The way we listened: 2016

Krista Garcia
These songs defined the PH’s year in music, according to Spotify

MANILA, Philippines – What songs would best describe your year?

2016 was a year of big transitions for the country and the world – we’ve had our fair share of big wins, crushing losses, and quite a few surprises.

Locally, the year in music was no less eventful – in between Parokya ni Edgar’s latest album Pogi Years Old, Charlie Puth’s sold-out Manila concert, and surprising hits such as “Juju On That Beat” and “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen,” this year had no shortage of iconic artists, albums, and songs, all serving as the perfect soundtrack to 365 days of travels, heartbreak sessions, overtimes, and never-ending dates with EDSA during rush hour.

It’s 2017 in less than 48 hours, and whether you’re logging in extra hours to finish those balance projects, braving the long queues for your holiday shopping, or packing your bags for one last well-deserved roadtrip, why don’t you put on your headphones and listen to the tracks that you’ve rocked to, studied through, cried with, or worked out to all year long? There’s nothing like a powerful playlist to help you look back on what your year was like.

“Thanks 2016, it’s been weird.” For us, this tagline perfectly captures the year that’s been. We’ve enjoyed the good and we’ve learned from the bad. Up or down, the music plays on. Now we can’t wait for what 2017 will bring us. –

Text by Krista Garcia. Graphics by Emil Mercado


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