This is a sequel to this question. Refer to it for the just ratio of the tones.

Being septimal, I thought it could be used for Jazz. The chord progression I made is (Based on C):

CM7 - F♯ø7 - FM7 - G, repeated.

Is there a name for this particular chord progression? (Like C - G - Am - F is refered as 'The 4 Chords'?)

Is there any song based on this chord progression?

  • Not heard of 'the 4 chords' before. I vi IV V is far more often used.
    – Tim
    Commented Oct 19, 2019 at 15:53
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    @Tim, I think he's referring not to a single specific progression, but how most "4 chord progressions" in popular music are built with the 1-4-5-6m in varying orders. E.g. the popularity of the 50s "Stand By Me" chords you mention is certainly rivaled in pop music by the "Let It Be" chords he mentioned. Rhythm changes and ragtime are notable exceptions, but I feel like they're not as represented in modern pop.
    – user63785
    Commented Oct 19, 2019 at 16:30
  • @Tim look up Axis of Awesome's 4-chord song video. I've run across "the four chords" pretty often (I-V-vi-IV) under that name, or something to the same effect.
    – user45266
    Commented Oct 21, 2019 at 17:23
  • An example of the progression OP mentions: Chorus of "Love on Top" by Beyoncé.
    – user45266
    Commented Oct 21, 2019 at 17:25
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    @user45266 - seen it, love it. It speaks volumes about the state of pop music these days. Mind you, back in the '60s, it was either 12 bars or I vi IV V, so who are we to criticise..?
    – Tim
    Commented Oct 21, 2019 at 17:35

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I'm not aware of a term for that exact progression, but it does remind me a bit of the stomp with that #4o7 used to ascend and the dominant being stressed before it repeats.

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