Thursday, 29 November 2018

Ticket 43 Playlist: Use The Fourths Luke!

  • In order to better understand the influence of ideas on and by the Beatles songs are laid out in chronological order.
  • Songs written or performed by the Beatles are in bold.
  • Songs covered by the Beatles, or to known to have had an influence on them, are in italics.
  • Songs written by Matt Blick can be found at
This page is still under construction. Errors? Typos? Suggestions? Did I miss an example? Leave a comment below!

For more on this songwriting tip go here

1964 Can’t Buy Me Love - The Beatles
1964 Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison (1:06)
1965 Yesterday - The Beatles
1968 Honey Pie - The Beatles
1968 Rocky Raccoon - The Beatles (verse)
1969 The Long And Winding Road - The Beatles
1969 Carry That Weight - The Beatles
1969 Golden Slumbers - The Beatles
1969 You Never Give Me Your Money - The Beatles
1971 (Where Do I Begin?) Love Story - Andy Williams (1:18)
1982 Carnation - The Jam (0:25)
1985 Walls Come Tumbling Down - The Style Council (0:20)
1996 Lovefool - The Cardigans (0:05)
1996 Bluetonic - The Bluetones (1:17)
1999 Unintended - Muse (0:14)
2018 Star Overhead - the pillows (0:03)

All The Things You Are - Kern/Hammerstein
Autumn Leaves - Mercer/Prevert/Kosma
Be My Baby - Ronettes (verse)
Carrying Cathy - Ben Folds (chorus)
Dime (Feelings) - Morris Albert (bridge)
Falling In Love Again - Marlene Dietrich (bridge)
Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue - Henderson/Lewis/Young
Fly Me To The Moon - Bart/Howard
Glory Of Love - Peter Cetera
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Hello - Lionel Richie
I Can Cook Too (On The Town) - Leonard Bernstein (“I'm a man's ideal...”)
I Got Rhythm - Gershwin/Gershwin (bridge)
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder (verse)
Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack
Mister Sandman - The Chordettes
My Favourite Things - Rodgers/Hammerstein
No Matter What - Badfinger (chorus)
Perfect Day – Lou Reed
Rhythm Of Life (Sweet Charity) - Sammy Davis Jr
Spinning Wheel - Blood, Sweat & Tears
Sweet Georgia Brown – Bernie/Pinkard/Casey (A section)
The Windmills of Your Mind - Legrand/Marnay/Bergman/Bergman (verse)
Those Were The Days - Mary Hopkins (chorus)
Try To Remember - Jones/Schmidt (middle 8 iii, vi, ii, V, I, IV, bVII)
You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes (bridge)

Thanks to Curtis Pea and Rich Scott for examples

See also

Ticket 25: Transplant Cliches From Other Genres
Ticket 28: Use At Least One Out Of Key Chord 
Ticket 48: Static Melody/Changing Chords
Ticket 53: Write A 'Jazz-Style Intro' Verse
Ticket 60: Drop to the 7th Chord
Ticket 65: Build Up On The V Chord

See the full list of songwriting tips here - Tickets To Write

Further Reading:

Circle Progressions by Rich Scott

Check out music by Matt Blick

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  1. Here is some suggestions:
    1964 Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison (1:06)
    1985 Walls Come Tumbling Down - The Style Council (0:20)
    1996 Lovefool - The Cardigans (0:05)
    1996 Bluetonic - The Bluetones (1:17)
    2008 Viva La Vida - Coldplay (0:00)
    2018 Star Overhead - the pillows (0:03)

    1. Thanks Curtis - great suggestions as always!


    Wikipedia pretty much got you cover with this huge list!

    1. that's a slightly different progression. But very cool nontheless!