Dangdut music is one of the most interesting aspects of Indonesian pop culture. While I can't say I enjoy it a lot, I've had a lot of fun dancing on it in nightclubs, bars, festivals or events all over Indonesia.

It is a music genre with an even broader appeal than Western pop music, especially among working class Indonesians. It is not surprising, for instance, that the most-followed Instagram account in Indonesia is that of Ayu Ting Ting, a dangdut singer.

Considering the importance of religion in Indonesia, it may seem paradoxical that the whole nation would love dangdut so much. Dangdut performers are known to wear sexy outfits and the most often, they sing about love, relationship, dating, seduction or sex. Logically, Islamist groups have declared it "haram" (forbidden), but until now they've failed to curb its popularity.

On TV, you will often see dangdut concerts where the crowd becomes hysterical, even the women who wear a jilbab. If permitted, guys will approach the singer and do the "joget" dance, which is the human equivalent to a courtship ritual in the animal kingdom. You can watch this video if you don't understand what I mean:
For some critics, the beauty of dangdut singers may be described as vulgar: They often have a few extra kilos, large breasts, high heels (wedges), a heavy dose of makeup (especially the eyebrows), and a skirt as short as possible. Most of them come from poor or middle-class families, and they've sometimes flirted with prostitution.

I will let you be the judge of that with this following ranking of Indonesia's 20 sexiest dangdut dancers (in random order). You can let me know in the comment section below if you think I forgot someone important.

Duo Biduan
Duo Biduan is a dangdut act with two sexy girls, Kiki Syarah and Elsatya Marschelina. They are famous for their hit "Aku Tak Bisa" and they are the ambassadors for the condom brand "Sutra".
Kiki's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kikisyarah_dangdut/
Elsatya's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elsatyamarscelina/

Zaskia Gotix
26-year old Zaskia has been performing dangdut since she was a teenager. She regularly appears on mainstream TV shows and was married to the presenter Vicky Prasetio. Her fans are organized in communities of "Itikers".
Zaskia Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zaskiagotixreal/

Xena Xenita
Only 18 years old, she is more a sexy dancer than a singer. She is attracting male crowds in Yogyakarta for her famous moves, often wearing only lingerie.

Maulidia Octavia (or Via Vallen)
She is a famous dangdut singer that frequently appears on TV. Born in 1990, she started singing when she was still in Junior High School. She is pretty but rather prudish in the way she dresses or dances. Here, she is on TV with Dewi Persik.
Via's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/viavallen/

Uut Selly
The gorgeous Uut Selly has a strong fan base, nicknamed Kopassus: Komando Pasukan Uut Selly (Kopassus is actually the name of the Indonesian military elite force). She is only 23 and she was born in Magelang.

Uut's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uut.s.new

Cupi Cupita
Born in 1994, this sexy singer was at the heart of a scandal after she revealed she often escorted government officials to karaoke/dinner parties for a fee ranging between Rp10,000,000 and Rp20,000,000 (but she denied having sex with them).

Monica Selvia
She is not so famous, but I heard a remix of her song "Bukan Siapa Siapa a few times. Her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/monicaselvia.dangdut/

Selvi Kitty
Selvi Kitty, whose real name is Selvi Isti Apriani, is a 24-year old Sundanese dangdut singer. She was part of the now-defunct girls' band Super Girlies for a while.

Sella Selly
Produced by the label Nagaswara, the young Sella Selly was born in Bandung in 1995. Her songs mix dangdut with electronic music:
Sella's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sella6741/

Duo Anggrek
This duo is formed by Devi Ayu Kirana (also called Devay - an ex-member of Duo Racun) and Mozza Kirana. One of their most famous songs is "Cikini Gondangdia":
Devay's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/devay_duoanggrek/

Dilza (Fadila Amalda)
Originally from Batam where she was modeling, Dilza is a newcomer on the national dangdut scene. Her first song was released in 2017 and it is called "Seseorang Dihatimu".

Dilza's official twitter: https://twitter.com/Dilza_official

Anggi Wardani
I couldn't find much information about Anggi Wardani except that she was born in 1993 in Bekasi. She is the singer of "Gara Gara Biduan":

Lina Marlina
Also a newcomer born in 1993, she released her first single in 2017: "Happy Aja".

Lina's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/linamarlina93

Devy Berlian
Devy, whose real name is Devy Septianingsih, was born in 1992 in Jakarta. An ex-member of the band "5 Bidadari", she launched her solo career in 2014.

Devy's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/devy_berlian/

Ayu Ting Ting
Also known as Ayu Rosmalina, she is one of the most famous Indonesian celebrities. Though she is only 24 years old, she's already had a 10-year career, releasing 3 studio albums. Her love life is often scrutinized in gossip news.

One of her songs worth noticing is "My Lopely". It may either be a spelling mistake, or a pun (Sundanese people pronounce "V" like "P").

Ayu's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ayutingting92/

Dewi Persik
Another megastar of dangdut, you've probably heard of her if you've lived in Indonesia long enough. (and if you watch Indonesian TV!). She has a voluptuous body and a personality that reminds me of Kim Kardashian. She did a surgery in 2011 to restore her hymen and to be a "virgin" again.

Dewi's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dewiperssikreal/

Julia Perez
Julia Perez, frequently called Jupe, is currently battling cancer in Jakarta. She's had a successful career as an actress, a model, a TV personality and a dangdut singer.

2 comments to '' 20 Sexiest Indonesian Dangdut Singers "

  1. They are all good singers, and very nice looking girls. I hope dangdut never dies in Indonesia. Viva dangdut.

  2. RIP Julia Perez