If you are looking to add some multicultural vibes to your karaoke performance or are a Filipino speaker, you may be looking for some of the best Filipino karaoke songs to add to your playlist before you head on stage. There are talented Filipino artists across various genres who sing about love, frustration, and every emotion in-between. Filipino songs are perfect for a fun night or day of karaoke with loved ones.
I’ve gathered 15 of the best songs so you don’t have to spend too much time worrying about what tracks to choose and can spend more time practicing, getting ready to perform, and—most importantly—having fun on stage sharing your favorite songs with your friends, family, and anyone else who’s witnessing your set.
Keep reading to learn why you should choose Filipino songs for karaoke, how to prepare, and how to choose the right songs for you.
Why Should You Sing Filipino Songs?
Why should you choose to sing Filipino songs? If Filipino is your native language and the one you are most comfortable singing in, the answer may be obvious. However, there are other reasons to sing tracks by Filipino artists that you should consider:
- You are a native English speaker but like singing in a language other than English. If you are at least an intermediate speaker of Filipino—even as a native English speaker—there’s no reason you can’t challenge yourself and expand your horizons through Filipino songs. I personally love singing songs in languages I am learning, such as German and French, and have even memorized songs in languages I don’t really speak, such as I Aorana, a Tahitian song that I adore. Just make sure you understand and can pronounce the lyrics before performing to avoid any frustration.
- You want to celebrate Filipino culture. Since there are a wide variety of English language Filipino songs to choose from, you can celebrate and honor the Filipino culture through music even if you don’t speak the Filipino language. You still want to practice so you get the sound and lyrics right on stage.
- You are a fan of Filipino artists. Much like with the last point, you can honor your favorite Filipino artists by singing their famous tracks on the karaoke stage. Again, just make sure you know the lyrics whether you choose to sing a song sung in Filipino or English.
- You want to try something new. If you just want to try something new and expand your horizons, you can try out some Filipino songs that you may not have heard before. It may be better to try out English language songs if you don’t speak Filipino. That way you won’t end up singing something with lyrics you can’t pronounce and don’t understand. You still need to practice if you are unfamiliar with the song, though.
Now you understand some of the reasons that it makes sense to choose Filipino songs for your next karaoke gig. Let’s take a look at some ways you can get ready for your karaoke performance so you are prepared to have the best singing experience possible.
Tips for Karaoke Performances
Before you choose your karaoke tracks, it’s important to be prepared for your performance. When I’m unprepared, I always feel nervous about getting on stage and less focused on having fun. Here are some tips to help you get ready to sing that I always follow for my performances:
- Practice your songs in advance. While this isn’t a necessity, making sure you know the twists and turns of your chosen tracks and all of the lyrics can help you be less nervous when it’s time to sing. You can always use your practice time to figure out which songs don’t really work for you.
- Try something new. If you always sing songs by the same one or two artists, it may be time for a change. You can still sing songs you know and enjoy, but adding different ones in that category can add interest and excitement to your performance and give you a challenge.
- Stick to your skill level and vocal range. If you need to sing a song with a limited vocal range, you’re better off picking a simpler song than trying something that goes too high or low on the vocal scale and stresses your vocal chords. You can also try songs by artists outside of your gender if those are what you’re comfortable singing. I find as a female alto with a limited range closer to tenor that I mostly enjoy singing songs by male tenors. I’m fine with it because my voice sounds its best when I’m in my sweet spot.
- Stay hydrated while singing. This tip is important for your health and comfort while singing. I recently forgot to bring my trusty water bottle with me when I went to sing. As a result, I ended up coughing in the middle of my performance and almost lost my voice by the time I was finished singing. Sip on water before, during, and after your performance to keep your throat and mouth hydrated.
- Know you environment. Are you going to be singing with friends or family? Will you be at home with a YouTube connection or using a public karaoke system? Knowing your audience and location will help you know which songs to choose. You don’t want to sing songs with swearing in front of children, and you can’t always sing more obscure songs on a public karaoke system. I recently had the microphone go out on my niece’s machine while I was singing; that’s okay, though, because I was prepared for what to do if my mic went out as I’m used to the machine’s fussiness.
You should follow these tips before every performance for the best results. Now that you know what to do to get ready for your karaoke performance, it’s time to pick out some of the best Filipino karaoke songs for your track list.
15 Best Filipino Karaoke Songs
There are a lot of wonderful and creative Filipino songs to choose from for your karaoke performance. However, it can save you time and hassle to pick out some of these 15 songs that I’ve chosen that are among the most popular Filipino options for karaoke singers. Why search the internet for hours for the perfect tracks when they’re already gathered together in one easy-to-reference list?
Some of these are songs sung in the Filipino language, while others are English language songs by famous Filipino artists. This means that there are great choices for all kinds of singers on this list. Let’s take a look at what I found:
1. “Ang Huling El Bimbo” — Eraserheads
Here’s an excellent, much-loved choice that celebrates love and dance. E-heads and fans of 1990s tracks, in particular, will appreciate it at a karaoke party or performance.
2. “Halik” — Aegis
If you know your audience will love a heartbreak ballad, “Halik” is a great choice. If you enjoy dramatic, emotional music, this is the karaoke song for you. If your audience and you enjoy some drama, that’s all the better.
3. “Dadalhin” — Regine Velasquez
Female vocalists in particular will enjoy this glorious hit. Sing it with feeling for a truly entertaining karaoke experience for you and the crowd!
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4. “The Day You Said Goodnight” — Hale
Here’s another great emotional choice for karaoke night. English speakers can sing this with ease, as all the lyrics are in English. This track is fun for everyone involved.
5. “Torete” — Moonstar88
Fans of and emotional music will enjoy singing this. There’s a lot of repetition, so if you’re newer to the Filipino language, a new singer, or have trouble memorizing complex lyrics, it can be an easier choice to sing than some other options on this list.
6. “Hari ng Sablay” — Sugarfree
Here’s another rousing track that you should perform with feeling. It can be a bit sad, so make sure you’re in the right environment for that type of mood so you don’t upset anyone—including yourself.
7. “Narda” — Kamikazee
If you want a rock song on your Filipino karaoke track list, “Narda” is a classic choice. Your audience is sure to enjoy this hit and rock out to it with enthusiasm.
8. “Forevermore” — Side A
This is a very emotional track that’s perfect for a dramatic karaoke party. It’s another English track that’s great for Filipino or English-speaking singers who want something entertaining to perform.
9. “Itsumo” — Dice and K9
If you want a hip-hop track on your Filipino playlist, this track from Dice and K9—AKA Mobstarr—is the perfect option. It’s also another English language choice that your crowd is sure to respond to in a positive way.
10. “Stay” — Cueshé
Here’s another English-language Filipino track for you and your audience to enjoy. It will bring on that 2000s nostalgia in full force with audiences that miss the decade.
11. “Love Moves In Mysterious Ways” — Nina
Here’s a lovely English-language love song from Nina. If you enjoy its theme, try it out for a romantic karaoke performance that will blow the audience away.
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12. “Stupid Love” — Andrew E., Blakdyak, and Salbakuta
Here’s a Filipino-English fusion track to add variety to your playlist. If you are a fan, try it out at your next karaoke night and have some fun with it.
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13. “Tell Me Where It Hurts” — MYMP
Here’s another tear-jerker that’s great for female vocalists or anyone who wants to belt out something emotional. It’s also another English language choice for non-Filipino speakers or anyone who wants to sing in English at their next karaoke gig.
14. “Ligaya” — Eraserheads
Here’s another favorite track for E-heads or fans of popular Filipino songs in general. Try it out at your next karaoke performance for some nostalgic fun that everyone can enjoy.
15. “You’ve Made Me Stronger” — Regine Velasquez
This is an emotional English-language track that everyone can enjoy at karaoke night. It’s excellent for Regine Velasquez fans or English speakers who want to sing something dramatic by a Filipino artist.
Now that you know what some of the best Filipino karaoke songs are, you’re ready to hit the karaoke stage with confidence and perform some of your favorite songs from the Philippines. No matter what you choose to sing, it’s your enthusiasm and emotional connection with your audience that will truly make your performance stand out and allow you and the crowd to have a memorable experience.
As long as you and your favorite people are enjoying yourselves, you’ve won at karaoke. Preparing for your performance in advance and choosing the right Filipino songs for your tastes, vocal range, skill level, and karaoke setting can help you have as much fun as possible and avoid slip ups.