Top 5: Cheng Lin, first real mainland pop star
"Little French Horn" won Cheng Lin popularity in Beijing city at the age of 13. After that, she popularized one pop song after another. She was the youngest of the first generation of mainland pop singers.
Singers of a similar style: Zhu Xiaolin and Su Hong.
Top 6: Tian Zhen, outstanding exponent of the “northwest wind” style
The popular “Northwest Wind” songs were based on the traditional northwest culture and its songs of the plains and the earth. Many classical songs of the style were created at this time, and Tian Zhen expressed them better than anybody else.
Singers of a similar style: Fan Linlin, Hu Yue and Hang Tianqi.