The year 2009 was a good year for music (as is every year), because that’s Lady Gaga told us to Just Dance, The Black Eyed Peas told us that they [I] Gotta Feeling it was gonna be a good night, and Beyoncé stood up for all the Single Ladies and told them fellas to put a ring on it.
With the popular #10YearChallenge making its rounds on the internet, we thought we’d give it a shot by looking back at 5 OPM albums released 10 years ago.
- Peryodiko by Peryodiko
Peryodiko’s debut album is one that was highly anticipated, as the band made up of Vin Dancel, Kakoy Legaspi, Simon Tan, and Abe Billano brought catchy hooks with a great deal of storytelling. Some of the most notable tracks on this album include “Agawan Base,” “Bakasyon,” and “Kumapit Ka Tuwing Lunes.”
Now one of the most well-known Pinoy rock bands in the country, we’ve had the pleasure of seeing them perform on One Music Live:
- Walk Down the Road by Cynthia Alexander
This was the first live album recorded by singer-songwriter Cynthia Alexander, featuring her friends Mlou Matute on piano, darbouka, backing vocals and kulintang; Simon Tan on jazz bass; Rickson Ruiz on drums; and Indian musician, Charanjit Wasu, on tabla and dhol. The eclectic mix of sounds greatly complemented Cynthia’s iconic voice, making it such an easy listen all throughout.
- Only One by Side A
During a time when everyone was moving away from love ballads, this unapologetically sappy, yet brilliant album was proof that Side a is a group of talented composers. Many will remember them for their hit “Forevermore,” but this album is definitely worth listening to again.
- Mornings and Airports by Sugarfree
This was the very last album they released before Ebe Dancel, Jal Taguibao, Mitch Singson, Kaka Quisumbing parted ways in 2011. The album still carries Ebe’s signature touch, but Jal and Kaka also have large contributions on it.
- The Apparition by Urbandub
Their most experimental album yet, cult favorite Urbandub took a step into the shadows "The Apparition," but still carries the band's trademark heavy riffs balanced out with an undertone of bluesy melodies. The song “A Call to Arms” became one of the anthems of the youth at the time, and is by far the most popular from this album.
Did we miss anything? What music were you listening to in 2009? Let us know in the comments!
A Filipina born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Alyssa always has a story to tell. She is a writer by day, singer on occasion, ballerina by heart, and forever a musical theatre enthusiast. When she's not immersing herself in her Spotify playlists, you'll find her training to be a triathlete or being a full-time cool tita to her 9 nephews and nieces.