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Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound  
User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7696 times:

I've always been a fan of the sound of the violin, especially in classical music (actually, I like the sound of most stringed instruments in a classical orchestra). Lately, though, I've realized that some of my favorite "pop"/"rock"/"alternative" songs also feature a prominent violin (or violin-like) sound--

Am I alone in being a fan of the violin? Anyone know of more up-tempo music that has a crisp violin[-like] sound?

The two that immediately come to mind are

- Matt and Kim - Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare (http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Matt_and_Kim/track/Good_Ol_Fashion_Nightmare), starting at about 35 seconds in [yeah, I know it's really a synth]

- Coldplay - Viva La Vida (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44xirQ55IgA), I'd actually love to see an orchestra do this live because in addition to the sound of the violin, I love watching all of the bows move in unison

but I know there are others/tracks with a mor subtle but still noticeable presence...

Lincoln


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User currently offlineMBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7691 times:

"Dust in the Wind" (I believe by Kansas) has a viola solo in it. One of the rare examples of viola in pop music.

"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve has an entire string section backing it up.

Those are the first two that came to my mind.


User currently offlineIhadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7688 times:

Nick Cave uses the violin in many songs featuring Warren Ellis on the violin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekjFdggo1LM

After a short interview a live version of " Hallelujah" begins and Warren Ellis's playing is featured throughout and Blixa on guitar!!


The two have worked together for years and in addition to The Bad Seeds they have done a few film soundtracks

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[Edited 2009-07-05 18:01:46]


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User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3175 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7673 times:
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I'm not sure if its exactly the genre you're looking for, but Clubbed To Death by Rob Dougan is tight!!

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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 11919 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7663 times:

Nothing that I'd call "pop" but you may want to check out:

The Dixie Dregs

Gentle Giant

And even Jethro Tull had some violin work from time to time.

Enjoy!



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5845 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7663 times:

Apocalyptica. 'Nuff said.  Smile


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User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7656 times:

Not sure if this is your cup of tea but Yanni's Live Concert Event album has some awesome violin music.

Some good ones here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VztYTRZwI4M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSrH_oqnrl0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0pkigApKEw



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7917 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7646 times:

Some are uptempo, some aren't:

First try this (Yann Tiersen, "La Crise", takes him almost a minute to get warm  Wink ) :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noYn4_Qx_hk

Resembles classical music: "Incantations" by Mike Oldfield:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeVd78LicaQ

David Byrne, "The Great Intoxication" Live at the Union Chapel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33z9HwtiqZQ

You could also search for The Arcade Fire or Elbow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0wDYWyYRQo



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7640 times:

Chica, Kansas and Electric Light Orchestra comes to mind.

Kansas - Dust In The Wind
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkbdP7sq0w8


Kansas - Play the game tonight
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjAwliuNHVE


Kansas - Hold On
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAm33zndd1o

Electric Light Orchestra - Sweet Talking Woman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pVihntUEVw



Electric Light Orchestra - Evil Woman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTyoIQdSOoQ


Chic - I want your love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UFhdYhE9ko



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User currently offlineQantasA333 From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 537 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7632 times:

Bond a Australian/Bristish band have created some excellent music.

Bond - Explosive:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E37-D7B0Wa8


User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2431 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7631 times:

Many songs by Kansas featured the violin. Robby Steinhardt was the violinist and sang both backup and lead vocal. He shared the lead vocal role with Steve Walsh

User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5845 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7621 times:



Quoting ER757 (Reply 10):
Many songs by Kansas featured the violin.

Per Wiki:

Robby Steinhardt (vocals, violin, viola, cello)

He was a string man. And, as stated before, the solo in Dust in the Wind, was the viola.



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User currently offlineScrubbsYWG From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7612 times:

you're not alone. I think great pop songs have string instruments an/or orchestra parts in them! I love songs that include them. Of course, i grew up playing the violin(and sister played cello, while dad played violin) and i played in a youth orchestra for 5 years as well, so there may be a bit of bias there. However, my favorite type of music is still punk.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 13, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7610 times:

More string songs.


Chicago - If You Leave Me Know
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0TEa-Aa4sU


Prince and the Revolution - Take Me With You
http://www.imeem.com/itzbinky/music/mPqYsZE3/take-me-with-you/


Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_hz2am90Hk



Teena Marie - I Need Your Lovin'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8RLxJ2Q8Pk


Swing Out Sisters - Twilight World
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4FNawbfgDA


Everything But The Girl - Two Star
http://play.rhapsody.com/everything-...rt/two-star?didAutoplayBounce=true



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7601 times:



Quoting ScrubbsYWG (Reply 12):
you're not alone. I think great pop songs have string instruments an/or orchestra parts in them! I love songs that include them.

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Quoting ScrubbsYWG (Reply 12):
However, my favorite type of music is still punk.

Then you'd love my friend's band; 'The BlowUpDollz'.

Even though I HATE punk, for some reason my friend's band can really pull it off. It's all about the violin!
They are on tour right now and I love them!  yes 

http://www.sonicbids.com/epk/epk.aspx?epk_id=159596

My favorite tracks are;
-You Have My
-Push Up
-The Pretty Song
-Called/Out
-Katy Mo

It's all about the violin!
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/BlowUpDollz018.jpg



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24320 posts, RR: 47
Reply 15, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7590 times:

Check out Singaporean artist Vanessa Mae. She's and accomplished violinist and sets her songs to upbeat pop beats. Much of her music is refered to as ""violin techno-acoustic fusion"

Here are a couple
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ798THmR5Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn6vnwzpLAI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eCvTx5nDDA



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User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7582 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 15):

Very nice music...quite similar to Yanni's! And she's HOT  hot 

[Edited 2009-07-05 19:53:29]


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User currently offlineAeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 703 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7564 times:

There was always a version of Madonna's "Borderline" which had a violin/strings arrangement throughout. When that song was played on the radio (and to this day) it was always a crapshoot whether or not you would get that version or not. Not sure if anyone else knows what i am talking about, but I know this to be true as i never felt the non strings version was as good even though the difference is miniscule.

this is just my opinion....


User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7561 times:

Not so much pop, and not technically violin, but the Flobots are politically aware East Coast style (i.e. creative wordplay) hip-hop with a viola.


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User currently offlineAustinAirport From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 643 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7448 times:



Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 5):
Apocalyptica. 'Nuff said. Smile

Beat me two it.
If I ever want to listen to something a little different(take a break from Trash Metal, LOL) I listen to them. I like S.O.S (Anything But Love). The female vocals sound great.



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User currently offlineJohns624 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 865 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7433 times:

Baba O'Riley by The Who.

User currently offlineEI320 From Ireland, joined Dec 2007, 1427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7426 times:

Here's one that came to my mind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty_dokwopJU


User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 6639 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7423 times:

Pop with violins listen to The Corrs or the Norwegian guy who won the Eurovision Song Contest Alexander Rybak. The Verve used violins on Bitter Sweet Symphony

User currently offlineScooter01 From Norway, joined Nov 2006, 1186 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 7384 times:
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Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 22):
the Norwegian guy who won the Eurovision Song Contest Alexander Rybak.

Most of our radio-stations played that tune to death -I hate it!
-But due to the passing of Michael Jackson, you will instead hear Jacko 4-5 times an hour  banghead 

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User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 6639 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 7382 times:



Quoting Scooter01 (Reply 23):
Most of our radio-stations played that tune to death -I hate it!
-But due to the passing of Michael Jackson, you will instead hear Jacko 4-5 times an hour

I know I live in Norway, my 4 year old really likes Rybak so we had to buy him the song.


25 Post contains links Smcmac32msn : My favorites do a lot of remakes and some of their own original stuff. Use Pandora and type in "The Vitamin String Quartet". Some remakes from them I'
26 Lincoln : Thanks for all of the replies... my iTunes PC has been a little wonky over the past week so I'm just now getting to listeningto all of the suggestions
27 DocLightning : "Karma" by Alicia Keys has a violin (maybe it's a viola).
28 Post contains links Aznmadsci : This is my ultimate favorite quartet! Love their stuff! Here's a few more videos of their songs on YouTube: Allegretto aka "The Diamond Song" Shine V
29 Superfly : I posted some more in post #13. What did you think of those?
30 Post contains links TransIsland : The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q8vl8wFm7g
31 Slider : ELO did quite a lot if I recall....very innovative band, Jeff Lynne is underrated as a musician and songwriter, IMHO.
32 Post contains links 7324ever : The band Yellow Card is Alternative rock that has a violin player in it and sounds pretty awesome. I like it, but thats just me. http://www.youtube.co
33 Superfly : I wholeheartedly agree. Out Of The Blue is my favorite album of the Electric Light Orchestra. Just about everything from Eldorado (1974) to Time (198
34 Smcmac32msn : The ELO gave me an idea for another one along the lines of what we're talking about. The Penguin Cafe Orchestra is excellent for the instrumental sou
35 Post contains links Lapper : Elbow - One Day Like This: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCJ7keVBj6Y Beautful Song! Edit - Just found a live version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
36 Post contains links CasInterest : I can't believe no one has posted the Dave Matthews Band yet. Every song has Boyd Tinsley playing violin. some of my favorites Two Step http://www.you
37 Post contains links Mirrodie : I was just about to say the same! Was meaning to do so last night!!! Lincoln, I love classical music, but once I saw this guy in concert, it really e
38 2H4 : Definitely check out "Superfreaky Memories" by Luna. 2H4
39 Post contains links Mirrodie : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXQYVBghnyA And another. Worth a listen to, Lincoln. And BTW, some great recommendations above that I am now looking in
40 UltimateDelta : All I Want Is You by U2 has a long string part in it- pretty much the last 2 or 3 minutes of the song.
41 Shawn Patrick : Check out the band Yellowcard. Most, if not all of their songs include violins!
42 N229nw : There's some great old Waterboys and Levellers stuff!
43 Post contains links StasisLAX : Oh, Barry White's "Love's Theme" from the 1970's - awesome! Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8Hw6yAaeBw And Barry White's "You're My First, My
44 Lincoln : I'm away from home right now, but thanks again foa all of the suggestions. In particular I'm finding that I really like Vanessa-Mae (Aurora, Bach Stre
45 Brick : Me too! Just as I'm reading this I'm listening to "Tripping Billies".
46 Post contains links Crazyfoo88 : They actually use the Cello! I I saw them back in November last year at a smaller venue and it was a blast! My favourite band that uses the violin (w
47 Post contains links LH498 : How can we have a Pop music thread without the King of Pop? So here is an awesome version of Smooth Criminal played by David Garrett, enjoy: http://ww
48 Post contains links NZ107 : Take a listen to this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v3d6SFcDys Ok it's a cello but close enough.. It's a mix of the instrumentals of Coldplay's Vi
49 AirKas1 : " target=_blank>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSFPQ...Ekc-k Wow, nice!!
50 Mirrodie : Just got back from seeing Boyd Tinsley in DMB last night. Highly recommend! What a great performance. To be honest, what I also like about the guy is
51 Lincoln : Wow... I've been swamped -- literally at the office until 1:30 AM or later [from a 9:30 AM start] a few nights this week so I haven't looked at the mo
52 PSA727 : A lot of German pop music has the violin included, from all types. Bushido "Alles Verloren" (rap) Ich+Ich "Stark" (MOR pop) Rosenstolz "Ich Komm An Di
53 Mirrodie : Reminds me of a comment made towards my best friend, a cellist, by a well known TV game show host in the family: "Oh, you play the cello? That must m
54 Post contains links Braybuddy : My current fave by The Noisettes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJnJeQEKIto Love it, love it, love it. Retro doesn't get any better than this! BTW an
55 UltimateDelta : I forgot another: Never Tear Us Apart- INXS
56 Post contains links Dragon-wings : Here is "Ants Marching" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LY9p8Spe7Y And a live version from Central Park in NYC (has a long violin solo in it) http://
57 Post contains links BMIFlyer : I think this one qualifies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkko-3N_iOM Lee
58 Superfly : Good call! Another gem is 'The Hustle' by Van McCoy and his orchestra.
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