Chinese New Year is once again approaching us with the promise of a fresh start! As we roar into the lunar year of the tiger, here’s a little fun playlist of tunes that sing about the ferocious wild cat.
To start off the list on a powerful note, here’s a song about empowerment sung by the famous pop star, Katy Perry. Referencing the traits of the tiger, the lyrics encourage listeners to stand up for themselves and fight back against challenges and people who wish to bring them down. What a positive message and perfect reminder to start off the year of the tiger with!
Next up is this timeless fight song was an 80s smash hit by American rock band Survivor. It was featured as the theme song in the 1983 sports drama, Rocky III, and as the title song in the 1986 action film, Eye of the Tiger. As the anthem for one of the best motivational film series of all time, the song also describes some behind stories of the band’s struggle to make a name for themselves in the music industry.
Written by Joe Hill Louis and Sam Philips, and originally sung by Rufus Thomas, Jr, Tiger Man was most notably covered by the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley at his second comeback concert in 1968.
Arguably a highly underrated gem sung by legendary Swedish pop band ABBA, this title was released in the band’s 1976 album, Arrival. The lyrics borrow the name of the predatory cat to metaphorically describe the dangers lurking around in a city.
This humorous spin-off piece of sorts comes from the comedy film The Hangover. The film tells the tale of a group of guys in search of their friend, Doug, who goes missing after a bachelor party. A major plot point in the film involves Mike Tyson’s tiger, who the gang drunkenly steals. The character Stu performs this piece as he muses about what tigers dream of while lamenting his missing friend.
Last but not least, here’s a classic Chinese nursery rhyme that cannot be left out in any Chinese’s childhood. Taking the same melody as the English nursery rhyme Are You Sleeping (Brother John)?, this Mandarin rendition depicts two tigers who have mysteriously lost their body parts.
With some of these jams, we hope you are beginning to gear up for the rest of the year with the liveliness of the zodiac animal for 2022! Aureus Academy wishes all a happy Chinese New Year filled with vibrant festivities and the roaring spirit of the tiger!