favorite song of 2012

2012 was the first full year where I watched films knowing Hindi. I no longer needed subtitles, although I really struggled with Hindi still. The first time I watched Ishaqzaade, I really didn’t understand it very well. I rewatched it a few months later, and really liked it.

The most important part of Ishaqzaade is the soundtrack.

This was the first film where I had solidified who two of my favorites of the decade were — Amit Trivedi as the best composer of the 2010s and Vishal Dadlani as my favorite male singer of the 2010s.

I’d been familiar with other Amit soundtracks before, but you only notice who a composer is when they make a song that really gets to you. For the first time in my life, if I listened to a song enough, I understood the lyrics of a song. This led to a few of my absolute favorite songs of all time coming out this year.

Understanding the exchange in the song really set a new precedent in my life. I always loved duets, but oh man, I love back & forths in songs.

It’s worth noting that Habib Faisal, the director of Ishaqzaade, penned the brilliant lyrics. He’s also, most important to me, the writer of Band Baaja Baarat which I think has the most brilliant dialogue/screenplay of any movie from this decade.

Mere munna, baat sun na (My boy, listen to this)
Ye jawaani nahi koi khilona (This youth is not some toy)

Pehle jao, seekh ke aao (First go and learn)
Pyaase naino ki pyaas ko bhujaana (To quench the thirst of thirsty eyes)

Chokra Jawaan (Female part, as sung by Sunidhi Chauhan)

Oh Chand baby, jo chance degi (Oh Chand baby, if you give me a chance)
Pyaas kya hai, main bhookh bhi mita doon (What’s thirst? I’ll even conquer hunger)

Oh hum hai seekhe, aur sikhaye (I’ve learned, and taught)
Nain kya hai, poori tann main bhiga doon (What’s eyes? I’ll drench your whole body)

Chokra Jawaan (Male part, as sung by Vishal Dadlani)

This is my favorite part of the song and I think my relationship to music has changed drastically since I learned Hindi.

I’d also like to take a moment to note a song that isn’t my favorite song of 2012 but is one of the most beautiful songs of all time. It’s hard to put beautiful songs as one’s favorite though. It’s not necessarily the most loopable song.

Raabta is an interesting song because there’s 3 different versions that are all very different. I remember that I downloaded all 3 versions to my iPod Nano and spent hours trying to figure out which version I liked best.

I finally decided that I absolutely adore the Kehte Hain Khuda Ne version best, which features a pre-Aashiqui 2 Arijit Singh and Shreya Ghoshal, two of the best romantic singers of all time.

favorite song of 2011

During these early years of the decade, TV was starting to lose its prevalence in our introduction to new songs, but we didn’t really have a lot of streaming services yet. I think I still worked off of downloading songs to my iPod Nano. Since that was so offline, my concept of new songs generally came from YouTube and the new movies I actually saw.

I was seeing Mere Brother Ki Dulhan in the theater — so excited & so happy. They don’t make romcoms like that anymore, folks. Simultaneously happy and modern and fantastical. The cast was a treat — Imran Khan was my favorite actor at the time, Ali Zafar might be the most charming man on the planet, I love Katrina Kaif, and Tara D’Souza blew me away.

So when these 4 unveiled themselves in the big screen in this fantastic song, I was hooked. The entire way home, I kept my earbuds in and looped this song. It still gives me those fuzzy feelings. I remember being so in love with this song.

favorite song of 2010

I don’t remember 2010. I’m looking at the list of movies that came out that year and this was right before I learned Hindi, so I wasn’t too interested.

I know that in hindsight, Ainvayi Ainvayi is my favorite song of 2010. I definitely only watched Band Baaja Baarat in 2011, though.

There’s a lot of close calls.

I love Sheila Ki Jawaani, obviously.

I have a very soft spot in my heart for Akela Dil from Dulha Mil Gaya, but I didn’t love that song unreasonably.

The closest thing I can think of is the I Hate Luv Storys soundtrack. If I have to remember from …10 years ago, I definitely liked songs I could sing along to, which often means songs that featured a lot of English in them.

So, I think my favorite song in 2010 was the I Hate Luv Storys title song. I guess.

favorite song of 2019

Every year, there’s one song I become unreasonable obsessed with. It’s somehow so perfect that its imperfections are perfect.

That song was Jatt Ludhiyane Da in 2019. I love the composition, I love Vishal Dadlani’s voice, Payal Dev is great, and then there’s the rap.

The rap is one of the most stupid things I have ever heard in my life, and it just becomes something to laugh along to while the rest of the song makes me feel exactly the way the song is intended to portray the characters as feeling.

I’m going to try and remember my unreasonable favorite song for the past decade. Let’s see.

haan mein galat

I can’t get over how endlessly loopable this song is. I have spent entire days at work just looping this one song and it is the perfect infinite party mood that never seems to get annoying.

Always ready to sing along.

Aa stage laga hai

Badi jagah hai

Do it with a twist

malang (soundtrack)

Malang has started off so strong with another super solid Mohit Suri soundtrack. Forget the movie, Mohit Suri is such a sexist hack. But I can’t deny that he pumps out amazing soundtracks for his movies.

The songs and the music videos are aspirational — still not as good as Aashiqui 2 — but they have definitely made me want to get into an intense & passionate romance just in order to come home and feel like one of the songs.

Here’s the order of how this Malang relationship would go:

Humraah is the glorious meeting. You know you’re falling for them so hard within 24 hours of meeting. It’s intense, it’s amazing, it’s wonderful. You know this person is special.

Char Ghar Chalein is right at the tail end of the honeymoon phase. Everything is perfect. You fit together so well. You’ve never felt so confident in anything in your life.

Malang is when things start to go bad. You’re passionate, but that intensity comes with some darkness. Other people describe you two as toxic. It doesn’t matter to you because the highest highs are worth more than the lowest lows. They’re your entire world — the good and the bad.

Hui Malang is when something snaps back to normality for you. Maybe you get some distance, you meet a childhood friend who objectively assesses your relationship and says, “Girl, you need to get out.” You have your wake up call.

Phir Na Milen Kabhi is your post-breakup goto. You still love them. How could you not? They were your everything, and you feel empty without them. Just listen to Arijit’s soulfulness and remember you’re never going to meet again.

I wonder what soundtracks are going to top this in 2020. As long as Tanishk Bagchi keeps making remakes, I doubt I’ll see any competitors anytime soon.