Indo-pop (Indonesian: Pop Indo) also known as Indonesian pop or I-pop is loosely defined as Indonesian pop music; however, in a wider sense it can also encompass Indonesian pop culture, which also includes Indonesian cinema and sinetrons (Indonesian TV drama).

Peterpan, A popular Indonesian band

Indonesian pop music today is heavily influenced by trends and recordings from America,[1] Britain, India, Japan, and Korea; however, in return the Indonesian style of pop music has influenced the regional pop culture in Southeast Asia, especially the Malaysian pop scene that began to imitating the Indonesian style of pop music in late 2000s. Although influences ranging from American pop, British pop, and also Asian J-pop and K-pop are obvious, the Indonesian pop phenomenon is not completely derivative; it expresses the sentiments and styles of contemporary Indonesian life.


Agnez Mo, a popular solo singer in Indonesia and increasingly in other Asian countries

Koes Bersaudara later formed as Koes Plus is considered one of the pioneers of Indonesian pop and rock 'n roll music in 1960s and 1970s. The American and British music influences were obvious in the music of Koes Bersaudara, The Beatles were known to be the main influences of this band. Several Indonesian musician were survived through decades and become Indonesian music legends, such as pop and ballad singers Iwan Fals and Chrisye; rock legend God Bless, Panbers, and D'Lloyd; dangdut maestro Rhoma Irama.

In 2000s, the popular bands include Peterpan, Slank, Dewa 19, Gigi, Jamrud, Sheila on 7, Padi, Tipe-X, Ungu, Radja, Letto, Nidji, and D'Masiv, all of which are featured on MTV Asia and tour regularly nationwide plus the neighbouring countries of Singapore and Malaysia. These bands have received immense reception in the region (including Brunei), some people have attributed this to the neutral shared vocabulary in songwriting compared to the spoken vernaculars spoken between these countries while some have speculated on the proliferation of pirated cassettes and CDs being the cause. The popularity of Indonesian music in Malaysia in particular had become so overwhelming that in 2008, demands had been made for radio stations there to restrict the number of Indonesian songs being aired so local musicians would be given a fairer chance.[2]

Some of these pop rock bands incorporate traditional Malay roots into their sound, reviving the old Orkes Melayu style once popular in the region across Indonesia and Malaysia. Such bands belong to the "Band Pop Melayu" (Malay Pop Band) subgenre which became popular in late 2000s with acts like Kangen Band, WALI, Hijau Daun, Armada, Angkasa and ST 12.

The most recent foreign influences on Indonesian pop musics are the style and genre of J-pop and K-pop. Several bands that follow these music genres' conventions include such as J-Rocks, Zivilia, S.O.S, Hitz and JKT48; the latter in particular being an offshoot of famous Japanese girl group AKB48.

Indonesian singers such as Agnez Mo have been gaining popularity in neighbouring Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and the Philippines.[3] The 2018 single, "Heaven" recorded by Afgan, Isyana Sarasvati and Rendy Pandugo became popular not only in Indonesia but in Taiwan, Vietnam and Sri Lanka too, reaching the top 10 in all four countries.[4]

In 2018, during the Asian Games, the official theme song "Meraih Bintang", performed by pop dangdut singer Via Vallen[5] became viral in many countries both within and outside of Asia; with many singers performing translated covers of the song in their own native languages and uploading the videos on YouTube.

Shortly thereafter, Rich Brian, NIKI, Stephanie Poetri, Weird Genius and Rainych who are all Indonesians, rose to international fame around 2018–2021. All of them mainly are part of international labels, and symbolises Indo pop's rise in popularity.

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  1. ^ "National Geographic: Images of Animals, Nature, and Cultures". Archived from the original on 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  2. ^ "Malaysian music industry wants Indonesian songs restricted". The Jakarta Post. 3 September 2008. Archived from the original on 24 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Agnez Mo Buktikan Kedahsyatan Suaranya saat Nyanyikan Lagu Ini, Netizen: Itu Berkat Soundman".
  4. ^ "Afgan Gembira Lagunya Bersama Isyana dan Randy Pandugo Diminati". 30 April 2018.
  5. ^ Putra, Muhammad Andika (7 June 2018). "Via Vallen Bakar Semangat Asian Games lewat "Meraih Bintang"" [Via Vallen keep Asian Games spirit through "Meraih Bintang"]. CNN Indonesia (in Indonesian). Retrieved 18 June 2018.