Sunday, April 25, 2010

The song remains the same . . .

Back in September last year I featured a rant by comedian Rob Paravonian, who complained that every song he heard reminded him of Pachelbel's Canon. I found it very funny, and judging by the comments, so did at least some of my readers.

It seems that comedy rock group Axis of Awesome have made a similar discovery, not involving Pachelbel's Canon, but identifying a four-chord progression that they claim is at the heart of every major pop hit of the past few decades. Here's a video where they demonstrate their claim.

LANGUAGE ALERT: There are a couple of F-bombs here and there. Not suitable for work or children.

In case you missed any, the songs they sang included:

0:52 Journey - Don't Stop Believing
1:00 James Blunt - You're Beautiful
1:09 Alphaville - Forever Young
1:17 Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
1:25 Mika - Happy Ending
1:34 Alex Lloyd - Amazing
1:41 The Calling - Wherever You Will Go
1:49 Elton John - Can You Feel The Love Tonight
1:56 Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
2:04 The Last Goodnight - Pictures Of You
2:12 U2- With Or Without You
2:19 Crowled House - Fall At Your Feet
2:29 Kasey Chambers - Not Pretty Enough
2:38 The Beatles - Let It Be
2:42 Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Under the Bridge
2:48 Daryl Braithwaite - The Horses
2:54 Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry
2:56 Marcy Playgroung - Sex and Candy
2:59 Men At Work - Land Down Under
3:03 Banjo Patterson's Waltzing Matilda
3:05 A Ha - Take On Me
3:06 Green Day - When I Come Around
3:22 Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
3:23 Toto - Africa
3:30 Beoynce - If I were a Boy
3:32 The Offspring - Self Esteem
3:38 The Offspring - You're Gonna Go Far Kid
3:47 Pink - You and Your Hand
3:53 Lady Gaga - Poker Face
4:00 Aqua - Barbie Girl
4:04 The Fray - You Found Me
4:09 3Oh!3 - Don't Trust Me
4:16 MGMT - Kids
4:23 Tim Minchin - Canvas Bags
4:33 Natalie Imbruglia - Torn
4:49 Five For Fighting - Superman
4:53 Axis Of Awesome - Birdplane
5:05 Missy Higgins - Scar

Nice try, guys!



Carteach0 said...

Lol! Well done!

reflectoscope said...

That is funny because it is true!


Old NFO said...

Amazing! AND true!!! :-)

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Bryn said...

Ok, suspicions confirmed about just how little I know about current "pop".... The only titles I recognise are Waltzing Matilda & No Woman No Cry...

But also, my suspicions confirmed about the nature of current popular regurgitated electronic noise....

I think I'll stay with the classics, and some occasional Pink Floyd, Genesis & Ritchie Blackmore, thanks.... :-)

skreidle said...

Here's a version of the video that overlays the song titles as it goes along: