Amy’s Top Songs of 2018

2. Tan Weiwei (谭维维) & Liang Bo (梁博) – Shadow (影)

I’m low-key disappointed Youku blocked the only HD upload of the music video because Zhang Yimou’s images go so well with the song, it’s not even funny. I’m usually not a fan of movie montages to depict OSTs, but shh is pretty.

Here’s a Youku and Xiami links to videos that might be HD. lol China, what are you doing?

Tan Weiwei is like three for three with her zhongguo feng songs. I hope she continues to explore Chinese culture and gets to do more songs like these.

1. Faye Wong (王菲) & Na Ying (那英) – Years (岁月)

Evergreen voices, everlasting Chinese beauties. So much melancholy, sadness, desire, hope in one simple song, performed on a simple stage with no other thing than two legendary women doing a memorable number. I had missed seeing Faye Wong on the top of my list, so I’m glad to have her back with Na Ying.

As I always do, I’ve put together YouTube and Xiami playlists for your happy listening. You’re welcome.

So, that’s it. 60 -and some- songs this year. Massive. My favorite songs replayed all year long, specially #1 being released on the new year, and replayed ever since. Truly song of the year material.

All throughout 2018, what have you been listening to?


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

4 Responses

  1. Alvin Kuo says:

    I always like the variety of music present on your list. Keep doing the good work in spreading good music, especially Asian, to new listeners out there. I have hopes for Tan Weiwei and Liang Bo continue to develop the Chinese music traditions, as there are plenty of Western elements like electronic and rap music developing as well. BTW I would be remiss to mention that I am also a huge Faye Wong fan, so I wondered what you think of the other theme songs she released this year?

    • amy says:

      I wasn’t a big fan of the theme songs she’s released this year, I think they come below the quality of songs such as 匆匆那年 or 致青春. They didn’t even feel as memorable as 爱不可及 or 清风徐来. I’m looking forward to Tan Weiwei giving Faye a run for her money when releasing theme songs xD Also, in case you missed it like me, Sony did release Su Yunying’s album, Fantasy 幻. It come out about 10 days ago without much fanfare. It’s already available on iTunes, so I supposed it should also be available on Spotify. I wished I knew about this then lol There’s a bunch of great songs in it, and definitely could sneak in my list of favorite albums. ToT

      • Alvin Kuo says:

        Yeah I listened to su tinting’s new album. Better in terms of the direction the music is heading. Her first album wasn’t that great.

        Also Sandy lam released a new album with her old producer on Gaia. Seems like she is trying Faye Wong’s ethereal style.

        Yeah Faye’s theme songs aren’t as catchy but I think feature her best singing in the past few years. Also did you check out her variety show Phantacity? She and her daughter did mv like short movies.

        • Amy says:

          :O Are you kidding? I loved 苏苏’s first album. Probably my favorite that year, even thought Sony took like 3 months before I got to know it was out. I did see Faye’s Phantacity, I loved her performance on it, but I really can’t see through Chinese varieties xD I saw hers and Sarah Brightman’s episode. Faye’s daughter’s performance was pretty good too, but I went to check out her music afterwards, and wasn’t into it.

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