Songs that sound the same // Ep. 4 The 50s chord progression

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Welcome to episode 4 of my 'Songs that sound the same' series.

>> Watch more episodes here

In this video we're checking out what is known as the '50s chord progression' as it became popular in the 50s, but it has been used in every decade in every genre since.

This video uses the chords (more help further down this page!)


These songs do not actually have the same chords in them, they are all in different keys. But they do sound the same when we transpose the songs into the same key, using the concept of diatonic harmony, chords in a key, which is a concept known as the numbering system or Nashville numbering system

>> Learn more about this concept here

Chords featured

These chords are at a beginner level

The F chord

The F chord below is at an improver  to intermediate level, this is why it is orange.

For more help with this - check out my lesson on this chord here!

Complete list of songs from the video!

Blue Moon

Heart and soul

Beyond The Sea


Millie Small - My Boy Lollipop 1965

Earth Angel

Every Bros – All I have to do


Teenager in love

Duke of Earl

Drifters - Up on the roof

Beatles - Octopus’s Garden

Happiness is a warm gun

Beatles – Tell Me Why

Whitney/ Dolly Parton - I will always love you

Lonely this Christmas

Eternal Flame (verses)

Justin Bieber - Baby

Stand by Me

Megan Trainor - Dear future husband

Olly Murs - Dance with me tonight

Every breath you take

Unchained melody – Righteous Brothers

Everly Brothers - Love Hurts 

Dion - Run around sue

Elton John - Crocodile Rock

Sting - Every breath you take

Green Day - Jesus of suburbia

Lady Gaga - A million reasons

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