I wonder if there is a special name for the kind of music where there is an orchestra and a singer singing a pop, rock, or jazz song?

I've listened to some of them (but hardly with a pop or rock influence) such as Hooverphonic - Mad About You (Live at Koningin Elisabethzaal 2012) (this song is maybe not the best example of what I'm looking for though).

So I wonder if you knew any such name or genre for artists doing that kind of music?

  • Why couldn't it be still called Rock (or Pop, or Jazz...)? The fact that there are orchestral instrument doesn't cancel the Rock genre, I suppose...
    – Bebs
    Aug 25 '17 at 7:46
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    Yeah I agree with you. But I want to find artist making that kind of music, so I just asked if it could be categorized in a genre or not, and if someone knew anything similar.
    – MiKiDe
    Aug 25 '17 at 15:03
  • ok. I'm not good in finding genres
    – Bebs
    Aug 25 '17 at 17:06

There are several different genres that use orchestration. If it's jazz, we generally call it "big band," although there is also something called "orchestral jazz", as well as wide repertoire of jazz-influenced classical music. Similarly, there is an actual subgenre called "orchestral rock" (think Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir").

But this particular song is "chamber pop", a style combining pop sensibilities with lush orchestral accompaniments. It was pioneered by the Beatles (Sgt Pepper, "Yesterday") and the Beach Boys (Pet Sounds). Controversial producer Phil Spector is also associated with the genesis of the style, for instance in his epic collaboration with Tina Turner, "River Deep, Mountain High."

For more recent variations, you might compare singer Chris Mills, pop composer Ben Folds, who often books tours where he appears with local orchestras, and cult classic band XTC's Apple Venus 1.


I'm going with Rock Orchestra for combo's like Scorpions, Metallica, Kiss and such that bring in an orchestra for a concert. If you have a better name for the genre let me know.

  • Did you find articles, discs examples that use this designation (links or quotes would be nice) or is this just your own opinion?
    – Bebs
    Oct 22 '18 at 8:46

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