5 Best Sad Chinese Songs

Listening to the 5 best sad Chinese songs could be just the right medicine when you’re going through some trials and hardships in life. It can be quite ironic for someone who’s in a state of anguish to just simply pop into a high-strung set of sounds and enter a state of let bygones-be-bygones. The best way to go through a painful process is to allow yourself to be immersed in the process, but not to be overwhelmed by pain. The Chinese are perhaps some of the best in the world at creating sad songs, and they have incredible artists that give a voice and interpretation to these songs.

  1. "Tong Hua" by Guang Liang. Known as "Fairytale" in English and sung by the artist Guang Liang, also known as Michael Wong, this is perhaps the top-ranked sad Chinese song because of its lyrics, its catchy tune and, most importantly, the music video that gave life to the song. The song stresses about a girl who refuses to believe in the concept of a happy ending, and about the boy who longs to be her prince. Their budding romance suddenly hits a brick wall when the girl is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition. The music video concludes their story when the boy performs the song in a theatre auditorium while the girl listens to his performance via mobile phone on her supposed deathbed.
  2. "Yao Lan Qu" by Power Station. Also known as "Lullaby," "Yao Lan Qu" is on the official soundtrack of the Taiwanese drama “The Rose.” Sung by the group Power Station, the song depicts how a father tucks his little daughter in to sleep. It talks about how the father keeps on comforting her, telling her not to be afraid of the dark and that someday, when happiness and sadness come into her life, she should be prepared to face them alone, and that a father will not always be there to stand by her side.
  3. "An Jing" by Jay Chou. Translated as "Silence," the song "An Jing" talks about the breaking up of a relationship between a musician and his love. It focuses at first on his denial about what went wrong in what they had. Eventually the song reveals that the girl fell in love with another man, and talked to the musician about how hard it was for her to break up with him. The song ends when the musician bravely accepts the fate of their love and how he needs to move on.
  4. "Tears from Polaris" by Nicholas Teo. Although the English translation of the lyrics of the song indicate that it is about breaking up, the official music video from Nicholas Teo speaks otherwise. One of the best sad Chinese songs, the music video speaks about the falling-out between musician friends. It talks about a growing rift between them that eventually boils over, sending one packing and out of the musical partnership. Unlike the previous three songs above, the music video of this song presents a happy ending. At the end of the day, they ultimately patch things up as one extends the hand of reconciliation during a concert performance.
  5. "Tian Hui" by S.H.E.  Another excellent sad Chinese song that talks about a budding relationship between a young boy and a young girl. Translated into English as “The Darkening of the Sky,” the song "Tian Hui" is sung by the Chinese all-female trio S.H.E. The music video portrays a young boy and girl who express their feelings of mutual affection towards each other in non-conventional ways, the girl through everyday photographs and the boy through illustrations. Their story, sadly ends in tragedy as the girl passes away and the boy is left with only his illustrations to remember her by. This song epitomizes the essence of Chinese sad songs: it's ethereal, memorable and gives a reason for people to move on.
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