As the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc around the globe, music in the year 2020 seemed a lot more different. Music festivals were on pause and the music scene seemingly had its slowest year in terms of market. However, some artists still thrived and kept us thrilled, comforted, and empowered while in isolation.
Even without live music, tours, and festivals, the year 2020 gave us numerous songs to enjoy. From Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia to Taylor Swift’s sister albums Folklore and Evermore, the year’s best new tracks took us on a journey of nostalgia, empowerment, and romance which we certainly deserve in these trying times. (Read: 5 Motivational Songs to Start Your Year Right)
On the same note, Filipino artists also came through during the pandemic year and brought us Original Filipino Music (OPM) that made us dance, be at peace with our thoughts, and remain positive. Here are some of them!
Best OPM Songs of 2020: ‘Ivana’ by Soulstice
Inspired by and dedicated to vlogger and actress Ivana Alawi, rap group Soulstice’s single “Ivana” became the first viral song of 2020. With its cunning and witty wordplay, the infectious rap song took over the internet and the charts just right after it was released in January. “Ivana” topped Spotify’s Viral 50 Charts for a few weeks after its release, as well as topping the Global Viral 50 Charts of Spotify. (Read: 5 Must-Watch Vlogs From Michael V’s YouTube Channel)
Best OPM Songs of 2020: ‘Marikit’ by Juan Caoile and Kyle
As we went on with the quarantine and intense lockdowns, many people entertained themselves with different activities online such as participating in TikTok dance challenges— one that led to the success of Juan Caoile and Kyle’s hip-hop track, “Marikit.” (WATCH: Mayor Vico Delights Netizens With Latest TikTok Video)
Familiar or not with the dance challenge, there is no doubt that you have already heard the addicting beat of the song. No matter where you are or what you are doing, the lyrics “Ikaw ang binibini na nina-nais ko. Binibining marikit na dalangin ko,” just lingers in the mind, rent-free!
Best OPM Songs of 2020: ‘Magandang Dilag’ by JM Bales ft. KVN
Before it became a hit on TikTok, JM Bales’ “Magandang Dilag” was first heard on the stage of the Miss Universe Philippines pageant last October. With the surge of its popularity among Filipinos, the song has also made it into some of our local celebrities’ playlists, most of which have boarded the #MagandangDilagChallenge as well. (WATCH: Frontliners’ “Fight Song” Tiktok Compilation)
Best OPM Songs of 2020: ‘Di ‘Ka Sayang’ by Ben&Ben
Ben&Ben also gave us one of the most unforgettable songs of 2020 with its hit single, “Di ‘Ka Sayang.” The song stands out in the Pinoy band’s music lineup for 2020 as it gives us a timely message of self-love, validation, and empowerment. (Read: Ben&Ben releases first international single ahead of online fundraising concert)
Best OPM Songs of 2020: ‘Sinungaling’ by Zild
During the quarantine period, a lot of shocking news also revealed themselves in the Filipino music industry. One of these involves IV of Spades’ lead vocalist and bassist/keyboardist, Zild Benitez, releasing his solo debut track, “Sinungaling”. The song immediately became a hit as it makes the perfect anthem for the truth-seeking spirit that we should all have during dark times.