Every Pop Song is the same 4 Chords

Considering this video from Australian comedy band Axis of Awesome has almost 5 million views most of you have probably seen this. For those musicians who haven’t you have to admit is pretty interesting. It surely explains why everything on the radio sounds the same.

“Australian comedy group ‘Axis Of Awesome’ perform a sketch from the 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Footage courtesy of Network Ten Australia. See http://www.axisofawesome.net/ for more details of the comedy trio including Jordan Raskopoulos, Lee Naimo, & Benny Davis.” – random804

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Chord_(music)

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 9, 2010 at 3:52 am, filed under song writing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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11 Responses to “Every Pop Song is the same 4 Chords”

  1. Mark says:

    Awesome find Oliver!

  2. Joe says:

    Ha! Very funny, I hadn’t seen that :)

  3. anon says:

    So, take a group of items, oversimplify the differences and emphasize the similarities and the items appear more similar.

    That’s probably why this act looks so much like the other guy’s that they stole the idea from.

    All these guys prove is that shitty top 40 cover bands make everything sound like crap. Why is that 40 year old guy singing Cheryl Crowe songs? Can they get The Horrorist in here instead next Saturday?

  4. Philipp says:

    Did not see that one before… have to send it to my girlfriend… she probably likes 85 % of those songs =D
    Just great.

  5. READYdot says:

    This is what I keep saying: most music wanting to please or fill in somewhere starts to sound, and in most cases IS the same. Sure there are some differences, but it’s mostly the same brew with with a varying amount of spices. But as always the rule is underlined by its exceptions.

  6. Doug says:

    It’s called the circle of fifths – look it up. Most well written music of the 20th century follows the circle of fifths.

  7. whiskers says:

    That was amusing. Some people should not take everything in life seriously, this includes both the extremes – “top40 music is the same!” and “oversimplified!”
    Sense of humour. Do you have it?

  8. Rupert Brown says:

    loved it, good work :)

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