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Chapter 100: Piano Men

Piano-driven classic rock

A long, long time ago, rockers who wanted to show their melodic, sensitive side put their axes down to get handsy with 88 keys. Even Lennon and McCartney rebounded from a tough breakup with beautiful piano ballads. Two masters of the form each get three songs here: Billy Joel, the bard of Long Island, from a period when he seemingly spoke in indelible hooks, and Elton John, the madman across the water, whose muscular, stadium-filling style could never be called 'tickling the ivories.'
1. Elton John

Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)

2. Paul McCartney

Maybe I'm Amazed

3. Billy Joel

Piano Man

4. Elton John

Tiny Dancer

5. Billy Joel

Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)

6. John Lennon

Jealous Guy

7. Don McLean

American Pie

8. Leon Russell

A Song For You

9. Elton John

Bennie and the Jets

10. Billy Joel

New York State of Mind