Songs Using a Common 1 5 6 4 Chord Progression
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 I V VI IV progression where in the key of C major the chords are: C G Am F. For the key of G major the chords are: G D Em C.
- 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
- Bob Dylan - Wagon Wheel
- Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry
- Bon Jovi - It's My Life
- Dammit - Blink 182
- Dog Party - Best Friends
- Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
- Elton John - Can You Feel The Love Tonight (from The Lion King)
- Eminem featuring Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie
- Five for Fighting - Superman
- Green Day - When I Come Around
- Jack Johnson - Taylor
- James Blunt - You're Beautiful
- Jason DeRulo - In My Head
- Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
- Joan Osborne - One Of Us
- John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads
- Journey - Don't Stop Believing
- Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
- Lady Gaga - Paparazzi
- Lady Gaga - Pokerface
- Lavern and Shirley TV Theme
- Lynard Skynard - Simple Man
- Marcy Playground - Sex and Candy
- Maroon Five - She Will Be Loved
- Men At Work - Land Down Under
- MGMT - Kids
- Missy Higgins - Scar
- Plain White Tees - 1234
- Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside
- Regina Spector - The Call
- Robert Burns - Auld Lang Syne
- Spice Girls - Two Become One
- The Axis of Awesome - Birdplane
- The Beatles - Let It Be
- 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
- Train - Hey Soul Sister
- U2 - With Or Without You
Songs where part of the song is using the I V VI IV 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 ( 1 5 6 4 )
- |C | G/B* | Am | F |
- | 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# |
- | 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 - 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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Harmonic Analysis Lesson Series • Updated: Jan 6, 2020
Harmonic Analysis ( HA ) is the process used to determine the harmonic function of chords within a chord progression. A chord progression is defined as a sequence of chords, each chord has a root and has a particular chord type. The relationship of a chord's root to a scale determines its function within that scale's tonality. Once a chord's function is identified, scale selections along with chord and scale substitutions can be made. This process is called Root Movement Analysis ( RMA ). This series of lessons are extracted from my book for use with individual private and on-line students. Each lesson directly corresponds the chapters in my book Harmonic Analysis for Scale Selection and Chord Substitution by Curt Sheller (me).
Harmonic Analysis - Full Diatonic • Updated: Apr 6, 2012
Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It is the process used to analyze the harmonic structure of a progression, song or composition. This analysis is then used to make scale selections for improvisation and chord substitution. This lesson covers the Full Diatonic harmonic principle.
Remembering Songs • Updated: Mar 19, 2019
Listening to songs and wanting to play the same songs on ukulele - that's what draws most people to the ukulele. That and it looks like a load of fun and easy too play - which it is. Then you need to actually remember the songs that you're learning so you can play them again. And, hopefully not have to read them off a sheet all the time.
Remembering a song is lot like remembering the directions for a road trip. There are the turn-by-turn directions, road maps, signs and landmarks that will get you to where you are going. Turn here, turn there, remember this and remember that landmark. With a songs it's the chords, the melody, style, the harmonic cells, the form, etc that are part of the song that you want to remember.
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