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10 Most popular Cantopop karaoke songs from the 2000s

Get ready to sing along to these classic tunes

Jenny Leung
Catharina Cheung
Written by
Jenny Leung
Catharina Cheung

If you’re a 90s kid who grew up in Hong Kong, karaoke was probably your go-to activity (remember Green Box and Red Box?). Well, that and going to arcades and gaming centres. From catchy anthems to tear-jerking ballads, there’s a whole library of Cantopop classics from the 2000s – all of which make for a perfect belting session at KTV. Here are some of the most classic ones.

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Get that mic ready to go

勁歌金曲 (Jade Solid Gold) – Leo Ku

If there’s one Cantopop song that’s made for karaoke, it is this one. Jade Solid Gold sees Ku belting out a medley of 39 hit love songs originally sung by various popular Hong Kong artists like Joey Yung, Andy Hui, Miriam Yeung, Leon Lai, and more. You may not know every single song in the medley but that’s okay, because there’ll definitely be someone else in the karaoke room who will gladly hop on – we’re used to microphones being frantically passed around whenever this track comes on.

Let’s Breakup (好心分手) – Candy Lo (盧巧音)

Well, the song title pretty much speaks for itself. While most Cantopop songs involve heartbreaks one way or another, this breakup tune speaks to those who simply want their way out of a loveless relationship. A duet version was later released featuring Leehom Wang (王力宏), which further boosted its popularity with karaoke-goers.


相愛很難 (Love Is Hard) – Jacky Cheung and Anita Mui

Combining two of Hong Kong’s best musicians, Love Is Hard is a 2002 duet by Jacky Cheung and Anita Mui. This is a great duet for a karaoke beginner as Cheung’s and Mui’s parts are mostly separate without much harmonising needed, but still contain that back-and-forth element that makes dueting with a partner fun. Love Is Hard became the title song in the soundtrack for the movie July Rhapsody, which was also Mui’s last big screen appearance before she passed away in 2003.

Tourbillon (陀飛輪) – Eason Chan (陳奕迅)

Choosing just one great song by Eason Chan is…impossible, but if we had to choose one that resonates the most with Hongkongers, Tourbillon would be our choice. Vocalising our city’s materialistic and profit-driven culture into a poetic and emotional song, Tourbillon questions whether happiness can be defined through one’s possessions and achievements.


Growth Rings (木紋) – HOCC (何韻詩)

Denise Ho, aka HOCC, brings her angelic singing voice together with the wistful melody and gripping lyrics in this classic. Using a tree’s growth rings as a symbol, the lyrics describe the progression of a relationship as it comes to an end. Something that many of us who have experienced a heartbreak or two can relate to.

明年今日 (Today Next Year) – Eason Chan

Here’s another Eason Chan hit to add to your song queue, because this man has simply had too many bangers. One of Chan’s most popular tracks, Today Next Year is a melancholic love song that details missing a past lover. It was used in the OST for the 2002 movie If You Care… (also starring Chan), and also has a Mandarin version named Ten Years (十年).


My Pride (我的驕傲) – Joey Yung (容祖兒)

If Eason Chan is the king of Cantopop, then Joey Yung would be queen. With a beautiful melody elevated by Yung's crisp vocals, My Pride became somewhat of an anthem of the city due to its positive and uplifting message. See? Cantopop doesn't always have to be so depressing.

Wedding Card Street (囍帖街) – Kay Tse (謝安琪)

Never heard of Wedding Card Street? How about Lee Tung Avenue? What was once known by the locals as Wedding Card Street in Wan Chai, Lee Tung Street was dubbed the 'printing centre' of Hong Kong, especially for wedding invitation cards. The street was sadly demolished to make way for what we now know as Lee Tung Avenue. This song perfectly reflects on those long lost sentiments, and strikes an emotional chord with Hongkongers who are concerned about the destruction of our city's heritage.


If I'm Eason Chan (如果我是陳奕迅) – Mr.

A song that basically put rock bands back on the map of Hong Kong's music industry. Led by frontman Alan Po, this song was a particular hit as it gave a cheeky reference to Po's vocals that many have compared its similarities to Cantopop's biggest name Eason Chan. Since this karaoke hit, the band has gone on to release many more chart-topping songs including Forest (森林), Black Fanatic (黑色狂迷), A Love Song (一首情歌) and many more.

Next Stop Tin Hau (下一站天后) – Twins

How can we talk about any song from the 90s without mentioning Twins? The debut of the duo in 2001 took the local music world by storm as the group was the first of its kind in Hong Kong. There are many great hits to choose from, but Next Stop Tin Hau is one of the most recognisable songs as its lyrics conveyed a story of innocence and passion of chasing one's dream. The song was also a soundtrack for a movie of the same name, starring Ah Sa from the group.

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