Worldwide Anthems

5. Insooni  (인순이) – 거위의 꿈 (Gowiye Kkum) – Goose’s Dream

Known as South Korea’s R&B diva, Insooni debuted back in the late 70s and has over 15 albums. Her song Goose’s Dream was released in 2007 as the theme song for the Korean drama Beethoven Virus (a version of Japanese drama Nodame Cantabile), and it talks about believing in dreams, even when you’re down with lyrics like “I have a dream, / Even if I’m thrown away or ripped to shreds / Deep in my heart / I have a dream as precious as gem / If by chance, without a reason, / Somebody ridicules me behind my back / I should be patient / I would wait just for that day.

4. AI – Story

AI is possibly one of Japan’s best R&B examples. She was inspired by gospel choir, which ended up giving her the chance to sing with hers at a Mary J. Blige concert. She even danced in the music video for Janet Jackson’s Go Deep! When about to debut in a girl group in the US, she took the chance for a solo career in Japan and the rest is history~

One of her biggest hits is the song Story, from her 2005 album Mic-a-holic Ai. The song is simply AI addressing people who might have troubles and feel lonely.

You’re not alone
Because I’ll protect you
I want to see your smiling face
Time calms me
And passes together with my pain
Sun light gently shines down

Sometimes people get hurt as they’re hurting others
Each of our colors are different
But we each of us have our own story
We live our lives as we make it
So never ever
Give up…


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

5 Responses

  1. Rodrigo says:

    Songs 6,7 & 9 are annoying for me to listen to. But great choice on using Molotov and Prisioneros for the Top 2 spots.

    • amy says:

      @Rodrigo, it’s common with people with pop bias. xD I always wonder how you liked the Spice Girls. Totally didn’t picture that. LOL

      How about the other songs?

      • Rodrigo says:

        @amy, It was during a time when pop music didn’t totally sucked and I was young. People make mistakes! :'(

        Songs 6, 7 and 9 were extremely overplayed to death during their prime. Color Esperanza isn’t bad if played once in a while. PSV’s song reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend years ago. I mentioned that song annoying me due to it being very overplayed (songs can actually get on my shitlist for this factor and last there for a period of time), he replied back with saying the song didn’t apply to me at the moment, which was a valid point. The mere sound of the Aristia song makes me want to curbstomp a cat, though. I can’t stand that song!

        The rest of the songs are fine by me.

        • amy says:

          @Rodrigo, lol – actually… if you look away from pop in English, you’ll find that pop doesn’t really suck. xD

          I agree though, songs get overplayed… but I guess that’s part of them becoming a lot of people’s anthems. Otherwise it’d be songs that one just knows…

          I like my translations though hahahaha.

  2. Mirella Snape says:

    I’ve just come to say I love… the top 3 XD

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