Top (Non-ARR) Hindi songs – 2010

Posted: February 7, 2011 in Best of 2010, Everyone's a critic, List, Music
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Now that the (relatively) less controversial piece is done, here comes the more controversial listing. The Top 5 Hindi songs of last year. And here it goes

Top 5 Hindi songs

5. Ibn – E – Batuta (Ishqyiya): Composed by Vishal Bharadwaj, it is easily one of the catchiest songs of the year and was used quite extensively in the promos of the movie. Starting off with the blaring of horns and featuring Sukhwinder Singh & Mika, its an amazingly energetic song with fairly crazy lyrics. (Come on now, any song that starts off featuring the great traveler with a different name immediately catches attention). The duo of Sukhwinder & Mika simply have a blast singing this and Sukhwinder is brilliant when his voice goes does an octave while singing “Ud Ud aawe”

4. Pee Loon (Once Upon a time in Mumbai): Emraan Hashmi has this luck of having extremely croonable songs in his movie, no matter how otherwise the movie is and he continues that with this song. (In fact, one can say he specializes in making musical thrillers :D). Excellently rendered by Mohit Chouhan & composed by Pritam, its an extremely hummable song. With a background score of Sufi music & Chouhan’s distinctive voice, its worth listening a million times

3. Bahara (I Hate Luv Stories): Have I ever mentioned that I totally love Shreya Ghoshal. This song is no exception. In a way, this song reminds me of Iktara from Wake Up Sid, but that can totally be attributed to the folksy start to the song. Otherwise, while not a really very complicated song with layered music, its simple and therein lies its strength. Very pleasant song and delightfully sung, Bahara is a must-listen.

2. Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey): One of the most under-rated albums of last year, for a movie that sank quite badly. While I profess not to have seen the movie (A combination of Deepika Padukone (whom I totally abhor) & Abhishek Bachchan (mild indifference) overwhelmed the fact that it was an Ashutosh Gowarikar movie), the music is simply awesome. Sohail Sen, take a bow. The title track is easily the pick of the lot. Featuring kids from Suresh Wadhkar’s music academy, its a stirring song. Starting off hauntingly with the theme of the teenager’s whistle, it descends into a music piece vaguely reminding one of Chale Chalo from Lagaan and then the chorus steps in and from then, the song simply becomes outstanding. In fact, starting from 1:10 into the song till 2:25, there are 5-6 pieces of distinctive music, each of which flows seamlessly into the other. Amazingly brilliant piece of work

2. Uff Teri Ada (Karthik Calling Karthik): An ultimate rocking song but with a difference. Quite a different start with a slow burn start with Shankar Mahadevan lending his heavy vocals to the song until the song descends into a full blown party song when Alyssa Mendonsa croons her ways. After that, there is nothing to stop your feet from tapping and your body from swaying to the music. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have never really gone wrong with their party songs and this is no different. Shankar M’s classical tone to the song quite stands out in what is an evidently techno track

1. Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji (Ishqiya): A soft lilting retro song, brought to life by astonishingly gifted Rahet Fateh Ali Khan, Dil To Bachcha Hai is indeed a delight to listen to and one never really gets tired. A hint of guitar, a playful dash on the harmonium, a touch of beat, all playing in a loop keep the song really simple but the beauty of the song lies in it simplicity. Rahet’s fairly unorthodox voice lends an etheral charm to the song and nowhere is it best expressed than when he goes “Dil sa koi kameena nahi”. Elevating the song is Gulzar’s playful lyrics but astonishingly powerful lyrics. An amazingly song, undisputedly the top song of the year

Notable mentions: Of course, how can any post on the best Hindi songs of 2010 not have the 2 of the most popular item songs of the year, Munni & Sheila. Munni is a throwback to the 80s-early 90s item song in a throwback to the 80s-90s movie Dabbang and totally rocked but Sheila, a modern item song totally rocked. Any song that actually got Katrina Kaif to emote and actually look like she was enjoying totally deserves respect over any other song

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Comments
  1. Kavity says:

    There is one song from Aisha also which is very beautiful. “Shaaam bhi koi”. It is amazing!

  2. Sonal says:

    How about “Bin tere” from IHLS – totally love that song. Can listen 100 times in a loop!

  3. Bihag says:

    Dude,

    ‘Raanjha Raanjha’ of Ravan, ‘Naav chadati lehrein’ in Udaan, ‘Chola maati ke’ of Peepli Live(all songs of this movie actually), Title song of LSD and ‘Ainvay ainvay’ of Band Baja Baraat – all better songs than Bahara and Khelien hum jee jaan se, I think.

  4. Shreya says:

    Dil toh bachha hai ji. It is so awesome that I cannot imagine any song ever beating it! Liked all your choices except khelein..I take my disgust for the lead couple right into the music too 🙂

  5. vinayvasan says:

    @Kavity, That song would have been awesomer and would have fit into this list, had it been sung by anyone else (had it just been sung better)

    @Sonal, Bin Tere is good but prefer Bahara

    @Butt-ah, Ranjha is ARR (this is specifically non-ARR :D), Udaan seems to be the kind I love listening on tv but have never really gotten down to listening on the ipod, Havnt heard songs from Peepli Live, LSD track was ok-iesh; Ainvay was decent at the most

    @Shreya: Finally, some agrees with me.. Thanks a ton :D. I know khelein was a tuf choice but the admiration for music in Gowarikar’s movies and the enormous respect for Suresh Wadhkar, prompted me to listen inspite of the handicap of the lead pair

  6. rajeev says:

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  7. adil says:

    Bollywood is king of indian media… i think after hollywood they are the biggest in world. I really enjoy their action & comedy movies. i am sure everyone knows how good their music is…sometimes i go to http://www.KhanZone.com for latest music.

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