Tnetz weigh in on what Taiwanese songs to recommend for foreigners

PTT: What Taiwanese songs to recommend for foreigners?

From Wikipedia: 

Taiwanese Hokkien (Chinese臺灣閩南語Pe̍h-ōe-jīTâi-oân Bân-lâm-gú; also Taiwanese Minnan), commonly known as Taiwanese (臺灣話Tâi-oân-oē / 臺語Tâi-gú), is a variant of Hokkien spoken natively by about 70% of the population of Taiwan.[5] It is spoken by the Hoklo people, who are descended from immigrants from southern Fujian during the Qing dynasty.[6] The Pe̍h-ōe-jī (POJ) romanization is a popular orthography for this variant of Hokkien.

Taiwanese Hokkien is generally similar to the speech of QuanzhouZhangzhou, and Amoy, as well as their derivative forms used in Southeast Asia, but differences occur in terms of vocabulary and various pronunciations of words, in many cases significantly enough to be unintelligible among each other. However, due to the mass popularity of Hokkien entertainment media from Taiwan, Taiwanese has become a prominent variety of Hokkien, especially since the 1980s.

A friend recently wanted me to recommend some good Taiwanese songs.

I thought about it, but it’s really hard to choose a good one.

There needs to be some elements of pop music in it, and the style of singing can’t be too old and scare away others.

I’ve thought of a few myself:

Chen Yiping – Sounds Good

New Formosa Band – The Passionate Man

“Jacky Chen, he won best male artist at the Golden Melody Awards.”

“Wu Bai and China Blue, ft. Wan Fang.”

“Foreigners should listen to their own songs.”

“Any song will do, people will translate the lyrics if they like the songs.”

“The classic ‘You Only Win If You Fight’ of course.”

cpoplove readers, which were your favorites?

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  • keepit

    I happened to come across Sodagreen couple of years ago and fell in love. 小情歌 is magical. But gotta admit it didn’t translate into me searching deeper for Taiwanese music. I don’t think their sound is something easily found elsewhere ^^;