the four chords that killed pop music

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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