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Sound Of Bollywood: The Best and Worst of 2016

As the year comes to an end, BollyCurry has handpicked some of the best and worst jingles the music industry had to offer us.

Published: Monday,Dec 19, 2016 23:50 PM GMT-07:00
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Music is a common love for many and good 'ol Bollywood helps fuel it every year with its various songs from its various genres. The diverse music may capture our hearts but undoubtedly there are times where it fails to impress us, case in point: 2016. As the year comes to an end, BollyCurry has handpicked some of the best and worst jingles the music industry had to offer us.

We start off with the tracks that will remain on the happy side of our memories. Be it the dance number "Kala Chashma" or the romantic tune of "Kaun Tujhe", this is our top ten songs of the year.
"Sanam Re" from Sanam Re

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2016 began with an intense and heart touching romantic song by Arijit Singh. Even though the beginning verses are supported by just the simple strums of a guitar, it sets a beautiful, romantic mood. As the song progresses on, more instruments marry in with the lyrics to enhance the mood intensely. Mithoon truly did a wonderful job with this track.
Singer: Mithoon ft. Arjit Singh
Music Director: Raju Singh
Lyricist: Mithoon
"Kar Gayi Chul" from Kapoor & Sons

The minute this catchy song starts playing, we automatically start moving to its beats. The trumpet playing in line with a good rhythm keeps us perpetually tapping our feet. With easy to understand lyrics and a party tune that we sure enjoy dancing to, this song obviously deserves to be in the top ten.
Singer: Badshah, Fazilpuria, Sukriti Kakar, Neha Kakkar
Music Director: Badshah (Recreated by Amaal Mallik)
Lyricist: Badshah, Kumaar
 "High Heels Te Nachche" from Ki And Ka

Penned by Kumaar and composed by the Meet Bros, the music keeps our energy high from the beginning to the end, making it a great dance number sure to spice up any party. A great additional rap by Yo Yo Honey Singh is introduced in the right places giving the entire song a good flow.
Singer: Jaz Dhami, Aditi Singh Sharma, Yo Yo Honey Singh (Rap)
Music Director: Meet Bros
Lyricist: Kumaar
"Tere Sang Yaara" from Rustom

Atif Aslam always contributes to the musical world with amazing love songs and this is another feather in his hat. Apart from the music with smooth transitions from high to low, Aslam entices all with his deep vocals. The song isn't enhanced with music all throughout but the composition is done well so that we feel it deserves a spot in the list.
Singer: Atif Aslam
Music Director: Arko Pravo Mukherjee
Lyricist: Manoj Muntashir
"Ikk Kudi" from Udta Punjab

Who knew a simple song supported by just a couple of instruments would sound so beautiful? Amidst the darkness that is shown to cloak Punjab, the song brings about hope. Amit Trivedi's music suits the lyrics of the late Shri Shiv Kumar Batalv who was well known for his romantic poetry. Overall, the song has left a long lasting impression.
Music Director: Amit Trivedi
Lyricist: Late Shri Shiv Kumar Batalvi
"Kala Chashma" from Baar Baar Dekho

Badshah shines once more with this song featuring Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif. The rap mixes well with the rest of the song and lets not forget Neha Kakkar who did a great job on her vocals. Overall, this  party song makes us get on a dance floor and sway our hips to the kala chashma. A great addition to any dance playlist.
Singer: Amar Arshi, Badshah, Neha Kakkar
Music Director: Prem Hardeep Badshah
Lyricist: Amrik Singh, Kumaar
"Jag Ghoomeya" from Sultan

When Rahat Fateh Ali Khan lends his voice to music by Vishal and Shekar, it is bound to be a hit. This song has a rich Punjabi flavour which has us all humming to it even after the song is long over. With a soft desi mood, this song has crept into many hearts.
Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Music Director: Vishal & Shekhar
Lyricist: Irshad Kamil
"Kaun Tujhe" from MS Dhoni: The Untold Story

This biopic surprised us with a soothing and heartwarming romantic number. Everything from the lyrics to the humming in the chorus adds to the mood. Palak Muchhal's sweet voice blends in perfectly with the whole composition, which is an uncommon mix of intense and sweet.
Singer: Palak Muchhal
Music Director: Amaal Mallik
Lyricist: Manoj Muntashir
"Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

The two minute trailer gave just a little insight of what this song had to offer but that was all it took for us to fall in love with it. The intensity created by the piano and supporting music which blends in with the lyrics is beyond perfect. To top it all off, we have Arjit Singh's intense voice lending an air of melancholic romance. The movie might not have impressed us all but this song will definitely wander in our minds for quite some time.
Singer: Arjit Singh
Music Director: Pritam
"Nashe Se Chad Gayi" from Befikre

Be it for a dance routine or to entertain yourself when doing a tedious chore, this is our song. Arjit Singh's singing and Vishal & Shekar's music definitely synced well. Even with the modern touch, there's a desi rich verse which fits in with ease. This is one song where even the background chorus contributes a lot to the mood of the song.
Singer: Arjit Singh, Caralisa Monteiro (French)
Music Director: Vishal & Shekhar
Lyricist: Jaideep Sahni
Now we move on to the less impressive songs. While some started off well, they eventually failed to retain our attention and others completely failed to connect with us. Not all songs find a place in our hearts and so here's the list of songs which we would rather forget before the year ends.
"Dekhega Raja Trailer" from Mastizaade

This song loses us from the very beginning. The music is very generic and the lyrics don't have much to keep us listening. A failed attempt to mix a love song and an item song together, the song is not worth adding to any collection or listening to completely even once.
Music Director: Anand Raj Anand
Lyricist: Anand Raj Anand
"Dhuaan Hai Dhuaan Zindagi" from Saala Khadoos

Though the song starts off with decent lyrics, it goes downhill from there. From the lyrics, we assume that the song should set a sad atmosphere but the track fails to keep us listening with a lingering confusion on what the mood should exactly be.
Singer: Kalyani 
Music Director: Santosh Narayanan
Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire
 "Janeman Aah" from Dishoom

This song had its share of buildup before greatly disappointing us. Bollywood has a huge collection of item songs and this one was just not up to the mark. As the introductory music starts getting catchy, the lyrics jump in and leave us confused - the wording seems more suited for a romantic track rather than an item song. The visuals are the only thing that attracted us which brings this song on this list.
Music Director: Pritam
Lyricist: Mayur Puri
"Ishqa" from Dishoom

The introductory music of the track is similar to the song "Sau Tarah Ke" but similar to the song above, when the vocals start, it's just not in par with the music. The lyrics revolve around the theme of love but this track feels forced for the sake of adding a love track to the album. If you haven't heard it yet you aren't missing anything.
Music Director:  Pritam
Lyricist: Kumaar
"Sindhu Ma" from Mohenjo Daro 

This is supposed to be a song to praise the river Sindhu. Being a song by A.R. Rahman we would expect more but once again we were left unimpressed. The lyrics and the music seemed to go in different directions. The only saving grace are the "Tu Hai" verses in between, which are from the best song of the album. Apart from that, this song offers nothing much.
Singer: A.R. Rahman, Sanah Moidutty
Music Director: A.R. Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
"Rada" from Banjo 

This song is an unsuccessful attempt to add a desi touch to rock song which does not do anything to us at all. Sounding like a mashup fusion gone wrong, the chorus doesn't go with the rest of the song and the lyrics don't connect with us either. A track that is better avoided.
Music Director: Vishal & Shekhar
"Phaa Paye Na Ishq Da" from Mirzya

Though this album surprised us with a different genre, not all its songs were a good surprise. A song can be enjoyed even with minimal music but this track had music that did not sync well with the monotonous background music. While we wait for the song to actually start, it suddenly ends and that is probably why we couldn't connect with it.
Singer: Daler Mehndi
Music Director: Daler Mehndi
Lyricist: Gulzar
"Mere Peeche Hindustan" from Beiimaan Love

Till the introductory music plays we are fooled to think this is a decent song. Once the vocals start we are instantly bored. The lyrics are common and so is the music. A track that is worth skipping and not looking back at with any fondness.
Singer: Yasser Desai & Sukriti Kakar
Music Director: Amjad-Nadeem
Lyricist: Sameer Anjaan
"Lipstick Laga Ke / I Wanna Tera Ishq" from Great Grand Masti

This is yet another song which is supposed to be romantic if we go by the lyrics but the tune and music belong to a completely different genre. The song is best forgotten once it ends because it has nothing special to stay in our minds.
Singer: Shaan, Payal Dev
Music Director: Superbia
Lyricist: Sameer Anjaan
"You Know What I Mean" from Rock On

The two main reasons this song failed are that it is a song from a music-centric movie and the other being that the first outing, Rock On (2008), has songs that we still love listening to. This song does not fit into an album of such sort. The main lyrics are abrupt and don't sync well with the music. There is a missing flow which is another reason this song hardly gets any attention.
 Singer: Farhan Akhtar
Music Director: Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
That concludes our list of songs that we would take with us to the next year and the ten we would like to leave behind. It shows how expectation and genre can be good or bad depending on various factors like lyrics, music and the tone it is sung in. With that, BollyCurry looks forward to the new songs 2017 has to offer. Until then, do share the songs which you think would fit well in either of these lists in the comments section below.
Writer: Lekha V.
Editors: Juju K. and Jenifer A.
Graphics: Nadia N.
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Noe123 5 years ago Mirzyan title song and Aave re hichki should be in top 10
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OtakuGirl-Debo 5 years ago where are the songs from Raaz Reboot?...all songs from Raaz Reboot are a lot better then many from this list...
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Mannmohanaa 5 years ago Agree!
Infact all the songs from ADHM should be in the top list but then I understand everything can't be included.
Good going BC!
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