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Rock (I-IV-V) Progressions

Rich Scott (693) · [archive]
Style: Rock/Pop · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 140
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The IV-V-I Progression


The IV-V-I progression, which plays the "I" chord last, was used in the Please Please Me bridge (1964), the Mother And Child Reunion verse (1972), and Cheeseburger In Paradise chorus (1978).

Chord Substitutions:

Below are several well-known songs created by applying chord substitutions to the "IV-V-I" Progression.

A-    B11-E          = How Sweet It Is chorus (1965)
A-    B-  E-Esus-E   = Light My Fire chorus (1967) 
A-    B-  E-Esus4-E7 = Margaritaville chorus (1977)
Amaj7-B11-Emaj7      = How Much I Feel chorus (1978)


Jimmy Buffett"s Cheeseburger In Paradise chorus progression is shown below.

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