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The Axis of Awesome 4 Chords
(I-V-vi-IV)


Above is the Axis Of Awesome 4 Chords, a popular YouTube video. The video "proves that all you need to be a pop star is four simple chords." The audio is accompanied with a slide show of the original artists. All of these songs were based on the I-V-vi-IV chord progression. In the key of "C", the progrssion is C-G-Am-F. This progression is created by moving the chords around (displacement) in the I-vi-IV-V Doo-Wop progression that was popular in the 1950s and 1960s and has since been used to write thousands of hit songs. The song list from the video is shown below followed by several they missed.

 
 Journey - Don't Stop Believing
 James Blunt - You're Beautiful
 Alphaville - Forever Young
 Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
 Mika - Happy Ending
 Alex Lloyd - Amazing
 The Calling - Wherever You Will Go
 Elton John - Can You Feel The Love Tonight
 Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
 The Last Goodnight - Pictures Of You
 U2- With Or Without You
 Crowled House - Fall At Your Feet
 Kasey Chambers - Not Pretty Enough
 The Beatles - Let It Be
 Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Under the Bridge
 Daryl Braithwaite - The Horses
 Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry
 Marcy Playgroung - Sex and Candy
 Men At Work - Land Down Under
 Banjo Patterson's Waltzing Matilda
 A Ha - Take On Me
 Green Day - When I Come Around
 Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
 Toto - Africa
 Beoynce - If I were a Boy
 The Offspring - Self Esteem
 The Offspring - You're Gonna Go Far Kid
 Pink - You and Your Hand
 Lady Gaga - Poker Face
 Aqua - Barbie Girl
 The Fray - You Found Me
 3Oh!3 - Don't Trust Me
 MGMT - Kids
 Tim Minchin - Canvas Bags
 Natalie Imbruglia - Torn
 Five For Fighting - Superman

 Other Examples?

 Teady Bears - To Know Him Is To Love Him 
 Chiffons - One Fine Day
 Peter, Paul & Mary - Don't Think Twice, It's Alright
 Flying Machine - Smile A Little Smile For Me
 Jesus Christ Superstar - Everything's Alright 
 John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads
 Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway
 John Cougar - Hurts So Good
 Mary Chapin Carpenter - Passionate Kisses
 Rolling Stones - Beast Of Burden
 Peter Frampton - Baby, I Love Your Way
 Johnny Rivers - Slow Dancing
 Don Henley - Not Enough Love In The World
 Billy Joel - We Didn't Start The Fire
 Matchbox Twenty - Push

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