The term originated from Toyota Tamaraw FX which shot to popularity during the late ‘90s. Its 21st century iteration now called “Service”—vans, mini-vans, utility vehicles—ply point A to B, making them the transport-of-choice for professionals and students.
What you didn't know is that the drivers of these public utility vehicles secretly wanted to be DJs, and they project this by making commuters listen to their playlists on ultra-repeat mode. You might have even caught yourself singing along as some have mini-TVs that show lyrics—sometimes correct, often incorrect. If you're lucky enough, their interiors are illuminated with neon blue lights for a full KTV experience. But if you're not up to some jukebox music, don’t blame Manong Driver; blame yourself for forgetting to bring your earphones!
Here now are the Top 10 FX Driver-Approved Hits!
1) “Still Loving You” (The Scorpions)
A rock anthem that's heard frequently not just in makeshift FX KTVs but in, you know, actual real-life KTVs.
2) “Out of the Blue” (Michael Learns to Rock)
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A song dedicated to female co-passengers who could turn themselves into beautiful swans after doing their makeup despite a bumpy ride.
3) “The Search is Over” (The Survivors)
Former American Idol judge Simon Cowell said this song is corny. FX drivers don't agree.
4) “Wonderful Tonight” (Eric Clapton)
Easily the simplest tune you can sing along to inside the FX—if your seatmate isn’t singing it yet.
5) “You’re The Inspiration” (Chicago)
A song that reminds you to text bae in the morning...or else.
6) “Faithfully” (Journey)
Thanks to Glee and Arnel Pineda, this rock song found new life and is now a favorite among teens—especially those who ride FXs.
7) “Sweet Dreams” (Air Supply)
Chances are you have heard the Australian duo’s ENTIRE live concert played in the bus or FX. “Sweet Dreams” is just one of their many lung capacity-testing songs, and is a staple on Manong’s list.
8) “Alone” (Heart)
Not exactly the kind of wailing that you would like to listen to when you're caught in traffic, on the way to work in the morning, or when you're hungry and your co-passenger is munching on burger and fries.
9) “Always” (Atlantic Starr)
Even Manong has a soft heart. This former Billboard Number 1 released in 1987 is one of those songs whose chorus never seems to end. If you are bored on the road, we recommend singing the chorus first as a male and then as a female.
10) “Angel” (Fra Lippo Lippi)
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The Norwegian New Wave band sings “Just like an angel, I wish that I could see her one more time.” For commuters, they wish that they won’t hear this song again in a long time. Fat chance!
Any FX classic we might've missed? Tell us through the comments section below!
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