The older generation of Chinese people from the Mao era, listen to old traditional songs like like opera, instrumental music, but Chinese music is influenced by many factors (from the Cultural Revolution to current day music genres). Also songs from the 1980’s (when Chinese rock was first introduced to China), is still trending today in addition to current pop. The young generation, listens to a broad range of music. Chinese are very into K-Pop right now, it is becoming a global trend today. Among young Chinese people, the second most popular genre are Soul and R&B.
Cui Jian – the Father of Chinese Rock – while he was singing for the soldiers during and after the Tiananmen Square protests, was very much on the protesters’ side. One of his first hits, became a sort of theme song for the students in the square. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYwsPt854Xo He has continued to be popular decades later.
Jay Chou, famous chinese singer, broke into the music scene in 2000. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6MeBrM_bBc He has a stable base of popular romantic ballads and also has many songs that address societal issues like urban sprawl.
Possibly, she is the most famous Chinese singer. Teresa Teng https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv_cEeDlop0 started singing as a teenager in the 1960s, until she died at age 42, in 1995. She’s known for romantic ballads.
Peng Liyuan, she is known for her folk songs and gained fame for her regular appearances on CCTV’s New Year’s gala, as well as throughout Europe and the Americas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzs3Rpml8XA Her songs have a distinct patriotic flavor.