As its name suggests, The Peasant Workers (农民工) is a Beijing band consisting entirely of migrant workers. Discovered late last year singing in an underpass in Beijing, the group started getting more serious attention after several recordings made in their dorm began spreading online. It took less than two months for the band to hit the apex of popularity when it was invited to perform at China's annual New Years gala.
The recording above is their most well-known song, and it's definitely a good one. Filled with nostalgia for youth, spring and a China long-past, it's easy to see why this song has provoked such a strong response. Viewers in China having difficulty watching this on Youtube are encouraged to watch the Youku version instead.