I am trying to understand whether there is a name for this genre, For example, Somewhere over the rainbow and many songs of Ray Charles like this Eleanor Rigby one. and like in this Barbra Streisand concert and even this Scorpions - Still Loving You

I'm not talking about a song performed solely by an orchestra but rather a song which is sung by a lead singer and accompanied by an orchestra in sort of like a film orchastration style but not related to films (Somewhere over the rainbow is an exception).

Eventually I hope I could find a playlist of songs in this genre so I could study this orchastration style further.

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    …& in the week we lost Gary Brooker, it would seem an appropriate time to listen to Procol Harum, Conquistador - Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
    – Tetsujin
    Feb 25, 2022 at 8:04
  • I’m voting to close this question because it's based on a misperception: Including an orchestra or strings doesn't constitute a genre, and many different genres use them (Metallica and Sting both give concerts with symphony orchestras). Feb 25, 2022 at 14:18
  • In the beginning I was also thinking there is no such genre but as I look more into it I find so many songs that were made this way and no other way, I think it should've had a genre name. another example: Frank Sinatra - It Was A Very Good Year youtube.com/watch?v=TeDfgUvyKHk
    – Ray
    Feb 27, 2022 at 2:38

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There's no special term for these kinds of arrangements, but a Google search for "pop songs with orchestra" and a YouTube search for "pop songs with orchestral backing" both gave lots of results. The YouTube search must be popular, because the terms came up well before I finished typing.

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