celine and there’s Christina, and then there’s Mr. Sheeran. Ed Sheeran has become quite the sensation when it comes to love songs, and for good reason [2]. His latest heartfelt hit, Perfect, is not just easy to learn, but fun to woo a room with.

Play this song for a large crowd or in a more intimate setting. Whatever you plan to do, though, make sure you have it down perfectly first!

11. Ode to Joy – Beethoven

In addition to children’s songs and pop chart hits, you can’t forget about the classics. Even the most sophisticated piano composers made a few easy songs for new piano players to learn.

Beethoven’s Ode to Joy is arguably the easiest of them all. The melody and rhythm of this song are nice and slow, and the hand movements are fairly simple to follow, too.

12. Fur Elise – Beethoven

Beethoven had many intricate, amazing compositions, but he did create another easy piano song worth mentioning: Fur Elise. This one sounds rich and lovely, and it’s actually a quick one to pick up. Practice it a few times and before you know it, you’ll be perfecting this song!

13. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Tchaikovsky

If you’ve ever seen The Nutcracker, you’ve heard Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The familiarity will support the learning process, but even if you have no clue what this song sounds like, you’re sure to get it right in no time.

Work on the rhythm first then take on the melody. Soon enough, you’ll be piecing the entire song together with ease.

14. Ave Maria – Schubert

To continue your classical piano learning even further, try your hand at the Ave Maria. This is another timeless, yet simple song for new piano players to learn. It’s a hit at special, elegant events, but it’s also nice to play on repeat at home until you’ve completely mastered it.

15. Claire de Lune – Debussy

The final easy song to learn to play piano with is Claire de Lune. The song is beautiful and heartwarming, but the notes are very straightforward. It’s hard to get confused playing this piece.

Advancing from Easy Piano Songs to Bigger Challenges

Once you understand how to play all of the easy piano songs listed above, you can start taking on more challenging compositions. Maybe you’d like to master classic rock hits or maybe the works of famous pianists interest you very much.

Whatever you’d eventually like to learn to play, you have to start with the basics.

Click here for a list of piano games that can help you improve your skills.

Stephanie Su

Started learning music when she was four years old, Stephanie is a music teacher and a music therapist who is highly proficient in Piano, Violin, Guitar, and Ukulele. She likes to learn, teach, and share her music playing experiences.

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