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The Top 20 OPM Songs of All Time: Celebrating Philippine Music

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OPM, or Original Pilipino Music, is a term used to describe Filipino music that originated in the Philippines. Throughout the years, OPM has produced a rich tapestry of songs that reflect the Filipino culture, emotions, and experiences. In this article, we will delve into the top 20 OPM songs of all time, showcasing their background and significance in Philippine music history.

  1. “Anak” by Freddie Aguilar: Released in 1977, “Anak” (Child) became a national anthem for Filipino parents. It tackles the struggles of a child who disregards his parents’ advice, expressing the universal theme of parental love and sacrifice.
  2. “Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko” by Rey Valera: This 1978 hit by Rey Valera speaks of enduring love that remains steadfast despite the challenges of time. It showcases Valera’s heartfelt and soulful balladry.
  3. “Handog” by Florante: Florante’s 1978 song, “Handog” (Offering), tells a tale of selfless love, sung with emotion and delivered with impeccable vocal power.
  4. “Pusong Bato” by Jovit Baldivino: Jovit Baldivino’s 2010 rendition of this song originally sung by Aimee Torres resonated with a wide audience. It tells the story of a heartbroken person whose heart has turned into stone due to past hurts.
  5. “Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang” by Ogie Alcasid: Released in 1989, this Ogie Alcasid ballad showcases his signature heartfelt lyrics and melodious composition. The song tells a story of missed chances and unrequited love.
  6. “Himala” by Rivermaya: “Himala” (Miracle) was released in 1996 and became an instant classic. It captures the band’s dynamic sound and profound lyrics, exploring themes of hope, faith, and human nature.
  7. “Pare Ko” by Eraserheads: “Pare Ko” (My Buddy) is a 1994 song by the iconic Filipino band, Eraserheads. It resonated with the youth at that time due to its rebellious spirit and relatable lyrics.
  8. “Hinahanap-Hanap Kita” by Rivermaya: Rivermaya’s 1998 hit, “Hinahanap-Hanap Kita” (I’m Always Searching for You), expresses the longing and yearning for someone who is deeply missed. It showcases the band’s signature alternative rock sound.
  9. “Bakit Pa?” by Jessa Zaragoza: Jessa Zaragoza’s 1997 ballad, “Bakit Pa?” (Why?), is a heart-wrenching song that narrates the pain of a love lost. It highlights Zaragoza’s vocal prowess and emotional depth.
  10. “Huwag Ka Nang Umiyak” by Sugarfree: Sugarfree’s 2003 hit, “Huwag Ka Nang Umiyak” (Don’t Cry Anymore), became an anthem of hope and resilience during challenging times. It delivers a message of encouragement and inner strength.
  11. “Kisapmata” by Rivermaya: “Kisapmata” (Blink of an Eye), released in 1996, is a haunting song about a toxic relationship. Its powerful lyrics and distinct musical arrangement make it one of OPM’s most memorable hits.
  12. “Narda” by Kamikazee: “Narda” by Kamikazee, released in 2005, pays homage to the iconic Filipino comic book character. The song’s infectious energy and catchy melody made it a massive hit.
  13. “Magasin” by Eraserheads: Eraserheads’ 1994 song, “Magasin” (Magazine), reflects on fleeting relationships and the ever-changing nature of love. It is known for its poetic lyrics and alternative rock sound.
  14. “Pare Mahal Mo Raw Ako” by Michael Pangilinan: Michael Pangilinan’s 2014 hit, “Pare Mahal Mo Raw Ako” (They Say You Love Me), is a heartfelt ballad about unrequited love. Pangilinan’s smooth vocals bring out the song’s emotional depth.
  15. “Sundo” by Imago: Imago’s 2007 hit, “Sundo” (Escort), is a song that beautifully captures the longing for a loved one’s presence. Its soulful lyrics and powerful delivery make it an OPM favorite.
  16. “Huling El Bimbo” by Eraserheads: Eraserheads’ “Huling El Bimbo” (The Last El Bimbo) is a nostalgic anthem released in 1995. Its poignant lyrics and melodic hooks evoke memories of youthful innocence and lost friendships.
  17. “Ikaw Lamang” by Silent Sanctuary: Silent Sanctuary’s 2011 ballad, “Ikaw Lamang” (Only You), became an instant classic. The song’s heartfelt lyrics and soothing melody resonate with listeners, depicting a love that endures.
  18. “Hawak Kamay” by Yeng Constantino: Yeng Constantino’s 2006 hit, “Hawak Kamay” (Holding Hands), promotes unity and solidarity during trying times. It became an anthem for Filipinos, inspiring hope and resilience.
  19. “Maging Sino Ka Man” by Rey Valera: Rey Valera’s 1978 song, “Maging Sino Ka Man” (Whoever You May Be), is a timeless love ballad that beautifully encapsulates the feelings of devotion and acceptance in a relationship.
  20. “Bituing Walang Ningning” by Sharon Cuneta: This iconic song by Sharon Cuneta, released in 1985, is the theme of the film “Bituing Walang Ningning.” It highlights the struggles and sacrifices of aspiring artists, leaving a lasting impact on Filipino music.

These top 20 OPM songs have become part of the cultural fabric of the Philippines, representing the nation’s rich musical heritage. Each song tells a unique story, evokes powerful emotions, and resonates with listeners, making them enduring classics in the world of OPM. Whether through heartbreak, love, or social commentary, these songs continue to captivate audiences and showcase the depth and talent of Filipino musicians.

Written by: Dryx Emerson

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