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4 Best Pop Song Chord Progressions

4 Best Pop Song Chord Progressions

 

You don’t have to come up with unique chord progressions all the time when you’re writing. Actually, many pop songs use common key and common progressions.

Two of the most common pop song chord progressions are in the key of C major and G major – as well as their minor key counterparts – A minor and E minor.

The minor key uses a slightly different notation because it’s in a minor key, but you’ll notice that the A minor progression is basically the C major progression starting with Am.

And, the E minor progression is just the G major progression starting on the Em.

Point is, simply changing where the progression starts can change the feel of the song.

Minor chords will use a lowercase notation like “vi” and major chords will use uppercase (IV), b indicates a flatted chord.

 

Best Pop Song Chord Progressions

KEY
I
V
vi
IV
C Major
C
G
Am
F
G Major
G
D
Em
C
KEY
i
bVI
bIII
bVII
A Minor
Am
F
C
G
E Minor
Em
C
G
D

 

Some popular songs using the I – V – vi – IV or i – bVI – bIII – bVII progressions:

  • With Or Without You (U2)
  • Nothing Really Matters (Madonna)
  • She Will Be Loved (Maroon 5)
  • Cryin’ (Aerosmith)
  • Girlfriend (Avril Lavigne)
  • Africa (Toto)
  • It’s My Life (Bon Jovi)
  • I’m Yours (Jason Mraz)




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