4 Chords, 36 Songs

What do Man At Work’s ‘Down Under’, The Offspring’s ‘Self Esteem’ and Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ all have in common?

Answer: they all use the same four chords. As do countless other well-known songs. Which just goes to show, you don’t need Songsmith to write a tune with an insultingly small amount of effort:

Thing is, you could make the same point about any number of simple chord progressions. Like the Pachelbel’s ‘Canon’ sequence, which turns up in everything from Green Day’s ‘Basket Case’ to U2’s ‘With Or Without You’, as this comedian so angrily demonstrates: