Throwback Tuesday: Top 10 OPM Songs of the ‘90s

Can you still recall all the OPM songs that gave you the jolts from 1990-1999? Even if we sought to mention as many of our much-loved hits as we could, we had to do the scary task of narrowing down hundreds of great OPM songs from the ‘90s to the best ten.
Scroll down to see what made it to our list of Top 10 OPM songs that rocked the decade. Feel free to comment on our lineup!

1. “Mga Kababayan Ko (1990)

Francis M. created this song in an amazing way of expressing one’s patriotism. “Mga Kababayan Ko” also marked thebirth of Nationalistic rap in Filipino hip hop. (Photo Credit:

2. “Paraiso” (1991)

“Paraiso” was certified eight times Platinum by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) and sold over 253,800 units in the country. It is considered one of the biggest-selling albums in the Philippines, overtaking “Smokey Mountain” (the album) in terms of sales. (Photo Credit:

3. “Iisa Pa Lamang” (1992)

Not a single Pinoy who lived in the 1990s wasn’t struck by this smash hit of Joey Albert, which won the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Best Movie Theme Song Award in 1992. (Photo Credit:

4. “Ligaya” (1993)

This was the first single of the Eraserheads from their debut album Ultraelectromagneticpop!. The single was able to make it to the Top Ten of 97.1 WLS-FM countdown. (Photo Credit:

  1. “Paglisan” (1994)

One of Color it Red’s hit songs “Paglisan“, expressing the sentiments of departing from one’s love, has become part of the Philippine pop culture as one of the better OPM ballads. (Photo Credit:

  1. “Ang Huling El Bimbo” (1995)

Ely Buendia of Eraserheads composed this song for their 1996 studio album Cutterpillow. It received widespread airplay after its release and ranked second best on RX 93.1’s “Top 20 OPM Requests of 1996″. The song’s music video propelled the band’s success outside the country by grabbing the International Viewer’s Choice Awards for Asia at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. (Photo Credit:

  1. “Forevermore” (1996)

This song won Side A the 1996 Awit Award for Best Performance by a Group for the third consecutive year and the Song of the Year. (Photo Credit:

  1. “Nandito Ako” (1997)

“Nandito Ako” rendition of Mexican singer/actress Thalía became a huge hit in the Philippines and went two times Diamond in the Philippines for sales more than 1,000,000 copies. (Photo Credit:

  1. “Sinaktan Mo Ang Puso Ko” (1998)

This song made Michael V’s parody album, “MTB: Miyusik Tagalog Bersiyon” a big success. Written by Michael V. himself, the witty love song gained commercial success and became the “unofficial anthem” for the heartbroken, despite its violently humorous lyrics. (Photo Credit:

  1. “Tuloy Pa Rin”(1999)

Neocolors’ second album Tuloy Pa Rin came out in 1999 and made hit singles for the band. It similarly reached platinum status and paved several tracks as classic OPM songs to this day. (Photo Credit:


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