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Well-known examples include the Penguins' "Earth Angel" (1954), Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" and Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl" (1962).<ref name=scott />:206<ref name="Harwood">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> Other examples include Sam Cooke's "Lovable" and other doo-wop material of the era.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> A modern example can be found in Green Day's "Jesus of Suburbia".<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Many more recent examples exist, such as Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane over the Sea".{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }}. The progression is also the basis for the verses of The Bangles' 1989 hit "Eternal Flame".<ref>"{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Madonna's 1986 single "True Blue" is written in the 50s progression.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> More notable recent examples are Daughtry's "What About Now", Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls" and Rebecca Black's "Friday".<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The A-section of the song "Heart and Soul" is often simplified as a repeating I–vi–ii–V or I–vi–IV–V progression (or even both variants, alternating) and taught to beginning piano students as an easy two-hand duet. This (somewhat inaccurate) version of the song became widely known, even to those who never studied piano. (About this sound example ).

Walter Everett argues that, "despite the unusual surface harmonic progressions," in The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" (1967), "the structural basis of the song is I–VI–IV–V–I [sic]."<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> The chorus of The Beatles' "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" is an example of the fifties progression.<ref name=scott/>:206<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> "Unchained Melody" also uses the progression.

In the musical Grease, the progression is invoked for the purpose of self-parody in the song "Those Magic Changes". The chorus includes a backup vocal line with lyrics "C-C-C-C-C-C / A-A-A-A-minor / F-F-F-F-F-F / G-G-G-G-seven" (repeat).

Hank Green of the Vlogbrothers created a song showing the number of songs featuring the progression, including one of his own. It was featured in one of his videos and was also performed at the Evening of Awesome.<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1 | citation |CitationClass=audio-visual }}</ref>

The 50s progression is also commonly used in reggae, including Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up,” “Brand New Second Hand” and “Rocksteady.”

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