List of songs containing the 50s progression

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This is a partial list of recorded songs containing the 50s progression, represented in Roman numeral analysis as I-vi-IV-V. The list does not include songs containing the progression for very short, irrelevant sections of the songs, nor does it include remade recordings of songs by other artists.

"Million Reasons" || Lady Gaga|| 2016 || I–vi–IV–V

Song Name Artist Year Progression
"A Teenager in Love" Dion and the Belmonts; Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman (writers) 1959 I-vi-IV-V
"Angel Baby" Rosie and the Originals 1958 I–vi–IV–V
"Baby, I'm an Anarchist!" Against Me! 2002 I–vi–IV–V
"All I Have to Do Is Dream" Everly Brothers 1960 I–vi–IV–V
"Baby Baby Baby" Aretha Franklin 1967 I–vi–ii–V
"Beyond the Sea"[1] Jack Lawrence and Charles Trenet 1946 I–vi–IV–V
"Blue Moon" The Marcels 1961 I–vi–IV–V
"Bristol Stomp" The Dovells 1961 I–vi–IV–V
"Capital Radio" The Clash 1977 I–vi–IV–V
"Chain Gang"[2] Sam Cooke 1960 I–vi–IV–V
"Cradle Rock The Heartbreakers (Ray Collins/ Frank Zappa) 1963 I–vi–IV–V
"Crocodile Rock"[3] Elton John 1972 I–vi–IV–V
"Da Doo", "Dentist" Little Shop of Horrors (musical) Original Broadway Cast 1982 I–vi–IV–V
"Donna"[4] Ritchie Valens 1958 I–vi–IV–V
"Don't Dream It's Over"[5] Crowded House 1986 IV–V–I–vi
"Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" The Swingin' Medallions 1962 I–vi–IV–V
"Duke of Earl"[6] Gene Chandler 1962 I–vi–IV–V
"D'yer Mak'er" Led Zeppelin 1973 I–vi–IV–V
"Earth Angel"[4][7] The Penguins 1954 I–vi–IV–V
"Enola Gay" Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 1980 I–vi–IV–V
"Eternal Flame"[8] The Bangles 1989 I–vi–IV–V
"Every Breath You Take" The Police 1983 I–vi–IV–V
"Eyes on Me" Faye Wong 1999 I–vi–IV–V
"Flightless Bird, American Mouth" Iron & Wine 2007 I–vi–IV–V
"Friday"[9] Rebecca Black 2011 I–vi–IV–V
"Give a Little Love"[10] Bay City Rollers 1975 I–vi–IV–V
"Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder" Mothers Of Invention 1966 I–vi–IV–V
"Happiness Is a Warm Gun"[6][11] The Beatles 1968 I–vi–IV–V
"Heart and Soul"[12] Larry Clinton feat. Bea Wain 1938 I–vi–IV–V
"In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" Neutral Milk Hotel 1998 I–vi–IV–V
"In The Shape Of A Heart" Jackson Browne 1986 I–vi–IV–V
"In the Still Of the Night The Five Satins I–vi–IV–V
"I Wanna Be With You" The Raspberries 1974 I–vi–IV–V
"Jesus of Suburbia"[13][14] Green Day 2005 I–vi–IV–V
"Just One Look" Doris Troy 1963 I–vi–IV–V
"Lollipop"[15] Ronald & Ruby 1958 I–vi–IV–V
"Lonely This Christmas"[16] Mud 1974 I–vi–IV–V
"Lovable"[17][18] Sam Cooke 1956 I–vi–IV–V
"Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" Air Supply 1982
"Mama I'm A Big Girl Now" Hairspray (musical) Original Broadway Cast 2002 I–vi–IV–V
"Mandy" Barry Manilow 1974 I–vi–IV–V
"Oliver's Army"[19] Elvis Costello 1979 I–vi–IV–V
"Pretty Little Angel Eyes" Curtis Lee 1961 I–vi–IV–V
"Stand by Me"[20][21] Ben E. King 1961 I–vi–IV–V
"Telephone Line" Electric Light Orchestra 1976 I–vi–IV–V
"The Kid with the Replaceable Head" Richard Hell and the Voidoids 1978 I–VI–IV–V
"The Man Comes Around" Johnny Cash 2002 I–vi–IV–V
"There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" The Smiths 1992 I–vi–IV–V
"This Magic Moment"[22] The Drifters 1960 I–vi–IV–V
"Those Magic Changes"[23] Sha Na Na 1978 I–vi–IV–V
"(Tired Of) Toein' The Line" Rocky Burnette 1980 I–vi–IV–V
"Twistin' The Night Away" Sam Cooke
"Mr. Bass Man" Johnny Cymbal 1961 I–vi–IV–V
"True Blue"[24] Madonna 1986 I–vi–IV–V
"We Go Together"[25] John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John 1972 I–vi–IV–V
"You Are Not Alone"[26] Michael Jackson 1995 I–vi–ii–V
"I'm Not Edward Cullen" Hank Green 2009 I–vi–IV–V
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" Starship 1987 I–vi–IV–V
"No Hay Pedo" Banda Los Recoditos 2014 I–vi–IV–V
"Brave as a Noun" Andrew Jackson Jihad 2007 I–vi–IV–V
"Joey" Concrete Blonde 1990 I–vi–IV–V
"Last Kiss"[27] Wayne Cochran 1961 I–vi–IV–V
"Dear Future Husband" Meghan Trainor 2015 I–vi–IV–V
"Dance with Me Tonight" Olly Murs 2011 I–vi–IV–V
"The Thin Ice" Pink Floyd 1979 I–vi–IV–V
"Marvin Gaye" Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor 2015 I–vi–IV–V
"Beautiful Girls" Sean Kingston 2007 I–vi–IV–V
"Close Your Eyes" Meghan Trainor 2014 I–vi–IV–V
"I Love You Too Much" The Book of Life (soundtrack) 2014 I–vi–IV–V
"Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp Ba Bomp Bomp)? I–vi–IV–V
"Why Do Fools Fall in Love Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers 1956 I–vi–IV–V
"For Your Precious Love"[28] Jerry Butler 1958 I–vi–IV–V
"Please Mr. Postman" The Marvelettes 1961 I–vi–IV–V
"Oh True Love" Everly Brothers 1960 I–vi–IV–V
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" Mariah Carey 1994 I–vi–IV–V
"Take It on the Run" REO Speedwagon 1981 I–vi–IV–V
"Messin' Around" Pitbull 2016 I–vi–IV–V
"God Is in the Rhythm" King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard 2015 I–vi–IV–V
"Play That Song" Train 2017 I-IV-vi-V; melody based on "Heart and Soul"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Beyond the Sea", (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Chain Gang", (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Crocodile Rock", (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b Hirsh, Marc. "Striking a Chord", The Boston Globe, December 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "Don't Dream It's Over", (subscription required)
  6. ^ a b Scott (2003), p. 206.
  7. ^ Harwood, Dane (September 1982). "Review: [untitled]". Ethnomusicology. University of Illinois Press on behalf of Society for Ethnomusicology. 26 (3): 491–493. ISSN 0014-1836. 
  8. ^ "Eternal Flame", (subscription required)
  9. ^ Lewis, Randy (March 31, 2011). "Rebecca Black's 'Friday': There are a million good reasons you can't get it out of your head". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Give a Little Love", (subscription required)
  11. ^ Riley, Tim (2002). Tell Me Why: The Beatles: Album by Album, Song by Song, the Sixties and After. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press. p. 269. ISBN 0-306-81120-0. 
  12. ^ "Heart and Soul", (subscription required)
  13. ^ "Acoustic Lesson 11B: Basic Chord Progressions". Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Jesus of Suburbia", (subscription required)
  15. ^ "Lollipop", (subscription required)
  16. ^ "Lonely This Christmas Chords",
  17. ^ Guralnick, Peter (2005). Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. New York: Little, Brown. p. 157. ISBN 0-316-37794-5. 
  18. ^ "Lovable", (subscription required)
  19. ^ "Oliver's Army", (subscription required)
  20. ^ Moore, Allan (May 1995). "The So-Called 'Flattened Seventh' in Rock". Popular Music. Cambridge University Press. 14 (2): 185–201. ISSN 0261-1430. doi:10.1017/s0261143000007431. 
  21. ^ "Stand by Me", (subscription required)
  22. ^ "This Magic Moment", (subscription required)
  23. ^ "Those Magic Changes", (subscription required)
  24. ^ "True Blue", (subscription required)
  25. ^ "We Go Together", (subscription required)
  26. ^
  27. ^ "Last Kiss", (subscription required)
  28. ^ "For Your Precious Love",