Top 10 Most Recognizable Opening Piano Chords of All Time

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  1. Great list! Definitely the most recognizable, for better (#3) or worse (#1). :)

  2. Jamie Reidy says:

    Thanks, JVT!

  3. OMGTheseAreNotTheBestPianoChordsEver – YouAreSoWrong! ;) lol

    Anyway, love the list. I was surprised not to see an entire list of Elton John songs, but then I saw the bit about ‘one song per band.’ And yeah, Bennie & The Jets has got to be the most recognizable of his…just reading that and the opening started going in my head. And now it won’t leave. Thanks, Jamie. :D

  4. Jameseq says:

    Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
    I love it, ive always loved its haunting aroma. I had grown up in the 80s listening to boomer radio DJ’s play this. With the fracturing and narrowcasting of the past 15yrs, i did wonder how today’s young people would be aware of recent yesteryear’s music. However it appears from youtube comments that computer games like GTA, have stepped in and performed the role of conduit

    Boomer musicians were indeed mighty in the range and quality of their youth-musics. The genres between 1965 to1990 – only musics of blues, nu orleans and hot jass generation can compete, to my mind.
    I offer another Mmmonster rock tune – “Hold the line” ,(love isnt always on time) by TOTO.
    Epic, too many things to love about this song but i particularly love the steady cockrock strutbeat and timbres, of the snare and kickdrum. Thats real manly swagger juice, babie – *The peacock performs his dance. Strut!Strut!Strut!Strut!*

  5. I’m actually not a huge fan of this song, but as for most recognizable, you might have to include:

    “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon.

    (Esp since lazy rip-off artist Kid Rock shamelessly sampled it for his derivative “All Summer Long.”)

  6. Billy K says:

    Not sure why NewYears Day by U2 isn’t on this list . Just sayin.

  7. Jamie Reidy says:

    Billy K – doesn’t NYD start w a bass line?

  8. ever heared about Baba O’Reily? but the lesser known band The Who? beats all of those easily ;)

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