10 Easy Songs to Play on the Piano
The simplest chords to play on the piano are C, F and G, so it follows that the easiest songs to play on the piano are the ones that you can play in those keys. That said, it’s even easier to play songs that have no flats or sharps in them, so you’ll find it easy to play the songs we’ve listed below.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Published in 1806 and sung to the tune of “Ah! vous dirai-je, maman,” this song is an English lullaby.
Called the most recognized song in the English language by the 1998 Guinness World Records, it’s probably the most-frequently sung song too. It’s said that two teachers composed the tune in 1893 for a song they taught schoolchildren called “Good Morning to All,” and it was adapted for “Happy Birthday” in or around 1912.
One of the best known classical pieces in history was written by Ludwig van Beethoven between 1804-1808.
The Hanging Tree
Sung by actress Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – part 1,” the song is used as a battle cry of the oppressed — remembering history and using it to fortify the resolve to stand strong against their oppressors.
This nursery rhyme was published in 1917 as a World War 1 era song, and it has been translated into multiple languages.
Possibly written in 1906, “This Old Man” is ola children’s counting song, and its fame spread when it was used in the soundtrack of the movie “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness” as the children’s marching song. The “Barney and Friends” show used the music for its song “I Love You.”
How Great Thou Art
A Christian hymn set to a Russian tune, this song was ranked as the UK’s second favorite hymn in 2001. It was written by Carl Boberg after witnessing nature in all its power and glory within the space of a few hours. The hymn has been translated into numerous languages, and has had additional verses attached over the years as well.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
First recorded in 1908, the writers of the song had never even been to a game. Today, it’s a staple of any baseball game, and the chorus is typically sung by fans during the seventh inning of the game.
Do Your Ears Hang Low?
Most likely sung originally as a wartime song with alternative lyrics about body parts, this song was cleaned up and turned into a children’s song by the early ’70s.
Published as a ballad in 1913, Danny Boy is set to the tune of “Londonderry Air,” an old folk song, and is usually sung by the Irish about loved ones leaving.