Asking me what my favorite songs is pretty almost like asking me what my favorite movies are – there’s so many of them, and it really does depend on my mood. Sometimes I’m really into Original Pinoy Rock Music (as documented in my ode to the rock musical “Sa Wakas”). Sometimes, I spend days immersing myself in songs from musicals. There was that period in which I can’t help but listen to Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”, and yet another period during which I just needed to have Goldfrapp’s “Alive” looped on YouTube.
It’s THAT AWESOME. Can you blame me for loving it that much?
There are also some long stretches of time during which I would go full-on nostalgia. My father, the supreme Elder Geek in my life, did not just raise me and my siblings on books and comics – he also raised me on Elton John (I love “Your Song”, “Tiny Dancer”, and “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”), The Beatles (“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Eleanor Rigby”, and “If I Fell” are brilliant), The Who (“Baba O’Reilly” and “Pinball Wizard” – I know Townsend hated it, but it belongs to the world now), Queen (“Somebody to Love” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”) Billy Joel (“And So It Goes” and “Just the Way You Are”), and Sting (“Englishman in New York” and “Message in a Bottle” are wonderful).
On top of the nostalgia for the music my father shared with us, I also go nostalgic over music that became famous while I was growing up. I was a big fan of The Spice Girls (“Stop”, “Too Much”, and “Wannabe”). Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” album still makes me cry these days (“Forgiven” still haunts me), and I still sing Lisa Loeb songs (“Furious Rose” in particular). Locally, we have The Eraserheads (“Sembreak”, “Pare Ko”, and “Ang Huling El Bimbo”) – sometimes thought of as The Beatles of the Philippines – as well as Rivermaya (“214”, “Ulan”, and “Himala”) and Parokya ni Edgar (“Silvertoes”, “Harana”, and “The Yes Yes Show”); their music helped define my generation.
Then, there’s the music that my siblings and friends introduce to me.
My sister gave me the gift of Ludo, as well as The Magnetic Fields. My brother made me listen to The Script, and Fun. My friends got me into Lenka, Elle Goulding, Fun, Adele, and many more.
What I’m saying that my favorite songs are legion. You can’t tell me that they can’t all be my favorite, because they are.
With that, I leave you with my current earworm: