What are the greatest key changes in Rock? Here are some of them.
We asked readers for their suggestions. They responded immediately by nominating MGMT’s ‘The Youth’, from their debut album ‘Oracular Spectacular’.
2. Primal Screans
Other readers meanwhile, reckons that the key change in Primal Scream’s ‘Relativity’ is “frighteningly brilliant”.
3. Flaming Lips
This band conquered many hearts with the title-track of their 2006 four-song EP.
Why choose one song when you could plump for a whole album instead? According to@bksbeat, any track from US band Slint’s 1991 LP ‘Spiderland’ would be worthy of inclusion in this list.
For all the political posturing, there’s no denying that Sting had a knack for knocking up a good key change – which is why his track ‘If I Ever Lose My Faith In You’ gets @chasingrach’s vote.
6. Boo Radleys
Meanwhile, The Boo Radleys’ ‘Memory Babe’, from their 1992 album ‘Everything’s Alright Forever’, is top of @electricviking’s choice of the finest key changes.
7. Miles Kane
8. Thom Yorke
One of the highlights of the Oxford band’s second album ‘The Bends’, ‘Just’ – which was chosen by Johnny – was the result of a competition between singer Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood to see who could fit the most chords into one song.
9. Vampire Weekend
10. Fleetwood Mac
“Makes a drastic impact on your driving ability” says @adammcmillan94, who’s talking – of course – about Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’.
11. The Who
“Has to be ‘My Generation’ by The Who,” insist the self-described “mod influenced Indie band” The Modern Means on Twitter.
Over on Facebook, Ravi iokma says that, when it comes to key changes, Radiohead’s ‘Paranoid Android’ is peerless.
13. Noel Gallagher
“There are three key changes towards the end,” Noel Gallagher once said of ‘All Around The World’. “Imagine how much better ‘Hey Jude’ would have been with three key changes towards the end? I like the ambition of it.” @MikeWhiteHead, who put forward the Oasis track on Twitter, obviously agrees.
14. Lou Reed
A couple of sublime choices by John O’Brien: firstly, he recommends the legendary Lou Reed’s track ‘Halloween Parade’
15. Led Zeppelin
Andy Southwood has been telling our Facebook users that Led Zeppelin’s lighters-aloft classic ‘Stairway To Heaven’ has the best key changes ever.
Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ cropped up numerous times.
17. Arcade Fire
An Arcade Fire fan is so keen that the Montreal troupe be recognised for their ace key changes that he’s put forward two of their songs: ‘Intervention’ and ‘Sprawl II’. “It changes up and then back down again in a way that somehow works!” he says of the latter.
18. Foo Fighters
When it comes to key changes, there’s none mightier or meatier than Foo Fighters’ 1999 single ‘Learn To Fly’, according to a band’s fan.
19. The Horrors
Many of you lot believe that The Horrors surpassed themselves with their last album ‘Skying’ – and some of their fans thinks that the LP’s highlight ‘Moving Further Away’ should be acknowledged as one of the greatest key changes ever, too.
20. The Beatles