…if this post were one of the songs this post is about, it would have already changed key.
I was listening to the Grease soundtrack yesterday (BECAUSE IT’S FANTASTIC THAT’S WHY) and noticed that this nominally-ultra-conventional I → vi → IV → V song might be the earliest legitimate key change I can think of in a pop song:
[Ab] [Fm] [Db] [Eb] [Bb] [Gm] [Eb] [F] [Bb]We go to[Gm]gether like [Eb]rama lama lama ka [F]dinga da dinga dong [Bb]Remembered for[Gm]ever as [Eb]shoo-bop sha wadda wadda [F]yippity boom de boom
So if you’re keeping score, that’s one round through the chord progression before the key change.
Can you think of other songs with key changes essentially right away? Or, I’ll define slightly more broadly as “key changes before the lyrics start”.Read more to debate pop’s earliest key changes… →