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What is the worlds most well known musical note or chord?

Asked by Arp (3516points) March 22nd, 2010

From any song, not the specific note (A, C, F#), the actual note from the song. Just wondering what you think the most well known note in the history of music is. I am going to have to go with the final chord in “A day in the Life” by the beatles, or the ominous opening note of “The Final Countdown”. Sorry if this question is too random :P

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

A baby’s scream.

CMaz's avatar


Ok, it is not a note or a cord. Just so I don’t get jumped.

noyesa's avatar

Pachelbel’s Canon has been copied by countless many pop rock songs. More than one from Aerosmith I believe, as well as Basket Case by Green Day and even some shitty hipster song I heard on one of those hip hop music stations.

EDIT: Here’s a list I found on Wikipedia that shows some of the songs that are directly copied form Pachelbel’s Canon.

msbauer's avatar

@noyesa i know exactly that which you speak of…

jfos's avatar

@noyesa Yes, I have grown to hate that chord progression.

As for note… The scream leading into Another Brick in the Wall Part 2.

thriftymaid's avatar

The fourth in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Part 1.

erichw1504's avatar

The Jaws music when he’s approaching.

Snarp's avatar

Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra, used in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey is pretty recognizable, even if most don’t know its name.

The Ride of the Valkyrie from Wagner’s Die Walk├╝re should be in contention as well, also known from Apocalypse Now and Elmer Fudd’s “Kill the wabbit”.

I suppose the Ride of the Valkyrie requires more than one note or chord to be recognizable, but Zarathustra is definitely recognizable from the first note.

msbauer's avatar

How about like Phantom of the Opera?

Cruiser's avatar

That violin shriek in the Psycho shower scene.

markyy's avatar

The only note that I can play is the brown note

TexasDude's avatar

This progression: C Am F G

OperativeQ's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Ah, the oldies progression. Every beginning guitarist’s best friend.

Rufus_T_Firefly's avatar

The opening chord from The Beatles ‘A Hard Days Night’?

erichw1504's avatar


The classic drum line at the end of a joke.

downtide's avatar

The first two notes of “Over the Rainbow”. Sing those two notes, and everyone knows what’s coming next.

PacificToast's avatar

The start of Beethoven’s 5th or the Jaws theme.

Syger's avatar

I remember reading that Intel’s little jingle was the most recognized (even if they couldn’t recognize from what).

iam2smart99037's avatar

Bflat major. first note of the mcdonalds “im lovin it” jingle….and happy birthday.

AustieZ's avatar

dun dun dun DUUUUN!!!!

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