While , and Taiwanese are all derived from the same Sino-Tibetan languages family, Taiwanese pop is not classified within c-pop. The historical origin of Taiwanese pop comes from a enka base instead of a shidaiqu base. Music of this category are sometimes called ''"Aboriginal Taiwanese pop"'' to distinguish it from Mandarin pop music in Taiwan.
While Taiwan music have existed before the , the "father of Taiwanese pop" or "New Music" is considered to be Chang Fu-hsing in the 1930s. Chang Yu-Sheng would also discover A-mei .
Recently, native Taiwanese pop have been re-integrating into c-pop. A-mei would be labeled an Asian hero worldwide for promoting cross-trait pop music representing aboriginal Taiwanese pop with mandopop success. Her popularity however was criticized by the Communist Party of China for promoting any sort of Taiwan independence.
The most popular Taiwanese female singer to date is Jody Chiang from Chiayi, Taiwan, who has numerous Taiwanese albums dating from the early 1980's. She is the equivalent of Teresa Teng, except for Taiwanese music. Another famous singer in Taiwan also known for her ballads is Chen Ying-Git .
Current Taiwanese pop music is becoming more influenced by Mandarin pop. Artists such as Phil Chang, Jolin Tsai, Eric Moo and are known to have Taiwanese songs in their albums.