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This collection contains currently 2000 Chinese songs by approximately 150 artists on more than 180 albums from about 60 record labels. It is embedded in the record database of the musicology institute of Vienna University.


The collected music embraces many genres and styles (pop, folk, rock, punk, metal, electronic, experimental, jazz, live recordings, field recordings, etc.) and was published between 1990 - 2010, two decades in which China underwent tremendous changes and saw the emerge of popular music.


The Collection was made possible with help by o.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik at the sinology department and Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Regine Allgayer-Kaufmann at the musicology institute of Vienna University. Special thanks go to Mag. Michael Hagleitner, who was responsible for all the technical aspects of the database, and to Miyoung Park, who helped a lot with the translations.
Lukas Kirschner is currently doctoral student of musicology at the University of Vienna. His research focus is on Chinese folk music and popular culture. He studies musicology since 2007 and sinology from 2003-2010 at Vienna University, Qiqihar University, and Fudan University. All the records stored in the KCCCM-database are in his possession, and the collection will be extended.


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The music can be searched by artist-, album- and song-titles in English, Chinese Characters and Pinyin respectively. The Pinyin-search follows a few simple rules:

  • add a space between each syllable; e.g. 无能的力量 = wu neng de li liang, 早知道 = zao zhi dao, etc.
  • = er (not "r")
  • = shei (not "shui")
  • ü = v ( nü = nv ; 绿 lü = lv)



    Andreas Steen Collection: Extensive Database on Chinese Music at the University Heidelberg.

    China Music Radar: "An insider's look at China's burgeoning music industry"

    Rock in China: "A collaborative project bringing together information about bands, people, and places related to the underground/independent music scene in China"

    Yaogun: A very comprehensive and detailed "Chinese Rock Database" (in Japanese)

    Mogo: Chinese "Youtube Clone" focused on Musik (in Chinese)

    Keep Making Sense: Website from Jeroen Groenewegen (in Dutch and English)


    Selected Bibliography on Chinese Music


    Baranovitch, Nimrod (2003): China's New Voices: Popular Music, Ethnicity, Gender and Politics, 1978-1997. Berkeley / Los Angeles / London: University of California Press.

    Brace, Timothy Lane (1992): Modernization and Music in Contemporary China: Crisis, Identity, and the Politics of Style. Austin: University of Texas.

    Brace, Timothy Lane / Friedlander, Paul (1992): Rock and Roll on the New Long March: Popular Music, Cultural Identity, and Political Opposition in the People's Republic of China. in: Garofalo, Reebee (ed.): Rockin' the Boat: Mass Music and Mass Movements. Boston: South End Press, 115-128.

    Bryant, Lei Ouyang (2009): Chinese Music Bibliography and Discography, 1997-Present. Honolulu: Association for Chinese Music Research.

    Clark, Matthew Corbin (2003): Birth of a Beijing Music Scene. on: Frontline (uploaded 13. Feb.): http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/red/sonic/ (accessed 16. Dec. 2009).

    Feng, Xiaogang 冯效刚 (ed.) (2006): Musicology in Contemporary China 中国当代音乐学. Beijing 北京: People's Music Publishing House 人民音乐出版社.

    Friedlander, Paul (1991): China's "Newer Value" Pop: Rock-and-Roll and Technology on the New Long March. in: Asian Music 22/2, 67-81.

    Groenewegen, Jeroen (2005): Tongue: Making Sense of Underground Rock, Beijing 1997-2004. Leiden: Leiden University.

    Harris, Rachel (1998): Music, Identity and Representation: Ethnic Minority Music in Xinjiang, China. London: University of London.

    Harris, Rachel (2005): Wang Luobin: Folk Song King of the Northwest or Song Thief? in: Modern China 31/3, 381-408.

    Heberer, Thomas (ed.) (1994): Yaogun Yinyue: Jugend-, Subkultur und Rockmusik in China: Politische und gesellschaftliche Hintergründe eines neuen Phänomens. Münster / Hamburg: Lit.

    Heckmann, Michaela (1998): Frauen in der chinesischen populären Musik am Beispiel der Frauenrockband Yanjingshe (Cobra). Heidelberg: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität.

    Holm, David (1984): Folk Art as Propaganda: The Yangge Movement in Yan'an. in: McDougall, Bonnie (ed.): Popular Chinese Literature and Performing Arts in the People's Republic of China 1949-79. Berkeley: University of California Press, 135.

    Huang, Liaoyuan 黄燎原 / Zhong, Qiuyang 种秋秧 / Mao, Yizuo 毛一佐 (2005): Chronicle of Chinese Rock 中国摇滚大事记. on: China Culture 中国文化网 (uploaded Sep.): http://www.chinaculture.org/gb/cn_zgwh/2005-09/28/content_73545.htm (accessed 20. Sep. 2010).

    Jones, Andrew F. (1991): Like A Knife: Ideology and Genre in Contemporary Chinese Popular Music. Cambridge: Harvard College.

    Jones, Stephen (1995): Folk Music of China: Living Instrumental Traditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    Jones, Stephen (2009): Ritual and Music of North China, Volume 1 & 2. Hampshire: Ashgate Publishing Limited.

    Ju, Qihong 居其宏 (2002): A History of Chinese Music from 1949-2000 新中国音乐史:1949-2000. Shenzhen 深圳: Hunan Art Press 湖南美术出版社.

    Kang, Liu (2000): Popular Culture and the Culture of the Masses in Contemporary China. in: Dirlik, Arif / Zhang, Xudong (ed.): Postmodernism and China. Durham / London: Duke University Press, 123-144.

    Kang, Ruiting (2010): Über die Huaer-Versammlung. Vergleich und Analyse der repräsentativen Huaer-Versammlungen. Wien: Universität Wien.

    Kirschner, Lukas (2010): Zeitgenössische Chinesische Folkmusik: Wurzelsuche im Spannungsfeld zwischen Rock- und Volksmusik. Wien: Universität Wien.

    Kloet, Jeroen de (2000): "Let Him Fucking See the Green Smoke Beneath My Groin": The Mythology of Chinese Rock. in: Dirlik, Arif / Zhang, Xudong (ed.): Postmodernism and China. Durham / London: Duke University Press, 239-274.

    Kloet, Jeroen de (2001): Red Sonic Trajectories: Popular Music and Youth in Urban China. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam.

    Kloet, Jeroen de (2010): China with a Cut: Globalisation, Urban Youth and Popular Music. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

    Komlosy, Anouska (2008): Yunnanese Sounds: Creativity and Alterity in the Dance and Music Scenes of Urban Yunnan. in: China: An International Journal 6/1 (Mar.), 44-68.

    Kraus, Richard Curt (1989): Pianos and Politics in China: Middle-Class Ambitions and the Struggle over Western Music. New York / Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Li, Hongjie 李宏杰 (2006): Encyclopedia of China Rock&Roll 中国摇滚手册. Chongqing 重庆: Chongqing Press 重庆出版社.

    Link, Perry / Madsen, Richard / Pickowicz, Paul G. (ed.) (1989): Unofficial China: Popular Culture and Thought in the People's Republic of China. Boulder: Westview Press.

    Link, Perry / Madsen, Richard P. / Pickowicz, Paul (ed.) (2002): Popular China: Unofficial Culture in a Globalizing Society. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.

    Liu, Haixia 刘海霞 (2003): Change of Society, Culture and Aesthetic Values as Reflected in the Lyrics of Contemporary Pop Music 当代流行歌词中反映的社会文化变迁及审美价值. Shanghai 上海: Fudan University 复旦大学.

    Lu, Lingtao 陆凌涛 / Li, Yang 李洋 (2003): Scream 呐喊. Guilin 桂林: Guangxi Normal University Press 广西师范大学出版社.

    Matusitz, Jonathan (2007): Semiotics of Music: Analysis of Cui Jian's "Nothing to My Name"; The Anthem for the Chinese Youths in the Post-Cultural Revolution Era. on: International Communication Association (uploaded 23. May.): http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p168523_index.html (accessed 2. Dec. 2009).

    Mittler, Barbara (1994): Dangerous Tunes: The Politics of Chinese Music in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the People's Republic of China since 1949. Heidelberg: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität.

    Mu, Yang (1994): On the Hua'er Songs of North-Western China. in: Yearbook for Traditional Music 26, 100-116.

    Noble, Jonathan Scott (2003): Cultural Performance in China: Beyond Resistance in the 1990s. Columbus: Ohio State University.

    Qi, Yi 齐易 (2006): Ethnic Folk Music of China 中国民族民间音乐. Baoding 保定: Hebei University Press 河北大学出版社.

    Qiao, Jianzhong 乔建中 (2008): Use Sound to Record History, Use Truth to Transcribe Tradition: Notes on the Album " Northern Shaanxi Folk Songs" by Wang Xiangrong 用声音记录历史,用真情谱写传统:王向荣《陕北民歌演唱专辑》出版手记. in: People's Music 人民音乐 4, 87-89.

    Qiao, Jianzhong 乔建中 / Zheng, Deyuan 郑德渊 (2004): Music Culture 音乐文化. Beijing 北京: Culture and Art Publishing House 文化艺术出版社.

    Rees, Helen (2003): The Age of Consent: Traditional Music, Intellectual Property and Changing Attitudes in the People's Republic of China. in: British Journal of Ethnomusicology 12/1, 137-171.

    Schell, Orville (1992): China's Rock and Roll Underground. in: This World 29 (Nov.), 7-13.

    Schimmelpenninck, Antoinet (1997): Chinese Folk Songs and Folk Singers: Shan'ge Traditions in Southern Jiangsu. Leiden: Chime Foundation.

    Steen, Andreas (1996): Der lange Marsch des Rock 'n' Roll: Pop- und Rockmusik in der Volksrepublik China. Hamburg: Lit.

    Steen, Andreas (1998): Buddhism & Rockmusic: A New Music Style? in: Chime 12, 151-164.

    Steen, Andreas (2000): Sound, Protest and Business: Modern Sky Co. and the New Ideology of Chinese Rock. on: Parapluie (uploaded Oct.): http://parapluie.de/archiv/china/rock/original_aus.html (accessed 16. Dec. 2009).

    Sung, Sang-Yeon (2008): Globalization and the Regional Flow of Popular Music: The Role of the Korean Wave (Hanliu) in the Construction of Taiwanese Identities and Asian Values. Indiana: Indiana University.

    Tang, Pulin 唐朴林 (2006): People: The Foundation of Music 民:音乐之本. Shanghai 上海: Shanghai Conservatory of Music Press 上海音乐学院出版社.

    Trasher, Alan (1981): The Sociology of Chinese Music: An Introduction. in: Asian Music 12/2, 17-53.

    Trasher, Alan (1985): The Role of Music in Chinese Culture. in: World of Music 37, 317.

    Wang, Guiqin 王桂芹 (2010): What is Folk Song? With Comments on the "Seventh West China Folk Song (Hua'er) Festival" 民歌是什么?兼评"第七届中国西部民歌(花儿)歌会". in: People's Music 人民音乐 571 (Nov.), 54-55.

    Wang, Hongyin 王宏印 (2009): Voice from the Northwest 西北回响. Beijing 北京: Culture and Art Publishing House 文化艺术出版社.

    Wang, Shuo 王朔 (2001): Music Box: Music in China 音乐盒子:音乐在中国. Shanghai 上海: Shanghai Literature and Art Publishing House 上海文艺出版社.

    Wang, Xianping 王冼平 (2005): Collection of Original Folk Songs 原生态民歌集. Beijing 北京: China Waterpower Press 中国水利水电出版社.

    Witzleben, J. Lawrence (1987): Jiangnan Sizhu Music Clubs in Shanghai: Context, Concept and Identity. in: Ethnomusicology 31/2, 240-260.

    Witzleben, J. Lawrence (1999): Cantopop and Mandopop in Pre-Postcolonial Hong Kong: Identity Negotiation in the Performances of Anita Mui Yim-Fong. in: Popular Music 18/2, 241-258.

    Wu, Guodong 伍国栋 (2006): Minority Music Research 少数民族音乐研究. in: Feng, Xiaogang 冯效刚 (ed.): Musicology in Contemporary China 中国当代音乐学. Beijing 北京: People's Music Publishing House 人民音乐出版社, 244-272.

    Wu, Guodong 伍国栋 (2011): Any Folk Song is an Authentic Folk Song 任何民歌都是生态性的民歌. in: Broadcast Music Choice 广播歌选 6, 108.

    Yan, Jun 颜峻 (2000): Noises Inside 内心的噪音. Beijing 北京: Foreign Languages Press 外文出版社.

    Yang, Minkang 杨民康 (2008): Chinese Folk Songs and Folk Society 中国民歌与乡土社会. Shanghai 上海: Shanghai Conservatory of Music Press 上海音乐学院出版社.

    Zeng, Suijin 曾遂今 (2003): Chinese Popular Music 中国大众音乐. Beijing 北京: Broadcasting Institute Press 广播学院出版社.

    Zeng, Suijin 曾遂今 (2004): Sociomusicology 音乐社会学. Shanghai 上海: Shanghai Conservatory of Music 上海音乐学院.

    Zhang, Tao 张涛 (2005): Exclusive Interview with Su Yang 苏阳专访. on: Tianya Club 天涯虚拟社区 (uploaded 28. Jul.): http://blog.tianya.cn/blogger/post_show.asp?BlogID=20615&PostID=2322871&idWriter=0&Key=0 (accessed 1. Sep. 2010).