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Best Chinese Pop Songs for Kids: Mando pop & C-pop for families to enjoy

Singing favourite songs is a great way for a child to learn a language.  Listening to Chinese lyrics can help a learner to pick up common vocabulary and new phrases, with catchy jingles.  Whilst it’s easy to find little kids songs in Mandarin like Twinkle Twinkle (小星星) or Two Tigers (两只老虎) or even Baby Shark (碰碰狐),  what about for an older child (or for a mother who is sick of hearing nursery rhymes on repeat!)?

In this post, I’m sharing a few pop songs for families to immerse themselves in Mandarin Chinese and attempt to sing along to. The issue we’ve had with many pop songs is the combination of:

a) the lyrics are not always appropriate

b) they’re very complex words

c) they’re too fast to appreciate

d) all of the above.

This list below is not like that.  This is our list of the catchiest and cleanest Mandopop / Cpop songs we’ve enjoyed, from our favourite Malaysian, Singaporean, Taiwanese and mainland Chinese divas and crooners.  

Chinese Music can be found many places for streamlining – Spotify, Youtube, Ximalaya, etc. 

Joyce Chu 朱主愛

(nicknamed ‘Si Ye Cao’ 四葉草)

Joyce is brilliant Malaysia singer-songwriter and actress, who has produced several ridiculously catchy melodies.  In 2020 she was port of the reality TV Chinese girl group competition Produce Camp (which is also a good watch on Youtube watch)

Plenty of Joyce Chu available to stream.

A Si 阿肆

A Si is a lesser known female singer from Shanghai, who does mainly folk and pop.

Jay Chou 周杰伦

No list would be complete with Jay Chou, dubbed the “King Of Mandopop”.  Chou is a Taiwanese singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, actor, film director, businessman, and magician (!). 

In terms of those with the best lyrics for learning:

Michael Wong  王光良 (Guang Liang)

Guang Liang is a Malaysian singer and composer,  often known as “Prince of Love Songs”,  as he tends to write love-themed ballads.  Great background music, slow-paced, with meaningful lyrics when you really start listening.

JJ Lin 林俊杰

JJ Lin is a Singaporean singer, songwriter, and actor.  He sings in English, Hokkien and Cantonese, in addition to Mandarin, giving him global appeal to many different Chinese speakers.  Impressively he has written over 100 songs for other artists to perform. 

Comic Boyz 可米小子

Comic Boyz is a Taiwanese boy band quintet, which no longer exists.  They did sing several notable songs, including Heart of Superman which was written by JJ Lin mentioned above.  Lyrics are interesting for learners and a bit different from the usual boy band songs.

They have another popular/catchy one (called Number 2), for those who are comfortable with kids singing songs about thwarted lovers.


S.H.E is a three-member Taiwanese girl group, whose first name initials make up the fun acronym.  They formed in 2001, and are regarded as being one of the most enduring Mandopop groups out there.

Most of their songs are too grownup, but they do have one fun one making puns of the Chinese language itself.

Meng Meiqi  孟美岐

Meng Meiqi is a young Chinese singer who is a member of a South Korean-Chinese girl group called WJSN.  She too is a product of the Produce Camp reality show series.   Her first full solo song release was Jiang which within the first twenty minutes of release became the fastest-selling digital album on QQ Music with over 1 million digital sales.

Mao Buyi 毛不易

Mao Buyi is a Chinese singer-songwriter who rose to prominence when he won the all-male singing competition The Coming One in 2017.  He has had two songs that reached #1 on Chinese singles charts.

He has many other songs which are beautiful too, but vocally a challenge to attempt learning.

Teresa Tang 鄧麗君

Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng is old school, and she’s widely regarded as having one of the most beautiful voices in the history of Chinese music (and one of the most beautiful voices on Luka for sure), and dubbed “Asia’s Eternal Queen of Pop”. She’s very much a cultural icon for her contribution to pop music.

Our particular favourites:

Stephanie Sun  孙燕姿  (Sun Yan Zi)

Stephanie is a Singaporean singer-songwriter, who in 2000 won 115 newcomer awards in Asia, including the Best New Artist award in both Taiwan and Singapore.  She’s known as the “Pop Diva of Singapore”.  We don’t especially *love* any of her original songs to sing along to, but she’s also done plenty of them (and great covers of other famous songs too). 

In terms of her original songs to look out for, try:

Charlie Zhou Shen 周深

This is from left field….. a young Chinese male singer with an angelic voice.  The songs are better for listening than for singing along to.  I’ve included them because they’re beautiful and the lyrics are interesting for a child.

You can find Zou Shen’s his full album here, which is 40 minutes of bliss:

LuLu Huang 黃路梓茵

Lulu is a Taiwanese television host and actress, with a handful of quirky songs to her name too. 

Bonnie Loo 罗美仪

Bonnie is a Malaysian actress based in Singapore, with a knack for catchy songs

And on the topic of Disney, there are plenty of other Chinese soundtracks we’ve found on if you use the following searches

And specific Frozen songs:

Idol Girls爱朵女孩 (Aiduo Girl)

Idol Girls are mainland Chinese female singing group who churns out Mandopop. My kids know a few off by heart.

Other songs of note are:

Bilistar – Poetry Romance 诗歌奇缘 (诗歌奇妙盒)

This is not one singer, but a production from Bilistar, consisting of 50 original short songs combining beautiful poems from some of China’s greatest poets with musical accompaniment by renowned musicians.  It can be streamed through Ximalaya. For Luka users, I would highly recommend getting the physical box set which comes with beautiful written lyrics cards, making it perfect for a family karaoke session.  It’s a really fun way to pick up lots of child-friendly lyrics and classical history together. 

Which is your favourite?

These are our favourite pop music discoveries. I wonder if it covers your favourites? 

If you’re still looking for more suggestions, bloggers Ms Claudia and Mandarin Baby Mama each have their top pop lists too, including Spotify lists!

If you arrived at the end and have found this helpful, maybe there are some other posts on my blog you might also enjoy. As a parent who doesn’t speak any Chinese, we’ve relied heavily on online tools, clever robots, and recommendations of others in our Chinese learning journey. Some of my earlier posts are:

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