The Intervals Game, Part 1

Melodies are just series of intervals, so remembering which songs start with certain intervals can help you when you're learning music theory. We've collected some of our favorite memorable melodies associated with certain intervals here. Leave us a note in the comments with your own selections!

Minor Second

Theme from Jaws (John Williams)

Backstreet Boys, Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely

Major Second

Bach, Invention No. 1 In C Major BWV 772

Katy Perry, Wide Awake

Minor Third

Bach, Cello Suite No. 2, Prelude

Leonard Cohen, Hallelujiah (chorus)

Major Third

Haydn, Surprise Symphony, Mvmt. 2

The Marine's Hymn (From The Halls of Montezuma)

Perfect Fourth

O Tannenbaum

Rascal Flatts, Bless The Broken Road


"Maria," from West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein)

Theme from The Simpsons