♭VII–V7 cadence

VII–V7 cadence in C  Play   Play with resolution 

In music, the VII–V7 cadence is a cadence using the chord progression from the subtonic (flat-VII) to dominant seventh (V7). It resolves nicely to I making the full cadence bVII-V7-I.

A "mainstay in all rock styles of the '60s," the cadence occurs in Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay", Link Wray and His Ray Men's "Rumble", Duane Eddy's "Because They're Young", the Velvet Underground & Nico's "Sunday Morning" and "Femme Fatale", Joan Baez's "Fare Thee Well", and Al Caiola's 1961 "The Magnificent Seven" (0:15-0:17) and "Bonanza" (0:26-0:27).[1]

III–V7 cadence

A similar cadence to the VII–V7 cadence is the III–V7 cadence. In this cadence the VII is replaced with the III. In the key of C this would be E–G7–C (III–V7–I). Both the VII and III borrow harmony from the parallel minor.

This cadence occurs in The Beatles' "Something", Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride", and Muse's "New Born".

See also


  1. Everett, Walter (2009). The Foundations of Rock: from "Blue Suede Shoes" to "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes", p.278. ISBN 0-19-531023-3.
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