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OPM Songs: 20 Best Filipino (OPM) Songs 2019

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Ray has been an online music writer for over two years. Having sung in multiple competitions as a youth, he has a passion for the art.

OPM Songs 2019

OPM Songs 2019

OPM songs are a mix of English and Tagalog lyrics mostly about love, friendship, and family. But in 2019, artists started evolving into more in-depth music by composing songs about mental health, women empowerment, and achieving dreams. Filipino OPM artists that emerged starting this year were Moira Dela Torre, Ben&Ben, and December Avenue. See below the most popular and most favorite OPM songs from various OPM artists that acquired their positions in the OPM industry and know if their songs made it.

1. "Buwan"

Artist: Juan Karlos Labajo

Genre: Alternative/Indie Music

Album: Buwan

“Buwan” Song Facts

  • “Buwan” was one of the most popular and best OPM songs released in 2019.
  • “Buwan” won the Song of the Year at the 2019 Myx Music Awards.
  • “Buwan” ranked #1 on the Pinoy Myx Countdown and Myx Hit Chart.
  • “Buwan” became one of the most popular OPM songs in 2019, garnering many audiences locally and overseas.
  • The single is a soulful alternative rock song that means “Moon” when translated in English.
  • The single became viral due to its high-tune chorus, which dares anyone to sing it.

2. "Kahit Ayaw Mo Na"

Artist: This Band

Genre: Pop OPM Music

Album: Kahit Ayaw Mo Na

“Kahit Ayaw Mo Na” Song Facts

  • “Kahit Ayaw Mo Na” is the theme song to the movie of the same title.
  • This Band became popular in the Philippines with this hit OPM single.
  • The music video of the song reaches hundreds of million views on YouTube.

3. "Kung 'Di Rin Lang Ikaw"

Artists: December Avenue and Moira Dela Torre

Genre: Pop Music, Indie Pop

Album: Langit Mong Bughaw

“Kung ‘Di Rin Lang Ikaw” Song Facts

  • “Kung ‘Di Rin Lang Ikaw” is one of the best OPM songs recorded and released by the Filipino indie-pop band.
  • The year 2019 was one of the best years for December Avenue since their debut, but what’s more interesting about this song was it features Moira Dela Torre, which was also in her prime.
  • The single received the nomination for the Wishclusive Collaboration of the Year at the 2019 4th Wish Music Awards.
  • The same year December Avenue got nominated for the Wish Group of the Year Award at the 4th Wish Music Awards.

4. "Kathang Isip"

Artist: Ben&Ben

Genre: Pop OPM Music

Album: Ben&Ben

"Kathang Isip" Song Facts

  • "Kathang Isip" is a critically acclaimed single by one of the most popular indie-folk band in the Philippines, Ben&Ben.
  • "Kathang Isip" was one of the band's songs featured in the film LSS(Last Song Syndrome) starred by Gabbi Garcia and Khalil Ramos.
  • The OPM single hit the top spots on various platforms and radio charts together with "Ride Home" and "Maybe the Night."
  • "Kathang Isip" received a nomination for the Song of the Year Award at the 14th Myx Music Awards.
  • The single was one of the songs that sparked Ben&Ben's career and taking over the Philippines' music industry by storm.

5. "Sana"

Artist: I Belong to the Zoo

Genre: Alternative OPM Music, Indie Pop Music

Album: Sana

"Sana" Song Facts

  • The band revealed that the single "Sana" topped the list of their favorite songs because it was one of their self-composed songs.
  • "Sana" is an OPM song about unrequited love.
  • The single became popular because most of the millennials can relate to the music.
  • "Sana" is one of the heartbreaking songs released by I Belong to the Zoo that you'd want to listen to as you cry.
  • The fans labeled the piece as the "hugot anthem" of all brokenhearted.

6. "Di Na Muli"

Artist: Itchyworms

Genre: Alternative Rock, OPM P-Pop, Pinoy Rock

Album: PhilPop 2016

“Di Na Muli” Song Facts

  • “Di Na Muli” is one of the OPM songs from the PhilPop 2016.
  • It has a rock vibe talking about loss and the passing of time.
  • Jazz revealed that he got the song’s inspiration from the death of his parents. He added that the three things he wanted to incorporate into the song are “I love you,” “I’m sorry,” and “thank you.”
  • The two people behind this amazing OPM song are high school buddies Jazz Nicholas and Wally Acolola.
  • “Di Na Muli” became even more popular when given new life in the film Sid and Aya (Not A Love Story) starred by Dingdong Dantes and Anne Curtis.
  • “Di Na Muli” won the PhilPop grand prize in 2016.

7. "Tagpuan"

Artist: Moira Dela Torre

Genre: Pop Song

Album: Malaya

“Tagpuan” Song Facts

  • “Tagpuan” was the fourth OPM single from the album Malaya.
  • Moira Dela Torre revealed that “Tagpuan” was one of the hardest songs she has ever written.
  • Moira Dela Torre had her first sold-out concert in February 2018 that was directed by John Prats.
  • One interesting fact is Moira and Jason got engaged when they were filming the music video of “Tagpuan.”

8. "Dalaga"

Artist: ALLMO$T

Genre: Rap OPM Music, Hip-Hop Music

Album: Dalaga

“Dalaga” Song Facts

  • “Dalaga” received a nomination for the Urban Video of the Year at the MYX Music Awards.
  • After the group released “Bagay Tayo,” the band released another single called “Dalaga.”
  • “Dalaga” became even more popular when the “Dalagang Filipina Challenge” surfaced online.
  • “Dalaga” features the members of ALLMO$T together with beautiful Filipina ladies.

9. "Midnight Sky"

Artist: Unique

Genre: Rock OPM

Album: Grandma

“Midnight Sky” Song Facts

  • “Midnight Sky” is Unique’s first released single for the album Grandma.
  • “Midnight Sky” was one of the first songs to be recorded and released using heavy synths, percussions, and vocal stacks.
  • “Midnight Sky” uses a Shure SM57 mic and AKG C414 XLS mic.
  • “Midnight Sky” is one of the more minimalist OPM tracks from his album.
  • The song features a sentimental vibe accompanied by a black-and-white music video.

10. "Balang Araw"

Artist: I Belong to the Zoo

Genre: Alternative/Indie OPM Music

Album: Balang Araw

“Balang Araw” Song Facts

  • “Balang Araw” is one of the most popular unrequited OPM love songs of 2019.
  • “Balang Araw” is a heartfelt OPM song released on the 23rd of October 2019 that you can listen to as you cry yourself to sleep or during those cold rainy days.
  • “Balang Araw” is a song that talks about love and friendship.
  • “Balang Araw” is about being imprisoned in the friend zone.

11. "Sa Ngalan Ng Pag-ibig"

Artist: December Avenue

Genre: Indie OPM Music, P-Pop

Album: Langit Mong Bughaw

“Sa Ngalan Ng Pag-ibig” Song Facts

  • December Avenue, a Filipino indie pop band, released “Sa Ngalan Ng Pag-ibig” on December 20, 2019.
  • “Sa Ngalan Ng Pag-ibig” is an OPM love single written by Zel Bautista, Jem Manual, Don Gregorio, Jet Danao, and Gelo Cruz.
  • “Sa Ngalan Ng Pag-ibig” received nominations for the Best Performance by a Group Recording Artists and the People’s Voice Favorite Group Artist at the 2020 Awit Awards.
  • “Sa Ngalan Ng Pag-ibig,” when translated to English, means “In the Name of Love.”

12. "Hanggang Kailan"

Artist: Michael Pangilinan

Genre: OPM, P-Pop

Album: Michael

“Hanggang Kailan” Song Facts

  • “Hanggang Kailan” was Michael Pangilinan’s debut album’s carrier single in 2016.
  • In 2020, the single became the official soundtrack of the Philippine adaptation of the South Korean series I Have a Lover.
  • “Hanggang Kailan” received a nomination for the Song of the Year Award at the 2015 Wish 107.5 Music Awards.
  • Michael Pangilinan won the Male Artist of the Year Award at the 2017 MOR Pinoy Music Awards for his album Michael.

13. "Mabagal"

Artist: Moira Dela Torre and Daniel Padilla

Genre: OPM, P-Pop, Jazz Music

Album: Himig Handog 2019

“Mabagal” Song Facts

  • “Mabagal” is an OPM collaboration of Moira Dela Torre and Daniel Padilla, written by Dan Martel Simon Tanedo.
  • “Mabagal” portrays an old Spanish vibe with a calm and soothing tune and melody perfect for couple dances.
  • “Mabagal” won the biggest award, Best Song, at the Himig Handog 2019.
  • “Mabagal” won the Mellow Video of the Year Award and the Collaboration of the Year Award at the 2020 MYX Music Awards.
  • “Mabagal” won the Star Music’s Choice for Best Produced Track, Listener’s Choice for Most Streamed Track, One Music PH’s Choice for Best Interpreter/s, and MOR Philippines’ Choice Award.
  • The OPM single received the Best Collaboration Award, Record of the Year, Best Engineered Recording, and the Best Jazz Recording at the 2020 Awit Awards.

14. "Catriona"

Artist: Matthaios

Genre: Hip-Hop Music, Rap OPM

Album: Catriona

“Catriona” Song Facts

  • “Catriona” is a song dedicated to the Filipino-Australian Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.
  • Matthaios revealed that he composed and produced the song to honor Catriona Gray and all other Filipina women who deserve love and support.
  • Matthaios added that he composed the song to appreciate the beauty Catriona has – from inside out.
  • The song became popular when released in the mainstream media showing its cool and dancy vibe, thus the birth of “Catriona Dance.”

15. "Go Up"

Artist: SB19

Genre: P-Pop Music, Upbeat

Album: Get In the Zone

“Go Up” Song Facts

  • “Go Up” is one of the famous OPM songs released by SB19, a multi-awarded P-Pop boy group who made a breakthrough in the Philippine mainstream media in 2019.
  • “Go Up” paved the way for SB19’s success, appearing in various TV shows, radio shows, live shows, and even had their own concert.
  • “Go Up” was one of the main reasons why SB19 became the first Filipino and Southeast Asian act to enter the Billboard Charts.
  • The single won the Song of the Year Award at the 2020 MYX Music Awards and the Wishclusive Pop Performance of the Year at the 2020 Wish Music Awards.
  • “Go Up” received a nomination for the Original Song of the Year Award at the 2020 Push Awards.
  • The track debuted at #17 on Billboard’s LyricFind Global Chart during the early weeks.
  • SB19 described “Go Up” as their last chance to make it through.
  • It is an Original Filipino song about never giving up on your dreams and reminds us that with determination and perseverance, there’s no other way but up.

16. "Malaya"

Artist: “Moira Dela Torre”

Genre: Original Filipino Music (OPM), Folk OPM, Contemporary Music

Album: Malaya

“Malaya” Song Facts

  • “Malaya” received a nomination for the Favorite Guest Appearance in a Music Video Award and won the Mellow Video of the Year at the MYX Music Awards.
  • “Malaya,” released in September 2017, was one of the soundtracks of the hit movie Camp Sawi, a Filipino comedy-drama movie starred by Arci Munoz, Bela Padilla, Andi Eigenmann, Yassi Pressman, Kim Molina, and Sam Milby.
  • “Malaya” has been an anthem for Filipinos going through devastating heartbreaks.
  • The single was one of the main reasons Moira became Spotify’s No. 1 most-streamed artist in the Philippines in December 2018.
  • In 2018, the OPM single received the 8x Platinum Certification for reaching over 180,000 sales.
  • “Malaya” won the Wishclusive Contemporary Folk Performance of the Year, Wishclusive Viral Videos of the Year, and the Wishclusive Elite Circle – Bronze Award at the 3rd Wish 107.5 FM Music Awards.
  • The soundtrack received a nomination for the Movie Original Theme Song of the Year at the 2017 Start Awards for Movie.

17. "Titibo-Tibo"

Artist: Moira Dela Torre

Genre: Pop

Album: Malaya

“Titibo-Tibo” Song Facts

  • “Titibo-Tibo” won the 1st Best Song Award at the 2017 Himig Handog Competition, written by Libertine Amistoso.
  • The song is about a boyish girl having a crush on a boy.
  • “Titibo-Tibo” received a nomination for the Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and the People’s Voice Favorite Record of the Year at the 2018 Awit Awards.
  • “Titibo-Tibo” won the Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist and the People’s Voice Favorite Song at the 2018 Awit Awards.
  • “Titibo-Tibo” bagged the Song of the Year Award at the 2018 MYX Music Awards.

18. "Bulong"

Artist: December Avenue

Genre: Pop

Album: Langit Mong Bughaw

"Bulong" Song Facts

  • "Bulong" is one of December Avenue's best OPM songs that talk about mental health awareness.
  • "Bulong" hit over one million streams on Spotify.
  • It is one of the unique OPM singles out there that has substance unquestionably relevant to what is happening in society.
  • The song narrates how it is like to have a relationship with someone with mental illness.
  • Zel revealed that the song's inspiration could be considered a little too dark; that is why he turned the OPM single into a love song with a more positive impression.

19. "Maybe the Night"

Artist: Ben&Ben

Genre: Pop Music

Album: Maybe the Night

“Maybe the Night” Song Facts

  • “Maybe the Night” is one of the most popular OPM hits of the band Ben&Ben, an indie-folk/folk-pop band from the Philippines.
  • “Maybe the Night” received nominations like MYX Music Award for Favorite Media Soundtrack, Awit Award for Best World Music Recording, and the Awit Award for Favorite Media Soundtrack.
  • “Maybe the Night” was the official soundtrack of the Filipino movie Exes Baggage starred by Angelica Panganiban and Carlo Aquino.
  • “Maybe the Night” won the Folk Performance of the Year Award at the 4th Wish Music Awards.
  • The soundtrack won the Band of the Year at the 6th MOR Pinoy Music Awards and the Best Original Theme Song at the 2019 Entertainment Editor’s Choice Awards.

20. "Araw-Araw"

Artist: Ben&Ben

Genre: Pop Music

Album: Limasawa Street

“Araw-Araw” Song Facts

  • “Araw-Araw” is one of the most critically acclaimed Ben&Ben songs that got featured in Globe Studio’s entry film entitled LSS (Last Song Syndrome), together with “Pagtingin.”
  • “Araw-Araw” won the Best Original Song Award at the 3rd Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Awards.
  • Aside from “Araw-Araw,” other Ben&Ben songs featured in the film were “Ride Home,” “Leaves,” “Maybe the Night,” “Bibingka,” “Kathang Isip,” “Fall,” “Branches,” “Mitsa,” and “Sunrise.”

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