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[dropcap letter="I"]n all honesty, this hasn’t exactly been a banner year for Philippine music, as far as the mainstream goes. After all, 2013 seems to be the year where more people paid attention to Chicser than Up Dharma Down, and if that doesn’t depress you by even just a bit, then you have no soul.

As such, I’m not listing down the 8 best OPM songs of 2013. Instead, what I’m doing is listing down 8 OPM songs that pretty much defined the entirety of 2013, for better or worse. And as I always do, I avoided using any items that have been previously used in other lists, so even if Jinri Park and Chicser seem to have also defined OPM in 2013 to a (horrifying) extent, they won’t be showing up here.
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Apparently, because Chicser absolutely butchered the song so much, Chito Miranda felt compelled to cover the song yet again, this time mashing it up with Rico Blanco. This is a fine example of doing remakes that actually work, as opposed to, well, Chicser.

Have I mentioned yet how much I hate Chicser? Because I really do.

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This is probably Abra’s breakout year, as he makes it into the mainstream consciousness after years of being one of the biggest Fliptop attractions ever. His lyrical flow is smooth and easy to understand, and his socially conscious message gives us hope that it won’t only be Gloc 9 who will continue to carry the torch passed on by the late Francis Magalona.

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It’s really hard to go wrong with the first song from the first Itchyworms album we’ve had since 2008 (and yes, it’s been five years since “Self-Titled”). According to a reliable source (read: his wife), this song was written by Jaz Nicolas over an old flame who has been lost to time.

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This song came out in 1998, yet thanks to Vice Ganda, it has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, as you can hear it in “Showtime,” “Gandang Gabi Vice,” and of course, Vice’s latest movie for the MMFF, “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy.” If in case you missed the parallel, this song has exactly the same melody as “Shalala Lala” (clap clap clap).

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Another product of the Fliptop scene, Basilyo’s reggae-inspired song about being a sinner falling short of being a good Christian is catchy and so mainstream-friendly you do worry if he and Abra will slowly lose their edge as they rake in the cash with their musical endeavors.

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You hear this song, and three words come to mind: My. Husband’s. Lover. Definitely one of the most memorable theme songs for a TV show the entire year, second only to...

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The remake still doesn’t hold a candle to the Jose Mari Chan and Regine Velasquez original (I’m biased, okay?), but hey, this was the TV theme song of the year. It was, by default, the OPM song that would have almost single-handedly defined 2013 for everyone, if it weren’t for...

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You don’t have to like Daniel Padilla to recognize the fact that the Jungee Marcelo-penned hit “Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat” is the OPM song of 2013. Because I clearly don’t, and here I am, still giving his song that very distinction.

For 2013, no OPM song has been more ubiquitous, more ingratiating to the ears, than this Daniel Padilla ditty. And the most amazing or horrifying thing about it? He’s clearly just getting started.

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What's in your 2013 OPM Gr8List? List them down in the Comments Section!
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Kel Fabie

Kel Fabie. is a DJ, host, mentalist, satirist, comedian, and a long-time contributor to 8List (Hello, ladies!). He has an Oscar, a Pulitzer, a Nobel, and two other weirdly-named pet dogs. He blogs on mistervader.com.

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