I really enjoy the sound of the IV (4) chord with a Leading Tone (7th degree of the Major scale) in the melody. (Not necessarily staying on the 7th for a long time, since it usually resolves up or down.) I have started a list of songs that use that combination, and am hoping others might add some more examples. I’m looking for somewhat famous songs and compositions, so that there is a greater chance that people will have heard them. Here’s a few on the list so far:
Danny Boy (Londonderry Air) - about half way thru the song, on the word “summer”
You Raise Me Up (sung by Josh Groban and others) seems to use small parts of Danny Boy’s melody and harmony that I’m focusing on
Stardust (by Hoagy Carmichael) - the first part of the Verse (not Chorus) when it goes to the 4 chord, which could be called a 4 dominant 9th (#11)
Happy Birthday - when the birthday person’s name occurs in the song
Dvorak - Largo from the New World Symphony - the nice theme that occurs at 1:23 in this video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HhrxVx1Ztc
Maria (from West Side Story) – this is the song that I was taught to remember the interval of the tri-tone or #4 or b5. I hear the first chord as a 1 chord with the b5 on the “ri” in “Maria”. But then as it moves to the 2nd chord, it seems that it has changed keys and now the 2nd chord is the new 1 chord, and what started the song as a 1 chord was really a 4 chord with that 7th in the melody. I haven’t looked at the original sheet music in a long time and I may not be analyzing that quite right, but I definitely enjoy the sound of it!
If you think of any other songs, please post them. Thanks!