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What's your favorite song with only TWO chords? Mine is "Baby Come Back" by The Equals. Yours??

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Sep 3, 2020.

  1. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Don't cheat, only two chords. No grace chords, just two! What is yours? This is mine.

    Eddy Grant of Electric Avenue fame. Loved it back then. 1968 here, right?



    Just curious. I like simple stuff. My RCA-Victor 45 of this is one of the best sounding 45's in my entire collection. Just fab sound, nothing like this YouTube rendition..
     
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  2. The Silver Beetles

    The Silver Beetles Forum Resident

    Location:
    Abbey Road
    Paperback Writer (you can play it with two chords)
     
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  3. The Quiet One

    The Quiet One Forum Resident

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    Brasília, Brazil
    Heroin - Velvet Underground

     
  4. BIGGER Dave

    BIGGER Dave Forum Resident

    Why get all complex with two chords? What’s your favorite one-chord song?

    (But seriously, I can’t think of any. Do any exist? Must sound pretty boring!).
     
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  5. SRC

    SRC That sums up Squatter for me

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    The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows (some hear it as a "one chord" song, but to me it's C and Bb/C)

    and

    Jane's Addiction - Jane Says
     
  6. Two chords, Bad by U2. Without being bothered to go listen to it on YouTube, I believe it's just two chords.

    But Bono had another chord in reserve, as he sang in the verse he saw fit to add to U2's cover of All Along The Watchtower. :thumbsdow

    One Chord, Keep On Chooglin' by Credence Clearwater Revival.
     
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  7. GLYNSTYLER

    GLYNSTYLER Forum Resident

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    NEW ORLEANS
    Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side"!
     
  8. GeorgeBaby

    GeorgeBaby Well-Known Member

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    Los Angeles, CA
    “Astral Weeks” by Van Morrison
     
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  9. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Nice choice.
     
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  10. Celebrated Summer

    Celebrated Summer Forum Resident

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    If "Watermelon In Easter Hay" has two chords, that's my pick. I only ever heard A maj 7 and E, but some online sites say there are others.

     
  11. JuanTCB

    JuanTCB Forum Resident

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    Brooklyn, NY
    R.E.M. - "Me In Honey"
     
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  12. tim_neely

    tim_neely Forum Hall Of Fame

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    Central VA
    "Pushin' Too Hard" by the Seeds
     
  13. Sidewinder43

    Sidewinder43 Forum Resident

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    Pasadena, TX
    I Want Candy by The Strangeloves
     
  14. Mylene

    Mylene Senior Member

    The Bogus Man
    Run Through the Jungle
     
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  15. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Very good.
     
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  16. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands,” another two-chord wonder.
     
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  17. Mylene

    Mylene Senior Member

    Roadrunner
     
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  18. vanmeterannie

    vanmeterannie Forum Resident

    “I’ll Be Around” by the Spinners.
     
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  19. Wounded Land

    Wounded Land Forum Resident

    Neil Young “Unknown Legend”

    Pretty sure the entire thing is just G and C. That song was a real eye-opener for me in terms of what a melody and a narrative could do to make something incredibly simple seem...slightly more complex.
     
  20. Mylene

    Mylene Senior Member

    Sister Ray
     
  21. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

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    Greater Vancouver
    Horse With No Name - America
     
  22. Andreas

    Andreas Senior Member

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    Frankfurt, Germany
    The Doors - Break On Through
     
  23. Chrome_Head

    Chrome_Head Forum Resident

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    Los Angeles, CA.
    Neil Young - Sedan Delivery
     
  24. Mylene

    Mylene Senior Member

    Banks of the Ohio
     
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  25. rock4ev

    rock4ev Forum Resident

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    CA USA
    My Generation- The Who.
    I don't know if it counts because it modulates up a step though still 2 chords.
    First to come to mind.
     

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