Those four little… chords

What do these  songs have in common?  The same four chords.  Also, I love almost all of them more than I care to admit.

It’s not surprising or groundbreaking to know that lots of songs follow the same chord pattern.  Still, this clip just merges 36 famous songs together over pretty much the same repeated tune… it’s pretty amazing.  If only I could learn to play that underlying pattern, maybe I’d be able to fool people into thinking I was a pop piano whizz kid with lots of songs on tap.

Bonus points – check out the two kiwi songs in there! We can genericise as well as anyone!  (Kidding, Crowded House, you’re still the best band anywhere ever.)


April 1, 2009. music.


  1. Dana replied:

    That’s really fascinating! Good find 🙂

  2. swingsandskateboards replied:

    I know right? Maybe I CAN be a songwriter after all, and finally pen the smash hit “Give me your number (I wanna reference you)”.

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