14 Sad Love Songs from Musicals


Valentine's Day musicals
L-R: Lea Salonga in Les Misérables, Photo Credit: Joan Marcus; Gab Pangilinan in Mula sa Buwan, Photo Credit: IR Arenas; Bituin Escalante in Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady, Photo Credit: Erickson Dela Cruz; Shiela Valderrama-Martinez in Passion, Photo Credit: Erickson Dela Cruz

Can you feel the love tonight? Or are you more “on my own”?

It has come to our attention that today is, *checks notes* Valentine’s Day. And so to mark this (non?) occasion, we wanted to spread the love by giving you a playlist featuring songs from musicals that will give you all the–for lack of a better term–hugot feels.

A mix of Broadway and local fares, this playlist is curated and dedicated to people out there in need of a good, theatrical cry.  

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So pick up a pint of ice cream, get in your comfiest pantulog and ugly-cry in the dark singing along to these sad, sad, beautiful songs.

1. “Tell Me on a Sunday” from Tell Me on a Sunday 


I’d like to choose, how I hear the news
Take me to a park that’s covered with trees
Tell me on a Sunday, please

2. “On My Own” from Les Miserables


And I know it’s only in my mind,
That I’m talking to myself, and not to him
And although I know that he is blind,
Still I say there’s a way for us

3. “Ang Sabi Nila” from Mula sa Buwan


Hindi pa rin nakikinig
Nakailang ulit nang pinayuhan
Hindi man lang sinusubukang
Umibig nang muli

4. “Burn” from Hamilton


You told the whole world
How you brought this girl into our bed
In clearing your name
You have ruined our lives

5. “There’s a Fine, Fine Line” from Avenue Q


I guess if someone doesn’t love you back,
It isn’t such a crime.
But there’s a fine, fine line,
between love and a waste of your time.

6. “I Know Him So Well” from Chess


No one in your life is with you constantly.
No one is completely on your side.
And though I moved my world to be with him,
Still the gap between us is too wide.

7. “Written in the Stars” from Aida

Is it written in the stars?
Are we paying for some crime?
Is that all that we are good for, just a stretch of mortal time?
Or some god’s experiment if which we have no say?

8. “I’m Not That Girl” from Wicked

Don’t wish, don’t start
Wishing only wounds the heart
I wasn’t born for the rose and the pearl,
There’s a girl I know, he loves her so
I’m not that girl

9. “Somewhere” from West Side Story


There’s a place for us
A time and a place for us
Hold my hand and we’re halfway there
Hold my hand and I’ll take you there
Somehow, someday, somewhere

10. “Kasalanan Ko” from Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady


Sinabi nang huwag papasukin
Ang bisita na kumakatok sa puso ko
Bat pinapasok ko?

11. “Loving You” from Passion


Loving you is not a choice and not much reason to rejoice
But it gives me purpose, gives me voice
To say to the world,
This is why I live. You are why I live.

12. “I’ll Cover You (Reprise)” from Rent


When you’re worn out and tired,
When your heart has expired,
Oh, lover, I’ll cover you.

13. “Losing My Mind” from Follies


Spend sleepless nights to think about you
You said you loved me
Or were you just being kind?
Or am I losing my mind?

14. “Maleta” from Changing Partners


Iwan mo lang sa unan ang amoy ng iyong pagtataksil, akin yan
Iwan mo lang ang pangakong dinurog ng puso mong suwail
At sa iyong pag-alis, isasabit ko sa dingding
ang mga ala-ala ng maamo mong mukha
Ang pag-ibig mong sinungaling

You can listen to the full compilation below.

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