Chord Progressions  

I IV I V Progression

Monday, 27 April 2020 11:46 pm

(1-4-1-5)  A very common and popular progression. Examples below: The Pilgrim Chapter 33  (Kris Kristofferson), Everybody Hurts (R.E.M.), Katmandu (Bob Seger),  (I Can’t Stop Loving You (Ray Charles).

Listen to an audio sample. 

Kris Kristofferson - The Pilgrim Chapter 33

This song is in the Key of G.  

During the chorus ”He’s a poet..”  the  chords (1-4-1-5) will be G | C | G | D |.   

Bob Seger - Katmandu

This song is in the key of E. The verse uses 1-4-1-5-1 chords | E | A | E | B7 |  E |.

Ray Charles - I Can’t Stop Loving You

This song is in the key of F. The song uses 1-4-1-5-1 chords | F | Bb | F | C7 | F |.

Other Examples of this Progression

Teach Your Children - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (’69)

Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino (’57)