The Grammys were on last night and it turned my thoughts to the Chinese music scene.  Despite half a decade of studying Chinese, I still haven't gotten attached to any Chinese songs or artists that I really like.  Sure, I listen to music and I think, "that's kind of cool" or "that's a good song" but it doesn't usually inspire me to keep listening and exploring.  When I do explore, I'm usually disappointed. 

I never had this problem while studying Spanish.  Hispanic music is a huge cosmos with all kinds of genres to explore.  It seems that Chinese music should have the same potential to thrill, but, for some reason, it just hasn't held my attention so far.  Is the music scene in the Chinese speaking world just too different for me to relate to?   Am I missing something? 

So, I'm on a quest to explore Chinese music and find some songs and artists that really resonate with me AND I need some help.    Write your top three favorite Chinese songs in the comments below and hopefully we can get a list together of the best Chinese music out there. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Hi Sikora,

                  I'm Martha from Argentina. I've been listening to a lot of K-pop latey. Super Junior is a very important group in Korea and they have a sub-unit group called Super Junior M that sings in Chinese. The same company (SM Ent) has a group called EXO which is formed by 2 sub-units, EXO-K (Korean) and EXO-M (Mandarin). EXO-M has 4 chinese members and 2 koreans but all its songs are sung in Chinese. EXO-M's "What is Love" is my favourite song (in Chinese). Listen to "MAMA" and "History" too.

For my Chinese class I had to learn 中国话 by S.H.E., they are from Taiwan. Not my favourite but they are very popular in Asia. 

There's also a group called Transition, They are all British but they sing in chinese. 对不起 is a song every chinese student needs to listen to. 

Listen to them and then tell me if you like them or not. 

Thanks for all the recommendations and details Martha!  This is exactly what I was hoping for.  ¡Ahorita las voy a buscar!

I can definitely see why EXO is popular, but, um... I'm a guy ; )  The S.H.E. video was interesting because of the content; I'll probably go back and check that out again.  But overall that's not really my style either.  I definitely thought that 对不起 was funny!  You're right, anyone studying Chinese should listen to that song.  

We actually have the 对不起 song in our content pipeline right now at FluentU! (I'm 'the other guy' over there)  It should be on the site in the next little while. And I agree! It may be a bit silly, but it's a good one. Especially for beginners.
...And now after watching it again, I'm hungry for 水饺.

Hey Jason,

I was wondering who "the other guy" was at FluentU!  Thanks for the comments and recommendations.  I hope you find some content here that you can use.

The greatest duet in history is Chinese:      


  Niǎo er gēchàng, bìngfēi yīnwèi tā yǒu yīgè dá'àn. Tā chàng, yīnwèi tā yǒu yīgè gēqǔ.

  The bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.  







Great post.  Also, thanks to Martha's interesting post, I discovered new groups and songs.

These days, my three favorite Chinese songs are:

1.  Beijing Beijing by Wang Feng

2.  当我想你的时候 also by Wang Feng (I love his raspy voice, and he's a gorgeous guy)

3.  三十年 by Shanren.  Shanren is an ethnic folk rock band , originally from Yunnan, now Beijing. I love their music because they incorporate traditional instruments.

These are great! I especially loved Shanren, I've never heard anything quite like it. Thanks! 

Yeah, Shanren is really unique.  Thanks for posting it!


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