Current song for songwriting study

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    My seventh grade guitar class would like to write a class song. To start, I’d like them to have a look at a typical pop song, and I’m admittedly a bit out of the pop loop. If we could handle the chords on it, that would be great, but it’s not a requirement. They know most of the open position chords. What ‘sort of recent’ song would you recommend?


    Watch this video: You may have to edit it for your class.
    4 chord link:

    Don’t Stop Believing Journey
    Your Beautiful James Blunt
    Forever Young Alphaville
    I’m Yours Jason Mraz
    Happy Ending Mika
    Amazing Alex Lloyd
    Wherever You Will Go The Calling
    Can You Feel The Love Tonight Elton John
    She Will Be Loved Maroon 5
    Pictures of You The Last Goodnight
    With or Without You U2
    Fall At Your Feet Crowded House
    Not Pretty Enough Kasey Chambers
    Let It Be Beatles
    Under The Bridge Red Hot Chili Peppers
    The Horses Daryl Braithwaite
    No Woman No Cry Bob Marley
    Sex And Candy Marcy Playground
    Land Down Under Men At Work
    Waltzing Matilda Banjo Patterson
    Take on Me A Ha
    When I Come Around Green Day
    Save Tonight Eagle Eye Cherry
    Africa Toto
    If I Were A Boy Beyonce
    Self Esteem The Offspring
    You’re Gonna Go Far Kid The Offspring
    U & Ur Hand Pink
    Poker Face Lady Gaga
    Barbie Girl Aqua
    You Found Me The Fray
    Canvas Bags Tim Minchin
    Torn Natalie Imbruglia
    Birdplane Axis Of Awesome


    here’s an app:

    this is a great resource for your guitar class.


    Glenn, you never fail us here on the Forum. Thank you. This will certainly help. I ended up choosing ‘Yesterday,’ as our song to study because a) I’d already done some lesson planning work on it and I’m lazy by nature and b) A good song is a good song. I will check out the four chord site as well. I’m very glad that Guitar is a strand that the Forum supports.


    @ Song writing. Have your kids listen to “All About That Bass”. I ii V. Chord Progressions are a good way to start. Think I vi ii V or I vi IV V. !2 bar blues is another example.

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