best one chord song?

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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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