Looking back at the music that I listened to the years, it seems that I have come to appreciate different kinds of music. This is an attempt of recollecting the music, artists and genres that I have come to appreciate.
This post will be regularly updated as I come to remember the more obscure memories that I have.
I have parents and grandparents who love turning up the radio playing the old classics on Sunday.
- The Cascades - Rhythm of the Falling Rain
- The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
- The Beatles - Let It Be
Everyone wanted to sing like Micheal Jackson. Everyone wanted to dance like Michael Jackson. I don't think I need to explain this.
Metal, Rock and Grunge
Most male friends who form groups have that older guy who they think is cool. My group was no exception. Metal, Rock and Grunge was the cool genres for boys and teens at that time but parents were vehemently against it. Me? I just loved the rush I got when I was listening to it.
- Metallica - Enter Sandman
- Rage Against The Machine - Killing in the Name
- Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze of Glory
- Axl Rose - Sweet Child of Mine
- Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
- The Cranberries - Zombie
Where are you now?
I remember the time when we were required to sing as part of my Grade 3 MAPE class. I was bored and not particularly excited in picking which songs to sing. I went on the path of least resistance and decided to sing Zombie by the Cranberries, of which a neighbor has a cassette of.
I delayed getting the tapes until the day before I was about to sing. Unfortunately, he loaned that cassette to someone else. I had to make do with the cassette he has on hand.
I ended up belting out 'Where are you now?' by Nazareth. My teacher must have been rolling his eyes since I was not old enough to actually emphatize what the song is about.
Foreign and OPM, Metal and Rock
When my dad was still in the pastry business, he has an assistant to help him with creating cassava cakes. In his free time, he would introduced me to the music that he likes by playing the cassette tapes that he had with him.
While his music both contained foreign and local acts, itled me to greater appreciation of Pinoy Rock, a genre which I would continue to fondly replay still.
- Scorpion - Temple of the King
- Firehouse - You are my Religion
- Siakol - Peksman
- The Teeth - Prinsesa
- Rivermaya - Hinahanap Kita
- Eraserheads - Ang Huling El Bimbo
- Parokya ni Edgar - Harana
The Rise of Pop
Boy/girl bands like Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls were just starting to hit the mainstream.
Anyone who lived as a kid or teen at this time are just into this thing, either by genuine appreciation or peer pressure.
- Backstreet Boys - As Long as You Love Me
- Hanson - MMMBop
- Spice Girls - Wannabe
- The Corrs - Breathless
- Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply
Pop was at it's peak at this time. Puberty has already set in. One can't help but relate and sing along with cheesy but catchy songs.
Savage Garden's Crash and Burn helped me through some tough times.
The Corrs' In Blue album was one of the 3 cassettes tapes me and my brother owned.
- Backstreet Boys - Shape of My Heart
- WestLife - Swear it all Over Again
- The Moffatts - Miss you like Crazy
- N'sync - It's Gonna be Me
- Blue - Best of Me
- Savage Garden - Crash and Burn
- The Corrs - Breathless
- M2M - Mirror, Mirror
Me and my brother spent our summers at this time helping my father with his cassava business. When we were tasked with peeling of the skin from the cassava root, we would crank up the volume of our cassette player playing Linkin Park or Limp Bizkit while we were working.
Nu Metal was the perfect vehicle to express teen angst and turmoil, especially for males.
- Linkin Park - Points of Authority
- Limp Bizkit - Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)
- Disturbed - Stupefy
- System of a Down - Chopsuey
Alternative Rock was in a strange place. It was not rebellious as Nu Metal but not as cheesy as Pop. Weird definition but its perfect for me!
- The Calling - Wherever You Will Go
- Third Eye Blind - I'll Never Let You Go
- Incubus - Drive
- Matchbox 20 - Bent
- Creed - My Sacrifice
- Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue
My brother has just started appreciating Reggae music at this time. He would play Bob Marley songs every moment he can.
I was initially annoyed by it but it grew on me. It was relaxing music, a good counterpoint to the screaming sound of Nu Metal.
- Bob Marley - Buffalo Soldier
- Bob Marley - I Shot the Sheriff
- Bob Marley - Is this Love?
- Bob Marley - Jammin'
- Bob Marley - Get Up, Stand Up
I was inspired to pick up the guitar because there rumors that my crush had a crush on a schoolmate who was also a band member. I was envious on the attention he was getting not from her but from everyone.
So I borrowed a neglected acoustic guitar from my mom's friend and officemate. I would later own it after I convinced my mom to purchase it for me.
The songs that I would learn where the ones that I was sure that would impress the girls. At that time, that would be the Pinoy Rock songs Rivermaya, Eraserheads, Parokya ni Edgar and more as well as alternative rock songs from Incubus, Matchbox 20 and more.
Learning to play the guitar at this time was not that easy as it was today. The Internet did not exist at this time. I enlisted the help of my parents and neighbor's parent in learning basic chords. I got song chords from chord books sold for cheap from street vendors.
Sadly, I did not get a chance to play a single song for her. But playing the guitar was something that stuck and I still enjoy through the years.
I wasn't aware of genre labels at that time. I considered these alternative music still(although post-grunge is a subgenre of alternative rock).
- Staind - It's been awhile
- Lifehouse - Hanging By the Moment
- Hoobastank - The Reason
Symphonic and Goth Metal
An acquaintance of mine was a big fan of Nightwish. I was completely new to the kind of music they are producing so I got interested in listening to them.
On the other hand, I loved Evanescence from the start. Amy Lee's powerful voice is bliss to my ears.
- Nightwish - Amaranth
- Nightwish - Wish I had an Angel
- Evanescence - Bring me to Life
- Evanescence - Everybody's Fool
- Evanescence - Going Under
Classical music and Piano
Nodame Cantabile was instrumental(pun intended) in gaining an appreciation of classical music. I was inspired to take up playing a piano. We don't have a grand piano at home but we had a cheap digital keyboard that my mom ocassionally plays on. It does not have weighted keys but it was good enough for a beginner like me.
The songs that I remember playing are Richard Marx's Right Here Waiting For You, Rurouni Kenshin's Her Most Beautiful Smile, Crystal Kay's Konna ni Chikaku De and Boys Be OST, Early Summer II.
Jazz and Guitar Redux
Cowboy Bebop started my appreciation for jazz.
BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad made me regret neglecting practicing the guitar.
- The Seatbelts - Tank!
- The Seatbelts - The Real Folk Blues
- Beat Crusaders - Hit in the USA
- Beck OST - Follow Me
- Beck OST - Slip Out
- Beck OST - Moon on the Water
By this time, I paid less attention to the lyrical content of songs and started to appreciate the rhythm, beats and melodies of songs. Since I was still into anime at this time, I naturally gravitated towards Japanese music.
This include J-rock bands like Uverworld, Maximum the Hormone and L'arc~en~ciel, hip-hop acts like M-Flo and Nujabes, pop acts like BoA
- Uverworld - Colors of the Heart
- Uverworld - LIFEsize
- Maximum the Hormone - What's up, people!
- Maximum the Hormone - Koi No Mega Lover
- L'arc~en~ciel - Driver's High
- L'arc~en~ciel - Daybreak's Bell
- L'arc~en~ciel - The Fourth Avenue Cafe
- M-Flo feat. Boa - The Love Bug
- M-Flo - Miss You
- Nujabes - Battlecry
- Boa - No. 1
Power Metal, Progressive Rock and the Guilty Gear Soundtrack
I just started working as a software developer at this time. I needed something to contrast the quiet atmosphere of the office as well as channel the frustration of fixing bugs in software. These genres fit the bill nicely.
- Dragonforce - Through the Fire and Flames
- Rhapsody of Fire - Holy Thunderforce
- Dreamtheater - Strange Deja Vu
- Guilty Gear - Keep Yourself Alive II
- Guilty Gear - Awe of She
The only reason I even bothered to check out this band was because my cousin's Skype status was set to Science and Faith for many weeks. That made me very curious.
I found myself liking all the songs in the album. I checked out their previous works and have since been following their new albums from then on.
- The Script - The Man who can't be Moved
- The Script - Breakeven
- The Script - Science and Faith
- The Script - Nothing
Initial D, an anime that centered around racing uphill and downhill in the mountains of Japan introduced me to Eurobeat, the genre of music that is primarily featured as the BGM during races.
While Cowboy Bebop uses jazz as a backdrop, Sakamichi no Apollon was an anime that centered around jazz in the middle of the 20th century. Drums and Keyboard where the primary instruments used.
- M.o.v.e. - Around the World
- Niko - Night of Fire
- Symbol - Forever Young
- Ken Blast - To the Top
- YUKI - Sakamichi no Melody
I discovered Daft Punk when a friend from our trivia group recommended it to me, right when they released their album Random Access Memories. I wasn't interested in exploring electronic and dance music before but I credit this duo for giving me a good introduction to the genre.
- Daft Punk - Around the World
- Daft Punk - One More Time
- Daft Punk - Voyager
- Daft Punk - Instant Crush
- Daft Punk - Get Lucky
I collected lots of metal, hard rock and upbeat songs because it compliments well with my new hobby at this time, bouldering.
I had recently switched jobs and I picked up some songs from the office radio.
- Rage Against The Machine - Killing in the Name
- Gorillaz - DARE
- Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop
- The Outfield - Your Love
- Flo Rida - I Cry
Our trivia group went to a live performance of Brownman Revival. We went wild inside Took a few weeks to live down the hype.
- Brownman Revival - Binibini
- Brownman Revival - Ikaw lang ang Aking Mahal
- Brownman Revival - Ikaw Forever
- Brownman Revival - Sorry Na, Pwede ba?
I picked up Celtic music when my officemate played it in his car while we were going home form a tech conference we were participating in. His playlist consist of the music of Adrian von Zeiglar.
I was going through an emotional turmoil at this time. My playlist was wildly inconsistent. I swung between different genres depending on my mood.
- Nothing - The Script
- Muse - Starlight
- WALK THE MOON - Shut up and Dance
- Frio - Hanggang Dito Nalang
- Audrey Hepburn - Moon River
- U2 - With or Without You
- Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough - Patty Smyth, Don Henley
- The Morning After Girls - Still Falling
I felt that I was too disconnected with mainstream music at this point. So I decided to explore EDM, the most popular genre at the moment. I was initially apprehensive that I might grow to hate it but I was sure that there were subgenres that I would like.
- LVTHER - Some Kind of Magic
- Hellberg, Rich Edwards - Ashes(Burn Your Love)
- Gryffin, Illenium, Data - Feel Good
- Tritonal, Cash Cash - Untouchable
- Fickle Friends - Swim
- Jonas Blue - Perfect Strangers
- Kedam, Reece Lemonius - Anywhere
- Porter Robinson, Madeon - Shelter
- Illenium, Nerve - Fractures