The Top 5 Chinese Pop Songs of 2017

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If you’re a fan of Chinese pop music, then you’ll want to check out our list of the top 5 songs of 2017. From catchy tunes to beautiful ballads, there’s something for everyone on this list.


2017 was a great year for Chinese pop music, with many new and established artists releasing catchy and popular songs. In this article, we count down the top 5 Chinese pop songs of 2017, as voted by our readers.

5. Jasmine 《茉莉花》 by Harlem Yu
Harlem Yu’s classic 《茉莉花》 was re-released in 2017 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of its release. The song was originally released in 1997 and quickly became a huge hit, cementing Harlem Yu’s place as one of the most popular Mandopop artists of all time.

4. 《成全》 by Jane Zhang
Jane Zhang’s 2016 single 《成全》 was one of the biggest pop hits of last year, and its popularity has carried over into 2017. The song is a touching ballad about sacrificing for loved ones, and its simple but effective melodies have struck a chord with many listeners.

3. 《不得不爱》 by Jolin Tsai
Jolin Tsai is one of the most successful Mandarin pop singers of all time, and her 2017 single 《不得不爱》 is yet another example of her incredible talent. The dance track is an infectious earworm that will have you singing along after just a few listens.

2. 《小幸运》 by Hua Chenyu
Hua Chenyu’s 2016 single 《小幸运》 was a massive hit, and it’s still going strong in 2017. The feel-good track is about finding happiness in the little things in life, and its positive message has resonated with many listeners.

1. 《像风一样自由》 by Gao Xiaosong
Gao Xiaosong’s 2016 track 《像风一样自由》 topped our list of the best Chinese pop songs of 2016, and it remains at the top spot in 2017. The motivational anthem is an inspiring call to chase your dreams, no matter how impossible they may seem.

“The Story of Us” – Yang Yang

“The Story of Us” is a song by Chinese singer Yang Yang. It was released on September 1, 2017, as the lead single from his debut studio album, Origins.

The song was written by Yang Yang and Li Nanxing, and produced by Li Nanxing. The music video was directed by Liu Zhenwei and features actress Zhao Liying.

The song is a midtempo pop ballad with elements of R&B and hip hop. The lyrics tell the story of a relationship between two people who are in love but have to face the challenges of life together.

“The Story of Us” was a commercial success, peaking at number one on the Chinese music charts. The song won the Best Song award at the 2017 QQ Music Awards, and was nominated for several other awards, including Song of the Year at the 2017 YinYueTai V-Chart Awards.

“A Little Love” – Jasmine Sokko

Jasmine Sokko is a Singaporean singer-songwriter and music producer who first garnered attention in 2015 with her track “1057,” which has amassed over three million hits on YouTube. Since then, she has released a self-titled debut EP and gone on to win multiple awards, including the 2016 Asian Artist Awards’ Best Newcomer.

“A Little Love” is the lead single off Sokko’s debut EP, and it quickly became a sleeper hit in China upon its release in 2017. The song’s subdued electronic production and Jasmine’s emotive vocal performance come together to create a moving ode to unrequited love. “A Little Love” peaked at number five on the QQ Music chart and has been streamed over 100 million times on Spotify.

“Wildfire” – Bii

“Wildfire” is a song by Taiwanese singer Bii. It was released on December 21, 2016, as the lead single from his fourth studio album, Start Over (2017). The song was written by Bii and composed by Swedish production team The Family.

“Wildfire” is a mid-tempo pop ballad with R&B influences. The song’s lyrics talk about a passionate love that burns like a wildfire. Upon its release, the song was met with positive reviews from music critics. Many praised the song’s production and Bii’s vocals.

The song peaked at number 5 on Billboard’s China V Chart and became one of the most popular songs in China in 2017.

“Waiting for You” – Lu Han

“Waiting for You” is a song by Chinese singer-songwriter Lu Han. It was released as a single on December 12, 2017, by S.M. Entertainment, as the lead single from his second studio album, Reloaded (2017). The song was written and composed by Lu Han himself.

The song is a pop ballad with R&B and EDM elements, with its lyrics addressing the feeling of missing someone. Upon its release, “Waiting for You” was met with generally positive reviews from music critics, who praised its production and catchiness. Commercially, the track debuted at number 2 on Billboard’s China V Chart and at number 3 on the Sina Weibo Chart in China.

Lu Han first teased the song through a short video posted onto his official Weibo account on December 8, 2017. The full single and its accompanying music video were then released on December 12.


5. “Fireworks” by TFBOYS
The boy band TFBOYS has been popular in China since 2013, and their song “Fireworks” was released in 2017. The song is a mix of R&B and pop, and its lyrics are about young love.

4. “A Little Happiness” by Hebe Tien
Hebe Tien is a member of the Taiwanese girl group S.H.E, and “A Little Happiness” is the theme song for the Chinese film “Our Times”. The song is a mix of pop and jazz, and its lyrics are about happiness and young love.

3. “The Myth” by Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan is a Chinese actor and singer, and “The Myth” is the theme song for the film of the same name. The song is a mix of folk music and pop, and its lyrics are about following your dreams.

2. “Gangnam Style” by Psy
Psy’s “Gangnam Style” was a global phenomenon in 2012, and it remains popular in China today. The song is a mix of K-pop and hip-hop, and its catchy beat and humorously- suggestive lyrics have made it a favorite amongst Chinese youths.

1. “Crown” by Jay Chou
Jay Chou is a Taiwanese singer, songwriter, actor, and director, and “Crown” was released in 2017 as part of his album Jay Chou’s Fantasia 2 world tour. The song is a mix of R&B and classical music, and its lyrics are about striving to be the best version of yourself.

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