We’re not exactly who’s behind these literal English translations of Chinese songs, but they seem to have gained quite a following! Youku user Ouzi (欧子, which could be literally translated into “Euro kid”) has 27 videos of literal translations up on his page. The most recent one, about Chinese children’s songs, was published 8 hours ago but has already garnered over 20,000 hits.
All of the different songs follow the same easy, but hilarious format. Ouzi makes a literal translation of the words of the song: for instance, “没有共产党就没有新中国” becomes “No the Communist Party, No the new China.” Then he sings it in slightly tone deaf broken English and everybody, English-speaking or not, is entertained!
Besides translating Chinese songs into English, apparently Ouzi has also tried his hand at translating English songs into Chinese. These efforts have not met with as much acclaim (though it could be that he chose James Blunt to translate. Maybe netizens have better taste in music than I thought).