Vietnamese Pop Music: What You Need to Know

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Vietnamese pop music has been on the rise in recent years, thanks in part to the global success of artists like Son Tung M-TP and My Tam.

If you’re not familiar with Vietnamese pop, or V-pop, here’s what you need to know.


Vietnam has a rich musical heritage, and pop music is just one genre that has found popularity in the country. Vietnamese pop music, also known as V-pop, is a vibrant and lively genre that draws on traditional Vietnamese music as well as Western influences.

V-pop lyrics often deal with themes of love, loss, and nostalgia, and the sound of the music is highly reflective of Vietnamese culture. If you’re curious about this exciting genre of music, read on to learn more about Vietnamese pop music and what makes it so unique.

History of Vietnamese Pop Music

Vietnamese pop music, also called V-pop, has its origins in the North American music of the early 20th century. Vietnamese immigrants brought with them the music of their homeland, which was a mix of….


Vietnamese pop music, also known as V-pop, has its roots in the country’s French colonial history. In the early 20th century, Vietnamese musicians started to absorb influences from French and Russian music, which laid the foundation for V-pop. After Vietnam’s independence from France in 1945, V-pop began to develop a distinctly Vietnamese identity.

During the Vietnam War (1955-1975), American soldiers stationed in the country exposed Vietnamese musicians to rock & roll, soul, and other genres of Western pop music. These new influences helped shape V-pop’s sound in the postwar era. In the early 21st century, V-pop continued to evolve as artists blended it with elements of hip-hop, EDM, and other contemporary styles.


The end of the Vietnam War in 1975 resulted in a severe economic downturn in Vietnam. All existing businesses were nationalized by the new Communist government, which put an end to the freewheeling atmosphere of Saigon’s pop music scene and forced many Western-trained musicians to leave the country. For those who remained, practicing their craft became more difficult, as most were not able to get jobs in the new regime’s state-run music industry.

During this period, a new wave of Vietnamese pop musicians emerged, many of whom had been trained in the Soviet Union or Eastern Europe. These musicians combined traditional Vietnamese music with elements of Western pop and classical music to create a unique sound that was distinctly Vietnamese. While the quality of their music was often criticized by the Soviet-trained musicians, they nonetheless managed to score some hits with songs like “Bài Ca Tình Yeu” (“Love Song”) and “Em Ơi Anh Muốn Hẹn Hò” (“Oh Girl, I Want to Date You”).

By the late 1980s, perestroika (reform) had begun in the Soviet Union, and its effects soon began to be felt in Vietnam. Musicians who had been trained in the West began to return to the country, and Western pop music started to become more popular. This trend culminated in 1992 with the release of Những Ca Khúc Hay Nhất (“The Best Songs”), an album of covers of Western pop songs by Vietnamese artists that became a huge hit.

In the years that followed, Vietnamese pop music continued to evolve, incorporating more and more Western influences while still maintaining its distinctive character. Today, Vietnamese pop music is widely popular throughout Southeast Asia and among Vietnamese communities around the world.

Contemporary Vietnamese Pop Music

Since the 1990s, Vietnamese pop music, also known as V-pop, has been thriving in Vietnam and abroad. From ballads to synth-pop, there’s a wide variety of genres to choose from. In this article, we’ll take a look at the history of V-pop and some of its most popular artists.

Themes and Lyrics

In recent years, Vietnamese pop music (or “V-pop”) has become increasingly popular in Vietnam, as well as in other parts of the world where the Vietnamese diaspora is present. V-pop is a diverse genre that incorporates a wide range of styles and influences, from traditional Vietnamese music to Western pop, hip hop, and electronic dance music.

V-pop lyrics often deal with themes of love, heartbreak, and loss. Many V-pop songs are about the challenges of modern life in Vietnam, such as economic hardship and urbanization. Some V-pop songs also touch on social issues such as gender equality and environmental protection.

Contemporary Vietnamese pop music is very popular in Vietnam and has been influenced by a variety of different genres, including American pop, hip hop, and R&B. Some of the most popular artists in contemporary Vietnamese pop music include:

– Pham Anh Khoa: A singer, songwriter, and producer who is one of the most popular contemporary Vietnamese pop artists. He has released several hit singles, including “Nghe Anh Đi”, “Sống Xanh”, and “Mùa Hè Tôi Yêu”.

– Son Tung M-TP: A singer, songwriter, and rapper who rose to fame after winning the reality television show Vietnam Idol in 2014. He has released several hit singles, including “Noi Nao Con Ai La Chia Se Nho”, “Hoa No”, and “Lac Mat Em Roi”.

– Tran Thanh: A comedian, actor, and singer who is best known for his appearances on the Vietnamese versions of The Voice and Vietnam’s Got Talent. He has released several hit singles, including “Nguoi La Ta Yeu”, “Mot Lan Yeu”, and “Ban Tinh Ca Mua Dong”.


In conclusion, Vietnamese pop music is a growing genre that offers something unique for music lovers. If you’re looking for something different, give it a try!

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