The Song with the Largest Audience

If you haven’t heard it before, here’s saxophonist Kenny G’s 80s song “going home”. It wasn’t a major hit anywhere in the world, but China was an exception. This song is still being played everywhere in China.


Here’s an excerpt from Kenny G’s interview on CBS:

In Tianjin and Shanghai, where the long-haired instrumentalist is adored by all ages, “Going Home” is played at closing time at public places, in evening rush hour on mass transit and even at dismissal in some schools.

“Going Home’ is a very, very popular song in China,” Kenny G told CBS “Everybody knows that song. They play it on the mass transit; they play it at every department store when it’s closing time. When I am in China, I hear that song on loud speakers. I have heard it in Tiananmen Square. It’s crazy; it’s part of their lives.”

Perhaps its the song’s slight melancholy, perhaps it’s the soft and easy listening nature of Saxophone sounds. Whatever it is, the song has struck a chord in the hearts of the Chinese people. As you read it, this song is probably being played right now in a few of China’s million shopping malls.

And here’s the proof that most Chinese people know it.


If you visit China for long enough, you will come across this song.


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