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Entry from May 03, 2016
“What is the holiest chord?"/"G sus.”

Guitarists know the “G sus” (suspended) chord. There are many “Gsus/Jesus” jokes.

“G sus: God’s favorite chord” was cited in the newsgroup rec.music.bluenote on October 23, 1998.

“What’s the holiest chord in music? Gsus!” was cited on Twitter on October 4, 2009. A popular GIF reads: “GSUS—The holiest chord.”


Wikipedia: Suspended chord
A suspended chord (sus chord) is a musical chord in which the (major or minor) third is omitted, replaced usually with either a perfect fourth or a major second, although the fourth is far more common. The lack of a minor or a major third in the chord creates an open sound, while the dissonance between the fourth and fifth or second and root creates tension.

Google Groups: rec.music.bluenote
Glosshairy of mew sick al terms
BOBVL
10/23/98
> Treble: What women ain’t nothing but.
>>> Bass: Them things you tag in softball.
>>> Tempo: Not a bad choice in a used car.
>>> Bossa Nova: The car your foreman drives.
>>> Perfect Fifth: A full bottle of Jack Daniels.
>>> Diminished Fifth: An empty bottle of Jack Daniels.
>>> Submissive Dominant: One for the girls
>>> G sus: God’s favorite chord

Google Groups: rec.music.classical
God’s favourite note
Doug Livingston
12/17/00
They say God’s favorite chord is G sus.

Urban Dictionary
G sus
A fairly common jazz chord that happens to be pronounced similarly to the familiar religious figure, Jesus.
Is that a G-sus chord in the third bar?
by cazort September 15, 2003

Google Groups: rec.music.makers.guitar.acoustic
Religious Guitar Chord
FirstAlternate
2/13/05
GSUS
Saw that on a license plate yesterday, and my first thought was that the driver was a guitarist before I got the “message”.

mall...@twmi.rr.com
2/13/05
Doyle Dykes sas that Gsus is God’s favorite chord!

Urban Dictionary
G sus
A major G triad in which, generally, the third of the chord is replaced by the upper neighbor or fourth in the scale. A G sus chord consists of a Root (G), a fourth (C), and fifth (D).
A G sus chord gives a feeling of anticipation, and a feeling of resolution is achieved when the fourth of the chord is resolved back to the major third.
The progression is Am, C and G sus
by bob1963forme July 16, 2005

Twitter
martinchalk
‏@martinchalk
@transitionpete that reminds me of Gods favorite guitar chord....GSus
8:00 AM - 4 Feb 2009

Twitter
All About Worship
‏@AllAboutWorship
God’s favorite chord is...Gsus!!
9:16 AM - 3 Mar 2009

YouTube
The Gsus Chord (Guitar)
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Twitter
Cody Clark
‏@codywclark
@matthewsperkins What’s the holiest chord in music? Gsus! Lawl!
12:53 PM - 4 Oct 2009

Twitter
Elizabeth Muz
‏@elyzamoose
What the Holiest chord? Gsus.- Paul
8:03 PM - 13 Mar 2010

Twitter
HYPER LION
‏@hyprln
A joke for the harmony lovers:
What is the holiest chord?
12:55 PM - 28 Aug 2010

Classical Music Humor—tumblr
28TH FEB 2013
GSUS: THE HOLIEST CHORD

reddit
What is the holiest chord?
submitted June 2, 2014 by The_Flowers_of_Evil
G sus

reddit
What is God’s favorite chord? (self.christiandadjokes)
submitted September 13, 2015 by Venerandum
Gsus

reddit
What is God’s favorite chord? (self.Christianity)
submitted November 9, 2015 by Christiannope_muppet
Gsus

reddit
Which chord is essential to every Christian song?
submitted May 3, 2016 by kipland_ronald
Gsus

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