My son is a talented piano player he can pick up a song quick and memorizie it in no time.

He is a Sophmore in High School and really a cool kid, yes I'm bias. My question is what are some songs he should be able to play at parties, get togethers or any case where he may have a piano and a audience to play for and sing along?

 

 

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Cold As Ice?
Being a jazz guy, I'd lean that way. A lot jazz standards out there, think Sinatra, Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall, style, technique, classy stuff. 
I play the piano a bit, and while I can't answer your question for all months of the year, during the Christmas season he could play Christmas music. I say this because there are a ton of related piano songs that everyone at a party would enjoy listening to and singing along with.
Piano Man, of course!
Jerry Lee Lewis, everyone has heard great balls of fire at least once in their lifetime. The man exudes cool.
Moonlight Sonata was my personal favorite to play on the piano. It has no words, though, making it hardly a sing-a-long.

Depends what music he and his friends are into. 

 

On the extremely rare occaison I'm at a party and people actually want me to play, I keep it simple. Hallelujah, Mad World, Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt. Hurt and Hallelujah particularly are simple enough for me to play it when I'm blind, someone who's never touched a piano before could learn them in a week. 

 

If I'm sober for some reason, I'd probably just add in Comptine d'un autre été. 4 songs is plenty for people to start getting bored

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Jazz. Anything from 1910-1960. Those songs are infinitely timeless. Standards. Pop classics. Learn them. I do. 

If he can read music, he should go to www.kylelandry.com. This guy has put up a lot of modern sheet music for free on his site. There are a lot of movie scores, Disney themes, and pop songs that most people will know available to download. Look him up on youtube, the guy is extremely talented.

Marius Nordal has a CD of piano music for baby boomers....here's a sample:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYIOlc46X_Y

You can also listen to samples here:

 

Boomer Jazz

Definitely "Bennie and the Jets" by Elton John. Or "Skyline Pigeon" - those are two of my faves from him. Also "Love" from John Lennon isn't a bad one either, if your son is into them slow tunes. Oldies usually sound awesome when played on piano - though some people probably might not know them and so might not sing along. Hits from Sinatra are definitely ones your son should probably learn, also look into Charles Aznavour - he's like Sinatra but takes a different approach. "To My Daughter" by Aznavour is a pretty tragic, fatherly song. Electric Light Orchestra has several awesome songs on piano, such as "Wild West Hero", "Telephone Line", and the ever-so-popular "Mr. Blue Sky".

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