Create your own song mash-ups
Happy ending | Lyrics
A feel-good song that can be sung in three parts.
Mash it up
A backing track to inspire arranging and improvising using voices and instruments.
Someone you loved | Lyrics
Sing your heart out to this unison song with easy instrumental opportunities. Winner of the 2020 BRIT Award for Song of the Year.
Something inside so strong | Lyrics
This song was written by Labi Siffre as a reaction to an incident in South Africa in 1985.
Something just like this | Lyrics
A haunting and atmospheric song, perfect for class singing and performances.
The Axis of awesome discovered that lots of pop songs use the same four chords. There are lots of examples on YouTube of how this works, including this one by Janick Thibault.
Most, if not all of the bits of the songs you hear in the mash up are choruses of songs. Try singing along with the video you might be surprised how many you can join in with.
Here are a few examples of lyrics to listen out for:
In addition to the songs included in the mash up lots of other song choruses fit over this chord progression including the others in the playlist on this page. Take a listen to the choruses of:
Can you sing any of the songs over the Mash it up backing track?
Next, have a look at this list on Wikipedia, pick 2 or 3 songs you know well. You will use these later once you’ve created your own mash up backing track.
Use an App like Garageband to create your own mash up backing track from scratch. The reason these songs mash up so well is that they all fit over a well-used chord progression based on chords 1, 5, 6 and 4 (or I-V-vi-IV). In the key of C this would be: C major, G major, A minor and F major. And the notes of each chord are:
Some quick start ideas include using the 'Smart' instruments and autoplay functions in guitar and bass.