It Happened in Music: Western pop invades China

Wham Make It BigOn this day in 1985, Wham!–the musical duo formed by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley–became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China. Of course, Make It Big (the album in question) was merely the opener of the floodgates–Western music has since invaded the expansive country. In honor of this musical history-making moment, we pulled together some of the more recent pop songs to hit the charts in China.

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  1. “Wake Me Up Before You Go, Go” – Wham!
  2. “Fallen” – Sarah McLachlan
  3. “Lose My Breath” – Destiny’s Child
  4. “Baby It’s You” – Jojo
  5. “Love Generation” – Bob Sinclair
  6. “Summer Love” – Justin Timberlake
  7. “Just Dance” – Lady Gaga
  8. “Make a Memory” – Bon Jovi
  9. “Real Girl” – Mutya Buena
  10. “Vertigo” – U2
  11. “Catch Your Wave” – The Click Five
  12. “Bad Day” – Daniel Powter
  13. “Ruby” – Kaiser Chiefs
  14. “Ladies Night” – Atomic Kittens