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Four Chord Pop Progressions - I V VI IV ( 1 5 6 4 ) MEMBER LESSON
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Four Chord Pop Progressions - I V VI IV ( 1 5 6 4 )

by Curt Sheller, Curt Sheller Publications

In the key of C major this is: C G Am F.

In the Nashville Number System the sequence is:

1 5 6 4

A 2009 recording by the comedy group The Axis of Awesome, their “Four Chord Song”, in E major ( E B C#m A ), is a widely viewed clip on YouTube.

The V is often replaced by III. In the key of C major this is: C Em Am F.


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I V VI IV

In the key of C major this is: C G Am F.

A 2009 recording by the comedy group The Axis of Awesome, their "Four Chord Song", in E major ( E B C#m A ), is a widely viewed clip on YouTube.

The V is often replaced by III. In the key of C major this is: C Em Am F.

As you can see from the list here there are quite a few songs that use this progression.

Songs

  • 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"
  • Journey -- "Don't"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
  • 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
  • American Pie
  • The Call - Regina Spector
  • Say - John Mayer, from the movie "The Bucket List"
  • The Show - Lenka
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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