The secret chord that makes Christmas music sound so Christmassy

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Hint: Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You" uses it. 

For more about the secret chord, read more from Adam Ragusea here:

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there is minor7b5 in daft punk soooo its a chrismas band
Casey Kreie
Congratulations Vox, you can make a damn good video.
Timothy Duque
I still don't understand why Jackson 5's "Someday at Christmas" wasn't referenced at in this info video. All three songs used the secret chord.
I'm so grateful that I know music theory. This was one of the most interesting things I've seen in a while.
thomas spence
Is it just me that freaked out when I saw pentatonix on that chart with Mary did you know ❤
she's mother xmas
threetimes a
And to think Mariah wrote that when she was only 24 wow
G Amorel Foster
can we get people to hear te song while we watch how their brains react?
Greyson Unlucky
Tristan Bray
I don't want to be a buzzkill, but 'All I Want For Christmas is You' was not actually written in the last 20 years. At the time this video was posted, the song was 22 years old.
Anthony Stewart
Welp, off to compose a Christmas hit for 2017! :)
talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
nah it sounds more like the mariah carey version of baby please come home
Ian B.
That is definitely an Americanized Nerd Cubed that mastered in music.
"Written in the last 20 years" Someone can't count
Why so many american singers sing like they are holding a fart, or suffering? (0:08)
Demmie Quinones
I wonder if the same can be said for Christmas music in other languages?
it is all about asociation. for example in the czech republic we didn't hear those songs that often (if ever) so I find nothing "christmassy" about it
Hiroshi Ishii
Thank you Vox, for sending me on a Mariah Carey bender.
Corynne Hauser
Cotton Doraemon
Can they make a video of how Vox makes awesome video editing?
Goddamnit, it's only February! Don't make me start listening to Christmas songs!
Brad Owens
Dm half diminished is just an F minor chord that thinks it's fancy! (and it's is fancy)
Don Ventura
Never a better example of "the best artists steal".
Nina Kato
I just love Christmas songs it makes me feel so nostalgic and warm my favourite genre of music is Christmas not even kidding
Kyle Bowles
I wonder how much Mariah Carey paid Vox to do this.
Would that also be called a Ddim7 or am I mistaken
Kenzo Qui
Wow, this is like finding out Colonel's Sander's KFC chicken recipe!
stay gold
it's 2 am, why am I still binge Watching Vox videos??!!

send help please
the dude can sing someone sign him
Crap video, wasting of time, it's just association with Christmas, these harmony patterns have been used from Rachmaninov to jazzy songs, and they are not Christmassy at all. Put some bells and they will become Christmassy.
Liana Freeman
Why am I watching this in February? Now I'm feeling all Christmassy...
teg the egg
I'm already excited for Christmas now hahaha
E-J Thompson
"I heard there was a secret chord, that David played and it pleased the lord"
Collin Lesher
Does anybody know what that little keyboard is called? thank you
Joe Hill
Don't wanna burst the bubble but the chords he says Carey starts with are not correct...
He says: 1 // 1(7) // 4 // 2m7b5
What the song really does: 1(maj7) // 1(add2)/3 // 4 (this one's right) // 4m/b6!
In other words, where he says Dm7b5, it should be Fm/Ab. It's not even half diminished, it's 4 minor (1st inversion). White Christmas is the same. Similar sound but the chords serve different functions, and for a 'secret chord' it should probably be the right one!
jejoy balm
I'm in love with your video editing, Vox. All of the videos are really interesting... But the editing. 😻
IJ Tub3r
And the effect of the melting chord is very enhanced when you use the #5 as the root of the melting chord
homo Rohrmoser
so chrismassy? you mean shitty
Christmas music should be punishable by death.
bit of a stretch to call a ii half diminished a "secret chord", pretty common actually.
Jeff Eager
I've always played and heard that last chord as a minor IV with an added 6. (meaning the root note is the F, the D is just added on top). I think it sounds incorrect with the D in the bass, I'm not sure where he is getting that.
(in fact, in Mariah's tune, I think the bass goes up on that chord and plays the third of the chord (in his example, it would be a Fm6/Ab ... or in Mariah's key of G, the chord would be Cm6/Eb)
And that's my nerdy opinion ... thoughts?
oh that chord was so good when you built up to it
Fox Tripp
Damn david , you sing it XD
Music producers will love this.
Queen Treasure
I heard there was a secret chord that David played and it pleased the lord...
that "secret" chord is used by baroque and romantic classical componist (Bach, Vivaldi, Chopin, Liszt), but sometimes by wiener classical componist too (Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn).
Mihin Karunaratne
The guy said: "I don't know why?!"

You're welcome.
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