From Our Readers: 15 Songs That Take "Hugot" To The Next Level
Imagine this: It's a quiet Saturday night, the house is still and the only sound you hear is the gentle pitter-patter of the sky's teardrops outside your window. A flash of lightning paints a jagged stripe over the shadows of your wall, and you decide that with mother nature playing her best lights show right in front of you, keeping on your flourescent lights would just be plain disrespectful. So you lie there in the darkness, immersing yourself in an ocean of blankets and mountains of pillows until you can't even tell where you begin or end. Everyone's tending to their own business tonight, so you're all alone with only your thoughts and determined raindrops sliding down the windowpane to keep you company. Company. You laugh bitterly. You remember when you had that.
After 20 minutes of holding on to ideas you know you should've let go of a long time ago, you realize how foolish a child you were to think that monsters hid under your bed, when all along, they existed in your head. Tired, you decide to pull out your trusty phone and start up the Spotify app. Like sweet serendipity, you find the perfect playlist—the one that promises hours worth of undisturbed (thanks, Spotify Premium) and salt-to-the-wound nostalgia.
Ready to be asked what you're supposed to do when the best part of me was always you, you click play, close your eyes, feeling that familiar haze of pain, hearbreak, and betrayal settle in. Real talk, though: Ed Sheeran is like the Caesar of tear-jerking music. I totally admire and respect his humbling rise to fame and unapologetic ally mystifying tunes. I loved all the Sheeran Infection (he really needs to get his own "Bieber Fever" type of phrase because borrowing One Direction's tagline just made him sound like a foot disease) in its early stages but when "Thinking Out Loud" seems to be the only song anyone can put in any emotional playlist, it gets a little tiring and eventually ruins the magic of it all. So in no particular order, here are 15 songs that'll be sure to bring back the bittersweet glory of an old-fashioned hugot session.
1 "Thinking of You" by Katy Perry
Lyric To Tweet (because let’s be real here, what else are you gonna do with these lyrical masterpieces?): "He kissed my lips I taste your mouth." / "I touched and I was burned." Angst never sounded so darn good.
2 "A Drop In the Ocean" by Ron Pope
Lyric To Tweet: "Don't take what you don't need from me." / "I was praying that you and me might end up together. It's like wishing for rain as I stand in the desert." The real question is—was he referring to an actual drop of water in the ocean or my tears when I listen to this song?
3 "When You Look Me In the Eyes" by The Jonas Brothers
Lyric To Tweet: "If the heart is always searching, can you ever find a home?" / "When you look me in the eyes, I catch a glimpse of heaven." This song makes me proud to admit that I still in fact say "Oh my J!"
4 "Crazier" by Taylor Swift
Lyric To Tweet: "Feels like I'm falling and I am lost in your eyes." It's a Taylor Swift song. That should be enough motivation.
5 "Thunder" by Boys Like Girls
Lyrics To Tweet: "Your eyes are the brightest of all the colors, I don't want to ever love another." Caution: Do not listen to this song when it's raining unless you'd like intense feels to ensue.
6 "Terrible Things" by Mayday Parade
Lyric To Tweet: "Now son, I'm only telling you this because life can do terrible things." I am listening to the song right now and let me tell you, the feelings I am currently experiencing makes me want to turn off my laptop and crawl into a hole. Don't worry, once you listen to it I'll be sure to give you a map.
7 "Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls
Lyric To Tweet: I don't want the world to see me, coz I don't think that they'd understand." #Hugots don't always have to be be about your relationship with other people. This song will make you realize that one of the worst kinds of love that you'll ever lose in your life is the one you have for yourself.
8 "For The First Time" by The Script
Lyric To Tweet: "Oh these times are hard. Yeah, they're making us crazy. Don't give up on me, baby." You didn't need this list to tell you to listen to this song because you've probably already cried to this at least twice. If you haven't yet, grab a box of tissue. This is going to be a bumpy ride.
9 "This Is Gospel" by Panic! at the Disco
Lyric To Tweet: "'Cause these words are knives and often leave scars." / "The fear of falling apart." No, this is not a worship song. Yes, you should worship it anyway. It's not every day that headbang and heartbreak come hand in hand.
10 "Last To Know" by The Wanted
Lyric To Tweet: "With or without me, you should be happy." / "You're keeping yourself tied up, so you won't let me down. Didn't you ever think just maybe I'll understand you? Give me the chance to." Three words: On. Freaking. Point.
11 "Something I Need" by One Republic
Lyric To Tweet: "Woke up right after two, stayed awake and stared at you. So I wouldn't lose my mind." / "If we only die once, I wanna die with you." Feels. Feels. Feeeeeeeels.
12 "Sad Song" by We The Kings
Lyric To Tweet: "Without you, I feel broke. Like I'm half of a whole. Without you, I've got no hand to hold. Without you, I feel torn. Like a sail in a storm. Without you, I'm just a sad song." Or just tweet the link to the song's lyrics, because I'm pretty sure you can't fit all those in 140 characters.
13 "Who You Are" by Jessie J
Lyric To Tweet: "It's okay not to be okay." Jessie J has something she wants you to know.
14 "Unsteady" by X Ambassadors
Lyric To Tweet: "This house don't feel like home." The kind of song you forget is a sad song because of the awesome bass drop. But that's okay—at least you get to have your calm before the storm once you hit replay.
15 "Gotten" by Slash feat. Maroon 5
Lyric To Tweet: "I can't save you if you won't let me." / "You just get me like I've never been gotten before." You're welcome.
Frances Beltran is a 14-year-old student from Saint Pedro Poveda College.
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"Today, I Won"
I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.
When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.
For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.
After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.
It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.
To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.
Why our high school barkada is the best?
Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.
Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:
1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.
2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.
3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.
4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.
5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.
6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.
7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.
You're gonna bend and break and then at some point in your life, you feel like you don't want to fall in love again.
Not because you're no longer capable of loving but because you're so afraid to get hurt again that you don't want to take a risk anymore. And you're gonna wake up one day and realize that you're not the same person as you were yesterday. The heart aches, heartbreaks, frustration, you'll see, those will transform your whole being into something better.
Honey, move forward. Let go off all the things that are not meant for you. Let go of all the people who hurt you and take you for granted. Don't be stuck feeling miserable.
And don't turn that love into hate when you resent someone for hurting you or for breaking your heart. Just wish them well and let them go. Welcome the possibility of a beautiful love that will come your way. You're worthy of love that you keep on giving to other people. Keep that in mind.
I wish you well and all the happiness. You deserve it.
Here we are — with rough hands entwined, damned hearts at peace, broken souls resting with ease —savoring each passing moment before we part ways...hoping things will turn out to be okay. Here we are — standing still, keeping our earnest desire and ardent passion for each other at bay — hoping the Universe will finally grant us of the day that we no longer have to pretend... that things will no longer have to end.
Here we are — with crooked smiles, lingering touch that will last for a while -- gathering all the remaining courage to set each other free. Wishing for the day that our hearts will no longer have to worry. Here we are letting each other go. Even though we both know that the future is uncertain. Even though we're unsure if our paths will cross once again.