Beautiful tunes are hard to forget. But who would have thought they’re going to make it big again, the second time around.
It’s not like you’re going to Disneyland and memorize “It’s a small world after all.” These tunes sure have already made their mark, that’s for sure, capturing the minds and hearts of every Juan. But putting them back into the mainstream in the present time may have been a gamble. But thanks to daring artists who believed they can give an old song a rehash, a remastery or a reengineering, if you will, without losing its essence. Even when everybody may have thought otherwise.
Ladies and gentlemen, beautiful and daring people of the hour, the most amazing OPM (original Pinoy Music) remakes to hit the archipelago:
10. “Binibini” by Daniel Padilla
The matinee idol, flame of millions of fans, brought back this archetypal Manila sound like only he can, giving the song a cool twist with his rough-textured voice. With pure talent from instrumentalist KarelHonasan, and you’ve got yourself a sure-fire hit.
9. “Ikaw Lang angAkingMahal” by Brownman Revival
Brownman Revival puts some serious beats into this 70’s song, which incidentally is a ballad co-written by the talented Tito Sotto. You don’t have to call Bob Marley to teach us reggae, Brownman gave the genre a uniquely Filipino taste.
Original: VST & Co.
Original: APO Hiking Society
7. “Tatsulok” by Bamboo
Bamboo always had his own trademark that’s distinctively Bamboo. And this song is no exception. From a socialist perspective penned by the activist-folk band, the anthemic tune got introduced to the mainstream just like that.
6. “HumanapKangPanget” by Radioactive Sago Project
The song is tricky, as its message has been notorious for creating divisiveness. But the creative LourdVeyra and his Sago Project successfully adapted the tune to the music-loving Pinoys of today without breaking its essence.
Original: Weather Report
5. “BulagPipi at Bingi” by Noel Cabangon
The powerful composer known for such wonderful, emotion-rich tune as Kanlungan, is at his best in this rendition giving the controversial Freddie Aguilar a pat in the back albeit virtually.
Original: Freddie Aguilar
4. “PagTumatagal, LalongTumitibay” by Pasta Groove
Backed by a talented team of critically-acclaimed instrumentalists, Pasta Groove never picked a better song to revive than this one. Truly, the rehashed version would make a real good B-side to the original tune.
3. “TuwingUmuulan at KapilingKa” by TheEraserheads
Well, Eheads is one signature brand in music and their garage-rock overhaul of this Ryan Cayabyab tune is apparent. Ely once again nails it, giving a certain catharsis to this perfectly-penned composition.
Original: Basil Valdez
2. “Ikaw Na Nga” by Basil Valdez
Basil Valdez puts his best foot forward and shows us how he still got the punch after all these years. Listening to the clean-faced balladeer will make you wonder if Willie Revillame was really the original and not Basil.
Original: Willie Revillame
1. “The Kayanihan Song” by Various Artists
For the top spot, I present to you a Ryan Cayabyab original. A reengineering of the “Kay GandangAtingMusika” song, this rendition is one stirring tune that’s bound to make you feel good.
Original: Ryan Cayabyab
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There you have it, folks, some of the best remastered beats to hit the Pearl of the Orient. Do drop us a piece of your thoughts if you please, in the comments section below. And join our ever-growing Dissemination Club. Share this article to one and all, even to your frenemies. Who knows? Music is a necessity, you know.
As Ray Charles, the I Just Called to Say I Love You singer, used to say, “I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.”