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A new book offers the first list of Taiwan’s best pop and rock albums from the past 34 years

By David Chen  /  STAFF REPORTER

True to the rock n’ roll spirit, Ma is looking to younger generations as a target audience. “I hope this book makes them interested in some good music they’ve never heard before … I hope this can be a kind of a road map for them,” he said.

And Ma is the first to admit the rankings can only mean so much. “Even I don’t agree with a lot of choices on this chart. But it’s just natural. With all these thousands of albums … a lot of brilliant works will be left off.”

He says the book’s greatest value lies in the essays and background information for each album, written in Mandarin by figures in the music industry, radio DJs and prominent writers.

“A pop music artist is like any artist. They deserve to be seriously discussed,” said Ma.

Top 20 Taiwan popular music albums, from 1975 to 1992

[Title, Artist, Year]

1 Pedantry, Lo Ta-yu, 1982 (之乎者也 / 羅大佑 / 1982)

2 Su Rui, Julie Su, 1983 (蘇芮專輯 / 蘇芮 / 1983)

3 Olive Tree, Qi Yu, Xinge, 1979 (橄欖樹 / 齊豫 / 1979)

4 Blue Skies Every Day, Michelle Pan, 1982 (天天天藍 / 潘越雲 / 1982)

5 Spirit of Life, Jonathan Lee, 1986 (生命中的精靈 / 李宗盛 / 1986)

6 Marching Forward, Lim Giong, 1990 (向前走 / 林強 / 1990)

7 Descendants of the Dragon, Li Jian-fu, 1980 (龍的傳人 / 李建復 / 1980)

8 Nothing to My Name, Cui Jian, 1989, (一無所有 / 崔健 / 1989)

9 Masters of the Future, Lo Ta-yu, 1983 (未來的主人翁 / 羅大佑/ 1983)

10 Songs of Madness, Blacklist Studio, 1989 (抓狂歌 / 黑名單工作室 / 1989)

11 Echoes, Qi Yu and Michelle Pan, 1985 (回聲 / 齊豫潘越雲 / 1985)

12 Christine Hsu, Christine Hsu, 1987 (許景淳專輯 /許景淳 / 1987)

13 The Chiu Chiu Singers, The Chiu Chiu Singers, 1982 (丘丘合唱團 / 1982)

14 Golden Rhythm Awards, Vol. 1, Compilation, 1977 (金韻獎第一輯 / 合輯 /1977)

15 Modern Chinese Folk Songs, Yang Hsien, 1975 (中國現代民歌集 / 楊弦 / 1975)

16 Da Jiao Jie Zi, Chen Hsiao-hsia, 1991 (大腳姐仔 / 陳小霞 / 1991)

17 These Feelings Can Wait, Tsai Chin, 1984 (此情可待 / 蔡琴 / 1984)

18 The Red Ants I, The Red Ants, 1985 (紅螞蟻1 / 紅螞蟻 / 1985)

19 Busy and Blind, Sylvia Chang, 1985 (忙與盲 / 張艾嘉 / 1985)

20 Childhood, Sylvia Chang, 1981 (童年 / 張艾嘉 / 1981)

Top 20 Taiwan popular music albums, from 1993 to 2005

[Title, Artist, Year]

1 Ocean, Pau-dull, 1999 (海洋 / 陳建年 / 1999)

2 In a Flash, Kimbo, 2005 (匆匆 / 胡德夫 / 2005)

3 Wanderer’s Love Song, Wu Bai, 1994 (浪人情歌 / 伍佰 / 1994)

4 The Sounds of the Sun, Wind and Grass, Samingad, 2000 (太陽風 / 草原的聲音 / 紀曉君 /2000 )

5 Lonely Bird on a Tree Branch, Wu Bai and China Blue, 1998 (樹枝孤鳥 / 伍佰 and China Blue / 1998)

6 Walking to Danshui, King of Kinmen and Lee Bin-hui, 1997 (流浪到淡水 / 金門王與李炳輝 / 1997)

7 Tao Zhe, David Tao, 1997 (陶吉吉 / 陶吉吉 /1997)

8 Come Home, Shunza, 1997 (回家 / 順子 / 1997)

9 A Fabulous Adventure, Cheer Chen, 2005 (華麗的冒險 / 陳綺貞 / 2005)

10 Sisters, A-Mei, 1996 (姊妹 / 張惠妹 / 1996)

11 Let Me Think, Cheer Chen, 1998 (讓我想一想 / 陳綺貞 / 1998)

12 First Album, Mayday, 1999 (第一張創作專輯 / 五月天 / 1999)

13 Sister Drum, Chu Che-chin, 1995 (阿姐鼓 / 朱哲琴 / 1995)

14 Fantasy, Jay Chou, 2001 (范特西 / 周杰倫 / 2001)

15 One, Faith Yang, 1998 (ONE / 楊乃文 / 1998)

16 Sky, Faye Wong, 1994 (天空 / 王靖雯 / 1994)

17 Lullabies, Blacklist Studio, 1996 (搖籃曲 / 黑名單 / 1996)

18 Yan Zi, Stefanie Sun, 2000 (孫燕姿 / 孫燕姿 / 2000)

19 Goodbye Kiss, Jacky Cheung, 1993 (吻別 / 張學友 / 1993)

20 Ni Wa Wa, Panai, 2000 (泥娃娃 / 巴奈 / 2000)

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