Music History

Published on January 25th, 2018 | by Jon Bunnies

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How many chords do you need to write a song? Four will do, actually. Here’s proof.

People who examine such things will tell you that most songs in popular music are based on four chords played in identifiable patterns. Here’s what they mean.

And lest you think this is just a modern phenomenon…

Now try it yourself.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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2 Responses to How many chords do you need to write a song? Four will do, actually. Here’s proof.

  1. Mike says:

    Reminds me of this brilliant scene from Vinyl.

  2. markosaar says:

    There are thousands of three chord songs, and even two chord tracks. The gimmick here is that it’s the same four chord progression being used between tracks.

    i.e.

    etc.

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