16 Songs to Get You Through a Storm


L-R: Marynor Madamesila and Aicelle Santos in Rak of Aegis, Gab Pangilinan and Nicco Manalo in Mula sa Buwan

It’s typhoon season once again in the Philippines so we need some good music to help us get through the gloom of endless rainy days. And there’s nothing quite like a showtune to uplift one’s spirit in the darkest of times. 

July was also National Disaster Resilience Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the four stages of disaster resilience: prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response and rehabilitation and recovery. Every year, different organizations conduct activities around these themes, to share new lessons learned from disasters past. 


Since the Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, it is vital for everyone to be well-versed in how they can protect themselves, their families, and their communities from the worst effects of any disruption. We are, after all, a nation known for our resilience, our ability to survive, adapt, and even thrive no matter how dire the circumstances. 

Filipinos are likewise fond of using music to cope with life’s challenges, and as we struggle through each new crisis, we also write songs to get us through every storm. Memorable songs can have the power to bring comfort and hope in bleak times. One of the songs on this list was even called “a COVID-Era Anthem” by the New York Times.  And, of course, we even have a whole musical all about being resilient in the face of typhoons and floods (Rak of Aegis has started streaming and there are still some tickets left. Last day to order for August 8 is on August 5). 

The songs we’ve gathered in this list reflect the need to face every problem with courage, conviction, and a sense of humor. And some are really just about dealing with lots of rain because that’s what we’re currently going through. Hope this playlist can bring you a little hope, and maybe even some amusement, as the great music complements the pitter-patter of the rain on your roof.

1. “Basang-Basa sa Ulan” from Rak of Aegis


Heto ako ngayon, nag-iisa
Naglalakbay sa gitna ng dilim
Lagi na lang akong nadarapa
Ngunit heto, bumabangon pa rin

Heto ako, basang-basa sa ulan
Walang masisilungan, walang malalapitan
Sana may luha pa akong mailuluha
At nang mabawasan ang aking kalungkutan

2. “Rain” from Once on this Island


Where the road meets the sea
Let her wait!
Where the road meets the sea
Let him spin!
Where the road meets the sea
Let their fate begin…
In…the rain…

3. “A Little Fall of Rain” from Les Miserables


A little fall of rain
Can hardly hurt me now
You’re here, that’s all I need to know
And you will keep me safe
And you will keep me close
And rain will make the flowers grow

4. “Kahapon, Ngayon At Bukas” from Ang Larawan

Hangga’t hawak mo ang aking kamay
Anumang hamon ang ibigay
Ng mundong itong pabago-bago
Dahil sayo nakakayanan ko

5.Singin’ in the Rain” from Singin’ in the Rain


Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I’ve a smile on my face
I walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Just singin’,
Singin’ in the rain

6. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz


When all the clouds darken up the skyway
There’s a rainbow highway to be found
Leading from my windowpane
To a place behind the sun
Just a step beyond the rain

7. “Put on a Happy Face” from Bye Bye Birdie


Gray skies are gonna clear up,
Put on a happy face;
Brush off the clouds and cheer up,
Put on a happy face.
Take off the gloomy mask of tragedy,
It’s not your style
You’ll look so good that you’ll be glad
Ya’ decide to smile!

8. “I Whistle a Happy Tune” from The King and I


While shivering in my shoes
I strike a careless pose
And whistle a happy tune
And no one ever knows I’m afraid

9. “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from The Sound of Music


Climb every mountain
Ford every stream
Follow every rainbow
Till you find your dream

10. “When You Believe” from The Prince of Egypt


There can be miracles
When you believe
Though hope is frail, it’s hard to kill
Who knows what miracles you can achieve?
When you believe, somehow you will
You will when you believe

11. “With a Smile” from Ang Huling El Bimbo


Lift your head, baby, don’t be scared
Of the things that could go wrong along the way
You’ll get by with a smile
You can’t win at everything but you can try.

12. “Don’t Rain on my Parade” for Funny Girl


Get ready for me, love
‘Cause I’m a “comer”
I simply gotta march
My heart’s a drummer
Nobody, no, nobody
Is gonna rain on my parade!

13. “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray


‘Cause you can’t stop the motion of the ocean, or the rain from above
They can try to stop the paradise we’re dreamin’ of
But you cannot stop the rhythm of two hearts in love to stay
‘Cause you can’t stop the beat!

14. “Matatapos Din” from Mula sa Buwan


Matatapos din itong ating laban
Magwawakas din itong sinimulan
Uuwi rin tayo sa ating mga minamahal
Na naghihintay nang kay tagal

15. “No One is Alone” from Into the Woods



Just remember
Someone is on your side

No one is alone
Someone is on your side
No one is alone

16. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel


At the end of a storm
There’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

You can listen to the full playlist below.

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