Five other love ballads Filipino leader Rodrigo Duterte could have sung to Donald Trump

Could President Duterte's choice of song for Donald Trump have been better?

Donald Trump was sung to by President Duterte

Monday, November 13, 2017

Donald Trump has been serenaded with a love song by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte during a dinner in Manila - but we can't help wondering if he picked the right one.

Duterte, whose hardline policies on drugs and love of trash-talking other leaders make him every bit as controversial as the US President, sang a song named Ikaw, which means 'You', with local popstar Pilita Corrales in front of 19 leaders ahead of the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit.

The ABS-CBN news channel reported that the Filipino President claimed the performance had been "upon the orders of the commander-in-chief of the United States." Which, roughly translated, means that Trump made him do it.

The song is a bit of a tear-jerker, with one line proclaiming “you are the light in my world, a half of this heart of mine."


But, whilst we're sure it was a lovely performance, we reckon Duterte could have chosen a different ballad.

A song Trump himself would have recognised, and which would have resonated with the US President. A song which Trump could even have sung along to, had he been so inclined.

Here are five suggestions which instantly spring to mind:

It Must Have Been Love - Roxette

It was big news when Melania Trump decided she would not move into the White House with Donald Trump when he first became President as she was staying in New York for their son to finish the school year.

Although they've now moved in, perhaps Trump could reflect on his time apart from his wife with this song. Especially with the lyric "I wake up lonely, there's air of silence. In the bedroom and all around," after reports that they sleep separately.

Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis

We all know the US President is no stranger to criticism, whether it be his cries of "fakes news," Twitter rants or decisions like creating a wall between Mexico and the US, he's probably received hundreds of insults about these matters. But Trump is often talking about how much he loves America so perhaps the line "I don't care what they say, I'm in love with you" would be fitting as well as "yet everyone around me thinks that I'm going crazy."

I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner 

Melania famously hit Trump's hand away when he tried to hold it in Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. What exactly she meant by this we don't know, but it certainly looked bad for their relationship from the outside. Either way, perhaps Trump does want Melania to show him what love is and for the US President it probably does "feel like a world upon my shoulders."

We Found Love - Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris

Trump's Presidency has so far certainly not been a smooth one and indeed it has been described in many different ways. A Politico survey found that 51% of Democrats feel hopeless about his leadership, so what better song to sing than one which includes "love in a hopeless place," as many might now describe America as.

Look What You Made Me Do - Taylor Swift

Ok, admittedly this isn't a love song, in fact it could almost be described as the opposite, but it's probably one Trump could sing along with with some conviction. He recently tweeted "why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old," when I would NEVER call him "short and fat?" Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!"

Many have argued he has now effectively called the North Korea leader both short and fat, so perhaps he could claim he was forced into the tweet? No?