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Best pop piano writers of last 15 years
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Hi all,

I'm a piano player (do piano bar work) and piano teacher, and I want to expand my pop knowledge and repertoire.

I've always been at least as interested in pop music as I am in other styles like classical and jazz, but I feel like I haven't kept up with the latest pop artists like I used to.

So I'm wondering - who are you favourite piano-based pop singers and songwriters from the last 15 years?

Obviously I'm familiar with old stuff like Elton, Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder. And I'm a huge Tori Amos fan. I know bits and pieces by Vanessa Carlton and Alicia Keys.

What else am I missing out on?

Thanks,
-Paul



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Well, it depends on your definition of pop. There's Norah Jones, Sarah Mclachlan, and Sheryl Crow, to name a few. They may not be recent, exactly.

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How about Bruce Hornsby?


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Coldplay

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Ben Folds


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Little_Blue_Engine #1785449 11/08/11 06:07 PM
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Thanks everyone.

I am familiar with most of these. Ben Folds is great.

I don't know much Bruce Hornsby beyond "The Way It Is", which I love. Sarah McLachalan is okay - a bit Tori-lite for me, perhaps.

I like Sheryl Crow and Coldplay very much, but I'm not sure if I would say they were piano-based (especially the former).

Norah leaves me a little bored.

Rufus Wainwright's catalogue is definitely something I should get to know better.

Anyone else? I wondered if there were some newer/younger artists that I'd missed out on ...
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I like Korean artist Yiruma's compositions, especially:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=1p_ebSseEq8

and:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=jCSe66pWNmc


Calling it pop is a stretch, maybe borderline contemporary new-age, but he definitely meets your criteria: young, popular with his many fans, and current.

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KlinkKlonk #1785663 11/09/11 12:55 AM
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Originally Posted by KlinkKlonk


Thanks for that, KlinkKlonk. I know all of "Want One" and a few songs from "Want Two", but I missed this one. Great selection.

-Jason

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Regina Spektor is easily my favorite songwriter of the last decade.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LziZ...p;playnext=1&list=PLB7CC405F8ECEF970

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Lady Gaga's music works surprisingly well on piano.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgChlUnjCgo

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Here's a very small sample of popular (piano playing) artists and songs I enjoy:

Canadian , Patrick Watson , in this piece "To build a Home" with Cinematic Orchestra. Lots more of his music available on Youtube.

http://youtu.be/bjjc59FgUpg

Imogen Heap performing her piece "Hide and Seek"

http://youtu.be/eAKh26bfkpw

and the brilliant Thom Yorke (Radiohead) playing solo piano, his piece "Videotape".

http://youtu.be/-kCKob1YKOU

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Keane.
http://www.youtube.com/user/KeaneVEVO

Somewhere Only We Know
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oextk-If8HQ

Is It Any Wonder
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlGqF3eTgcs

But in my opinion, the best piano bar I went to... The guys were able to play any thing, from any genre from classical to rap.


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Matt Bellamy of Muse wrote some great music with piano in their earlier albums. He is quite the proficient piano player as well as an excellent guitarist.


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Slowdown #1787076 11/11/11 01:27 PM
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I like all the suggestions above plus

The Fray
Fiona Apple
Joshua Kadison
Jack's Mannequin / Something Corporate
Sara Barelis


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I'll second Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright. The former rips on the piano, and has a great sense of Pop. The latter is more Lyrical, and not quite as good a pianist, but still worthwhile.

Check out Ben Folds ripping up the piano on his "Philosophy" (especially starting at around 3:40): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i76r0B3o1c

Love it.

For lyrical songwriting, you can't beat "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" by Rufus Wainwright:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6N0sNMKFO4

Then, of course, there's the two of them them together going all cheese on George Michael's "Careless Whispers": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q01WCVrgQaU



This Rufus Wainwright has

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Perhaps not as "piano-y" but still able to be covered on piano and seriously fun is the lesser known party band Man Man with a lead singer that plays a Wurlitzer:

Here's a great one of them crammed into the back of a cab:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4E1V4nalbQ&feature=related

And my favorite song of theirs, "Van Hesling Boombox":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-7I6Fw5LUY&NR=1


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Playing by ear and "filling out" pop tunes
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Coldplay is my choice.

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Meatloaf songs are great on piano, and are sometimes a little challenging to play, but everybody will enjoy them.

Lady Gaga/Adele are quite modern artists whose songs are also great to play on piano.

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You may wish to check out John Legend especially his hit - Ordinary People.

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