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Ten Popular Chinese Female Singers

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Teresa Teng

Teresa Tang is not in the list - so at least her picture is here

Most of Chinese singers do not have a wide international recognition outside of Asia. But they are blessed by an access to a huge fan base with which can compete only those who sing in English.

I assume that many of the readers of my blog (which is dedicated to Chinese girls) are not part of this fan army and don’t follow the trends of Chinese modern music industry. But I am sure that most of you will enjoy a “concert” featuring ten beautiful girls (or at least girls having beautiful voices) singing in Mandarin specially for you. ;-)

So, squeeze an hour from your busy schedule, prepare your favorite drink, take a seat and enjoy…

Amei

First girl is Amei (张惠妹Zhang Huimei)  – a famous Taiwanese singer who made her commercial debut in 1996 and had an instant success. She is known for her unique voice and lively stage performances.
To make an introduction to the world of Chinese pop music easier I chose a song with a video clip from famous movie “Brokeback Mountain”. Song’s title is “I want happiness” (我要快乐).

Cyndi Wang

Another singer from Taiwan is Cyndi Wang (王心凌Wang Xinling). Like many her colleagues she combines singing career with acting. She is very nice girl, but I think that after watching this video many people will agree with me that she has to eat a little bit more :-)

The song is “Tears of Cinderella” (灰姑娘的眼泪).

Elva Hsiao

Well, before you notice it first I have to admit myself that I’ve got here a lot of singers from Taiwan. The reason is simple: their style resonates better with Western ears. And the next beauty is Elva Hsiao (萧亚轩Xiao Yaxuan). So far her fruitful career has spawned 10 albums in 10 years.

For your attention is her song “Honey Honey Honey”.

Faye Wong

Faye Wong (王菲Wang Fei) was born in Beijing. She has an iconic status in mainland China and is popular in many other Asian countries, as well. Faye Wong is successful both as actress and singer. She performs her songs in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

The song presented below is “Red Bean” (红豆).

Fish Leong

Fish Leong (梁静茹 Liang Jingru) – a Chinese Malaysian singer – is another pop queen whose popularity stretches far beyond her homeland. Her style is readily recognizable and especially well fits love ballads for which she is renowned among her numerous fans.

Choosing just one song from her repertoire wasn’t easy. In the end it was “C’est La Vie”.

Jolin Tsai

Jolin Tsai (蔡依林 Cai Yilin). Guess where she is from? Right. Taiwan.
Very versatile performer. From young childhood she has been a perfectionist and one can easily spot that her vocal and dancing abilities greatly improved since the beginning of her musical career.

The following song “Sky” (天空) has a special meaning for me. I hope you will like it.
Note: you might need to increase volume for this song

Penny Tai

Another Chinese Malaysian in my list is Penny Tai (戴佩妮 Dai Peini). In order to foster her career Penny moved to Taiwan. Starting from 2000 she created 9 albums. Most of the songs from her repertoire she composed by herself.

Until today her most popular song is “The Love You Want”(你要的爱).

Rainie Yang

Back to Taiwan where we meet sweet Rainie Yang (杨丞琳 Yang Chenglin). This little girl enraged many people in mainland China when she featured in one TV show and made an ignorant remark about Sino-Japanese war. I personally forgive her :-) and let you to enjoy her trademark song “My Intuition”(暧昧) used as a theme for drama series where she played a leading role.

S.H.E.

And now not just one, but three girls. They got acquainted with each other at one of singing contests and formed the band “S.H.E”. These girls conquered fans not only with their songs, but also with their light-hearted and humorous nature. In one of interviews they called themselves “ugliest girl group in history”. I definitely don’t think so. What about you?

Please, listen to their song “How Are You Lately?” (你最近还好吗?).

Stefanie Sun

Although I setup the order of singers according to the alphabetical writing of their English names, I am truly happy that the honor to close it went to Stefanie Sun (孙燕姿Sun Yanzi) – Singaporean native she mostly lives in Taiwan. During career of 10 years she has sold more than ten million albums. In my opinion she is a true diva of Mandarin popular music.

Only throwing a coin helped me to choose “Meet by Chance” (遇見).

Mmmm… I hope you enjoyed these songs. You can always come back here or listen to them in KTV.

Want more? Check out this list of popular Chinese singers.

Sentimental Crystal Tao

  • Thomas J.

    Most Chinese girls (and Asian girls in general) love singing and therefore any guy looking to date any Asian girl should have a good knowledge of popular singers and songs. This will only add to her affection for you, since you show a genuine interest in an important aspect of her life and culture. Even if you do not speak any Chinese the music is often light and poppy and easy on the ears. On the other hand, most Chinese girls do not enjoy hard, heavy music like rock and rap music. This is often too much and they can not understand the words, which is counter to the often times poetic nature of Chinese music.

  • Thomas J.

    Here are some more examples of popular Chinese female singers. Many of whom are also popular actresses. There is a mix of Mandarin and Cantonese songs, and most of these singers will cross into both main languages and also have songs in Japanese or even Korean.

    Miriam Yeung:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5VhyFGL6ZQ

    Jolin Tsai:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaugPKbVp_E

    Angela Zhang Shau Han:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgKmdoPljJc&feature=related

    Joey Yung:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_6BFq_Da0U&feature=related

    Kelly Chen: (with pinyin that doesn’t make sense..)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtmbHbBl_Us

  • http://www.lovelovechina.com Crystal

    Oh, Thomas!
    We have very similar taste – all of the songs you mentioned are in my musical collection.
    Thanks for sharing :!:

  • CaseyOrourke

    I have come to like Evonne Hsu. She is Taiwanese-American born in Longview, Texas.
    Her wikepedia bio
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evonne_Hsu
    Singing the song “Somewhere out there”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTIU2IclU6o

  • me

    “Fish” is an awfully weird name, along with Jam, Crowd, Fruit, Rainbow and dozens of strange monikers. Thank god Koreans and Japanese have better sense by keeping their own ethnic names.

  • Nick

    I think that the most beautiful sound in the world is the sound of a woman’s voice, especially when singing or laughing. My Ivy sings beautifully, and has the prettiest laugh – it is almost musical.

  • simon

    great site and wonderful information

  • Frank

    What about Zhang Liang Ying (Jane Zhang)? She has a beautiful voice.

  • makaha

    Popular Hit Single By Female Vocal Artist in Singapore 1983

    Hi, I hope someone can help me – I was studying in Singapore in 1983 and there was a very popular pop single at the time, a female vocalist – I remember her as having short black hair and a rather “tough” looking appearance. She wasn’t one of those “soft sweet types” that are classically pretty – but she seemed to have a tough exterior and a sensitive heart.

    But the song was amazing – i’m trying to find it on youtube. I bought her cassette tape in a local market at the time, but of course I’ve lost it since. I don’t know if she was from singapore or taiwan. the song was in chinese – I don’t know if it was mandarin or cantonese – but the chorus sounded like this:

    changee voo changee, tru quoa van nu, you ooooo

    one of the verses sounded like this (i only recall the last phrase):
    – – – – – – – — – – – – – tom tom wo a ainee

    a chinese friend of mine told me the song was something about the changing of seasons – or the seasons of love – but i’m not sure of that.

    I know i haven’t given you much – but i would very much appreciate any leads you might have.
    thanks!

    • http://www.lovelovechina.com Crystal

      With a little help @makaha succeeded to find the song that he was looking for. It appeared to be the song of Su Rui (Julie Su).

      Below is the youtube link:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AGQasqLkV0

  • Makaha

    Thanks so much Crystal for your help.

    the song is Change – as you have linked correctly.

    I hope all of you check it out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AGQasqLkV0

    Aloha!

    Makaha

  • Jack

    Hi, I really need your help!
    I heard a song on Phoenixtv. There were 2 girls singing. I dont know what they sang.. All I know is that one of the singers sang a song about “gayness” (Is that a word?) I dont have a lot of info, but I really want to know who sang it and what the song’s name is. Please help me!!!!!

    Thanks a lot!!!!!

  • Mark

    I prefer Teresa Teng, to me her voice is amazing!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv_cEeDlop0

  • Summerthesmallone

    erm…my favorite would probably be.UM..erm.. S.H.E

  • justmyopinion

    I am Taiwanese.  Besides Teresa Tang, I should say the queen from the list is either 王菲 or 張惠妹.  The guy who wrote songs for Amei called 張雨生 died too early.  The song right now no longer fits Amei’s style, :( which is sad.  And that’s also the reason y people who buy her CD are getting less and less.
    ps. @@ sorry about my bad grammar.

  • Anonymous

    A lot of the Taiwanese singers included here aren’t very good vocally. Theyre “idol” singers?

  • Xuelistefanie

    I love Stefanie,so my name is Stefanie. Nice to meet you~

  • Rhys Ludlow

    Excellent selections from each of these artists. Most I played on my now discontinued MandarinRadio. I have to admit a huge fondness for Karen Mok and Tanya Chua. Were you to expand your list, I vote for them!!

  • Dude

    Lol… A lot of the singers are Taiwanese. They wouldn’t consider themselves Chinese, especially A Mei. She’s proud of her aboriginal heritage.