#1
Could someone name some popular songs (preferably classics) that have any of the following as their predominant / recurring chord sequences. It doesn't matter what key they're in.


* 1 Maj, 4 Maj, 5 Maj (i.e. Twist And Shout)

* 1 Maj, 4 Maj (i.e. Imagine)

* 1 Maj, 6 min, 4 Maj, 5 Maj (i.e. Every Breath You Take)

* 1 Maj, 5 Maj, 6 min, 4 Maj (Always On My Mind)

* 1 Maj, 4 Maj, 1 Maj, 5 Maj (i.e. Brown Eyed Girl)

* 1 Maj, 5 Maj, 4 Maj (i.e. Knockin' On Heaven's Door)

* 1 Maj, 7b Maj, 4 Maj (i.e. Sweet Home Alabama)

* 1 Maj, 6 min, 2 min, 5 Maj

* 1 Maj, 2 min, 5 Maj

* 1 Maj, 2 min, 4 Maj, 5 Maj

* 1 Maj, 6 dom7, 2 dom7, 5 dom7

* 1 Maj, 6 min

* Any popular 12 bar blues

* Maybe include a few well known songs that start with a min chord


Thanks.
Last edited by leafarmusic at Jan 9, 2015,
#2
Quote by leafarmusic
* 1 Maj, 5 Maj, 6 min, 4 Maj (Always On My Mind)

Every pop punk ballad, most of the best Taylor Swift songs, most of the Red Hot Chili Peppers songs that have charted, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Tuesday's Gone, that Manic Street Preachers song that once you realise it shares a progression with Don't Stop Believin' you will always hear Don't Stop Believin' when you listen to it, Don't Stop Believin', etc.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_songs_containing_the_I%E2%80%93V%E2%80%93vi%E2%80%93IV_progression

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* Any popular 12 bar blues

Pride and Joy, The Thrill is Gone, every Chuck Berry song, the Cream cover of Cross Road Blues, thousands of others.
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#4
I-vi-IV-V

Justin Bieber - Baby
Rebecca Black - Friday

But seriously, a lot of songs use that progression.

Led Zeppelin - D'yer Mak'er
Stand by Me

For I-V-vi-IV:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOlDewpCfZQ

Some of those are actually the same progression starting with the third chord.

ii-V-I - every jazz song

I-IV-V

Blitzkrieg Bop, Wild Thing... I would guess a lot of songs. It's one of the most basic progression.

I-ii-IV-V - Love Is All Around

I-vi-ii-V is very similar to I-vi-IV-V. It is used in 50s pop/rock and also a lot in jazz. You can replace the vi and ii chords with dominants.


May I ask why you need to know all this?
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#5
I'm planning to write a book (with videos) to teach beginners to play various songs using those chord sequences.
#6
If you're good enough to be teaching, you shouldn't need us to do that work for you.
#7
Quote by leafarmusic
* 1 Maj, 4 Maj, 1 Maj, 5 Maj (i.e. Brown Eyed Girl)


The majority of traditional bluegrass song use the I-IV-I-V progression, often with a I-V7-I turnaround on the second repeat. A good example would be Blue Moon of Kentucky.
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#8
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If you're good enough to be teaching, you shouldn't need us to do that work for you.

I agree with this.

I don't think you are ready to write a book about this yet.
Quote by AlanHB
Just remember that there are no boring scales, just boring players.

Gear

Bach Stradivarius 37G
Charvel So Cal
Fender Dimension Bass
Hartke HyDrive 210c
Ibanez BL70
Laney VC30
Tokai TB48
Yamaha FG720S-12
Yamaha P115
#9
Quote by HotspurJr
If you're good enough to be teaching, you shouldn't need us to do that work for you.


Knowing how to teach a song and knowing what songs to teach are different things. I already have songs for most of the chord sequences, but I need as many as possible, so that when they learn one song, I can give them a list of other songs that predominantly use the same chord sequence.
Last edited by leafarmusic at Jan 8, 2015,
#10
Sweet Home Alabama is I - bVII - IV, not I - bVII - V

So is Sweet Child O' Mine.
#11
I-bVII-IV = every AC/DC song. It's actually pretty much any hard rock song (not really, but it's one of the most cliche progressions in rock songs).
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Just remember that there are no boring scales, just boring players.

Gear

Bach Stradivarius 37G
Charvel So Cal
Fender Dimension Bass
Hartke HyDrive 210c
Ibanez BL70
Laney VC30
Tokai TB48
Yamaha FG720S-12
Yamaha P115
#12
Quote by Declan87
Sweet Home Alabama is I - bVII - IV, not I - bVII - V

So is Sweet Child O' Mine.


You're quite right, well spotted, on both counts. Thanks.