This piano rock artists list ranks the best piano rock bands and musicians by votes. The following list of the top 20 classic rock solo artists was compiled based on longevity of the performers, album sales, radio airplay, and their musical influence.

As indicated above, Elton took craziness and creativity to an extreme, suspending himself from his keyboards while garbed in all kinds of wild costumes. The last two members of the top 10 both died at 27. The song eventually re-builds to where it was before and the piano goes away, but the few moments it is there is just what this song needs to bump it up from very good to incredible.


Formed in 2000, the band consists of Ricky Sans, Chris Cron, Ryan…, Billy Joel (born William Martin Joel on May 9, 1949 in Bronx, New York, USA) is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. The feeling he puts into every note of it is simply incredible. Also known as the Night Tripper, he mixed rock, blues, zydeco, and zaniness with skill and savvy.

Jimi Hendrix claimed the ninth slot for his incredible electric guitar skills, though his career was cut short by his untimely death while Janis Joplin, whose powerful, raspy voice and explosive style was different from any other female rock artist’s also resulted in her death from a drug overdose at age 27. Oddly enough, the song "America" (from the score of West Side Story) was a mainstay of the group's set list.

The first half of “Layla” is hard rock, propelled by the guitars of Eric Clapton and Duane Allman. But beware the hot tub scene. Rounding out our list of top 20 classic rock solo artists are Tom Petty at number 19 and Lou Reed at number 20. You can find list after list of the greatest guitar solos in rock, but what about piano? Initially named "The Hush," the band changed their name to "The Hush Sound"…. About Us, This song has a aura to it like none other, mainly due to the piano, flute and Morrison’s haunting vocals. These days, Billy looks a lot like someone's benign granddad, as opposed to a stage-worthy showman.

However, he remained a master of the stage, kicking the piano bench over, playing keyboards with his heel, and jumping atop the baby grand, all while shaking his arms, bobbing his head, and throwing his unruly locks all over.

Besides, he started out as a real rocker courtesy of early outfits like Attila and the Hassles. Alice Cooper, at number 12, was influenced musically by the British Invasion in the ‘60s, but added his own unique live performance antics, costumes, and makeup, creating the Shock Rock genre in the process while number 14 Eddie Money originally set out to become a police officer but ended up a rock star after his debut 1977 album earned great chart success.