My favorite Hindi songs of 2014

This is a favorite Hindi songs list from 2014. Every year, rather than write a year end letter, I make my favorite Hindi songs list from the year - both to keep up with the land that I have left behind and to share it with my daughter. Here is this list for you. I hope you enjoy it too…

London Thumakda

Movie: Queen, Music: Amit Trivedi, Singers: Labh Janjua, Sonu Kakkar, Neha Kakkar, Lyrics:Anvita Dutta

Why: This was more for the movie than for the song, but the song was not bad either. Authentic accent and the nostalgia.

Gulcharrey

Movie: Bewakoofiyaan, Music: Raghu Dixit, Singers: Aditi Singh Sharma, Benny Dayal

Why: I can hear traces of Raghu Dixit, which I like; a fairly pedestrian song otherwise.

Tune Maari Entriyaan

Movie: Gunday, Music: Sohail Sen, Singers: Bappi Lahiri, Monali Thakur

Why: This one is in for sheer joy of hearing Bappi Lahri sing once more — with his multitude if gold chains and pendants, the image takes me back to wonderful music of the 80s, only nostalgia can make crappy 1980s music lovely, but there you go.

Hulla Re

Movie: 2 States, Music: Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy, Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, Siddharth Mahadevan, Rasika Shekar, Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya

Why : I love it when two innately different music styles are mixed together, and this song does it so well reminds me of Thaye — Yashoda. By sales and by time on the charts, 2 States was the most popular album of 2014; this number, in my opinion, was the best song of the album. Shankar Mahadevan will live forever !

Drama Queen

Movie: Hasee Toh Phasee, Music: Vishal, Shekhar,Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Shreya Ghoshal,Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya,

Why: Because of the sheer cheekiness of the lyrics and Vishal Dadlani’s vocals.

Kill Dil

Movie: Kill Dil, Music: Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy, Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Nigam, Lyrics: Gulzar

Why:This is my favorite song of the year. If there has ever been a song that comes head to head with “Yeh Dosti” from Sholay this is it! Shankar Mahadevan and Sonu Nigam are almost as good as Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar. Gulzar’s lyrics are as ever, more whimsical than philosophical, but not too bad.

Sweeta

Movie: Kill Dil, Music: Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy, Singers: Adnan Sami, Lyrics: Gulzar

Why: Ah, Adnan Sami, a short number that wears its music complexity, from a full orchestra behind it, lightly.

Manwa Laage

Movie: Happy New Year, Music: Vishal, Shekhar, Singers: Arijit Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Why: As duets go, this is definitely the best and most popular one of the year. The picturization and the movie popularity did help propel this song to the fore, but musically — it is lovely. Shreya’s voice goes so high in parts only bats and dogs can hear it, but she never strays from the perfect note. Arijit Singh is spectacular as well. Vishal- Shekhar outdid themselves.

Gulon Mein Rang Bhare

Movie: Haider, Music: Vishal Bhardwaj, Singers: Arijit Singh, Lyrics: Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Why: There was a time when ghazals were the mainstay of Hindi music, but this is no longer the case, for the most par. So I had to include this one in my list. From one of the more controversial movies of this year, Haider, based on Shakespeare’s hamlet, this is portrayed as being hummed by the King (Haider’s father). Something haunting about it, so it made my list.

Dance Basanti

Movie: Ungli, Music: Sachin-Jigar, Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Anushka Manchanda Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya

Why: Basanti, for me, will always go back to Sholay. The song is catchy, music is complex, the lyrics are interesting enough and I love love love Vishal Dadhlani’s voice. Uma and I definitely agree this is quite possibly the best song of this year!

Nonsense Ki Night

Movie: Happy New Year, Music: Vishal, Shekhar, Singers: Kia Singh, Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Why: Because I laughed so hard, I nearly cried. I had a whale of a time, translating for Uma. “If you tiger, I tiger and quarter!!”

Samjhawan

Movie: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Music: Sharib,Toshi, Singers: Arijit Singh, Shreya Ghoshal

Why: This was a last minute addition to my list; my album buying behavior has been very sporadic these past three years (no lists in the last two years). So when the year end was nearing, I knew I had not listened to enough of the hindi music releases from this year to be able to make a fair assessment — so I went looking for top music lists. I did find a few: India times, Radio Mirchi and gaana.com. However all of them seem to have the same source — cause when I scraped the top weekly lists over the year — the year-end tally looked very similar. Most of the songs from it did not make it to my list. But this was one of the two songs I added. It is a simple melody, but if you try to sing along you’ll realize the breath control and precise beat count needed to keep up. The singers and music make it seem like an easy breezy song — where in lies the genius of the song.

Baby Doll

Movie: Ragini MMS 2, Music: Meet Bros Anjjan, Singers: Kanika Kapoor

Why:This was the second song that made it to my list because of the popular music list compilation exercise. According to the lists, this is the top song of the year, as it stayed on the lists the longest, 18 weeks with an average ranking of 4.5. And I quite liked it. As item songs go (which is what this would qualify as),the vocals for this have wistful quality to it, which is oddly misplaced . Yeh duniya/yeh duniya pitaal di/baby doll main sone di. And the liberal use of Zandu baam, got it on my listJ.

Tharki Chokro

Movie: PK, Music: Ajay-Atul, Singers: Swaroop Khan, Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire

Why:This is on my list mostly for the folksy tune — and swaroop khan’s voice

Patakha Guddi

Movie: Highway, Music: A.R. Rahman, Singers: Jyoti & Sultana Nooran, Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Why: As I have often said, AR Rahman is a fantastic arranger — from the voices he chooses to the instruments and themes he interweaves- making each song nice and complex — so that every time you listen to it, you discover something new.

Jiya

Movie: Gunday, Music: Sohail Sen, Singers: Arijit Singh

Why: Loves Arijit Singh’s voice in this, something about the stark music –without a lot of bells and whistles, Arijit Singh’s vocal abilities keep up with the ambitions of this song.

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