Alessio enjoys Italian television and music from the 1980s and 1990s. He also enjoys listening to Chinese pop music.
China is often known for its food (even if, outside the country, it is often adapted to local tastes) and for its futuristic cities. What about music? Chinese music has not known the same popularity as KPOP abroad: only a few passionate listen to it in addition to Chinese people. Despite this, listening to Chinese music is a good experience, as it features catchy pop songs that are even good for a party. Do you have that friend who always drinks bubble tea, watches manga, and listens to BTS? If yes, why not organize an Asian theme party and make him discover Chinese POP music? The songs listed here are particularly catchy and are good to play during a party. There is no need to learn the Chinese language or be Chinese to appreciate them: listening to music is enough to enjoy it.
Top 30 Chinese Songs for Parties
- "Sunshine, Rainbow, White Pony" – Wowkie Zhang
- "Our Time" – TFBOYS
- "Practise Book For Youth" – TFBOYS
- "Together for a Shared Future" – Jackson Yee
- "First Class" – TFBOYS
- "Rock Paper Scissors" – Doreen Kho
- "Hurray for Idols" – TimeZ
- "Try My Heart" – TFBOYS
- "Let Me Show You A Big Move" – Ryan.B
- "Birthday Blessing" – Gege
- "Be With You" – TFBOYS
- "I Want to Look Good" – Xin Yue Chen Fu
- "Love Is You" – Liu Jia
- "Calorie" – Rocket Girls 101
- "Happy Island" – TFBOYS
- "Gali Gali" – Milk Coffee
- "Xiao Chanmao" – Yuan Xinyi
- "Milk Bread" – Yang Zi
- "Fell In Love With You Ridiculously" – Joyce Chu
- "For Future" – Li Xian
- "Wei Wei" – Fu Ruqiao
- "Kuai Shuo Ni Ai Wo" – Xinle Chenfu, He Ziling
- "Aiqing Meishenme Daoli" – Qi Wei, Tong Liya, and Gao Lu
- "Always Online" – JJ Lin
- "White Moonlight and Cinnabar Nevus" – Da Zi
- "Yong Gan Ai" – Mi2
- "123 I Love You" – Xin Yue Chen Fu
- “Listen to Me Say Thank You” – Li Xinrong
- "9277" – Zhou Yanyi
- "Pi Yixia Hen Kaixin" – Lin Ziqi
1. "Sunshine, Rainbow, White Pony" – Wowkie Zhang
This song is one of the most controversial of all Chinese pop music. Not because the text of the song itself has questionable contents: on the contrary, its happy lyrics talk about the joy of living. The real issue is with some people who have misunderstood this piece of the song:
Nǐ shì nèi nèi gè nèi nèi nèi gè nèi gè nèi nèi [... ]
Yángguāng cǎihóng xiǎo báimǎ
— Wowkie Zhang - Chinese Pinyin Transcription
In particular, the word "nèi gè" has been wrongly translated to the racial slur "nigga", while the word, in Chinese, means "the." In fact, the correct translation of that piece of the song is:
The song has become a meme in the Western world because of this misunderstanding. Despite this, it is a catchy and happy song having nothing to do with racism.
2. "Our Time" – TFBOYS
This is a popular piece from TFBOYS ("The Fighting Boys"), a popular boy band in China that generally sings songs about youth. This one, in particular, is a hymn to enjoy the most you can of your time while you are young.
3. "Practise Book For Youth" – TFBOYS
This is another song from the TFBOYS band. It was released with a nice music video in which the boy singers dance in a school together with some fictional characters like Spider-Man and Batman. The song talks about how good it feels to grow up and be confident about the future. It encourages all young people to enjoy youth and never be pessimistic about their future.
4. "Together for a Shared Future" – Jackson Yee
This song is sung by Jackson Yee, a member of the TFBOYS band. Its particularity is that it was chosen as the theme slogan of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympic Games in China. The song says the more love the world has, the more beautiful the world is. It is a hymn for a future made of love and shared by everyone.
5. "First Class" – TFBOYS
This is another song from TFBOYS. Even in this song, the boys still focus on youth, love, and confidence for the future. The melody and the lyrics are happy, and this piece is good to dance to, making it a must-choice for the playlist of an Asian-themed party.
6. "Rock Paper Scissors" – Doreen Kho
This song by Doreen Kho is happy and funny and is generally loved by Chinese children. It sings about the popular Rock Paper Scissors hand game, which originated in China and achieved popularity also in the rest of the world.
7. "Hurray for Idols" – TimeZ
This song differs from the others in this list because it is sung by a boy band that is half-Chinese and half-Korean: the TimeZ. It is a happy and danceable tune that can be appreciated by people who love K-POP and those who like to listen to Chinese songs. The piece belongs at the fact to both genres, with the lyrics written in Chinese.
8. "Try My Heart" – TFBOYS
This song by TFBOYS is apparently talking about the boys playing to Truth or Dare game. It is very catchy and rhythmic.
9. "Let Me Show You A Big Move" – Ryan.B
This song became a hit on Douyin, the Chinese TikTok. Its particularity is that it was composed for the commercial for a new model of the Oppo Reno smartphone when it was first released in China.
10. "Birthday Blessing" – Gege
If you want to wish someone a happy birthday in an original way, why not play this catchy Chinese song? The refrain says 生日快乐 (Shēngrì kuàilè), which means "Happy Birthday" in the Chinese language.
11. "Be With You" – TFBOYS
This is a song from the TFBOYS band. It talks about the weather forecast predicting a rainy day. This is irrelevant, as days will shine if spent together with someone. This, compared to the other ones made by the TFBOYS band, is a love song with no apparent references to youth and other topics you can commonly find in pieces from this boy band.
12. "I Want to Look Good" – Xin Yue Chen Fu
This song talks about the desire to look good in the eyes of others. Physical appearance is the main topic of the lyrics, while the melody is very rhythmic.
13. "Love Is You" – Liu Jia
This is another love song belonging to this list. It talks about the singer who, wherever he goes, can't stop thinking about the girl he loves.
14. "Calorie" – Rocket Girls 101
The song is part of the soundtrack of Hello Mr. Billionaire movie. The movie talks about a goalie who gets the mission of spending 1 billion Chinese yuan in 30 days: if he succeeds, he gets 30 billion Chinese yuan.
15. "Happy Island" – TFBOYS
The last song on this list is a popular piece from the TFBOYS band. This is a happy piece about someone waking up in a good mood and wanting to get around a sunny island by bike. The refrain talks about the fact happiness can't be bought. Youth is again a topic of this catchy song, but happiness is definitely the central theme.
16. "Gali Gali" – Milk Coffee
The song was composed for an episode of Ode to Joy 2, a popular Chinese TV series. The title means "Curry Curry" and introduces the love for traveling, seeing new places, and trying local food. The song begins by mentioning Thailand: the country where the protagonists of the TV series go on vacation in an episode. After Thailand, there is a reference to Singapore and Indonesia. Curry is the recurring word, but there are additional references to exotic fruits like coconut, pineapple, and mango.
17. "Xiao Chanmao" – Yuan Xinyi
The title means "Little Gluttonous Cat," but the lyrics are not about felines: this is a love song whose refrain means "I am your exclusive little cat." It is full of references to cats in Chinese love songs, with Xue Ma Jiao being one of the most famous examples, commonly played in Chinese shops and restaurants as background music.
18. "Milk Bread" – Yang Zi
“Milk Bread” is the ending song of the Chinese TV series Go Go Squid!, a famous romance television series aired for the first time in 2009 in China. It is a love song in which falling in love with someone is compared to milk encountering bread. To understand this, one should know a popular classic of Chinese bakery: fluffy milk bread.
19. "Fell In Love With You Ridiculously" – Joyce Chu
Joyce Chu is a Malaysian Chinese actress and singer who has become viral on the internet for her songs. “Malaysia Chabor” and “I Miss You” are her most popular hits, while the piece “Fell In Love With You Ridiculously” was also featured in several Douyin videos in China.
20. "For Future" – Li Xian
This is another song from the Chinese TV series Go Go Squid!, realized for an episode with the same title. The song is a hymn to the future and an invitation to forget a sad past. This idea is expressed with the image of a rainstorm followed by a rainbow.
21. "Wei Wei" – Fu Ruqiao
The song starts by showing the world illuminated by weak morning light, with snow slowly melting by the sun. Perception of time is wrong, and waiting for seconds to pass is like waiting for years. The lyrics go on with a motivational part in which it is asked how many times one should fall before learning to be strong, with a final invitation to be always brave.
22. "Kuai Shuo Ni Ai Wo" – Xinle Chenfu, He Ziling
The title means "Say you love me." The lyrics are about future uncertainties, with the only certainty given by the love for someone.
23. "Aiqing Meishenme Daoli" – Qi Wei, Tong Liya, and Gao Lu
This is a song by Qi Wei, an actress starring in the 2011 Chinese Drama My Economical Man for an episode having the same title, which can be translated as "Love Needs No Reason" or "Love Has No Reason."
24. "Always Online" – JJ Lin
This song results from a personal experience: the singer has several friends who mainly stay in touch with their lovers through the internet. This situation has made JJ Lin decide to write about the life and the feelings of people engaged in long-distance love.
25. "White Moonlight and Cinnabar Nevus" – Da Zi
The lyrics have been inspired by the novel Red Rose and White Rose, written by Eileen Chang. The song describes the images of a white moonlight and a cinnabar mole as a metaphor for the situation in which some men may find themselves: they marry someone, they feel happy, but then, after years, they become tired of a stable and quiet life and want to seek other stimulations. It is the situation of some people who live an unstable life made of different experiences, seek stability, but then become tired and want to experience instability again.
26. "Yong Gan Ai" – Mi2
This song talks about the need to be brave to express love for someone. Failing to take the first step because you are too shy or afraid of not being loved may lead to the other party not understanding your feelings.
27. "123 I Love You" – Xin Yue Chen Fu
This is a love song from Xin Yue Chen Fu. The title invites people to say "I love you" after counting to three.
28. “Listen to Me Say Thank You” – Li Xinrong
This song teaches children the importance of being grateful to other people. It is a successful hit featured on the Chinese TikTok, in addition to being played as background music in some Chinese shops.
29. "9277" – Zhou Yanyi
There is not much information about this song. The original version was composed by Shen Qi, an online singer who adapted it from a piece of Saxophone music. The title does not refer to a particular number: instead, the translation of the number “7” in Chinese is "Qi," so the title may mean "Just Love Qi." One thing sure is that this version of the song has been a hit on Douyin, the Chinese TikTok.
30. "Pi Yixia Hen Kaixin" – Lin Ziqi
This song is a perfect hymn to happiness. The title means "Skin is happy," and the lyrics are about the ideal things to do to be happy: singing a song in front of the mirror after waking up and telling yourself you are beautiful. The singer says happiness is a choice and invites people to smile or sing together if they are not happy, as singing is an excellent way to put sadness apart.
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