The Great Escape

Rediscovering life in Palawan Philippines

World’s Best Cover Bands

The Philippines is known for exporting nurses, domestic help and hotel employees but did you know they also supply the world with Filipino musical talent – over 120,000 musicians working overseas on cruise ships, in bars and in nightclubs.

It’s no secret Filipinos love to sing and play music and they’re pretty good at it. Although some Filipinos play their own music they excel at playing songs of other artists. They have an inherent ability to listen to something and copy it extremely well. That’s their talent.

CNN International recently asked some top Filipino cover bands to list of some of the most requested songs, that frankly, they’re a little tired of playing.  Here are the top 10.

10. “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
9. “September” – Earth Wind & Fire

If you’re old enough to remember the musical variety shows of the 70’s this is “Soul Train” at it’s finest. I love the dancing.

8. “Through the Fire” – Chaka Khan
7. “Firework” – Katy Perry
6. “Stairway to Heaven” – Led Zeppelin
5. “Anak” – Freddie Aguilar

A Filipino original. I can’t understand the lyrics (an ode to a selfless parent’s suffering while raising an unrepentant child) but I sure like the way it sounds.

4. “Dancing Queen” – ABBA
3. “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
2. “Just the Way You Are” – Bruno Mars
1. “Faithfully” – Journey

This should come as no surprise. Arnel Pineda is perhaps the most successful cover band singer having been chosen as the new lead singer of Journey.

If  “the Chef” had the choice he would probably pick a Johnny Cash or John Denver song. Me? Maybe something from Neil Young. If you were travelling somewhere far from home and happened to stumble into a bar with a house band, what song would you request?


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7 thoughts on “World’s Best Cover Bands

  1. Not as accurately as I expected. They need to put more of the “birit” hitlist there.

  2. Something Canadian of course… Bare Naked Ladies (for those of you who don’t know they are a band of men!) or Tragically Hip…

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