1. Auld Lang Syne
The traditional New Year’s song. A nice song to sing and play together – Scotland’s gift to the world.
2. Londonderry Air / Danny Boy
An Irish song with more than one title.
Värmlandsvisan (Ack, Värmeland, du sköna) is an extremely melancholic and beautiful Swedish song.
4. Ievan polkka (Ieva’s Polka)
A former viral Internet hit, the Finnish-based Ievan polkka is a lot of fun to play with the piano.
5. Whiskey in the Jar
Good old Irish song for good times! As long as there’s some whiskey in the jar, the life is great for the pianist, as well.
6. Sakura, Sakura
A famous Japanese song about cherry blossoms and how they only bloom for a week before falling. This song is from the Edo period.
7. Scarborough Fair
An old English ballad with a tranquil, Dorian harmony and melody.
8. Täällä Pohjantähden alla (Here Beneath the Northern Star)
Perhaps the most loved traditional song in Finland is this one. Full of sorrow, yet so beautiful.
The Russian traditional song “Korobeiniki” is known also as the “Tetris song” – having been chosen the background music of the famous video game. The original song is a story about a travelling merchant.
10. Oh! Susanna
A true American song, often played with the banjo. Oh! Susanna is also a great choise for a pianist – and quite easy, too!