Christmas is just around the corner! However, since we are Filipinos, as soon as the months ended with “ber”, radios start playing timeless Christmas classics. However, these 5, in my opinion, are the bare essentials when it comes to bringing Christmas cheer to my ears.
1. “Christmas in Our Hearts” by Jose Mari Chan – The king of OPM Christmas songs, Jose Mari Chan delivered this masterpiece in 1990. The soothing melody of the song really ignites that little fireplace in your hearts. If you hear this during one of your commutes or during one of your mom’s early morning Christmas jamming session then it is officially the holiday season.
2. “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey – HEY! You know you love this song! This is Mariah Carey at her finest. Well, maybe not. This is such a fun and upbeat song that you can’t help but dance into it. Since its release in 1994, this has been a staple in Christmas parties and balls.
3. “Little Drummer Boy” by Katherine Davis – This song was originally released in 1941 but was popularized by the Harry Simeone Chorale in 1958. This song is a fun song to sing and listen to with catchy riffs especially singing along with the “Parapumpumpum” parts. Pentatonix made a great cover of this song in 2014 using mainly their voices and beatbox only.
4. “Pasko Na Sinta Ko” by Gary Valenciano – This is a great musical representation of how it feels to spend Christmas alone. Gary V.’s emotional vocal prowess gave this song the right feels that pulls the strings of your heart. It is a sad song but this is a staple in local radios due to members of SMP, “Samahan ng Malamig and Pasko”.
5. “Sa Maybahay Ang Aming Bati” – This is the song that really drives in the fact the Christmas season is here. Kids from your neighborhood will come out at night with their spoons and forks, makeshift drums and tambourines and sing their lungs out usually to this tune. This is their number one go-to-songs when they and sing carols around the neighborhood.