The piano is a truly underrated instrument. Often viewed as the most basic of all musical instruments, next only to the recorder in lameness, the humble piano is more capable than it is given credit for. Rockabilly, jazz, R&B, piano, hip hop, and ballads can be played on the piano.

Here is a selection of tracks that show off just what the piano is capable of. Retro throwbacks, heartwrenching ballads, piano-esque synths, seductions, laments, there is little the piano cannot achieve, and this is merely a small sampling of its powers.