Popular music of Vietnam

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"shrine" to "Vietnam's Bob Dylan" Trịnh Công Sơn at a coffeehouse
Phạm Duy

The Western-influenced popular music of Vietnam (Tân nhạc Việt Nam, "New music of Vietnam") developed from the 1940s-1980s.

Singers, songwriters and singer-songwriters[edit]

The Vietnam War, the consequent Fall of Saigon, and the plight of Vietnamese refugees gave rise to a collection of musical pieces that have become "classical" anthems for Vietnamese people both in Vietnam and abroad. Notable songwriters begin with the three 'fathers' of popular music Lam Phuong (b. 1937), who is best known for his love songs and ballads, traditional Cai Luong, and Vietnamese patriotic music, Pham Duy and the "Bob Dylan of Vietnam" Trinh Cong Son whose songs were sung by Khanh Ly.[1][2][3] Other notable songwriters include Văn Cao (a Vietnamese composer whose works include Tiến Quân Ca, which became the national anthem of the Vietnam), Dương Thụ (b. 1943) and Phú Quang (b. 1949) is an influential Vietnamese composer, primarily known for his love songs and songs about Hanoi

Modern Music[edit]

Main article: V-pop

The songwriters of the 1970s are now "easy listening" for the middle aged, while the modern TV scene is dominated by Korean- and Cantopop influenced V-pop shows like Vietnam Idol.


  1. ^ John Shepherd Continuum encyclopedia of popular music of the world: Volumes 3-7 - 2005
  2. ^ Phạm Duy. 1975. Musics of Vietnam
  3. ^ Olsen Popular Music of Vietnam 5 Sep 2010 – Popular Music of Vietnam: The Politics of Remembering, the Economics of Forgetting by Dale A.Olsen Routledge, New York, London, 2008