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Find Thousands of Songs That Use These Common Chord Progressions

You can play thousands of songs using common chord progressions (like the I-IV-V). And today, you'll learn how to quickly find all this music.

In fact, you’ll learn 3 different ways.

Option 1: Manually Search for Songs by Chord Progression

This "Search Songs by Chord" tool below lets you find tunes using whatever chords you enter. So to find songs with the I-IV-V chord progression, do a search of G C D. Then run another search of G# C# D#.

Do this a total of 12 times - for all 12 keys.

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You’ll Become Addicted to Playing Again


Learn how to overcome the biggest hurdle(s) holding you back.


Tired of playing the same songs?

Take the chords to that tune and run a search. You’ll see tons of music you could be playing instead.

For example, here's a Sample List of Classic Rock songs with G, C, D, Em.

Plug in your own chords, genres, and decades, and you'll NEVER be bored again.

It's impossible.

Better still, you'll pick up your instrument more often - and hold onto it a little longer every time.

And that's the secret to improving - i.e. time spent with your craft.


My progress is slow and painful.

When you're frustrated, it means you're trying to play music you're not ready for yet.

Here's a better approach:

  • Run a search of all the chords you're comfortable with. You'll see a massive list of songs that use those exact chords.
  • This list represents your comfort zone. But it's only a starting place. You'll eventually grow tired of those songs and be ready for slightly harder music.
  • When you're ready to "improve," try adding a Wildcard to the chords you already know. You'll see a huge collection of songs that are just outside your comfort zone. Every tune is literally one chord away.

If you can establish a baseline and add just one more chord (and then another) - you'll NEVER be frustrated again.


Playing just isn't fun any more.

In the beginning you wanted to play. Now you feel like you should play.

Music has become a chore. And it no longer brings you joy.

The secret lies in finding that Goldilocks Zone of music that rewards and challenges you.

When you have instant access to hundreds (if not thousands) of songs that all use chords you know, you won't be able to put your instrument down.

And when you add a Wildcard, you'll see thousands of songs that are well within your reach.

Follow this simple formula, and you'll become addicted to playing again - guaranteed.


I don't know enough chords yet.

You need at least 3 chords to run a search. And with those chords, you can do a LOT of damage.

For example, here are sample lists of 3-chord songs with G,C,D and A,D,E and C,F,G and DGA.

If you don't know any chords yet, start here. You'll see easy tunes with 1, 2, and 3 chords (for your instrument). And you'll be playing music in no time.

Once you know 3 (or more chords), come back here and run a search.


I don't know what to do next.

That's easy to fix.

Add whatever chords you know to the search tool above. You'll see a huge list of songs with those exact chords.

Start there and enjoy yourself.

Then, ask for the Next Best Chord and run a new search.

You'll see even more amazing songs - all of which are 1 chord outside your comfort zone.

Rinse and repeat.

To see what that looks like, here are INTERACTIVE examples for Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, and Banjo.


It really hurts when I play.

Callouses on the fingertips are normal. And your arm will get tired from strumming all day. But if you start to feel muscle or nerve pain - STOP.

Never play through pain.

In fact, using my site will only make things worse (the whole point of the Chord Genome Project is to get you addicted to your instrument).

It sounds like reverse psychology, but it isn't. I absolutely want your money and would love for you to stay onboard for a long time. But that won't happen if you're sitting on the sidelines (temporarily or permanently) nursing an injury.

Rest. Recover. Then come back.
  • Add a Wildcard Chord, and you’ll see songs slightly ABOVE your skill level.
  • This is the Goldilocks Zone - i.e. music that is both challenging and rewarding.
  • Stay in this Zone, and you’ll constantly improve (and have fun in the process).

"Finding songs that have only the chords I know is HUGE for a beginner."
- Jason S

"Its a great idea. In 25 years of playing in bands (I'm a drummer) I've never seen this concept before."
- Dan P

"Easy access to songs you can play at your level....whatever that level is."
- Nico

Option 2: Use Buttons to Search by Popular Chord Progressions

You can use clickable buttons to search by chord progression.

For example...

Below are all 12 variations of the I-IV-V. Click the first button to see 3-chord songs that use C,F,G. Then click the next button for even more music.

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Search Songs with the I-IV-V Chord Progression

You can find even more search buttons by skipping to 6 common chord progressions.

But be sure to come back. There's one more method to cover.

Option 3: Instantly Search by Chord Progression (in All 12 Keys)

Use the All Keys filter when running chord searches. This premium feature lets you search any group of chords – transposed up/down in all 12 keys – at once.

Check out the video below to see the All Keys filter in action.

Song Search Buttons for 6 Common Chord Progressions

Below are 6 of the most popular chord progressions – complete with clickable search buttons to save you time. They're all identified with their Roman numerals. I’ve also borrowed some nicknames from my buddies at Musical U:

A word of caution.

It's best to think in chord “groups” and not “progressions.” For example, a search of G,C,D will produce any I-IV-V song - even if the 3 chords appear in a different order.

In other words, there’s no difference between:

  • Pop songs that use the I-IV-V chord progression.
  • 12-bar blues with a I-I-I-I-IV-IV-I-I-V-V-I-I sequence.

Songs That Use the I-IV-V Chord Progression (Popular Kid)

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Search Songs with the I-IV-V Chord Progression

Songs That Use the 12-Bar Blues Chord Progression (I-IV-V)

Songs That Use the I-V-vi-IV Chord Progression (Sensitive One)

The I-V-vi-IV chord progression is arguably the most popular of all cadences. It’s what the Axis of Awesome uses in the viral video below.

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Search Songs with the I-V-vi-IV Chord Progression

Songs That Use the ii-V-I Chord Progression (Jazz Cat)

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Search Songs with the Jazz Chord Progression

Songs That Use the I-V-vi-iii-IV Chord Progression (Pachelbel's Canon)

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Search Songs with the I-V-vi-iii-IV Chord Progression

Songs That Use the vi-V-IV-III Chord Progression (Andalusian Cadence)

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Search Songs with the vi-V-IV-III Chord Progression

Search Your Own Chord Progressions