Songs for When You’re Done Being the Overachiever Eldest Child

Are you okay? Or are you the eldest child?

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The latest episode of “Can’t Buy Me Love” left viewers on the edge of their seats, with its gripping storyline and emotional performances. In a shocking twist, Bettina Tiu, played by the talented Kaila Estrada, was revealed as the unexpected antagonist, masterminding the protagonists’ struggles. What drove her character’s actions? A deep-seated desire for love and acknowledgment from their father—a theme that resonated deeply with audiences nationwide.

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Netizens shared on social media how they can relate to the words spoken by Bettina where she said, “I’m not strong. But I tried to be, because I had to. I have no one else!” Maris Racal, one of the show’s leads, took to Twitter to urge viewers to check in on their eldest siblings, noting that they often bear the weight of their stresses and pain alone, without confiding in their younger siblings.

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So, let’s dive into some songs that will have you belting out the lyrics and shaking off any stress after an all-day wearing the crown of being the responsible and strong “ate” or “kuya.”

Surface Pressure from Encanto

When you’re used to putting on a brave face but deep down, you question your own worth, the lyrics of “Surface Pressure” will surely hit you home.

Overwhelmed by Ryan Mack

For those moments when you feel like everything is just too much to handle, and you need a song to validate those feelings.

Non Stop from Hamilton

Whether you’re constantly comparing yourself to others or you just can’t seem to take a break from your busy schedule, this track by the Hamilton cast captures that relentless drive.

Breathe from In The Heights

If you’ve ever felt the weight of expectations from your community or family, this song perfectly articulates the fear of not living up to those standards.

Talk to Me by Cavetown

When you’re feeling isolated and need someone to talk to but don’t know how to reach out, Cavetown’s “Talk to Me” will resonate with you.

Vienna by Billy Joel

For those moments when you need a reminder to slow down and take a breather, this classic tune is like a gentle pat on the back.

Burnout by Sugarfree

A reminder of the passage of time, especially as you watch your younger siblings grow up faster than you expected.

I AM NOT A ROBOT by Marina

When you’re tired of putting on a brave face and just want to let your emotions out, MARINA’s powerful anthem will give you the courage to be vulnerable.

Hard Times by Paramore

With its upbeat melody and introspective lyrics, this song captures the feeling of hopelessness during tough times.

High Hopes by Panic! At the Disco

For those who’ve taken their parents’ encouragement to heart and are striving to achieve their dreams against all odds.

In The End by Linkin Park

A rock anthem for anyone who’s ever doubted the outcome of their struggles, reminding you that it’s not just you who’s feeling that sense of hopelessness.

The Scientist by Coldplay

And finally, a soulful ballad to soothe your weary heart and remind you that sometimes, it’s okay to take a step back and reflect on life’s journey.

Regardless of your role in the family, whether you’re the eldest sibling or not, it’s important to remember that you are loved and valued. And, if you have more songs that resonate with you or have helped you through tough times, feel free to share them in the comments section below! Who knows, maybe your playlist could help someone else who may be going through similar experiences. Remember, we’re all in this together, Sugboanons!

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