In need of something to take your mind off things?
2020 has seen millions of people spending more time at home in lockdown due to COVID-19 restrictions. While that has come with a variety of complications and difficulties, it has meant that some people have been lucky enough to spend time learning new things. For others in need of solace, Virtual Piano has offered the opportunity to play songs that offer hope, comfort and reassurance. We've taken a look at the top songs that have been played during the first half of 2020 and we've identified the top 10. Some of them are all-time favourites, some are new pop songs and some make you want to dance around the room. So take a look and see what you think of the top lockdown piano songs.
1. Megalovania - Toby Fox
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 6 (INTERMEDIATE) | TARGET LENGTH: 02:38
This ever-popular song from the game Undertale is one of Toby Fox's most well-known tracks. First released in 2015, it still remains a firm favourite and is one of our most popular songs to play on Virtual Piano. Upbeat and with techno vibes, this song is both recognisable and entertaining.
2. Into the Unknown – Idina Menzel (Frozen 2)
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 4 (EASY) | TYPE: DISNEY | TARGET LENGTH: 02:54
Another catchy and beautiful song by Idina Menzel from the Frozen movies. This song is a rallying cry to go forward into the future, even if it is uncertain. Its a song about following your calling and its a fantastic one to sing really loud.
3. Ocean Eyes - Billie Eilish
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 4 (EASY) | TARGET LENGTH: 01:00
The song that catapulted this unknown teen into superstardom. Written by her brother Finneas O'Connell, this enchanting Billie Eilish song is haunting on the piano.
4. Wet Hands - C418 (Minecraft)
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 5 (INTERMEDIATE) | TARGET LENGTH: 01:18
Another gaming classic, this time from the inimitable C418 also known as German music producer Daniel Rosenfeld. Included in the album Minecraft – Volume Alpha, released in 2011, Wet Hands is one of the refrains most used in the Minecraft game. The song translates well to the piano and you can experiment with the transpose function to make it more melancholy or up-beat as you prefer.
5. Dance Monkey - Tones and I
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 4 (EASY) | TARGET LENGTH: 03:00
First released in 2019, Dance Monkey became a global hit for Australian artist Tones and I. Tones and I's unique vocals and the songs catchy beat, propelled the song to number 1 in more than 30 countries. It's the perfect song for when you need a bit of a dance around the room.
6. Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 6 (INTERMEDIATE) | TARGET LENGTH: 03:58
An upbeat pop song from one of the UK's most successful musical exports of the decade, Ed Sheeran. Its a song about new romance and its fun, tropical feel is an instant mood booster.
7. Memories – Maroon 5
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 7 (INTERMEDIATE) | TARGET LENGTH: 05:00
This is a well-known song about loss from the American pop-rock sensation Maroon 5. The song has echoes of Canon in D by Pachelbel and was written to mark the passing of the band's longtime manager Jordan Feldstein. Though the song is sad, it highlights the power of memories and their ability to heal us.
8. River Flows in You – Yiruma
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 5 (INTERMEDIATE) | TARGET LENGTH: 02:32
First released in 2001, this elegant piano piece was featured in the Twilight Saga films where it gained a worldwide fan base. Composed and performed by South-Korean British composer and pianist Lee Ru-ma, better known as Yiruma, this piece is a soothing piano classic.
9. Believer – Imagine Dragons
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 6 (INTERMEDIATE) | TARGET LENGTH: 04:50
Another hit from the American pop rock group Imagine Dragons. The song was released in 2017 and has been used as eh soundtrack to a number of advertisements. The song's theme is one of strength in the face of adversity.
10. Blinding Lights - The Weeknd
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 2 (EASY) | TARGET LENGTH: 02:18
The single that marked the welcome return of Canadian artist The Weekend to the music scene. Blinding Lights became a huge hit in more than 30 countries and some have gone so far as to call it the song of 2020. There's no doubt this dance meet disco track has become an instant classic.
So take your pick from the top lockdown piano songs and try your hand at something new
Whether you need a pick me up to boost your spirits or a classic piano piece to bring out some nostalgia, there's something for everyone in this top 10.