Monday, January 4, 2016

MY TOP SONGS OF 2015 (NON-FILMY, FILMY & REGIONAL)


TOP 10 REGIONAL & NON FILMY SONGS

10. SONG – VANDE MATARAM (NILKANTH MASTER)(MARATHI)
SINGERS – VISHWAJEET BORWANKAR, SAVNI RAVINDRA, AMRUTA NATU
MUSIC – AJAY – ATUL

9. SONG – CHAL WAHAAN JAATE HAIN
SINGER – ARIJIT SINGH
MUSIC – AMAAL MALIK
LYRICS – RASHMI – VIRAG


8. SONG: AA BHI JAA TU KAHIN SE
SINGER: SONU NIGAM
MUSIC: JEET GANGULI
LYRICS: MANOJ MUNTASHIR

This song reminded me of those old sonu nigam video songs back in the 1990’s.


7. SONG – BOUNDLESS (INDOSOUL)
PERFORMED BY – KARTHICK IYER & BAND


6. SONG – BRIJLO (BAS EK CHANCE) (GUJARATI)
SINGER – ROOPKUMAR RATHOD
MUSIC – PRANAV – NIKHIL – SHAILESH
LYRICS – PRIYAA SARAIYA, KIRTAN PATEL


5. SONG – KALANDAR / PINJDE WAALE (HIGHWAY – EK SELFIE AARPAAR)
SINGERS – JASRAJ JAYANT JOSHI
MUSIC – AMIT TRIVEDI
LYRICS – VAIBHAV JOSHI


4. SONG – MAIN RAHOON YA NA RAHOON
SINGERS – ARMAAN MALIK
MUSIC – AMAAL MALIK
LYRICS – RASHMI – VIRAG

As someone rightly said on twitter, this song comprises of five of the finest minutes of Emraan Hashmi’s career. Lovely song, very well composed as well as sung, and a gorgeous video to go with.


3. SONG – SUR NIRAAGAS HO (KATYAR KALJYAR GHUSALI)
SINGER – SHANKAR MAHADEVAN, ANANDI JOSHI
MUSIC – SHANKAR – EHSAAN – LOY
LYRICS – MANGESH KANGANE

This song is Shankar Mahadevan’s show. He is top notch and flawless.infact the entire album is a masterpiece.


2. SONG – NAANE VARUGIRAEN (O KADHAL KANMANI)
SINGERS – SASHA TIRUPATI, SATHYA PRAKASH, A.R RAHMAN
MUSIC – A.R RAHMAN
LYRICS – VAIRAMUTHU

It is a song which reminds you that ARR hasn’t at all lost his magic touch. A song which probably Chithra would have sung had it been composed few years ago, this one is awesome and goosebumps inducing. Every single second is outstanding.


1. SONG – LAADKI (COKE STUDIO @ MTV)
SINGERS – TANISHKA SANGHVI, KIRTIDAN GADHVI, REKHA BHARDWAJ
MUSIC – SACHIN – JIGAR
LYRICS – PRIYAA SARAIYA

This is undoubtedly one of the finest compositions of Sachin – Jigar’s career. With superb lyrics by Priyaa Saraiya, this one is beautifully sung by all three singers. A song which evokes emotions in every single word, the orchestra too is brilliant. Kudos to the composers and the lyricist for creating such a fabulous song. And kirtidan Gadhvi is too good. Rekha Bhardwaj as always is lovely.
And, Tanishka – continue singing.


THE BEST HINDI FILM SONGS

The songs from number 50 to 11 are in NO particular order. However the top 10 songs have been arranged as per my liking.

DISCLAIMER – OUT OF 50 SONGS, THERE ARE ONLY 2 SONGS FROM BOMBAY VELVET AND ONE FROM MASAAN. KINDLY DO NOT FREAK OUT.
ALSO, THERE ARE SONGS FROM THE BHATT CAMP FILMS – THE LOVEY DOVEY ONES SUNG BY ARIJIT SINGH. AGAIN, DO NOT PANIC.
SOME CHOICES MAY SEEM OUTRAGEOUS, BUT AS I SAID – DO NOT PANIC.


50. SONG – KHOYA HAI (DHEEVARA) (BAAHUBALI)
SINGERS – NEETI MOHAN, KAALA BHAIRAVA
MUSIC – M.M KEERAVANI
LYRICS – MANOJ MUNTASHIR


49. SONG – OVE JAANIYA (BOTH VERSIONS) (KATTI BATTI)
SINGERS – MOHAN KANNAN, SAYANI PALIT
MUSIC – SHANKAR – EHSAAN – LOY
LYRICS – KUMAAR

Brownie points to Kumaar for some beautiful lyrics.


85. SONG – SOORAJ DOOBA HUA
SINGERS – ARIJIT SINGH, ADITI SINGH SHARMA
MUSIC – AMAAL MALIK

LYRICS - KUMAAR

47. SONG – BANNO TERA SWAGGER (TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS)
SINGERS – BRIJESH SHANDILYA, SWATI SHARMA
MUSIC – TANISHK – VAYU
LYRICS – RAJ SHEKHAR

A reminder – it is SWAGGER and not SWEATER.


46. SONG – DARD KARARA (DUM LAGA KE HAISHA)
SINGERS – KUMAR SANU, SADHANA SARGAM
MUSIC – ANU MALIK
LYRICS – VARUN GROVER


45. SONG – JAANAM (DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY)
LYRICIST & SINGER – SURYAKANT SAWHNEY
MUSIC – PETER CAT RECORDING CO.


44. SONG – SAHEBAN (GUDDU RANGEELA)
SINGERS – AMIT TRIVEDI, CHINMAYI, SHAHID MALLYA
MUSIC – AMIT TRIVEDI
LYRICS – IRSHAD KAMIL

It is a pity this film didn’t work. Even the music suffered. This is a beautiful melody composed by Amit and sung very well by Chinmayi and Shahid.


43. SONG – JALTE DIYE (PREM RATAN DHAN PAAYO)
SINGERS – HARSHDEEP KAUR, VINEET SINGH, ANWESHAA, SHABAB SABRI
MUSIC – HIMESH RESHAMMIYA
LYRICS – IRSHAD KAMIL

A song in “Deepchandi” taal (14 matra) after ages, this one is trademark himesh. Foot tapping, melodious and well sung.


42. SONG – SHAITAANIYAN (BADMASHIYAAN)
SINGER – ANKIT TIWARI
COMPOSER – BOBBY – IMRAN
LYRICS – SHABBIR AHMED


41. SONG – HUMNAVA (HAMARI ADHURI KAHAANI)
SINGERS – PAPON
MUSIC – MITHOON
LYRICS – SAYEED QUADRI

A song with a thehraav, Papon does full justice to this one. One of Mithoon’s best compositions, this song is definitely one with a long shelf life. Infact the whole album is.


40. SONG – TU HAI KE NAHI (ROY)
SINGER & COMPOSER – ANKIT TIWARI
LYRICS – ABHENDRA KUMAR UPADHYAY


39. SONG – MAIN HOON HERO TERA (HERO)
SINGER – AMAAL MALIK
COMPOSER – ARMAAN MALIK
LYRICS – KUMAAR

Not that I don’t like Salman Khan’s version, this one is way better. the two chhote maliks are on a roll. You have to admit that they have come up with some great melodies recently – be it filmy or for the Tseries music videos.


38. SONG – BAATON KO TERI (ALL IS WELL)
SINGERS – ARIJIT SINGH
MUSIC – HIMESH RESHAMMIYA
LYRICS – SHABBIR AHMED

A song which was originally composed for Bol Bachchan, this one is highly old school. A typical himesh melody, there is nothing extraordinary about it, and yet it hooked me.


37. SONG – ZINDAGI KUCH TOH BATAA (BAJRANGI BHAIJAAAN)
SINGER – JUBIN NAUTIYAL
COMPOSER – PRITAM
LYRICS – NEELESH MISRA


36. SONG – LE CHAL MUJHE (NH 10)
SINGER – MOHIT CHAUHAN
MUSIC – BANN CHAKRABORTY
LYRICS – ABHIRUCHI CHAND, BANN CHAKRABORTY

A waltz but with a slightly eerie cum melodious tune. Do listen to all the versions.


35. SONG – PREM’S THEME (DUM LAGA KE HAISHA)
SINGER – PAPON
MUSIC – ANU MALIK

From the same raag as that of “Moh moh ke dhaage”, this one is beautiful. With no lyrics, Papon mesmerizes you with his rendition.


34. SONG – SOOIYAAN (GUDDU RANGEELA)
SINGERS – ARIJIT SINGH, CHINMAYI, AMIT TRIVEDI
MUSIC – AMIT TRIVEDI
LYRICS – IRSHAD KAMIL


33. SONG – BEHROOPIA (BOMBAY VELVET)
SINGERS – MOHIT CHAUHAN, NEETI MOHAN
MUSIC – AMIT TRIVEDI
LYRICS – AMITABH BHATTACHARYA


32. SONG – DAAK TICKET (HAWAIZAADA)
SINGER – MOHIT CHAUHAN, JAVED BASHIR
MUSIC – ROCHAK KOHLI
LYRICS – VIBHU PURI

An album which was highly underrated, this one is a gem of a composition. Mohit chauhan aces the singing and Javed bashir ably supports him.


31. SONG – BALLAY BALLAY (BIN ROYE)
SINGER – HARSHDEEP KAUR, SHIRAZ UPPAL
MUSIC – SHIRAZ UPPAL
LYRICS – SHAKEEN SOHAIL


30. SONG – O KHUDA (HERO)
SINGERS – AMAAL MALIK, PALAK MUCCHAL
COMPOSER – AMAAL MALIK
LYRICS – KUMAAR

For me, this one worked better than the film’s much hyped title song. Terrific singing by both the lead singers.

29. SONG – JANAM JANAM (DILWALE)
SINGERS – ARIJIT SINGH, ANTARA  MITRA
COMPOSER – PRITAM
LYRICS – AMITABH BHATTACHARYA

With a very déjà – vu ish tune, Pritam creates a gorgeous romatic melody which is sung very well by Arijit and Antara. Do listen how he sings “Talab talab talab”.


28. SONG – PHIR BHI YEH ZINDAGI (DIL DHADAKNE DO)
SINGERS – VISHAL DADLANI, FARHAN AKHTAR, DIVYA KUMAR, ALYSSA MENDONSA
COMPOSERS – SHANKAR EHSAAN LOY
LYRICS – JAVED AKHTAR

The name of this song might be Zoya akhtar’s next film’s name. (If you got the joke.)

27. SONG – BAATEIN YEH KABHI NA (KHAMOSHIYAAN)
SINGER – ARIJIT SINGH, PALAK MUCCHAL
COMPOSER – JEET GANGULI
LYRICS – SAYEED QUADRI


26. SONG – MERE NAINA KAAFIR (DOLLY KI DOLI)
SINGER – RAHAT FATEH ALI KHAN
COMPOSERS – SAJID – WAJID
LYRICS – KUMAAR

One of RFAK’s few songs released this year, this one is a very soothing number.


25. SONG – TU JO MILA (BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN)
SINGERS – K.K, PAPON, JAVED ALI
COMPOSER – PRITAM
LYRICS – KAUSAR MUNIR

Out of the three versions, I like K.K and Papon’s version more. There were also two more versions in that leaked censor copy, one of which was sung by shahid mallya if I am not mistaken.


24. SONG – THE BOMBAY VELVET THEME (BOMBAY VELVET)
COMPOSER – AMIT TRIVEDI
Goosebumps. Nothing else to write.


23. SONG – NAZDEEKIYAN (SHAANDAAR)
SINGERS – NIKHIL PAUL GEORGE, NEETI MOHAN
COMPOSER – AMIT TRIVEDI
LYRICS – AMITABH BHATTACHARYA

Only Amit can compose such beautiful waltz melodies. Maybe he himself would have done a better job than the scratchy Nikhil Paul George.


22. SONG – DIL – E – NADAAN (HAWAIZAADA)
MUSIC & SINGER – AYUSHMANN KHURANA
LYRICS – MIRZA GHALIB

He needs to sing more often. Also, he needs to sings other genres than the romantic guitar numbers he sings. This song is proof that he can excel in other genres too.


21. SONG – BEZUBAAN (PIKU)
SINGER, LYRICIST & COMPOSER – ANUPAM ROY


20. SONG – GALLAN GOODIYAN (DIL DHADAKNE DO)
SINGERS – SUKHWINDER SINGH, FARHAN AKHTAR, YASHITA SHARMA, MANISH KUMAR TIPU, SHANKAR MAHADEVAN
COMPOSERS – SHANKAR – EHSAAN – LOY
LYRICS – JAVED AKHTAR

This song is going to be one mandatory number in all sangeet functions for the coming years.


19. SONG – JEENA JEENA (BADLAPUR)
SINGER – ATIF ASLAM
COMPOSERS – SACHIN – JIGAR
LYRICS – PRIYAA SARAIYA, DINESH VIJAN

There is no one who doesn’t like this song. Even my granny likes this one. Soft, well sung, well written and very well composed.

18. SONG – HO GAYA HAI PYAAR TUMSE (TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS)
SINGER – DEV NEGI
COMPOSER – KRSNA
LYRICS – RAJSHEKHAR

Dear Dev Negi, please sing more.

17. SONG – HAMARI ADHURI KAHANI (TITLE SONG)
SINGER – ARIJIT SINGH
COMPOSER – JEET GANGULI
LYRICS – RASHMI SINGH, VIRAG MISHRA


16. SONG – TU KISI RAIL SI (MASAAN)
SINGER – SWANAND KIRKIRE
COMPOSER – INDIAN OCEAN
LYRICS – DUSHYANT KUMAR, VARUN GROVER


15. SONG – MAT JA RE (TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS)
SINGER – ANKIT TIWARI
COMPOSER – KRSNA
LYRICS – RAJSHEKHAR


14. SONG – HEER TOH BADI SAD (TAMASHA)
SINGER – MIKA SINGH
COMPOSER – A.R RAHMAN
LYRICS – IRSHAD KAMIL


13. SONG – HEY GANARAYA (ABCD 2)
SINGER – DIVYA KUMAR
COMPOSERS – SACHIN – JIGAR
LYRICS – MAYUR PURI


12. SONG – MATARGASHTI (TAMASHA)
SINGER – MOHIT CHAUHAN
COMPOSER – A.R RAHMAN
LYRICS – IRSHAD KAMIL


11. SONG – DEEWANI MASTANI (BAJIRAO MASTANI)
SINGERS – SHREYA GHOSHAL, GANESH CHANDANSHIVE, MUJTABA AZIZ NAZA, SHADAB FARIDI, ALTAMASH FARIDI, FARHAN SABRI
COMPOSER – SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI
LYRICS – SIDDHARTH – GARIMA, NASIR FARAZ, GANESH CHANDANSHIVE


THE TOP TEN SONGS OF 2015

10. SONG – HASI (HAMARI ADHURI KAHANI)
SINGERS – AMI MISHRA, SHREYA GHOSHAL
COMPOSER – AMI MISHRA
LYRICS – KUNAAL VERMAA


9. SONG – JUDAAI (BADLAPUR)
SINGERS – ARIJIT SINGH, REKHA BHARDWAJ
COMPOSERS – SACHIN – JIGAR
LYRICS – PRIYAA SARAIYA, DINESH VIJAN

“Chadariyaa” – what a word! I don’t think I have heard it in any song recently (or ever!).


8. SONG – CHUNAR (ABCD 2)
SINGER – ARIJIT SINGH
COMPOSERS – SACHIN – JIGAR
LYRICS – MAYUR PURI

This one is very close to my heart as it has traces of GARBA in it, especially that portion “Rang teri preet ka, rang teri jeet ka”. Also, a song on mothers can never go wrong. One of Arijit’s best songs in recent times. Also, fab work by Mayur puri.


7. SONG – AAJ IBAADAT (BAJIRAO MASTANI)
SINGER – JAVED BASHIR
COMPOSER – SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI
LYRICS – A.M TURAZ

This is goosebumps material from SLB. I have always been a fan of SLB’s composing skills since he composed that one song for “Saawariya”. I loved Guzaarish and Ramleela very much. People everywhere comment that SLB has finally created a mark as a composer, but I think he did that way back. “Bajirao mastaani” is as good as his previous two albums.


6. SONG – KINNA SONA (BHAAG JOHNNY)
SINGER – SUNIL KAMATH
COMPOSER – MITHOON
LYRICS – AMITABH VERMA

This is the Mithoon that gave us “Jaaveda zindagi” and “maula mere” (Anwar). If you have not heard it yet, do it right now.


5. SONG – SAPNA JAHAAN (BROTHERS)
SINGERS – SONU NIGAM, NEETI MOHAN
COMPOSERS – AJAY-ATUL
LYRICS – AMITABH BHATTACHARYA

Only Sonu nigam can sing such a song. Everything about the song is gorgeous – the composition, Sonu’s rendition, Neeti Mohan and even her rendition. (LOL).


4. SONG – MOH MOH KE DHAAGE (DUM LAGA KE HAISHA)
SINGERS – MONALI THAKUR, PAPON
COMPOSER – ANU MALIK
LYRICS – VARUN GROVER

Shri Varun Grover, you need to write more. You have found a fan in me. As for the song, both the versions are equally heavenly. Thank you Anu Malik for this lovely gift. As they say, experience always counts!


3. SONG – AGAR TUM SAATH HO (TAMASHA)
SINGERS – ALKA YAGNIK, ARIJIT SINGH
COMPOSER – A.R RAHMAN
LYRICS – IRSHAD KAMIL

Serenity is the USP of this song. Thank you ARR for giving us back Alka Yagnik.


2. SONG – SUN SAATHIYA (ABCD 2)
SINGERS – PRIYAA SARAIYA, DIVYA KUMAR
COMPOSERS – SACHIN – JIGAR
LYRICS – PRIYAA SARAIYA

My choice for this year’s best female playback singer is Priyaa saraiya. This song is very special for me – firstly I got the honour of meeting the composers as well as the singer/lyricist of this song this year. Secondly, I danced on this song along with my wife in my wedding. So yeah – I will remember it for ages!


1. SONG – O SAATHI MERE (TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS)
SINGER – SONU NIGAM
COMPOSER – KRSNA
LYRICS – RAJSHEKHAR

I already went orgasmic over this song when I reviewed this album in April. Here’s the link –
http://endlessdigi.blogspot.com/2015/05/music-review-tanu-weds-manu-returns.html

But this is undoubtedly the best song this year. I can listen to it any number of times. Way to go Krsna!

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