The Four Chords That Killed POP Music! Or do they make pop music? Hint: They are the I V vi IV, in the key of C the chords are as follows: C, G, Am, F
Do any of your songs include the I V vi IV chord progression?
Some of my songs do. (Music YouTube Channel)
Truth is, it’s a sure-fire way to make a catchy chorus, verse hooks, and more if you come up with a fresh melody and lyric.
But is it overdone? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Also for a song writing challenge write a song with these 4 chords in any key.
The I–V–vi–IV progression
- I–V–vi–IV : C–G–Am–F (optimistic)
- V–vi–IV–I : G–Am–F–C
- vi–IV–I–V : Am–F–C–G (pessimistic)
- IV–I–V–vi : F–C–G–Am
In these videos below Rick Beato, The Axis of Awesome, and Sir Mashalot show tons of popular songs that use these for chords. The fourth video is “Learn 4 Chords & Instantly Be Able To Play Hundreds Of Songs!” So you can learn them yourself.
The Four Chords That Killed POP Music!
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Again it’s the I V vi IV Cord progression that makes up the hooks of the songs.
Sir Mashalot: Mind-Blowing SIX Song Country Mashup
Here are 6 Country songs that not only use these magic four chords but also sound so similar it’s hard to tell one song from the other.
- “Sure Be Cool If You Did”- Blake Shelton
- “Drunk on You”- Luke Bryan
- “Chillin’ It”- Cole Swindell
- “Close Your Eyes”- Parmalee
- “This is How We Roll”- Florida Georgia Line
- “Ready, Set, Roll”- Chase Rice
Learn The Four Chords That Killed POP Music & Instantly Be Able To Play Hundreds Of Songs!
This is a great video for beginners to learn these four chords and how to write a song with them.
Have you use these four chords in any of your songs? Do you think these cords killed pop music, made pop music or a little bit of both? Let me know in the comments below.