Filipinos and karaoke are just like peanut butter and jelly. It goes hand in hand, and there’s hardly ever a time where there isn’t one without the other.
If you’ve ever been in a Filipino household, chances are that karaoke has been part of the festivities at some point. It doesn’t matter if it’s someone’s birthday or just a regular night of the week.
Because karaoke is extremely fun! It brings people together, and creates great memories with friends, family, and lets new guests integrate and be a part of the family.
If you, the reader, have been in a Filipino household, I’ll bet money that you were even given the chance to share your vocal muscles as well. If you’re good at singing, you’ll be popular. If you’re not, you’ll be given brownie points for trying. Just don’t feel too embarrassed if you’re not a good singer, it’s the effort that counts.
Why is Karaoke Popular in the Philippines?
Karaoke is popular in the Philippines for various reasons. One is that singing is a beloved pastime and a form of self-expression. Karaoke, as mentioned, is a social activity that brings people together, whether it’s friends and family gathering at home or strangers bonding over a shared love of music in a karaoke bar. It’s also a relatively inexpensive form of entertainment, making it accessible to a wide range of people.
Another reason is that the Philippines has a rich music culture, and karaoke provides a platform for people to perform and showcase their talents (or sometimes a lack thereof).
Filipinos are known to be very passionate about music, and karaoke gives them an opportunity to sing their favorite songs and connect with their emotions.
Filipino karaoke machines, including the ever-famous Magic Mic found in most households, usually come equipped with a wide variety of songs (in both Tagalog and English). This allows anyone who picks up a microphone for the first time or is a seasoned veteran, to easily start singing their hearts out in their preferred language.
What are Some Popular Foods and Drinks When Singing Karaoke?
When singing your heart out, you tend to get hungry and thirsty. The same goes for those who are watching you sing and aren’t participating in the song (which is rare).
As an adult over 21 (or the legal drinking age of your residence), beer is, of course, a popular drink to enjoy to help wet the whistle and get you more into a singing mood. Don’t forget the coconut juice or calamansi juice as well.
Some people tend to sweat a lot when they sing, so the addition of coconut water/juice can help justify the fact that the singer lost fluids and needs to replenish. This is true, but in actuality, the drink just tastes too good to not have it.
As far as popular foods go, any finger food is ideal, or anything from the grill, including chicken adobo. Being able to quickly take a bite during a long pause in the song will make you a dual threat with the microphone.
What are the Most Popular Filipino Karaoke Songs?
The reason you’re here is to check out this list! While there are seemingly an infinite amount of songs out there, here are many of the most popular Filipino karaoke songs, from the past and from now.
- “Kailangan Kita” by Regine Velasquez
- “Ikaw” by Yeng Constantino
- “Kung Ako Na Lang Sana” by Bituin Escalante
- “Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko” by Daniel Padilla
- “Hanggang” by Wency Cornejo
- “Ikaw Lamang” by Silent Sanctuary
- “Narito” by Aiza Seguerra
- “Kung Sakali” by Yeng Constantino
- “Nandito Ako” by Ogie Alcasid
- “Kahit Isang Saglit” by Martin Nievera
- “Paano Na Kaya” by Bugoy Drilon
- “Nangangamba” by Juris
- “Ikaw Ang Aking Mahal” by Vina Morales
- “Sigurado” by True Faith
- “Sinasamba Kita” by Sharon Cuneta
- “Ikaw Lang Ang Aking Mahal” by Ariel Rivera
- “Ikaw” by Piolo Pascual
- “Ibigay Mo Na” by Jona
- “Bakit Ba Ganyan” by Dina Bonnevie
- “Anak” by Freddie Aguilar
- “Minsan Lang Kitang Iibigin” by Regine Velasquez
- “Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko” by Rey Valera
- “Maghihintay Ako” by Juris
- “Nasan Ka” by Rey Valera
- “Hanggang Dito Na Lang” by KZ Tandingan
This list should help get you started on your quest for vying for your position to be the most popular karaoke singer in the household.
What are the Most Popular English Karaoke Songs?
While we have our list of Filipino songs, here is a list of 30 of the most popular songs in English. It’s always good to mix it up, as many songs in English are popular in the Philippines too.
- “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
- “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
- “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
- “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
- “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
- “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
- “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams
- “All of Me” by John Legend
- “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles
- “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion
- “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith
- “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
- “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
- “Respect” by Aretha Franklin
- “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
- “Wonderwall” by Oasis
- “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
- “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
- “Love Shack” by The B-52’s
- “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” by Beyonce
- “Shallow” by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
- “Wake Me Up” by Avicii
- “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor
- “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
- “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys
What Have We Learned?
We have learned that karaoke is the ultimate sign of a good time. Regardless of whatever language you speak (in this case, you may need a language translator if singing karaoke) or where you come from, there’s nothing like singing with friends and family and enjoying some great food at the same time.