OPM IS FOREVER!
We at the #blog are currently conducting an expert poll on Original Pilipino Music (OPM). Let’s see if we can list down THE 20 GREATEST OPM SONGS of all time. Don Jaucian of Philippine Star and Rogue Magazine, who himself has an essay on OPM, reacts to the invitation, “it’s a tall order.” Indeed, while any poll on sweeping superlatives can be very daunting, it should be at the very least fun, and most importantly informative. We invited at least 15 “experts” including pop culture guru Richard Bolisay, Vandals on the Wall’s Ian Urrutia, Tagailog Special’s Manny Pangaruy and Tit for Tat’s Nicol Latayan. While the participants are mostly Facebook friends, we are also inviting music experts and pop culture enthusiasts to join us on this audacious task. You can send us your Top 10 at email@example.com. You must rank the songs accordingly. You have the option to defend your choices or just let their rankings speak for themselves. Deadline is not currently set, but we wish you can chime in as soon as you can.
We wish to prove that Pinoy Music isn’t dead. The Filipino listeners and consumers just need to be reminded that for as long as we support our homegrown musicians and singers, our country’s brightest will continue to compose, record, and perform with all their heart, soul, and talent. All these great songs, acclaimed and underrated, that have been produced through the years are living testaments to local music’s eternality.
Off the top of my head, here are some of the songs that I wish to nominate:
Not yet in order, not yet my own final list:
- Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka (Ryan Cayabyab, 1981)
- Ang Huling El Bimbo (Ely Buendia, 1995)
- Sana Maulit Muli (Gary and Angeli Valenciano, 1987)
- Handog (Florante De Leon, 1981)
- Anak (Freddie Aguilar, 1978)
- Kayganda ng Ating Musika (Ryan Cayabyab, 1978)
- Ngayon at Kailanman (George Canseco, 1978)
- Paglisan (Mike Villegas, Barbara Cristi, 1994)
- Kanlungan (Noel Cabangon)
- Paraiso (Ryan Cayabyab, 1991)
- Luha (Celso Abenoja, 1998)
- Batang Bata Ka Pa (Jim Paredes, 1979)
- Beautiful Girl (Jose Mari Chan, 1989)
- Manila (Dennis Garcia, 1976)
- Manila Girl (Arnold Morales, 1995)
- Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko (Vic Sotto, Joey De Leon, 1978)
- Kahit Isang Saglit (Geri Gatchalian, Alan Ayque, 1991)
- Kahapon Lamang (George Canseco, 1984)
- Suwerte Suwerte Lang (Joel Navarro, 1978)
- Ikot-Ikot (Thyro Alfaro, 2013)
Kayo Jolongbayan, IBC 13 Newswriter/Reporter
- Eraserheads, Ang Huling El Bimbo – I admit that I’m a sucker of coming of age, so this is a no-brainer choice for me (though the songs after this are hard as f—). Sensual, charming and unforgettable story of growing up.
- Asin, Cotabato – As pretentious as it sounds, this song gets me everytime. Haunting stuff.
- Siakol, Bakit Ba – Oh, the pain of heartbreak in a typical masculine POV.
- Color it Red, Paglisan – Grab your tissue real quick, cause the first line is already a killer (of emotions)
- Rivermaya, Elesi – Carefree and fresh, in my opinion the perfect barkada song of the 90s
- Gary Valenciano, Sana Maulit Muli – Iconic, heartbreaking; ultimate hugot song!
- Wyrd, Scream – This is severely underrated. A pop song for the ages that is sadly underappreciated.
- DJ Alvaro, Ang Tipo Kong Lalake – The anti-pabebe; DJ Alvaro lists her standards in such a cool and shady way.
- Eraserheads, Pare Ko – Now you know how much I love E-Heads, but this iconic 90s song is so good, it speaks a lot from the past and present generation of barkadas.
- Blakdyak, Noon at Ngayon – An oddball, but every list has its guilty pleasure! It’s fun and energetic; still a relevant critique in the present generation of teens.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Siakol, “Byaheng Impyerno” Parokya ni Edgar, “Halaga” Imelda Papin, “Bakit” Jose Mari Chan, “Beautiful Girl” Aegis, “Luha” Freddie Aguilar, “Anak” Eraserheads, ”Sabado” Eraserheads, “With a Smile” Noel Cabangon, “Kanlungan” After Image,“Tag-Ulan” Sarah Geronimo, “Kilometro”
Dale Pariñas, Daily Mass Organist, Parish of St. Francis of Assisi
Just what Ryan Cayabyab’s masterpiece is telling, “Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika” – indeed, true and meaningful. I must say that we, Filipinos love to sing our hearts out and we really have good composers out there who really do well in writing songs. I am also a musician and if I have time and tremendous amount of inspiration, I write songs and most of them are liturgical songs of praise and used for worship, specifically for the Mass.
In line with that, I want to enumerate
Mabuhay ang OPM!
- Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika – Maestro Ryan Cayabyab
- Anak – Freddie Aguilar
- Mahal Kita Maging Sino Ka Man – Rey Valera
- Nais Ko – Basil Valdez
- Iduyan Mo – Basil Valdez
- Ngayon at Kailanman – Basil Valdez
- Pangako – Regine Velasquez- Alcasid
- Ang Huling El Bimbo – Eraserheads
- Gaya ng Dati – Gary Valenciano
- Bituing Walang Ningning – Sharon Cuneta
- Ikaw Ang Lahat sa Akin – Martin Nievera
- Please Be Careful With My Heart – Josemari Chan and Regine Velasquez – Alcasid
- Saan Darating Ang Umaga – Raymond Lauchengco
- Hindi Kita Malilimutan – Basil Valdez
- Sa’yo Lamang – Rev. Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ
- Bukas na Lang Kita Mamahalin – Lani Misalucha
- Narito Ako – Regine Velasquez – Alcasid
- Hiram – Zsa Zsa Padilla
- Minsan Lang Kitang Iibigin – Ariel Rivera
- Sana Maulit Muli – Lea Salonga
Fredda Ruth Rosete, Pop Culture Princess
- Ang Himig Natin by Juan dela Cruz Band
- Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka
- Manila by Hotdog
- Himig ng Pag-ibig by ASIN
- Luha by Aegis
- Sana Maulit Muli by Gary Valenciano
- Ang Huling El Bimbo by the Eraserheads
- Ulan by Aegis
- Tuloy Pa Rin by Neocolours
- When Darkness Fell by Wolfgang
- Kung Kailangan Mo AKo by Rey Valera
- BItuing Walang Ningning
- When I met You by Apo Hiking Society
- Kanlungan by Noel Cabangon
- Hindi Kita Malilimutan by Basil Valdez
- Bawal na Gamot by Willy Garte
- Ipagpatawad Mo by VST and Company
- 214 by Rivermaya
- Ito ang Gusto Ko by Francis M.
- Beautiful Girl by Jose Mari Chan
Rene Durian, Public Relations Specialist
- Ngayon at Kailan man
- Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal
- Pasko na Sinta Ko
- Bongga Ka Day
- Pipi, bulag, bingi
- Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika
- Beautiful Girl
Jojo Devera, Pinoy Film Specialist and Archivist
10. Bakit Ba Ganyan – Dina Bonnevie
9. Tamis Ng Unang Halik – Kristina Paner
8. Doon Lang – Nonoy Zuñiga
7. Langis at Tubig – Sharon Cuneta
6. Urong Sulong – Regine Velasquez
5. Bakit Ako Mahihiya – Didith Reyes
4. Ang Boyfriend Kong Baduy – Cinderella
3. Manila – Hotdog
2. Superstar ng Buhay Ko – Nora Aunor
1. I Think I’m In Love – Kuh Ledesma
Jayson Fajarda, former Editor in Chief, Philippine Collegian
Blue Jeans – Apo Hiking Society
Enveloped Ideas – The Dawn
Kilometro – Sarah Geronimo
Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin – Joey Albert
Alapaap – Eraserheads
Himig ng Pag-ibig – Asin
Kanlungan – Buklod
Limang Dipang Tao – Ryan Cayabyab
Josel Garlitos, Writer for Comedy, ABSCBN
1. I really love Lea By Buklod. Feel na feel kantahin sa tabing dagat. Feeling naghihintay ng dyowa haha.
2. Tuwing Umuulan At Kapiling Ka
3. Nahan Ka? By Smokey Mountain
4. Dahil I love Regine, i have two: You’ve Made Me Stronger and Ferris Wheel
5. Sucker for Eheads,nakasama ko sila sa UP nung freshman pa ako,there songs will always remind me of college: Wag Mo Nang Itanong, Minsan, With A Smile
6. Ikaw ang Lahat Sa Akin, probably the finest rendition was by the Concert Chorus
7. Ugoy ng Duyan, classic
8. Nakapagtataka, and its mythic hidden message daw (a song about sadomasochism)
9. Till I Met You
10. Kayganda ng Ating Musika, for the opening notes alone
Photo Credit: Ballet Manila