We mostly cover dramas, movies, and variety news, but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy some great music. Chinese songs are known to be more ballad like, slower, gentler. As a fan of Chinese songs since a child, I have accumulated an impressive list of favorite mandarin songs (mostly from my favorite dramas and movies). But today, I want to focus on the popular ones! The ones that everyone in China had heard before and that will probably bring to you some real real real nostalgic feelings, like “I remember when that song was really popular!”. Hehe, let’s see if those songs are already in your phone/ipod/music folder.
7. The Little Tiger Band
Composed of Benny Chen, Alec Su and Nicky Wu, those tree formed the Taiwanese boy band Little Tiger! They were hugely popular in mainland and even today, Alec Su and Nicky Wu are often under the media’s spotlight. The only song I know of them is 愛 Love.
6. Nostalgic Teen/College Life Songs
It is no surprise Chinese people have a fascination over first love stories and would love to relive their beautiful college life. In Chinese culture, education is such a strong rite of passage from child to adulthood. Hence, a lot of great songs evolving around this period of life are very popular. I included here Eason Chan’s Shi Nian as well as A-Yue’s GoodBye. Both are gorgeous songs worth listening over and over again! I also added a more teenager one, but I am sure you are familiar with it: Can’t Help Falling in Love by Harlem Yu. Yes, it is the OST of famous TW drama Meteor Garden.
5. Jay Chou
Fist of all, it is essential that you have a Jay Chou song on your ipod. This Taiwanese talent is the most public friendly singer out there, having a strong fanbase for all ages and holding concerts in all country. A real world star. To be frank, most of his songs sound very similar. My favorite of him is Simple Love (it is so simple and sweet to listn to) and CowBoy on the Run (hey! it is a song about milk ^^). I put the link of two of his most famous songs, Faraway and What Kind of Man.
4. Mouse Loves Rice 杨臣刚 – 老鼠爱大米 by Yang Chengang
Let’s be real. How many time did you sing this at KTV night? This was soooo popular in China back then. And really, I was in love with this song. One of the first songs I actually learned the lyrics for. The MV is also very sweet so watch through it. It’s tempo is really smooth, so lovely.
3. Little Apple 小苹果 by Chopstick Brothers
Let’s move away from ballad for one second. This song feels a bit like they are trying to make fun of the ultra popular Gangname Style by kpop super act Psy. The song has some moments in Korean and then has the girl decide to do plastic surgery. But of course, you soon realize that the song doesn’t make much sense. It is such a catchy song and had been the trend in China for the last two years at least! Definitely something you want to listen to when you want to “turn up the beat”! I know it is not so nostalgic now, since it is still overly played, but hey! it is quiet popular :’D
2. Huan Zhu Ge Ge Dang
Everyone in China watched Huan Zhu Ge Ge. Everyone! It is probably the most popular Chinese drama and was even watched in other Asian countries. Dang is for me definitely the most sentimental song out there. It just feels so emotional😛 Another popular song from this drama is 你是風兒我是沙 You are the Wind, I am the Sand. Also worth listening to.
1. Journey to the West OST
My favorite on this list is…. from a cartoon. Hehe, I love this anime so much and I strongly recommend anyone a bit bored to go through the series. It is so much fun and a real part of my choldhood. Both the ending song and the intro are magical. The drawings are really well done and it was the first step of my endless imagination😛 Sun Wukong is my life hero.
So yeah, I think that was a nice way to end the post (talking about Sun Wukong just before the Chinese New Year😉 ). Anyway, if you like the post and want to learn more about Chinese songs, leave a comment!