Thursday, January 1, 2009

Song list

This is the list of every song I've been able to find (and confirm) that uses the SFCP. Found one that's not here? Leave it in the comments, or email me.

(Songs with "*" use the chords in the SFCP but aren't quite canonical, in the sense that they don't repeat in the same way as the others in the brief time that they pop up.)

*The Doors - "Crystal Ship"
Scott McKenzie - "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)"


*UFO - "Doctor Doctor"

*Joan Baez - "Diamonds & Rust"

Boston - "Peace of Mind"

*Iggy Pop - "The Passenger"

Graham Parker and the Rumour - "Protection"

*Squeeze - "Another Nail For My Heart"
Warren Zevon - "Play It All Night Long"

*Human Switchboard - "Who's Landing In My Hangar?"
The Rings - "Who's She Dancin' With"

Toto - "Africa"

The Scorpions - "Still Loving You"
Vixen - "Give It A Chance"

Heart - "What About Love"

Hüsker Dü - "No Promise Have I Made"

Heart - "Alone"
Loverboy - "Love Will Rise Again"
The Smiths - "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby"

Midnight Oil - "Beds Are Burning"
The Posies - "I May Hate You Sometimes"
Roxette - "Listen To Your Heart"
Voice Of The Beehive - "Don't Call Me Baby"

Alice Cooper - "Poison"
The Cult - "Sweet Soul Sister"
Ani DiFranco - "Fire Door"
Tom Petty - "Yer So Bad"
Starship - "It's Not Enough"

Bad Religion - "21st Century (Digital Boy)"
INXS - "Hear That Sound"
Jeff Lynne - "What Would It Take"
Straitjacket Fits - "Hand In Mine"
Yanni - "Almost A Whisper"

White Lion - "Broken Heart"

Bad Religion - "Generator"
The Bottle Rockets - "Wave That Flag"
Gin Blossoms - "Until I Fall Away"

The Smashing Pumpkins - "Disarm"
Therapy? - "Screamager"
Urge Overkill - "Sister Havana"
*U2 (featuring Johnny Cash) - "The Wanderer"

Tori Amos - "Cloud On My Tongue"
The Cranberries - "Zombie"
Loreena McKennitt - "The Bonnie Swans"
The Offspring - "Gotta Get Away"
The Offspring - "Self Esteem"
Roxette - "Crash! Boom! Bang!"

Ani DiFranco - "Shy"
Guster - "Window"
Jewel - "Foolish Games"
Joan Osborne - "One Of Us"

Reel Big Fish - "Beer"
Social Distortion - "Don't Drag Me Down"
Paul Van Dyk - "Home"
The Waifs - "Brain Damage"

Cotton Mather - "Password"
Sarah McLachlan - "Building A Mystery"
Shania Twain - "That Don't Impress Me Much"

Eagle Eye Cherry - "Save Tonight"
Jewel - "Hands"
Madonna - "The Power of Good-Bye"
Neutral Milk Hotel - "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea"

Melissa Etheridge - "Angels Would Fall"
The Offspring - "The Kids Aren't Alright"
The Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Otherside"
Britney Spears - "Born To Make You Happy"
Antonello Venditti - "In Questo Mondo Che Non Puoi Capire"

Joseph Arthur - "In The Sun"
Bangs - "Undo Everything"
Bon Jovi - "It's My Life"
Bon Jovi - "Two Story Town"
Tracy Chapman - "Telling Stories"
Eagle Eye Cherry - "Burning Up"
The Cure - "Maybe Someday"
Nina Gordon - "Tonight and the Rest of My Life"
Reggie And The Full Effect - "From Me 2 U"
Sick Of It All - "America"
Cat Stevens - "I've Got A Thing About Seeing My Grandson Grow Old"
U2 - "In A Little While"
Lee Ann Womack - "I Hope You Dance"

Michelle Branch - "All You Wanted"
Butterfly Jones - "Anywhere But Now"
Ani DiFranco - "Marrow"
Ben Folds - "Not The Same"
Damien Rice - "Cannonball"
Shakira - "Whenever, Wherever"
The Shins - "Girl On The Wing"
Yiruma - "River Flows In You"

Bad Religion - "Shattered Faith"
Celine Dion - "A New Day Has Come"
Celine Dion - "I Surrender"
Iron & Wine - "Upward Over The Mountain"
Avril Lavigne - "Complicated"
Sum 41 - "The Hell Song"
Sum 41 - "Still Waiting"
Sum 41 - "Thanks For Nothing"
Superdrag - "The Staggering Genius"
Keith Urban - "You'll Think Of Me"

Gavin DeGraw - "Chariot"
Girlyman - "Maori"
Ben Harper - "Amen Omen"
Lillix - "It's About Time"
Longwave - "Tidal Wave"
Liz Phair - "Why Can't I?"
Yellowcard - "Believe"

Arcade Fire - "Rebellion (Lies)"
Ryan Cabrera – "On the Way Down"
Kelly Clarkson - "Behind These Hazel Eyes"
Green Day - "Holiday"
Jay-Z/Linkin Park - "Numb/Encore"
Avril Lavigne - "Don't Tell Me"
Avril Lavigne - "My Happy Ending"
Social Distortion - "Reach For The Sky"
Regina Spektor - "Us"
Sum 41 - "Pieces"
Keith Urban - "Tonight I Wanna Cry"

Acceptance - "So Contagious"
James Blunt - "Out Of My Mind"
Bon Jovi - "Have A Nice Day"
Tracy Bonham - "Something Beautiful"
*Alice Cooper - "Dirty Diamonds"
*Garbage - "Why Do You Love Me"
Girlyman - "Speechless"
*Missy Higgins - "The Sound Of White"
Missy Higgins - "They Weren't There"
Missy Higgins - "Unbroken"
The Hold Steady - "Don't Let Me Explode"
Hope Partlow - "Who We Are"
Jovanotti - "Mi Fido Di Te"
Adrienne Pierce - "Lost And Found"
Stars - "One More Night"
Katie Todd Band - "Figure It Out"
The Veronicas - "Everything I'm Not"

Assembly Of Dust - "40 Reasons"
Boys Like Girls - "The Great Escape"
Kasey Chambers - "Colour Of A Carnival"
Kasey Chambers - "Dangerous"
Kasey Chambers - "Living On The Railroad"
Cobra Starship - "The Church Of Hot Addiction"
Teddy Geiger - "Night Air"
Micah P. Hinson - "The Leading Guy"
The Hold Steady - "First Night"
Into Eternity - "Severe Emotional Distress"
Mat Kearney - "Undeniable"
Mat Kearney - "Wait"
The Killers - "For Reasons Unknown"
Kristy Lee (Cook) - "Devoted"
*Loreena McKennitt - "Beneath A Phrygian Sky"
Pet Shop Boys - "Integral"
Rascal Flatts - "Stand"
Rascal Flatts - "What Hurts The Most"
The Rasmus - "No Fear"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Snow"
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - "Face Down"
Damien Rice - "9 Crimes"
State Radio - "Camilo"
The Veronicas - "4Ever"
Yogi - "Let You Go"

Natasha Bedingfield - "Angel"
Colbie Caillat - "One Fine Wire"
Vanessa Carlton - "Hands On Me"
The Juliet Dagger - "Flinch"
Ben Lee - "Is This How Love's Supposed To Feel?"
Maroon 5 - "Back At Your Door"
Tim Minchin - "Canvas Bags"
Hannah Montana - "Nobody's Perfect"
Bret Mosley - "Climbing The Floor"
John Murphy and Underworld - "Sunshine (Adagio In D Minor)"
OneRepublic -"All We Are"
The Postal Service - "Grow Old With Me"
LeAnn Rimes and Bon Jovi - "Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore"
LeAnn Rimes and Reba McEntire - "When You Love Someone Like That"
*Bruce Springsteen - "Radio Nowhere"
Stars - "The Night Starts Here"
Taylor Swift - "Christmas Must Be Something More"
Timbaland, featuring OneRepublic - "Apologize"
Carrie Underwood - "So Small"
Carrie Underwood - "Twisted"
Carrie Underwood - "Wheel Of The World"
Dan Wilson - "Breathless"
Whitley - "More Than Life"
Wire Daisies - "Mary Jane"
Elliott Yamin - "One Word"

Addison Road - "All That Matters"
Akon - "Beautiful"
*Katie Armiger - "Unseen"
Attack Attack! - "Stick Stickly"
David Archuleta - "A Little Too Not Over You"
David Archuleta - "Waiting For Yesterday"
David Archuleta - "You Can"
Basshunter - "All I Ever Wanted"
Beyoncé - "Broken-Hearted Girl"
Beyoncé - "If I Were A Boy"
Beyoncé - "Radio"
The cast of Camp Rock - "We Rock"
Carolina Liar – "I'm Not Over"
Caithlin De Marrais - "Outer Space Is Still Sexy"
*Marié Digby - "Stupid For You"
Alejandro Escovedo - "Sister Lost Soul"
Giant Sand - "Fire In The Belly"
Guns 'n' Roses - "Shackler's Revenge"
Ha*Ash - "Already Home"
Neil Halstead - "Spinning For Spoonie"
Randy Houser - "Wild Wild West"
Leslie Hunt - "Down Day"
A Kiss Could Be Deadly - "Broken Music"
Jet Lag Gemini - "Bittersweet"
Greg Laswell - "It Comes And Goes (In Waves)"
*Lenka - "Don't Bring Me Down"
Looker - "Spit For Your Shine"
Demi Lovato - "This Is Me"
Aimee Mann - "Borrowing Time"
Meaghan Jette Martin - "Too Cool"
Idina Menzel - "I Stand"
Lady GaGa - "Poker Face"
MGMT - "Kids"
Milk, Inc. - "Forever"
Moby - "Every Day It's 1989"
Noah And The Whale - "Give A Little Love"
The Offspring - "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid"
Katy Perry - "Fingerprints"
Xavier Rudd - "Shiver"
Serena Ryder - "All For Love"
Serena Ryder - "Brand New Love"
Serena Ryder - "Sweeping The Ashes"
Secondhand Serenade - "Fall For You"
The Submarines - "You, Me And The Bourgeoisie"
The Subways - "Shake! Shake!"
Sugarland - "Take Me As I Am"
Taylor Swift - "You're Not Sorry"
3Oh!3 - "Don't Trust Me"
T.I. – "Whatever You Like"
The Weepies - "All Good Things"
The Weepies - "Antarctica"

The Alibi District - "Movie Night"
Kris Allen - "No Boundaries"
*Kris Allen - "The Truth"
Lily Allen - "Back To The Start"
Justin Bieber - "Love Me"
Diane Birch - "Rewind"
Black Gold - "Shine"
Bon Jovi - "Work For The Working Man"
Boys Like Girls - "Love Drunk"
Breaking Benjamin - "Without You"
V. V. Brown - "Shark In The Water"
Colbie Caillat - "I Never Told You"
The Clean - "All Those Notes"
Taio Cruz - "Break Your Heart"
Daughtry - "Life After You"
Daughtry - "Supernatural"
Deer Tick - "Smith Hill"
Jason Derülo - "In My Head"
Marié Digby - "Shoulda Been Simple"
Marié Digby - "Machine"
Cara Dillon - "The Parting Glass"
The Dimes - "Lovely Mary Dyer"
*Benjy Ferree - "Whirlpool Of Love"
The Fray - "You Found Me"
Selena Gomez & The Scene - "More"
Selena Gomez & The Scene - "Naturally"
Great Northern - "Driveway"
Green Day - "21 Guns"
Honor Society - "My Own Way"
Honor Society - "Over You"
Hoobastank - "The Letter"
Ian Hunter - "Man Overboard"
Chris Isaak - "We Let Her Down"
Iyaz - "Replay"
Kiss - "Say Yeah"
KSM - "Distracted"
KSM - "Read Between The Lines"
LANDy - "Just A Thought"
Oren Lavie - "Her Morning Elegance"
Lifehouse - "Halfway Gone"
Demi Lovato - "Gift Of A Friend"
Demi Lovato - "World Of Chances"
LoveSick Radio - "Over You"
Maino ft. T-Pain - "All of the Above"
Melissa McClelland - "Brake"
Oceana - "Cry Cry"
Paramore - "Where The Lines Overlap"
Ramona Falls - "Melectric"
Rascal Flatts - "Unstoppable"
The Rural Alberta Advantage - "Don't Haunt This Place"
The Rural Alberta Advantage - "Drain The Blood"
*Russian Circles - "Hexed All"
Sarazino - "Cochabamba"
Sarazino - "Desbaratado"
The Sounds - "Crossing The Rubicon"
The Sounds - "The Only Ones"
Regina Spektor - "Blue Lips"
Ryan Star - "Breathe"
The Swell Season - "I Have Loved You Wrong"
Tegan And Sara - "Northshore"
Tinted Windows - "Back With You"
Tiny Animals - "Answer Me"
Tiny Animals - "Norway"
Carrie Underwood - "Change"
Carrie Underwood - "Songs Like This"
Weezer - "Can't Stop Partying"
Weezer - "Put Me Back Together"
Elliot Yamin - "Doorway"

Against Me! - "Bamboo Bones"
Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson - "Don't You Wanna Stay"
Allstar Weekend - "Amy"
Allstar Weekend - "Journey To The End Of My Life"
Almost Recess - "The Remedy"
AM Taxi - "The Mistake"
*AM Taxi - "Thanner Boyle Vs. The 7th Grade"
Dave Barnes - "God Gave Me You"
Sara Bareilles - "King Of Anything"
Sara Bareilles - "Let The Rain"
Justin Bieber with Sean Kingston - "Eenie Meenie"
Big Time Rush - "Til I Forget About You"
Brutha - "One Day On This Earth"
Margaret Cho - "Calling In Stoned"
Margaret Cho - "Hey Big Dog"
Miley Cyrus - "Stay"
Kara DioGuardi and Jason Reeves - "New York In Wintertime"
Eminem featuring Rihanna - "Love The Way You Lie"
Eminem - "Not Afraid"
*Evelyn Evelyn - "You Only Want Me 'Cause You Want My Sister"
Sky Ferreira - "Obsession"
Gogol Bordello - "Immigraniada (We Comin' Rougher)"
The Green Children - "Life Saviour"
The Green Children - "We're The Future"
John Hiatt - "The Open Road"
HoneyChild - "Driving Song"
Jewel - "No More Heartaches"
*Jewel - "Ten"
*Joey + Rory - "That's Important To Me"
*Dan Kaplan - "Can't Get Her (Out Of My Mind)"
Sean Kingston - "Eenie Meenie"
Lady Antebellum - "Hello World"
Greg Laswell - "Let It Ride"
The Lonely Island, featuring Akon - "I Just Had Sex"
Shelby Lynne - "Like A Fool"
The Maine - "Color"
The Maine - "Inside Of You"
The Maine - "Saving Grace"
Maroon 5 - "Never Gonna Leave This Bed"
Bruno Mars - "Grenade"
Matisse - "Better Than Her"
Nellie McKaye - "Bruise On The Sky"
*Sarah McLachlan - "Illusion Of Bliss"
Mobile Wash Unit - "Open Book"
Monte Negro - "Perderte (Sonambulos Sin Sueño)"
Murdocks - "Die Together"
*My Chemical Romance - "Planetary (Go!)"
Kate Nash - "Early Christmas Present"
Nelly - "Just A Dream"
Carrie Newcomer, featuring Mary Chapin Carpenter - "Before And After"
*Joanna Newsom - "'81"
Oceana - "Cry Cry"
The Open Feel - "Detach"
Plain White T's - "Broken Record"
Lindsey Ray - "Goodbye From California"
*The Red Elephant - "Brooklyn Sleigh Ride"
Robyn - "Cry When You Get Older"
Yvette Rovira - "Fearless"
Justin Rutledge - "Turn Around"
Sons Of Sylvia - "Love Left To Lose"
Starry Saints - "Unseeing Eyes"
Stars - "The Last Song Ever Written"
Taylor Swift - "Back To December"
*Tristen, "Battle Of The Gods"
Trumpeter Swan - "Eternal Pessimist"
The Weepies - "Hope Tomorrow"

Atlas Genius - "Trojans"
*Augustana - "On The Other Side"
Ian Axel - "Say Something"
Bear Lake - "Scissors"
Natasha Bedingfield - "Neon Lights"
Natasha Bedingfield - "Run-Run-Run"
Natasha Bedingfield - "Touch"
Natasha Bedingfield - "Try"
James Blunt - "Superstar"
Breaking Benjamin - "Better Days"
Colbie Caillat - "Brighter Than The Sun"
Kimberly Caldwell - "Heart Like Mine"
Kimberly Caldwell - "Taking Back My Life"
Kelly Clarkson - "Hello"
Kelly Clarkson - "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)"
Coldplay - "Paradise"
Javier Colon - "A Drop In The Ocean"
Dennis Crommett - "Dark Gray Horses"
Daughtry - "Crazy"
Daughtry - "Break The Spell"
Daughtry - "Gone Too Soon"
*Daughtry - "Losing My Mind"
Evanescence - "Lost In Paradise"
Evanescence - "My Heart Is Broken"
Foo Fighters - "Arlandria"
Fountains Of Wayne - "Acela"
Cast of Glee - "Get It Right"
Kina Grannis - "Gone"
Kina Grannis - "Strong Enough"
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit - "Stopping By"
Jessie J - "Nobody's Perfect"
Jessie J - "Who You Are"
Jordan Knight - "Believe"
Jordan Knight - "Unfinished"
Lady Antebellum - "Just A Kiss"
Lady Antebellum - "Wanted You More"
The Lonely Island featuring Michael Bolton - "Jack Sparrow"
Demi Lovato - "Skyscraper"
Demi Lovato - "Unbroken"
Anaïs Mitchell - "Wait For Me"
The Morning Birds - "Higher Thoughts"
Over The Rhine - "The Laugh Of Recognition"
Sean Paul - "She Doesn't Mind"
Pitbull featuring Chris Brown - "International Love"
Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer - "Give Me Everything"
Ron Pope - "A Drop In The Ocean"
Ron Pope - "Tightrope"
Ron Pope - "Wherever You Go"
Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris - "We Found Love"
Ringside - "Stay"
Ringside - "This Time"
Roxette - "She's Got Nothing On (But The Radio)"
Runner Runner - "Falling"
Runner Runner - "Life After You"
Runner Runner - "Running Away"
Matthew Ryan - "All Hail The Kings Of Trash"
Matthew Ryan - "All Of That Means Nothing Now"
Cody Simpson - "All Day"
Sloan - "Unkind"
The Smoking Popes - "College"
The Strokes - "Under Cover Of Darkness"
*Sunny Sweeney - "Staying's Worse Than Leaving"
Tinie Tempah - "Love Suicide"
Tinie Tempah - "Written In The Stars"
Keith Urban - "Long Hot Summer"
Kate Voegele - "Say You're Mine"
You Me At Six - "The Dilemma"
You Me At Six - "This Is The First Thing"

Big Dipper - "Forget The Chef"
Cherri Bomb - "Raw. Real."
Dispatch - "Circles Around The Sun"
Jeremy Fisher - "Built To Last"
Flo Rida - "Whistle"
The Gaslight Anthem - "45"
Girlyman - "Caroline"
*Girlyman - "Empire Of Our State"
*Girlyman - "Nothing Left"
Ellie Goulding - "Burn"
Horse Feathers - "Bird On A Leash"
Casey James - "The Good Life"
Carly Rae Jepsen - "Curiosity"
Aimee Mann - "Charmer"
Aimee Mann - "Disappeared"
Mumford & Sons - "Below My Feet"
*One Direction - "Live While We're Young"
Hayden Panetierre - "Love Like Mine"
Charlie Peacock - "Till My Body Comes Undone"
Gretchen Peters - "Five Minutes"
Pink - "Here Comes The Weekend"
*Joel Rafael - "Dance Around My Atom Fire"
Rascal Flatts - "Let It Hurt"
Roxette - "It's Possible"
The Script - "Hall Of Fame"
*State Radio - "Black Welsh Mountain"
Taylor Swift - "Stay Stay Stay"
Walk Off The Earth - "Summer Vibe"
Walk The Moon - "Anna Sun"

Casey Abrams - "Get Out"
Josh Berwanger - "Baby Loses Her Mind"
City And Colour - "The Lonely Life"
Daft Punk - "Contact"
Lee DeWyze - "Stay Away"
Echosmith - "Cool Kids"
Fall Out Boy - "Alone Together"
Fall Out Boy - "Just One Yesterday"
Fall Out Boy - "Miss Missing You"
Fall Out Boy - "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)"
Selena Gomez - "Love Will Remember"
Selena Gomez - "Slow Down"
Kree Harrison - "All Cried Out"
Kalli - "Nothing At All"
John Legend - "All Of Me"
Demi Lovato - "Heart Attack"
Demi Lovato - "Neon Lights"
Demi Lovato - "Never Been Hurt"
Demi Lovato - "Warrior"
New Politics - "Fall Into These Arms"
Hayden Panetierre - "I've Been Used"
Patty (Patricia Dłutkiewicz) - "Krzyk" ("Scream")
Cassadee Pope - “Wasting All These Tears”
Amy Speace - "Bring Me Back My Heart"
Amy Speace - "In Salida"
*Amy Speace - "Perfume"
Tiesto - "Red Lights"

Jason Aldean - "Burnin' It Down"
Jason Aldean - "Gonna Know We Were Here"
Jason Aldean - "I Took It With Me"
Jason Aldean - "Tryin' To Love Me"
James Bay - "Craving"
The Both - "Milwaukee"
Clare Bowen - "Black Roses"
Colbie Caillat - "Try"
Common and John Legend - "Glory"
Ht Bristol, Charlie Bannister, Vincent Steele & Nine One One (Extreme Music) - "Bring Me Back To Life"
*Marianne Faithfull - "Love More Or Less"
Fall Out Boy - "Immortals"
5 Seconds Of Summer - "End Up Here"
Guided By Voices - "Some Things Are Big (And Some Things Are Small)"
Chrissie Hynde - "Like In The Movies"
Justice Crew - "Que Sera"
Christina Perri - "Human"
Maya Rudolph, Kristen Bell and Sean Hayes - "Frozen Again"
Chadwick Stokes - "Our Lives Our Time"

Adele - "Hello"
Rachel Bloom - "I Give Good Parent"
Brandi Carlile - "I Belong To You"
Brandi Carlile - "The Things I Regret"
Michelle Chamuel - "Lottery"
Kelly Clarkson - "Good Goes The Bye"
Kelly Clarkson - "War Paint"
Mikky Ekko - "Loner"
Karmin - "Everything"
Ryan Link - "Under The Rug"
Metric - "Celebrate"
The Scorpions - "We Built This House"
*Skellums - "Growing Old"


  1. Deb Talan - "My Favorite Coat"
    Beth Boucher - "Unstamped"
    Devon Sproule - "Come Comet or Dove"

  2. How can you wish you'd thought of a name other than the SFCP? Brilliant!

  3. I love the blog, just found it, although I read the article some time back. Some additional songs for the list:

    The bridge to aeroplane over the sea, by neutral milk hotel (title track to an amazing album) is in pretty classic SFCP, e-C-G-D.

    Also, "Midnight Radio", the epic closing number from the queer rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch is an interesting variation - The expected fifth chord is a dominant 7th (a-F-C-G7, the sensitive transsexual CP?"), and after the first iteration, the cycle gets caught up between the 4th and tonic, before eventually resolving into the V7 and the chorus.

  4. "Freefallin" by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers. Pretty much textbook.

  5. Great blog! I was working up in Methuen MA last winter, read the article and cut it out, but now can't find it - "One of Us" and "Building a Mystery" are two of my favorite songs (I started thinking someone should do a mashup of them like the Oasis "Wonderwall" Green Day "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" mashup that I love) (hmmm, I should google that - maybe someone has). Anyway, I decided to make a Pandora station based on it, but needed more than those two seed songs. I googled "song structure One of Us Building a Mystery" and got your blog! Thanks so much for the great list - now I can seed my station with several and see what else pops up!

  6. Not sure the Pandora station is going to work... unless Smells Like Teen Spirit is really a SFCP... I guess I can't get more complicated than "minor key tonality" as far as that goes.

  7. @Rob: "Free Fallin'" doesn't work, actually. It starts on the I (F), not the vi (B♭m). In fact, I'm not sure there's a B♭m anywhere in the song.

  8. Is it just a coincidence or is the progression getting more seems from the list here its really catching on, becoming the I iv ii V, maybe?

  9. don't forget the numa numa song.
    (actually, most of it is IV-I-V-vi, but that's close enough)

  10. Some more for the list (by year)
    2001: Howard Shore - "The Bridge of Khazad-Dum" (Fellowship of the Rings), just after Gandalf falls; in Ab/Fm. (Same chords used elsewhere in the film series, inc The Grey Havens in ROTK.)

    2005: Chemical Brothers - "Hold Tight London" (G/Em)

    Also, "White Flag" (Dido) uses this to different effect as IV I V vi. Interestingly, this is the only case I noticed before that I would consider "sensitive female". :-)

    Why does Iggy Pop's Passenger get an asterisk? I thought of that as the prototype for this progression.

    1. The chorus of "White Flag" is actually:
      IV - I - ii - vi, IV - I - V - ii

  11. "Pieces" by Sum 41 is another good one.
    And some people are blaming Korean artist for stealing off of "Poker Face" which I find ridiculous. Two SFCP song I know are "Wedding Dress" by Tae Yang and "One" by Epik High.

    It basically covers SFCP starting at 3:17. Also has tons of songs if you flip SFCP's vi-IV-I-V to I-V-vi-IV, such as Jason Mraz's I'm Yours or the Beatles' Let It Be or Journey's Don't Stop Believing.
    Also if you put the vi at the end to turn it from vi-IV-I-V to IV-I-V-vi, you get songs like Rihanna's Umbrella and Jay Sean's Down.

  13. Sweet and Low, by Augustana
    And here's another video on I-V-vi-IV

  14. I realized that my interest in this chord progression is mostly in the somewhat darker "SF2" classification (one chord per bar). A couple more of those are:

    Soul In Isolation, by The Chameleons (1986); also reprised at the end of the album.

    The Crow, by DJ Food (2000)

  15. Check this out, all the songs you missed in your list :

  16. Linkin Park - Crawling
    Linkin Park - Hands Held High

  17. Nightwish - Amaranth
    Pink - U + Ur Hand

  18. Akcent - That's My Name
    Edward Maya feat. Vika Jigulina - Stereo Love
    Eminem feat. Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie
    Erika - I Don't Know

  19. The second half of Blue Man Group's "Exhibit 13" seems to exhibit some of the characteristics of a SFCP.

  20. The bridge to "friday I'm in love"

    Robert Smith is such a sensitive female.

  21. Belle and sebastian's "century of fakers" has a sensitive female chorus

  22. Genesis - Invisible Touch (1986)

  23. I cannot believe how many songs have been added since I found this over a year ago. I realized that my meditation playlist had a lot of SFCP songs in it and wanted to find more, so I came back - I've never heard of most of these songs, but hey, at least I have a lot to choose from...

  24. Pandora gives me a lot of stuff by Five for Fighting on my SFCP station. Does none of their stuff fit? Not so good at the chord analyzing. :-)

  25. Someone asked why Iggy Pop's The Passenger gets an asterisk. First of all, the tonic is Am, which thus means it's not vi-IV-I-V, but i-VI-III-VII(in aeolian/natural minor). Second, the chord progression is actually 8 bars, it goes Am-F-C-G7-Am-F-C-E.

    And I'd like to add RHCP's Don't Forget Me from the album By The Way released in 2002. Live at Slane castle to be viewed here:

    Flea just pounds power chords on his bass in A-F-C-G. The _whole_ song.

    Oh and one more that I found the other day, The Whig's I Am For Real. C#m-E-B-A if I'm correct, but I'm not too sure on it. Decide for yourselves:

  26. I correct my previous post. Obviously, I Am For Real is not SFCP... Same chords, but different progression. Mixed things up there... need to get some sleep, before I mix other things up...

  27. I'm really not getting the significance here. I think the fact that there are soooo many songs (as demonstrated by this list and those suggested by posters) that use this chord progression would seem to indicate to me that it's nothing particularly special or unusual. Certainly not unusual enough to have an entire blog devoted to. I mean, I'm not great at music theory, but I know enough about music to know that there's a limited number of chord progressions used in Western music and so, naturally, some of them are going to be commonly used over and over again. I just don't get what is so important about that.

  28. Gunther - Ding Dong Song (2004)

  29. does coldplay's 'Lovers In Japan count? chorus is EmCGD

  30. This is such an attractive chord progression.
    I like a bunch of songs on this list^^

  31. Pumped up kicks by foster the people uses this

  32. "Goodbye to Romance" by Ozzy Osbourne (1980) uses this progression - 4 beats of Bm, 4 beats of G, 2 beats of D, 2 beats of A (same pattern as T-Swift's "Back to December")

  33. @rryyann070: No, "Pumped Up Kicks" uses vi-I-V-II, not vi-IV-I-V.

  34. Found two more: "Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine and "Stuttering" by Fefe Debson.

  35. another nice example from an advertisement
    goes as 4 beats of vi 2 beats of IV 1 beat each of I and V

  36. "18 and Life" - Skid Row (1989)
    "Liar Liar" - Christina Grimmie (2011)

  37. vi IV I V
    Numb - Linkin Park
    Barbie Girl - Aqua

    And I'm not sure if you're counting them, but
    I V vi IV
    Don't Stop Believing - Journey
    Forever Young - Alphaville
    Wherever You Will Go - The Calling
    Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
    No One - Alecia Keys
    Always on my Mind - Elvis Presley
    Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
    You're beautiful - James Blunt
    I'm The Only Gay Eskimo - Corky and the Juice Pigs
    Take Me Home Country Roads - John Denver
    Let It Be - The Beatles
    Pork and Beans - Weezer
    Hot & Cold - Katy Perry
    Where Is The Love? - Black Eyed Peas
    Real Good Looking Boy - The Who
    Fall at Your Feet - Crowded House
    With or Without You - U2
    Superman(It's Not Easy) - Five for Fighting
    She Will Be Loved - Maroon 5
    Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson
    Can you feel the love tonight - Elton John
    Cryin - Aerosmith
    Birdplane - The Axis of Awesome
    Soul to Squeeze - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Far Away - Nickelback
    So Lonely - The Police
    When I Come Around - Green Day
    No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
    Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson
    My Name is Jonas - Weezer
    Girlfriend - Avril Lavinger
    Since You've Been Gone -Rainbow
    Down Under - Men at Work
    Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Any Way You Want It - Journey
    Beast of Burden - The Rolling Stones
    99 Luftballons - Nena
    Damnit - Blink 182
    Take on me - Aha

  38. How about "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men, or "Pushing Me Away" by Linkin Park?

  39. Khaled - Aicha

  40. Just heard a new one--Cracker's 'Been Around the World' (1998)

  41. can you maintain a parallel list of 1-5-6-4

    and add Train-Drive By

  42. Passenger - Let Her Go
    Kid Cudi - The Prayer
    Band of Horses - The Funeral

  43. "Patience" - Take That (chorus)

  44. "The Aviators" by Helen Jane Long, 2012