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Songs with the same chord progression throughout most or all of the song.
Old 30th July 2008
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or Who Do You Love by the right honorable bo diddley
That's funny; the very second I saw that title my body spontaneously started to .

The right honorable Bo Diddley, indeed.
Old 30th July 2008
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Harry Nillson - "Coconut"
1 chord - C7

Love that song...
Old 30th July 2008
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"I've been thru the desert on a horse with non name..

la la la lala la la lalala laa la"

What is it Am and G thru the whole song?

edit: Em D it is!

Nice one!



Browned Eyed Girl would not really fit though.


/Peter
Old 30th July 2008
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There can only be one winner:

Sister Ray - The Velvet Underground.

Three chords: seventeen minutes!
Old 30th July 2008
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Lots of The Cure songs: robert smith is the king of this type of songwriting. He can sing for 7 minutes over the same chord progression altering the melody just on time before you get bored:

YouTube - The Cure- Disintegration

a lot of similar songwriting during the new wave eighties. they all listened to the velvet underground I guess.

PD: pets, from porno for pyros. good.
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Foo Fighters - Learn to fly. At least verse and most of the chorus.
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Iggy Pop - The Passenger
4 chords over and over and over and over and...
Old 30th July 2008
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To me the classic is the Velvet Underground's "Heroin" (7 minutes, two chords).

I think that masterpiece surely provided some inspiration for U2's two-chord song in a similar vein (pun intended) "Bad". U2's "Bullet the Blue Sky" is either literally or close to a two-chord song as well, from my recollection. U2's entire catalog is full of songs that either repeat the same chords over (others have pointed out "With or Without You") or use extremely subtle chordal variations to achieve nearly the same effect ("I Will Follow").
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"I've been thru the desert on a horse with non name..

la la la lala la la lalala laa la"

What is it Am and G thru the whole song?

edit: Em D it is!

Nice one!



Browned Eyed Girl would not really fit though.


/Peter
Actually, the way I always play it is Em and then move one finger up to the low E string and one down to the G string. Same fret. Sounds great, wouldn't have a clue what that chord is named...
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Neil Young "The Needle and the Damage done." Just really 4 chords with some sus's and bassnotes but it totally loopable.
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Actually, the way I always play it is Em and then move one finger up to the low E string and one down to the G string. Same fret. Sounds great, wouldn't have a clue what that chord is named...
Yea, I googled it and found out about that one after I posted.

Must learn that song it's really cool. As many others, I thought Neil Young was singing in the most commonly played version but it seems it's the original band America. Thought it was CSN&Y.


/Peter
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I've got one, Chris Isaak's " Wicked Game ". Jimmy Wilsey is great on that one.
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I don't see any Dream Theater or Steely Dan songs on this list.
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I don't see any Dream Theater or Steely Dan songs on this list.
Hopefully, it will stay that way heh

Don't know if this one really counts: "Ring of Fire," from good old J. Cash. The order of the chords changes in the verse, but it's essentially G C D. The same goes for CCR's "Bad Moon on the rise." Just D A G but it changes order in the verse, or vice versa
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Supertramp - It's Raining Again
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I use to play a song called "Do I" with a band by the Bodeans, cool song and the crowd loved it but boring as hell to play on the guitar

C-F-C-F-C-F-C-F-C-F-C ZZZzzz
Old 30th July 2008
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Iggy Pop - The Passenger
4 chords over and over and over and over and...
5 chords. heh

Am F C G
Am F C E
Old 30th July 2008
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"Roadrunner" by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. Can't get much more minimalistic than that.
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Wow. Thanks guys! I appreciate it. Keep 'em coming! I will revisit the songs I have and check out the ones I don't.
Old 30th July 2008
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One note

A little out of the genre, but I'm fairly certain Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People"
is pretty much one note - I've not listened to it critically, but the bass line may well be a string of single sixteenth notes. Still, with timing and instrumentation, it is a wonderful groove, inspiring a Prince tune and an Arrested Development tune in subsequent decades.

MJH
Old 30th July 2008
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Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone. It's the same damn bass note from start to finish.

Almost anything on Remain in Light - they just find a riff, and repeat it in alternate variations. But there's no lack of rock and pop songs that just repeat the same simple progression. It's kind of the simplest proven pop formula, right?

Here's a better question - are there are any rock or pop songs that DON'T repeat, that are through-compositions?
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Coldplay "Politik" = BIG TUNE!!!
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Some people are going to know the following and some people are not. If you already know this, I apologize in advance. If you don't, I hope it gives you the same "aha!" moment that it gave me...

Interesting song structure "trick" #1:

You can quickly and easily find workable chord progressions to build new songs or learn existing ones by using formulas. The first one is I-IV-V (one, four, five).

Pick a chord and hold your hand as if you were counting. In this example, I'll use G and my thumb. To find the two most complimentary chords (the four and the five) for G, we count up on our fingers to the Fourth and Fifth fingers. In this case, G = thumb, A = index finger, B= second finger, C= ring finger, D= pinky finger.

You now know that a good song can be built from G, C and D. If you know the first chord in the song is a G, you now know that it likely will incorporate a C and a D somehow. This works for all of the chords, not just G (although B and F can fool you).

Also, I'm told that many blues players will call out songs by this progression, saying things like "it's a fifteen-eleven in E". You know that the E is your one, so your five is the D. Translation E-D-E-E, or 1-5-1-1.

Now, back to the regularly scheduled programming...
Old 30th July 2008
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here's a classic:
All Along the watchtower - Bob Dylan
Dylan is definitely the most obvious one.

Many of his songs.

"Knockin on Heavens Door"

"Masters of War"

etc..
Old 30th July 2008
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Same Chords

...great topic.

High profile tunes that come to mind.

"Cant always get what you want" Stones
"You Wreck Me", "You don't know how it feels" and just about all Tom Petty songs
"Trouble Again", "Fadeaway" and just about every Bo Deans song
"Streets have no name", "Running to stand still" and many other U2 songs
"La Grange", ZZ Top
"All along the Watchtower" Dylan and Hendrix versions
Old 30th July 2008
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"Save Tonight" by Eagle Eye Cherry. Same progression throughout. It's all about dynamics.
possibly the dullest song IMO - textbook how not to write a 4-chord song....
Old 30th July 2008
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Actually, the way I always play it is Em and then move one finger up to the low E string and one down to the G string. Same fret. Sounds great, wouldn't have a clue what that chord is named...
my guess would be: D6add9/F#


to the OP, if I understand your question, the list of songs is practically endless. here's a couple:

tighten up by archie bell and the drells
how long has this been goin on by ace

I mean, isn't most pop simple catchy repetitive chord progressions? and I mean that in a good way. I love pop. and I use the term 'pop' in a very broad way.
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counting crows "'round here"

The bridge changes though.

I'd like to add Tom Petty's "Learning to Fly" if it hasn't been mentioned. I produced a song for a friend and it ended up being just a 4 chord progression from beginning to end. I kept feeling like there was something wrong about that even though I enjoyed listening to it. Then I realized that one of the songs I was using kind of as a reference (because they had some similarities) Learning to Fly was the same thing.

Just because the chord progression doesn't change doesn't make it boring. There are many other ways to build and progress songs and both that Tom Petty song and the one I was working on never made it obvious that it was the same chords because the melody and arrangements changed quite a bit and provided the peaks and valleys.
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Just because the chord progression doesn't change doesn't make it boring.
Agreed, Lyle lovett has a song "She's already made up her mind" from Joshua Judges Ruth CD that is basically 1 chord with some suspension chords going on but the song and arrangement are brilliant and drone on the same chord throughout but you never notice it.
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