Art by Neal P. Corpus
Music is arguably the ultimate barometer of culture. The music critic and podcast host Chris Molanphy said that each decade is divided into two main movements when it comes to music, and in the middle, a song that changes the course of the charts. Popular music in the 2010s went from heavy EDM, to girl-power pop, to R&B, to hip-hop, sprinkled with exceptions to the formula like Adele’s power ballads.
But to make things a little bit interesting (as we like to do at Young STAR), we’re looking at the music from this decade that you may not have heard of (yet). The club is perhaps the best place to hear new music, so naturally, we asked six of our favorite DJs from Manila for their top three songs of the last 10 years. There are some from the Top 40 chart you will probably know by heart, some from the local scene (of course), some that are a little more niche, and some that you’ve probably already danced to but didn’t know the name of. Some are even so good they appear twice on this list.