the four chords that killed pop music
Chord Progressions,  Songwriting

The Four Chords That Killed POP Music!

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

The I–V–vi–IV progression is a common chord progression popular across several genres of music. It involves the I, V, vi, and IV chords; for example, in the key of C major, this would be: C–G–Am–F.

Rotations include:

  • 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!

4 Chords | Music Videos | The Axis Of Awesome

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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.

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