Thai pop music

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Thai pop or T-pop, is a genre of Thai music roughly equivalent to western pop. It emerged during the 1970s–80s and was during that period known as String music (Thai: เพลงสตริง). It took over mainstream popularity during the 1990s and has since dominated the Thai music industry.

String's origins lie in American R&B, surf rock artists like The Ventures and Dick Dale, Exotica, rockabilly and country and western brought to Thailand by American and Australian soldiers serving in Vietnam in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It also drew heavily on British invasion rock'n'roll, garage rock and Hollywood film soundtracks. The term is extremely broad, covering Thai rock, dance music, rap and western-influenced popular music in general. It normally excludes the folk, rock, phleng phuea chiwit. Since 1980s it mixed with other genres, such as disco, funk, dance.

Bands & Artists[edit]

In the 1980s Thaipop bands : The Impossibles, SaoSaoSao and Solo artists : Thongchai McIntyre, Pumpuang Duangjan, Asanee-Wasan etc.

In the 1990s Thaipop bands : Hi Jack, UHT, Bazoo, Boyscout, Mr.Team and Solo artists : Tata Young, James Ruangsak, Christina Aguilar, YaYa Ying, Nat Myria, Marsha Vadhanapanich, Mai Charoenpura, Nicole Theriault, Andrea Suárez, J Jetrin, Mos Patiparn, Touch Na Takuatung, Tik Shiro and Thaipop Duo : Raptor, China Dolls, Two, Lift & Oil etc.

In the 2000s Thaipop bands : D2B, Girly Berry, ZaZa and Solo artists : Katreeya English, Palmy, Mr. D and Thaipop Duo : Golf & Mike etc.

In the 2007s Thaipop bands : K-Otic, Faye Fang Kaew and Solo artists : Bie Sukrit, Waii Panyarisa, Ice Saranyu and Thaipop Duo : Four-Mod etc.

In the 2010s Thaipop bands : 3.2.1, Candy Mafia and Solo artists : Timethai, Kratae R-Siam etc.

2017-Present Thaipop bands : 9By9, BNK48 and Solo artists : Palitchoke Ayanaputra, Jannine Weigel, Gena Desouza, Violette Wautier, JAONAAY etc.


T-Wind (Thai Wind) is a term used to describe the phenomenon of Thai pop culture in the international, such as lakhon (Thai television drama), music or movies. It is a term created to compare Korean Wave or K-Wave. In the period since 2000, Thailand has been exporting many kinds of cultural products to many countries especially in ASEAN. They are very popular in Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia or even Mainland China.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jirattikorn, Dr. Amporn (2015-11-26). "ละครไทยในอาเซียน" [Thai dramas in ASEAN]. Bangkokbiz (in Thai).