Woof, woof! Tết is fast approaching, and the Year of the Dog is about to begin on February 16th. For Vietnamese families, Tết is a special time of the year. It is a time for visiting family as well as a time for celebrating both the past and the future. So, let's get into the Tết spirit with some Tết themed songs!
Last year, dat boi Soobin Hoàng Sơn teamed up with the Biti’s Hunter shoe brand to release the heartwarming Tết song Đi Để Trở Về -- a song about returning home from afar. Following up on the success of the that song, Soobin Hoàng Sơn is once again teaming up with song writer Tiên Cookie and Biti’s Hunter for another touching song titled Chuyến Đi Của Năm (Đi Để Trở Về 2). As a person who makes yearly cross-country trips back home myself, I can appreciate a nice pair of comfy shoes. Whether you're traveling by land, sea, or air this Tết, don't underestimate the value of having comfy footwear.
What is Tết? Tết is Tết. There are a lot of young Vietnamese kids that I know who don't know a thing about Tết. Instead of just going around slapping all these punk kids for being no-good teeny boppers, it's really up to you to give them a reason to be excited about Tết. Although I'm not the biggest fan of Uni5, or boy bands in general, I appreciate the work that Uni5 is doing in trying to make Tết appealing to a younger crowd.
While the boys of Uni5 are taking a modern youthful approach, Jun Phạm of 365DaBand is taking the exact opposite approach with his OST song for the Ngô Thanh Vân comedy film Về Quê Ăn Tết. Here, Jun Phạm takes an old school approach by drawing inspiration from cha-cha songs popular with the older Vietnamese crowd. Instead of projecting a too cool for school image, Jun embraces a goofy and playful persona in this Tết MV designed to get the whole family out to see NTV's latest movie.
Singer Trọng Hiếu (aka Viet Bruno Mars) has been working closely with DJ/producer SlimV since teaming up with each other on the TV singing competition Sao Đại Chiến (Celebrity Battle). Tình Ca is the latest Trọng Hiếu X SlimV MV to be released. If you like epic sounding classical instruments fused with EDM melodies along with slick dancing, then Tình Ca might be the Tết MV for you. Tình Ca really makes me want to rock an áo dài. The áo dài is often seen as clothing for Vietnamese women, but more dudes should wear them too IMO. #DudesToo
Tội Gì Phải Cưới by Lê Thiện Hiếu highlights a common problem faced by many young Vietnamese adults when coming home for Tết. There's always the constant questioning of when you are going to get married. Well, perhaps...I don't want to get married because I don't want to be miserable like all the people around me who got married for all the wrong reasons. Screw that! Tội Gì Phải Cưới shares a common theme to the popular Bích Phương song Bao Giờ Lấy Chồng? that was released last Tết. Feminists may not want to admit it, but men also share similar hardships to what people usually consider to be female specific problems. #DudesToo
It is my personal opinion that Hoà Minzy is an overlooked and underrated singer. I hardly ever see anyone ever mention Hoà Minzy when it comes to Vpop singers. Hoà Minzy is low-key wifey material in my eyes. I really like her singing and personality. Lets just say that I would happily take her home to meet the fam like in this MV for Thế Là Tết. Recently, I have really enjoyed listening to both Đức Phúc and Hoà Minzy. The Đức Phúc X Hoà Minzy combo has been doing work. They are like the new Erik X Min except with a more traditional ballad style.
That completes this year's Tết playlist. Through some of these Tết themed MVs, I hope I was able to show some of the reasons that make the Tết holiday season so important and special to Vietnamese families.
Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! Cung Chúc Tân Xuân!