Musical Interval Examples

Two helpful ways to remember musical intervals are using solfeggio or by remembering them through popular songs.

This page gives you a list of songs to help you remember melodic musical intervals by ear.

IntervalAscending (Low to High)Descending (High to Low)
Minor 2nd
(Half step)
Jaws Theme – John Williams
Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini
Für Elise – Ludwig Van Beethoven
Jurassic Park Theme – John Williams
Major 2nd
(Whole Step)
Happy Birthday to You – Patty and Mildred J. Hill
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Johnny Marks
Mary Had a Little Lamb – Lowel Mason
Three Blind Mice – Traditional
Minor 3rdSeven Nation Army – The White Stripes
Lullaby – Johannes Brahms
Frosty, the Snowman – Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve
Nelson
This Old Man – Traditional
Major 3rdOh, When the Saints Go Marchin’ In – Traditional
Kumbaya – Marvin V. Frey
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Wallis Willis
Symphony No. 5 – Ludwig Van Beethoven (bum bum bum BUM)
Perfect 4thWedding March – Richard Wagner (“Here comes the bride”)
Hedwig’s Theme (Harry Potter) – John Williams
Under Pressure – Queen (Bass line)
Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah – George Frideric Handel
Tritone
(Augmented 4th/
Diminished 5th)
Simpson’s Theme – Danny Elfman
Maria from West Side Story – Leonard Bernstein (Chorus)
Even Flow – Pearl Jam
Danse Macabre – Saint-Saëns
Perfect 5thTwinkle, Twinkle, Little Star – Traditional
Star Wars Theme – John Williams
What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor? – Traditional
Game of Thrones Theme – Ramin Djawadi
Minor 6thWe Are Young – FUN (The word “fire” in the chorus)
Go Down, Moses – Traditional
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Love Story Theme – Henry Mancini
Major 6thMy Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean – Traditional
NBC Chimes – Commercial
Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson (Chorus)
The Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera – Andrew Lloyd Webber
Minor 7thThe Winner Takes it All – ABBA (Chorus)
Somewhere from West Side Story – Leonard Bernstein
An American in Paris – George Gershwin
Watermelon Man – Herbie Hancock
Major 7thTake on Me – A-ha
Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
I Love You – Cole Porter
OctaveOver the Rainbow – Harold Arlen
The Lonely Goatherd from The Sound of Music – Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
The Lonely Goatherd from The Sound of Music – Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
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