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20 Best Emotional Chinese Songs

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There are various emotional songs in Chinese culture. This article lists some of the most beautiful ones.

There are various emotional songs in Chinese culture. This article lists some of the most beautiful ones.

Many people get in touch with Chinese songs when listening to background music at restaurants or shops. Most of the songs played in these places are emotional ones that got famous because they went viral on Douyin, the Chinese TikTok, or because they got featured in television series and dramas. Other songs are less popular but still worth to listen. This article will list some of the most successful tunes that convey happiness, sadness, or love sentiments through their lyrics.

Top 20 Emotional Chinese Songs

  1. "Kuai Shuo Ni Ai Wo" – Xinle Chenfu, He Ziling
  2. "Gali Gali" – Milk Coffee
  3. "Xiao Chanmao" – Yuan Xinyi
  4. "Kuai Shuo Ni Ai Wo" – Ruan Bean
  5. "Milk Bread" – Yang Zi
  6. "Aiqing Meishenme Daoli" – Qi Wei, Tong Liya, and Gao Lu
  7. "BINGBIAN" – Ju Wen Xian
  8. "9277" – Zhou Yanyi
  9. "123 I Love You" – Xin Yue Chen Fu
  10. "Fell In Love With You Ridiculously" – Joyce Chu
  11. "White Moonlight and Cinnabar Nevus" – Da Zi
  12. "Always Online" – JJ Lin
  13. "Baby Face" – Hou Xian
  14. "Yong Gan Ai" – Mi2
  15. "Ocean in the Northern Hemisphere" – Ou Deyang
  16. "Pi Yixia Hen Kaixin" – Lin Ziqi
  17. "Wei Wei" – Fu Ruqiao
  18. "To The Starry Sky" – Yin Xi Mian
  19. "This Street" – Yun Feifei
  20. "For Future" – Li Xian

1. "Kuai Shuo Ni Ai Wo" – Xinle Chenfu, He Ziling

The title means "Say you love me." The lyrics are about future uncertainties, with the only certainty given by the love for someone.

2. "Gali Gali" – Milk Coffee

The song was composed for an episode of Ode to Joy 2, a popular Chinese TV series. The title means "Curry Curry" and introduces the love for traveling, seeing new places, and trying local food. The song begins by mentioning Thailand: the country where the protagonists of the TV series go on vacation in an episode. After Thailand, there is a reference to Singapore and Indonesia. Curry is the recurring word, but there are additional references to exotic fruits like coconut, pineapple, and mango.

3. "Xiao Chanmao" – Yuan Xinyi

The title means "Little Gluttonous Cat," but the lyrics are not about felines: this is a love song whose refrain means "I am your exclusive little cat." It is full of references to cats in Chinese love songs, with Xue Ma Jiao being one of the most famous examples, commonly played in Chinese shops and restaurants as background music.

4. "Kuai Shuo Ni Ai Wo" – Ruan Bean

This song has the same title as the first in this list, but Ruan Bean sings it. It talks about becoming nonsensical after falling in love with someone, and its refrains is an invite to hurry to say "I love you."

5. "Milk Bread" – Yang Zi

Milk Bread is the ending song of the Chinese TV series Go Go Squid!, a famous romance television series that aired for the first time in 2009 in China and starred by the same singer. It is a love song in which falling in love with someone is compared to milk encountering the bread. To understand this, one should know a popular classic of Chinese bakery: fluffy milk bread.

6. "Aiqing Meishenme Daoli" – Qi Wei, Tong Liya, and Gao Lu

This is a song by Qi Wei, an actress starring in the 2011 Chinese Drama My Economical Man for an episode having the same title, which can be translated as "Love Needs No Reason" or "Love Has No Reason."

7. "BINGBIAN" – Ju Wen Xian

This is a sad song about a girl who suddenly wakes up without finding her boyfriend in bed. She only finds a letter in the room, presumably meaning the guy has left her. The girl remembers the day before when she looked at pictures with him and realized it is difficult to start loving someone else.

8. "9277" – Zhou Yanyi

There is not much information about this song. The original version was composed by Shen Qi, an online singer who adapted it from a piece of Saxophone music. The title does not refer to a particular number: instead, the translation of the number '7' in Chinese is "Qi," so the title may mean "Just Love Qi." One thing sure is that this version of the song has been a hit on Douyin, the Chinese TikTok.

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9. "123 I Love You" – Xin Yue Chen Fu

This is another love song from Xin Yue Chen Fu. The title means that, after counting to three and being 100% sure, one should say, "I love you."

10. "Fell In Love With You Ridiculously" – Joyce Chu

Joyce Chu is a Malaysian Chinese actress and singer who has become viral on the internet for her songs. Malaysia Chabor and I Miss You are her most popular hits, while the piece Fell In Love With You Ridiculously was also featured in several Douyin videos in China.

11. "White Moonlight and Cinnabar Nevus" – Da Zi

The lyrics have been inspired by the novel Red Rose and White Rose, written by Eileen Chang. The song describes the images of a white moonlight and a cinnabar mole as a metaphor for the situation in which some men may find themselves: they marry someone, they feel happy, but then, after years, they become tired of a stable and quiet life and want to seek other stimulations. It is the situation of some people who live an unstable life made of different experiences, seek stability, but then become tired and want to experience instability again.

12. "Always Online" – JJ Lin

This song results from a personal experience: the singer has several friends who mainly stay in touch with their lovers through the internet. This situation has made JJ Lin decide to write about the life and the feelings of people engaged in long-distance love.

13. "Baby Face" – Hou Xian

Baby Face is another song about online chatting. By choosing this title, the singer describes the typical expression made by characters in cartoons when they chat with their friends or lovers on the internet.

14. "Yong Gan Ai" – Mi2

This song talks about the need to be brave to express love for someone. Failing to take the first step because you are too shy or afraid of not being loved may lead to the other party not understanding your feelings.

15. "Ocean in the Northern Hemisphere" – Ou Deyang

This is a song from Ou Deyang. Despite this being the original version of the tune, a cover has been performed by Ariel Lin for the Chinese TV series Love Contract. This song became even more popular than the original version of Ou Deyang, and even many websites in China wrongly attribute the original piece to Ariel Lin.

16. "Pi Yixia Hen Kaixin" – Lin Ziqi

This song is a perfect hymn to happiness. The title means "Skin is happy," and the lyrics are about the ideal things to do to be happy: singing a song in front of the mirror after waking up and telling yourself you are beautiful. The singer says happiness is a choice and invites people to smile or sing together if they are not happy, as singing is an excellent way to put sadness apart.

17. "Wei Wei" – Fu Ruqiao

The song starts by showing the world illuminated by weak morning light, with snow slowly melting by the sun. Perception of time is wrong, and waiting for seconds to pass is like waiting for years. The lyrics go on with a motivational part in which it is asked how many times one should fall before learning to be strong, with a final invitation to be always brave.

18. "To The Starry Sky" – Yin Xi Mian

This romantic song is a hymn to a sky full of stars. The singer wants to turn into a star to shine with her lover and spend all the seasons of the year together.

19. "This Street" – Yun Feifei

This is a love song from Chen Wei. From the lyrics, we imply that two people that were in love at the time of the school are meeting again after years. The song is nostalgic, as the woman regrets time passed, everyone has taken different roads, and the man seems not to be the same boy she used to love at that time.

20. "For Future" – Li Xian

This is another song from the Chinese TV series Go Go Squid!, realized for an episode with the same title. The song is a hymn to the future and an invitation to forget a sad past. This idea is expressed with the image of a rainstorm, followed by a rainbow.

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