The sound of Hong Kong life

The sound of Hong Kong life

After Spotify released their musical maps of the world, we asked our staff to tell us the songs that were most representative of Hong Kong's many neighbourhoods


We Share Our Mother's Health by The Knife

Frenetic and manic, yet electronically precise, just like the city's heaving but ruthlessly efficient underground transportation. Headphones on, crank it up loud, take a deep breath, and join the current. 

Lauren James

Tsim Sha Tsui

Paper Planes by M.I.A.

The chorus says: "All I wanna do is <bang bang bang bang> and take your money." This seems to be the anthem of Tsim Sha Tsui, as every corner is filled with people aggressively trying to sell me watches, gold, jewellery, tailored suits, massages, and much, much more. 

Sam Gusway


I'm Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO

The infamous area is perfect for people watching, and the sloped hills turn into a catwalk in the evening hours as partygoers show off their style. LMFAO's classic hit might as well be the mantra of this district, as it's all about style and confidence - even if you're only fooling yourself. 

Ariel Conant

Avenue of Stars

Exaggerated by Eason Chan

Back during the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards, Eason caused quite a storm with his performance. In Cantonese, the lyrics are of a person trying to achieve his dreams of being famous. Standing (quite literally) amongst the stars, how can one not feel compelled to try - even for a moment - to imitate them?

Wong Tsui-kai


Don't Stop Movin' by S Club 7

This S Club 7 classic perfectly sums up Central Hong Kong. Not only do the famous escalators ensure the crowds are always moving, the hoards of shoppers, workers and tourists are constantly buzzing about like little ants, and it can really feel like "it's a crazy world" with "no end in sight". Rather than be overwhelmed by the madness, just embrace it, and brush up on your cheesy '90s pop while you're at it.

Lucy Christie

Mong Kok Market

The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel

Anyone who knows me knows I hate shopping. I hate bargaining even more, so going through Mong Kok Market is a form of torture I try to avoid. When I do have to go, I need a little S & G to recover. "And the people bowed and prayed, to the neon god they'd made" ... sums it up.

Susan Ramsay

Dragon's Back

It's A Beautiful Day by Michael Buble

It's such an infectiously happy tune. You can't help but feel uplifted when hiking along Dragon's Back and gazing out at the great view. "I can't stop myself from smiling." 

Brandon Han

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Hong Kong life


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