Here are Sing Chinese Songs top 10 songs for January 2011. We hope you enjoy learning to sing these songs, and some of the history and culture behind those songs at the same time.
1. “Comrades: Almost a love story” is a sweet song, well-known to all Chinese throughout the world, sung byTeresa Teng in 1979. A film by the same title starred by Maggie Cheung and Leon Lai was released in 1996, one year later after Teresa Teng passed away. The film is considered a love poem in memory of Teresa Teng. Her music is featured prominently throughout the film.
2. “Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau” describes the place named in the title Qinghai -Tibetan Plateau, a mysterious paradise, as the lyrics say “who brought the call from immemorial age, who left the wish for thousands of years…”. When the song was released in 1994, most Chinese were still not able to travel to Qinghai -Tibetan Plateau because there was no accessible railway and no affordable air ticket to Lhasa. People only could see the spectacular landscape from the MTV.
Listen to a beautiful Italian diva – Giorgia Fumanti sings ”Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau” in Chinese on the program called “I want to have a show on CCTV Spring Festival Gala” of CCTV-3, the original singer Han Hong was one of the judges.
3. “Olive Tree” is the theme song of the Taiwanese movie “Your Smiling Face” produced in 1979. It states that don’t ask me where I come from and my hometown is far away, why I wander, for the little bird flying in the sky and the olive tree in the dream.
4. “My Deskmate” is one of the famous ballad songs released in 1994. It describes the pure friendship between a boy and a girl who were deskmates at school. (In China, one class table is usually used by two students.)
5. “The happy hometown” is a lively song to celebrate Hong Kong returning to mainland China in 1997.
6. “Jasmine” is a popular folk song which was sung by a young Chinese girl and broadcast to the world, at the closing ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, to introduce the next Olympic Games site. At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, this music was used in all the awards ceremonies.
7. “Descendent of the Dragon” expresses that the overseas Chinese are proud of being Chinese and miss the motherland. Both lyrics and melody have been composed by Lee Hom Wang who is an American Chinese and has sung the song.
8. “The World” has been composed for the first daughter of the singer Faye Wong. It says it is not for sure to have a beautiful sky after the storm, and the life without suffering, but wish your dream come true and understand how to live with it.
9. “Kiss Me for Farewell” is a sad love song which talks about a couple splitting with a good-bye kiss in the street and it snows in the heart of the man. It is sung by Jacky Cheung Hok-yau and the album “Kiss me for farewell” sold over four million copies throughout the world in 1993. The Danish soft rock band – Michael Learns to Rock – adapted the song and named it “Take me to your heart” in 2003.
10. “Chinese” is a tongue twister song which expresses that it has been a hard time for Chinese to learn English for long time, and now more foreigners start learning and speaking Chinese.
We hope you enjoy these songs. Keep us updated on your learning progress by leaving comments!