->"''Six and one of half a dozen''
->''Black guitars and plastic blues.''
->''Hide behind a wall of nothing''
->''Nothing said and nothing new.''
->''Four chords that made a million.''"
--> -- '''Music/PorcupineTree''', "Four Chords That Made A Million"

'''I-V-vi-IV'''. There's just something about these four chords that makes for a catchy tune in western pop music, transcending the boundaries of genre, and work in a song with any mood or tempo. This particular ordering of them, the "pop-punk progression" as TheOtherWiki calls it, was spawned as a variant of the DooWopProgression, and has been particularly popular from the 1990s to the present day. Actually OlderThanTheyThink - this progression is already known in the Baroque music. PachelbelsCanon is a variant of this progression, known as PachelbelsCanonProgression.

The Roman numerals above represent a sequence of four chords. If you don't know Roman analysis, check out [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pidokakU4I this video]], or play these chords on a piano: C major, G major, A minor, F major. Repeat if desired. If this progression loops back to I, this effectively produces a UsefulNotes/PlagalCadence. Very often, this progression is used as an {{ostinato}}--a repeated pattern that occurs throughout a song (or a part of it).

In a major key, this progression is I V vi IV. If we play them in a different order, vi IV I V, (A minor, F major, C major, G major)the progression sounds to be in the relative minor key (the key whose home note starts on the sixth note of its relative major key), in which case we notate it as i VI III VII. Occasionally, it's played starting with the subdominant major key: IV I V vi, (or VI III VII i relative to the minor), though this variation is less common than the tonic major and submediant minor versions. This version is sometimes called the "sensitive-female chord progression."

All of these progressions can be and are played with fifth or "power" chords; these are not major or minor chords (they don't possess the "third" which determines whether a chord is major or minor), but people's ears will pick up on the sound they're "expecting" to hear and fill in the blanks mentally so the progression sounds right.

Note, as always, that TropesAreTools: while it has proven to be an irresistible progression, a band who relies on it for too many of their songs runs the risk of being regarded as unimaginative and dull.

It's become a theme of music oriented comedy to make fun of this trope. Epitomized in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pidokakU4I this video]].

See its predecessor from the 30's to mid 60's, the TwelveBarBlues.

Related chord progressions:
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth, which generally uses I-IV-V.
* HumoresqueProgression: '''vi-IV-V-I''', or if considered to be in minor, '''i-VI-VII-III'''
* DooWopProgression: '''I-vi-IV-V'''
* PachelbelsCanonProgression: '''I-V-vi-iii-IV-I-IV-V'''

!!Examples of I-V-vi-IV (the tonic major key version):

* Music/{{Adele}} - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAc83CF8Ejk&ob=av2n Someone Like You]]"
* Music/{{aha}} - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djV11Xbc914 Take On Me]]" (chorus only; verse is ii-V-I-IV)
* Gary Allan — "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEkQGa_O5tU Songs About Rain]]" (verses)
* Music/TheAllAmericanRejects - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtypSRcwIhA Swing, Swing]]", "Move Along" (the intro, bridge, and outro), "Dirty Little Secret" (verses)
* Music/AlexandraBurke - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QprjWU7PXXo Bad Boys]]"
* Music/{{Alphaville}} - "Forever Young" (alternates with V-ii-IV-vi)
* Axis of Awesome [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pidokakU4I shows us]] a lot of examples ([[SquarePegRoundTrope and a few non-examples]]).
* Music/AliciaKeys - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8I3ZzFGxgd8 No One]]"
* Angels & Agony - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i95Gg0Y1ziE Monument]]"(chorus, the verse uses vi-IV-I-iii(V))
* Music/{{Aqua}} - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buXJlBd3Mf8 Doctor Jones]]" (the chorus and alternating lines of the verses)
* Music/AvengedSevenfold - "Afterlife" (choruses)
* Music/TheBeatles - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0714IbwC3HA Let It Be]]" (first half of the verse; second half is I-V-IV-I)
* Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure - the "excellent music"[[note]]Ted's words[[/note]] that plays in the scene where they travel to [[Creator/GeorgeCarlin Rufus']] time.
* Billie Myers - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq-r4ZUpels Kiss the Rain]]"
* Music/BlackEyedPeas - "Where Is The Love?"
* Music/{{Blink 182}} - Dammit, Feeling This, Always, Carousel, What's My Age Again? and more. It's called the "pop-punk progression" for a reason.
* Music/BobMarley - "No Woman No Cry"
* Music/BrunoMars - "The Lazy Song"
* Bush - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOllF3TgAsM Glycerine]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbhFfFyZQbA Comedown]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er1bwzZCik0 Machinehead]]" (during the second and third choruses)
* Caramell - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anEVeN4K-SY Caramelldansen]]"[[note]]Link goes to the slow original, not the [[MemeticMutation more well known Speedycake remix.]][[/note]]
* Music/TheCars - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYz4lwpKUkU Tonight She Comes]]"
* Music/CherLloyd - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y58OT6jlLvE Swagger Jagger]]" (In the choruses after the first verse. It's more noticeable in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N55Rg1-g3Vs instrumental version]].)
* Cinderella - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i28UEoLXVFQ Don't Know What You Got ('Til It's Gone)]]"
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ-igc-BF1o "Alegria"]] (B-section)
* ''Manga/CrayonShinChan'''s EndingTheme
* Creator/CristinaValenzuela - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jc6LSDokgQ&feature=channel&list=UL "Remember Me"]] from ''VideoGame/AlwaysRememberMe'' (but only in the verses).
* Music/CrowdedHouse- "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBixWtkxztI Fall At Your Feet]]"
* Billy Currington — "People Are Crazy" (first half of verses)
* Music/EmilieAutumn - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6k7nQhkYLA What If]]"
* Music/{{Enya}} - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2PYEEMXREU "On My Way Home"]] (chorus only)
* Music/{{FEMM}} - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsIHw8Bsyw4 Whiplash]] (chorus)
* Five For Fighting - "Superman (It's Not Easy)"
* Music/FloridaGeorgiaLine — "Cruise"
* Music/GreenDay - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8dh9gDzmz8 When I Come Around]]" (but not in the chorus), "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdLYCjTACpQ X-Kid]]" (chorus only)
* Halcali - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwbtAnC_F_Q Ai]] (chorus)
* Hammerhead - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jqo0ccrNJEc "Ev'rybody Gets Laid Tonight"]]
* Idina Menzel - "Let It Go" from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' (chorus)
* Music/ImagineDragons - "Demons", and the verses of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sENM2wA_FTg "It's Time"]]
* Music/IngridMichaelson - "Everybody", refrain
* Israel Kamakiwiwo'ole - "Over the Rainbow" (B-section)
* James Blunt - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oofSnsGkops You're Beautiful]]"
* Jamie Grace featuring tobymac - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENlO-uVg8Sk Hold Me]]"
* Music/JasonAldean — "Big Green Tractor" (verses)
* Music/JasonMraz - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkHTsc9PU2A&ob=av3e I'm Yours]]"
* Music/JessieJ - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMxX-QOV9tI Price Tag]]"
* Jimmy Wayne — "Paper Angels" (verses)
* Music/{{Journey}} - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k8craCGpgs Don't Stop Believing]]" (most people tend to make this the definitive example of this progression when talking about it) and "Any Way You Want It"
* Jun Senoue - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9wh0tqnpzU "Sea Gate"]] (from ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'')
* Music/KanyeWest - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thEQlaqhHeY&feature=player_embedded "Runaway"]]
* Katy Perry - "Hot n Cold" (verses, chorus)
* Kitsune^2 - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c5ZPQc6XT4 Take Off And Land]]"
* Music/LadyGaga - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2smz_1L2_0 Paparazzi]]"
** Also, the chorus of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeWBS0JBNzQ&ob=av2e Edge of Glory]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okq8xHrIZ8I&ob=av2e Hair]]"
* Le Click - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geO_ioeZ_iE Call Me]]"
* Music/LizPhair - "Why Can't I", verse (and has the reordered minor key version in the refrain)
* Maroon 5 - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIjVuRTm-dc She Will Be Loved]]"
* Men At Work - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V_X4LGakmU Down Under]]"
* Music/{{Mika}} - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFkSMHle8-M Happy Ending]]"
* [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Miku Hatsune]] - "[=PoPiPo=]"
* Music/MileyCyrus - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrUvu1mlWco We Can't Stop]]", "Wrecking Ball" (chorus)
* WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0VbyYcljx8&feature=watch_response_rev BBBFF]] (verses)
* ''VideoGame/NightsIntoDreams'' - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgZJZBDKGw4 "Dreams Dreams"]] (verses)
* No Doubt - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZktNItwexo Spiderwebs]]"
* Old Crow Medicine Show, Darius Rucker — "Wagon Wheel"
* OLIVIA - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgOrbSh0W20 "Winter Sleep"]]
* Music/OneRepublic - "Say (All I Need)"
* Music/OwlCity - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIz2K3ArrWk Vanilla Twilight]]
* Music/{{Pink}} - "Fucking Perfect"
* Music/ThePolice - "So Lonely"
* Music/RedHotChiliPeppers - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwlogyj7nFE "Under the Bridge"]] (verse)
* Music/RelientK - "In Love with the '80s (Pink Tux to the Prom)"; this may have been an homage to the Cars (the background arrangement is very similar to "Tonight She Comes")
** Also "Pressing On" and "Forward Motion".
* Renard - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI6veK6ARGU Intensive Care Unit]]" and its remixes
* Music/RichardMarx - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_E2EHVxNAE Right Here Waiting]]" (part of the chorus)
* Richard Jacques - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auQTg4kOakc The title screen music]] from ''[[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed]]''.
* Creator/RieTanaka's [[CoverVersion cover of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sidvycbl2Zk&feature=relmfu "Anarchy In The UK"]] by TheSexPistols.
* Music/RiseAgainst - "Give It All" (choruses) and Audience of One (intro and verses)
* Sarina Paris - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4om_eQ42mT4&feature=related Look At Us Baby]]" (the chorus)
* ''Manga/SchoolRumble'''s third ED.
* ''SesameStreet'' (yes, ''Sesame Street'') - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEwNGgNXr9U The Word Is No]]"
* Shoji Meguro - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqTBupJd9_E "Spirited Girl"]] (from ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'')
* Music/SmashingPumpkins "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
* Music/TaylorSwift - "Eyes Open", "I Knew You Were Trouble" (verse)
* Music/ToriAmos - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8ljHOSqc4A Crucify]]" (chorus), "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv8hXS_GDhE Pretty Good Year]]"
* Train - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JV74i4yvcA Hey Soul Sister]]"
* Music/{{U2}} - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmSdTa9kaiQ With or Without You]]" and "Miracle Drug"
* Music/UtadaHikaru - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e06_DK3fDPE "Eternally"]]
* Music/{{Weezer}} - "Pork and Beans"
* ''VideoGame/WonderBoyIIITheDragonsTrap'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2YbwIuhv0E "Sidecrawler's Dance"]]
* Music/YukoGoto's [[CoverVersion cover of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu_9It7xxvo&feature=related "Smells Like Teen Spirit"]] by Music/{{Nirvana}}.
* Lampshaded by Bo Burnham in his parody love song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffwnW6JgAlI Repeat Stuff]], though he uses it himself a fair number of times outside that song. In the song, he doesn't use this exact sequence, though- most of it is in I-vi-IV-V, with the pre-choruses in vi-IV-I-V and the bridge in IV-V-I-vi.

!!Examples of i-VI-III-VII [vi-IV-I-V relative to major] (the minor key version):

* Music/ArcadeFire - "Rebellion (Lies)" (in the bridge)
* Music/{{Area 11}} - Vectors (ending, often known as the ending theme to various LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} series including the Jaffa Factory and the "next time" music of ''[=JaffaQuest=]'')
* Assemblage 23 - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3uzMNmYEAw "Decades"]] (chorus)
* ''[[VideoGame/AtelierAyeshaTheAlchemistOfDusk Atelier Ayesha]]'' - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVcc16o0SaY "Maria"]]
* Music/{{Aviators}} - "Friendship"
* Avril Lavigne - "Complicated"
* Basshunter - "[=DotA=]" and "All I Ever Wanted"
* Music/{{Beyonce}} - "If I Were A Boy"
* Music/{{Bon Jovi}} - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SKFwtgUJHs It's My Life]]"
* Music/BreakingBenjamin - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWaB4PXCwFU Diary of Jane]]" (choruses)
* Music/{{Cascada}} - "Miracle"
* Music/{{Coldplay}} - "The Scientist"
* Music/{{The Cranberries}} - "Zombie"
* Music/{{Crush 40}} - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9zZus_1_ag Live and Learn]]" (verse)
* Music/TheCure - "Friday I'm In Love" (alternates with I-IV-I-V)
* Music/DaftPunk - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRcHTdWY5lU "Contact"]]
* Digital Emotion - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClLYw2XZodk Go Go Yellow Screen]]"
* DJ Kajjin - "Music is Fantasy" (chorus)
* Dr. Reanimator - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BnOUOkcr9c "Move Your Dead Bones"]] (intro, chorus, and instrumental bridge)
* Eagle Eye Cherry - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTa2Bzlbjv0 Save Tonight]]"
* Music/{{Evanescence}} - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdhqVtpR2ts&feature=kp Going Under]]" (chorus)
* Emeli Sandι - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFXRQKYFbXE Read All About It]]"
* Music/{{Eminem}} - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D4XzWjp2qM "Stronger Than I Was"]]
* Music/FallOutBoy - "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark" (chorus), "Alone Together" (1st verse, also uses IV-I-V-vi below)
* Music/{{FEMM}} - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYYyeV6eDk8 "Unbreakable"]] (chorus)
* Flo Rida - "Whistle"
* Garnidelia - "Ambiguous" (from ''Anime/KillLaKill'')
* Gary Allan — "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)"
* Genki Rockets - "Heavenly Star" (verse)
* A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2U0Ivkn2Ds "Say Something"]]
* Music/GreenDay - "Holiday" (alternating with i-VI-III-V), "21 Guns" (the verses, at least)
* [[AutoTuneTheNews The Gregory Brothers]] - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX0D4oZwCsA "Double Rainbow (remix)"]]
* Groove Coverage - "The End", "Little June", and "God is a Girl"
* Hangry & Angry - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY5koFiuTww "Sadistic Dance"]]
* Hotzmic (written by [[Music/HelloProject Tsunku]]) - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZWF6qi8jhE "I'm a Lady Now"]] (appears in ''[[VideoGame/RhythmHeaven Rhythm Tengoku: The Best+]]'')
* Iyaz - "Replay"
* James Coffey - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfq1f2eRidA "Legends of the Rails"]]
* Music/JenniferLopez - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4H_Zoh7G5A "On the Floor"]] (intro and chorus)
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG77HTdreh0 Dark Pit]] (flight music)
* Mario Lopez - "The Sound of Nature"
* Joan Osborne - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4CRkpBGQzU One of Us]]"
* John Legend - "All Of Me" verses (chorus: III III i i VI VI VII VII)
* Katy Perry - "Hot n Cold" (bridge)
* Music/KeithUrban — "Long Hot Summer" (verses)
* Kelly Clarkson - "Behind These Hazel Eyes", "Stronger"
* KennyChesney — "Come Over"
* Kitsune^2 - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0E5wpyLd3M "Avast Your Ass"]] (and the [[MemeticMutation many, many remixes]])
* Music/LadyGaga - "Poker Face" (chorus), "Heavy Metal Lover"
* Music/TheLonelyIsland - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIFDIcQfY5g I Just Had Sex]]" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI6CfKcMhjY Jack Sparrow]]"
* Music/LinkinPark - "Numb", "Crawling"
* Music/{{Madonna}} - "The Power of Goodbye"
* Marija Šerifović - "Molitva" (winner of the 2007 EurovisionSongContest)
* ''VideoGame/MarioKart Wii'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_o3UFRlaRI Moo Moo Meadows]]
* Mayhem - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tokE083QMw "Eggs"]]
* MGMT - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrC3GNKdM94 Kids]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' - "Equestria Girls (Helping Twilight Win the Crown)"(verse)
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' - "Welcome to the Show" (Rainbooms' verse) and "Shine Like Rainbows" (chorus and bridge)
* Newsboys - "Spirit Thing"
* No Mercy - "Where Do You Go?"
* NY - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzIRIl-9CRg "Trophy Boy (Todd Edwards Remix)"]] (chorus only)
* TheOffspring seem to love this. They use it in "Gotta Get Away", "Self Esteem", "Have You Ever", "The Kids Aren't Alright", "All I Want", "Dammit, I Changed Again" and "You're Gonna Go Far Kid".
* Of Monsters and Men - "Little Talks" (chorus- during the verses, it's just i VI III)
* {{O-Zone}}: "Dragostea Din Tei" (also known as the "[[MemeticMutation Numa Numa Song]]") during the verses
* Music/{{Pendulum}} - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGow4nmYkkA "The Island"]] (chorus)
* RascalFlatts — "What Hurts the Most"
* Real [=McCoy=] - "Run Away"
* Music/RedHotChiliPeppers - "Otherside", "Don't Forget Me", "Snow (Hey Oh)"
* Ricardo Autobahn - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFM140rju4k "Golden Age of Video"]]
* RiseAgainst - "Swing Life Away" (choruses), "Hero of War" (choruses), "Audience of One" (choruses), "This is Letting Go"
* Sarah [=McLachlan=] - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QUq72fla3o&ob=av3e Building a Mystery]]"
* Selena Gomez - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8eXaXoUJRQ Slow Down]]"
* Music/{{Shakira}} - "She Wolf"
* Skylash - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozmp08r_kCo "A Starry Night"]] (chorus)
* Music/TheSmiths (covered by Music/KirstyMacColl) - "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby"
* {{Staind}} - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z28EXEh_KG0 For You]]"
* Music/TheStrokes - "Under Cover of Darkness" (choruses)
* Music/SunStroke Project ft. Olia Tira "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECyeUYsU14E Run Away]]" uses a variation, using the chord of Bb minor where the fitting chord of C# major should be.
* Tim Minchin - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTQ9TpSSpF8 Canvas Bags]]"
* Music/{{Timbaland}} ft. Music/OneRepublic - "Apologize"
* Toto - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTQbiNvZqaY Africa]]"
* Music/UtadaHikaru - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tMg3bjLnjw "Beautiful World"]] (chorus)
* Yiruma - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7maJOI3QMu0 "River Flows in You"]]
* YourFavoriteMartian - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCVMuevcCvY "Zombie Love Song"]]

!! Examples of IV-I-V-vi [VI-III-VII-i relative to minor] (subdominant major key version)
* Music/{{Aviators}} - "Writing on the Walls"
* Music/TheBandPerry — "If I Die Young"
* Music/{{Blink 182}} - "What's My Age Again" (verses)
* Day Above Ground - "Asian Girlz"
* Music/FallOutBoy - "Alone Together" (chorus, also uses vi-IV-I-V above)
* Music/GreenDay - [[Music/AmericanIdiot "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"]] (chorus), "Kill the DJ" (chorus)
* Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - "Over the Rainbow" (second half of A-section)
* Jay Sean - "Down"
* Levert - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_JXVbc2gGc "Casanova"]]
* LinkinPark - "Final Masquerade"
* Mandisa - "Overcomer"
* Martina [=McBride=] — "Happy Girl" (verses)
* Music/{{Muse}} - "Citizen Erased" (chorus; actually IV - I - V/vi (III) - vi, or bVI-bIII-V-i)
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' - "Equestria Girls(Helping Twilight Win The Crown)"(chorus), "This Is Our Big Night"(verse), and "A Friend for Life"
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' - "Welcome To The Show" (finale)
** The Dazzlings' three {{villain song}}s use a [[DarkReprise dark version]] of this progression, with the first chord changed from IV to ii.
* Music/{{Nickelback}} - "If Everyone Cared"
* Owl City and Carly Rae Jepson - "Good Time"
* Music/{{O-Zone}} - "Dragostea din Tei", during the chorus
** And by extension, T.I. & Rihanna's "Live Your Life"
* Paramore - "Misery Business" (chorus)
* Music/PassionPit - "Take A Walk" (during the chorus)
* Rihanna - "Umbrella" (chorus)
* Music/RiseAgainst - "Architect" (chorus)
* Music/TaylorSwift — "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"


!!Other chord progressions containing the four chords

* HumoresqueProgression
* DooWopProgression
* '''I-IV-vi-V'''
** Alice Deejay - "Will I Ever"
** Music/TheAllAmericanRejects - "Dirty Little Secret" (choruses), "It Ends Tonight" (choruses)
** B.O.B. featuring Rivers Cuomo - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq-NShfefks Magic]]"
** Music/{{Boston}} - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSR6ZzjDZ94 More Than A Feeling]]" (the chorus)
** Fine Young Cannibals - "She Drives Me Crazy"
** Jun Senoue - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWCDEJDnlic "Casino Park"]] (also from ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'')
** Liz Phair - "Why Can't I", intro
** Mika - "We Are Golden"
** The theme song from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
*** And "Love Is in Bloom" from that same show
*** "Raise This Barn"
*** "A True, True Friend"(intro)
*** And now "Hearts as Strong as Horses". Daniel Ingram really likes this one apparently.
*** "Find The Music In You"
*** "You'll Play Your Part"(chorus)
*** The verse and refrain of "Shine Like Rainbows" from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks''.
** Music/PatBenatar - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTdMJuu9qYg Hit Me With Your Best Shot]]"
** SR-71 - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sy8ulwexfY 1985]]"
** Tracy Chapman - "Talkin' About A Revolution"
** Wiz Khalifa - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuVAeTHqijk No Sleep]]"

* '''I-IV-V-vi'''
** KatyPerry - "California Gurls"
** {{Kesha}} - "Tik-Tok," which shares two producers with "California Gurls".

* '''vi-V-I-IV'''
** Kesha - "Die Young"
** NY - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVK-OPpACpY "Trophy Boy"]]
** Taio Cruz - "Dynamite"
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' - "Winter Wrap-Up"(first half of intro and bridge), "I've Got to Find A Way"(verse), and "A True True Friend"(first quarter of chorus)

* '''I-vi-V-IV'''
** Music/{{Alabama}} — "Dixieland Delight"
** Music/BradPaisley with Music/CarrieUnderwood — "Remind Me"
** Music/CheapTrick - "Surrender" (chorus)
** Music/TheEagles — "Take It Easy"
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0Wvn-9BXVc Megaupload Song]]
** Spin Doctors - "Two Princes"

* '''vi-I-V-IV'''
** Music/TheAllAmericanRejects - "Move Along" (choruses)
** Avicii - "Levels"
** Music/TheBloodhoundGang - "The Bad Touch"
** Music/{{Eminem}} - "Space Bound"
** Music/{{Flyleaf}} - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN0FFK8JSYE All Around Me]]" (parts of the choruses)
** Music/LinkinPark - "In The End" (choruses, bridge)
** The Immortals - "Techno Syndrome" (''MortalKombat'' theme)
** Music/OneRepublic - "Counting Stars"
** Music/{{Rihanna}} - "Disturbia"
** Rise Against - "Paper Wings" (verses), "Prayer of the Refugee" (choruses) and "The Good Left Undone" (choruses)
** Cobra Starship - "Good Girls Go Bad"

* '''vi-I-V-IV-V'''
** Yasuharu Takanashi - ''Manga/FairyTail'' Main Theme

* '''V-vi-IV-I'''
** John Mayer - "Waiting on the World to Change" (alternates with I-vi-IV-I)
** Music/MarvinGaye - "Sexual Healing"
** Thorinair - "Applejack Season"
** Robbie Williams - "Angels" ("And through it aaaaalllllll...")
** Spice Girls - "Wannabe" (the verses and choruses)

* '''IV-V-I-vi'''
** Music/{{Coldplay}} - "Viva la Vida"
** Genki Rockets - "Heavenly Star" (first half of chorus)
** Music/LadyGaga - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrO4YZeyl0I Bad Romance]]"
** Marc Cohn - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK5YGWS5H84 Walking in Memphis]]"
** Music/{{Sugarland}} — "Everyday America" (verses)
** [[Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky Tchaikovsky]] - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWwb4yvPQ5s The Nutcracker Pas de Deux]]" - It starts with the Doo Wop Progression then shifts to this during the great climax.

* '''IV-I-vi-V'''
** Bastille - "Pompeii"
** Capital Cities - "Safe And Sound" ([[RefrainFromAssuming "I Can Lift You Up"]])
** Dubstar - "Stars (Motiv8 remix)" (bridge and chorus)
** Imogen Heap - "Hide and Seek" (and by extension, "Whatcha Say" by Jason [=DeRulo=])
** Music/{{Maroon 5}} - "Payphone"
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' - "Find The Music in the Treetops" (chorus)
** Together - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGEOYmMe-aI "So Much Love to Give"]]
** Music/TomPetty - "Learning to Fly"
** Whigfield - "No Tears To Cry"

* '''V-I-vi-IV'''
** Music/{{REM}} - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luuqhAS0x6o What's the Frequency Kenneth]]"

* '''I-V-IV-vi'''
** Tonic - "You Wanted More"

* '''IV-vi-V-I'''
** Joe Nichols — "Sunny and 75"
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' - "Becoming Popular"
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' - "This Is Our Big Night"(chorus)
** Music/{{Erasure}} - "Freedom"

* '''vi-V-IV-I'''
** "Go K.K. Rider" from ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing''
** Music/GreenDay - "Good Riddance/Time Of Your Life," for a part of the verses.
** Very briefly in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5biIXoKAHo main theme]], except that the "vi" is a major chord.

* '''vi-I-IV-V'''
** We The Kings - "Check Yes Juliet"
** Music/LinkinPark - "Runaway"
** Music/{{Aviators}} - "The Fear of Flight" and "Ghosts in the Code"
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' - "The Cutie Mark Crusaders Song"(intro)
** Dubstar - "Stars (Motiv8 remix)" (verse)
** Mike Mareen - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYa4PQo_SNA "Love Spy"]] (main riff and verse)

* '''V-vi-I-IV'''
** Ian van Dahl - "Will I"
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