Sunday, December 25, 2011


From the 60s on 6.

Monday, December 5, 2011

For Your Precious Love

Whole step up key change at 1:38.  Otis is the absolute king.  I love Marvin Gaye, David Ruffin, John and Paul, the Beach Boys, Al Green, Sam Cooke, Freddie Mercury, and Wilson Pickett as much as anyone on Earth but Otis Redding's voice is the greatest thing ever.  You can hear him crying.

Beating Hearts Baby

Key change is in the outro hook.

Monday, November 21, 2011


This key change is sweet as honey.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Love On Top

Key change on top.
-Dave Kiss

Monday, October 17, 2011


I believe it's at 1:11.

Monday, October 10, 2011


Jumps from E to F right before the instrumental part.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Go Ahead

Key change at 1:50.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Worst That Could Happen

I heard a cover band playing Worst That Could Happen yesterday and forgot how much I love this song. It jumps from C to Eb after the bridge in a really cool transition.

Strangers In The Night

Step up key change at 1:41.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Football Season's Over

Shelley Fabares of the Donna Reed Show is an eternal teenager. A step up key change probably got everyone in the locker room's attention.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Son of a Preacher Man

It's not Dusty Springfield's fault that "Son of a Preacher Man" is maybe the most overplayed soul tune ever. The song happens to be one of the genre's gems: great lead and backing vocal work, clean horns, a hell of a bassline, an amazing drum kit performance (the ride hits at the end of the song are just friggin' dirty), and a key change. Goes up a fourth from Emaj to Amaj.
-Mike Oxman

Monday, September 5, 2011

Quando Dico Che Ti Amo

Key change in the big finish.

Beep Beep

This 3 minute song that is more of a car commercial than a pop song gains tempo and intensity as it climbs a half step every verse to a climactic end where the Cadillac loses hard. This song is reminiscent of the Gilligan's Island theme song which, contrary to the belief of the Smith Brothers, has no key changes at all.'s in my mother's name.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Stacy's Mom

The chorus jumps from A to C via the solo at the end.

Kyle's Mom Is a Bitch

Like all cartoon anthems, Kyle's Mom is a Bitch rocks a constantly changing key, with a half step rise after every verse. Comedic and musical genius.

Monday, August 22, 2011


Track One from the Monster Ballads collection, featuring Jani Lane (RIP) on vocals. The last chorus modulates to Bb from its normal Ab.
-Kevin Jones

This Will Be Our Year

I heard this yesterday for the first time and declared it my new favorite song. I was happy to find a great key change at the end.
What a great tune...
-Tony Trov

C'è La Luna

Half step up with every verse, best song ever.


Monday, August 8, 2011

When I See You Smile

Your key change blog should just be a bunch of rock ballads.
Whole step up key change at the end.

Rock With You

"Rock With You" is one of my favorite MJ tunes. The key change at about 2:40-ish will rock you into the sunlight.

I apologize in advance if Celine Dion is singing for the first ten second of this video.

-Mike Oxman

Monday, June 27, 2011

Keep An Eye On Summer

"Keep An Eye On Summer" by The Beach Boys manages, amazingly, to cram four key changes into a 2:25 song: Gb to Bb to Db, (moving up the Gb major triad) BACK to Gb, and finally finishing in G. If this wasn't enough to prove the work superior to lesser songs with standard I-vi-ii-V chord progressions, couple this insane structure with the rich, incredibly complex vocal harmony arrangement and it's easy to understand what made Brian Wilson such an effing genius.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Out in the Fields

Nifty modulation propelled by the synth part.
One of the Rambo movies totally should have used this tune. I'm a huge Thin Lizzy/Phil Lynott fan, and loved Gary Moore's work with them. This is good for what it is. Was really sad about Moore's recent passing. One of the best

-Kevin Jones

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tuesday Afternoon

The Moody Blues change keys when they get funky.

Monday, June 6, 2011

On Broadway

The Drifters are such an underrated group.
Half step between each verse.

Monday, May 30, 2011

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted

A key change can be heard in this famous Jimmy Ruffins tune, modulating from A in the verse to B in the chorus.
-Al Bruno

Monday, May 23, 2011

Nothing But Flowers

I know someone told me this song had a key change in it but I can't remember who referred it. It just popped up on my iTunes and refreshed my memory. Whole step key change at the end.
I first heard this in my least favorite Kevin Smith film Clerks Two.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Back To The 101

When Albert Hammond Jr. wrote his solo album, it made the world realize that the reason they actually like the Strokes is because of Albert Hammond Jr. Awesome key change here at 2:37. It goes down a half step (always cool when the key change goes down) and the lyrics change from "Back to the 101" to "I count the 101." Killer album, fried and frizzy hair, silly strats, and kickin key change.

Monday, May 9, 2011

All My Love

My favorite Led Zepplin song jumps a whole step.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Contact High

The last chorus makes a huge jump from F# to A.

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Lover's Concerto

This song always makes me think of Mr. Holland's Opus. It's based on the the piece "Minuet in G major". The main difference is the song is changed from 3/4 to 4/4 timing,
A Lover's Concerto has two half step key changes. Starting G then up to G# and ending in A.

I Am Glad, Cause I'm Finally Returning Back Home

A total of three key changes are heard in this popular internet gem, with an ultimate return to the song's initial key in the last 30 seconds. Given that this number appears to have been recorded in the 1960's, I always assumed Trololo Guy, Mr. Eduard Khil, was actually singing about returning from West Germany or the front.
-Al Bruno

Monday, April 18, 2011

Kisses Sweeter Than Wine

This song has some pretty awesome lyrics. I really enjoy the stop in the hook, and I am in love with the key change between each verse. Boo-ya-kasha.

I Have Nothing

This is such an unbelievably dorky project, and I love every bit of it. The key change hit its peak with ’90s divas and this blog sheds light on some of these anthems, however Whitney Houston’s key change in “I Have Nothing” (the greatest key change of all time) is surprisingly missing from the list. Somewhere, underneath a pile of white dust, a legend cries.

Monday, April 11, 2011

C'mon Marianne

Inspired the Doors song Touch Me and has a great key change.
-Mike Vivas

Monday, April 4, 2011

Dream Lover

Nothing says hot fun in the summertime like Bobby Darin music (except Hot Fun in the Summertime by Sly and the Family Stone). Key change at 1:50 surrounded by glorious ah's, amazing arpeggios, and crooning do dat do dat da do's.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Believe It or Not

The theme from Greatest American Hero Jumps a whole step from D to E.
It also appears the audience claps when they hear the key change.
-Al Smith

I Love LA

A jump from A to C after the tango synth solo.
-Kevin James

Monday, March 21, 2011

I Want It That Way

Way back from when creepy facial hair, oversize dusters, and undercuts
were all the rage comes I Want It That Way, performed by none other
than The Backstreet Boys. The song jumps from D to E in the third
chorus. Thanks go to Erin for singing the tune the other day.
-Al Bruno

Candy Girl

Last verse up a key. Fact.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Rock 'N' Roll Is Here To Stay

Philadelphia's own Danny and the Juniors rip off their own intro from At the Hop in this classic song. Key change at 1:40 as the Juniors sit in the crowd and sing. Then, as if the key hadn't changed enough, you get another on at 1:56. Best part of this video: all the girls with the giant pins that say Dick.

John T Williams Vigil Seattle S'Klallams

On 8/30/10 in Seattle, WA officer Ian Birk killed John T. Williams, a woodcarver, for walking down the street carrying a knife & piece of wood. Here's the url of the dash board cam catching this very upsetting crime.

On 9/2/10 there was a vigil held in Seattle honoring John T. Williams. At 2 minutes into the video, there is a whole step key change in the chant.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Rainbow Connection

In one of the most beautiful songs ever written, Kermit the Frog nails this key change in "The Rainbow Connection" at about 2:18-ish or so. Lovely.
-Mike Oxman

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


This song has three key changes in it, as it gets higher and higher.
In memory of Big Frank. We'll miss you.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Because You Loved Me

Intensity throttling key change of a whole step comes in at 3:41. Oh crazy Canuck.

*editors note- This means that Nick listens to Celine Dion.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Pippi Longstocking (Is Coming into Your Town)

Key change on the outro. If you're a Pippi fan, also check out "Scrubbing Day". I hear it's a holiday.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Always Look On The Bride Side of Life

This humdinger has a whole step key change that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Danke Schoen

When I first heard this in Ferris Bueller I totally thought it was a girl .....same with Rush.
Key changes in every verse up a whole step.
-The Rahzzah

Monday, January 31, 2011

Earth Song

Off of the HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I album. A lot of people have probably never heard this song. It's a good song and a great video, especially for the conservationist in us all. Key change at 3:46.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

That's Life

Half step key change on the last verse.
-Dave Kiss

Monday, January 17, 2011

It's Growing

A very underrated song written by Smokey and delivered by David Ruffin and the boys. This was the follow-up single to My Girl,m which was the first to feature David Ruffin as lead singer. Motown wanted to release something that was similar to My Girl but with a bigger orchestra. Classic key change at 1:35, amazingly awesome dance moves, glasses, harmonies, and suits through out.

Monday, January 10, 2011

I Just Had Sex

Half step jump. Seriously.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Joy To The World

The Forrest Gump sound track introduced me to the best classic rock songs. The second song from that album with a great key change.

Bad Reputation

The best member of the Runaways jumps a whole step.