Piano rock

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Piano rock
Stylistic origins Rock
Typical instruments Mainly Piano or Keyboard; Sometimes accompanied by primary instruments such as Drums, Guitar, and Bass
Solo artists such as Aqualung helped propel the genre into the mainstream

Piano rock is a style of rock music that is based around the piano—and sometimes piano-related instruments such as keyboards–with piano typically replacing rhythm guitar as the rhythm instrument.[citation needed] Traditionally, piano rock has not been as prevalent as classic rock; however, modern groups such as Keane, Coldplay, The Fray, Jack's Mannequin, Muse, Ben Folds Five,[1] The Dresden Dolls,[2][3] and The Whitlams, and solo artists such as Elton John, Tori Amos, Vanessa Carlton, Billy Joel, PJ Harvey, Kate Bush,[citation needed] Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright,[citation needed] Jeff Reinholds,[citation needed] and Aqualung[4] have helped popularize the genre.


  1. ^ "Ben Folds Five - Whatever and Ever Amen". punknews.org. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Jordan Harper (5 May 2005). "River Front Times - May 5, 2005". Riverfront Times. Retrieved 28 August 2011. "Clearly, the Dolls are doing something right. Actually, they're doing almost everything right, bringing cabaret theatrics back to piano rock and mixing crowd-pleasing angst with real songwriting" 
  3. ^ Stéphane Leguay. "The Dresden Dolls". Premonition Magazine. Retrieved 28 August 2011. "Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione build and un-build a new form of piano-rock, sometimes burlesque (Coin-Operated Boy), or full of adrenalin (Girl Anachronism), sometimes perverse (Missed Me) or melancholic (Truce)." 
  4. ^ Luerssen, John D.. Piano rock at AllMusic. Retrieved 1 January 2013.