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The Same Four Chords

This video of Australian comedy group Axis of Awesome has been making the rounds on the internet lately, so I’m probably late to the party, but if you haven’t seen it, watch this hilarious and well-done (annotated!) medley showing how a huge chunk of major pop hits use the same four chords again and again…

It reminds me a lot of this other comedian’s rant about how many pop hits borrow heavily from Pachelbel’s Canon in D:

So, why do we pay pop singers so much money to sing the same damn song over and over again? 😀

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  1. Tony Tony

    Because of this:

  2. Tony Tony

    But on a less facetious note, the joke's hilarious, but it does capitalize on confirmation bias. The 4 chord progression is a very versatile undercurrent to support most songs' melodies, not just in pop music. You could play many Beethoven / Mozart sonata melodies with the same 4 chord progression in the bass and they would still sound good. The 4 chords individually just support different keys so well that most anything played in the melody will have good results.

  3. I've heard about the same 4-chords in almost all pop songs, but I've never heard it all in one sitting. These are great vids! Thanks for making my Wednesday 10000000x better!

  4. Ben Ben

    I live to make your Wednesday's 10x+ better 🙂

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