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Top 10 Hindi Songs of the Year (Part 1)

This year has been great for Hindi film music, with nearly every music director delivering a successful album – Shankar Ehsaan Loy (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), Vishal-Shekhar (Chennai Express), AR Rahman (Raanjhanaa), Pritam (Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani, R… Rajkumar) and Amit Trivedi (Kai Po Che, Lootera). Others who made their mark include Sachin Jigar (Shuddh Desi Romance, Ramaiya Vastavaiya), Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Ram-Leela) and Mithoon (Aashiqui 2). The biggest musical disappointments of the year were Rajesh Roshan’s tepid soundtrack for Krrish 3 and Lalit Pandit’s disastrous music for Besharam.

As 2013 comes to a close, Box Office India picks the top 10 tracks that rocked the country this year:

10. Ram chahe Leela (Ram-Leela)

Bhoomi Trivedi’s spirited rendition of the catchy title track of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s homage to the classic Romeo & Juliet was an instant hit. Trivedi, best known for participating in a music reality show, was outstanding in her delivery of this lively number. That coupled with Bhansali’s tune – an entertaining fusion of rock and folk, made Ram chahe Leela an extremely enjoyable number.

9. Saree ke fall sa (R… Rajkumar)

Borrowing heavily from South Indian dance songs, Pritam composed a hugely entertaining and paisa vasool song. With a strong melody at its core, the track also benefitted immensely from Mayur Puri’s silly yet endearing lyrics. Newcomer Nakash was impressive in his rendition but it was Antara Mitra’s textured vocals that stole the show.

8. Zinda (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)

Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s powerful anthem from Milkha Singh’s biopic was an invigorating mash-up of rock and electronic sounds. That coupled with Prasoon Joshi’s fiery lyrics and debutant Siddharth Mahadevan’s powerful vocals made this song an instant adrenalin rush.

7. Raanjhanaa (Raanjhanaa)

The maestro, who layered dholaks and guitar riffs with the energetic vocals of Shiraz Uppal, threw in melodious alaap sections by Jaswinder Singh and created a spirited number that beautifully captured the essence of Banaras. AR Rahman’s joyful title track for Raanjhanaa was a delightful listening experience. Special mention must be made of Irshad Kamil’s exemplary lyrics.

6. Lat lag gayi (Race 2)

Shalmali Kholgade, who made a striking debut last year with Pareshaan (Ishaqzaade) struck again this year with a scintillating show in Lat lag gayi. Pritam’s electronic pop club track was instantly addictive and an immediate chartbuster. It goes without saying that when it comes to fresh, hip, high-energy dance tracks, there’s no one better than Pritam.

(…to be continued)

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