The World's Most-Used Musical Sequence!

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What do Beethoven, David Bowie, Green Day, Mozart, *NSYNC, Pete Seeger, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, The Supremes, Rihanna, and many others all have in common? The Andalusian Cadence! Also known as the Diatonic Phrygian Tetrachord--sometimes written as i-bVII-bVI-V (or, in the key of A, the descending sequence A, G, F, E)--this sequence of four notes, this musical pattern, chord progression, or bass line shows up throughout the ages in all styles and genres, underlying music that ranges from sad to joyful, delicate to badass.

David Garland has assembled more than 50 recordings of music from over five centuries to vividly make the case that this four-note progression, the Andalusian Cadence, is the world's most-used musical sequence.


----Set 1
Heinrich Ignatz Frans von Biber - Passagalia For Solo Violin - Andrew Manze, violin
Louis Armstrong - It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (composed by Duke Ellington) - The Great Summit: The Master Takes
Manitas de Plata - Mi Sentimiento
The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
Del Shannon - Runaway
Benny Goodman - Topsy - The Great Benny Goodman, Vol. 2
Tennessee Ernie Ford - Sixteen Tons - Vintage Collections
King Crimson - Epitaph - In the Court of the Crimson King
Paul Simon - Anji (composed by Davy Graham) - Simon & Garfunkle Live from New York City, 1967
Simon & Garfunkel - A Hazy Shade Of Winter
Moondog - Stamping Ground - Moondog
Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation
Nina Simone - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Meredith Monk - Greensleeves
U2 - Twilight - Boy
The Four Tops - Bernadette
Rihanna - The Hotness
Zager and Evans - In the Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)
Ray Charles - Hit the Road Jack - Anthology
----Set 2
The Ventures - Walk Don't Run - Walk Don't Run
Lallo Gori - Seq. 3 - Operazione Luna 
Herman Stein - Stranger - The Intruder
Hans Reichel - Bubu And His Friend - Yuxos
Matti Bye - The Girl In the Tree - Faro
Carl Orff - Ruhiger Tanz - Orff-Schulwerk Volume One/Musica Poetica
Mozart - String Quartet #15 In D Minor, K 421: 1. Allegro Moderato (performed by the Cleveland Quartet
Chuck Willis - Night of Misery - A Tribute to Chuck Willis
Green Day - Hitchin' a Ride - Nimrod
Hall & Oates - Maneater - The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates
The Grass Roots - I'd Wait a Million Years - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Grass Roots
Shakira - Objection (Tango) - Laundry Service
Jerry Jeff Walker - The Ballad of the Hulk - Mr. Bojangles
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 14 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": I. Adagio Sostenuto (performed by Alfred Brendel)
Pete Seeger - Waist Deep In The Big Muddy - The Essential Pete Seeger
Henry Mancini - Top Shelf - Bachelor In Paradise
The Lovin' Spoonful - Summer In the City - Platinum & Gold Collection: The Lovin' Spoonful
Jeff Gibbs - Fahrenheit 9/11 trk 4 - Fahrenheit 9/11
----Set 3
101 Strings Orchestra - Carol of the Bells (Shchedryk) - Home for the Holidays
The Turtles - Happy Together - Happy Together
Ennio Morricone - L'ultima Volta - I Malamondo
David Bowie - China Girl - Let's Dance
Ennio Morricone - Two Nice Tramps - Occhio Alla Penna (aka Buddy Goes West)
Ennio Morricone - At The Tailor - Occhio Alla Penna (aka Buddy Goes West)
Quilapayun - ¡El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido! - The People United Will Never Be Defeated!
Johnny Dankworth & Cleo Lane - Let's Slip Away - 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning'
*NSYNC - Bye Bye Bye - No Strings Attached
Dave Van Ronk - One Meatball - Van Ronk
Paco de Lucía - Punta Umbria - Antología, Vol. 1
----Set 4
Bob Dylan - One More Cup of Coffee - Desire
Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal - Bad
Maury Laws - The Baron - Mad Monster Party
Mötley Crüe - God Bless the Children of the Beast - Shout At the Devil
Diana Ross & The Supremes - Love Child - Number 1's: Diana Ross & The Supremes
Joe Meek & the Blue Men - Orbit Around The Moon - I Hear a New World
Dick Dale - Miserlou - Guitar Legend: The Very Best of Dick Dale
The Beatles - I'll Be Back - A Hard Day's Night
Claudio Monteverdi - Lamento della ninfa: "Amor dov’è la fe" (performed by Montserrat Figueras & Hespèrion XXI
Disney Chorus - Pink Elephants On Parade - Dumbo