Alessio enjoys vintage Italian TV & music. He also enjoys listening to Chinese POP music.
Chinese music features several songs made for children. These may be difficult to understand for someone not speaking Chinese: nevertheless, their melodies are particularly catchy and happy, so you don't have to be Chinese to appreciate these tunes.
A curious fact about some Chinese nursery rhymes is that some of them are hits used on thousands of videos on Douyin, the Chinese TikTok. Moreover, some Chinese shops play some of these tunes (for example, Lin Xinrong's calm and relaxing songs) as background music. There is a tendency not to relegate them only to something for kids but to make them a part of all effects of the Chinese musical heritage that everyone can enjoy.
Top 10 Chinese Songs for Kids
- "Give Me Another Hug" – Li Xinrong
- “Cute Frog” – Xiaomin
- “Hao Baobao” – Traditional Nursery Rhyme
- “You Look Good When You Smile” – Li Xinrong (Feat. Fan Tongzhou & Li Kaichou)
- “Show the Future” – Xu Gechun (Feat. Hu Yongsheng & Xu Xinggang)
- “Baby Baby” – Traditional Nursery Rhyme
- “Flowers of The Motherland” – YOYO
- “Xiao Ke Ai” – Coolbaby
- “Wudi Xiao Ke Ai” – Bunny Babe Theme Song
- “Listen to Me Say Thank You” – Li Xinrong
1. “Give Me Another Hug” – Li Xinrong
Some videos posted on Douyin featured this song. The singer, Li Xinrong, is the son of two professional musicians: this has made her learn to sing and play instruments. Now, she is one of the most successful singers in China for songs targeted at children.
2. “Cute Frog” – Xiaomin
This is a classic Chinese nursery rhyme also featured in some Douyin videos. This song is about frogs staying in a small lotus pond, singing, and clucking. Lotus ponds are very common in China, with lotus root being one of the main ingredients of Chinese cuisine.
3. “Hao Baobao” – Traditional Nursery Rhyme
This song talks about being a good child and is about a kid who goes to school, brushes his teeth and takes baths frequently, loves mam and dad, and wants to grow taller quickly. This is another nursery rhyme featured in several videos posted on Douyin.
4. “You Look Good When You Smile” – Li Xinrong (Feat. Fan Tongzhou & Li Kaichou)
This is another successful song from Li Xinrong, who sings it with her parents. This tune talks about the wish of going to the mountains and the beach and finally, to see someone smiling, as they look good when they smile. It is one of the absolute hits of Douyin, with thousands of videos featuring it.
5. “Show the Future” – Xu Gechun (Feat. Hu Yongsheng & Xu Xinggang)
This is a motivational song for children, quite similar to the lyrics of some tunes of the TFBOYS band, which is already well-known for talking about youth and hopes for the future. "Show the Future" has a very dynamic and lively pace, and the lyrics describe actions like running hard and dancing.
6. “Baby Baby” – Traditional Nursery Rhyme
This is another classic Chinese nursery rhyme. It talks about growth as a happy journey and it encourages children to develop their skills and never be afraid of difficulties (metaphorically represented by the wind and the rain). There are also mentions of the stars and the Moon, as they guide and bless the child. There is a final emphasis on the love of mom and dad for their child. This song essentially means that children should enjoy their growth and that they are never alone in this important aspect of life.
7. “Flowers of the Motherland” – YOYO
Children generally sing this nursery rhyme in chorus. The song calls them “the flowers of the motherland”, those who are going to grow up happy and appreciate the elements of nature: these are, once again, a metaphor for the difficulties, the opportunities, the good and the bad they will encounter in their life. The vastness of mountains and rivers may represent all the things they will learn and experience during their life, which is considered happy and colorful like the flowers.
8. “Xiao Ke Ai” – Coolbaby
This song is meant to teach children gratitude for their parents and what they do to make sure they have always everything they need: clean clothes and food, for example. The title means, in English, “little cutie” and refers to an obedient baby who always cleans their room and is always grateful to their parents.
9. “Wudi Xiao Ke Ai” – Bunny Babe Theme Song
This is the trendiest nursery rhyme in absolute on Douyin. The title means "the invincible little cutie", which is sometimes cute, sometimes a little evil. It shows two different aspects of childhood. Evilness is, of course, mentioned innocently: it is all about being cute and adorable, but sometimes a little brat too.
10. “Listen to Me Say Thank You” – Li Xinrong
This last song of Li Xinrong teaches children the importance of being grateful to other people. It is another successful hit featured on the Chinese TikTok, in addition to being played as background music in some Chinese shops.
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