Neel, Mike, and Phil
Neel, Mike, and Phil

The Best Songs Have Only 3 chords

This week on SongTalk we look at a simple songwriting technique that may be more complicated than you think – songs with one chord progression.

That’s right, no guest this week just the SongTalk team – Phil, Neel and Mike – talking about the ways songs with just one series of chords repeated over and over have become huge hits. What’s the secret? Take a listen.

We talked about:

  • where the single-chord idea came from historically
  • how lyrics can make a big difference
  • what arrangement of melodies work best
  • how production can be help and when it’s a cheat
  • creating dynamics with tension and release

Listen to the songs in full on our Spotify playlist or watch the videos:




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