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A Chord Progression made famous by the well-known Canon in D in D major, which is the trope namer.

The progression is usually in a major key, and usually runs as follows: I V vi iii IV I IV V (repeat). If in a minor key, it is usually: i v VI III iv i iv V (repeat). Occasionally, II or ii or ii° may be substituted for the last IV/iv, and I or I6 (or i or i6) may be substituted for the iii or III.

Comedian Rob Paravonian famously ranted about the ubiquity of this progression, although most of his medley would be better placed in The Four Chords of Pop. He has a point, though...

Examples of Pachelbel's Canon Progression include:


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