Three VERY well-known songs from VERY well-known artists! Distribution is fair, with one song each from China, Japan and Korea.
So here we go!
Jay Chou - Ye Qu
So whenever I have some Chinese friends over in my dorm or in the car, and this song comes up, they are ALWAYS like "OMG I LOVE THIS SONG". And for good reason too, Jay Chou's rapping is very soothing (kind of pop-influenced, not gangster rap at all), and his vocals are nice as well.
Orange Range - Hana
This was the 4th highest selling single in Japan in 2004 wit over 800,000 copies sold, charting for 50 weeks. This band is unique because it IS a band, with guitars, bass, and drums. However, they also feature 3 vocalists, each with a distinct voice in low, mid, and high ranges. They do lots of rapping/singing harmonization, and its definitely a nice listen.
H.O.T - Outside Castle
You know pro-gamer H.O.T-Forever? This is the group that he is a fan of. One of their most well-known songs, it was the title track from their 5th and final album. No other group has left such an indelible mark on k-pop history, with the exception of the great Seo Taiji. Member and group leader Moon Heejun composed and wrote lyrics to this song (including the 1 min or so orchestral intro!). This song has sort of a classical music twist, along with their signature screaming rap and excellent vocals. The meaning behind the song is nice, too, telling Korea to get rid of their social discrimination about the mentally and physically disabled.
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