Pop Piano Repertoire

Eine der schönsten Erfahrungen beim Unterrichten ist das Vermitteln von einem Repertoire, das sich die Schülerinnen und Schüler selber aussuchen: Diese Lieder sind verinnerlicht, und die Motivation, die Lieder zu erlernen ist entsprechend vergrößert.

Hier sind einige der Titel, die ich ausschließlich auf SchülerInnen-Wunsch in den letzten Jahren unterrichtete (die bei den Pop-Songs in Klammer gesetzten Namen beziehen sich auf unsere Referenz-Versionen)

I really enjoy teaching songs & pieces my students choose themselves: Mainly because the songs are familiar and that itself seems beneficial in terms of motivation. Right below you’re looking at a short list of songs that were entirely brought in by my students (and the names put in brackets refer to the versions we dealt with and not necessarily to the writers of the songs)

All of me (John Legend) – Almost lover (A Fine Frenzy) – Another Love (Tom Odell) – A Thousand Years (Christina Perri) – Atlas (Coldplay) – Barfuß am Klavier (AnnenMayKantereit) – Blame it on me (George Ezra) – Beautiful (Christina Aguilera) – Blue (Rob Simonsen) – Car Radio (Twenty One Pilots) – Clocks (Coldplay) – Closer (The Chainsmokers) – Counting Stars (One Republic) – Crazy, crazy, crazy (Michael Franti & Spearhead) – Cry me a river (Julie London Version) – Die Leut san alle deppert – Ausser mir (Georg Danzer) – The Entertainer (Scott Joplin) – Diamonds (Rihanna) – Driving home for christmas (Chris Rea) – Feel (Robbie Williams) – Four Five Seconds (Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney) – Gdje To Pise? (Oliver) – Geo Rose (Tony Williams Quintet) – Going to a town (Rufus Wainwright) – Green (Rob Simonsen) – Grenade (Bruno Mars) – Halo (Ane Brun) – Have a little faith in me (John Hiatt) – Hello (Lionel Richie) – Homeward Bound (aus: The Incredible Journey) – If you ever want to be in love (James Bay) – I gotta feeling (The Black Eyed Peas) – In this world (Moby) – I’m not the only one (Sam Smith) – James Bond (Main Theme) – Jealous (Labrinth) – Latch (Kodaline) – Let her go (Passenger) – Let’s get lost (Chet Baker) – Lilac Wine (Nina Simone) – Make you feel my love (Adele) – Mein Anker (Julian Le Play) – New Soul (Yael Naim) – Nobody does it better (Carly Simon) – Not afraid (Eminem) – Pretty hurts (Beyoncé) – Requiem for a dream (Clint Mansell – Kronos Quartet) – Rust or Gold (Jill Andrews) – Say Something (A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera) – Sing me to sleep (Alan Walker) – Skyfall (Adele) – Someone like you (Adele) – Somewhere only we know (Keane) – Space Oddity (David Bowie) –  Stardust (Ella Fitzgerald) – Standing in the way of the light (Birdy) – Stay with me (Sam Smith) – Stressed out (Twenty One Pilots) – Take me to church (Hozier) – The Lazy Song (Bruno Mars) – The nights (Avicii) – Ungarischer Tanz (Johannes Brahms) – Ultraviolence (Lana del Rey) – Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars) – Video Games (Lana Del Rey) – Water under the bridge (Adele) – We don’t have to take our clothes off (Ella Eyre) – What are you doing New Year’s Eve (Ella Fitzgerald) – Younger (Seinabo Sey, Acoustic Session) – Your Song (Ellie Goulding Version)

Im Zuge meines Studiums legte ich eine (überschaubare) Pop Piano Repertoire Liste vor, die mögliche Unterrichts-Situationen reflektieren sollte – hier ist sie – sie wird kontinuierlich erweitert & weitere Anregungen werden dankend entgegengenommen…

Whilst studying I was asked to prepare a Pop Piano Repertoire List that could possibly reflect the material we might be dealing with – this is it, it’s being updated regularly & just in case you have further suggestions, please do let me know, thank you very much in advance…

Pop Piano Repertoire für klassische PianistInnen:
Pop Piano Repertoire for classically trained pianists:

Against all odds (Phil Collins)
All by myself (Eric Carmen)
All out of love (Air Supply)
Andromeda Heights (Paddy McAloon)
Angel in my heart (Mick Jagger)
Angie (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards)
A prisoner of the past (Paddy McAloon)
A slow song (Joe Jackson)
Be my number two (Joe Jackson)
Better off dead (Elton John/Bernie Taupin)
Bridge over troubled water (Paul Simon) – piano: Larry Knechtel
Bring on tomorrow (Barry Manilow/Enoch Anderson)
Bright eyes (Mike Batt)
Close Encounters (Clouseau)
Cry to heaven (Elton John, Bernie Taupin)
Deine Mutter (Rainhard Fendrich)
Desperado (Don Henley, Glenn Frey)
Don’t let it show (Alan Parons, Eric Woolfson)
Groovy kind of love (Toni Wine, Carole Bayer Sager)
Halt mich (Herbert Grönemeyer)
Hard to say I’m sorry (Peter Cetera & David Foster)
Hey Jude (Lennon/McCartney)
I don’t want to talk about it (Danny Whitten)
I’ll be home (Randy Newman)
I’ll be over you (Steve Lukather, Randy Goodrum)
I’ll be waiting (Lenny Kravitz/Craig Ross) – simple chords, tricky tempo
I’m counting on you (Chris de Burgh)
Imagine (John Lennon)
I need you to turn to (Elton John, Bernie Taupin)
In my life (Lennon/McCartney) – „harpsichord“ solo
In too deep (Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford/Tony Banks)
Lately (Stevie Wonder)
Lean on me (Bill Withers)
Lord is it mine (Rick Davies/Roger Hodgson)
Make it like a memory (Barry Gibb/Albhy Gluten)
Miss Sarajevo (Brian Eno & U2)
My heart (Neil Young)
Ne me quitte pas (Jaques Brel)
Penny Lane (Lennon/McCartney)
Real men (Joe Jackson)
Ruby Tuesday (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards)
Shadow of a lonely man (Eric Woolfson & Alan Parsons)
She’s always a woman (Billy Joel)
Shoot down the moon (Elton John, Bernie Taupin)
Sixty years on (Elton John/Bernie Taupin)
Something (George Harrison)
Still the same (Bob Seger)
Telegraph Road (Mark Knopfler)
The eagle will rise again (Eric Woolfson & Alan Parsons)
The long and winding road (Lennon/McCartney)
The way it is (Bruce Hornsby)
This night (Billy Joel)
To feel this way (Michael Been)
Too much love will kill you (Brian May, Frank Musker, Elizabeth Lamers) – Queen version
Tularosa (Paul Young/Drew Barfield)
Walking in Memphis (Marc Cohn)
We’ve got tonite (Bob Seger)
You don’t bring me flowers (Neil Diamond, Alan & Marylin Bergman)
You know what I mean (Phil Collins)

Pop Piano Repertoire für Jazz PianistInnen:
Pop Piano Repertoire for Jazz Pianists:

2000 Light years from home (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards)
After all (Al Jarreau, Jay Graydon, David Foster)
After the goldrush (Neil Young)
All I do (Stevie Wonder)
All woman (Lisa Stansfield, Ian Devaney, Andy Morris)
As (Stevie Wonder)
Baby grand (Billy Joel)
Bensonhurst Blues (Artie Kaplan/Artie Kornfeld)
Better off dead (Bill Withers)
Big man on Mulberry Street (Billy Joel)
Blue eyes (Elton John, Gary Osborne)
Butterfly (Lloyd Cole)
Calm before the storm (Christopher Neil, Peter Vale)
Casual conversations (Rick Davies & Rodger Hodgson)
Clouds across the moon (Richard Anthony Hewson)
Cool waters (Tanita Tikaram/Martin Winning)
Come together (Lennon/McCartney)
Crippled inside (John Lennon)
Don’t want to know (John Martyn) – John „Rabbit“ Bundrick, electric piano
Dust on my shoes (Tanita Tikaram)
Even now (Barry Manilow/Marty Panzer)
Everybody has a dream (Billy Joel)
Every time it rains (Randy Newman)
Fix you (Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, Will Champion)
For once in my life (Stevie Wonder)
Freedom! ’90 (George Michael)
Girl (Lennon/McCartney)
Girl in a sportscar (Chris Rea)
Going down to Cuba (Jackson Browne) – hear Jeff Young on the piano
Gotta serve somebody (Bob Dylan)
Gun (Gil Scott-Heron)
Hungry heart (Bruce Springsteen) – laid back, even eighth notes – tricky tempo
Happy ending (Joe Jackson)
Hello in there (John Prine)
I don’t want to talk about it (Danny Whitten) – Rod Stewart Version Live 1976 – 1998 Tonight’s the night
I feel the earth move (Carole King)
If leaving me is easy (Phil Collins)
I’ll be home (Randy Newman)
I’m a troubled man (Paddy McAloon)
In my own mind (Lyle Lovett)
Isn’t she lovely (Stevie Wonder)
It might be you (All of my life) (Dave Grusin/Alan Bergman/Marilyn Bergman)
I was only joking (Gary Grainger and Rod Stewart) – (focus on the piano solo played on Early take 4 from „The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971 – 1998“)
James (Billy Joel)
Josephine (Chris Rea) – live piano solo played by Max Middleton
Just like a woman (Bob Dylan) – Nina Simone Version in F#
Just the way you are (Billy Joel)
Killing me softly (Charles Fox/Norman Gimbal) – Roberta Flack (Live at Atlantic Records‘ 40th Anniversary Concert 1988)
Lady Day and John Coltrane (Gil Scott-Heron)
Last date (Floyd Cramer)
Lea (Steve Porcaro)
Learning how to live (Lucinda Williams) – piano solo
Letters from the 9th Ward/Goodbye Renee (Rickie Lee Jones/Michael Brown/Tony Sansone/Bob Calilli)
Like a rock (Bob Seger)
Living on the island (Chris de Burgh) – bass: John Giblin
London (Genuine Piano Mix) (Tennant/Lowe/Zippel)
Love on the air (Pete Townshend, David Gilmore)
Love will find someone for you (Paddy McAloon)
Master Blaster (Stevie Wonder)
Me and Mrs. Jones (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Cary Gilbert)
Mona Lisas & mad hatters Part Two (Elton John/Bernie Taupin) – (trumpet solo by Freddie Hubbard)
My melancholy blues (Freddie Mercury)
New kid in town (Don Henley, Glenn Frey & J. D. Souther)
New York state of mind (Billy Joel)
Nine to five (Dolly Parton)
Nobody knows me (Lyle Lovett) – piano: Matt Rollins
Not like this (Jeremy Lubbock)
Nothing compares to you (Prince)
One day I’ll fly away (Joe Sample, Will Jennings)
One of the broken (Paddy McAloon)
Over the hill (John Martyn) – no piano here, but a great song made up out of 2 chords
Popsicle Toes (Michael Franks) – e-piano: Joe Sample
Philadelphia (Neil Young)
Purple Rain (Prince)
Rehab (Amy Winehouse)
Red eyed and blue (Jeff Tweedy)
Rider in the rain (Randy Newman)
Rosie (Jackson Browne)
San Diego Serenade (Tom Waits)
Save me (John Deacon) – (tricky tempo)
Save me (Aimee Mann)
Send one your love (Stevie Wonder) – also: as played by Richard Tee
Short people (Randy Newman)
Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours (Stevie Wonder) – also: check out the Stuff (live) version with Richard Tee on piano
Song of Bernadette (Leonard Cohen)
Something broken (John Hiatt)
Son of a preacherman (John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins)
Steel River (Chris Rea) – piano solo by Max Middleton on „New Light Through Old Windows“
Still crazy after all these years (Paul Simon)
Sub-Culture – Edit (Gilian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Summer)
That’s all (Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford/Tony Banks)
The crying game (Geoff Stephens)
The late show (Jackson Browne)
There for her (Lloyd Cole)
Time after time (Cindy Lauper, Rob Hyman)
Train of love (Neil Young)
Waiting in the weeds (Don Henley, Steuart Smith) – piano solo
Watching the wheels (John Lennon)
When he shines (Dominic Bugatti/Peter Vale)
When Sly calls (Don’t touch that phone), (Michael Franks) – trumpet solo: Randy Brecker
Wild card in the pack (Paddy McAloon)
Wise up (Aimee Mann)
You are the sunshine of my life (Stevie Wonder)
You do (Aimee Mann)
You don’t bring me flowers (Neil Diamond, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman)
Your latest trick (Mark Knopfler)
You never give me your money (Lennon/McCartney)
You’ve got a friend (Carole King)
You win, I lose (Rick Davies)

Jazz Piano Repertoire für Pop PianistInnen:
Jazz Piano Repertoire for pop pianists:

A remark you made (Joe Zawinul)
Country (Keith Jarrett)
Ghosts (Randy Newman)
I can’t stand the rain (Ann Peebles, Don Bryant, Bernard „Bernie“ Miller)
It’s lonely at the top (Randy Newman)
Inner City Blues (Make me wanna holler) (Marvin Gaye & James Nyx)
It’s impossible (Oscar Peterson)
I wish I knew what it would be like to be free (Billy Taylor)
Johnsburg, Illinois (Tom Waits)
Lady Di’s Waltz (Oscar Peterson)
La mer (Beyond the sea) (Charles Trenet)
Look-a-here (Ramsey Lewis)
Love Ballade (Oscar Peterson)
Marie (Randy Newman)
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Joe Zawinul)
Mr. President (Randy Newman)
My baby just cares for me (Walter Donaldson), as played by Nina Simone
Nighttime (Oscar Peterson)
Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder)
Soldier’s Things (Tom Waits)
Sympathique (je ne veux pas travailler) (Pink Martini)
The „In“-Crowd (Billy Page), as played by The Ramsey Lewis Trio
What a wonderful world (Bob Thiele, George David Weiss)
Wheatland (Oscar Peterson)
When summer comes (Oscar Peterson)
Where or when (Lorenz Hart/Richard Rodgers)

Zusätzlicher Fokus: Das Theater Repertoire:
…and then, there is the Popular Theatre Music Repertoire:

Jaques Brel, Charles Trenet, Edith Piaf, Gilbert Becaud, Comedian Harmonists, Friedrich Hollaender (Marlene Dietrich), Brecht/Weill (Surabaya-Johnny, Barbara-Song, Bilbao-Song), Filmmusik-Piano (Themen u. a. von Elmar Bernstein, Twilight, Yann Tiersen, Ludovico Einaudi etc.), die großen Musical Songs (John Kander/Fred Ebb, Cole Porter, Lorenz Hart/Richard Rodgers, Jerry Herman, Harold Arlen/E. Y. Harburg, Victor Young/Edward Hermann, Jimmy Van Heusen, Leonard Bernstein, John Bucchino…) und der theatralische Pop von Maria Bill und Konstantin Wecker…

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