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Desc:Nearly every popular song is comprised of the same four chords.
Category:Educational, Humor
Tags:pop music, 4 chords, axis of awesome, birdplane
Submitted:wtf japan
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Comment count is 34
dementomstie - 2009-01-18
Yeah, it's been done before, but rarely is it so seamless and well done. Also, I work in a department store and I'd say that about 70% of the songs in this are songs that are played everyday on the satellite music service.
Caminante Nocturno - 2009-01-18
Godard's Drinking Problem - 2009-01-18
It makes me proud that I only know around 20% of these assumedly awful songs. Except for Bush. Bush fucking rocks.
afp3683 - 2009-01-18
I'm glad that you can be snobby about pop music, but still like Bush. I'm glad you decided to advertise your impeccable taste to internet strangers.

j lzrd / swift idiot - 2009-01-18
Sad but true.
robotkarateman - 2009-01-18
The guy who did the Pachelbel's Canon rant did this so much better. Sorry WTF.
ProfessorChaos - 2009-01-18
He may have been funnier, but these guys make me wonder when i can expect to see" Birdplane" on the pop charts.

gambol - 2009-01-18
As a musician, I'll let you all know that this guy's getting some of these wrong.
Comrade Admiral - 2009-01-18
As someone who has also done a music or two, I concur.

Braze - 2009-01-18
Yeah, this is pretty cunty and bad

pastorofmuppets - 2009-01-18
"Let it Be" was really, really wrong. Some were pretty wrong. The rest are songs I don't care about.

Reminds me of when you look for a guitar tab on the internet and they're always like "A ---- B ----- E -----" and you know damn well there's a minor IV in there somewhere and the song is in Bb to begin with.

Banal Intercourse - 2009-01-18
"Let It Be" starts with I, V, vi, IV so yeah, it's right.

It's the terrible singing that makes it sound so wrong.

snothouse - 2009-01-18
I couldn't tell if the tempo was throwing me, or some were a stretch.

pastorofmuppets - 2009-01-19
On further inspection it appears these are loafers. You're right, it's the singing on that one.

Richmond - 2009-07-30
Yeah. It's just that the intervals are the same. As long as the four chords are equivalent distances apart, you can transpose them down to match, even if they really aren't the same four chords. Long story short, if you edited all these songs together instead of singing them yourself all in the same key, this wouldn't work at all.

It's not four chords, it's an equal interval between completely distinct chords. That's why Natalie Imbruglia and the Peppers don't sound the same.

+1 for birdplane, though.

oddeye - 2009-01-18
nearly every successful car has 4 wheels.
kennydra - 2009-01-18
I'm starring this comment, k?

Wytze! - 2009-01-18
Nearly every successful person has 2 legs and 2 arms.

oddeye - 2009-01-18
There seems to be some kind of pattern here but I just can't put one of my 4 fingers on.

8bitwintermute - 2009-01-18
Nearly every popular song's lyrics can be sung over the same four chords.

punch drunk babies - 2009-01-18
A fuckin' bird plaaane
HarrietTubmanPI - 2009-01-18
This is a great point. It reminds me of a saying:

A jazz musician plays thousands of chords in front of three people. A popular musician plays three chords in front of thousands of people.
spikestoyiu - 2009-01-18
Haha. You like jazz.

afp3683 - 2009-01-18
If I ever start a band I know what to do.
chumbucket - 2009-01-18
choppin broccoli!!
imairlax - 2009-01-18

rotate that 8 ninety degrees to understand my desire to give this video infinite stars just for that incredible "birdplane" five for fighting thing at the end.
seriouslyuguys - 2009-01-18
like this ∞?
imairlax - 2009-01-18
you win!

pastorofmuppets - 2009-01-18
I'm not starring this because I care about what that guy has to say. I'm staring this because it's portal of evil and that guy's singing is cringe inducing.
kingofthenothing - 2009-07-12
Yeah, the singing is pretty fucking brutal.

Man Who Fights Like Woman - 2009-01-18
Five just for his rendition of "Take on Me."
Tuan Jim - 2009-01-18
Neat, I liked how they fell apart every so often and picked things back up.
tiermann - 2009-03-08
trusty ol' I-V-vi-IV progression. gets 'em everytime
Trent - 2010-12-18
If you watch the original (not this studio version), some of the stuff they do makes a bit more sense. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pidokakU4I
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