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?
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".
A couple of totally disparate suggestions. Scott Joplin rags are a lot of fun. On a more relaxing note, I love the piano music in the Kiera Knightly Pride and Prejudice.
Only problem with Scott Joplin is every damn song sounds exactly the same... a rag is a rag is a rag is a rag!
I'm surprised no one brought up Fur Elise. It's Beethoven, but in the right setting it's great (a coffee shop for example). Everyone loves Fur Elise and it's great to showcase your piano skills.
A more contemporary song is Lake Shore Drive by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah. It's very Chicago-specific, but without lyrics the piano owns the song. I'd definitely go for those two.
I don't think Fur Elise is a very skill based song....
But Lake Shore Drive is a solid tune.