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June 5, 2020

Last Train 末班車 – Ricky Hsiao 蕭煌奇

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One of the biggest hits of 2011 by Taiwanese blind singer Ricky Hsiao (蕭煌奇). I love this original version by Ricky which is more about acceptance, but I also love the live version by Shin (信) from season 4 of I Am A Singer (我是歌手4) which is a very powerful rendition more about reluctance to let go.

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May 4, 2020

Washing Machine 洗衣機 – Mayday 五月天

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也許 我從來不是一個好孩子,
Maybe… I have never been a good son/daughter
也許 我管不住自己的叛逆,
Maybe… I cannot control my rebellious nature
也許 我從來沒有讓你滿意,
Maybe… I have never made you be proud of me
但,我還是想讓你知道……
But… I still want to let you know (I love you)…

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day, so here’s a song paying respects to all mothers… Happy Mother’s Day…

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April 23, 2020

Silent (Theme Song from You Are My Sunshine) 默(2015 電影《何以笙簫默》主題曲)

Silent” is theme song from 2015 movie, You Are My Sunshine (何以笙簫默) by Naying (那英) that has been covered by some of the best well-known Chinese and Korean artists including Jay Chou (周杰倫), Hwang Chi-Yeul (황치열 黃致列), and A-Mei (張惠妹).

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April 7, 2020

Tales of the Red Cliff 醉赤壁 – J J Lin 林俊傑

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Originally the theme song to online game, Heroes of Three Kingdoms (赤壁), from 2008, the song has been revitalized in the last couple of years due to the song exposure in a Chinese variety show (快樂大本營) in 2018, and then the use of the song as the theme to Singaporean MediaCorp Channel 8 TV series, Hello From The Other Side (新傳媒電視劇《陰錯陽差》主題曲).

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March 21, 2020

Ten Years 十年 – Eason Chan 陳奕迅

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Something fun first…

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March 7, 2020

A Million Possibilities 一百萬個可能 – Christine Welch 克麗絲叮

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A very reflective and poetic Mandarin song from 2014, lyrics written and sang by American Christine Welch, a Wisconsin born singer/songwriter.

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February 16, 2020

Onion 洋蔥 – ‎Aska Yang 楊宗緯

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An old song from 2008 that is still so beautifully sad to listen to… The song was written especially for Aska by Ashin (阿信). Ashin is the vocalist of the Taiwanese band Mayday (五月天), who also recorded the song in 2013. Also in May, 2013, TF Family (TF家族, now known as TFBoys), a young boy band from Chongqing recorded the song on video, using the song to look for the mother of one of the band members, who abandoned him when he was very young, and the video went viral. Ashin saw the video and posted it on his facebook, and in 2019, invited Karry (王俊凱), one of the TFBoys members, to sing the song in one of their concerts.

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February 2, 2020

Most Popular Mandopop Music Videos (Part 2) YouTube 破億華語歌曲(二)

Below are song 11 to 20, for song 1 to 10 go to Most Popular Mandopop Music Videos (Part 1)

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January 31, 2020

Most Popular Mandopop Music Videos (Part 1) YouTube 破億華語歌曲(一)

I can’t believe January 2020 is almost over, where has the time gone so quickly? I was going to do a post on most popular Chinese movie songs of the last decade since The Oscars is just around the corner, but as usual I got sidetracked while trying to compile a list, LOL. While doing some research, I came across a list of the Chinese songs that are the most watched music videos on YouTube. The list was for the Chinese songs that first hit 100 million views in the last ten years. So I thought, why not, and immediately abandoned my initial intention of just listing movie songs! This list is arranged by the first 20 Mandopop songs to achieve 100 million hits by timeline (that is when they first attended 100 million views), so they are not the on-going list of the current most watched music videos which will continue to change day by day.

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January 11, 2020

Final Chapter 轉眼(2018 自傳最終章) – Mayday 五月天

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This has to be the best music video from last year! I get teary eyes watching it every single time, as with most music videos from them… The actual title in Chinese is “in the blink of an eye (final chapter of an autobiography 2018)”.

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