Monday, December 31, 2012

Here Comes The Summer

Only one-and-three-quarter minutes long in total, this song has a guitar break between 40 and 50 seconds and then a remarkable key change between 50 and 60 seconds, only to revert to base from there on in.
A ten second key change orgy.

Monday, December 24, 2012

I Bombed Korea

My favorite part of this song is the lyrics.  Although the music is really awesome, the lyrics are what really does it for me.  The key changes once right after the intro and then again, climbing a whole step each time.  (PS: Vivas slept on this hardcore)


Monday, December 17, 2012

Gift of Love

Is it wrong to post your own band's song?
Whatever, here's Gift of Love. Two key changes by Mike Vivas.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Me and Bobby McGee

I've never been a big Janis fan but this song is pretty damn good. The key goes up a whole step from G to A at 1:20.  I can only hope that her sad story doesn't dissuade anyone from using psychedelic drugs.
-Nick Anastasi

Monday, December 3, 2012

Hold My Hand

Whole step change at 1:06

Monday, November 26, 2012


I don't usually post songs that have parallel minor key changes but this one is just so great.
Duran Duran rides E major and E Minor like the schooner in uhhh Rio.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Chain Reaction

'Chain Reaction', performed by Diana Ross. If I'm being conservative, I can hear five changes. If I'm being liberal, I can hear eight changes. Haha. I reckon there are half-steps into each chorus, and then into each repeat. Two after the break, and two in the outro.
-James L Brown

Monday, November 12, 2012

One Heartbeat

Play that saxophone.
The hooks are key changes. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Smiling Face

A has a couple of nice key changes.
A whole step jump between verses.
-Brad Town

Monday, October 29, 2012

Five Feet High and Rising

Key change every verse! Kind of a cool tune, regardless.

And a song that has the best take-away line: when you're at work, and the shit-storm reaches neck-high, you can look over to your cubicle colleague and ask, How high's the water, momma?

-Peter Crimmins

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Auctioneer Song

More Nashville Sound. This song is ridiculous. Key Change on every verse.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Made In Japan

I heard this song while discovering the world of the Nashville Sound. I love the lead guitar lick playing Perfect 5ths to get the oriental sound. I also love the lead guitarist's red white and blue telecaster.
Actually, I love everything about this. Everyone watch!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Meet Me at the Corner

Minor to Major key change.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Put a Little Love In Your Heart

This song has been a favorite of mine since I saw Scrooged for the first time. Also I can't believe this song isn't on here yet.
Also this is Jackie's second song on our blog.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Take Good Care of My Baby

Triplets into a key change by Mr. Vee.


Monday, September 17, 2012


I never heard this song before WOGL's Labor Day weekend countdown.  It was all number one Billboard hits and this was apparently one of them.  Hear the key change in every chorus and love it. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Will You Be There

Two whole step key changes on the outro.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Knock Three Times

In this classic song, we are bumped to new heights around 2:00 as Tony jumps up a half-step.  Dawn's back-up vocals on this are killer and the horns rock. 

Monday, August 27, 2012


An attempt by Ben Folds to make a boy-band song. So, naturally, a key change. (At least I'm pretty sure it is - could be wrong). Alleged change at 2:59, after the spoken-word interlude.
-James L. Brown

Oliver's Army

Key change: third verse (1:48)
-Jim Reedy

Monday, August 20, 2012


This has been stuck in my head all week. Thanks to The Scott Corner for bringing it into my life.
 EPIC Key Change at 2:00.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Karma Police

I remember when everyone used to tell me they loved Radiohead and now everyone tells me they secretly never really did.
Either way, I always loved this song.

*editor's note, submitted by an anonymous Redditor

Sunday, July 29, 2012

If I Can Turn Back Time

The key jumps up a step and a half in the outro.
Also. Cher's butt.


Monday, July 23, 2012


The record was named after the Telstar communications satellite, which was launched into orbit on July 10, 1962.
The key change is at 2:24

-Al Bruno

Monday, July 16, 2012

Love You Till Tuesday

Half step jump at a minute twenty six. 
Whoa. This video.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Back In The New York Groove

I keep hearing this song in a AT&T commercial. 
Key change int he second verse. 


Monday, July 2, 2012


The key changes at 1:45 in this Etta James classic featuring Harvey Fuqua (who sounds like Ray Charles) on this awesome song by Willie Dixon.  The growls Etta hits after the key change and right before it are brilliant.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Witch Doctor

I'm so glad XPN plays Kid's Corner still plays this.
Seville forever.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Young Girl

For some reason Gary Pucket and the Union Gap made the Civil War be their look and image.
Despite this, I love this song and this key change.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Cracklin' Rosie

Key changes a plenty.
Play it now.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Funky key change at 2:47.

Dirt Dirt Dirt

I was watching videos with my son and saw this one.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Bang Bang

There is a nasty set of key changes at 1:35 and 2:12 in this rare version of Raquel Welch whaling on Bang Bang.

Monday, May 14, 2012


Yeah the original is by REM but I like Weird Al better.
The outro keeps changing to a higher and higher key.

Monday, May 7, 2012

My Boyfriend

A big key change at the big commotion in the middle of the song and then two more changes in the outro.

Leader of the Pack

A Phil Spector classic, the Leader of the Pack moves a half step up after the spoken word/motorcycle-sound-reel bridge.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Half step key change at 1:43.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Why Do You Let Me Stay Here

 Zooey has the cutest key changes.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Baby I Love Your Way

I was sitting on this one for a while but Nick tried to submit so I've got to post it.
From the Reality Bites soundtrack (which also brought Lisa Lobe into our lives), this is a cover of a Peter Frampton classic.
Trying not to show my age but I recall there is a Spanish version available on the B-Side of the cassette single.

The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)

John Williams could seriously not have done a better job when it comes to his work on the original Star Wars Trilogy.  Best score of all time, super appropriate at every moment.  Listen here to one of his greatest and most well-known works as he takes us up to a new key of evil at 1:42. Best. Key. Change. Ever.

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Sun and the Rain

Something about Spring time and Ska music...
I love everything about this song and it's one of my all time favorite Madness ditties.

Yes I used the word ditty.  

Footsteps of a Fool

Key change at 1:51.

Where Do Broken Hearts Go

This is the kind of song i would listen to on repeat in 8th grade! and i think there's a key change at 3:05.

Mr Dieingly Sad

Key change in the coda.
-James Trov


Double guitar neck key change.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Welcome Home

Welcome home to your new key.

King of the Road

Destination: A  half step up.

Back At One

Brian McKnight did it first. Tennessee Winston Luke did it best.
-Dave Kiss  

Monday, February 20, 2012

Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me

One of my all time favorite songs. Made popular by Mel Carter, I'm slightly ashamed I just realized it ended with a key change.
Perfectly executed and maybe the most romantic song ever made.

I'm Every Woman

Chaka Khan cover, the proof is in the pudding.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

One Moment In Time

Right after 3:22...booo-yah!!

Gonna Have A Funky Good Time

Heard this at work on  the soul Sirius station.  There are many versions of this song on YouTube but it took me a while to find the full version.  Most versions fade out at 3:30 for radio or Soul Train standard format but in the original the key change comes at 3:47 when James asks the band to bring it down so he can get funky deep.
"We gotta get down and in order for me to get down we have to get in deep." - Sir James Brown

Monday, February 6, 2012

Con Te Partiro

Made famous by Andrea Bocelli during PBS's 1997 holiday membership drive, "Con Te Partiro" features a key change just after the midpoint. Here is a wonderful Spanish-translated rendition of the song, "Por Ti Volare."
-Al Bruno

The Youth

Fantastic key change in this song at 2:36.

Always Be My Baby

I heard this at karaoke.
-Alan Smith

Monday, January 30, 2012

Got To Be Real

This funky disco classic with a key change at 1:40 after the break
that kicks the intensity up a notch.  The bass line on this is funky
ass Mrs. Wilkes collard greens.


"Yerbatero" by the popular Colombian singer Juanes. The song's in A minor all the way through the second chorus, after which he cranks it up to B minor.
- Mark

Monday, January 23, 2012

Nothing's Going To Stop Us Now

Every once and a while a person secretly loves a song and ends up featuring it on a music theory blog. Sometimes today is that day.
Half step up on the guitar solo from the Mannequin soundtrack.

Monday, January 16, 2012

If You Leave

I think there are 7 key changes in this one. 

Monday, January 2, 2012

What The World Needs Now

I'm happy this is the first key change of the year.
-tony trov