What do these songs have in common? If you go and listen you’ll figure it out right away.
- Garbage – Only Happy When it Rains (starting around 2:55)
- Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun (starting around 2:30 then again around 4:15)
- Rush – Limelight (much of the chorus)
Do you know any other songs that do this?
3-chord phrases? I got thrown for a second there because Limelight and OHWiR basically do it on the same chords, which themselves aren't that interesting, and I didn't get why you would get so excited about the standard [i VI VII] or what Black Hole Sun had to do with it.
This approach (3-chord phrasing) is also like our old favorite "Hate Myself for Loving You" but at 4x speed, right? Eds. note: this was true in "I Hate Myself For Loving You", and it was still true when Faith Hill covered this song as the Sunday Night Football theme, but later when Carrie Underwood replaced her, they changed it to a 4-bar phrase... WTF?!?!
Nothing else comes to mind, but I'll keep my eye out. The Beatles must do this in a few places...