10 Jacky Cheung songs to rediscover

Hong Kong pop singer Jacky Cheung performing at his 1/2 Century Tour in Singapore. -- PHOTO: UNUSUAL ENTERTAINMENT
Hong Kong pop singer Jacky Cheung performing at his 1/2 Century Tour in Singapore. -- PHOTO: UNUSUAL ENTERTAINMENT

Ending a seven-year silence in Mandopop, Jacky Cheung released a single, The Rest Of Life, on Monday. But the rest of his immense catalogue in Mandarin and Cantonese has never gone away, and is always waiting to be rediscovered.

Here are 10 songs to be savoured, as you go back to waiting for his next release.

1. Yi Lu Shang You Ni (You're With Me All The Way)

The 1993 song has recently been sung by Zhang Bichen on The Voice Of China Season 3, in her dramatic K-pop whisper. Cheung's is, more, well, 1990s and better.

2. Ren Zai Yu Zhong (In The Rain)

A sweet dollop of wistfulness from the 1990s.

3. Ai Shi Yong Heng (Love Is Forever)

One of Cheung's big, predictable songs. But he sings it with the sort of conviction that demands surrender. (It is the song that closes his 1990s musical Snow.Wolf.Lake.)

4. Ren Jian Dao (Road In The Mortal Realm)

Remember A Chinese Ghost Story? You do, you do. And all your memories of the two 1990s sequels - Leslie Cheung, Joey Wong, Jacky Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu Wai - will rush back when you play Jacky Cheung's theme song.

5. Ta Lai Ting Wo De Yan Chang Hui (She Came To Listen To My Concert)

A lovely song about growing up with Cheung, written by Singapore's Liang Wern Fook.

6. Nu Ren Xiang (Woman's Fragrance)

A sexy break-up ballad.

7. Qing Wang (Love Net)

Romantic torment is the theme of many Cheung ballads, but Love Net captures the allure, and despair, of loving somebody out of your reach.

8. Jiang Ni Zhi (Telling You)

A rare song with music and lyrics by Cheung. He wrote the piano ballad for his wife, former actress May Lo.

9. Zhi Xiang Yi Sheng Gen Ni Zou (Just Want To Follow You All My Life)

Sing it with Jacky, every word of the cathartic, melodramatic chorus.

10. Wen Bie (Goodbye Kiss)

His greatest hit needs no introduction. Love or hate this song, it has just become the sonic wallpaper of your past.