4 Chords and You Know A ‘Plethora’ of Songs

Axis Of Awesome

If you don’t play Bluegrass or even if you do you may not have heard that learning just a few chords will allow you to play hundreds and even thousands of songs.

The band, ‘Axis of Awesome‘, has put together a song called 4 Chords in which they demonstrate a lot of popular songs in one chord progression (I – V – VI – IV). This is only four chords. If it were the key of G it would be G – D – Em – C… and in that order. Give the song a listen and then try it for yourself. Maybe even buy an Infinity Luthiers built instrument and try the chord progression, guaranteed to have a more clear and bell-like tone. :D

Beware… there are a few dirty words near the end of the video in the ‘Birdplane’ song.

Here is the list of songs covered in the song:

Journey — “Don’t Stop Believing”
James Blunt — “You’re Beautiful”
Black Eyed Peas — “Where Is the Love”
Alphaville — “Forever Young”
Jason Mraz — “I’m Yours”
Train — “Hey Soul Sister”
The Calling — “Wherever You Will Go”
Elton John — “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” (from The Lion King)
Akon — “Don’t Matter”
John Denver — “Take Me Home, Country Roads”
Lady Gaga — “Paparazzi”
U2 — “With Or Without You”
The Last Goodnight — “Pictures of You”
Maroon Five — “She Will Be Loved”
The Beatles — “Let It Be”
Bob Marley — “No Woman No Cry”
Marcy Playground — “Sex and Candy”
Men At Work — “Land Down Under”
Theme from America’s Funniest Home Videos
Jack Johnson — “Taylor”
Spice Girls — “Two Become One”
A Ha — “Take On Me”
Green Day — “When I Come Around”
Eagle Eye Cherry — “Save Tonight”
Toto — “Africa”
Beyonce — “If I Were A Boy”
Kelly Clarkson — “Behind These Hazel Eyes”
Jason DeRulo — “In My Head”
The Smashing Pumpkins — “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”
Joan Osborne — “One Of Us”
Avril Lavigne — “Complicated”
The Offspring — “Self Esteem”
The Offspring — “You’re Gonna Go Far Kid”
Akon — “Beautiful”
Timberland featuring OneRepublic — “Apologize”
Eminem featuring Rihanna — “Love the Way You Lie”
Bon Jovi — “It’s My Life”
Lady Gaga — “Pokerface”
Aqua — “Barbie Girl”
Red Hot Chili Peppers — “Otherside”
The Gregory Brothers — “Double Rainbow”
MGMT — “Kids”
Andrea Bocelli — “Time To Say Goodbye”
Robert Burns — “Auld Lang Syne”
Five for fighting — “Superman”
The Axis of Awesome — “Birdplane”
Missy Higgins — “Scar”

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One Response to 4 Chords and You Know A ‘Plethora’ of Songs

  1. kirby says:

    I tried this out and it actually worked!
    I’m a star! Lol

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