Elvis Costello: "Radio, Radio" Piano Sheet Music

Look, listen, and learn about Elvis Costello's New Wave Rock classic "Radio, Radio" featuring piano solo arrangements by Jennifer Eklund.

Elvis Costello: "Radio, Radio" Piano Sheet Music

About Elvis Costello:

Elvis Costello, born Declan Patrick MacManus on August 25, 1954, is an English singer-songwriter and musician who emerged during the late 1970s as part of the punk and new wave movements. Known for his distinctive voice and clever, often acerbic lyrics, Costello has explored various musical genres, including rock, punk, pop, and country. His debut album, “My Aim Is True” (1977), marked the beginning of a prolific career that spans several decades and encompasses collaborations with diverse artists. Costello’s hits include “Alison,” “Pump It Up,” and “Everyday I Write the Book.”

Costello’s most well-known personal relationship is with Canadian jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall. The two artists married in 2003 and have twin sons, Dexter and Frank, born in 2006. The couple occasionally collaborates on musical projects.

Over the years, he has continued to evolve stylistically, embracing elements of jazz, classical, and beyond. Costello’s versatility, prolific songwriting, and enduring influence have solidified his status as a respected and enduring figure in the music industry.

About “Radio, Radio”:

“Radio Radio” is a song written and performed by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. Initially titled “Radio Soul” in 1974, it underwent a transformation in 1977 to become a more assertive critique of the commercialization of English radio. Elvis Costello revised the lyrics to reflect his disillusionment with the music industry’s focus on financial gain over artistic value. The song was released as a standalone single in the UK in October 1978, reaching number 29 on the charts. Notably, “Radio Radio” was incorporated into the US version of Costello’s second album, “This Year’s Model,” replacing two other tracks.

The song’s performance on Saturday Night Live (SNL) in 1977 became iconic when, against the wishes of the show’s producers and his record company, Costello abruptly switched from the planned debut single, “Less Than Zero,” to “Radio Radio.” This led to a temporary ban from SNL until 1989. The controversial decision was inspired by Costello’s desire to defy industry pressure and criticize the state of radio broadcasting, aligning with his disdain for the commercialized nature of the music business.

“Radio Radio” has earned critical acclaim and has been featured on various compilation albums. Its lyrics, criticizing the compromised nature of radio and the industry, remain relevant, reflecting Costello’s perspective that radio has strayed from its original purpose of promoting music in favor of commercial interests. The song’s impact was further amplified by its bold SNL performance, showcasing Costello’s willingness to challenge industry norms and prioritize artistic integrity over conformity.


1. “Radio, Radio” Intermediate Piano Solo

Key features of the intermediate version:

  • Includes all verses, choruses, bridge, and full ending. Accurate transcription of the verses (which are slightly different)
  • In the original key or E major (don’t you love 4 sharps?)
  • 5 total pages
  • Run time is approximately 3:20

🧐 Sheet music sneak peek:


2. “Radio, Radio” Easy Piano Solo

Key features of the easy piano version:

  • Appropriate for late beginners
  • Transposed up a half-step to the key of F major
  • Includes all verses, choruses, bridge, and full ending. Accurate transcription of the verses (which are slightly different)
  • 5 total pages
  • Run time is approximately 3:20

🧐 Sheet music sneak peek:


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Jennifer Eklund
Written by Jennifer Eklund
Jennifer Eklund holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music from California State University, Long Beach. She is an avid arranger, composer, and author of the Piano Pronto® method books series as well as a wide variety of supplemental songbooks. She is also a Signature Artist with Musicnotes.com with a large catalog of popular music titles for musicians of all levels.

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