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Saturday, 4 February 2012

4 Chords - 100 Songs list

Had to post it here, because Youtube says my description was too long otherwise, which is annoying.

This is the full song list:

1. The Fragrance Of Ithilien (in Return Of The King) by Howard Shore,
2. You're Beautiful by James Blunt,
3. Forever Young by Alphaville,
4. I'm Yours by Jason Mraz,
5. Take Me Home Country Roads by John Denver,
6. Give It All by Rise Against,
7. Superman (It's Not Easy) by Five For Fighting
8. Right Here Waiting by Richard Marx,
9. No-one by Alicia Keys,
10. High by Lighthouse Family,
11. By Your Side by Tenth Avenue North,
12. Dream Catch Me by Newton Faulkner,
13. The Eastern Sky by Adventure Land
14. Beautiful Ending by BarlowGirl,
15. Hope Vol. 2 by Apocalyptica/Sayer
16. City On Our Knees by TobyMac,
17. Bright Side Of The Rainbow by Forever Road,
18. Legacy by Nichole Nordeman,
19. Love Story by Taylor Swift,
20. Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey,
21. Wanna Be Loved by dcTalk,
22. 20 Good Reasons by Thirsty Merc,
23. Pathways by Enoch,
24. Amazing by Alex Lloyd,
25. Wherever You Will Go by the Calling,
26. Can You Feel The Love Tonight by Elton John,
27. She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5,
28. Pictures Of You by the Last Goodnight,
29. Cigarettes Will Kill You by Ben Lee,
30. With Or Without You by U2,
31. Happy Ending by Mika,
32. Where Is The Love by Black Eyed Peas,
33. The Show by Lenka,
34. Lady Luck by Latchkey Kid,
35. I Still Call Australia Home by Peter Allen,
36. You Raise Me Up by Løvland/Graham,
37. 21 Guns by Green Day,
38. 9 Crimes by Damien Rice,
39. Tonight I Wanna Cry by Keith Urban,
40. Fire by Krystal Meyers,
41. Give It All Away by Aaron Shust,
42. Magic by Kaytee Faulkner,
43. Canvas Bags by Tim Minchin,
44. Misery by Good Charlotte,
45. Dead Man (Carry Me) by Jars of Clay,
46. Beds Are Burning by Midnight Oil,
47. Ishmael by Helen Mottee,
48. Fall At Your Feet by Crowded House,
49. Not Pretty Enough by Kasey Chambers,
50. Let It Be by The Beatles,
51. Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chilli Peppers,
52. The Horses by Jones/Becker,
53. Down Under by Men at Work,
54. Waltzing Matilda by Banjo Patterson,
55. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams by Green Day,
56. Breakeven (Falling To Pieces) by The Script,
57. The Lost Get Found by Britt Nichole,
58. Breakin’ Down by Latchkey Kid,
59. Wait And See by Brandon Heath,
60. Grenade by Bruno Mars,
61. We by Joy Williams,
62. Dive by Steven Curtis Chapman,
63. Almost Anything by Latchkey Kid,
64. Holiday by Green Day,
65. Complicated by Avril Lavigne,
66. When You Love Someone by Bethany Dillon,
67. The Meaning Of Life by Hawk Nelson,
68. Blood To Bleed by Rise Against,
69. Always by Blink 182,
70. We Live by Superchick,
71. Urban Hermit by Brendan Raymond,
72. Taylor by Jack Johnson,
73. Take on me by A-ha,
74. When I come around by Green Day,
75. Save tonight by Eagle Eye Cherry,
76. Africa by Toto,
77. Self Esteem by the Offspring,
78. Apologize by OneRepublic,
79. U + Ur Hand by P!nk,
80. It’s Time To Go For Growth by the Axis Of Awesome,
81. Does Anybody Hear Her by Casting Crowns,
82. Birdplane by the Axis of Awesome,
83. Drowned by Tim Minchin,
84. Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne,
85. Stranded by Latchkey Kid,
86. Waiting On The World To Change by John Mayer,
87. We Are The Champions by Queen,
88. Happy by Ayeisha Woods,
89. May It Be by Howard Shore,
90. You Found Me by The Fray,
91. Light Up The Sky by The Afters
92. Breathe Into Me by RED,
93. Give Me Your Eyes by Brandon Heath,
94. Angel In The Alleyway by Latchkey Kid,
95. The Scientist by Coldplay,
96. Reflections by Jay Seeney,
97. Collide by Howie Day,
98. Poker Face by Lady Gaga,
99. Kids by MGMT,
100. Scar by Missy Higgins
(93.) Give Me Your Eyes by Brandon Heath (reprise)


  1. Are they the same 4 chords?

    1. Short answer: yes. It was discussed in the video's description, if you care to look.

  2. which four cords?

  3. what are the 4 chords please?

    1. It also says that in the video description. "For those interested, I've transposed all the different songs into F major. So the chords I'm playing are just F C Dm Bb. I add in a little embellishing chord here and there, but that's always the underlying chord progression."

    2. It's easier for Beginners to play it with G - D - Em - C (there's no barree)

    3. The simple answer is: It's the Rock-Pop Progression of I-V-vi-IV in whatever key you're in. On guitar, I find it easy to play in G {G-D-Em-C), on Ukelele, it works well in C (C-G-Am-F). Use whatever key that works with your range and instrument.

    4. Are there anymore up-to-date songs that could be added to the list?

    5. Many, many songs. It's a never-ending list, and not one I'm updating. If someone else wants to do that, they're more than welcome.

    Here's a website with a list of fitting songs..

  5. you're missing several like hey soul sister by train and paperatzzi by lady gaga! otherwise good job! :D

    1. This certainly isn't a complete list, by no means. I expect there would be several hundred songs (maybe more) that have the same chords.

  6. some songs here aren't all four chords 'till the end, they just occur in some parts like africa by toto

    1. Of course not. That's not the point. That would be a much shorter list, because songs will almost always change for a little bit somewhere. This list is songs that just use it somewhere.

  7. Thanks, this list has just completed our music medley for a concert.

    1. Awesome! :D Glad I could help out!

    2. what are the strumming patterns ?

    3. I'm not a guitarist, so I have no idea. I play piano. In C, the chords are C G Am F. In G, they're G D Em C. Just look up those, I guess.

  8. California girls, teenage dream - Katy Perry
    call me maybe - carly rae
    baby - Justin beiber
    someone like you - adele
    your body is a wonderland - john mayer
    you and I - queen
    every breath you take - police
    Friday - Rebecca black

    you get the idea. :)

    1. Thanks for the suggestions. Not all of those actually fall into this pattern, though they are all (from what I know of them) quite repetitive songs, with only a couple of progressions. But the progression common to all of these songs is I V vi IV.

    2. I found some more recent ones,
      Lighters- Gabz
      Pomeii- Bastille
      Counting Stars- OneRebublic
      Roar- Katy Perry

    3. Counting stars isn't a four chords song

    4. It is a 4 chord song, it would just be in a different key... a capo on the 4th fret makes the song Am, C, G, F which is the 4 chords I use for all these songs only my capo would be on the 2nd fret. Ultimately the song does only use 4 chords but in a different order and key

  9. Some of these songs aren't completely same 4 chords throughout; they change at different stages of the song. For instance, Under the bridge's outro has an Am7 in there, also the verses have an extra G#m half step before the A.
    It's a good list, but It should be more strictly about the same 4 chords throughout the song in all its stages.
    ^^Every Breath You Take is definitely NOT a 4-chord song. I understand people would like to simplify it, but this song definitely loses its essence if modified to just 4 chords. It also encourages people to be lazy on the guitar. Beginners sure can simplify it, but I encourage them to try the song the way it is. If you can play a Bm for instance, you shouldn't have a problem trying a C#7, or a Esus9, etc, they look complicated, but they actually aren't.
    Icould add: Land Down Under, by Men at Work. It has actually 5 chords, but one of them is just a transitional chord (G) to go into A. So dropping that G would not really cause much of a difference; for the sake of simplification.
    This song is D, A, Bm, *G, A.

    1. That point has already been made by a previous commenter, to whom I have already replied. Please check other comments to make sure that you're not just posting the same thing.
      And yes, Every Breath You Take does not follow this pattern. It does use the "icecream" pattern for the chorus, which is I vi IV V (though variation in the length), but that's not the pattern used in these songs.
      Down Under is already in the list, at no. 53. Dropping the G would actually mean that it didn't have the same progression as the rest of these; it would need to drop the A at the end.

  10. How could we get the transposed versions of the songs from you? :) thanks!

    1. Hey! The chords are just F C Dm Bb from the video the whole way through; I just did that key to make it easy for me to sing/play. But you can pick any key and do that same thing. You just keep playing the same chords the whole way through; how fast you play changes slightly, but if you know the songs, that shouldn't be an issue. Just keep in mind that not all songs start or finish at the beginning and end of that sequence - some start on the Dm, or the Bb, and a couple on the C.

  11. It would be great if someone uploads all the above majestic songs in a single torrent.

    1. Sorry, that's not my domain. I did think of doing a list of the Youtube vids for each song, but not all of them have Youtube vids for them. Also thought of doing a short cover of each song, but that never ended up happening either.

  12. what are the chords of that songs?

  13. Hello, are there more songs in the easy 4-chord patter?
    Greets from germany.

    1. I wouldn't be surprised if there are thousands upon thousands. Millions of songs are out there, and there are a heck of a lot that use this at some point in the song. These are just some that I know.
      Guten tag :)

  14. Alphaville Forever Young has more chords if you would mind to play the full song and not only the part which consists of these 4 chords, transposed to natural these are C G Am F G Dm F Am

    1. This has already been commented on and replied to twice before. Again I say, please look at other comments to see if your question has been answered before asking it.
      In short: yes! That's not the point!

  15. Thanks for making this list!!! I'm a beginner ukulele player and I'm excited to actually be able to play a few things!

    1. Good to hear :) I've actually just started to pick up the ukelele as well, and these are definitely some of the songs I've been picking up pretty quickly.

    2. Wow so short with people who have questions, but all the time in the world to bask in compliments and brag about your ukelele skills... Your the worst... Let me put it this way, you are just as shit as the hippie chick Tim Minchin describes in that beat poem (Storm) he does... You know what I'm talking about you insufferable douche...

    3. I'm sorry that you feel that way. That certainly isn't what I'm trying to do; though it is certainly easier to focus on more positive comments than negative ones, and perhaps I've fallen prey to that.
      Thanks for the critique, and I hope to get better at this in time.

  16. thanks you just helped me with a lot of my homework! (;-P

  17. it was really helpful! oh yeh and I'm only 12 and I can play the ukulele, piano, trumpet, guitar, drums, xylophone, viola, double bass and violin. what would you call someone who can play all those things?

    1. Talented. That is, assuming you can play them all reasonably well. Otherwise, I can play every instrument, just not well :P


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