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My Top 10 Hindi Songs of 2012

In a year where we didn’t see too many soundtracks that had ALL songs with repeat listening value, here is my list of at least the Top 10 Songs of 2012.

10.) Jhallah Wallah – ISHAQZAADE
Shreya Ghoshal captures the naughtiness of Chand Baby’s character and Kausar Munir’s lyrics with just the right notes and mischieviousness.

9.) Yaariyan – COCKTAIL
The best and most poignant song written by Irshad Kamil for an overall high-quality soundtrack from Pritam. The quality of the film itself, however, was a completely different story…

8.) O Saiyyan – AGNEEPATH
Amitabh Bhattacharya pens a wonderful song that was not part of the original “Agneepath“. Roop Kumar Rathod sings it with his soft, magical voice, celebrating both the anguish and the joy Priyanka Chopra’s character feels upon being with Hrithik Roshan.

SOTY was a young, upbeat soundtrack from Vishal-Shekhar/KJo. And “Radha” led the pack, with Udit Narayan being the best part in an excellent party song of the year.

6.) Phir Le Aaya Dil (Redux) – BARFI
Pritam composing yet again and giving us an immensely listenable soundtrack. And Shafqat Amanat Ali’s rendition was the best amongst the three different versions of the same song on the album.

5.) Jiya Laage Na – TALAASH
The film was a huge disappointment. But the soundtrack by Ram Sampath was a killer. “Jiya Laage Na” was a beautiful amalgamation of classical and modern beats, giving it the haunting feeling it rightfully derserved.

4.) Tera Deedar Hua – JANNAT 2
Ah…an Emraan Hashmi song for a Mahesh Bhatt film. Sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (and Javed Ali). Composed by Pritam. And the magic continued, after Gangster, Jannat, Awaarapan and Tum Mile.

Words fall short when describing the two unconventional soundtracks for both parts of an epic film by Anuraag Kashyap. And this song was symbolic of true tone of the film, composed and sung menacingly by Sneha Khanwalkar and Amit Trivedi. I just couldn’t get enough of it…

2.) Raabta (Night in Motel) – AGENT VINOD
Khoya Tha Samundaron Mein…Tanha Safina Mera…Saahilon Pe Laaya Hai Tu…Jaane Kis Tarah Leke“. Magical lyrics from Amitabh Bhattacharya once again. Amongst the four different versions of the song, Pritam scored extremely high points with this one, on a pretty decent soundtrack for an otherwise lousy film by Saif Ali Khan.

1.) Tore Bina – KAHAANI
I continue to play this one on my iPod. And its been over a year since it first came out!! Such was the sheer emotional grasp that Vishal-Shekhar’s music, Anvita Dutt’s lyrics and Sukhvinder Singh’s singing had on me. I still get goosebumps whenever “Tore Bina” is playing. Hats off!!

Hope this list featured some of your personal favorites as well. As always, thoughts/ feedback are welcome. Here’s looking forward to a more musically strong 2013 from Bollywood. With “Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola“, “Inkaar” and “Akash Vaani“, the signs are already looking encouraging…

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