A {{chord progression}}, originating in {{Doowop}}, hence the name, 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.

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"
* Music/AlanJackson - "Remember When"
* Alice Deejay - "Back in My Life"
* 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"
* Music/TheBeachBoys: "Surfer Girl"; (though some of the chords are extended), the intro to "In My Room".
* Music/{{The Beatles}} - "Octopus's Garden", "Oh! Darling" (from ''Music/AbbeyRoad''), "I'm So Tired", "Happiness is a Warm Gun" (from ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum''), "I've Just Seen a Face" (from ''Music/{{Help}}'', "This Boy" (from ''Music/PastMasters''), "Free as a Bird" (from ''Music/TheBeatlesAnthology'')
* Ben E. King - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbg7YoXiKn0 Stand By Me]]"
* Music/JustinBieber - "Baby"
* Music/BillyJoel - "Uptown Girl"
* The chorus to Bobby Darin's "Dream Lover"
* 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"
* Music/BuddyHolly - "Everyday"
* Music/BurtBacharach - "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"
* The Chords - Sh-Boom (was also a hit for The Crew Cuts)
* Charles Trenet - "La Mer" also covered by Music/DjangoReinhardt and CoveredUp in English as "Beyond The Sea" by Bobby Darin
* Chubby Checker - "Let's Twist Again"
* In the ''Pinball/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon'' pinball machine, the music that plays after the MatchSequence does this, in keeping with the "1950s drive-in theater" theme.
* Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival - "Looking Out My Back Door"
* Music/DavidBowie - "Ashes to Ashes" (from ''Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps'')
* Music/DeadKennedys - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgpa7wEAz7I "Kill the Poor"]] (from ''Music/FreshFruitForRottingVegetables'')
* 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/ElectricLightOrchestra - "Don't Walk Away"[[note]]During the "Don't walk away / Don't say goodbye" part.[[/note]] from the movie Film/{{Xanadu}}
* 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" (from ''Music/FreakOut'' and ''Music/CruisingWithRubenAndTheJets'')
* 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
** The theme to the animated version ''Fonz and the Happy Days Gang'' also does this.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x8trg3Eyto#t=1m15s Heart and Soul]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Heathcliff}}'' - Main theme, except for the bridge
* 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) (from ''Music/JohnLennonPlasticOnoBand'')
* Music/KennyChesney "The Tin Man" (verses)
* Music/LanaDelRey - "Prom Song (Gone Wrong)" (verses)
* ''Series/LazyTown'' - "Cooking by the Book"
* Music/LedZeppelin - "D'yer Mak'er" (from ''Music/HousesOfTheHoly'')
* 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 [=McGuire=] Sisters - Sincerely
* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' - "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"
* The ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' theme
** The song "I'm Gonna Always Love You" from the "Muppet Babies" section of ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan''.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4TedkQP_hM Sea Ponies song]] from ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials My Little Pony: Rescue at Midnight Castle]]''
** "Nothing Can Stop the Smooze" from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie''
* 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]]"
* Both versions of the theme that plays throughout [[VideoGame/PacMan Pac]] & Pal[[note]]a little known installment in the Pac-Man franchise[[/note]] do this.
* 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" (from ''Music/TheWall'')
* Music/ThePolice - "Every Breath You Take" (from ''Music/{{Synchronicity}}'' (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.
* Music/RitchieValens: "Donna".
* Robert Hazard - "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" (intro) (later CoveredUp by Cyndi Lauper)
* Music/RoyOrbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" and Music/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)
* Sarah Vaughn - Broken Hearted Melody
* 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)
* Marc van Linden - "Another Dimension"
* 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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