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David Benett - 7 super common chord progressions and why they work
David Benett - 6 more common chord progressions and why they work

The Axis progression

IVviIV
Examples: Let it be, Take on me, Someone like you, Don't step believin', Can you feel the love tonight, Let it go

The Other Axis progression

viIVIV
Examples: Numb - Linkin Park, Kids - MGMT, Africa - Toto, Rivers flow in you (piano thingy), Complicated - Avril Lavigne, Grenade, San Francisco, Save tonight

The third axis progression

IVIVvi or vi/V
Examples: What's my age again?, Umbrella - Rihanna, Dragosta Din Tei, Boulevard of broken dreams (refrain), Alejandro - Lady Gaga

The Andalusian cadence

ibVIIbVIV
Examples: Hit the road Jack, Good vibrations - The Beach Boys, Happy together, Vanina

The Aeolian vamp

ibVIIbVIbVII
Examples: Rolling in the deep, All along the watchtower, Stairway to heaven, My hear will go on, Somebody that I used to know

The Doo-Woop change

IviIVV
Examples: I will always love you, Crocodile rock, Baby - Justin Bieber

The Major Scale vamp

IVIVV or I
Examples: Your body is a wonderland, All the small things - Blink 182

The Mixolydian vamp

IbVIIIVI
Examples: Hey Jude (Lalalalaa), Sympathy for the devil, Sweet child o' mine, Royals - Lorde, Sweet home Alabama

Pachelbel's Canon

IVviiii or III
IVIIV or II or ii or VV
Examples: Streets of London - Ralph McTell, Eyes of the word - Fleetwood Mac

The Plagal Cascade

ibIIIbVIIIV
Examples: Wonderwall, Boulevard of broken dreams (couplet), Mad world, Pumped up kids, Radioactive - Imagine Dragons

The "Can't Stop" progression

ibVIIvbVI
Examples: Can't stop, Can't hold us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

The "Closing Time" progression

IViiIV
Examples: SOS - ABBA, Believe - Cher, All Star (Shrek), Closing time - Semisonic

the "More than a feeling" progression

IIVviV
Examples: More than a feeling, Mr Brightside - The Killers
Classic blues slow change
IIII
IVIVII
VIVIV
Classic blues quick change
IIVII
IVIVII
VIVIV
Blues rock
IIVII
IVIVII
VVII
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