Sunday, December 31, 2017

OPC Praise 40 of 2017

Before we go full throttle into 2018, we have one more year-end chart here on this blog, this time covering the Top 40 Praise & Worship and CCM tracks of the year. This is still still based on my weekly tallies, personal favorites, and Spotify rankings ("Your Top Songs 2017").

Husband and wife duo Grayson Reed might have fallen short on our Pop 40 chart, but they secure the top spot in our Praise 40 of 2017! Their second single from their album Walk has a very powerful message  that God can and will use the rain in your life to make you "Bloom"!

Zach Williams, Kerrie Roberts, Mandisa improve from their respective 2016 finishes with their 2017 offerings which take second to fourth places. Newcomer Consumed by Fire rounds up the Top 5 with "I Need You God." For the rest of the entries, check out the list and give it a listen by playing the Spotify playlist embedded below.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

OPC Pop 40 of 2017

We have our second year-end chart on this blog and it's the OPC Pop 40 of 2017. These are the Top 40 pop hits of the year based on the weekly tallies, personal favorites, and Spotify rankings ("Your Top Songs 2017").

This year, we have a returnee at #1! Wisconsin-based band We Are Leo topped our 2012 year-end chart with "Supernova Sunrise." Five years later, the sun has set but the moon rises, and they walk on it on their way to becoming our annual kings again with their new track called "Astronaut"! Talk about celestial-themed songs, huh? The song from their third album The Rush and The Roar which stayed at #1 for six weeks, closely edging out Grayson Reed's "Fight for You" and the #1 OPM track "Isang Daang Habangbuhay" by Yassi Pressman.

The chart also features some tracks that you might not find in other year-enders: My favorite rock band Skillet with the loud track "I Want to Live" at #7, Fifth Harmony's "Can You See" (from the original soundtrack of The Star) at #10, Jamie Grace's "The Happy Song" at #11, Owl City's "All My Friends" at #15, and the Blessid Union of Souls' "Get Along" at #22 among others. Now is the perfect time to discover these tracks by checking them out on the Spotify playlist embedded below.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Top OPM Tracks of 2017

There might not have been weekly charts on this blog for 2017, but OPC has still been keeping tab of the latest tunes in town. And once again, it's time to look back at the songs that reigned supreme on this side of the web. We'll also be dishing out this year's Praise 40 and Pop 40 lists, but first up, it's our Top OPM Tracks of 2017. This is based on the OPC weeklies (yes, we still have those, we just don't publish anymore), personal favorites, and my top streamed songs on Spotify ("Your Top Songs 2017").

Friday, September 15, 2017

Yassi Pressman, "Isang Daang Habangbuhay"

​Yassi Pressman has just released her latest single, "Isang Daang Habangbuhay."

When I first heard it, it didn't meet my expectations. I was anticipating a bouncy track, similar to her previous songs. But no, this one's really slow, even making me complain that a song about a hundred lifetimes shouldn't be a sad song! As I listened to the song more and more though, and having already paid closer attention to the lyrics, it grew on me.

It's not a sad song at all. It's a beautiful, sweet, intimate, heart-felt piece of music that Yassi sings flawlessly. And when I said I was awaiting for a danceable track, it actually is! It's the perfect song to slow dance to with the one you love. Isn't that right, my Godsend Debbie? (I've already taken her to dance to this track one evening.)

If you are planning your wedding, you should definitely dance to this song for your first dance! Considering "A Thousand Years"? That song may have been already overused. This one's fresh and even better. A thousand lifetimes is even longer than a thousand years! (Life expectancy in the Philippines is at 68.5, so a hundred lifetimes is about 6,850 years.)

Oftentimes, when I really like a song, I play it on repeat. Officially, this is the first OPM song that I've played on loop. So yes, it's that great! Looking back to the first time I heard it, I realized that it didn't meet my expectations at all, it has come to exceed it.

"Isang Daang Habangbuhay" is now available on Spotify, iTunes and other digital platforms. Stream it, download it legally, and support OPM!

Saturday, September 9, 2017