Famous songs by key

Knowing the key of a song will help you find the right chords originally used by the artist playing the song. Here is an overview with plenty of famous songs by key.

The list is arranged in alphabetic order by the artist/band. (Abbreviations are used for keys: C for C Major and Am for A Minor etc.)

Artist / Band Song title Key
Anka, Paul Diana G
Animals, The House of the Rising Sun Am
Bangles Eternal Flame G
Beach Boys Good Vibrations Dm
The Beatles All You Need Is Love G
The Beatles Day Tripper E
The Beatles Eleanor Rigby Em
The Beatles Let It Be C
The Beatles Yesterday F
Berry, Chuck Johnny B. Goode Bb
Billy Joel Piano Man C
Jeff Buckley Hallelujah C
Cat Stevens Wild World Am
Clapton, Eric Layla Dm
Clash, The Should I Stay or Should I Go D
Cohen, Leonard Famous Blue Raincoat Am
Cohen, Leonard Hallelujah   C
Cooke, Sam A Change Is Gonna Come Bb
CCR            Bad Moon Rising D
CCR Who'll Stop the Rain G
Denver, John Take Me Home, Country Roads A
Dixon, Willie Little Red Rooster G
Dylan, Bob Blowin' in the Wind D
Dylan, Bob It Ain't Me Babe G
Dylan, Bob Just Like A Woman E
Dylan, Bob Knockin' On Heaven's Door G
Dylan, Bob Mr. Tambourine Man G
Eagles, The Hotel California Bm
Ellington, Duke Don't Get Around Much Anymore C
Everly Brothers Bye Bye Love A
Everly Brothers Take A Message To Mary E
Frampton, Peter Baby I Love Your Way G
Guns N' Roses Don't Cry G#m
Iggy Pop The Passenger Am
Joplin, Janis Me and Bobby McGee G
Hendrix, Jimi All Along the Watchtower C#m
Hendrix, Jimi Voodoo Child Eb
King, Albert Born Under a Bad Sign Db
King, B.B. The Thrill is Gone Bm
Kristofferson, Kris Help Me Make It Through the Night           C
Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven Am
Lennon, John Imagine C
Lennon, John Jealous Guy G
Madonna Like a Prayer Dm
Marley, Bob No Woman No Cry C
The Monkees I'm a Believer G
Moore, Gary Still Got the Blues Am
Morrison, Van Brown Eyed Girl G
Oasis Don't Look Back In Anger C
Oasis Wonderwall F#m
Orbison, Roy You Got It A
Parsons, Gram Hickory Wind G
Petty, Tom Free Fallin' F
Picket, Wilson In the Midnight Hour E
Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall Dm
Pogues, The Dirty Old Town G
Police, The Every Breath You Take G
Police, The Roxanne Bb
Prince Purple Rain Bb
Redding, Otis Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay G
Richard, Little Long Tall Sally F
Rolling Stones Angie Am
Rolling Stones As Tears Go By G
Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water Eb
Simon & Garfunkel Homeward Bound C
Simon & Garfunkel Mrs. Robinson E
Slade Come On Feel The Noise G
Sledge, Percy When a Man Loves a Woman Eb
Springsteen, Bruce Born To Run E
Springsteen, Bruce Hungry Heart C
Springsteen, Bruce The River Em
Taylor, Chip Wild Thing A
The Ventures Walk Don't Run Am
U2 One Am
Williams, Hank Cold Cold Heart D
Williams, Hank I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry E
Withers, Bill Ain't No Sunshine Am
Young, Neil Heart Of Gold Em
Young, Neil Helpless D
Young, Neil Out On the Weekend A

It's not uncommon that the key changes and returns back during a song. In such cases, the main key is the key that starts and ends the song.

If you find something that is incorrect on this page, please send an e-mail to info@pianoscales.org.

See also Transposing (changing the key).