Here is a list of songs that can all be played in the key of E with the following chords: E, B, C#m, A.

e chord b chord c sharp minor chord a chord

Most of these songs follow the I-V-vi-IV chord progression. Some of them follow the vi-IV-I-V progression, which is the same chords but in a different order.

A quick primer on chord progressions

Here is a chart showing the chords in E major. The roman numerals correspond to the chords of the song. So a song with a vi-IV-I-V progression will be C#m, A, E, and B. A song with the I-V-vi-IV progression will be E, B, C#m, and A.

Key I ii iii IV V vi vii
E Major E F#m G#m A B C#m D# dim

Once you learn the sound of these progressions, you will start hearing them everywhere. I always hear Glycerine by Bush when I hear I-V-vi-IV. As a teenager, I worked in a guitar store and every Tuesday a kid would come in for his lesson a few minutes early. He’d grab a guitar off the wall and play Glycerine. It is now forever etched into my brain.

Hopefully this sparks you to think of songs in terms of chord progressions. As a player, it will benefit you to know how to play the same songs in different keys.

Songs that use I-V-vi-IV

  • I've Been Waiting For This Night - Donny Montell
  • Ride - Twenty One Pilots
  • 20 Good Reasons - Thirsty Merc
  • A Letter to Elise - The Cure
  • Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold
  • All Too Well - Taylor Swift
  • Almost - Bowling for Soup
  • Always on My Mind - Brenda Lee
  • Am I Not Too Sweet - Natural Born Hippies
  • Androgynous - The Replacements
  • Another Girl, Another Planet - The Only Ones
  • Beast of Burden - The Rolling Stones
  • Brighter - Against the Current
  • Bullet - Hollywood Undead
  • California King Bed - Rihanna
  • Caramelldansen - Caramell
  • Con te partirò (Time To Say Goodbye) - Andrea Bocelli
  • Cruise - Florida Georgia Line
  • Cryin' - Aerosmith
  • Dammit - Blink-182
  • Demons - Imagine Dragons
  • Dirty Little Secret - The All-American Rejects
  • Don't Stop the Dancing - DJ Manian
  • Down Under - Men at Work
  • Dragostea Din Tei - O-Zone
  • Dream Catch Me - Newton Faulkner
  • Feeling This - Blink-182
  • Flashlight - Jessie J
  • Forever Young - Alphaville
  • Fuckin' Perfect - P!nk
  • Glycerine - Bush
  • Going to Pasalacqua - Green Day
  • Hair - Lady Gaga
  • Happy Ending - Mika
  • Heaven - Troye Sivan
  • Heist aan zee - Bart Peeters
  • Here (In Your Arms) - Hellogoodbye
  • Here Without You - 3 Doors Down
  • Hey, Soul Sister - Train
  • Hide and Seek - Imogen Heap
  • High - Lighthouse Family
  • I Knew You Were Trouble[52] - Taylor Swift
  • I Need Your Love - Calvin Harris
  • I See You - Mika
  • I Try - Macy Gray
  • I Wanna Talk About Me - Toby Keith
  • I'm Goin' Down[53] - Bruce Springsteen
  • I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
  • If We Ever Meet Again - Timbaland feat. Katy Perry
  • Innocent - Taylor Swift
  • Just Ace - Grinspoon
  • Let It Be - The Beatles
  • Love - Lana Del Rey
  • My Name Is Jonas - Weezer
  • Nights With You - MØ
  • No One Else - Weezer
  • No One - Alicia Keys
  • No Scrubs - TLC
  • No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley
  • On Melancholy Hill - Gorillaz
  • One Day - Matisyahu
  • Out of the Woods - Taylor Swift
  • Party in the U.S.A. - Miley Cyrus
  • Pork and Beans - Weezer
  • Push - Matchbox Twenty
  • Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
  • Rods and Cones - Blue Man Group
  • Save as Draft - Katy Perry
  • Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur
  • Scar - Missy Higgins
  • Shooting Star - Amy Diamond
  • Since You Been Gone - Russ Ballard
  • So Lonely - The Police
  • Someone Like You - Adele
  • Summer Paradise - Simple Plan
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
  • Television Romance - Pale Waves
  • The Cheat Is Not Dead - Strong Bad
  • The Edge of Glory - Lady Gaga
  • The Office theme - The Scrantones
  • The Story - Brandi Carlile
  • To Know Him Is to Love Him - The Teddy Bears
  • Torn - Natalie Imbruglia
  • Tuesday's Gone - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Under The Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Walking Disaster - Sum 41
  • Walks Like Rihanna - The Wanted
  • What About Now - Lonestar
  • What Would I Change It To - Avicii & AlunaGeorge
  • When I Come Around - Green Day
  • Wherever You Will Go - The Calling
  • With or Without You - U2
  • Would You Be So Kind - dodie
  • X-Kid - Green Day
  • Youth - Troye Sivan

Songs that use vi-IV-I-V

  • Frozen In Time - Grey DeLisle
  • Fuego - Eleni Foureira
  • Heroes Tonight - Janji
  • Light Me Up - Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer
  • Monsters - Saara Aalto
  • San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) - Scott McKenzie
  • You Can Make Me Wait - Melvins
  • Still Loving You - Scorpions
  • Кончается век - ЧайФ
  • (There's Gotta Be) More to Life - Stacie Orrico
  • 21 Guns - Green Day
  • A New Day Has Come - Celine Dion
  • Africa - Toto
  • Aicha - Cheb Khaled
  • Ain't Your Mama - Jennifer Lopez
  • All You Wanted - Michelle Branch
  • Alone - Heart
  • Amaranth - Nightwish
  • Amaranthine - Amaranthe
  • And We Danced - Macklemore
  • Apollo - Timebelle
  • Apologize - OneRepublic
  • Bailando - Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona
  • Be there - Krewella
  • Beautiful - Akon feat. Colby O'Donis and Kardinal Offishall
  • Born to Make You Happy - Britney Spears
  • Brighter Than the Sun - Colbie Caillat
  • Cheap Thrills - Sia
  • Coconut Tree - Mohombi feat. Nicole Scherzinger
  • Colour My Love - Barbarella
  • Come Over - Kenny Chesney
  • Complicated - Avril Lavigne
  • Contact - Daft Punk
  • De Música Ligera - Soda Stereo
  • Despacito - Luis Fonsi
  • Dig Up Her Bones - The Misfits
  • Don't Forget Me - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Don't Trust Me - 3OH!3
  • Electrical Storm - U2
  • Enter the Ninja - Die Antwoord
  • Faded - Alan Walker
  • Give Me Everything - Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer
  • God Is a Girl - Groove Coverage
  • Good Life - OneRepublic
  • Great Romances Of The 20th Century - Taking Back Sunday
  • Hall of Fame - The Script feat. will.i.am
  • Hero of War - Rise Against
  • Hey Brother - Avicii
  • Holiday - Green Day
  • How Old Are You - Miko Mission
  • I Just Had Sex - The Lonely Island feat. Akon
  • I Was Here - Beyoncé
  • If I Were a Boy - Beyoncé
  • Ik neem je mee - Gers Pardoel
  • In My Head - Jason Derülo
  • In This River - Black Label Society
  • Injection - Rise Against
  • International Love - Pitbull feat. Chris Brown
  • Just a Dream - Nelly
  • Kaze wa Fuiteiru - AKB48
  • Kids - MGMT
  • Leave a Light On - Tom Walker
  • Lemonade - Alexandra Stan
  • Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men
  • Love Me - Justin Bieber
  • Love the Way You Lie - Eminem feat. Rihanna
  • Marilyn Monroe - Nicki Minaj
  • May It Be - Enya
  • Million Eyes - Loïc Nottet
  • Mirrors - Natalia Kills
  • No Vacancy - OneRepublic
  • Nobody's Perfect - Miley Cyrus
  • Nobody's Perfect - Jessie J
  • Not Afraid - Eminem
  • Numb - Linkin Park
  • Não Me Toca - Anselmo Ralph
  • On the Floor - Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull
  • One of Us - Joan Osborne
  • Otherside - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Paralyzed - Against the Current
  • Peace of Mind - Boston
  • Perfect - Ed Sheeran
  • Pieces - Sum 41
  • Poker Face - Lady Gaga
  • Ready or Not - Bridgit Mendler
  • Replay - Iyaz
  • Rise - McClain Sisters
  • Save Tonight - Eagle Eye Cherry
  • Say Something - A Great Big World
  • Science & Faith - The Script
  • Self Esteem - The Offspring
  • Silverflame - Dizzy Mizz Lizzy
  • Six Degrees of Separation - The Script
  • Skyscraper - Demi Lovato
  • So Small - Carrie Underwood
  • Soul To Squeeze - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Sparks Fly - Taylor Swift
  • Stamp on the Ground - ItaloBrothers
  • Stand - Rascal Flatts
  • Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson
  • Sun Goes Down - Robin Schulz ft. Jasmine Thompson
  • Supernova - Babou
  • Tacata (song) - Tacabro
  • Tears of the Dragon - Bruce Dickinson
  • The Big Ship - Brian Eno
  • The Hero - JAM Project
  • The Kids Aren't Alright - The Offspring
  • The Scientist - Coldplay
  • Think Twice - Eve 6
  • This Is Me - Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas
  • Tired - Alan Walker
  • Too Cool - Meaghan Jette Martin
  • Try - Colbie Caillat
  • U + Ur Hand - P!nk
  • Wake Me Up - Avicii
  • We Found Love - Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
  • Whistle - Flo Rida
  • Who You Are - Jessie J
  • Wicked Wonderland - Martin Tungevaag
  • Wine To Di Top - Vybz Kartel & WizKid
  • Wonderland - Natalia Kills
  • You're Not Sorry - Taylor Swift
  • Zombie - The Cranberries
  • The Passenger - Iggy Pop