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Old 16-08-2010, 12:33 AM   #1
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The infamous 4 chords...

So, I learned about the infamous 4 pop chords, and naturally the question posed itself: Has Muse used these chords in one of their songs! And if they have, which!

I don't have too much of an ear for chords, so I can't easily offhand recognise the chords. The only real bid I had was "Hyper Music", and looking for tabs, I turned out to be completely wrong.

So now, Muse fanboards! Do you suspect Muse have used this magic formula for one of their already excellent songs? And can you find out which ones, if they have?
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Old 16-08-2010, 12:40 AM   #2
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The chorus of Hysteria has kinda the same chord progression as these 4. Only difference is that the A and the D are in minor
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Old 16-08-2010, 12:41 AM   #3
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Well Starlight would be the closest, with its I, II, vi, V progression. Though I think that the famous chord progression you're on about is itself I, V, vi, IV?
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Old 16-08-2010, 04:05 PM   #4
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Well Starlight would be the closest, with its I, II, vi, V progression. Though I think that the famous chord progression you're on about is itself I, V, vi, IV?
For the I-V-vi-IV progression, Map of Your Head and the chorus of Resistance I believe.
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Old 16-08-2010, 06:47 PM   #5
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I love this video! It's so true

I can't really say I've noticed it in any Muse songs
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Old 18-08-2010, 04:17 PM   #6
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For the I-V-vi-IV progression, Map of Your Head and the chorus of Resistance I believe.
I think you're right there, you can definitely sing Map of Your Head along to that video.

What's with these chords though, what makes them so perfect for pop songs? Do they fit the average human vocal range or something, for singalong fun tiems?

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Old 19-08-2010, 06:29 PM   #7
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Doesnt Plug in Baby fit this?
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Old 19-08-2010, 07:12 PM   #8
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I think OP is talking about the C-Am-F-G progression depending on the key. It could be G-Em-C-D in the key of G.

From the top of my mind, I can't recall any Muse song having this progression.

WAIT WAIT maybe Guiding Light, ahh damn I need to go listen to it again
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I think you're right there, you can definitely sing Map of Your Head along to that video.

What's with these chords though, what makes them so perfect for pop songs? Do they fit the average human vocal range or something, for singalong fun tiems?
I hope you don't have any dreams of being a singer

MOTP isn't those chords, although it does use four, it's the same used in Enjoy The Silence by Depeche Mode and it's a progression in Cminor, which isn't typical pop.

The progression in the video is basically the white keys on a piano.
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Old 19-08-2010, 07:49 PM   #10
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I hope you don't have any dreams of being a singer

MOTP isn't those chords, although it does use four, it's the same used in Enjoy The Silence by Depeche Mode and it's a progression in Cminor, which isn't typical pop.

The progression in the video is basically the white keys on a piano.
He was talking about MAP OF YOUR HEAD.
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Old 19-08-2010, 07:50 PM   #11
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I think OP is talking about the C-Am-F-G progression depending on the key. It could be G-Em-C-D in the key of G.

From the top of my mind, I can't recall any Muse song having this progression.

WAIT WAIT maybe Guiding Light, ahh damn I need to go listen to it again
Oh and what about NSC?
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Old 19-08-2010, 07:55 PM   #12
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Well Starlight would be the closest, with its I, II, vi, V progression. Though I think that the famous chord progression you're on about is itself I, V, vi, IV?
Starlight and Resistance are the closest i think ... not too good with chords though
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MotP is built around 4 chords, I think, but with all the effects around the guitar playing, I don't think it really counts.
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MotP is built around 4 chords, I think, but with all the effects around the guitar playing, I don't think it really counts.
It doesn't count as it doesn't follow the chord progression that the OP was talking about.. He wasn't talking about the number of chords the song is built around.
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