2014 got in a mixed bag of hit and flop music albums from the Bollywood roster. While the top albums included Bang Bang, Queen, Happy New Year and more, there were also some musical disappointments such as Dawaat-e-ishq, Finding Fanny and Dedh Ishqiya amongst others. The year also saw music directors experimenting with innovative sounds and music genres. As 2014 comes to a close, Sound Box picks the top 10 tracks that rocked the country this year. This is the first part of the two-part story which we will be continuing next week too:
The year started with AR Rahman and Imtiaz Ali’s much await movie album Highway. Initially, the film was supposed to have only background score with no soundtrack. Later, with the involvement of Rahman, the film ended up with nine songs and lyrics penned by Irshad Kamil. The track Patakha guddi sung by Nooran Sisters (Jyoti and Sultana Nooran) was one of the most well received tracks of the album and succeeded in framing the score of the film. The song opened at second position on the iTunes India single chart at the time of its release.
Rahman’s musical success was soon followed by yet another much anticipated music album Queen. Through the album, Amit Trivedi produced a very engaging set with innovative sounds, complemented by Anvita Dutt’s meaningful lyrics. The lead single London Thumakda sung by Labh Janjua, Sonu Kakkar and Neha Kakkar put forth the Punjabi background of the character. The quirky lyrics were beautifully structured on the fast-paced beats featuring a fusion of Indian and Western music.
Movie: Rajini MMS 2
Baby doll took the country by storm from the moment it was released. The roughness of the number was elevated by quirky lyrics and well complimented by the presence of Sunny Leone. The song sung by Kanika Kapoor and Meet Brothers’ Anjjan was also released in a remix version, adding more beats and zing to the already lively track. Apart from the official remix, the song also witnessed several fan made versions and parodies. Baby doll was recently named as the most searched song and most trended music video of the year by YouTube.
Movie: Ek Villain
Riding on the success of Aashiqui 2, a team of Ankit Tiwari and Mithoon once again succeeded in delivering the musical palate of rock and ballad aptly pertinent to the thriller produced by Balaji Telefilms. The track Teri galliyaan composed by Tiwari swept the listeners with its intricate musical arrangement and defined the sound for the album. Manoj Muntashir had perfectly knotted the lyrics with the orchasterisation while Tiwari’s vocals further uplift the song.
The song was also released in duet version, marking the singing debut of lead actress Shraddha Kapoor. Her silk smooth vocal complemented Tiwari’s husky and earthy tone of singing. Teri galliyaan topped all the music charts instantly.
Movie: Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya
Yet another song that marked the debut of film’s lead actress Alia Bhatt as a singer. The soundtrack of Shashank Khaitan directorial Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya featured multi composers namely – Sachin-Jigar, John Stewart, Jigar Saraiya and Toshi-Sharib.
Samjhawan was recreated by Sharib−Toshi after the acquisition of rights for original hit song Mein Tenu Samjhawan Ki.The original track was composed by Jawad Ahmad and sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. In the revised version, Arijit Singh stepped in the shoes of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and did a commendable job in building the aura. The singer received a soulful backing of Shreya Ghoshal’s vocal which further elevated the essence of the track. Due to the comparison with the original track, the song received mix responses from the critics. But the unplugged version by Alia Bhatt was applauded as the singers bubbly charm was engraved in the song.
*songs are listed according to their release
(…to be continued)