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Top Chinese Songs of 2021 Posted by on Dec 8, 2021 in Culture, Music, Vocabulary

Another year is winding down, so you know what that means. It’s time to review some of the top Chinese songs of 2021! Listening to music and reading lyrics is a great and fun way to practice your Chinese. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular songs in Mandarin that hit the airwaves this year.

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Eric Chou (周兴哲 Zhōu Xìng Zhé)
Leaving You (离开你以后 lí kāi nǐ yǐ hòu)

Taiwanese sing-songwriter Eric Chou (周兴哲 Zhōu Xìng Zhé) is somewhat of a heart-throb. His debut album Learn to Love (学着爱 xué zhe ài) was released when he was just 19, and he’s released five others since then. He released a new single in 2021 called “Leaving You” (离开你以后 lí kāi nǐ yǐ hòu) which already has over 5 million views on YouTube. It’s a slow song, so it’s much easier to follow along with the lyrics. He was even nice enough to put English subtitles in the music video. Enjoy!

你还记不记得 我们的故事
约定过的以后 变成了什么

这些年 也会有想你的时刻
想从前多么爱着 今天就多么不舍

离开你以后忍住没有回头
离开你以后庆幸曾经拥有
后来的那个人 一定爱你很深
不像我用稚嫩带来伤痕

离开你以后我比想像难受
离开你以后祝你快乐自由
爱了你那么久 可惜没到最后
我也曾以为你是一辈子

曾经幻想世界 只有我们不被打扰
单纯总是美好 长大才知道

能永远 天真的这一句誓言
到最后真的如愿 是永远失去从前

离开你以后忍住没有回头
离开你以后庆幸曾经拥有
后来的那个人 一定爱你很深
一定比我更值得你认真

离开你以后我比想像难受
离开你以后祝你快乐自由
爱了你那么久 可惜没到最后
多想一生一世都是我们

离开你以后忍住没有回头
离开你以后庆幸曾经拥有
后来的那个人 一定爱你很深
一定比我更值得你认真

离开你以后我比想像难受
离开你以后祝你快乐自由
爱了你那么久 可惜没到最后
多想一生一世都是我们

Nǐ hái jì bù jìdé wǒmen de gùshì
yuēdìngguò de yǐhòu biàn chéngle shénme

zhèxiē nián yě huì yǒu xiǎng nǐ de shíkè
xiǎng cóngqián duōme àizhe jīntiān jiù duōme bù shě

líkāi nǐ yǐhòu rěn zhù méiyǒu huítóu
líkāi nǐ yǐhòu qìngxìng céngjīng yǒngyǒu
hòulái dì nàgè rén yīdìng ài nǐ hěn shēn
bù xiàng wǒ yòng zhìnèn dài lái shānghén

líkāi nǐ yǐhòu wǒ bǐ xiǎngxiàng nánshòu
líkāi nǐ yǐhòu zhù nǐ kuàilè zìyóu
àile nǐ nàme jiǔ kěxí méi dào zuìhòu
wǒ yě céng yǐwéi nǐ shì yībèizi

céngjīng huànxiǎng shìjiè zhǐyǒu wǒmen bù bèi dǎrǎo
dānchún zǒng shì měihǎo zhǎng dà cái zhīdào

néng yǒngyuǎn tiānzhēn de zhè yījù shìyán
dào zuìhòu zhēn de rúyuàn shì yǒngyuǎn shīqù cóngqián

líkāi nǐ yǐhòu rěn zhù méiyǒu huítóu
líkāi nǐ yǐhòu qìngxìng céngjīng yǒngyǒu
hòulái dì nàgè rén yīdìng ài nǐ hěn shēn
yīdìng bǐ wǒ gèng zhídé nǐ rènzhēn

líkāi nǐ yǐhòu wǒ bǐ xiǎngxiàng nánshòu
líkāi nǐ yǐhòu zhù nǐ kuàilè zìyóu
àile nǐ nàme jiǔ kěxí méi dào zuìhòu
duō xiǎng yīshēng yīshì dōu shì wǒmen

líkāi nǐ yǐhòu rěn zhù méiyǒu huítóu
líkāi nǐ yǐhòu qìngxìng céngjīng yǒngyǒu
hòulái dì nàgè rén yīdìng ài nǐ hěn shēn
yīdìng bǐ wǒ gèng zhídé nǐ rènzhēn

líkāi nǐ yǐhòu wǒ bǐ xiǎngxiàng nánshòu
líkāi nǐ yǐhòu zhù nǐ kuàilè zìyóu
àile nǐ nàme jiǔ kě xí méi dào zuì hòu
duō xiǎng yīshēng yīshì dōu shì wǒmen

Mayday (五月天 wǔ yuè tiān)
Because of You (因为你 所以我 yīnwèi nǐ suǒyǐ wǒ)

Called “the Beatles of the Chinese world,” it’s safe to say that Taiwanese rock-pop group Mayday is a pretty big deal. They formed back in 1997 and have been going strong ever since. They haven’t released an album since 2016’s History of Tomorrow (自传 zì zhuàn), but they finally gave fans a nice Christmas present last year with this new single. It topped Chinese charts in 2021 and got millions of plays.

人群 烟火 香槟和气球
Rénqún yānhuǒ xiāngbīn hé qìqiú
是你 带我 从派对逃走
shì nǐ dài wǒ cóng pàiduì táozǒu
逃离 人间 耳语和骚动
táolí rénjiān ěryǔ hé sāodòng
这里 只有 你我和星空
zhèlǐ zhǐyǒu nǐ wǒ hé xīngkōng
你是 何时 静静靠近我
nǐ shì héshí jìng jìng kàojìn wǒ
你是 何时 偷偷拯救我
nǐ shì héshí tōutōu zhěngjiù wǒ
在我 掌心 放了 一颗糖果
zài wǒ zhǎngxīn fàngle yī kē tángguǒ

人类 为何 都爱看天空
rénlèi wèihé dōu ài kàn tiānkōng
背上 却都 有一对伤口
bèi shàng què dōu yǒuyī duì shāngkǒu
生在 这个 凡人的星球
shēng zài zhège fánrén de xīngqiú
是否 不配 作天使的梦
shìfǒu bùpèi zuò tiānshǐ de mèng
你将 你的 翅膀给了我
nǐ jiāng nǐ de chìbǎng gěile wǒ
带我 穿越 狼群和镜头
dài wǒ chuānyuè láng qún hé jìngtóu
让我 能够 品尝 片刻自由
ràng wǒ nénggòu pǐncháng piànkè zìyóu

因为你 所以我 爱上那 片天空
yīnwèi nǐ suǒyǐ wǒ ài shàng nà piàn tiānkōng
天空下 我在祈求 那是你 牵着我
tiānkōng xià wǒ zài qíqiú nà shì nǐ qiānzhe wǒ
最深刻 的故事 最永恒 的传说
zuì shēnkè de gùshì zuì yǒnghéng de chuánshuō
不过 是你 是我 能够 平凡生活
bùguò shì nǐ shì wǒ nénggòu píngfán shēnghuó

人生 只是 须臾的刹那
rénshēng zhǐshì xūyú de chànà
人间 只是 天地的夹缝
rénjiān zhǐshì tiāndì de jiáfèng
人们 何苦 要活成修罗
rénmen hékǔ yào huó chéng xiūluó
活在 执着 对错的牢笼
huó zài zhízhuó duì cuò de láolóng
是你 帮我 停下了沙漏
shì nǐ bāng wǒ tíng xiàle shālòu
是你 教我 别害怕闯祸
shì nǐ jiào wǒ bié hàipà chuǎnghuò
是你 让我 活得 与众不同
shì nǐ ràng wǒ huó dé yǔ zhòng bùtóng

因为你 所以我 爱上那 片天空
yīnwèi nǐ suǒyǐ wǒ ài shàng nà piàn tiānkōng
天空下 我在祈求 那是你 牵着我
tiānkōng xià wǒ zài qíqiú nà shì nǐ qiānzhe wǒ
最深刻 的故事 最永恒 的传说
zuì shēnkè de gùshì zuì yǒnghéng de chuánshuō
不过 是你 是我 能够 平凡生活
bùguò shì nǐ shì wǒ nénggòu píngfán shēnghuó

因为你 所以我 所以我 不退缩
yīnwèi nǐ suǒyǐ wǒ suǒyǐ wǒ bù tuìsuō
再不愿 这一生中 有遗憾 不反驳
zàibu yuàn zhè yīshēng zhōng yǒu yíhàn bù fǎnbó
不再听 别人说 不在乎 谁能懂
bù zài tīng biérén shuō bùzàihū shuí néng dǒng
只因 世界 再大 不过 你和我
zhǐ yīn shìjiè zài dà bùguò nǐ hé wǒ
用最小回忆 堆成宇宙
yòng zuìxiǎo huíyì duī chéng yǔzhòu

因为你 所以我 爱上那 片天空
yīnwèi nǐ suǒyǐ wǒ ài shàng nà piàn tiānkōng
天空下 我在祈求 那是你 牵着我
tiānkōng xià wǒ zài qíqiú nà shì nǐ qiānzhe wǒ
最深刻 的故事 最永恒 的传说
zuì shēnkè de gùshì zuì yǒnghéng de chuánshuō
不过 是你 是我 能够 平凡生活
bùguò shì nǐ shì wǒ nénggòu píngfán shēnghuó

因为你 所以我 所以我 不退缩
yīnwèi nǐ suǒyǐ wǒ suǒyǐ wǒ bù tuìsuō
再不愿 这一生中 有遗憾 不反驳
zàibu yuàn zhè yīshēng zhōng yǒu yíhàn bù fǎnbó
不再听 别人说 不在乎 谁能懂
bù zài tīng biérén shuō bùzàihū shuí néng dǒng
只因 世界 再大 不过 你和我
zhǐ yīn shìjiè zài dà bùguò nǐ hé wǒ
用最小回忆 堆成宇宙
yòng zuìxiǎo huíyì duī chéng yǔzhòu

Click here for an English translation.

Cheng Xiang (程响 Chéng Xiǎng)
Four Seasons With You (四季予你 sìjì yǔ nǐ)

Let’s mix it up a bit here with an artist from the mainland. Cheng Xiang is a female singer from Huainan (淮南 huáinán) in Anhui province. Her song “Four Seasons With You” (四季予你 sì jì yǔ nǐ) has been very popular this year. It ranks near the top of KKBOX for 2021, actually just slightly above the Mayday song we just listened to. Give it a listen and then try to sing along with the 2nd video.

送你三月的风 六月的雨 九月的风景
让我余生 都有关于你

只如初见 回忆却在蔓延
就像夜晚的甜点 连我的梦境都变甘甜

我愿意为你放弃曾经那些年少轻狂
不去再管所谓流浪或者远方
只想在你身旁把这情歌慢慢唱

送你三月的风 六月的雨 九月的风景
大雪漫天飘零做你的嫁衣 多美丽
送你每个梦境 每次清醒 陪伴的长情
让我余生 都有关于你

我愿意为你放弃曾经那些年少轻狂
不去再管所谓流浪或者远方
只想在你身旁把这情歌慢慢唱

送你三月的风 六月的雨 九月的风景
大雪漫天飘零做你的嫁衣 多美丽
送你每个梦境 每次清醒 陪伴的长情
让我余生都有 关于你

送你三月的风 六月的雨 九月的风景
大雪漫天飘零做你的嫁衣 多美丽
送你每个梦境 每次清醒 陪伴的长情
让我余生都有 关于你

送你三月的风 六月的雨 九月的风景
大雪漫天飘零做你的嫁衣 多美丽
如果岁月无情 你我老去 所有都渐渐忘记
我会把你姓名刻心底 因为你是
此生的 唯一

Sòng nǐ sān yuè de fēng liù yuè de yǔ jiǔ yuè de fēngjǐng
ràng wǒ yúshēng dōu yǒu guānyú nǐ

zhǐ rú chū jiàn huíyì què zài mànyán
jiù xiàng yèwǎn de tiándiǎn lián wǒ de mèngjìng dōu biàn gāntián

wǒ yuànyì wèi nǐ fàngqì céngjīng nàxiē niánshào qīngkuáng
bù qù zài guǎn suǒwèi liúlàng huòzhě yuǎnfāng
zhǐ xiǎng zài nǐ shēn páng bǎ zhè qínggē màn man chàng

sòng nǐ sān yuè de fēng liù yuè de yǔ jiǔ yuè de fēngjǐng
dàxuě màntiān piāolíng zuò nǐ de jià yī duō měilì
sòng nǐ měi gè mèngjìng měi cì qīngxǐng péibàn de cháng qíng
ràng wǒ yúshēng dōu yǒu guānyú nǐ

wǒ yuànyì wèi nǐ fàngqì céngjīng nàxiē niánshào qīngkuáng
bù qù zài guǎn suǒwèi liúlàng huòzhě yuǎnfāng
zhǐ xiǎng zài nǐ shēn páng bǎ zhè qínggē màn man chàng

sòng nǐ sān yuè de fēng liù yuè de yǔ jiǔ yuè de fēngjǐng
dàxuě màntiān piāolíng zuò nǐ de jià yī duō měilì
sòng nǐ měi gè mèngjìng měi cì qīngxǐng péibàn de cháng qíng
ràng wǒ yúshēng dōu yǒu guānyú nǐ

sòng nǐ sān yuè de fēng liù yuè de yǔ jiǔ yuè de fēngjǐng
dàxuě màntiān piāolíng zuò nǐ de jià yī duō měilì
sòng nǐ měi gè mèngjìng měi cì qīngxǐng péibàn de cháng qíng
ràng wǒ yúshēng dōu yǒu guānyú nǐ

sòng nǐ sān yuè de fēng liù yuè de yǔ jiǔ yuè de fēngjǐng
dàxuě màntiān piāolíng zuò nǐ de jià yī duō měilì
rúguǒ suìyuè wúqíng nǐ wǒ lǎo qù suǒyǒu dōu jiànjiàn wàngjì
wǒ huì bǎ nǐ xìngmíng kè xīndǐ yīnwèi nǐ shì
cǐshēng de wéiyī

Click here for an English translation.

Another popular singer this year, Priscilla Abby (蔡恩雨 cài’ēnyǔ) from Malaysia did a great acoustic cover of this song. Check it out and be sure to listen to some of her other songs:

I hope you enjoyed the music and had fun learning Chinese with the lyrics. Let’s finish up this post with a question for all of you!

今年你最喜欢的歌曲是什么?
jīnnián nǐ zuì xǐhuān de gēqǔ shì shénme?
What were your favorite songs this year?

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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


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