The Simple Melody Formula Behind Pop Music’s Biggest Hits

I originally posted the following video and commentary onto my Facebook wall…

Axis of Awesome – Four Chord Song Skit:

My Commentary: Most pop music is COMPLETELY UNCREATIVE and UNORIGINAL. Rather than being based in talent, as many have already surmised, it is actually based in a proven mathematical formula for success involving the same four chords in the same progression, over and over again!

For those musically-literate, here are the four chords in their proper order: MINOR 1, MAJOR 6, MAJOR 3, FLAT 7!!! Together, they form a portion of Johann Pachelbel’s most famous work, “Canon in D,” which was written around 1690:

Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D:


For those who are intrigued, take the time to listen to the following video by comedian Rob Paravonian. It illustrates the same point made by “Axis of Awesome,” while using a whole different set of popular songs:

Rob Paravonian – Pachelbel Rant:

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