Looking for instrumental music for your wedding ceremony and reception? You can’t decide on what kind of music to choose? Try piano music. Pianos have the advantage of being versatile instruments, able to play plenty of music pieces from jazz and classical to pop music.
They are capable to pass from easy background music during dinner and to dancing music for the rest of the evening, being a great choice for a wedding. They can also perform classical music at the ceremony, if desired.
Piano music creates a mix of emotions, being melancholic, inspirational and playful. Here are some of the best songs that can be played with piano accompaniment.
Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn
Marc Cohn wrote this song after an Al Green sermon in Memphis. The lyric are a spiritual awakening in the world of blues and soul rock music. This piano song grew in popularity on the US and UK charts, earning Cohn a 1991 Best New Artist Grammy.
Piano Man by Billy Joel
This 1973 song has a simple sound with lyrics referring to people’s unfulfilled dreams. The piano combines with the harmonica make the song sound beautiful and romantic in a particular way.
Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon
This 1978 song was co-written by LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel and Warren Zevon. The piano sound fits well with the chorus refrain and the odd lyrics such as: “I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic’s / His hair was perfect.” The song has been covered by artists such as Jimmy Buffett and Adam Sandler.
The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby and the Range
This beautiful piano-driven song was inspired from the civil rights movement. Some lyrics are as follows: “Well they passed a law in ’64 / To give those who ain’t got a little more / But it only goes so far / Because the law don’t change another’s mind.” The piano medley was also sampled in Tupac’s 1998 single Changes.
Lean on Me by Bill Withers
The lyrics of this song come from Bill Withers’ childhood memories. The nice piano sound followed by Withers soulful vocals will cap the attention of the audience. The single reached no. 1 on the 1972 Billboard Hot 100.
Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul Mccartney
This song was featured on Paul McCartney 1970 album, but the piano version was never released as a single. It is a romantic song dedicated to Paul McCartney’s late wife Linda.
Tiny Dancer by Elton John
The lyrics of the song were composed by Bernie Taupin and are about his first wife Maxine Feibelman. The piano song was featured on Elton John 1972 album Madman Across the Wateronly being covered by Ben Folds, Tim McGraw and Dave Grohl.
Let It Be by The Beatles
This classic song was inspired by a dream of Paul McCartney about his mother. There are three versions of this tune: two are official releases and the third is an unofficial track from the Get Back album.
Imagine by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band
The tune was written in 1971 on a white grand piano while Lennon was with his wife at his estate in England. John Lennon sings about world peace and love. Although is has almost 40 years old and this song is still a classic.
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