Alessio enjoys vintage Italian TV & music. He also enjoys listening to Chinese POP music.
TikTok is one of the most used social networks and is the international adaptation of a leading Chinese video app. In China, TikTok's name is Douyin, and the service is separate from the one used in the rest of the world. Douyin's viral hits are almost all Chinese, yet international tunes are also on the top charts. The most curious fact is that some of these foreign songs have become viral in China but have not achieved the same popularity outside the Asian country. The international songs listed here are some of the top hits on the Chinese version of TikTok.
Top 15 International Songs on Chinese TikTok
- "Angelina" – LOU BEGA
- "Tu Vivi nell'Aria" – Miani
- "Batte Forte" – Lollipop
- "Time" – MKJ
- "We No Speak Americano" – DCUP and Yolanda Be Cool
- "Sansa Lala" – Kayaz
- "Wicked Wonderland" – Martin Tungevaag
- "Toca Toca" – Fly Project
- "Dragostea Din Tei" – O-Zone
- "Psycho" – Russ
- "BOOM" – Tiësto with Gucci Mane & Sevenn
- "Ngau Hung" – Hoaprox
- "The Next Episode" – Dr. Dre
- "Friendships" – Pascal Letoublon
- "Oto No Naru Houe" – Goose House
1. "Angelina" – LOU BEGA
Lou Bega is a German singer of Italian and Ugandan origins. He is best known for having written and performed a remake of Mambo No.5, a song released by Dámaso Pérez Prado in 1950. Most of the success of Lou Bega comes from this remake, which also reached the top positions on music charts. Angelina is a song from the album Ladies and Gentlemen, released by the artist in 2001. It has not achieved the same success as Mambo No.5, but it became viral on TikTok in China ten years later. Short vlogs and sketches generally include this song.
2. "Tu Vivi nell'Aria" – Miani
What surprised me about Douyin was the high number of videos featuring two old Italian songs. These pieces belong to the past of Italian music and are not generally popular outside Italy. Yet, they have achieved new fame as TikTok hits in China. Tu Vivi nell’Aria is one of these songs. The title means "you live in the air."
3. "Batte Forte" – Lollipop
Batte Forte is a love song released in 2001 by the Italian musical group Lollipop. The title means "beats fast" and refers to the heart. The piece is catchy and pleasant, even if it is no longer a hit in Italy. Yet, the song went viral in China, both in its original version and in a remix that blends it with Gangnam Style.
4. "Time" – MKJ
MKJ is a music composer who releases its pieces on YouTube and SoundCloud. One of these, Time, went viral on TikTok in China, with millions of videos featuring it, and its saxophone instrumental part has become a meme on Chinese social media.
5. "We No Speak Americano" – DCUP and Yolanda Be Cool
This song is the first example of an international hit that has achieved the same success in China. Many suspenseful and humorous videos use it on Douyin before anything funny happens. These clips begin with suspense music. When something funny is about to happen, the music stops, and the iconic refrain "Pa-parl'americano" starts.
6. "Sansa Lala" – Kayaz
There is not much information on this instrumental piece of music. Its title is written in the Hausa language and means "Don't worry." The artist's name is Kayaz, but we know very little about him. Some Chinese websites describe him as a European artist, and many of his other songs have French titles. Despite the artist's anonymity, Sansa Lala has become a hit on TikTok in China. It is mainly long-running POVs and short films that feature this song.
7. "Wicked Wonderland" – Martin Tungevaag
Wicked Wonderland is the most famous hit by Martin Tungevaag, a Norwegian DJ. The song went viral not only on Douyin but also on international TikTok, particularly in Japan. Like Sansa Lala, this piece is used mainly within POVs and short films.
8. "Toca Toca" – Fly Project
The piece reached the top positions in the music charts in Romania, but it did not become an international hit. Yet, it has had high sales in different countries, especially in Eastern Europe. In China, it has become a hit on TikTok, and thousands of Chinese people dance to this song.
9. "Dragostea Din Tei" – O-Zone
It is the second Romanian song to go viral on TikTok in China. The O-Zone band released the piece in 2003. It has been an international hit for a long time, which I also listened to often during my childhood.
10. "Psycho" – Russ
There are several songs with this title, and that of Russ, an American rapper, quickly became a hit on Douyin. This piece was also the protagonist of a popular TikTok challenge in China, which consisted of putting oneself in a particular pose after counting to three.
11. "BOOM" – Tiësto with Gucci Mane & Sevenn
BOOM is an electronic dance song released in 2007 by the Dutch DJ Tiësto. The refrain is motivating and danceable, which is why it has become popular on TikTok in China. In particular, several dance and gym videos use it.
12. "Ngau Hung" – Hoaprox
Ngau Hung is an electronic dance instrumental composition by Hoaprox, one of the most famous Vietnamese DJs. His fame is national, and his music is less known in the rest of the world. Yet, Ngau Hung managed to conquer the TikTok music charts in China.
13. "The Next Episode" – Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre is an American rapper who co-founded Beats, the famous company that produces earphones and speakers. Forbes magazine ranked Dr. Dre as the second wealthiest rapper in the world, but another milestone was conquering the TikTok charts in China. Many suspenseful and humorous videos use the instrumental basis of The Next Episode, which seems perfect for these types of videos.
14. "Friendships" – Pascal Letoublon
Pascal Letoublon is a French electronic music producer. His most successful composition was Friendships, which has been popular with TikTok users in China and worldwide. Most videos that use this song involve a dance challenge generally performed outdoors. Video creators In China usually shoot these videos in the squares of large cities.
15. "Oto No Naru Houe" – Goose House
Goose House was an emergent Japanese pop band until 2018, when it broke up. In 2014, Goose House released Oto No Naru Houe, known for being the ending theme of the second season of the Silver Spoon anime. The song also achieved success on TikTok in China.
Top International Songs Viral on Chinese TikTok Poll
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