Following is a list of familiar pop songs in their piano covers. Each song offers the beginner a chance to practice the piano chords and various piano skills they have learned. All of these songs below are reasonably popular songs that should be easy to recognize once you get the hang of playing them. 

The tempos of some songs may seem harder to play. You can always go slow to get the hang of playing the songs or sections with which you may struggle. If you feel unsure of how to play the song, there are plenty of online tutorials both through the various piano programs and actual people teaching the piano keystrokes.

 1.) Counting Stars, by One Republic 
The tempo of the original song may seem slightly hard, but the chords are uncomplicated and repetitive. 

 2.) Radioactive, by Imagine Dragons 

This song may seem hard at first due to the tempo, and there is more movement with both hands to play each note. This tune offers fun repetitive chords that are easy to sing along too.  

 3.) Hello, by Adele 

An easy tune to play for beginners. The tempo is already fairly slow and has repetitive piano chords throughout the song.  

 4.) Clocks, by Coldplay 

This a cool song to play on the piano because it sounds great when played slowly and at regular tempo. The notes are repetitive, which is another plus to this great song.  

 5.) Faded, by Alan Walker 

Another excellent song for beginners because the tempo is already slow. The notes are simple and repetitive along with the chords.  

 6.) Don’t You Worry Child, by Swedish House Mafia 

A cool song to play on the piano when you want more of a challenge with chords and tempo. This catchy tune is predominantly piano chords.  

 7.) See You Again, by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 

This beautiful song is from the “Fast and the Furious Seven” movie. You, too, can play this fantastic tune because it has a slightly slower tempo and the notes are also relatively repetitive throughout. This cool song makes for another way to challenge your piano chord knowledge 

Why should you learn to play modern songs?

Songs are a part of piano practice sessions. When you take traditional piano lessons, as a beginner, you will likely meet two types of song: children songs, like Mary Had a Little Lamb or Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and classical pieces from prolific composers like Mozart, Bach, Chopin.

Have you ever wanted to change that?

Instead of walking down the traditional path with these songs, why not take a chance and learn modern piano lessons, which allows you to choose any song from any genre you want to practice? 

Here are two reasons why you should consider switching from classic and children songs to modern songs.

  • The inspiration motivates you to practice.

There is no hate between you and children songs or classical stuff, sure, but think about it, are you willing to practice them for a week, or even a month at a time? It can take a few months to years before being able to move on to pieces you enjoy. There is a chance you might find practice like daily chores, and that’s not okay. Learning piano should be fun, not boring or tiring.

People are inspired and more productive when doing what they love or when there are parts of the job they are interested in. Skipping children songs and classics to learn modern piano songs allows you to find inspiration in practicing music and achieve your goal faster. Admit it: One of the reasons you started learning piano is because you want to play your favorite songs, right?

  • Not everyone enjoys children songs or classics.

Children songs, apparently, are for children and some people find classics difficult to listen to. Learning piano online is a great way to entertain your family and friends, so unless your “audiences” are kids or people who love classics, it is unlikely that you will be asked to play those pieces. 

Modern songs, on the other hand, are more welcomed and easy to enjoy because they are heard every day. You can also play them in almost any recital and get people to sing along, while it might be a little bit awkward (for adults) to chant little ditties, and apparently there is no way to sing along to classics.

Seven easy popular songs to play on piano for adult beginners 

For the older adult beginners, here is a list of a few favorite songs to play on the piano that you may recognize. Each song offers a different way to apply the various chords in an easy-to-play manner. Some songs are more rock and roll-based while others still have that pop genre feel.  

 1.) What a Wonderful World, by Louis Armstrong 

This wonderfully calming jazz tune is easy to play and great for practicing piano chords.  

 2.) Stand by Me, by Ben E. King 

A beautiful tune that is also very easy to play.  

 3.) Knockin‘ On Heaven’s Door, by Bob Dylan 

A cool song to play on the piano that has a very easy-to-play tempo. The notes are simple and repetitive, which is excellent for beginners who need to get the hang of the basics.  

 4.) Stairway to Heaven, by Led Zeppelin 

A lovely tune that is reasonably easy to learn and play. 

 5.) Imagine, by John Lennon 

This great tune offers a steady tempo and repetitive chord practice.  

 6.) Let It Be, by The Beatles 

A great song to play that has a reasonable tempo and significant usage of piano chords. 

 7.) Hotel California, by The Eagles
If you want a real challenge for when you get bored of slow tempos or overly repetitive tunes, this song may be for you. It is a slightly hard song to play, but it is a great way to practice the piano because of the wide range of notes used within the song. A great piece of music for any long-term piano goal you may have.