5 Asian songs that went unexpectedly viral because of TikTok |
The leftmost things go viral Tick tock the whole time-Dalalgona Coffee recipes, Fleetwood Macs ‘Dreams’ and Sea Shanties – you get it. Obscure and previously unknown songs are no stranger to the TikTok hype train. Here’s a rundown of five Asian songs that unexpectedly took the app by storm.
You may not know the title of the song, but you would definitely have heard the lyrics ‘xue hua piao piao at feng xiao xiao’ all over TikTok last year. Originally sung by the legendary Taiwanese singer Fei Yu-ching, “Yi Jian Mei” topped the Spotify Viral 50 chart after a hilarious selfie video clip by the Chinese actor Zhang Aiqin cover the song became a meme. While this 1983 classic was only known in the Chinese-speaking world, it has produced numerous Remixes and Parodies to date.
City pop is no stranger to an unexpected resurgence, and one example is that Miki Matsubara Met in 1979 ‘Stay with me’who got the “Plastic Love” Treatment on TikTok. It went viral on the platform after users of Japanese ancestry played the title in front of their mothers and filmed their reactions when they recognized the song.
Unfortunately, Matsubara was unable to witness the newfound veneration of her beloved classic herself when she died of cervical cancer in 2004.
This story is a wild roller coaster ride. “Omae Wa Mou” was produced in 2017 by the then 18-year-old Noah Ryan Murphy under the nickname dead man. With an obscure Japanese bossa nova sample over a drum loop, the song was already a recipe for meme value when it was sampled again in rappers Lil Boom’s track ‘Already dead‘.
‘Omae Wa Mou’ then shot to the top of the Spotify Viral 50 chart in mid-2019 after kicking off a Dance madness on TikTok. However, shortly thereafter, it was hit by a copyright infringement lawsuit that sparked a debate over sampling and copyright issues in contemporary music production.
Talk about Night Sensation: ‘Pajama Party’ was released by the Filipino underground hip-hop group in December 2020 1096 gearand exploded this January according to TikTok users Vanjoe Lazaro posted a video of him dancing to the track.
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Within 24 hours, ‘Pajama Party’ became the number one trend on TikTok Philippines and was on the square for over two weeks. With its insanely catchy “Pamparampampam” hook, the ‘Pajama Party’ dance challenge also went global after it was trending among TikTok developers from Indonesia, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.
TikTok identification of everything under the sun continues even during a global pandemic. ‘Ghen Cô Vy’ was commissioned by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health last year and will be performed by V-Pop singers Min and Erik. The title is based on another song by Min and Erik called “Ghen” that was originally released on YouTube in 2017. It was then used in a public health campaign promoting personal hygiene practices and social distancing measures.
Vietnamese dancer Quang Đăng then created the ‘Ghen Cô Vy’ dance challenge for TikTok, and the #GhenCoVyChallenge had received over 21 million views. The song also garnered worldwide attention for its catchy, EDM-inspired sound, which TV presenter John Oliver referred to as one “Incredible Clubbanger” on the HBO talk show Last week tonight.