blueser202
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#1
Can you guys post any pop songs (radio-kind stuff) that has some strange, jazzy or crazy chords in them?

Some examples are some Beatles songs, but I don't know many more. I love when jazz influences or eastern stuff turns up in mainstream pop, although I don't listen to that music.
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#2
Not sure how "pop" it is but Muse's New Born comes to mind. At over six minutes long, the full version is pretty long for a single too. I'm sure their are other Muse examples too.

No strange chords but I remember hearing that Outkast's Hey Ya, has some pretty funky shit going on in the time signature department.
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blueser202
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#4
Actually, Amy Winehouse is quite cool in the chord stuff. Muse's Newborn is amazing! I always loved that second chord in the intro, its like:

6th String:0
5th String:1
4th String:2
3rd String:0
2nd String:2
1st String:0

It's like an A7 shape with a B-flat Root or something, i don't know how to call it...
RockAddict311
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#5
Quote by blueser202
Actually, Amy Winehouse is quite cool in the chord stuff. Muse's Newborn is amazing! I always loved that second chord in the intro, its like:

6th String:0
5th String:1
4th String:2
3rd String:0
2nd String:2
1st String:0

It's like an A7 shape with a B-flat Root or something, i don't know how to call it...

Assuming you ignore the bass E string, it would be an Am4/B, not Bb. The bass B note makes it a slash chord. An A7 is a major chord with a minor 7th.
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#8
a lot of disco music. Chic was particularly good at hiding jazz chords in pop progressions.

Also, John Mayer
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#10
Try Everything Everything, a truly great pop band from the last few years. Very clever pop.
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blueser202
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#11
I'm gonna cheat and answer in my own thread...but something I found is The Police!

Andy Summers is a very jazz-based player, and alot of his stuff comes from jazz harmony. For example, a popular song like Every Breath You Take is pretty much entirely made up of stacked 5th Chords. For more of Andy's jazzy playing check out this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLJCOtG6CF0
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#13
Quote by RockAddict311
Quote by blueser202
Actually, Amy Winehouse is quite cool in the chord stuff. Muse's Newborn is amazing! I always loved that second chord in the intro, its like:

6th String:0
5th String:1
4th String:2
3rd String:0
2nd String:2
1st String:0

It's like an A7 shape with a B-flat Root or something, i don't know how to call it...

Assuming you ignore the bass E string, it would be an Am4/B, not Bb. The bass B note makes it a slash chord. An A7 is a major chord with a minor 7th.

Something tells me he labelled the chord upside down. @ RockAddict311 you write the chords like you are the player and have laid the guitar across your lap and are looking down at it - the bass notes at the bottom the treble at the top.
e.g.

e
b 2
g 0
d 2
a 1
E
Si
RockAddict311
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#14
Quote by 20Tigers
Something tells me he labelled the chord upside down. @ RockAddict311 you write the chords like you are the player and have laid the guitar across your lap and are looking down at it - the bass notes at the bottom the treble at the top.
e.g.

e
b 2
g 0
d 2
a 1
E

I've never seen anyone write trebel on the bottom (not to say you can't, you can shit where you eat for all I care) I have used the chord before as I had read it earlier. It does produce a level of dissonance. I would say I labled the chord correctly given how it was displayed.
Last edited by RockAddict311 at May 13, 2013,