Music is a fun way to get in touch with Vietnamese culture and can even benefit your language learning.
But I have a confession…
When I lived in Vietnam I didn’t really listen to Vietnamese music. There are three main reasons.
- There’s a weird phenomenon that most Vietnamese people sing with a Northern accent, no matter where they are from.
- My teenage students were into K-Pop. That’s probably because…
- Pop music isn’t really mainstream in Vietnam.
The kind of songs popular with my friends were ballads and love songs, which are not my cup of tea. Vietnamese pop music is often criticised in the media for being too Western or too much like Korean pop music.
By the time I left Vietnam I only had 6 songs on my ‘Vietnamese music’ playlist. And one of those was a parody of a K-Pop song.
So I decided to investigate and see if I could find some Vietnamese pop music (aka V-Pop) which is called nhạc trẻ in Vietnamese.
10 Vietnamese Pop Musicians
Here are some of my favourite Vietnamese musicians, covering a range of styles.
Word of warning: Many of these songs have a catchy beat to them but are still quite melancholic.
Unfortunately a lot of the songs have been removed from download site Zing MP3. We’ll update this page as and when they become available.
Read on, or view all 10 as a YouTube playlist.
He mostly sings ballads but there are some poppier songs like this one.
Download Forever Alone from Zing MP3.
Model-turned-R&B-singer Emily is both a solo artist and regularly teams up with other singers like JustaTee.
Download Dừng Lại Nhé from Zing MP3.
A fun boyband based in Saigon who describe their music style as R&B and Hip Hop.
Download Em Có Biết from Zing MP3.
A soloist who composes many of her own songs.
Download Khi Mưa from Zing MP3
Trương Qùynh Anh
She mainly sings ballads, but this is a poppier song.
Download Hãy Bước Qua Nhau from Zing MP3.
Their sound is very Vietnamese but accompanied by a pop or dance soundtrack.
Downloads of Vầng Trăng Tình Yêu seem unavailable outside of VN.
A younger rapper. I’m not normally into rap but it’s refreshing to hear a Saigon accent!
Downloads of Hy Vọng Vô Hạn seem unavailable outside of VN
Thái Tuyết Trâm
She sings several lovely acoustic covers of other Vietnamese songs.
Downloads of Tình Yêu Màu Nắng seem unavailable outside of VN.
She has an incredible voice. The first time I heard this song I got chills down my spine. It’s no wonder she was on Vietnam’s “The Voice”.
This is a good song to sing along to as it’s fairly slow and it’s easy to understand the basic message of the song.
Downloads of Who Cares seem unavailable outside of VN.
Downloads of 365daband songs seem unavailable outside of VN.
Resources to continue exploring Vietnamese music
- To find Vietnamese lyrics search for [title] lời bài hát or [title] lyrics (eg. Forever Alone lời bài hát).
- For more V-Pop recommendations go here, here or for female singers here.
- There’s a playlist of over 20 Vietnamese songs translated into English here.
- If you do like ballads, you’re in luck! There’s a huge range of them with English translations here.
Over to you: Do you listen to music in a foreign language? Do you like any Vietnamese musicians?