Friday Top: 15 Best Chord Progressions

As voted by UG community.

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Friday Top: 15 Best Chord Progressions

This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the people of UG community discussing the matter of greatest chord progressions ever. Based on your votes and almost 200 comments, we summed this one up to a Top 15 rundown. Dig in!

15. Django Reinhardt - Minor Swing

Kicking things off, you folks voted for the tune RDSElite described as "ridiculously versatile in its simplicity, especially in more modern renditions." It's Django Reinhardt's "Minor Swing": Am6 / Dm6 / E7 / Am6 / Dm6 / Am6 / E7 / Am6-E7

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14. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Little Wing

Up next, another legend: Mr. Jimi Hendrix and "Little Wing."

13. Alice in Chains - Nutshell

As Tonganation noted, "definitely not an easy one to count out, I always play it by feel. Em7, G, D, and Cadd9 if I have it right. Sounds excellent!" This week's Lucky 13 is Alice in Chains and "Nutshell."

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12. Radiohead - Pyramid Song

Up next, you folks voted for Radiohead and "Pyramid Song" - F# G A G G9.

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11. Eagles - Hotel California

Bringing us a step closer to the Big 10, it's another classic tune - Eagles and "Hotel California."

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10. Am-G-F

As selkayann noted, "'Ziggy Stardust,' 'Stairway to Heaven', half of the Iron Maiden catalogue..." Am-G-F at No. 10!

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9. Opeth - The Drapery Falls

Solo9x noted: "Something like Cm9 Bbm9  B6sus4 Bb Bb/F# Cm if I remember correctly?", with Owen556 chiming in: "That's just the intro! Then there's the sexy verse where its like an Aminadd9. Such a good song." "Drapery Falls" at No. 9!

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8. Led Zeppelin - Kashmir

At No. 8, you folks voted Led Zeppelin and "Kashmir."

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7. Pachelbel's Canon in D

Up next, a touch of classical vibe: D-A-Bm-F#m-G-D-G-A

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6. King Crimson - The Court of the Crimson King [chorus]

"FIND A MORE EPIC CHORD PROGRESSION," Mr. Stranger dares ya...

5. G-C-D-Am-Em-G

Here's Stewie to explain a few things to ya...

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4. Pink Floyd - Breathe

Just a step away from the Top 3, it's Pink Floyd and "Breathe," the part right before the verse - Cmaj7-Bm7-Fmaj7-G-D7#9-D7b9-Em.

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3. Am-F-C-G

You know that chord progression that's poppin' up on lotsa places? A bronze it is!

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2. Pink Floyd - Us and Them

In the words of BassFishin, "No matter how many times I hear it, that third organ chord just gives me the chills."

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1. I-IV-V

At the throne of UG this week, the one, the only... I-IV-V!

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0. E, E, E, E, E, E, etc.

At the true throne of UG this week, all hail da King! 

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That's all folks! Feel free to post your personal favorite chord progressions in the comment section below. We hope you enjoyed the top, stay tuned until next week for another WQ!

24 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Nice seing Opeth. The Drapery Falls is such an amazing song.  Also, Harvest. Kills me every time. 
    That version of Canon in D is pretty sweet.  Might have to check out those tabs.
     Per-Olov Kindgren is one of my favorite guitarists check out the rest of his stuff. He is still very active and does have a lot of tabs available. 
    Was definitely expecting Hangar 18/Call of the ktulu in here! Nothing too fancy, just a really cool chord sequence
    This is such a disjointed, inconsistent, poorly planned list. UG didn't even bother to add the chord progressions to the ones that didn't have them... on a list about chord progressions! Some entries are specific progressions, and some are just entire songs with multiple parts thrown in there without any indication which part we're considering one of the greatest progressions of all time. And are they in order by ratio? Because I-IV-V eventually wound up with the gold, but it was in like
    My nomination gets in the list for 2nd time in a row! feels great again
    Per-Olov Kindgren is one of my favorite guitarists check out the rest of his stuff. He is still very active and does have a lot of tabs available.
    In the future we should only have Pink Floyd as one nominationas they take multiple every fucking time