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The same four chords used in nearly every hit song which could be defined as "epic". Many people are fooled by the various transpositions, but its all the same stuff. The most popular progression of course being Em, C, G, D (just one example). Please note, the progression can start on any one of the chords, but it will include the other three invariably.
(First noted by a pair of absurdly innovative Oregon high school students).
Musically Uninformed Person:
"OMG! I love Owl City, they talk to my core being and are soooo origional!1!!!"

Musically Informed Person:
"You're a bitch slave to the music industry"

Record Executive:
"Well Jim, we found this new hot young singer who dresses really fuckin' weird like, so they're gonna love her, but she can't write music for shit!"
Co-Conspiring Producer:
"Well that's no problem! Just throw the epic chord progression at 'em with an edgy music video and they'll eat it right up!"

Just to name a few:

MGMT "Kids"
Apologize by One Republic
Lost by Coldplay
Numb by Linkin Park
It's My Life by Bon Jovi
Behind These Hazel Eyes by Kelly Clarkson
All You Wanted by Michelle Branch
Snow Hey Oh by RHCP
The Scientist by Coldplay
All American Rejects - (take your pick)
"Poker Face"Lady GaGa

"Rebellion" Arcade Fire
"Vanilla Twilight"Owl City
"For Reasons Unknown"The Killers
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Snow"
I'm Yours by Jason Mraz
Swing Swing Swing by All American Rejects
Hot N Cold by Katy Perry
With or Without You by U2
When I Come Around by Green Day
Let It Be by The Beatles
Don't Stop Believin by Journey
No One - Alicia Keys
Where is the Love - Black Eyed Peas
You're Beautiful - James Blunt
Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
Where is the Love - Black Eyed Peas
Sway - Bic Runga
She Will Be Loved - Maroon 5

And countless others
You've just been disillusioned.
by OregonRawk April 06, 2010
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