The following list will introduce you to the songs that are all, for the most part, well-known in popular culture and easy for practice if you're a beginner or just need to learn something really quickly.
The best part of it is that you don’t need to buy sheet music not only for them but for many more popular songs that you will recognize after you've head some practice here!
All the songs in this list will revolve around the same chord progression in different keys.
A chord progression is nothing but a handful of chords, played together to give good music when heard in a sequence.
According to Wikipedia the I–V–vi–IV progression is one of the most popular chord progressions across several genres of music which gives us a spacious room for exploration.
This same chord progression will consist of different chords in different keys. Let’s move on to some examples and you will see what we’re talking about.
Key of C
In the key of C this chord progression will sound like this:
1. Elvis Presley - Can’t help falling in love with you
2. The Beatles - Let It Be
3. Alphaville’s - Forever Young
4. Nickelback - Gotta be Somebody
5. Idina Menzel - Let it go (Frozen)
6. The Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love
7. Coldplay - The Scientist
8. Iggy Pop - The Passenger
9. Taylor Swift - Clean
10. Tim Minchin - Canvas Bags
Key of G
In the key of G this chord progression will look like this:
11. Jason Mraz - I'm Yours Guitar Tutorial
12. P!nk - Fucking Perfect
13. John Denver - Take Me Home Country Roads
14. Beyoncé - If I Were A Boy
15. Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry
16. P!nk - U Plus Ur Hand
17. Newton Faulkner - Dream Catch Me
Key of A
In the key of A this chord progression will look like this:
18. Green Day’s - When I come around
19. James Blunt’s - You’re beautiful
20. A-Ha’s - Take on me
21. The Cure - A Letter to Elise
22. Adele - Someone like you
Key of E
In the key of E this chord progression will look like this:
23. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge
Key of F
24. Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris - We found love
Key of Eb
25. Imagine Dragons - Demons
26. OneRepublic - Apologize
Key of D
27. Men at Work - Down Under
28. Lovelytheband - Broken
Key of B
29. Sum 41 - Confusion And Frustration In Modern Times
30. Luis Fonsi - Despacito
These are just a drop in the ocean. There are thousands of 4-chord hit songs in the world that you can explore, learn, analyze and add to your skill set.
If you'd like to listen to some more chords - you can check out our List of 20 Sad & Emotional Chord Progressions in 2020.
You are likely to make many great discoveries about chord progressions and harmonics from your analysis and performance of these works!