A {{chord progression}} consisting of the following: I vi IV V. If that didn't make sense to you, try playing the following chords: C major, A minor, F major, G major. Repeat.

Also known as the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50s_progression 50s progression]]". Possibly most famously occuring in the song "Heart and Soul", which starred for years on the TV commercials of Quaker Oats.

In Finnish language, this progression is known as ''Aku Ankka -kierto'' (Donald Duck progression).

Closely related to the HumoresqueProgression, which instead has I at the end.

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!!Examples:

* Ace of Base - "The Sign"
* Air Supply - "Making Love out of Nothing at All"
* AlanJackson - "Remember When"
* AliciaKeys - "Girl On Fire"
* Music/BarryManilow - "Mandy"
* Barry Mann - "Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)"
* Barry [=McGuire=] - "Eve of Destruction"
* Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"
* TheBeachBoys: "Surfer Girl"; (though some of the chords are extended), the intro to "In My Room".
* Music/{{The Beatles}} - "Octopus's Garden", "I'm So Tired", "Happiness is a Warm Gun", "I've Just Seen a Face", "This Boy", "Free as a Bird", "Oh! Darling"
* Ben E. King - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbg7YoXiKn0 Stand By Me]]"
* Music/JustinBieber - "Baby"
* Billy Currington "Love Done Gone"
* Music/BillyJoel - "Uptown Girl"
* Bobby "Boris" Pickett - "Monster Mash"
* The chorus to Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart."
* Brand New - "The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows"
* Buddy Holly - "Everyday"
* Burt Bacharach - "Magic Moments" (verses)
* ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie'' - "One Boy" (as a recurring tag only)
* Captain & Tennille - "Do That to Me One More Time"
* Music/CarlyRaeJepsen- "Call Me Maybe"
* The Casinos "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye"
* Charles Trenet - "La Mer" also covered by Django Reinhardt and CoveredUp in English as "Beyond The Sea" by Bobby Darin
* Chubby Checker - "Let's Twist Again"
* Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival - "Looking Out My Back Door"
* Music/DavidBowie - "Ashes to Ashes"
* DeadKennedys - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgpa7wEAz7I "Kill the Poor"]]
* Die Toten Hosen - "Verschwende deine Zeit"
* Dion and the Belmonts - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c49klxPex-k Runaround Sue]]", "A Teenager in Love"
* Music/DollyParton - "I Will Always Love You" (chorus)
* Drifters - "Up on the Roof", "This Magic Moment"
* Dusty Springfield - "I Only Wanna Be with You"
* The Edsels - "Rama Lama Ding Dong"
* Music/EltonJohn - "Crocodile Rock" (during the verses and the "la la la la la" part)
* Music/EmilieAutumn - "Find Me a Man"
* Eric Clapton - "I've Got a Rock & Roll Heart" (chorus)
* Eurhythmics - "Shame"
* Music/TheEverlyBrothers - "Love Hurts"
* Music/FaithHill "I Can't Do That Anymore" (first half of verses)
* Music/FleetwoodMac - "Sara" (verse)
* TheFourSeasons: "Sherry", "Big Girls Don't Cry"
* Frank Zappa - "Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder"
* Music/{{fun}} - "We Are Young"
* Gene Chandler - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2gvaDTpKMk Duke of Earl]]"
* The score of ''{{Grease}}'' is a homage to 1950s rock 'n' roll, so of course this progression turns up in such songs as "Mooning," "We Go Together," "Beauty School Dropout" and "It's Raining On Prom Night." "Those Magic Changes" introduces it with a great big [[LampshadeHanging lampshade attached]]:
-->C-C-C-C-C-C,\\
A-A-A-A-minor,\\
F-F-F-F-F-F,\\
G-G-G-G-seventh...
* Hal Ketchum "Stay Forever" (first half of verses)
* The chorus to the ''Series/HappyDays'' theme
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x8trg3Eyto#t=1m15s Heart and Soul]]"
* Music/TheHoldSteady - "Don't Let Me Explode"
* Iron & Wine - "Flightless Bird, American Mouth"
* J. Frank Wilson - "Last Kiss"
* Music/JimCroce - "Lover's Cross," "Alabama Rain"
* Music/JohnLennon - "God" (verse)
* Music/KennyChesney "The Tin Man" (verses)
* ''Series/LazyTown'' - "Cooking by the Book"
* Music/LedZeppelin - "D'yer Mak'er"
* Music/LeonaLewis - "Bleeding Love"
* "Dentist!" from ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' (first half of chorus)
* Part of the Tennis Machine music from the GameBoyColor version of ''Mario Tennis''
* The Marvelettes - "Please Mr. Postman"
* The ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' theme
** The song "I'm Gonna Always Love You" from the "Muppet Babies" section of ''TheMuppetsTakeManhattan''.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4TedkQP_hM Sea Ponies song]] from ''Franchise/MyLittlePony''
* Music/NeilSedaka - "Oh! Carol"
* Music/{{NOFX}} - "Murder The Government"
* Music/NeutralMilkHotel - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcgyKo7vbm4 "In The Aeroplane Over the Sea"]]
* Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfcHjZ1qJf8 Enola Gay]]"
* Paul Anka - "Diana"
* The Penguins - "Earth Angel"
* Pete Seeger - "If I Had a Hammer"
* P!nk - "Just Like a Pill"
* Music/PinkFloyd - "The Thin Ice"
* Music/ThePolice - "Every Breath You Take" (and, by extension, Puff Daddy's "I'll Be Missing You")
* Pretenders - "Don't Get Me Wrong"
* Rebecca Black - "Music/{{Friday}}"
* Rick Trevino "Running Out of Reasons to Run" (first half of verses)
* Ricky Nelson - "Poor Little Fool", "Donna"
* The Righteous Brothers - "Unchained Melody," an instrumental piece from the fifties featured in the 1990 film Ghost.
* Ritchie Valens: "Donna".
* Robert Hazard - "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" (intro) (later CoveredUp by Cyndi Lauper)
* Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" and SimonAndGarfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" have a variation. First bar is I-vi, second bar is I-vi, third bar is IV, fourth bar is V.
* The Rodgers and Hart standard "Blue Moon", a hit doo-wop cover of which was done by the Marcels in 1961.
* Sam Cooke - "Wonderful World," "Twistin' The Night Away"
* Music/SaraBareilles - "Gonna Get Over You" (chorus)
* Sean Kingston - "Beautiful Girls" (which samples "Stand By Me"), "Me Love" (which samples "D'yer Mak'er")
* Simple Plan Untitled (chorus)
* Sin of Sebastian - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi1nVH2yVwc Shut Up (and Sleep with Me)]]"
* Music/{{Slipknot}} - Psychosocial
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SKcTZNeRnQ Endless Mine]] from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog3''.
* Music/SpiceGirls - "Too Much"
* Starship - "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"
* Ted Poley - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyUBuCfg5vA "Escape From the City"]] (verses) from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2''.
* Music/TimMcGraw and Music/TaylorSwift "Highway Don't Care"
* Music/TobyKeith "Big Blue Note"
* Todd Duncan - "Unchained Melody" (later CoveredUp by the Righteous Brothers)
* Music/VillagePeople - "YMCA"
* Music/{{Weezer}} - parts of "Butterfly" and the chorus of "Why Bother"
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic - "Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me" (chorus)
* Music/WhitneyHouston - "I Wanna Dance with Somebody"
* Music/TheWho - "I Can't Explain" (bridge)
* Music/ZacBrownBand "As She's Walking Away" (verses)
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