Songs with excellent examples of modulation

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  1. Baxtercat

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    There's a little bump near the end of this Beach Boys Fender Jaguar solo.
     
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  3. Kiwi

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    Theme from "Hawaii Five-O" - it repeats three times before the outro run-up, and shifts up a half-step each time. Mort Stevens got a lot of mileage out of that. (The solo lines also have some interesting jazzy flats.)

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  4. Fred Farkus

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    "Hello, It's Me" by Todd Rundgren. Pretty typical 60s/70s pop song modulation on the last verse but cool nonetheless.
     
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    No, the song goes from Em to Gm, not a conventional modulation at all. If thats cliche... you are way more jaded than I am!

    IMO, thats a pretty sophisticated modulation, especially in a pop song.
     
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    New thread idea: "Hey! Let's Argue About Modulations!"

    Which ones are cool? Which ones are trite?
    How many of you will get my undying love? How many of you will make me wretch with disgust?
     
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    This thread needs more metric modulation.
     
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    "And I Love Her" has a nice one right at the guitar solo, a 1/2 step.
     
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    ok - You're referring to the chorus/bridge. I think it's Em to G (not Gm), the relative major.

    I guess that's a modulation. I'll let the theory guys weigh in. I also thought that shifting to another mode in the same key was not really a key change. If so, then this happens far more often than the more ham-fisted 1/2 step up change, or whole step change.
     
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    Dude, the end of the song goes to Gm (Bbmajor). Listen to it again.
     
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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned "Giant Steps."

    How about "Rebel Rouser?"
     
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    Yep.

    <cool secondary/substitute dominant thing>

    "you gotta hold ready or not...you live for the fight when that's all that you got..."

    <key change>

    "Whoooahh, we're half-way there..."
     
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    Four pages and no Lodi?

    Or this?
     
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    Alan Jackson's version of Pop a Top has a cool one, during the guitar solo no less.
     
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    Curtis Mayfield played it with a half step up change. Jeff and Rod were just respecting the original!

    Memphis Soul Stew has an interesting thing. They do the whole bit with the talking in E, then "Now beat... well!" And it goes to the IV which is of course A, or so you think, because actually they are changing keys to A, and it has become the I as well as the first bar of a standard 12 bar progression for the rest of the song.
     
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    Chicago Transit Authority's "introduction" (featuring TERRY KATH vocal and guitar) several modulations in that one-check it out.
     
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    HOLY CRAP, two more hugely well known songs that have not been mentioned:
     
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    Ok, old thread, but nobody mentioned VH Jump, which has the guitar solo modulate I think a whole step up and then back down.

    I wanted to see if anyone could help me, I've written a song in D which modulates to C for the chorus via an E7 transition. It's very natural sounding. But it seems hard to get back to D for the next verse. Anyone with theory knowledge have the secret sauce? Using the E7 does not work. I'm thinking I have to have an intermediate key change.

    Love the Layla modulation. That's probably my favorite.
     
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    You didn't really post the changes to your tune but if you somehow found your way to the E7 again, going down to Eb7 (sub for A7) would take you back the D again.
     

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