100 Songs of Chinese Music
17. Bygone Love (當愛已成往事) – Leslie Cheung (張國榮)
The same year Anita Mui passed away, Leslie Cheung committed suicide, devastating the Hong Kong industry. Cheung was one of the great talents of the HK entertainment industry, and he was fondly called Gor Gor (哥哥, aka. Brother). He recorded this song, which was included in his 1995 album Most Beloved (寵愛), but was also used to promote Chen Kaige’s Beijing Opera film, Farewell My Concubine (霸王别姬).
Apparently, Cheung had trouble letting go of the tragedy of the character he played on the film, he identified as bisexual at a time and place that just probably made things worse.
18. Conquer (征服) – Na Ying (那英)
This is the only song that everyone sings when they think or see Mainland China singer Na Ying. Like- literally, in The Voice of China, they’d just drop and sing this when they chose Na Ying as a mentor.
Warning: Video contains a lot of intimate caressing, especially when you think of 1998 China. xD
19. Crescent Moon (弯弯的月亮) – Liu Huan (刘欢)
The Father of Modern Mainland Pop.
Liu Huan is, of course, famous for his duet with Sarah Brightman You and Me (我和你) [clip], which was the main theme of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His voice is pristine, as if naturally autotuned by god [also see: Sonu Nigam].
Another one of his most popular songs, however, is this one called Crescent Moon, which is often played during the Autumn or Moon Festival.
There’s also a really cool 2004 concert available in YouTube.
20. Annoyed (煩) – Shino Lin (林曉培)
Asian girls can also get annoyed!
21. Winter Comes (冬天来了) – Ding Wei (丁薇)
Ding Wei’s 2004 album Dear Ding Wei (亲爱的丁薇) made it to my list of Ten Chinese Albums to Brag About, and years after that post, I still don’t know much about her. She hasn’t released studio material in ten years, but apparently she finished a new album earlier this year [according to Xiami], so crossing fingers.
Winter Comes is one of her most dramatic and moody songs, and was also covered (quite masterfully) in an episode of The Voice of China, with arrangements by Liu Huan himself.