The key of C Lydian has a key signature of 1 sharp (F#). The C Lydian scale has the notes C, D, E, F#, G, A, and B. It is the most popular key among Lydian keys and the 55th most popular among all keys. The C Lydian scale is similar to the C Major scale except that its 4th note (F♯) is a half step higher. Music written in Lydian often emphasizes this difference by creating melodies that feature this note. Due to the dissonant interval between the 1st and 4th scale degrees, Lydian is less common in popular music. For chord progressions, statistics, and tendencies, view this key in Hooktheory Trends
According to the TheoryTab database, songs in C Lydian draw almost entirely from the following 20 chords. Click on a chord below to show it on the piano and hear how it sounds.
Click on the following songs in C Lydian to see their chords and melody in the TheoryTab database.
Play or download MIDI files for the following popular chord progressions in C Lydian.