The best Hong Kong songs of 2015 (Pop & Rock)


With 2015 all but done and dusted, Graham Turner rounds up local insiders to learn the best Hong Kong songs of 2015

At the risk of sounding like an old curmudgeon, we have to admit that we miss the old days. In those golden days of yore, ‘best of’ lists were reserved until the end of the year, allowing them to be compiled with the thorough scrutiny and gravitas that such lists deserve. Now, with the advent of things like BuzzFeed and widespread ADD, you can barely start your laptop or unlock your phone without a visual assault of things like ‘the top five crimes committed by squirrels’, ‘10 times potatoes outdid turnips’, or ‘the seven different types of internet list’. But we’re sticklers for tradition here at Time Out, so, having rounded up some of the industry’s best and brightest, we present to you our one and only roundup of some of the year’s best tracks from local Hong Kong acts.

Graham Turner

Music writer, Time Out Hong Kong:

Thud, Floret – Thud are one of the great Hong Kong indie success stories. After dropping the ridiculously good Lime back in 2014, this local shoegaze four-piece were picked up by the newly formed Records for Children (ran by the highly respected, prolific gig-runners Songs for Children). Their debut EP Floret easily tops my own personal best release of the year. Go get it. Now. You won’t regret it.

Shandy Gan

Local singer-songwriter, contributor to the Our Works series:

Ellen Loo,《廿九歲的遺書》(A 29-Year-Old’s Suicide Note)
This song was released after Loo emerged from a dark time in her life. It deals with issues such as lost youth as she says farewell to her 20s. Read our interview with the former at17 singer here.

Jason Chan,《別來無恙》(How’ve You Been Since We Parted?) – Beautiful melody and the story in the MV is very touching, dealing with the idea of learning to treasure someone important in your life. His singing makes my heart ache.

Sue Tang,《雅俗》(Fine and Coarse) – Long awaited single by this talented singer, a cool and stylish song that showcases a carefree attitude in dealing with the world.

Douglas Parkes

Music & Nightlife editor and associate editor, Time Out Hong Kong

Not wanting to regurgitate selections already made, and in order to spread the love, I’ll add that it was hugely impressive to witness GDJYB kick on from their 2014 self-titled debut with the release of《榴槤乜乜乜》(Durian What What What), their strongest song to date.

There were a number of impressive debuts throughout 2015. Teenage Riot met everyone’s high expectations with The Revenge, while Stranded Whale surprised many who didn’t expect quite such a mature and beguiling LP as Northern Tower. And despite having been around for years, Prune Deer finally released their debut, too. It may not have covered any new ground, but Solid Transparency was an excellent slab of post-rock all the same.

With so much young talent about, if the city can just prevent more venues from closing (RIP Backstage Live and Musician Area) then the future is surprisingly bright for Hong Kong’s indie music scene.

Supper Moment

One of Hong Kong’s most popular indie acts:

JW, 《矛盾一生》(Contradictory Life) – We love how they recorded the sound of the drums, bass and vocals. Just a wonderfully produced Cantopop tune.

Rubberband (feat Jun Kung), Gotta Go – The whole song is so modern! The drum fill in the music break is so attractive, and the electric effect takes it to another level.

Juno Mak x Karen Mok,《瑕疵》(Imperfection) – It’s been a long time since we heard a male and female duet with such a complicated arrangement. The melody is intense and continuous. You can totally see the composer’s skill and intentions.

Chris B

Director of The Underground and Shazza Music:

Dear Jane,《七百萬種樂與怒》
(7 Million Joys and Angers) – Taking a step back to their rock roots, this song is at once retro and fresh.


Murmur, Starfish – A very interesting track from a HK band who most of the time shoegaze, however on this one, they grunge it.

Chochukmo, No More Pain – Written in Cantonese and using English to sing the Cantonese lyrics – an intelligent masterpiece. Catchy song too.

Tom Brown 

Owner of Wan Chai’s 18fortyeight audio visual recording studio:

Candy, Philosopher – A stunning melody tied together with meaningful lyrics and a tasteful performance from Candy.

Kolor, Daiginjyo – A perfectly tailored potential hit song, catchy and simple.

GEM, Blindspot – Features a great melody line and a fantastic signature performance by the artist.


Hong Kong’s indie heroes (keeping it short and sweet):

Yoyo Sham,《空隙》(Gap)

Tfvsjs,《七夕缺》(Missing on Qixi)

Oh! Nullah, She Spoke in Tongues, I Spoke Incompetence



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