Has your laoshi ever played an F4 music video in class? Do you ever just find yourself humming some tune that plays on loop in Chinese restaurants?
We’ve noticed that there are quite a few songs that Chinoys have heard throughout their childhood. Here are four for you to look back on and enjoy:
1) Friends (朋友, péng you)
“Friends” is a Taiwanese song performed by Wakin Chau and released by Rock Records in 1997. As indicated by its title, “Friends” was written to express the precious nature of a true friendship, which remains unchanging despite uncertain environments.
Despite “Friends” having been released more than two decades ago, many Chinoys still recognize it from learning it in school, singing it in karaoke, or from Kim Chiu’s multiple covers of the song.
2) The Moon Represents My Heart (月亮代表我的心, yuè liang dài biǎo wǒ de xīn)
You’ve probably heard this song before plenty of times in Chinese restaurants! “The Moon Represents My Heart” is a Taiwanese classic that is often cited to be “one of the most famous and beloved Chinese songs of all time.” Though it was originally released in 1973, it was Teresa Teng’s 1977 version that took the world by storm—in fact, the song was covered by many international artists including Bon Jovi, Andy Lau, David Archuleta, Kim Chiu, and many more!
3) Fairytale (童话, tóng huà）
A karaoke mainstay among Chinese communities all around the globe, “Fairytale” was co-written and performed in 2005 by Malaysian-Chinese artist Michael Wong. In 2006, the song won the 28th Radio Hong Kong Top Ten Chinese Golden Songs award. It is now known as one of the most successful Chinese songs in the 21st century.
4) Can’t Lose You ( 绝能不失去你, jué néng bù shī qù nǐ)
Before the international popularity of K-Pop, there was F4, a Taiwanese boy band composed of members Jerry Yan, Vanness Wu, Ken Chu, and Vic Chou. The group rose to fame after starring in the hit idol drama series Meteor Garden, which gained high viewership in East and Southeast Asia. Among many of their iconic songs is “Can’t Lose You,” which served as the opening theme for Meteor Garden II.