Pachelbel's Canon Progression

Pachelbel's following me. It sounds paranoid but he's following you too, you hear him every day.
Rob Paravonian

A Chord Progression made famous by the well-known Pachelbel's Canon in D major, which is the Trope Namer.

The progression is usually in a major key, and usually runs as follows: I V vi iii IV I IV V (repeat). If in a minor key, it is usually: i v VI III iv i iv V (repeat). Occasionally, II or ii or ii° may be substituted for the last IV/iv, and I or I6 (or i or i6) may be substituted for the iii or III. An example can be heard here.

Comedian Rob Paravonian famously ranted about the ubiquity of this progression, although most of his medley would be better placed in The Four Chords of Pop. He has a point, though... (Interestingly, substituting I6 for iii as stated above allows the two tropes to overlap.)

Often used to create the bittersweet, nostalgic kind of feeling the piece is so famous for.


When I find myself in times of trouble,
Pachelbel is following me!
I'll see you in hell, Pachelbel!