It is currently the toast of the streaming era, riding on a data-backed formula that dominated this generation's pop culture conversation. Countless songs that fall under its aesthetic appeal have managed to rack up huge numbers on streaming platforms such as Spotify and Youtube, making it easy for major playlists to add them on heavy rotation. It's everywhere, from movie soundtracks to brand campaigns; big concert venues, to local music festivals. Soon enough, major labels have struck gold with this phenomenon that continues to saturate the attention economy. December Avenue, Janine Tenoso, and Moira Dela Torre had a massive year thanks to their cloyingly sentimental take on pop ballads. Even in the smallest venues that are known to cater to indie and niche markets, artists known for their hugot songs are the ones getting top priority in bookings. Outside of where hugot stands now, it's virtually impossible to ignore other developments in local music that deserve attention. Former IV of Spades vocalist Unique released a compelling debut album that veers away from the dominant sounds of our time. Homegrown hip-hop music maintained its omnipresent influence with a diverse selection of anthems ranging from the personal to the political.
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This is a compilation of OPM hugot songs for the brokenhearted as Filipinos are known to be music lovers and so attached to their emotions, especially to the feeling of losing someone they love. But the sad truth is that one can never force anyone to show the same affection. Not all people are fortunate enough to be loved back but some continue to love no matter what. This song best describes that feeling. Letting go is not that easy for many who have experienced loving someone so deeply. This song will somehow ease that pain of realization.
That word, hugot , expresses a sentiment at the heart of so many OPM love songs. It really evokes some very deep emotion for the listener. Most of all, though, OPM is associated with a breezy, sentimental ballad form that inspires everyone to join in. Even though OPM ballads are often performed with Western instruments, they have roots in Filipino folk traditions, like Kundiman—a style of traditional love songs known for mellow rhythms and dramatic swells—and the time-honored practice of harana , in which young men in rural areas woo their beloveds by serenading them outside their bedroom windows. Once a colony of the United States, the Philippines has long been influenced by American and British music. But OPM emerged during a time when Filipinos were making their own pop sound. To shore up and celebrate national identity, the government embarked on an effort to sponsor and promote Filipino music.
They became more popular after this hit single. The song is an inspirational song for anyone who is having a hard time in life. And three, they perform with such talent and brilliance, their songs can take on the world—and have. You can watch a compilation here. The song is all about a guy who is comforting a girl for having a tough situation in life. Just For Fun. Play on Spotify