Pop violin songs

Pop violin songs DEFAULT

The violin is known for its rich, distinctive sound. Classical melodies, haunting sonatas, or toe-tapping, hand-clapping country and bluegrass music can all be produced on this versatile instrument. However, the violin is most closely associated with orchestras, and the symphonic—and very structured—music of the great composers.

Therefore, many new students wonder what popular songs (if any) can be played on the violin. Because, be honest… none of your friends were ever like, “Hey, that concerto in D Major really rocked!”

But, you can actually learn to play many of the most popular songs from a variety of decades and genres on the violin. In fact, the violin has been used in all types of music all around the world for centuries.  Especially now, with all of the forms of crossover music, both the electric and acoustic violin are now being used by a number of big name bands and famous artists.

From pop music’s chart toppers to country music’s most memorable melodies and everything in between there are many popular songs to play on the violin that you listen too every day.

If you can’t think of any songs right off the top of your head that include the violin, this list can get you started. It includes popular songs from various genres and the sheet music to play it!


Country, Classics, and More…

Try these popular songs to play on the violin:

  • “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by Charlie Daniels. You can watch this fiddle master play this tune here.
  • Disney songs like: “Let it Go” (Frozen), “Beauty and the Beast,” “Colors of the Wind” (Pocahontas), “Love is an Open Door” (Frozen), “I See the Light” (Tangled), and “Part of Your World” (Little Mermaid).
  • Play rock classics like: “Eye of the Tiger” (by Survivor), “Nothing Else Matters” (Metallica), “Hotel California” and “Tequila Sunrise” by the Eagles, “We are the Champions” (Queen), and “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas.  
  • Learn a variety of popular tunes by the Beatles like: “Hey Jude,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “Yellow Submarine.”
  • And, you can download the sheet music from many popular movies like: “Bella’s Lullaby” (Twilight—movie), “Star Wars,” “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (Bryan Adams—Robin Hood), “My Heart Will Go On” (Titanic), and “Over the Rainbow” (Wizard of Oz).  
  • There is also a variety of Contemporary Christian songs available from the latest artists like: Chris Tomlin’s “Amazing Grace,” the Newsboys’ “In Christ Alone” and “I Will Be Here” by Stephen Curtis Chapman.  

Surprising, isn’t it?

Whether you are a beginner violinist or an expert, it’s nice to know that there are many incredibly popular songs to play on the violin.  You can learn to play cutting edge instrumentals that anyone will recognize, and impress your friends when they hear a hit song they really like.

And of course, even if some of your favorite songs don’t feature the violin that doesn’t mean you can’t adapt. The violin is so versatile you can play almost any song you like on it.

And although most of the popular songs to play on the violin listed above will cost less than $5 to access the full sheet music, there are some sites that offer collections and others that provide free access to violin sheet music.

So, have fun, search around. You can be playing the most popular songs on your violin in no time.

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When learning the violin, you might feel like you spend all of your time learning technique and “academic” music – scales, etudes, and formal pieces. While these are absolutely essential building blocks to your foundation as a violinist, it is important to also throw in a few fun extras that give you permission to be playful and lighthearted.

Adding a few of your favorite pop songs to your practice routine is a great way to keep motivation and entertain your friends and family with something everyone can recognize and even sing along with!

Ranging from radio hits, to inspiring film scores, to timeless classics – here are 20 Easy Pop Songs to Learn on the Violin.

Radio Hits

Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars

Put your dancing shoes on for this one! It’s impossible to listen to Uptown Funk without dancing – “Don’t believe me, just watch!” For this song, the rests are really important to feel and “hear,” this is part of what makes this song so recognizable. To keep the rhythm crisp and the rests clear, keep the notes surrounded by rests short and crisp by using a shorter bow.

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Shape of You – Ed Sheeran

A cool song that everyone will recognize, Shape of You may even have people singing along with you! For the repetitive notes, it can be easy to get lost. A good way to keep track of your place with repetition is to sing the words (out loud or in your head!) so that you play the right number of repeated notes.

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Despacito – Luis Fonsi

This Puerto Rican hit took the world by storm after its release in 2017. Even if you don’t know Spanish, Despacito is instantly recognizable and people love to dance to it! Really internalize the way it sounds and play with your ear rather than getting caught up in the written rhythms.

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Hallelujah – Rufus Wainwright

Hallelujah gained notoriety after being featured in Disney’s film, Shrek. Since then, it has become an iconic song of hope and solace. Grab the tissues – there may not be a dry eye in the house when you play this one. This song is perfect for showing off your beautiful legato bow technique.

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Viva la Vida – Coldplay

Grab a friend for this duet arrangement of Coldplay’s hit, Viva la Vida.  A good tip for learning this one is to remember that most of the rhythms are in unison, or exactly the same, for both violin parts.

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Firework – Katy Perry

Firework is an uplifting and empowering song that inspires you to see your great, unique qualities. This is the perfect song to pair with your practice routine as a reminder of your gifts as a violinist and to never give up!

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What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

What Makes You Beautiful is upbeat and catchy and will likely get toes tapping and charm the socks off of anyone you play it for. Keep the lyrics going in your head to keep track of yourself when playing repeated notes, like in the first eight measures.

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I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

I’m Yours has a soft spot in most hearts – it’s endearing and so easy to sing along to. Enjoy learning this cool hit! The trick with this one is to avoid getting too caught up in the way the sixteenth-note rhythms look on the page – it’s more about the feel. In the tempo marking, it even says, “Reggae feel.” Play it how it sounds – not how it looks.

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Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5

Moves Like Jagger is another crowd-pleaser that will inevitably get people singing and dancing, maybe even whistling along! With the octave jumps from G to G, there are two possible approaches. You could play using a string crossing, but it may be hard to achieve a clean sounding string crossing. An alternative approach is to play the octave jumps in third position so you’re only playing between the D and A strings.

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Happy – Pharrell Williams

How could you not smile when listening to Happy? It’s impossible to listen to this song and not smile! With the tied notes, don’t worry about keeping them to full value length. A little space between the tied notes is going to be important to keep the rhythm and hear each note articulated.

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Blank Space – Taylor Swift 

No pop music list is not complete without at least one Taylor Swift hit, right? Blank Space is another instantly recognizable hit. The key with this one is to keep the sixteenth notes pairs short and crisp – “play” the rests because they are important to the melody. This is another one that is best to play with the lyrics in mind and play how it sounds, not how it looks.

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Film Music

Harry Potter: Hedwig’s Theme

Nothing sparks the imagination quite like Harry Potter. Don’t get tripped up by the A-sharps – if they are confusing you, think of them as B-flats! Also, ½ position will be your friend for those A-sharps!

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Titanic: My Heart Will Go On

This classic will make people chuckle but at the same time, they will secretly swoon in nostalgia for one of the most heartbreaking songs ever. My Heart Will Go On is a great way to practice long and sustained bows, as well as dramatic dynamic contrasts!

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Game of Thrones: Theme Music

Even though the theme song for Game of Thrones is originally written for viola, that doesn’t mean violins can’t also have fun with it, too! The cool part about this song is that there are no lyrics, so it will be instantly recognizable to your adoring fans. Use nice long bows for the longer held notes.

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Frozen: Let it Go

People may laugh, but secretly they adore this uplifting and empowering song. Enjoy! It may be easy to get tripped up by the rhythms for this one, but…just Let it Go. Play it like you hear it – it helps to sing along while you play it so that you match the lyrics to the rhythms. It also helps if you dress up like Elsa while you play it, too. Just saying.

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Star Wars: Main Theme

Another iconic blockbuster theme song that pleases young and old alike. Be sure to keep the triplets short and to use nice long, legato bows for the theme at measure 12! May the force be with you.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Main Theme

Here’s a pirate joke for you: “Q: Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet? A: Because they can spend years at C!” 

Anybody? No? 

OK. If pirate jokes aren’t your forte (pun intended – not sorry), try learning the theme music from Pirates of the Caribvean instead. Don’t get tripped up by the occasional time signature change – the eighth-note pulse stays the same throughout!

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Timeless Classics

Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles 

Everyone knows the Beatles! In fact, it’s hard to choose just one song from all their iconic hits. Here Comes the Sun is bound to bring a smile to your face and get your friends and family singing along!

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland (Wizard of Oz):

A timeless classic, Somewhere Over the Rainbow will even get Grandmom and Grandpop singing along. This is a great song to practice your smooth legato technique!

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Lean On Me – Bill Withers

Another iconic song that unites people in community and brotherhood. A nice thing about this song is that it’s not too fast, so it’s great for practicing longer, smooth bows.

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Have fun!

Enjoy these 20 easy pop songs to learn alongside your other violin music! Each pop song has something special to help you apply the techniques you’re learning in your lessons. Learning pop songs is also a great way to develop your ear when learning music, getting you off the page and into the music. Impress your friends and family and have fun!

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101 Popular Songs

Series: 101 Songs Format: Softcover Violin Artist: Various

Instrumentalists will love this jam-packed collection of 101 timeless pop songs! Songs include: Another Brick in the Wall • Billie Jean • Dust in the Wind • Easy • Free Bird • Girls Just Want to Have Fun • Hey Jude • I'm a Believer • Jessie's Girl • Lean on Me • The Lion Sleeps Tonight • Livin' on a Prayer • My Girl • Piano Man • Pour Some Sugar on Me • Reeling in the Years • Stand by Me • Sweet Home Alabama • Take Me Home, Country Roads • With or Without You • You Really Got Me • and more.

  • ABC
  • Afternoon Delight
  • Ain't No Sunshine
  • Ain't Too Proud To Beg
  • All Night Long (All Night)
  • All You Need Is Love
  • Another Brick In The Wall
  • At Seventeen
  • Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
  • Big Girls Don't Cry
  • Billie Jean
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • California Dreamin'
  • Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)
  • Centerfold
  • Copacabana (At The Copa)
  • Cracklin' Rosie
  • Do You Believe In Magic
  • Down Under
  • Downtown
  • Dust In The Wind
  • Easy
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  • Free Bird
  • Gentle On My Mind
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun
  • God Only Knows
  • Groovin'
  • Happy Together
  • Hey Jude
  • I Get Around
  • I Heard It Through The Grapevine
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  • I Will Survive
  • I'm A Believer
  • If
  • Imagine
  • Jessie's Girl
  • Just Once
  • Karma Chameleon
  • Killing Me Softly With His Song
  • Lady
  • Lay Down Sally
  • Leader Of The Pack
  • Lean On Me
  • Leaving On A Jet Plane
  • Let's Hang On
  • Let's Hear It For The Boy
  • Like A Virgin
  • The Lion Sleeps Tonight
  • Livin' On A Prayer
  • Love Will Keep Us Together
  • Mandy
  • Maneater
  • Mr. Tambourine Man
  • Monday, Monday
  • Mony, Mony
  • My Cherie Amour
  • My Girl
  • Nights In White Satin
  • Nightshift
  • One More Night
  • Physical
  • Piano Man
  • Pour Some Sugar On Me
  • Reeling In The Years
  • Right Here Waiting
  • Rocket Man (I Think It's Gonna Be A Long Long Time)
  • Saving All My Love For You
  • She Drives Me Crazy
  • Shiny Happy People
  • Silly Love Songs
  • Sister Christian
  • (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
  • Smoke On The Water
  • Somebody To Love
  • Son-Of-A-Preacher Man
  • The Sound Of Silence
  • Stand By Me
  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads
  • These Dreams
  • Through The Years
  • Ticket To Ride
  • Time After Time
  • Time In A Bottle
  • Travelin' Man
  • 25 Or 6 To 4
  • Up, Up And Away
  • We're Not Gonna Take It
  • What's Love Got To Do With It
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  • With Or Without You
  • Yesterday
  • You Are So Beautiful
  • You Can't Hurry Love
  • You Really Got Me
  • You're So Vain

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Violin songs pop

easy violin pop songs for beginners that impress

As a beginner violinist, chances are you’re eager to play easy violin songs that will show off your new skills. While playing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” is nice, you’re probably looking for some more popular tunes. Maybe you want to play your favorite pop song or impress your friends with a classic rock song. The good news is that there are a ton of easy songs to play on the violin that don’t involve nursery rhymes or childish tunes. 

Believe it or not, you can find a wide selection of beginner violin songs that will make you sound like a pro. If you’re ready to expand your violin repertoire and challenge yourself to some new music, then check out our list of 19 easy songs to learn on the violin. We feature several genres, including pop, rock, and classical, to ensure you find some of the best songs that suit your skill level. Dedicate some time to practicing these fun, easy violin songs, and you’ll be ready for the stage in no time!

Easy Violin Songs: Pop

While they might not sound like beginner violin songs, these songs are fairly easy to master with some practice. Remember to start slow and focus on intonation, then gradually work the melody up to tempo.

Over The Rainbow

Even though this song was composed for “The Wizard of Oz” back in 1939, this is still considered a pop song and one of the most well-known in music. The opening octave in the first measure (low C to high C) is tricky because you have to cross over the D string when going from the G string to the A string. Practice the string crossing first on open strings before you try adding the fingers. Click here for the sheet music.

All About That Bass

If you know the lyrics to this song, definitely sing along as you play this song. It will help you with the syncopated rhythms. For the Bb to B natural change in the first measure, it’s alright to have an audible slide as that will mimic the vocal line. Click here for easy violin sheet music.

A Whole New World

We can all thank the 1992 animated classic “Aladdin” for introducing the world to this amazing tune. In this song, the syncopated and quarter note triplet rhythms can be confusing at first. Try playing along with a recording of the song to see if you can hear how those rhythms are played. You can even sing along while you play if that helps. Click here for the sheet music.

Uptown Funk

Bruno Mars’ famous song “Uptown Funk” is the ultimate earworm. And once you know how to play this easy violin song, it’ll be forever stuck in your head, too! The key to mastering this fun and upbeat tune is to use a shorter bow to really capture those quick, clear beats. 

I’m Yours

Jason Mraz’s hit, “I’m Yours,” will forever be a favorite. When you pick up your instrument to play this easy violin song for beginners, don’t get intimidated by all the sixteenth-note rhythms. Take it slow at first and gradually work your way up to the correct tempo. Play the original track a few times to solidify the rhythm in your head, making it easier to emulate it. Once you begin to pick up speed on your violin, you can play along with the track until you master it.

Old Joe Clark

This fiddle tune sounds impressive when you play it fast, but it’s not very difficult because of all the repeated notes. Practice the rhythmic pattern on open strings first to make sure you feel it in your bow arm, then add the written notes. This is a great song to show your friends how much you’ve progressed in your learning experience. Click here for the easy violin sheet music.


Easy Violin Songs: Rock

Are you ready to rock out with these classic tunes? These beginner songs to play on violin are sure to “wow” your rock ’n’ roll audience. Use the simple tips below to help you perfect any of these violin songs, and don’t forget to jam along with the recordings!

Another One Bites The Dust

This classic tune by the British rock band Queen sounds insane on the violin. The 16th notes in this song are tricky, but if you spend some time counting and clapping the rhythm, you’ll know it cold. You could also practice singing the lyrics, as they have the rhythm built into them. Click here for the sheet music.

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Everyone knows “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” is one of the most famous Beatles songs, but it will no doubt challenge you when you’re learning how to play it on the violin. Watch out for the key change and time signature change in this piece. The feel of the music changes when going from 3/4 to 4/4, so try clapping the two meters first, making an accent on the first beat of each measure. Click here for the sheet music.

She Loves You

This is a fast song, but don’t try to play it fast right away. For the syncopated sections, try counting and clapping them first to make sure you understand the rhythm. It’s ok to clap them slowly at first and then work up the speed over a bunch of repetitions. Click here for the sheet music.

Stairway To Heaven

In the opening section, use fourth finger for the high E (instead of the E string) because you don’t have any notes higher than E. Practice those G to A slurs to make sure your bow arm is creating the slur cleanly between the D and A strings. Click here for the violin sheet music.

Hotel California

The Eagles gave us so many great songs from “Desperado” and “Lyin’ Eyes” to “Already Gone,” but “Hotel California” might be their best. In the verse, the rhythm for each phrase can be slightly different. If you’re just playing for fun, don’t be afraid to simplify the rhythms a bit, or repeat just one verse. In the chorus, try to mimic the vocal echo on “such a lovely place” and “any time of year” by playing the first time loud and the second time soft. Click here for the violin sheet music.

Lean on Me

If you want a nice slow, smooth song to fiddle around on, you can’t get much smoother than Bill Withers’ top hit, “Lean on Me.” This epic song is the ideal tempo for beginners looking to focus on capturing the notes and mastering their bowing techniques. You can’t go wrong with this iconic song.

Easy Violin Songs: Classical

These easy classical songs to play on violin are perfect for your first performance. Not only do these beginner violin songs sound beautiful, but they are fairly easy to perfect. Again, use the helpful tips below to guide you throughout your practice.

Minuet 2

The opening arpeggio in this Bach piece sounds impressive if you can play it cleanly. Practice it slowly first to feel where the bow changes strings. If you move your bow arm too much, you’ll overshoot the A string on your way to the E string. Click here for the violin sheet music.

Hunter’s Chorus

Have fun with the 16th notes in this piece. They add excitement and vitality to the song. The string changes on the 16th notes are tricky to line with your left hand’s fingers, so be sure to practice them slowly at first. Really dig into the accents in the second half of the piece. Click here for the violin sheet music.

Fanfare Minuet

The repeated notes in this song let you play faster than in other songs. Challenge yourself to play all the eighth notes cleanly, and to make distinct accents. Click here for the sheet music.

Morning Has Broken

The three-note slurs in this piece can be tricky, especially the ones that include string changes. Isolate the parts of the slurs that are hardest and make a little exercise for yourself that you can do as part of your warm-up.Click here for the sheet music.

What Child Is This

This is a great song to practice legato playing, as well as playing with two flats. Remember to use your fourth finger on the A string to play the high Eb’s. Click here for the violin sheet music.

Amazing Grace

While it might be considered an easy song to play on the violin, no one has to know that. This beautiful song can bring anyone to tears with its dreamy progressions and slow tempo. And if you really want to blow this song out of the water, round up another violinist to duet with you or find someone who can sing the lyrics. You’ll be a force to be reckoned with! 

In addition to the popular tunes we’ve explored above, everyone has their own favorites. Finding songs you actually enjoy playing is often the key to mastering an instrument. After all, the more you play, the better you’ll get. Look within your community to find songs that are meaningful to your friends and loved ones, and then have them all sing along as you play. From Celtic anthem fiddling to simple violin notes for Tamil songs, these four-stringed instruments play an important role in cultures around the globe. 

Whether you are looking to shine with some solo songs or join a string orchestra, start with the basics. If you choose songs that are too challenging, you might get discouraged. Once you get the hang of these 19 beginner violin songs, you’ll be ready to start tackling more difficult pieces.

Become a Skilled Violin Player & Sign Up for Lessons Today!

Want to improve your playing skills even more? Consider signing up for violin lessons. Under the instruction of a private violin teacher, you can speed up your progress, develop new violin techniques, and take on new songs before you know it. Looking for even more songs to play? Check out these 50 easy songs to play on violin.

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