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Key in Pop songs

I'm looking for a site where i could find lists of Pop songs depending of their key.
Pop songs in key of "A", pop songs in key of "Dm" etc etc.
Do you know such a web site ?
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You might try checking some karaoke sites. They may list the key of each song, and whether it's the original key.
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I'm looking for a site where i could find lists of Pop songs depending of their key.
Pop songs in key of "A", pop songs in key of "Dm" etc etc.
Do you know such a web site ?
That would be rather difficult to find, or maintain, since there are many versions of many songs (both key and rhythm). Sorry I am not much help, just stating a fact.
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That would be rather difficult to find, or maintain, since there are many versions of many songs (both key and rhythm). Sorry I am not much help, just stating a fact.
+1

Also, what are your goals with this, you might get more useful advice.....??
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I'm looking for a site where i could find lists of Pop songs depending of their key.
Pop songs in key of "A", pop songs in key of "Dm" etc etc.
Do you know such a web site ?
The easiest way is to listen -- even if you don't play much (but do have an instrument).

The last note in the melody is likely to be the tonic.
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What if the melody doesn't resolve to the tonic?
Did you notice the modifier likely?
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Did you notice the modifier likely?
yeah, I let it go.......

I've seen where these theory discussions go.........


Nowhere.
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The easiest way is to listen -- even if you don't play much (but do have an instrument).

The last note in the melody is likely to be the tonic.
I find it's easier to listen to the bass, but that's just me...
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I find it's easier to listen to the bass, but that's just me...
I wasn't sure if the OP were a musician, which is why I answered like I did.

If you're a musician, I guess you just listen to any part. Though bass is the last thing for me...
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I wasn't sure if the OP were a musician, which is why I answered like I did.
Me too... I have often found (and was taught) that listening to the bass can be an easy way to identify the key and / or changes, since the bass is usually hitting single notes and they're usually the root of the chord. Of course, the melody often follows the same guidelines, so that makes sense too!

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If you're a musician, I guess you just listen to any part. Though bass is the last thing for me...
Whatever works.
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Thanks to all for having answered.
Yes, i'm a musician.
Coming back from vacations, i don't remember why i launched this thread ...
Hope i still can play my guitar though...
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The first note played in every song ever recorded is always the tonic.
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seriously, though... who cares?

What is PROBABLY more important for you, if you want to cover those songs, is the range of your singer, and / or any conflicts with instruments like needing to be tuned down to do the same chord phrasing.

I'd start with that, and you will end up with the right key for YOU doing the song... which will sound better than your singer struggling and not managing to do the right key for the original artist.
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yeah i already know all these tricks to find the root of a song etc.
I was simply asking if someone knew a site listing songs by key. Something like a Real book for Pop
Well it seems there aren't any.
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This is not quite what the OP had in mind but CLAM Chordatea is an enormously interesting and potentially fairly useful little free, open sourced program that will analyze audio files (wav, mp3, etc, but not all formats) that you feed in and give you an ongoing readout of its analyses of the chords. It's not going to give you accurate readings of tricky jazz chords, by a stretch, but it will usually get you into the ballpark.

It's not a well-rounded commercial program but it's awful darn cute...

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I'll bet there's no one key that wins out in pop hits.

Tempo is another thing though.
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I'll bet there's no one key that wins out in pop hits.(...)
E, A & D would be my top contenders when it comes to guitar-driven tunes.(Although Johnnie Johnson might disagree)
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The Rolling Stones love the key of A, which is well demonstrated by the "Some Girls" album.
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yeah i already know all these tricks to find the root of a song etc.
I was simply asking if someone knew a site listing songs by key. Something like a Real book for Pop
Well it seems there aren't any.
Just curious .... why do you want to know?
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If you Google "guitar" and "tabs" you'll find a bunch of sites with guitar chord charts for popular songs. They're usually throwing in a few wrong chords, but at least they'll start in the original key.
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Try a "fake" book.
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Just curious .... why do you want to know?
I was looking for songs to cover.
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you can cover any song you want find in what key you sing your best, if it`s not the song`s original one, transpose the chords and there you go. You don`t have to play covers in the same key they were recorded, play them in the key you give your best vocal performance.

Buy a capo. Really.
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The first note played in every song ever recorded is always the tonic.
I rarely read such bullshit on the internet
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I rarely read such bullshit on the internet
You don't get around the innerwebs much, do you?
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The first note played in every song ever recorded is always the tonic.
Genius.

Except for Amazing Grace, Happy Birthday, Yesterday and a few billion other songs ...
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You know, if Yoshimano is going to call out everyone who speaks bullcrap on this forum, and he is only up to 8 Sep 2010, he is going to end up with a heck of a lot of posts.
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I like to usually play from sheet when I am bored and for pop songs a huge number is simply in C major, quite a lot are in G or D major (lot of pop-folkish type, irish type..) and some are in F major then bit few in A major.
The rest of keys is not very typical some totally untypical (unless you are freddy mercury) and for most amateurs also very hard to play so they get quickly transposed to playable key.
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