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Cliché Progressions

Welcome to clicheprogressions.com, a database cataloging commonly used chord patterns used in popular music.

Common Progressions

  • vi IV I V - 6 4 1 5 in major keys: the "What if God Was One of Us" (Sensitive Female) progression
  • vi IV I ii - 6 4 1 2 in major keys: the "All the Right Moves" progression
  • IV I vi V - 4 1 6 5 in major keys: the "Learning to Fly" progression
  • IV I V vi - 4 1 5 6 in major keys: the "Life is Life" progression
  • ii IV I V - 2 4 1 5 in major keys: the "Wonderwall" progression
  • I vi V IV - 1 6 5 4 in major keys: the "You Live You Learn" progression
  • I vi IV V - 1 6 4 5 in major keys: the "Blue Moon" (Doo-wop) progression
  • I vi ii V - 1 6 2 5 in major keys: the "Heart and Soul" (Circle of Fifths) progression
  • I vi ii V I vi ii V I I7 IV iv I V I: The Rhythm Changes, comprising 8 bars of "Heart and Soul" and 8 of "It's My Party"
  • I V vi IV - 1 5 6 4 in major keys: the "With or Without You" (Axis of Awesome) progression.
  • I V vi iii IV I IV V - 1 5 6 3 4 1 4 5 in major keys: the "Pachelbel" progression
  • I V iii IV - 1 5 3 4 in major keys: the "The World Has Turned and Left Me Here" progression
  • I V ii IV - 1 5 2 4 in major keys: the "Closing Time" progression
  • I IV vi V - 1 4 6 5 in major keys: the "Escape" progression
  • I IV V vi - 1 4 5 6 in major keys: the "The Warrior" progression
  • I IV V IV - 1 4 5 4 in major keys: the "Wild Thing" progression
  • I IV ii V - 1 4 2 5 in major keys: the "Run Around" progression
  • I I7 IV iv - 1 5of4 4 4m in major keys: the "It's My Party" progression
  • I bVII IV IV - 1 flat-7 4 4 in major keys: the "Sweet Home Alabama" progression
  • I bVII IV I - 1 flat-7 4 1 in major keys: the "Sweet Child O' Mine" (Hey Jude) progression
  • i bVII bVI V - 1 flat-7 flat-6 5 in minor keys or vi V IV III in major keys: the "Hit The Road Jack" (Andalusian) progression
  • 12 Bar Blues - the 12 Bar Blues progression

The Complete Song is One Progression

  • vi IV I V - 6 4 1 5 in major keys: the "What if God Was One of Us" progression
  • IV I vi V - 4 1 6 5 in major keys: the "Learning to Fly" progression
  • I vi V IV - 1 6 5 4 in major keys: the "You Live You Learn" progression
  • I vi IV V - 1 6 4 5 in major keys: the "Blue Moon" progression
  • I V vi IV - 1 5 6 4 in major keys: the "With or Without You" progression.
  • I IV vi V - 1 4 6 5 in major keys: the "Escape" progression
  • I IV V IV - 1 4 5 4 in major keys: the "Wild Thing" progression
  • I IV ii V - 1 4 2 5 in major keys: the "Run Around" progression
  • I bVII IV I - 1 flat-7 4 1 in major keys: the "Sweet Child O' Mine" progression

Honorable mention: Not every 4-chord song is a cliché!

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