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Songs Using a Common 1 5 6 4 Chord Progression FREE LESSON
Published: 2013-04-05 Updated: 2015-10-19 00:00:00 • 7170

Songs Using a Common 1 5 6 4 Chord Progression

by Curt Sheller, Curt Sheller Publications

There's actually a lot common between songs when it comes to chord progressions. Here is an every growing list of songs that use the common 1 5 6 4 full diatonic chord progression. Full Diatonic means all the chords in the progression come from the same scale based on the 1 chord of the progression.

This common progression is ofter called the Pop progression.

If the 1 5 6 4 progression where in the key of C major the 1 6 4 5 chords are: C G Am F. For the key of G major the 1 6 4 5 chords are: G D Em C.

  • Journey - Don't Stop Believing
  • James Blunt - You're Beautiful
  • Black Eyed Peas - Where Is the Love
  • Alphaville - Forever Young
  • Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
  • Train - Hey Soul Sister
  • The Calling - Wherever You Will Go
  • Elton John - Can You Feel The Love Tonight (from The Lion King)
  • Akon - Don't Matter
  • John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads
  • Lady Gaga - Paparazzi
  • U2 - With Or Without You
  • The Last Goodnight - Pictures of You
  • Maroon Five - She Will Be Loved
  • The Beatles - Let It Be
  • Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry
  • Marcy Playground - Sex and Candy
  • Men At Work - Land Down Under
  • Theme from America's Funniest Home Videos
  • Jack Johnson - Taylor
  • Spice Girls - Two Become One
  • A Ha - Take On Me
  • Green Day - When I Come Around
  • Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
  • Toto - Africa
  • Beyonce - If I Were A Boy
  • Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
  • Jason DeRulo - In My Head
  • The Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings
  • Joan Osborne - One Of Us
  • Avril Lavigne - Complicated
  • The Offspring - Self Esteem
  • The Offspring - You're Gonna Go Far Kid
  • Akon - Beautiful
  • Timberland featuring OneRepublic - Apologize
  • Eminem featuring Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie
  • Bon Jovi - It's My Life
  • Lady Gaga - Pokerface
  • Aqua - Barbie Girl
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside
  • The Gregory Brothers - Double Rainbow
  • MGMT - Kids
  • Andrea Bocelli - Time To Say Goodbye
  • Robert Burns - Auld Lang Syne
  • Five for Fighting - Superman
  • The Axis of Awesome - Birdplane
  • Missy Higgins - Scar
  • Dammit - Blink 182

Songs that part of the songs are using this progression.

  • American Pie
  • The Call - Regina Spektor
  • Say - John Mayer, from the movie The Bucket List
  • The Show - Lenka
  • Over the Rainbow

Here's a web site that has links to videos of many of the songs on this list.

As you can see you can learn quite a few songs by simply learning common chord progressions in all 15 keys. Especially the common keys of C, G, D, E, A. And on ukulele F and Bb are also common.

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  • Slash Chords - A slash chord is indication that a chord voicing with the note after the slash should be the bass note of the voicing. In the case of this common 1 5 6 4 progression is creates a descending bass line. On ukulele unless you using a low string four tuning slash chord are commonly ignored and the fundamental chord, the name before the slash are played.

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