Top 100 Chinese Songs of 2017 by Singapore’s Yes 93.3

When it comes to CPop (i.e. Chinese language pop music), there is no authoritative year-end chart. We’re talking about well over a billion people throughout the Chinese territories and beyond. Compiling such a list would be a formidable task. A number of radio stations in various cities put together their own charts. Singapore’s Yes 93.3 is highly respected, and on New Year’s Eve 2017-2018, the station counted down its reckoning of the biggest Mandarin songs of the year. We list them all below in Chinese text. For the Top 10, we include English names and titles with a little info on the songs/artists. We’ll throw in a few music videos along the way.

1. 动物世界/薛之谦

“Animal World” by Joker Xue Zhitian. Formerly known as Jacky Xue, this … Joker (he is a comedian) … is a Shanghainese singer. “Animal World” is the opening track off his 2017 album The Crossing.

2. 飘向北方/王力宏、黄明志

“Stranger in the North” by Namewee Ft. Alexander Wang Leehom. Namewee is a rapper from Malaysia and Alex Wang is an American singer. The music video for this one has attracted over 100 million views on Youtube.

3. 家家酒/家家

“Playhouse” by Jia Jia. Jia Jia is an Aboriginal singer from the island of Taiwan. “Playhouse” has quite a memorable chorus.

4. 暧昧/薛之谦

“Ambiguous” by Joker Xue Zhitian. We’re back to the Joker. This is the second track off his 2017 album.

5. 第一百个我/容祖儿

“The Hundredth Me” by Joey Yung. Joey’s from Hong Kong and rocketed to superstardom in 2003 via “My Pride” which began as a jingle for a TV commercial.

6. 18/李玟

“18” by Coco Lee. Coco is a well-known Hong Kong born American singer and has performed at the Oscars.

7. 炸药/动力火车

“Explosives” by Power Station. This is a rock duo from the Republic of China.

8. 歌谣/李荣浩

“Ballad” by Ronghao Li. Ronghao is from Anhui Province in Mainland China.

9. 未单身 / Alin

“Pseudo Single, Yet Single” by Alin. This is another Aboriginal singer from Taiwan.

10. 爱在身边 / 周兴哲

“Unbreakable Love” by Eric Chou. Eric is a singer-songwriter from Taiwan who went to high school in Boston, USA.

The Remaining Top 100

11. 理智与感情/郑秀文
12. 迁徙/张信哲
13. 跟自己合唱/动力火车
14. 就这样/李荣浩
15. 告白气球/周杰伦
16. 谁来剪月光/陈奕迅
17. 青春住了谁/杨丞琳
18. 我不是神/方炯斌
19. 秘果/梁静茹
20. 光年之外/邓紫棋
21. 换我爱你/何维健
22. 披风/陈奕迅
23. 只愿和你相爱/动力火车
24. 凉凉/杨宗纬、张碧晨
25. 观众/杨丞琳
26. 陪你/范玮琪
27. 你离开他了吗/曾沛慈

28. Coming Home/潘玮柏
29. 瘀青/张智成
30. 还能拥抱/潘嘉丽
31. 最初的记忆/徐佳莹
32. 丹宁执着/林俊杰 feat 消除联盟
33. 烂好人/阿杜
34. 光之海/A-Lin
35. 我会一直想你/郭美美
36. 永不失联的爱/周兴哲
37. 别走远了/插班生
38. 快乐一次拥有/周兴哲
39. 我不能忘记你/林忆莲
40. 爱如空气/韦礼安
41. 在意/韦礼安
42. 还是想念/家家
43. 一直走/A-Lin
44. 之外/陈奕迅
45. 我害怕/薛之谦
46. 美女与野兽/田馥甄、井柏然
47. 志明与春娇(华语版)/五月天
48. 一诺千年/阿杜
49. 偏爱/曾沛慈
50. 天若有情/A-Lin
51. I Do/莫文蔚
52. 火星人来过/薛之谦
53. 我爱的人不爱我/张智成
54. 我们分开应该会好一点/Fuying & Sam
55. 在没有你以后/谢和弦、张智成
56. 一百种孤独的理由/郭美美
57. 好好爱个女孩/张信哲
58. 好爱好散/陈势安
59. 跳舞的梵谷/孙燕姿
60. 倒流/郁可唯
61. 等/品冠
62. A.I爱/王力宏
63. 桃花诺/邓紫棋
64. 哑巴/潘玮柏
65. 孤独是会上瘾的/吴克群

66. 原地打转/插班生
67. 很爱过一个人/丁当
68. 我很愉快/孙燕姿
69. 根本没爱过/潘玮柏
70. 为梦想闪耀/何维健
71. 夏至末夏/胡夏
72. 一念成魔/曹格
73. 单/杨丞琳
74. I Do/陈奕迅
75. 嗯/李荣浩
76. 惯性取暖/小宇
77. 好好(好想把你写成一首歌)/五月天
78. 为爱而爱/鼓鼓
79. 巨人的肩膀/林宥嘉
80. 偷故事的人/张惠妹
81. 风衣/孙燕姿
82. 水星记/郭顶
83. 是爱呀,哈利/插班生
84. 最笨的人是我/方炯斌
85. 一直都在/沈志豪
86. 别问很可怕/J Sheon
87. 像风一样/薛之谦
88. 心率/鹿晗
89. 亲爱的/王力宏
90. 该忘的日子/郭静
91. 我是我/蔡淳佳
92. 船/林宥嘉
93. 身旁/韦礼安
94. 我知道你存在/邱锋泽
95. 凡人歌/五月天、萧敬腾
96. 阎罗王/阎奕格
97. 以刚克刚/邱锋泽,黄振隆
98. 让爱传出去/蔡依林
99. 终于 / 张韶涵
100. 旁观者 / 蔡淳佳

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The 10 Biggest Songs of 2017 in Canada

Below are the 10 biggest hits of 2017 in Canada according to the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 year-end chart. Britain’s Ed Sheeran takes the cake with “Shape of You”. The top song by a Canadian artist is “Starboy” by The Weeknd.

1. Shape of You by Ed Sheeran
2. Despacito by Fonsi & Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber
3. Closer by The Chainsmokers Ft. Halsey
4. Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
5. Unforgettable by French Montana Ft. Swae Lee
6. Starboy by The Weeknd
7. That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars
8. It Ain’t Me by Kygo x Selena Gomez
9. Rockabye by Clean Bandit Ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie
10. I’m the One by DJ Khaled Ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, et al.

The 10 Biggest Songs of 2017 in Japan

Below are the 10 biggest hits of 2017 in Japan according to the Billboard Japan Hot 100 year-end chart. Their homegrown artist Gen Hoshino is king with “Koi”. All girl group Keyakizaka46 place three songs in the year-end Top 10 which is quite remarkable. We have embedded the MV for “Futari Saison” below.

1. Koi by Gen Hoshino
2. Shape of You by Ed Sheeran
3. Uchiage Hanabi by Daoko X Kehshi Yonezu
4. Fukyouwaon by Keyakizaka46
5. Futari Saison by Keyakizaka46
6. TT by Twice
7. Influencer by Nogizaka 46
8. PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen) by PIKOTARO
9. Zenzenzense by RADWIMPS
10. Silent Majority by Keyakizaka46

The 10 Biggest Songs of 2017 in the USA

Below are the 10 biggest hits of 2017 in the United States according to the Billboard Hot 100 year-end chart. Britain’s Ed Sheeran takes the crown with “Shape of You”. The top song of an American artist is “That’s What I Like” by Filipino Hawaiian Bruno Mars.

1. Shape of You by Ed Sheeran
2. Despacito by Fonsi & Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber
3. That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars
4. Humble by Kendrick Lamar
5. Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
6. Bad and Boujee by Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert
7. Closer by The Chainsmokers Ft. Halsey
8. Body Like a Back Road by Sam Hunt
9. Believer by Imagine Dragons
10. Congratulations by Post Malone Ft. Quavo

Time For a World Party!

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Below is a playlist or sampler of good pop songs from various countries around the world. It is not intended as a ‘best of’ list or a list of the most successful artists from their respective countries but as a place to start for those exploring beautiful pop songs from around the world. We have stuck to songs more recent, from the past several years. We will continue to update this list with more countries and change up the songs featured on occasion. We have included the official music videos plus some info on the artists. For countries with an extensive record of scoring hits internationally, like the US and UK, we have selected artists or songs less familiar. This blog post launched a page with link at the top of the blog, Wold Party.

Australia

Samantha Jade is from the western Australian city of Perth. With her beautiful voice, she won the fourth season of X Factor Australia. But she is also an accomplished songwriter, having written songs for other artists like Jojo and Ashley Tisdale. She also has acting credits in her resumé. Outside of her native country, Jade’s music has seen success in South Korea. Samantha released her debut album in 2012 with a followup in 2015. Below is the MV for her song “Sweet Talk”.

Canada

Hedley is one of the most successful bands within Canada that has not blown up internationally. The all-male group is from Vancouver. Lead singer Jacob Hoggard finished third in the second season of Canadian Idol. “Kiss You Inside Out” from 2012 is the group’s most successful single to date with triple platinum certification. When it comes to credibility for making bilingual Anglo-Franco songs, Canada reigns supreme. The bilingual version of this track features Andee (also known as Andrée-Anne Leclerc) who hails from the suburbs of Quebec City. She was a finalist of televised talent search competition Star Académie, was subsequently signed to Universal Music, and has launched a successful English-language music career scoring Top 40 hit “Never Gone”.

China

Although China has hundreds of languages, Cantonese, the primary tongue in the province of Guangdong and the Hong Kong SAR, as well as universal, standard Chinese, i.e. Mandarin, are the two most prolific when it comes to music. One of the most popular of all acts coming out of the Greater China region, is female trio S.H.E from the Republic of China (island of Taiwan). S.H.E stands for the women’s English names: Selena, Hebe, and Ella. Chinese pop, often referred to as C-Pop, prefers, though is not exclusive to, what some might call adult contemporary, love songs, or piano ballads with an emphasis on original, catchy melodies. One of S.H.E’s most popular songs is “It’s Quiet Now” from 2008.

Regarding Cantonese pop music, we embed below Ella Koon’s “So In Love” from 2013. Though she is not a huge name in China, we find this song particularly delicious with a super fun music video.

France

France’s Louane, originally from the far north of the country, is perhaps best known as participant in The Voice. She is also an award winning actress. Both of Louane’s parents passed away in an untimely manner. She released her debut album Chambre 12 in 2015 when she was 18 which was a huge success topping the official French charts. Below is her song “Jour 1”.

Japan

Perfume is a female trio from Hiroshima. The girls formed as a group in 2001 and began seeing success in 2007. Now signed to Universal Music, the group is one of the most successful in the country and is growing in familiarity around the globe. Perfume makes cutting edge progressive electronic dance music but is also known for its futuristic music videos. Below is “Fushizen Na Girl” from 2010.

South Korea

2NE1, pronounced “twenty-one”, began as a quartet, but is currently a trio. K-pop, which normally focusses less on melody resides most often in the urban genre, though with more electronic elements. The group started out in a commercial for LG Electronics. 2NE1 was an overnight success with its official music launch in 2009. There is a claim that the group’s song “I Love You” was the first K-pop song to chart and receive radio airplay (BBC Radio One) in the United Kingdom. It certainly was a success in South Korea, topping the charts in 2012.

United Kingdom

Though its soloists have done well, the UK has perhaps generated more internationally famous bands than any other country. Since the late 70s, popular British music has tended to lean towards the progressive side. One of the most successful bands in recent years within the United Kingdom is Keane, all of whose studio albums hit #1 on the British charts. The group is currently on hiatus. The most recent of Keane’s hits is “Silenced by the Night” from 2012.

United States

It is difficult to find an artist popular within the U.S. but unknown outside of the country. The wealthy American media ensures its own artists get plugged around the world. What is interesting is that there are some American artists whose hit singles do much better outside of the country than within it. One such artist is Hilary Duff. She comes from the city of Houston which is in the south of the country and began her recording career in 2002. Below is track “My Kind” from her most recent album, released in 2015.