TIME CAPSULE: Who are the faces of OPM?
November 12, 2018 UDOU Team
There’s a never ending evolution of OPM and the ever changing taste of music enthusiasts, so we’ve asked you—who are the faces of OPM for you? And here are your answers!
Through the years, Original Pinoy Music has evolved tremendously. From the 90’s Song Hits Magazine to today’s Top Hits Philippines on Spotify we would always have an idea who’s hitting the charts and who are the most famous.
Ever wonder who are the newgen’s choices when it comes to defining the Filipino music scene nowadays? To give you an idea, we’ve conducted a poll to come up with the top 10 faces of OPM today. We’ve seen your answers, now here are the results:
10. Regine Velasquez
First off, we have none other than The Asia’s Songbird, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid! Known for reaching skyscraper-high notes, this incredible belter (and a returning Kapamilya member) have blessed us with numerous hits that many of aspiring artists today still frustratingly tries to reach. She is a world-class performer whose songs are timeless and nothing’s going to stop her career to flourish locally and internationally.
9. Francis Magalona
The Master Rapper! Who doesn’t know this guy?! If you don’t, you’re very much welcome to leave the building… Just kidding! But really, FrancisM is one of the foundation of OPM. The ‘Mga Kababayan Ko’ singer is basically the father of Filipino Rap scene. Despite his heartbreaking death, we see his music live on through generations after generations. RIP, The Man From Manila.
We bet anyone swooning over the CarGel (Carlo Aquino and Angelica Panganiban) love team is not a stranger to Ben&Ben. The ‘Maybe the Night’ hit maker is one of the newer contributors to the OPM scene and they’re doing amazingly throughout their career. We are all excited to what else they’ll be cooking in the years to come!
The Redhorse Muziklaban 2004 Champion, Mayonnaise starting from their first single ‘Jopay’ have unceasingly delighted OPM devotees. They’ve graced us with records like ‘Kapag Lasing Malambing’ that jabs on our hearts to a knock out. This award-winning band will always be staple in our OPM playlist and we’re definitely not complaining!
6. December Avenue
Debuted in the early 2000s, December Avenue made a number of songs that will be your aid in moving on. With their latest hit ‘Kung ‘Di Rin Lang Ikaw‘ and the substantial amount of #sawi in the country, we don’t see this band leaving the limelight anytime soon.
Bamboo‘s ‘Tatsulok,’ ‘Noypi,’ and more of their songs has brought a new voice to existing issues in our country with fire in every hit. Even after the ups and downs of this band, their contribution to the OPM movement which is to ignite our Filipino spirit, claimed a piece of the heart of every OPM enthusiast from then ’til now.
With their comeback tour being announced this year, Kamikazee has returned to add crazy to the Pinoy music scene after a long break. We’d say their return is the reason why they landed forth on our list! But really, who could ever forget about this wack band that brought us every dude’s personal karaoke favorite, ‘Narda‘? None, right? We know!
3. Apo Hiking Society
Being one of the premier contributors of the OPM movement back in the 70’s, it’s not a surprise that Apo Hiking Society, or simply APO, is still part of the faces of OPM for today’s generation. They are pretty much the grand daddy of the movement and everyone who claims to be an avid OPM enthusiast and know not even one APO song will be shunned… Kidding! (Or maybe not).
The band that brought us the ultimate barkada anthems and controversial hits—Eraserheads never left the mind of the Pinoys. They left us craving for more of their music, may it be new or old. Their legacy is no mystery really, who wouldn’t gnaw on hard hitting #hugot lines and subliminal dark messages served with awesome musical arrangements and a phenomenal voice? Eraserheads made their mark in Pinoy Rock Music and we don’t see them disappearing anytime… ever.
1. Parokya ni Edgar
Parokya ni Edgar debuted in the early 90’s. Ever since their launch, their songs became staple jams during inumans and theme songs of love stories. Their songs ‘Harana,’ ‘Inuman Na,’ and ‘Gitara’ are just some of their greatest hits. Amazingly, this band’s dynamic and music still captivates this generation and hit number 1 on our list.
At the end of the day, we take pride in all of our OPM artists who promotes love for masterpieces that are sariling atin! Let us, OPM aficionados, continuously support and encourage the faces of OPM now and then.