Rachel Wong, 16, St Stephen’s Girls’ College
Fight Song by Rachel Platten would make a good anthem for Hong Kong. Hong Kong has always prided itself on its spirit of unity and determination. The song lyrics reminding us to “be strong” and “play my fight song” should echo in every Hongkonger’s mind in both adversities and successes.
Marriam Naveed, 17, True Light Middle School of Hong Kong
The song Rise by Katy Perry would make a good anthem, because there is a lot of competition between everyone here, whether it’s business or studies, family or politics. The song’s themes of victory would give people the hope of success, and the lyrics are really supportive and would show us that we need to unite.
Jason Hui, 14, Hong Kong Baptist University Affiliated School Wong Kam Fai School
The Cantopop song Guang Hui Sui Yue by Beyond would make a good anthem for Hong Kong. The song is smooth and has a great melody that is easy for everyone to remember.
The message of the song is also very important. It talks about fighting against discrimination based on skin colour, and building a society with equality and freedom. The lyrics of the song are really inspiring. Beyond is one the legendary bands of Hong Kong, and using their song as the anthem would be a great way to commemorate them.
Kok King-ching, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School
The best song for a Hong Kong anthem would be Endless by Supper Moment, because the lyrics are really meaningful. For example: “Embarking on this endless journey, the passionate fire that no longer burns inside of me has been rekindled / re-igniting my passion and confidence”. That means we need to be brave and try everything.
Also, it shows Hong Kong’s team work. “Perhaps this journey has no perfect ending / but I stubbornly still take the risk on this crusade”.This shows that if you are not successful, do not give up, and try again until you are. It just like Hong Kong. This city has experienced a lot of challenges, for example Sars. It was a challenge for Hongkongers, but we didn’t give up, and we fought.
Gladys Iu, 11, St Francis of Assisi’s English Primary School
The Cantopop song Below the Lion Rock would make a good anthem for Hong Kong. It was composed by Joseph Koo in 1979, with lyrics written by James Wong, and first performed by Roman Tam. It already bolstered Hongkongers’ courage to face challenges in difficult times, such as during the Sars outbreak in 2003 and the Umbrella Movement two years ago. It made our community stronger.
The lyrics describe how Hong Kong could be a better place, living together in peace and harmony. Many Hongkongers today are hoping for a change. We want a new Chief Executive who can truly represent Hong Kong. We are all in the same boat, and we can only achieve our goal if everyone works together.
Hannah Ma, 12, Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School
Count on Me by Bruno Mars is the best song for a Hong Kong anthem. Its melody is beautiful and the lyrics are meaningful. Many teenagers love this song so much that they cry when they hear it. It reminds us that there is always a friend here to support us.
Tiffany Wu Nga-man, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School
Korean singer Jessica Jung song’s Fly would make a good anthem for Hong Kong because it gives us hope to do everything and reminds us that we need to be brave to dream so we can find success.
Everyone in Hong Kong has a dream, but many of us are too afraid to stand out. But this song encourages the dreamers to follow their hearts and chase their dreams.It gives Hongkongers lots of positive power and happy energy.
Janet Fung, 17, Po Leung Kuk Mrs Ma Kam Ming Cheung Fook Sien College
There is one great song that would work as an anthem: Love Is Unreserved by Jade Kwan. Not only does the song have a beautiful melody, but also it has message of endless love.
Eunice Yung Po-yiu, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School
Below the Lion Rock would make a good anthem for Hong Kong, because this song is about our spirit. It is an important part of the history of Hong Kong, and has always encouraged people to work together. Every Hongkonger knows this song, so it would be great.
Arzoo, 15, Tak Nga Secondary School
Joey Yung’s See Me Fly would make a good anthem for Hong Kong.
The beats and the lyrics of the song will make us proud to sing it aloud! The lyrics “Teaching me to love with heart, helping me open my mind ... Give me love, make me smile, till the end of life” show the love and care between the Hong Kong people until the end of their lives.
“I am proud that I can fly, to give the best of mine.” Which can show the proudness of country rising up and up!” I’ll never lose my faith.” The complete trust and confidence in Hong Kong!
I think every lyric of See Me Fly is meaningful and can be the anthem for Hong Kong!
Ruby Ng, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School
The best song for Hong Kong is The Times from Alfred Hui. This song tells us that every moment with the people in our lives is precious. Your family supports you through challenges and hard times, so you need to support them, too. Spend a few minutes a day with your family, talking with them or sharing your feelings, and they will be happy.
Saba Iftkhar, 15, St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong
Born This Way by Lady Gaga would be the perfect anthem! This award-winning hit does not only have a catchy tune, but it also conveys a very inspiring message that everyone needs to hear. It’s a strongly empowering song for people who struggle with self-acceptance. Often, we find ourselves secretly questioning who we are. We may get swayed by others’ opinions and lose our path. This song is exactly what we need to hear to boost our self-esteem when we’re feeling low. Embrace yourself shamelessly, and love every moment of it!
Cherie Chan, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School
The song Blossom from Super Girls, because it is about friendship. Sometimes even friends have arguments, but if you hear this song, you will know friendship is really important. I think Hong Kong needs to be a friendly place, because it is a good way to keep friendships and contacts with other countries.
Samantha Mak, 12, Tak Nga Secondary School
For Hong Kong, I would choose the song Red by Hacken Lee. It tells us that anything is possible and we need to fight against the bad luck to create our own beautiful tomorrow.
Anson Mak, 11, PLK Choi Kai Yau School
Good Time by Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City (AKA Adam Young) is a good choice for Hong Kong’s anthem because some Hongkongers are not too positive in life (#StayPositive) and they just care about money, money, and guess what? Money. And work too. And depression. And, uh... just life. Good Time talks about facing the hardships of life POSITIVELY, and living your life as if nothing will mislead you. (Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today~ James Dean, thanks so much.) Even if you feel upset about how your newest Note 7 exploded, chill. Look at the BRIGHT side. Like how you can claim your fame on tomorrow’s 6pm news AND the paper. So there. As long as you remember this national anthem of HK, you can (hopefully) have a GOOD TIME.
Jasper Yu, 14, HKBUAS Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School
Endless, by Supper Moment would make a good anthem for Hong Kong. The lyrics tell us not to give up in sadness, anxiety and depression, because there will always bright light in the future.
Anisha Tamang, 15, St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong
Fight Song by Rachel Platten would be perfect. The name says it all. The song is one of the most inspirational and empowering songs I’ve ever heard. It empowers us to keep fighting for what we believe in and to never give up. Even though there might be countless dark days and nights ahead, we must stand firm and keep going. It perfectly describes Hong Kong’s situation. There has been many uproars in the society - clashes of different viewpoints and the fight for universal suffrage. Though there may be many struggles to come, Hongkongers will stand by what they believe in. After all, Hong Kong has still got a lot of fight left. Therefore, this song will be perfect as Hong Kong’s anthem.
Sonny Chan Hei-lun, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School
Below the Lion Rock would make a good anthem for Hong Kong because it makes people feel good and encourages them. Many teenagers love this song.
Angela Chow, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School
Below the Lion Rock would make a good anthem for Hong Kong because this song is called “the song for Hong Kong” by many people.
This song was the theme song for the TV show of the same name. It began in the 1970s, and lasted for 21 years, so almost everyone knows it.The show told how Hongkongers became strong.
During the economic crisis in 2002, the chief executive read the words of this song to help people to rise up. He told them that they should try their best together to cross the difficult barriers.
So this song is actually very important and can remind people of many things.
Kary Cheung, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School
What type of song will be the best ? A love song ? No. How about a positive song ? Yes! A Pair of Hands is a song from Phil Lam. This song is so meaningful and pretty positive. It can represent the “never give up” attitude of Hong Kong. I strongly recommend this song to all of you.
Tiffany Lim, 12, Tak Nga Secondary School
If you ask me what pop song can be good Hong Kong’s national anthem? Then you’re screwed because I have literally no idea what to say. Why you ask me? Well first of all, I’m not fully Chinese. I’m half Filipino and half Chinese. However, I grew up in an English environment so English is like my first language and Hong Kong is a Chinese country and it should be appropriate for it to be a Chinese song. Secondly, almost all songs of American or British singers are all about romance. Yeah, I’m only 12, nearly 13 but that’s the songs that singers sing.
So it’s pretty hopeless if you ask me, even in Chinese because so far from what I heard, most Chinese songs I’ve heard are all about romance. That’s from my perspective anyway.
Bernice Lam, 15, Hong Kong Baptist University Affiliated School Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School
For me, Boundless Oceans Vast Skies by Beyond is the best choice. First of all, Beyond is one of the most legendary bands in the history of Cantopop. They were Hong Kong icons in the 80s and were well known across Asia. This is one of their most popular songs. Most Hongkongers know it – even kids. Lastly, the lyrics of the song are very meaningful. They talk about pursuing your dream and overcoming challenges. This song definitely encouraged a lot of people during their hard times. I believe this song means a lot to Hong Kong people and would make a good anthem for Hong Kong.
Tiffany Zhong, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School
I would choose Endless by Supper Moment because this song gives us more courage to pursue our dreams.
Many teenagers are so confused to find their dreams, but maybe this song can teach them to be more brave.
Bobo Yu, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School
Echoes of the Rainbow by Aarif Lee Chi Ting would make a good anthem for Hong Kong. It talks about how time goes very quickly, and our parents are getting older day by day. Besides that, this song is about the depiction of old Hong Kong, and the values, for instance, mutual assistance.
Rachel Ng, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School
Below the Lion Rock. Although it is not a pop song, many people know it. I first heard this song when I was a primary school student. It describes people who worked very hard in the past. Therefore,I think that this song is so meaningful.
Nicole Chan, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School
What pop song would make a good anthem for Hong Kong? by Su Yunying. Yes, it’s in Putonghua, but no one ever said a song in other language can’t make a good anthem for Hong Kong. Anyway, it’s a good song. It talks about how although the world is cruel and life is hard, we won’t give up. This is the spirit of Hong Kong.
Eunice Hung Cheung Huen, 15, HKBUAS Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School.
I believe that We are the Champions by the British rock band Queen is the best anthem for Hong Kong. The song itself is a recognisable anthem and has been used in various sporting events.
This generation of Hongkongers lives under the pressure and fear of failure. Students are expected to score high. Adults are expected to buy property, repay loans and get married. Our society despises losers. In order to unite all citizens with an anthem, we have to choose an encouraging and hopeful song. “We are the champions! No time for losers!” I hope Hongkongers will be proud of themselves when they listen to the lyrics. I hope the song will remind them to keep on fighting till the end.
Moon Lau, 15, HKBUAS Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School
Roar by Katy Perry would be a good choice to be the anthem of Hong Kong. First, the rhythm is strong and lively, so it would cheer everybody up.
The lyrics show the toughness and the thoughts of Hong Kong citizens:
”You held me down, but I got up
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready ‘cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now
I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar”
Vivian Lau Siu-yee, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School
What pop song would make a good anthem for Hong Kong?
I think Below the Lion Rock would be a good anthem for Hong Kong, because this song describes the beginning of Hong Kong in the 1970s, the rapid economic growth and political changes in the atmosphere. The show focused on how our society changed over the course of 20 years, and helps us remember our history.
Amy Ma, Tak Nga Secondary School
There are many great songs that could work as an anthem for Hong Kong. Not too long ago, some secondary school students created a new song to help kids remember the geometry rules for a triangle. The song became very popular, and all Hong Kong students know it. But another song, although it is not as helpful for Hong Kong, might make everyone happy. It’s PPAP ----[Pen- Pineapple-Apple-Pen]. It is very famous now. Again, it might not be very helpful, but if it makes people happy, that is enough.
Lai Chun Wing, 15, HKBUAS WKF Secondary School
I think that Fight Song by Rachel Platten will be a good anthem for Hong Kong.
Some of the lyrics in particular are very meaningful for Hong Kong. They say: “Like a small boat on the ocean”. Hong Kong is a small city in a world full of chaos – just like a small boat in the ocean. This song is full of positive energy to cheer people up and it will be a great choice for anthem for Hong Kong.
Melody Lee Tsz-wai, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School
I think See Me Fly would make a good anthem for Hong Kong, because it is very positive and inspiring. Joey Yung sings very well, and if someone is feeling sad, this song can help them be happier.
Wong Wai-lam, 14, Tak Nga Secondary School
I would choose Old Corner by Shiga Lin. The most important line of the song says: “Time does not always keep people.” It’s my favourite part of the song, because it teaches us to care for the people who always take care of us and worry about us.
Most Hongkongers care for those who need help, such as the elderly, and we want our government do look after everyone. I hope you will listen to this song because it is very meaningful, and after you heard it, you’ll start to care about the people close to you, such as your parents and friends.
Laura Yiu Yan-na, 14, HKBUAS Secondary Section
Below the Lion Rock would make a good anthem for Hong Kong. This song has inspired a lot of Hong Kong people make their community stronger. It brought people together to develop and create a better place for Hong Kong people. As one of the line in the lyrics said, “Of one mind in pursuit of our dream / All discord set aside”. This encourages people to rally together and work alongside each other, and make Hong Kong a better place for everyone.
Liu Tin-lok, 15, HKBUAS
Below the Lion Rock is a Cantopop song that was composed and arranged by Joseph Koo in 1979, with lyrics written by James Wong, and first performed by Roman Tam. The lyrics emphasize that Hong Kong people should all be united as one and strive for our best in every aspect of life. I think it really tells the efforts of Hongkongers to turn Hong Kong from a fishing village to an international city.
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