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:
- Hello from the other side, I must have called a thousand times
- Save tonight, fight the break of dawn, come tomorrow, tomorrow I'll be gone
- Can't read my, can't read my, no, he can't read my poker face, she's got me like nobody
- Tears stream down your face and I....
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:
- Something inside so strong
- Someone you love
- Something just like this
- Happy ending
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:
- C major = C, E and G
- G major = G, B and D
- A minor = A, C and E
- F major = F, A and C