Blog • Chinese New Year

January 2022

Roaring Tunes for the Year of the Tiger

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.

Katy Perry – Roar

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!

Survivor – Eye of the Tiger

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.

Elvis Presley – Tiger Man

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.

ABBA – Tiger

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.

The Hangover – What Do Tigers Dream Of?

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.

两只老虎 (Two Tigers)

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!

Xin Min

Xin Min is a content writer at Aureus Group with a passion for all things related to music and the arts. Being in touch with music from a young age, she has grown to enjoy a wide range of musical genres from classical to jazz and musical theatre, and hopes to share the endless charms of music through her writing. When she is not busy typing away in front of a screen, she can be found running her fingers across her piano keys.