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Doo Wop Progression
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 "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 Humoresque Progression, which instead has I at the end.


  • Ace of Base - "The Sign"
  • Air Supply - "Making Love out of Nothing at All"
  • Alan Jackson - "Remember When"
  • Alice Deejay - "Back in My Life"
  • Alicia Keys - "Girl On Fire"
  • Barry Manilow - "Mandy"
  • Barry Mann - "Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)"
  • Barry McGuire - "Eve of Destruction"
  • Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"
  • The Beach Boys: "Surfer Girl"; (though some of the chords are extended), the intro to "In My Room".
  • 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 - "Stand By Me"
  • Justin Bieber - "Baby"
  • Billy Currington "Love Done Gone"
  • Billy Joel - "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)
  • Bye Bye Birdie - "One Boy" (as a recurring tag only)
  • Captain & Tennille - "Do That to Me One More Time"
  • Carly Rae Jepsen- "Call Me Maybe"
  • The Casinos "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye"
  • Charles Trenet - "La Mer" also covered by Django Reinhardt and Covered Up in English as "Beyond The Sea" by Bobby Darin
  • Chubby Checker - "Let's Twist Again"
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Looking Out My Back Door"
  • David Bowie - "Ashes to Ashes"
  • Dead Kennedys - "Kill the Poor"
  • Die Toten Hosen - "Verschwende deine Zeit"
  • Dion and the Belmonts - "Runaround Sue", "A Teenager in Love"
  • Dolly Parton - "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"
  • Elton John - "Crocodile Rock" (during the verses and the "la la la la la" part)
  • Emilie Autumn - "Find Me a Man"
  • Eric Clapton - "I've Got a Rock & Roll Heart" (chorus)
  • Eurhythmics - "Shame"
  • The Everly Brothers - "Love Hurts"
  • Faith Hill "I Can't Do That Anymore" (first half of verses)
  • Fleetwood Mac - "Sara" (verse)
  • The Four Seasons: "Sherry", "Big Girls Don't Cry"
  • Frank Zappa - "Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder"
  • fun - "We Are Young"
  • Gene Chandler - "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 lampshade attached:
  • Hal Ketchum "Stay Forever" (first half of verses)
  • The chorus to the Happy Days theme
  • "Heart and Soul"
  • The Hold Steady - "Don't Let Me Explode"
  • Iron & Wine - "Flightless Bird, American Mouth"
  • J. Frank Wilson - "Last Kiss"
  • Jim Croce - "Lover's Cross," "Alabama Rain"
  • John Lennon - "God" (verse)
  • Kenny Chesney "The Tin Man" (verses)
  • LazyTown - "Cooking by the Book"
  • Led Zeppelin - "D'yer Mak'er"
  • Leona Lewis - "Bleeding Love"
  • "Dentist!" from Little Shop of Horrors (first half of chorus)
  • Part of the Tennis Machine music from the Game Boy Color version of Mario Tennis
  • The Marvelettes - "Please Mr. Postman"
  • The Muppet Babies theme
  • The Sea Ponies song from My Little Pony: Rescue at Midnight Castle
  • Neil Sedaka - "Oh! Carol"
  • NOFX - "Murder The Government"
  • Neutral Milk Hotel - "In The Aeroplane Over the Sea"
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - "Enola Gay"
  • Paul Anka - "Diana"
  • The Penguins - "Earth Angel"
  • Pete Seeger - "If I Had a Hammer"
  • P!nk - "Just Like a Pill"
  • Pink Floyd - "The Thin Ice"
  • The Police - "Every Breath You Take" (and, by extension, Puff Daddy's "I'll Be Missing You")
  • Pretenders - "Don't Get Me Wrong"
  • Rebecca Black - "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 Covered Up by Cyndi Lauper)
  • Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" and Simon & Garfunkel'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"
  • Sara Bareilles - "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 - "Shut Up (and Sleep with Me)"
  • Slipknot - Psychosocial
  • Endless Mine from Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
  • Spice Girls - "Too Much"
  • Starship - "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"
  • Ted Poley - "Escape From the City" (verses) from Sonic Adventure 2.
  • Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift "Highway Don't Care"
  • Toby Keith "Big Blue Note"
  • Todd Duncan - "Unchained Melody" (later Covered Up by the Righteous Brothers)
  • Marc van Linden - "Another Dimension"
  • Village People - "YMCA"
  • Weezer - parts of "Butterfly" and the chorus of "Why Bother"
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic - "Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me" (chorus)
  • Whitney Houston - "I Wanna Dance with Somebody"
  • The Who - "I Can't Explain" (bridge)
  • Zac Brown Band "As She's Walking Away" (verses)

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alternative title(s): Du Wop Progression
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