Recommend a song to me

I’m a big fan of music, and am looking to add some to my collection. I have a particular taste for songs that mix pop/rock with classical. I’m a big fan of Metallica’s S&M, Vanessa Carlton’s 1000 miles and Ordinary Day, and Elton John’s Tiny Dancer, if that gives you any ideas. Any good tunes (piano work a real plus) that fit this particular interest of mine? The harder the rock, the better, but any pop - rock type music will do.

Check out Elton John’s “Funeral for a Friend”
Angry Young Man by Billy Joel is good too.

Don’t know if it’s up your alley, but Ben Kweller does sort of a mix of pop/punk/rock and uses a lot of piano, especially in the slower songs. Sha Sha is one of my favorite newer albums.

Rufus Wainright does more modern music with great lyrics, though I wouldn’t call it rock. His parents are classical musicians, and he’s classically trained. Makes for great mellow music.

There was a similar thread here a week or two ago in which I and a lot of other people recommended Nightwish. You might check them out. I’ll see if I can find the thread

Ah, here it is.

“This Woman’s Work” - Kate Bush, not a rocker, but great piano work

“Year of the Cat” - Al Stewart, ditto

Speaking of Sir Reginald, Dream Theater did a great cover of Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding. It’s a little harder than the original. You may want to check out some of their other material, as it tends to be theatrical and musically ambitious (though it inevitably strays into pretentiousness from time to time). Images and Words is a great album. A Change of Seasons may be more accessible since it consists of covers, plus the epic 23-minute title track which shows off a lot of their skills. I’d avoid Once in a Livetime.

Try Evanescence. Their new album, Fallen, is pretty darn good. Hasn’t left my player for about a week. The vocals are f’ing incredible.

Tori Amos is an incredible artist, and would fit into an “alternative” category. Same with Aimee Mann. You might like em…Ever heard of Apocalyptica? They orchestrate Metallica songs–some are pretty cool.

This might not what you are looking for, but I recommend that you listen to Blackmore’s Night. They are sort ot medieval/pop but you will like them! Better if you like Deep Purple and Rainbow[/].
Speaking of Rainbow, the first 3 albums with Dio have some classical moments. Ritchie has also done an incredible Beethoven’s 5th rendition in Difficult to Cure IIRC

Here are your community picks based on the listening habits of other MUSICMATCH users who also listen to “Metallica”.


  1. Megadeth
  2. Pantera
  3. Iron Maiden
  4. Rob Zombie
  5. Black Sabbath
  6. White Zombie
  7. Ozzy Osbourne
  8. Soundgarden
  9. Godsmack
  10. Rammstein
  11. Alice in Chains
  12. Apocalyptica
  13. Guns N’ Roses
  14. Static-X
  15. Tool
  16. Disturbed
  17. Rage Against the Machine
  18. Sepultura
  19. Marilyn Manson
  20. Mötley Crüe
  21. Judas Priest
  22. Slayer
  23. Korn
  24. Stone Temple Pilots
  25. AC/DC


  1. A Beautiful Life by Everclear
  2. A Bit of Finger/Sleeping Village/Warning by Black Sabbath
  3. Welcome to the Machine by Pink Floyd
  4. D.T. by AC/DC
  5. Nothing from Something by The Offspring
  6. Wishing Well by Black Sabbath
  7. Iron Man by Ozzy Osbourne
  8. I Was Made for Lovin’ You by Kiss
  9. Poor Tom by Led Zeppelin
  10. Love Walks In by Van Halen

The Requiem for a Dream soundtrack might be up your alley. It’s techno & violins, I’ve been listening to it a lot lately.

Here are your community picks based on the listening habits of other MUSICMATCH users who also listen to “Vanessa Carlton”.


  1. Michelle Branch
  2. Alanis Morissette
  3. Jewel
  4. Sarah McLachlan
  5. Norah Jones
  6. Vanessa Amorosi
  7. Vertical Horizon
  8. Counting Crows
  9. Dave Matthews
  10. Shakira
  11. Sheryl Crow
  12. John Mayer
  13. Liane Foly
  14. Peter Gabriel
  15. Neil Finn
  16. Ryan Adams
  17. Tori Amos
  18. Jennifer Love Hewitt
  19. Lifehouse
  20. Lisa Loeb
  21. Lenny Kravitz
  22. Santana
  23. Shana Morrison
  24. Thrush Hermit
  25. Dido


  1. Liar by Tonic
  2. Don’t Let Me Get Me by Pink
  3. Sell Sell Sell by Barenaked Ladies
  4. I’m Gonna Getcha Good! by Shania Twain
  5. Mr. Freeze by K’s Choice
  6. I Won’t Leave You Lonely by Shania Twain
  7. Si Je M’En Sors by Julie Zenatti
  8. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Tori Amos
  9. Don’t Drink the Water by Dave Matthews
  10. Nothing Is Good Enough [Instrumental] by Aimee Mann

Here are your community picks based on the listening habits of other MUSICMATCH users who also listen to “Elton John”.


  1. Joseph Williams
  2. Carmen Twillie
  3. Billy Joel
  4. Fleetwood Mac
  5. Paul McCartney
  6. Joe Cocker
  7. The Doobie Brothers
  8. Kiki Dee
  9. Bread
  10. Dire Straits
  11. The Moody Blues
  12. Neil Diamond
  13. Chicago
  14. David Bowie
  15. Steely Dan
  16. Crosby, Stills & Nash (And Young)
  17. Peter Gabriel
  18. Simon & Garfunkel
  19. The Police
  20. Joshua Kadison
  21. Paul Simon
  22. Heart
  23. Dionne Warwick
  24. Wings
  25. Peter Frampton


  1. The Spy by The Doors
  2. Bad Company [From Bad Company] by Bad Company
  3. When We Dance by Sting
  4. Love You by Syd Barrett
  5. Knowing Me, Knowing You by ABBA
  6. Road to Hell by Chris Rea
  7. Long Time by Boston
  8. No One But You (Only the Good Die Young) by Queen
  9. Blue Christmas by The Platters
  10. Walking on the Moon by The Police

Guns-n-Roses Use Your Illusion I & II

You’ll freak out when you hear November Rain

My thanks all for your responses so far. Mr. Blue Sky, all I can say is :smack: , how could I forget Year of the Cat!?!. One of my favorites of all time. A little down, but great. I like Kate Bush’s Running up that Hill, so I’ll definitely check out This Woman’s Work

I’ll definitely sample all suggestions. fizgig’s link to the other thread, is proof that all questions have already been asked. The OP in that post is exactly what I’m looking for. Looks like I need to check out Godspeed You!Black Emperor and Nightwish

You guys rock.