The Pinoy Bundokero Playlist: 18 Songs Perfect for Mountaineering

Friday, November 13, 2015

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There are times when all we really need is a little push. This couldn't be anymore true when it comes to climbing mountains. In this popular outdoor activity, there are instances when you're almost there at the summit and, all of a sudden, you grow very tired and no longer want to continue. Moments like this, we dig deep and look to something within us to push ourselves forward.

Or we could just listen to music to motivate us... without forgetting to wear earphones or headphones, whichever you prefer. (Remember the LNT Policy.)

With the latter in mind and putting aside the obvious picks ("The Climb" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"), I asked members of the group CLIMBER (Climbers League for Ideal Mountaineering and Balanced Environmental Responsiveness) to share their hiking theme songs, their summit soundtrack if you will. Here are 18 of them:

(Disclaimer: This compilation is far from complete and I would appreciate if you add to this list. High-five!)

The Pinoy Bundokero Playlist: 18 Songs Perfect for Mountaineering

1. "Under Pressure" by Queen

This song is perfect when you're feeling under pressure from getting left behind. Reminds you to find your own pace.
Suggested by Choy Dela Cruz, Facebook

"'Cause love's such an old-fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the edge of the night
And love dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves"

2. "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor

This very familiar epic song, I'm fairly certain, was made for assaults! You'll somehow feel so badass upon reaching the summit with this playing in the background.
Suggested by Michael Jordan Giganto, Facebook

"It's the eye of the tiger
It's the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he's watching us all with the eye of the tiger"

3. "Easy" by Lionel Richie

When you want to take things slow, this tune will help you (or your hiking buddy/ies) chill a little bit.
Suggested by Michael Jordan Giganto, Facebook

"I wanna be high, so high
I wanna be free to know
The things I do are right
I wanna be free"

4. "On Top of the World" by Imagine Dragons

The title says it all because, come on, when you're on the summit, it seems like you're on top of the world. And when you take on certain mountains, the phrase "top of the world" becomes literal! How awesome is that?
Suggested by Jimlee Rose Hidalgo, Facebook

"I coulda gave up then but
Then again I couldn’t have ’cause
I’ve traveled all this way for something"

5. "Fantastic Baby" by Bigbang

A Korean song made popular by the global sensation "AlDub." You can have your personal dance party once you're on the summit, regardless if you don't speak Korean.
Suggested by Raymond Sambilay, Facebook

"Wow! Fantastic Baby! Dance!"

6. "Cheerleader" by OMI (Felix Jaehn Remix)

Everybody needs a cheerleader, especially when you're climbing a mountain.

Suggested by Hannah Lea Jamora, Facebook

"Say oh I think that I found myself a cheerleader
She's always right there when I need her
Oh I think that I found myself a cheerleader
She's always right there when I need her"

7. "Flower Duet" by Lakme

Bring a "Choco Mucho" and you're all set!
Suggested by German Klaus Dean, Facebook

8. "Mmm Sarap" by Kamikazee

The first OPM on the list. Of course it's mmm sarap when you're with Mother Nature.
Suggested by Chie Malonzo, Facebook

"Kay sarap isipin na naryan ka
Pag ako'y nalulumbay
Basta't kasama ka lahat ng bagay
Ay puno ng kulay
Naririnig ang daloy ng tubig
At ihip ng hangin
Sa piling mo'y naglalakbay ako
At nananaginip."

9. "Better Days" by Franco

Another OPM, and by one of the best local bands of today no less. This has the characteristic "feel-good vibes" of reggae, and the lyrics are spot on!
Suggested by Nino Balbieran, and Maine Prieto,, Facebook

"The world is gonna see some better days
If healing starts within yourself today
Such a simple way a price to pay 
For better days"

10. "Change the World" by Eric Clapton

A classic! Let us be the sunlight in each others' universes.

Suggested by Jet Santillan, Facebook

"If I can reach the stars,
Pull one down for you,
Shine it on my heart
So you could see the truth:
That this love I have inside
Is everything it seems."

11. "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit feat. Jesse Glynne

This is one of my favorites. It's a song made for adventure, plus the strings are elegant!
Suggested by Christine Fernandez, Facebook

"If you gave me a chance I would take it
It's a shot in the dark but I'll make it
Know with all of your heart, you can't shake me
When I am with you, there's no place I'd rather be"

12. "Ikaw at Ako" by Johnoy Danao

Another nice and slow OPM. With poetic and hugot lyrics too!

Suggested by Leah Sablayan, Facebook

"Walang iwanan, tag-init o tag-ulan
Haharapin bawat unos na mag-daan.
Sana’y di magmaliw ang pagtingin"

13. "The Nights" by Avicii

Allow me to share a little secret: Avicii is always a good idea.
Suggested by Marco Gonzales, Facebook

"Carve their name into those shinning stars
He said, "Go adventure far beyond these shores.
Don't forsake this life of yours.
I'll guide you home no matter where you are.""

14. "One Day" by Matisyahu

So much love and good vibes on this one.
Suggested by Arbhie Savannah, Facebook

"Sometimes in my tears I drown (I drown)
But I never let it get me down (get me down)
So when negativity surrounds (surrounds)
I know some day it'll all turn around because..."

15. "Wherever I May Roam" by Metallica

Metallica and mountains? Sounds hardcore.
Suggested by Bryan Eguia, Facebook

"But I'll take my time anywhere
Free to speak my mind anywhere
And I'll redefine anywhere"

16. "Tungo sa Liwanag" by Joey Ayala

The first time I heard this song, I closed my eyes and I could see the mountains. Joey Ayala's enchanting voice will put you into a trance. A great soundtrip when you're doing "socials" or just, you know, chilling.

Suggested by Jimson Buenaobra, Facebook


17. "Ulan" by Rivermaya

Did you really think we can go through a playlist for Pinoys without including one of the greatest OPM bands of all time? This is a personal recommendation as it is one of my favorite OPM songs. The imagery is so vivid and done in a positive light.
"Hiwaga ng panahon,
Akbay ng ambon
Sa piyesta ng dahon,
Ako'y sumilong"

18. "Baba Nam Kevalam" by Kadangyan

"Baba Nam Kevalam" is a traditional yogic chant paying reverence and praise to God. Baba = Divine, God, Love, Beloved. Nam = Name of. Kevalam = All, Everything.

I just heard this recently when I was doing research on Filipino ethnic music. I love the use of tribal instruments as well as modern ones. It's a very successful hybrid of contemporary and traditional music. And nothing says "mountains" than the songs of the tribes.

Suggested by Alvin Renegio, Facebook

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