Hong Kong’s music culture began in the 1920s as an amalgamation of western music such as swing, traditional Cantonese opera, and Mandarin songs that had popularized China through Shanghai.

There was a notion that genres sung in Cantonese beyond opera were considered uncouth and unfashionable. It wasn’t until the 1970s, thanks to the rise of broadcast media, that Cantonese pop music took over the scene in the form of television drama theme songs. The 1980s was the apex of Cantopop, and even to this very day, people of all generations still hark back to the Golden Years of Hong Kong. 

Due to various factors such as the eclipse of fierce competition from Mainland China and Taiwan, Cantopop has been on the decline for more than a decade. Sentimental ballad has now become mainstream. Not saying that syrupy love songs are bad, but what if you crave something a little different? Wish fulfilled!

Without further ado, here are 4 Hong Kong rock bands that you should check out.



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Brittany Chiu