10 Filipino pop tunes of the '90s
More of OPM
Before reading on, you may first want to visit my hub on my favorite Filipino pop tunes of the '70s and '80s where I talk about Original Pilipino Music (OPM) and my fondness for it. (The better for you to connect with this hub!)
This time, I feature below some of the songs of the '90s, a vibrant era for Filipino entertainers.
Read on, listen, and see what I mean!
Tuning in to the '90s
The Philippine music scene of the '70s and '80s saw the rise of many talented recording artists, many of them releasing more than a single album. The '90s saw bands mushrooming, and concerts became the trend of the day. Fast becoming the icons of the decade, these bands definitely endeared themselves to their listeners who were mostly high school and college students.
More young Filipino artists gathered together not much for the popularity - but for the love of songwriting and singing. This was, indeed, a decade of self-expression for the Filipino musician.
Still, there were several solo singers who shone, and their songs continue to hit Manila's airwaves.
Let me share with you ten popular OPM tunes that were produced in this decade. You would probably mistake the voices for Americans, but no - they're Filipinos!
Again, for the sake of my dear foreign readers, I will feature only the tunes that were written in English.
Listen in, and have a taste of the Manila sound of the '90s!
When I Met You
I featured this award-winning group in my hub about the Filipino pop tunes of the '70s and '80s. This love song comes from their 1991 album The Best of APO Hiking Society, Vol. 2. It was also used as the official song for a 2009 local romantic comedy of the same name (but with the "you" changed to "u").
One of my favorite bands - The CompanY. This popular tune comes from their album 'Yon Na released in 1991.
Now That I Have You
Another favorite tune of mine by The CompanY which comes from their 1992 album Six by 6. Composed by noted songwriter Trina Belamide, this was also used as the theme song for a 2004 local film of the same name. Love its sweet melody!
Here are some of the lyrics:
Now that I have you
Everything just seems so right
Now that I have you I`m alive
You are the song that I`ll be
Singing my whole life through
I`m living in a brighter world
Now that I have you
Looking ahead I see
The two of us together
I`ll never let you go
You`re so dear to me
And it isn`t any wonder
Why I love you so
Side A is an all-male band that started their singing career in the mid-'80s. This song is from their White Album released in 1991. Featured here is the band's lead singer, Joey Generoso.
Another hit single by the Side A from their 1995 album By Your Side. Written by band member Joey Benin, this was also used as the theme song for a 2002 local film of the same name.
Why Can't It Be
Here's a mellow tune that I love. It's written by Rannie Raymundo, and this track is from his first self-titled solo album released in 1993.
Here's another all-made band, True Faith, who created a stir in Manila with this 1993 tune.
You Won't See Me Crying
Love this duet by the Passage band! It's a track from their first self-titled album released in 1995.
I Will Be There For You
A soothing sound by balladeer Nonoy Zuñiga whose singing career started in the '70s when he was still a band member. This is from his 1997 album Pure and Golden Love Songs, Vol. 2.
Before I Let You Go
Here's a ballad by the Freestyle band coming from their first self-titled album released in 1999.