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Monday, March 18, 2013

The Most Stolen Song Of All Time

Here's a great video that shows just how many songs are built around the same chord changes - I, V, VIm, IV. We're not talking oldies here either. Most of the songs, with only a few exceptions, are fairly recent.

After watching this, maybe the best thing to do is put that pattern away for a little while and revisit it in maybe 10 years or so.


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8 comments:

Rain San Martin said...

Thankfully it's the melody and chord (or exact arrangement with chords) combo that must be present in creating a copyright. I once had someone ask me, "How do you know if your not stealing someones song". My response is that we should never consciously do so, yet we can not give it too much thought otherwise we would become paralyzed in our creative action.

Anonymous said...

Hasn't anyone ever heard of "Rhythm Changes"? It's just a chord progression.

Anonymous said...

So is this progression the new "Rhythm Changes" ?
:)

Fred C Gray said...

Good thing chord changes are not copyrighted or there would be only one blues song.

Anonymous said...

The good thing (fun anyway) is that you can sing any combination of these songs together.

drkevguitar said...

Hey, they are all completely different songs. No need to retire this particular chord progression any more than we should retire I, IV, V or I, vi, ii, V progressions!

drkevguitar said...

Whether or not they shame the same chords for part of the song these are all completely different songs. No need to retire this particular chord progression any more than we should retire I, IV, V or I, vi, ii, V progressions!

Anonymous said...

Good stuff. It's not just the same chords, but the same notes in many of the melodies.
Just goes to show that what makes many songs different from one another is the space between the notes.
Finite notes, but infinite rhythms. It's all about WHEN you sing or play during a song and not WHAT you play.

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