The Four-Chord Debate

Four Chord Debate

True or false: all hit songs only contain four cords.

According to Axis of Awesome, a three-person musical comedy act, all the greatest his from years past contain only four chords. In this recording of a live sketch, the band goes through all the popular songs we’ve grown up with, from the Beatles’ Let it Be to Bob Marley’s No Woman No Cry, playing all songs using only four chords. The Australian band is touring the UK making their case that writing a pop song is dead easy.

And it seems Axis of Awesome has a cult following! Check out the video below to see a duo demonstrating four-chord fandom, playing 75 hit songs using only—your guessed it—four chords, with humourous household interruptions throughout their living room act.