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7 Easy OPM Love Songs You Can Play in Your Ukulele

Now that Valentine’s day is just right around the corner, many are busy planning and searching for fun ideas on how they can make their loved ones feel special on the coming 14th. However, considering all the limitations that we have now because of the pandemic, planning the perfect Valentine’s surprise can be quite a challenge. 


If you’re one of those who haven’t decided on what to do just yet, don’t worry and simply grab a uke! Trust me when I say your ukulele can be your best wingman ever — if you simply allow it to be!


In this article, I present to you 7 OPM love song classics that you can easily play in your ukulele this coming hearts day (and forever). Good luck!

 

With A Smile

This song is one of the classics from Eraserheads. Since it was released in 1994, people can’t stop jamming along with its catchy tune and powerful message. This song is said to be written from the perspective of someone who’s trying to comfort a loved one. 

 

CHORDS:

 

CHORUS 1:

          G                        Am 

Lift your head, baby, don't be scared

            Bm7                                                         Am D   

Of the things that could go wrong along the way

                  G               Am

You'll get by with a smile

                 Bm7                                             Am D 

You can't win at everything but you can try

 

VERSE 1:

           Bb

Baby, you don't have to worry 

                     Eb

'Coz there ain't no need to hurry

               Bb                                               Eb

No one ever said that there's an easy way

                     Bb      

When they're closing all their doors

                           Eb

And they don't want you anymore

                        Bb                                  D  

This sounds funny but I'll say it anyway

 

BRIDGE/OUTRO:

G Am Bm7 Am      D             

To doo doo doo... Let me hear you sing it

G Am Bm7 Am D

To doo doo doo...

 

Torete

The term torete is a Filipino slang that refers to the concept of being head over heels for someone. This song by Moonstar 88 is about a girl confessing her being crazy in love with a boy. If you’re planning to profess your feelings to someone on the 14th, Torete might just be the song you’re looking for. It’s effortless to play, and in fact, all you’ll be needing for this song are just 4 chords!

 

CHORDS:

D-F#m-Bm-G 

 

Kisapmata

Unlike the aforementioned two songs, Kisapmata isn’t exactly a happy love song. Rather, it speaks from the perspective of someone who is left baffled by their partner’s sudden change of emotion — from being so invested in the relationship to not giving a single care at all. If you’ve experienced the same in the past or if you are currently experiencing it now, then Kisapmata is the perfect song for you to jam along this Valentine’s day. Four chords are what you’ll ever need for this song as well!

 

CHORDS;

D-Em-A-G 

 

Your Love

 

Looking for the right balance of sweet and promising in one song? If so, Alamid’s Your Love deserves to be at the top of your list then! It is a wonderfully crafted masterpiece that narrates one’s expression of love towards one’s partner. It also talks about how one’s presence alone can mean the world to another, and how much they can even complete the other’s life. Because of its very sweet and genuine message, it’s no wonder why many couples would claim the song: Your Love as their relationship’s theme song. 

 

CHORDS:

 

INTRO/VERSE:

G-D-C

 

REFRAIN:

Em-D-C (2x)

Am7-G-C (2x)

 

CHORUS:

 

G D Em

Your love is like the sun

C G

That lights up my whole world

D Em-C

I feel the warmth inside

G D Em

Your love is like a river

C G

That flows down through my veins

D Em-C

I feel the chill inside

 

Gitara

Without a doubt— Parokya Ni Edgar’s old but gold classic: Gitara, never fails to leave people smiling and blushing once they hear the song play. Are you the torpe who’s madly in love but got little to no courage to confess your feelings to the person of your dreams? Why not express your feelings through music? It is about a boy who’s too afraid to admit his feelings to this girl with whom he is deeply smitten with. Instead, he leans into his guitar and his music, where he’s able to comfortably express all his feelings of both love and frustration from afar.

 

CHORDS:

 

VERSE:

G-Bm-C-D

 

CHORUS:

C-D-Bm-G (3x)

C-D-G 

 

Panalangin

This song is said to be a classic in the Philippine Music Industry. It is a very meaningful song by APO Hiking Society which remains to be one of the best in the country. The main concept of the song touches on the reality of praying for the person we love, that they may stay in our lives forever and never leave.

 

CHORDS:

 

VERSE:

C-Am-Em-A

Dm-Em-F-G

 

CHORUS:

F                  Em      Am 

Wala nang iba pang mas mahalaga

Dm              Em            F(pause)     

Sa tamis na dulot ng pag-ibig natin dal'wa

F             Em        Am 

At sana nama'y makikinig ka

Dm              Em       F       G 

Kapag aking sabihing minamahal kita 

 

Maybe The Night

Among the songs on the list, this song is the most recent. However, because of its beautiful tune and message, it has quickly become a crowd favorite. Maybe The Night is one of Ben&Ben’s greatest hits. One of the band members, Miguel Guico, shared in one interview that the concept of “stillness” played a great factor throughout their process of creating the song. He also revealed how the song refers to those special moments with a loved one that we want to capture, or at least pause to cherish for a lifetime.

 

CHORDS:

 

VERSE:

D

 

PRE-CHORUS:

G-D

G-D

G-A

G-D

 

CHORUS:

D-G-A (2x)

G-A-D

 

BRIDGE:

Em-D(2x)

Conclusion

Many would agree that the ukulele can be one of the most romantic instruments of all time. Not to mention how uncomplicated it can be too, in comparison to the other instruments. With only four strings and combined with your own personal take on it, the power that one ukulele can hold is unimaginable. Match your ukulele with a good love song and I tell you, you’ll get to woo your special someone in no time. “Uso pa ba ang harana?” The answer? Of course!