best one chord song?

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Just read through this thread. I would also say that 'Tomorrow Never Knows' is a two-chord song, even though it apparently written as a one-chord song.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Thursday, 10 May 2012 00:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd like to note that "Frankie Teardrop" has only one note, not really a chord, BUT happily "Ghost Rider" has only one chord and it is also a song of high quality

lol, came here to mention "ghost rider". amazed it hasn't come up prior.

10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise (contenderizer), Thursday, 10 May 2012 00:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is 'one note samba' actually one chord? I can tell it revolves for the most time in the key of Bb major but I can hear B and Db on the bridge.

Moka, Thursday, 10 May 2012 01:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

what do you think? bossanova is really tricky in that regard but i'd say there are several chord changes all over the tune.

cock chirea, Thursday, 10 May 2012 02:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

joao gilberto's undiu is technically a one chord song, tho there are several transitional chords in there.

cock chirea, Thursday, 10 May 2012 02:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

pink - get the party started

cock chirea, Thursday, 10 May 2012 02:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Fleetwood Mac - World Turning

Johnny Hotcox, Thursday, 10 May 2012 03:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

@ cock chirea, I heard four chords in the first four seconds

poxen, Thursday, 10 May 2012 06:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd say the Adverts' "One Chord Wonders," but it probably has more than one.

yeah, it has loads...

I think it's a reference to the "F" chord shape, slide up and down the neck of the guitar to perform all the major chords ...

Mark G, Thursday, 10 May 2012 08:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not a one chord song as such (therefore, by rights, I should be berating myself as vehemently as I was berating others upthread) but "Me About You" by the Turtles has straight-down-the-middle-100%-no-messin' one note bassline, which is admirable to me as it's not some arty wankfest but a pop song

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Thursday, 10 May 2012 11:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

OK, how about "I'm Chief Kamanawanamaka (We're the Royal Macadamia nuts)" by the same group?

Mark G, Thursday, 10 May 2012 11:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm ashamed to admit I don't have that album!

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Thursday, 10 May 2012 11:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's difficult to get on CD

Unless you get a really good clean original and write it to CD

and make a nice label and envelope printed with the photo you took of it, and so on.

I have it right here..

Mark G, Thursday, 10 May 2012 11:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

"heart and soul" by joy division could be a perfect one chord song just excluding those 'fake' chords from barney that add some color post verses (there are no key changes anyway so there you have it)

cock chirea, Thursday, 10 May 2012 11:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Born in the USA" comes close...

Saw a few suggestions of "Exodus" by Bob Marley, "Run Through the Jungle" by CCR, "No Diggity," "Forever In My Life" by Prince ...

Keith Urban has a song called "One Chord Song." What is "Showbiz Kids" by Steely Dan? I guess a lot of these songs can be played with one chord on guitar, though the recordings may not necessarily stick there.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 10 May 2012 11:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

love thy will be done IS NOT a one chord song, try humming the vocal melody and you will realise there are at least 2 or 3 chord changes during the verses

cock chirea, Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

raga bihag. padma talwalkar & buddies do a good version.

iglu ferrignu, Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd just like to say that it's _my favourite thing ever_ when there is a triad or an open 5th that drones on for the song's entirety... chord changes, bass movement may happen, but that chord stays on, regardless. "2nd Thought" and "Of all the things we've made" by OMD are key examples

poxen, Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, 'Of All The Things We've Made' is great. Love the way the bassline moves around while the guitars stay on the one chord throughout.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Thursday, 10 May 2012 14:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

drunks with guns - hell house, iirc?

arby's, Thursday, 10 May 2012 14:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

love thy will be done IS NOT a one chord song, try humming the vocal melody and you will realise there are at least 2 or 3 chord changes during the verses

yeah, that's what I always thought but listening to it recently, I realized the bass stays on the one note the whole time. of course there are some other notes played by the synth and I agree that it feels like there are more chords though.

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 10 May 2012 16:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

caro's johnson (Eazy), Friday, 11 May 2012 05:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Bo Diddley wrote sarky songs to Chubby Checker? Oh hang on...

Mark G, Friday, 11 May 2012 06:05 (2 years ago) Permalink


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