Posted by: kcgadiyar | December 26, 2011

Year End 2011: Best Hindi Songs and Albums

2012 is almost here – our last year in existence (if the people who interpreted the Mayan ruins are to be believed). With 2011 winding down, now is the time to look back at the year.

This was a terrible year for movies in Bollywood, putting together a top 10 movies of the year list is a really tough job since the quality of movies this year ranged from bad to worse. But in between all this, the soundtracks have never been better, the top 10 list had to be whittled down from a long-list and i am sure i still missed a few movie soundtracks.

This list is of the top 10 soundtracks of the year with a representative song. Again, my opinion, please feel free to agree or disagree.

Honorable Mentions: 7 khoon maaf: Darling and Bekaran were good but the overall soundtrack didn’t come together well IMHO.

Singham: The Singham soundtrack had the title track and “Saathiya” which make this a worthwhile listen

Murder 2: Good overall soundtrack, almost made the top 10.

Mujhse Fraandship Karoge: Raghu Dixit gives us a really good soundtrack in this movie, just misses the main list though

10. Mausam:

This movie was an overlong mess, but everyone who watched it can admit that for the first 40 odd minutes the movie just breezed along. The music was a huge part of why the movie was as tolerable as it was. The music by Pritam was servicable if not good, and the song “Rabba” was one of the few which was played on loop by me.

9. Dil Toh Bachha Hai Jee:

This movie had the best “easy-listening” soundtrack of the year. While “Abhi kucch dinon se” was the clear standout, my personal favorite was “Jadugari”

8. Shaitan:

An Anurag Kashyap movie is guaranteed to have experimental music, and Shaitan had 4 music directors in Prashant Pillai, Amar Mohile, Ranjit Barot and Anupam Roy. The songs were good and the Shaitan theme was one of my favorite songs this year.

7. Bodyguard:

Himesh Reshammiya finally giving music for a non-Himesh Reshammiya movie. The music of the movie was good, but for some reason it did not have repeat listen value for me at least.

6. Ra.One:

The Ra.One soundtrack came with huge expectations, and Vishal-Shekhar delivered to a large extent. “Chammak Challo” is a good song, but nothing we will remember in a years time. My favorite song was “Raftaarein” which played during the best scene of the movie.

5. Shor in the City:

A soundtrack which came out of nowhere in a movie which came out of nowhere. This movie had one of the better soundtracks of the year, and of course the standout song was “Saibo”

4. The Dirty Picture:

This movie had 3 songs, and 2 of them were really good. “Ooh La La” was effectively the theme of the movie, but my personal favorite was “Ishq Sufiyana” (also, i don’t think anyone actually remembers the third song once they came out of the theatre)

3. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara:

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy didn’t have a particularly good year, but this soundtrack was a standout this year. Ik Junoon was good, Khwabon ke Parindey and Senorita were really well done, and then there is my personal favorite “Dil Dhadakne Do”

2. Tanu Weds Manu:

This was a great soundtrack by Krsna. The “Yun Hi” song is probably among the best songs this year and should get Mohit Chauhan an award this year.

And the number one is…. (drumroll)

1. Rockstar:

Yup, A.R.Rahman is winning every single music award this year. This was an amazing soundtrack, so many good songs and amazing lyrics by Irshad Kamil in each one of them (although, he wasn’t credited on the soundtrack due to a clerical error apparently). This is a very deserving winner for the best soundtrack of the year. And the best song, well who am i to disagree with the mass opinion, Sadda Haq!!!

Next post, we look back at the best performances of the year.

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