The songs that struck a chord with Chinese fans

By Zhang Xingjian(
Updated: 2017-03-02 13:44:18

Music groups have a special role in in the industry. Generally speaking, they are composed of several members with different characteristics, representing contemporary young people. [Photo provided to]

During Spring Festival, an all-girl music group Dormitory 1022 released a cover of the song When You Were Young originally performed by successful girl band S.H.E. The cover has been embraced by young Chinese people.

Through the song, Dormitory 1022 hopes to inspire young people to stick to their dreams and keep going amid difficulties and challenges.

It's not the first song to get a strong reaction from Chinese fans.

Several days ago, a music video went viral on the internet as it brought back memories for many Chinese, particularly those living overseas.

In the video, a middle-aged man plays guitar and sings the classic song Boundless Oceans, Vast Skies by Beyond, one of the most influential rock bands in China. A girl passes by and is moved to tears by the patriotic sentiment of the song.

The song Boundless Oceans, Vast Skies, popular in both Japanese and Cantonese, epitomizes the untamed pursuit of ideals and freedom despite obstacles and has been used in many important occasions.

Music groups have a special role in in the industry. Generally speaking, they are composed of several members with different characteristics, representing contemporary young people.

In the history of Chinese popular music, several influential music groups have emerged.

Let's take a look at some whose images and songs have indeed become a symbol of the times.

TF Boys [Photo/Official Weibo account of TF Boys]

10. TF Boys

TF Boys, also known as The Fighting Boy, is a teenage Chinese boy band consisting of leader Wang Junkai and members Wang Yuan and Yiyang Qianxi.

They quickly gained popularity on the internet, through social media platforms such as Sina Weibo and video sharing platforms.

Their success was attributed to their fresh, school boy image, which filled the void of young male idol groups in China.

F.I.R [Photo/Official Weibo account of F.I.R]

9. F.I.R.

F.I.R. is a Taiwanese pop rock band formed in 2004. The band consists of Faye Chan, Ian Chen and Real Huang.

They are well-known throughout Asia after their song Lydia, became a hit and was the theme song for the Taiwanese television drama The Outsiders.

The name F.I.R. comes from the initials of the names of the three members: Faye, Ian, and Real. It is also an acronym for their debut album Fairyland In Reality.

Yu Quan [Photo/Official Weibo account of Yu Quan]

8. Yu Quan

Yu Quan is a soft rock duet from China.

Founded in June 1998 as a duo between Chen Yufan and Hu Haiquan, they are reputed as the kings of music groups in China.

In 2013, the duo competed in the first season of Chinese reality TV show I Am a Singer and tried to use the power of music to inspire Chinese young musicians to remember and rebuild Chinese music culture.

Twins [Photo/Official Weibo account of Twins]

7. Twins

A Hong Kong Cantopop duo formed in 2001, Twins is made up of two girls, Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung.

They are the most successful female pop group in Hong Kong. Their fan base covers the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Canada, Australia, United States, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Mayday [Photo/Official Weibo account of Mayday]

6. Mayday

Mayday is a Chinese rock band that originated in the late 1990s and has risen to become one of the biggest rock bands on the Chinese pop scene.

As one of China's million-selling rock artists, the band tapped into the zeitgeist of Chinese youth who identify with its themes of innocence, childhood, dreams, aspirations, loneliness and determination.

Mayday makes music with a happy-go-lucky attitude. The band's unique outlook on life has also attracted many fans who find their views refreshing.

Phoenix Legend  [Photo/Official Weibo account of Phoenix Legend]

5. Phoenix Legend

Phoenix Legend is a Chinese popular music duo, consisting of female vocalist Yangwei Linghua and male rapper Zeng Yi.

Their music blends folk music with rap and hip hop elements and has a wide appeal with fans from seniors to young children.

They have produced many magical songs and led the wave of square dancing in China.

F4 [Photo/Official Weibo account of F4]

4. F4

F4 or Flower Four is a Taiwanese boy band consisting of Jerry Yan, Vanness Wu, Ken Chu, and Vic Chou.

The group was formed in 2001 after starring in the successful Taiwanese drama Meteor Garden.

The show's theme song topped musical charts that year and was sung by many young men expressing love for their girlfriends.

S.H.E [Photo/Official Weibo account of S.H.E]

3. S.H.E.

Selina Jen, Hebe Tien, and Ella Chen combined the initials of their first names to name their all-girl group. They are the most successful female musical group in Chinese music history.

Since releasing their first album Girls Dorm in 2001, S.H.E has recorded 12 albums with sales totaling well over 10 million.

During the course of S.H.E's career, a significant number of musical groups were introduced by their companies as "the next S.H.E" with hopes of emulating their success but they were unable to live up to the label.

The Little Tigers [Photo/]

2. The Little Tigers

Xiao Hu Dui, also known as the Little Tigers, was a Taiwanese boy band formed in 1988.

The band consisted of Alec Su, Nicky Wu and Julian Chen. The trio rose to fame during the late 1980s, achieving success in their native Taiwan and throughout Asia.

Their success led to the recognition, popularity and creation of Taiwanese idol boy bands and other pop acts.

In 2010, Xiao Hu Dui briefly reunited, performing for CCTV's Spring Festival Gala.

Beyond [Photo/]


Beyond was a Hong Kong rock band that formed in 1983. The band is widely considered to be one of most successful and influential music groups in Asia.

There is a saying China that "Wherever you stay, as long as there exists Chinese people, you will hear the song of Beyond."

In 1993, the founder of the group Wong Ka Kui died in an accident while filming a show at Fuji Television in Tokyo.

The remaining members Paul Wong, Wong Ka Keung and Yip Sai Wing continued before deciding to pursue their own solo careers in 2005, and Beyond officially disbanded. But the spirit of encouragement and bravery embodied in the group lives on.


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