Listen Up

22 Dec
Listen Up

My, what big ears you have, 2010! All the better to let all that awful Bollywood music escape, I bet.

Maybe I’m showing my age but this was the year when my head actively hurt almost everytime I loaded up a new soundtrack. I live across the road from a school with a marching band that insists upon practicing right under my window and at one point, I swear to God, I switched off the latest round of cacophony (Action Replayy, I think?) and basked in the blissful sound of an off-key tuba huffing along to an enthusiastic-if-sadly-untalented drum.

The good ones, therefore, were all the sweeter when they showed up. Here’re my favorite tracks from 2010. As with all lists, they’re highly subjective and I imposed a limit of one track per album because there were entire soundtracks that I would have happily included.

But first, these are the albums that missed the cut but took it easy on my ears all the same. In no particular order:

  • Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey
  • Rajneeti
  • Karthik Calling Karthik
  • Madholal Keep Walking
  • Tera Kya Hoga Johnny
  • Udaan
  • Dabangg
  • Jhootha Hi Sahi

10. Kya Hawa Kya Badal (Allah ke Banday) – Look, I would have found some way to include some mention of an album that features a track by the amazingness known as Ishq Bector (go on, click that link! You know you want to!). But I’m helped by this song.

09. Kanha (Veer) – The only good thing about Salman Khan’s golden barbarian fixation is this song. Intentionally, anyway. *snicker*

08. Des Mera (Peepli Live) – I’ve loved Indian Ocean since I was a kid so I’ll admit I was inclined to be kind but the best part about an album like this is that it doesn’t need your pity vote. It can stand up for itself, thanks.

07. Tujhe Bhula Diya (Anjaana Anjaani) – The best part of this song is Shruti Pathak’s bit at the beginning but Mohit Chauhan and Shekhar aren’t exactly slouches either. The movie might have left me cold, but the music was pretty great.

06. Ranjha Ranjha (Raavan) – My self-imposed limit of one track per album might keep me from giving Ab Mujhe Koi the love it deserves, but I thought this song was outstanding the moment I heard it and it was sheer poetry on screen.

05. Tera Zikr Hai (Guzaarish) – The star by far, as far as I’m concerned, in an album that’s a bit overproduced and labored, but quite lovely. Like everything else Sanjay Leela Bhansali does, I guess.

04. Lehrein (Aisha) – Honestly, I could have picked any song from this movie. Especially Sham, which is still on a loop on certain days. Amit Trivedi is on fire right now and long may it continue.

03. Cham Cham (Striker) – God only knows what happened to Sonu Nigam but here’s a track to remind you that he wasn’t always a greasy-haired fountain of bitter who judged reality shows. Somewhere, deep inside that mop, is an immensely talented voice.

02. Madhno Re (Lamhaa) – It’s like they asked me what I liked the most and then composed it to order. Mogambo khush hua!

01. Dil to Bachcha Hai Ji (Ishqiya) – How much do I love this song? Everything from Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice to his enunciation of the amazing lyrics to the string bits in the middle. I could listen to this all day and never tire.


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8 responses to “Listen Up

  1. CheeC

    December 22, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Hey, hadn’t heard half the songs on this list, so was great getting an intro to some really nice tunes.

    I love the Naseer bookends. I love “DM: Indian Ocean with Aamir” (LOL @ witnessing Aamir’s ‘self-effacing shy guy’ side (as opposed to his uber confident celebrity side) when his favorite band beckons him to come on to the stage and he says “aisa band bajaoonga, aisa band bajaoonga, gaane ka band baj jaayega”…so sweet! 😀 ). Hadn’t heard of “Indian Ocean” the band before, but IO reminded me of my ID. No. during college days…915.

    How wonderful to watch/listen to something like Madhno Re for the very first time…aah, atmospheric is the word!

    BTW, thank you for supplying the closing words to a roller-coaster ride of a year, emotionally speaking: “Dil Sa Koi Kameena Nahin,” oh yeah baby!!

  2. Piyush

    December 22, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Before I forget, you need to check out the track “Dilli” from the new movie “No One killed Jessica”. Amit Trivedi does the soundtrack for that movie as well

    Ishiqiya (the movie + soundtrack) was the highlight for me this year. “Dil to bacha ha ji” is my fav as well but “Badi dheere jali” is a close second.

    I would put Raavan as my #2 soundtrack but my favorite is “Kata Kata”. I cant get enough of this tribal(?) drums and those female vocals at the end.

    The soundtrack for Lamhaa was great but the tracks were a bit too long and sometimes I got a bit tired of the songs halfway through. I seem to only go back to “Madno” and “Sajnaa”

    In terms of Aisha, Id probably put “gul mithi mithi” as my favorite. That track was like the Hiknaal (from Dev D) of 2010.

    “Cham Cham” was my fav from Stiker as well. “Maula” kinda reminded me of “Arziyan” from last year’s Delhi 6

    I havent heard the other songs on your top 10 list.

  3. Gradwolf

    December 23, 2010 at 1:56 am

    Cham Cham was a masterpiece! Whatay song. The whole album turned out to be very underrated.

    You are probably only rating the songs I guess but as an album, Udaan is a clear winner for me. And Naav should have figured somewhere in the list, if not on top.

  4. Hades

    December 23, 2010 at 6:56 am

    I’d add ‘Zindagii se darte ho’ also from Peepli Live + Indian Ocean. Aisha’s music didn’t work for me, to be honest; IMO it was a lowpoint for Trivedi. Sham was the only good gaanaa and Gal mithi mithi bol was a pretty atrocious sham.

    Ishqiya is a Gulaal-league soundtrack. All of its songs are super.

  5. sitaji

    December 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    You’ve made some great choices in this wonderful post! Ranjha Ranjha is one of my favorite songs ever, so glad you included it. I also loved Madhno Re from Lamhaa and thanks for reminding me that I’ve still got to see this movie. I listen to bbc Asian network shows a lot online

    and hear many of the songs a lot there and never manage to see/hear the in their movie’s context.

    All the best!

  6. deepak

    December 24, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Amit trivedi is definitely turning out to be the next big thing round the block.Hope he maintains quality and consistency in many more years to come to enthrall us.He has all the potential to make it big ala ar rahman IMHO cos his music is hip,snazzy and stands out from the crowd for sure!

  7. Amrita

    December 31, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Happy New year peeps!

    @CheeC – IOC is very college band grown up. It’s why I loved them when I was a kid and why I feel such affection for them now.

    @Piyush – I didn’t like No One Killed Jessica as much as I thought I would but it’s definitely better than 90% of what I hear so there’s that! Similarly I’m a little over AR Rahman returning to the tribal beats as he has for years now. But for all that, when I first heard Kata Kata and Beera, it definitely caught my attention which is why he keeps doing it I guess and why he wins awards because he knows what he’s doing! 😀

    @Adithya – Naav was great but my iPod never got stuck on it the way it did on some of these songs which is why it’s not on this list. But yes, Udaas was a great album.

    @Hades – Aisha felt like a little piece of summer nostalgia for me. I loved it. But yes, Ishqiya! If I’d been grading albums, it would have been right at the top.

    @Sitaji – what would we all do without Youtube? :mrgreen:

    @Deepak – I thnk he’s already arrived minus all the awards and the mega hype. Which, give him time – I’m sure he’ll do that too!

  8. Subroto

    March 2, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Thank you..i am going to steal all these songs and play them on radio..when i get the time to restart my radio show for 2011 radio

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