The Most Recognisable Piano Pieces

List Rules
Pieces famous because of the piano. Bad: 'Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman?', piano version of 'Pavane', etc.

Certain piano pieces have been done to death. Many of them are perfectly good pieces, such as Moonlight and the Entertainer, but too much of a good thing inevitably becomes a bad thing. If you hear anyone talking endlessly about these pieces, there's a good chance he or she pretends to know a thing about music when he or she doesn't know anything at all.

Please only list pieces that are (at least partially) famous because of the piano. Examples of works that should not be listed:

-Pavane by Fauré - although originally for the piano, it's the orchestrated version that's famous
-Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman by Mozart - only famous because of Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars and the Alphabet Song; few people can play the variations in their heads.

Examples of works that can be listed:
-Ragtime Dance by Joplin - originally has lyrics, but that version is long forgotten
-Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov - Although many versions are known, including the original and violin arrangement, Rach's piano arrangement is one of the best-known versions
-Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Liszt - the orchestral version is famous, but not as known as the original piano version
-Toccata and Fugue by Bach - everyone's heard that on the piano, right?

Rule of thumb: Do you think someone who knows nothing about classical music has heard it played on the piano before? If the answer is yes, list it!

*Also, CONCERTOS COUNT!*
Ranked by
  • Fur Elise
    1
    Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Moonlight Sonata
    2
    Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Rondo Alla Turca
    3
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Clair de Lune
    4

    Clair de Lune

  • 5
  • Flight of the Bumblebee
    6

    Flight of the Bumblebee

    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergei Rachmaninov
  • First Movement from Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 16
    8

    First Movement from Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 16

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
    9

    Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565

    Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Fantasie Impromptu
    10
    Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Maple Leaf Rag
    12

    Maple Leaf Rag

  • Gymnopédie No. 1
    13

    Gymnopédie No. 1

    Erik Satie
  • Hungarian Rhapsody No.2
    14

    Hungarian Rhapsody No.2

  • Arabesque No.1
    15

    Arabesque No.1

  • La Campanella
    17
    Franz Liszt
  • Minute Waltz
    18

    Minute Waltz

  • Polonaise, Op. 53 A-Flat Major "Heroic"
    19

    Polonaise, Op. 53 A-Flat Major "Heroic"

  • Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangement)
    20

    Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangement)

    J. S. Bach
  • Anna Magdalena Notebook: Minuet in G minor, BWV Anh. 115
    21

    Anna Magdalena Notebook: Minuet in G minor, BWV Anh. 115

  • Piano Man
    22

    Piano Man

    Billy Joel
  • Hungarian Dance #5
    23

    Hungarian Dance #5

  • Piano Concerto No. 2
    24

    Piano Concerto No. 2

  • Rhapsody in Blue
    25
    George Gershwin