I realised that when you have a lot of holidays on your hand and are practically at home since a long time, as it turns out, you start running low on topics to write about hence I decided to make a list of my most favourite songs, Hindi and English. What was the criteria of the songs that make the cut?
- The lyrics should have a deep and a soulful meaning,
- The music should be peppy, ethnic Rajasthani, ethnic Punjabi,
- I also do like songs that are Sufi.
Hence, you can understand that you won’t find a Honey Singh song in this list. I never really understood the point of his songs. Seeing his fan following, in the light of his lyrics, I don’t really where are we as a society going with it. I actually felt good, when there was a ban on his making music, well whatever he makes, it is just obnoxious for me. Probably the only song, of his, that I liked was Lungi Dance, because it was a peppy number and well it was a Shahrukh Khan song. The lyrics never have a real meaning, just some gibberish that rhymes. Or the songs of Aashiqui 2, god, all the songs of that movie felt like a cat crying out loud, a cat in excruciating pain. So well here I go:
1. MAERI, By Euphoria: A band whose fan following is fast fading, but this one song that stands out in their entire career till date. It is a song that depicts the pain of a broken heart, very poetically indeed, to his mother. He longs for her, the way she took the veil on her head, the way she cried every time he was late, the way she danced and then basically everything about her. Many songs become my temporary favourites but this song is the one song that has never changed in favourites and probably never will.
2. WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, Originally by ABBA, Part of soundtrack of MAMMA MIA: I never got a chance to hear the original version, but the one is Mamma Mia, is a great rendition. Sung by Pierce Brosnan and Meryl Streep. The song deals with the finality of life. When you have completed you responsibilities in life or as they say it in the song ‘When the dark clouds hide the sun’, you want to do nothing but ‘stand at the crossroads’ of life as see it as a surreal film.
3.I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU, By The Rembrandts: Every person who has ever seen the show FRIENDS, cannot possibly go without falling in love with the song itself. The song is itself the definition of friendship and how it helps you to overcome a phase in your life when your friend is your only family. You can be through any ups or downs with true friends and how your friend understands you more than anyone, probably better than you yourself. With a friend yo can be yourself and know that they would never take offence, that well is the beauty of it.
4. TERI DEEWANI, By Kailasa: The band with Kailash Kher as the lead singer. Teri Deewani, is a song class apart. The songs, is written in the Sufi tradition, where the lover put her love at the position of god and compares loving him to praying to god itself. How she is engulfed by his charm and how she is almost crazy with happiness about being in love with him. She wants to expend her entire life for his happiness and how love knows no boundaries and cannot be confined.
5.SAIYANN, By Kailasa: Again written in and sung in Sufi tradition, It expresses how a lady feels about the person she loves. How she belongs to him and he to her. How she values their relationship more than anything on this earth. How she feels that her life is complete by just his presence in it.
6. SAJNA, By Euphoria: A man longs for the lady he loves, who is not by his bedside for some reason. He pines for her, tries to find her and when he fails, he remembers the feeling of being close to her, her touch, her eyes, her voice, every bit of her. His body and mind ache to meet her.
7. CHAUDHARY, By Mame Khan, Coke Studio: It is a song in pure Rajasthani language, hence one might have to make an effort to understand it. The village head falls in love with a young girl an he tries to woo her is what is depicted in the song. He tries to please her with treats like bangles but the only thing he wants her to do is show her face. He then invites her to eat food with him enlisting really tasty foods that he had gotten prepared for her. A rather unconventional love story.
8. TU MANE YA NA MANE, By The Wadali Bothers: Two Rajasthani bothers whose mother tongue is Punjabi. The song is about a man telling his love that you agree or not, I am in love with you and treat you as god. Your love is what I need for my life and Your doorstep is my Medina.
9. MAST MAGAN, By Arijit Singh, Part of soundtrack of 2 States, the movie:This is the only popular Hindi bollywood song that made the cut.
10. LOVE STORY, By Taylor Swift: Well I don’t have to tell you about it do I.
I am not really a romantic at heart but now that I see the list most are love songs, weird :P. But the other songs I also like are Lavni Vaja Ke Baari, a Marathi song, Joban Chalke, Kaise Main Kahoon, by Kaillasa, Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me, By Hunter Hayes, Happy, By Pharrel, I Can’t Keep It Inside,By Benedict Cumberbatch, Mera Murshid, Part of soundtrack of D-Day, Nahi Jeena Tere Vajjo, By Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.