#1
Hey guys!

The aim of this thread is simple. Let's try to find out which chord progressions have been used, reused and recycled beyond all recognition.

Rules: Each post must have a different chord progression and accompanying it should be atleast 3 songs. (Names or youtube links, whichever is preferred). Post as many songs as you can. The chord progression itself can be named the traditional way (eg. I-IV-V) or by just naming the chords (eg. C-Am-F-G)
Songs can be from any genre. Stick to relatively popular songs for the effect to be prominent..

To choose a winner, we shall follow this system: One quote=One vote. Similar posts may also count as votes.

A little gem to get this started:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM

Enjoy!
Last edited by shawnkenneth at Jan 11, 2014,
#2
I-vi-IV-V and 12 Bar Blues. There was an entire decade of music that used nothing but those two progressions.
#4
You are a few years old on that video but it is funny none the less. This just happens to be an annoying trend.
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You are a few years old on that video but it is funny none the less. This just happens to be an annoying trend.


I know it's old, but couldn't think of a more fitting start
#8
It's funny, because most of the songs in the video are I-V-vi-IV but that song is I-V-vi-iii.
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#14
The Wonderwall Progression: ii - IV - I - V

This lovely progression has made appearances not only in Oasis's hit single but also the following:

Seal - "Crazy"
Green Day - "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
Justin Timberlake - "What Goes Around"
Lenny Kravitz - "Fly"
Pearl Jam - "Alive"
Dandy Warhols - "Bohemian Like You"
The Offspring - "Gone Away"
Nickelback - "How You Remind Me"

The list goes on and on...
Last edited by YeahKyuss at Jan 10, 2014,
#16
ii - I or I - ii is pretty common in pop. Like:

"Someday" Sugar Ray
"Right As Rain" Adele
"Suit and Tie" Justin Timberlake
"Don't Let Me Down" The Beatles
"Smile" Lily Allen
#19
Chord progressions are why teenagers think they're obnoxiously cool when playing guitar.
#20
There are only so many possible combinations in popular Western music.
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#24
what the fudge does V-IV-I-V mean?

Can anyone explain?

Am, F, C, G is a pretty obvious one at least.
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#30
no idea how widely used it actually is but I always loved the "where is my mind" progression
(alternatively with a g# minor)
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#31
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no idea how widely used it actually is but I always loved the "where is my mind" progression
(alternatively with a g# minor)


Noticed it a few times, a good example is 'Say It Ain't So' by Weezer.

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what the fudge does V-IV-I-V mean?

Can anyone explain?

Am, F, C, G is a pretty obvious one at least.


Basically it's the number of the chords in a key, for example in the key of C it'd be like this:

I ii iii IV V vi vii
C Dm Em   F G Am Bdim


So V-IV-I-V would be G F C G
Last edited by WhiteStripesIII at Jan 10, 2014,
#32
Vi-I-V-III (Am-C-G-Em)

Unforgiven I, II and III-Metallica (And a couple of their own songs)
Ministry of Lost Souls-Dream Theater
Last edited by shawnkenneth at Jan 11, 2014,
#33
And I must add:

My Chemical Romance-Black Parade (It has the whole Pachelbel Progression)
#34
Quote by shawnkenneth
And I must add:

My Chemical Romance-Black Parade (It has the whole Pachelbel Progression)


Green Day - Basket case is a more obvious choice then (which also is in ur video)
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Quote by BjarnedeGraaf
Green Day - Basket case is a more obvious choice then (which also is in ur video)


Yeah, which is why I didn't post it.
But it's not totally the same. One chord is missed there.
Doesn't make it any less forgivable though :-p

I've noticed Green Day recycling their own songs and melodies. Half of their new material sounds familiar.
#36
Quote by shawnkenneth
Yeah, which is why I didn't post it.
But it's not totally the same. One chord is missed there.
Doesn't make it any less forgivable though :-p

I've noticed Green Day recycling their own songs and melodies. Half of their new material sounds familiar.


That's pop/punk for ya.. same with offspring and Blink if you ask me.
Still good bands though :P
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#37
Quote by BjarnedeGraaf
That's pop/punk for ya.. same with offspring and Blink if you ask me.
Still good bands though :P


Yeah. Sometimes they outdo themselves.
#38
Quote by WhiteStripesIII
Noticed it a few times, a good example is 'Say It Ain't So' by Weezer.

That one's "shifted" though. Where Is My Mind goes I - vi - III - IV and Say It Ain't So goes vi - III - IV - I (or arguably i - V - VI - III).

Anyway, OT:

i - VII - VI - V
(Hit the Road Jack, Sultans of Swing, Feeling Good, etc.
Epitaph by King Crimson has a variant of this which is i - VII - iv - V)