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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 • 9124

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

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.

All 15 Keys

| Key    | 1    | 5      | 6      | 4      |
-------------------------------------------
| C      | C    | G/B*   | Am     | F      |
Sharp Keys
| Key    | 1    | 5        | 6      | 4      |
--------------------------------------------
| G      | G    | D/F#     | Em     | C      |
| D      | D    | A/C#     | Bm     | G      |
| A      | A    | E/G#     | F#m    | D      |
| E      | E    | B/D#     | C#m    | A      |
| B      | B    | F#/A#    | G#m    | E      |
| F#     | F#   | C#/E#    | D#m    | B      |
| C#     | C#   | G#/B#    | A#m    | F#     |
Flat Keys
| Key    | 1      | 5       | 6      | 4     |
----------------------------------------------
| F      | F*    | C/E      | Dm     | Bb    |
| Bb     | Bb    | F/A#     | Gm     | Eb    |
| Eb     | Eb    | Bb/D     | Gm     | Ab    |
| Ab     | Ab    | Eb/G     | Fm     | Db    |
| Db     | Db    | Ab/C     | Bbm    | Gb    |
| Gb     | Gb    | Db/F     | Ebm    | Cb    |
| Cb     | Cb    | Gb/Bb    | Abm    | Fb    |
Slash Chords

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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