Spring Sale through May 31 | Strings, Sheet Music, Books, Cases & More!

10 famous pop songs with violin

The violin is a beautiful instrument, appearing in pieces across genres and time periods. Whether you’re a fan of classical music or lean more towards pop anthems, you can probably find a tune featuring the violin in your playlist. But what are the best pairings of pop music and violin? Today, we’re looking at our pop violin favorites, from the classics to the top artists of the moment. Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources, here are nine of the most celebrated pop songs with violin. 

The greatest hits

Illustration of a jazz band with a saxophonist, double bass player, drummer, and cellist

The following tracks not only highlight the violin's versatility but also its ability to connect with listeners on an emotional level, proving that the fusion of classical and pop elements can result in truly groundbreaking music.

  1. “Look At Me Now” by Electric Light Orchestra: This track is a testament to the versatility of the violin in pop music, blending rock and classical elements to create a unique sound.
  2. “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles: The Beatles famously incorporated string quartet arrangements into this song, making it one of the earliest examples of violin in pop music, transforming the landscape forever.
  3. “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas: This song is renowned for its haunting violin solo, emphasizing the fleeting nature of life through its melancholic melody.
  4. “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit: Featuring a vibrant violin riff which creates an infectious and upbeat sound, this track exemplifies how classical instruments can thrive in contemporary pop music.
  5. “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran: The violin in this song adds a layer of intensity and depth, perfectly complementing Ed Sheeran's emotive vocals and acoustic guitar.
  6. “To Love You More” by Celine Dion: Celine Dion's powerful vocals paired with the passionate violin accompaniment create a dramatic and moving ballad that has resonated with audiences worldwide.
  7. “Only When I Sleep” by The Corrs: This track showcases the band's signature blend of pop and traditional Celtic music, with the violin playing a central role in its captivating sound.
  8. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri: The violin beautifully underscores the song's theme of eternal love, adding a timeless quality to this modern classic.
  9. “Fly Robin Fly” by Silver Convention: This disco hit features an iconic violin part that drives the song's rhythm, demonstrating the instrument's adaptability to different music genres.

What's hot now?

In the ever-evolving landscape of pop music, the violin continues to find its place in the hearts of listeners and musicians alike. A prime example of this enduring popularity is "Our Song" by Taylor Swift. This track, like many others by Swift, masterfully incorporates violin melodies to add a layer of sophistication and emotional depth to her storytelling. Swift's ability to blend pop music elements with classical instrumentation has made her a standout artist in the industry.

For musicians and fans eager to explore the intersection of pop music and classical instruments further, Taylor Swift Violin Sheet Music is a gateway into the world of pop compositions featuring the violin. This collection allows violinists of all skill levels to explore the nuances of pop music, enabling them to recreate some of Swift's most memorable melodies and perhaps even inspire them to incorporate the violin into their own pop music creations.

Additional Resources

Carriage House Violins

Located in Newton, Massachusetts, Carriage House Violins is the instrument sales division of Johnson String Instrument.

Learn More

JSI
Resources

Whether searching for a job, learning about the "Mozart Effect," looking for a summer music camp, or choosing the right instrument string, you need look no further.

Learn More

Johnson String Project

A charitable foundation whose goal is to provide high-quality instruments to children who live in under-served communities and who are participating in El-Sistema-inspired programs in Massachusetts.

Learn More

The
JSI Blog

Information and helpful articles about the music and instruments we love.

Learn More

JSI
media

Helpful "how to" videos and useful information about JSI and the products and services we offer.

Learn More