Dec 15, 2011

Not-So-Great List of Top 10 Songs-2011

Ok, I was really interested in bringing out a proper list of Top-10 songs of 2011. I was always fascinated with Cibaca Geetmala or even a Mirchi Top 20. But, when I sat down and tried to collect the data, I realized that the task was enormous (I hate to research while writing a blog!). First, I had to google all the releases of 2011, then sort them out. I did not want to miss out on any good song. We often forget the films and songs that come in the beginning of each year. Second, I realized on what basis can I call my list 'Top 10'? I mean, different people have different tastes and my list was certainly not based on any scientific survey. I tried to run a small survey on blog's facebook page for the No. 1 song but again the sheer 'variety' of taste was again on display.

So, I finally settled down on bringing out a list of 'personal' favorites. Yes, 10 songs of 2011 that I liked the most. Based on the number of times I listened to these songs, watched their videos, recommended them to friends, put them as my caller tune/ ringtone and so on. Obviously, the list will have some songs that are universal favorites. But a few might surprise you or even make you despise my music taste. But anyways, If you are here, reading my blog, I know you love me. :)

So, Here are the 10 Songs that kept my ears engaged in 2011!-- (In the descending order)

1. Chammak Challo (Ra.One)--- It has to be the song of the year for me, for the sheer impact it had on my mind. I have heard it innumerable times and it still exists in my playlist. It was my ringtone for good one month. And I love Shah Rukh Khan. And of course, the song has its merits. Akon's diction, Vishal-Shekhar's music and the gorgeous KK. Yes, choreography left a lot to be desired. But SRK looked cute while trying Bharatnatyam steps.

2. Sadda Haq/ The Rockstar Soundtrack--- I took up to Sadda Haq immediately. It was the perfect fodder to my mind in this year of rebellions and protests. However, I was not very fond of rest of the songs of Rockstar, till I saw the film. With time, 'tum ho', 'Sheher mein' and 'kun faya' mesmerized me. Now, all the songs of Rockstar seem to be so soulful! Easily Rahman's best work since the Oscars. True master he is! And no to forget, Mohit Chauhan's awesome vocals!

3. Laung Da Lashkara (Patiala House)--- This song is 2011's unsung masterpiece! Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are second to none when it comes to creating Punjabi magic! Earthy innocence!

4. DK Bose/ Switty (Delhi Belly)--- DK Bose hit my like a cyclone. Unconventional and unforgettable lyrics. Switty took over after a certain time! Awesome Punjabi dance number! Delhi Belly was one hell of an unusually great soundtrack! (The Return of Ram Sampath)

5. Saddi Gali (Tanu Weds Manu)--- R Madhvan and Kangna Ranaut. It does not get more non-typical than this. Flair of folk and strong vocals. Also, appreciable is the effort of relatively new music composer (krsna) and lyricist (Rajshekar). Great soundtrack in totality!

6. Darling (7 Khoon Maaf)--- Usha Uthup carried this song on her shoulders. Vishal & Rekha Bhardwaj and Gulzar are proven geniuses. Teasing lyrics, foot tapping music.

7. Senorita (ZNMD)--- Spanish flavor. A lesson on life and how it should be spent. Hrithik-Abhay-Farhan's vocals. Do we need more?

8. Te Amo/Saibo (DMD, Shor in the city)--- Te Amo drowned without making much impact as it was part of a forgettable film. Ash King and Sunidhi made sure that I remembered 'her', every time I listened to this song. Saibo was another such beautiful track. Fresh and romantic.

9. Achcha Lagta Hai (Aarakshan)--- This one makes to the list just on the power of its lyrics. Prasoon Joshi, my god! He seems to be so familiar with the common man's antics! Another song that makes me remember 'her'!

10. Jalebi Bai (Double Dhamaal)--- Ok! I am sure, you are hating me by now! May be laughing! But If I had not included this one in the list, I would have been a hypocrite. I was hooked to this song, specially its video. That 'Jalebi-Making step' of Mallika! I don't know who sung it, or who composed the music! Sometimes, it does not matter! (Wink)

P.S. - More serious 'Top 10s' follow soon. I know, this list is not so great. But, music is all about comforting your ears and soul. Is not it?


  1. Asish, I could not resist myself, and I was bound to post a comment, comment is a wrong word for me here, because it’s my view on you as a whole...

    Daily go to office, come home, open fb and give some views, like some, then eat and sleep....if time allows write few lines and post on blog, is all I do...

    Yesterday, I read your post on top 10 song lists of 2011, it was aroud 12.30AM, and I came to shut down the laptop… I don’t know why but when everyone was sleeping at my home, I wanted to read your blog, one after another, after another post! … I did not sleep the whole night, and I even saw your and Soumya’s secret night talks ;) … my fb was still logged in …

    Then, your poems, love songs (sea and telephone… the bestest best… long goes your love, honest wish), abt your drunk time best friend, your youthful suggestions to Rahul Gandhi, Dhooni, your movie reviews, your political stands (I am illiterate in politics and cricket stuffs)… All are awesome, one can know, a grown of child with lot of intellect, knowledge, and understanding has written his voice, which is loud enough... This is a youth voice -child like yet ve ve ve (using Soumya’s way of saying very here) powerful that nobody can match…

    Yes, your a month or two back post-When A Nation Crunchs… Yes, I read it on October, and believe me, I again and again clicked on Apply Now button, until I realized what you meant… that very day I opened an account in blogger, I always wanted to have one… Your writing has this power…

    About Salman Khan… You talk superb about him (my hero!!)… And when it comes to Sahahrukh Khan, you behave like a kid fighting for his pa’s movie, saying he is the best (you love him so much…)

    And today, I was reading the comments on your posts… The best was when you declared yourself today’s Hanuman, and all your power is not yet known to the world… I laughed so loud (I was in the office then :P)…

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    I remember when Geetika, and Ruchi used to tell me to write like you, I had collected a lot many of your articles, but I never bothered to read them… lethargy :P… I confess, I may not ever think like you to create such write-ups… I am content in me (or, have to be content)…

    Yes, you can polish your writings even more (as everyone has scope of improvement, and that should not be over any day)…

    Best of Luck... Keep writing... God bless..

    Note: I am married, have most loving hubby, and so, have no intention to woo you ;)

  2. Hahahaha. WoW! This is awesome..I am so thankful, grateful and humbled :D...I can make out that you are one of my DI colleagues, and that you are married, and have a loving husband, and you are not hitting on me! :P ...But please, let me know your identity!

    Thank you so much. Your words mean a lot. Would try and improve with time. Thank u for following the blog so keenly! :D

    Yay! I feel so happy! :)

  3. Great choices! Waiting for some more!

  4. Thanks Rohit :) Glad that u liked it!

  5. Bhai! More than the list, that first comment from your friend caught my fancy. Awesome! It said everything and summed up all the possible thins. You are inspiring many others and have set an example in front of others. You rock! :)

  6. Thanks :) I would like to know your opinion on the list though :P

  7. good list. I am awaiting your list of Top 10 movies as well.....:)