One-chord-progression songs suitable for jams or encores

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  • HAL9000HAL9000 Frets: 7144
    harpo;585123" said:
    Also People get ready shouldn't be in the list as there's two minor chords thrown in on the line "don't need no ticket '

    So .if we're in D the chords would be F#m and Em
    You're absolutely right - but I have heard it played both ways and both work OK.
    I play guitar because I enjoy it rather than because I’m any good at it
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  • bigjonbigjon Frets: 675
    "Sit Down" by James is going in : ||E    |    |A    |B    ||
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  • PlectrumPlectrum Frets: 493
    I can't see Sex On Fire in the list (some may argue that's a good thing LOL :) ). I think it's just E and C#m all the way through? Even simpler is Smokestack Lightning which just stays on the root E chord. Also I believe Born In The USA is the root B chord all the way through.
    One day I'm going to make a guitar out of butter to experience just how well it actually plays.
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  • bigjonbigjon Frets: 675
    Sex On Fire has an additional A chord at the end of the verse and at the end of each line of the chorus progression, so it's not a one-progression song.
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  • bigjonbigjon Frets: 675
    I haven't bothered including blues songs, in my mind they're a separate category for dipping into at jam-nights etc. I might start a separate discussion one day for pop-songs which are 12-bar blues songs in disguise, I had quite an extensive thread on the go Musicradar back in the day.
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 15129
    Probably not famous enough, but a fantastic pop song - Too Much Kissing by the Senseless Things. I think it's G E C D




    Every year, I grow half as pretty, and twice as drunk. 
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 12281
    Did I add Pressure Drop by The Maytalls/ The Specials/ The Clash? F C A# F.
    Inhale away Jackson Jeffrey Jackson. 
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  • mike_lmike_l Frets: 5689
    Keep on rockin' in the free world is just Em-D-C.

    Ringleader of the Cambridge cartel, pedal champ and king of the dirt boxes (down to 21) 

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  • vizviz Frets: 7994
    As is every Iron Maiden song :)
    Anything that isn’t pentatonic is pretentious wank -  LastMantra
    more on the strength of my ability to own a PA than to play a guitar” - ICBM
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  • RedRabbitRedRabbit Frets: 358
    mike_l;995373" said:
    Keep on rockin' in the free world is just Em-D-C.
    That's just the verse. The chorus is G D C Em and the 4 bars of A to take it back to the verse.

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  • mike_lmike_l Frets: 5689
    viz said:
    As is every Iron Maiden song :)
    Fear of the Dark isn't.
    Nor is sanctuary.........

    Ringleader of the Cambridge cartel, pedal champ and king of the dirt boxes (down to 21) 

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  • HAL9000HAL9000 Frets: 7144
    Abracadabra by the Steve Miller Band...

    Gm | Cm | D7#9 | Gm
    I play guitar because I enjoy it rather than because I’m any good at it
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  • bigjonbigjon Frets: 675
    HAL9000;1036399" said:
    Abracadabra by the Steve Miller Band...

    Gm | Cm | D7#9 | Gm
    I do it at jams (in Am) but there are some variations on the progression through the song which have to be strategically ignored.

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  • HAL9000HAL9000 Frets: 7144
    2-4-6-8 Motorway by Tom Robinson Band
    A | E | D..E11 | A |
    I play guitar because I enjoy it rather than because I’m any good at it
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  • BoopDeWoopBoopDeWoop Frets: 96
    bigjon said:
    "Sit Down" by James is going in : ||E    |    |A    |B    ||
    That's also I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers. Exactly the same.

    Also I play Free Falling as ||D | |G | |G D A|
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  • bigjonbigjon Frets: 675
    BoopDeWoop;1133285" said:
    bigjon said:

    "Sit Down" by James is going in : ||E    |    |A    |B    ||

    That's also I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers. Exactly the same.
    It only works for the chorus of 500 Miles - the verse has a different progression (using the same chords) of ||E | |A B |E ||

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  • MossMoss Frets: 2407
    edited July 2016
    Something slightly more obscure - 

    You Wanted A Hit - LCD Soundsystem - C | Am | Em
    Stop crying, start buying
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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 6866
    A few I've been gig'ing recently

    Higher & Higher (Your Love is lifting me) Jackie Wilson  .... Something like D \ G \ Em all the way through

    Stop - Ed Sheeran  No idea what key but something like Em \ Bm \ C \ D progression all the way through

    What'cha gonna do about it - Small Faces  - E to D all the way through more or less


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  • JayGeeJayGee Frets: 863
    Have we got Zombie by The Cranberries yet?

    Em | C | G | G/F#

    ...well, that's the way my bunch do it anyway and it seems to work, although I've seen it tabbed out with the last chord as D/F# in some places..
    Don't ask me, I just play the damned thing...
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  • PlectrumPlectrum Frets: 493
    JayGee said:
    Have we got Zombie by The Cranberries yet?

    Em | C | G | G/F#

    ...well, that's the way my bunch do it anyway and it seems to work, although I've seen it tabbed out with the last chord as D/F# in some places..
    I think its more D/F# than G/F# but with the top 3 strings being played open throughout it's hard to tell. During the over-driven parts he seems to play mostly the lower strings and to my ears it sounds like a D/F# there.
    One day I'm going to make a guitar out of butter to experience just how well it actually plays.
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