This article claims that the chord progression vi-IV-I-V has been used widely in pop songs of 2008, especially by "sensitive female" artists. It can be easily identified by singing the chorus from Joan Osborne's "One of Us."
Striking a Chord
by Marc Hirsh (Boston Globe, 12/31/08)
Rob Kapilow is quoted as saying that the chord's progression's popularity comes, in part, from "the way it can be played over and over and return smoothly to the first chord each time." Is the desire for "cycling" in music a female trait? Or is that an unfair stereotype--"One of Us" was actually written by a man and recorded by Osborne.
And what about other chord progressions like I-vi-IV-V or even I-IV-V-I? Do they have popular or cultural meanings? Do violinists and other classical musicians think themselves "above" appreciating and enjoying simple chord progressions or is this something more universal?
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