Track of the Day: 'Drops of Jupiter' by Tanya Chua

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

From a superfan of the series, Marcus Wong:

I have been reading your list of the most inventive cover songs, from which I have found a few great songs to listen to. I thought Aztec Camera’s cover of Van Halen’s “Jump” was really refreshing, and I enjoyed Prince's cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” as well. I am writing to send in my suggestions for this good list.

Here’s one of a dozen covers that Marcus passes along—Tanya Chua’s version of a Train song you’ll recognize—and to me it’s better than the pop-y original:

Back to Marcus:

As I’m from Singapore, I can’t help but a recommend a Singaporean cover of a well-known song. Tanya is a singer-songwriter and producer who is renowned in the Chinese music scene. Outside of Singapore, she has a strong fan base in Taiwan, where she is a three-time recipient of the Golden Melody Awards, the Taiwanese equivalent of the Grammy awards. This relaxing jazzy rearrangement of Train’s song is littered with fleeting guitar melodies and vocals that soothe the soul.

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