Sydney comics Axis of Awesome have proven that you essentially only need 4 chords in order to make a hit, and made a video to prove it:

Most of the songs might not be familiar to you if you don’t follow Australian music, but the point should be obvious.

When I first learnt how to play guitar, we used to talk about the chords (F-C-Am-G), which were called “chord kapak” or something, which refers to the “kapak rock” scene in Malaysia. Those chords are featured heavily in a lot of rock songs. I imagine the 4 chords above has the same progression.

[via Neatorama]

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