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शीर्ष गीत | Top Songs

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रफ़ू  (तुम्हारी सुलु)

rafuu (Tumhari Sulu)

Tags: acoustic, bubbly, catchy, contemplative, folksy, inspirational, melodious, odelike, reflective, romantic, semi-classical, soothing

शांतनु घटक
Santanu Ghatak

शांतनु घटक
Santanu Ghatak

रोंकिनी गुप्ता
Ronkini Gupta

Fine example of ‘Beauty lies in simplicity’. -Anup

The simplicity of "rafu" is it's biggest strength. The lack of pretension in the lyrics, the composition, and the orchestration had my ears sighing in relief. -Shalini Razdan

Ronkini Gupta's classy voice shines through in this lovely song minimially arranged with just an acoustic guitar. -Param

Very nice light touch without sounding weightless...conspicuously classically based tune (glimpses of Gaud Malhar, Chhayanat. etc.) without being overbearing. -Sanjeev

Song of the year for me. -Nishant

Uncommon lyrics, lovely melody, good singing and this is why keeping it simple works. This can be performed on a large stage as well as sung in a private setting. Perfect. -Arun Simha

Not too many harkats and murkis keep the song light and easy. Gaud Malhar is beautiful. Using only the guitar and not any other instrument, biig win!. -Meera

One of the year's most remarkable debuts was that of Santanu Ghatak, with the one song in Tumhari Sulu that he wrote and composed, doing well on both counts. And yet the song's top performer is Ronkini Gupta who simply owns the classically nuanced rendition. -Vipin

Beautiful use of words. And the music and singing make sure your attention is not diverted from the lyrics. -Harshit

अजीब ज़माना आ गया है! अब तक तो कपड़ा या कोई उसका हिस्सा रफ़ू होता था. ग़ालिब कह गए हैं ”हमारी जेब को अब हाजत-ए-रफ़ू क्या है” लेकिन अब तो ख़ुद डोरी रफ़ू होने लगी (कुछ तूने सी हैं मैंने की हैं रफ़ू ये डोरियाँ)? इसके बावजूद गाने के बोल अच्छे हैं ... pleasant surprise to hear Ronkini after her SRGMP appearance (where I personally liked her quite a bit). -UVR

One of my favorite songs for the year with charming, well trained voice of Ronkini Gupta, and lovely lyrics and music by Shantanu Ghatak. -Vaishali

Cute and Poignant at the same time! -Arun Verma

Santanu Ghatak produces Tumhari Sulu’s best, the delightfully mellow Rafu, featuring beautifully involved vocals by Ronkini Gupta. -Karthik

बर्फ़ानी  (बाबूमोशाय बंदूकबाज़)

barfaanii (Babumoshai Bandookbaaz)

Tags: bass-ful, dreamy, fusion, haunting, intimate, longing, melancholic, romantic, semi-classical, sensual, sentimental, senuous, simile, soft rock

गौरव डगाँवकर
Gaurav Dagaonkar

ग़ालिब असद भोपाली
Ghalib Asad Bhopali

अरुणिमा भट्टाचार्य
Orunima Bhattacharya

Beautiful melody and Orunima's voice is a revealation. Emotional yet controlled, she single-handedly takes this song several notches up!. -Megha

For an obvious and unabashed reimagining of the motif of Vishal Bhardwaj’s “o saathi re“ (Omkara), I thought this was a rather well put-together effort. The song is remimiscent of Gulzar-type imagery lyrically, and of VB-type constructs music composition-wise. Singing, I actually liked the Armaan Malik male tandem version a lot more. But overall a very nice song and one that I’d unhesitatingly listen to again and again. -UVR

This song joins the list of lovely songs Gaurav Dagaonkar comes up with every now and then. For some reason, he continues to have a limited repertoire and stays under the radar. -Param

Todi (Gurjari, I think) stamp all over. -Nishant

Reminds me of "O saathi re" from Omkara. Has the same leisurely feel to it. Would have been better with less synthesized music. Liked the vocals. -Shalini Razdan

A mix between Jog and Gurjari Todi, can't quite put my finger on it, but the antara is the real magic. Unpredictable notes. Effortless singing by a non-playback-ish voice. Love. -Meera

Voice has weight but is still quite pleasant and fluid - Jog base gives song a wistful quality. -Sanjeev

Composer Gaurav Dagaonkar delivers his career-best work in this raag jog based piece, and Orunima Bhattacharya does an incredible rendition of Ghalib Asad Bhopali's fine verse. -Vipin

कमाल के बोल। शीतलहर, बर्फानी रातें, ओरूणिमा की आवाज़ में गाने की ज़रूरत के मुताबिक नशीलापन है। बहुत नियंत्रित स्‍वर। इस बरस के बेहतर गानों में एक।. -Yunus

I really wanted to like it, but the lyrics could have been less predictable. -Arun Simha

In Barfani, Gaurav uses Jog raaga beautifully to create a deeply involving melody that’s a throwback to an earlier time. -Karthik

A true gem!. -Shalini Ramachandran

Beautiful lyrics by Ghalib Asad Bhopali and Orunima’s powerful voice are highlights. Music is unobtrusive with some nice use of guitars. -Vaishali

यादों में  (जब हैरी मॆट सेजल)

yaado.n me.n (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

Tags: acoustic, amnesic, ballad, contemporary, fado, flashback, guitar, longing, love, multilingual, nostalgic, portugese, sad, soulful, tragic, wailing


इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

मोहम्मद इरफ़ान, जोनिता गाँधी, कूका रोज़ेटा
Mohammed Irfan, Jonita Gandhi, Cuca Roseta

Superlative singing, especially by Jonita Gandhi, but Mohammed Irfan sounds very different from his SaReGaMa voice and immediately following it. Jonita is superb! The chord progressions through which the tune weaves are lovely, and perfectly fit the forlornness which is central to the mood of the song. -UVR

Heartbreak and longing never sounded this deathly beautiful. Top-notch singing. -Anup

That tinge of Latino in Yaadon mein, and Mohammed Irfan and Portuguese singer Cuca Roseta’s searing vocals help the otherwise maudlin song. -Karthik

गायकी ही ठीक है बस।. -Yunus

Jonita Gandhi's voice mesmerizes as she languidly caresses each note. And Mohammad Irfan (whose voice I first noticed in Baarish from Yaariyan some years ago), sings his heart out in this. The combination is simply beautiful!. -Megha

The sound of a Goan Fado being sung at an Italian restaurant after a breakup. Mario Miranda has probably caricatured it many decades ago. -Arun Simha

Can't believe eight songs from this movie made the list! To call them pedestrian would be overating them. -Shalini Razdan

A searing heartbreak of a song! Composers can innovate at times without the innovation contributing much to the quality of the song. Not so in this case. Pritam's use of the Portugese musical genre Fado is apt - the sense of angst and longing in the song is palpable. Jonita Gandhi and Mohammed Irfan sing their hearts out and Cuca Roseta makes a good impression with her solitary Portugese line. -Param

Restrained but powerful voices of Jonita Gandhi and Mohammed Irfan. Piano, violins and Flamenco guitar are great in the background. -Vaishali

Beautiful. This is new and fresh, keeps you all ears till the end. Sounds like a melancholic fado from Portugal. -Meera

Didn't like the song much earlier, but it grew on me while marking. Loving the music and singing. -Harshit

Background song, feels borrowed from several places. Muffled sound makes it tricky to catch words, in the beginning hard to make out that it was a Hindi song (maybe it isn't)...those high notes by male vocals are impressive. -Sanjeev

Too slow. -Zafar

कान्हा  (शुभ मंगल सावधान)

kaanhaa (Shubh Mangal Saavdhan)

Tags: catchy, dance, earworm, fun, fusion, playful, romantic, semi-classical, teasing, traditional



शाशा तिरुपति
Shashaa Tirupati

The Bhimpalasi-raaga based melody gets a stunningly beautiful rendition through Shashaa Tirupati! The composers pair it with Manas’ violin and Pradeep Barot’s sarod, all the while keeping the sound delightfully pleasant! -Karthik

Fun yet melodious. -Anup

The track makes good use of classical instruments without making it overly classical. Lovely bassline. -Omkar

Again, points dinged for extending the 'aaa' in Kanha unnecessarily and thus losing the grammatical correctness. Other than that, it was an interesting song. -Arun Simha

"...maane na...." is a decent "hook" - vocals got my attention. -Sanjeev

The music and lyrics sound very well-synchronized, getting the mood of the song right. -Harshit

The beginning with santoor and overall a refreshing orchestration makes this song very enjoyable. -Vaishali

In a year when Tanishk Bagchi delivered a lot of remixes, the man also had some remarkable originals with Vayu, and Kanha was the best among them. -Vipin

The tune is superb but I had a hard time reconciling the melody with the flippant use of words like "trick" and "quick". I love Shasha but her voice in the antara sounded uncomfortably thin to me. -Param

Interesting thumri style compostition and lyrics. The singing could have been slighlty more powerful. -Meera

Nostalgic. -Zafar

Arrangement ARR-ish but pleasant listening with some peppering of sarod (i think) notes. -Nishant

सुन भँवरा  (ओके जानू)

sun bha.Nwaraa (OK Jaanu)

Tags: acoustic, classical, cleansing, icm based, minimalist, semi-classical, tabla, thumri

ए आर रहमान
A R Rahman


शाशा तिरुपति
Shashaa Tirupati

This song is a showcase for Shasha Tirupati's incredible talent. Rahman's tune is solid but he chooses to keep the arrangement minimal (keys, some superb kora played by Keba and tabla) and gives the floor to Shasha. -Param

The true genius of Rahman lies in how he manages to create such beautiful music with a seemingly minimalist track, but when you gaze deeper you find all these layers of complexity. -Omkar

Bhimsen Joshi used to state that the grammar of the lyrics should not be made secondary to the tune. I found the U in 'sun' to be elongated, making the word sound like 'soon soon bhavara' instead of 'sun' which might confound a lot of people, not just purists. Therefore, I dinged points for bad composition as well as for the singer for going along witn it. -Arun Simha

Incredible composition by Rahman. Gulzar saab lyrics shine too:
choome ka.Nval aur sau sau qasame.n, sau sau qasame.n khaaye. -Arun Verma

शानदार गाना। बोल कमाल। गायकी और संगीत कमाल. -Yunus

Similar reaction to previous song - pretty pieces, but hard to say they come together well...song meanders. -Sanjeev

If only it was a bha.Nwaraa. It remains a bhawaraa throughout, except last couple of instances. :(. -Harshit

Shashaa Tirupathi is currently the finest young female singer, and this song is a testament. -Anup

When was the last time you got to hear the tanpura in a film song? -Nishant

The soundtrack’s best is Malargal kaettaen-equivalent, Sunn bhavara! Set to raag Bihag, Shashaa Tirupati aces the lush semi-classical melody, beautifully supported by the tabla. -Karthik

I loved the tune and the singing immensely! One of ARR’s best in these recent times! -UVR

Shashaa Tirupati had a fine 2017 across multiple industries, and Sun Bhanwra was one of her best renditions of the year - especially since the song had bare minimum arrangement and largely relied on her singing prowess. -Vipin

खोल दे बाँहें  (मेरी प्यारी बिंदु)

khol de baa.Nhe.n (Meri Pyaari Bindu)

Tags: acoustic, bengali, breathy, encouraging, feel good, free-spirited, guitar, mellow, multilingual, playful, pop, romantic, soulful, staccato


कौसर मुनीर, राणा मजुमदार
Kausar Munir, Rana Mazumder

मोनाली ठाकुर
Monali Thakur

Loved Monali Thakur’s voice and Bengali inserts. -Vaishali

Hypnotic whisper - nice voice control, and I love the part where she dips down to grab the low Sa!. -Sanjeev

Nice song. Sachin - Jigar use a simple, acoustic arrangement to complement Monali Thakur's whispery rendition. -Param

The unplugged-style piece rides on a gorgeous melody that Monali Thakur delivers very well, and adding to the song's charm is her occasional Bengali singing. -Vipin

Monali Thakur breezes through the whispery Khol de baahein that has a really neat and seamless Bengali-Hindi mix. -Karthik

Makes you want to break into a jig and open your arms wide, just what the title sets out to do. This is a song where everything - the music, the singing, the lyrics - works together to give you a song that is greater than the sum of its part. Undoubtedly one of my favourites this year :). -Omkar

Again, the minimalistic treatment is what makes it great. Especially the soft singing. Lovely. I was going to rate it lower due to recency bias. How could I rate two consecutive songs highly? But I had to overcome this bias because it is good on its own terms. -Arun Simha

Mumbling like singing. -Meera

सफ़र  (जब हैरी मॆट सेजल)

safar (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

Tags: aimless, bluesy, breezy, funky, philosophical, pointless, pop, reflective, relaxed, road song, sardonic, soft ballad, soft rock, travel/philosophical, सफ़र का गीत


इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

The refrain is catchy, no two ways about it — सफ़र का ही था मैं, सफ़र का रहा. (The motif of Life being an endless journey is a personal favorite, so I’m likely biased in favor of this song.). -UVR

Beautifully set words, well-arranged easy-paced music, and quite good singing, making an oft-repeatable song. -Harshit

Safar has a highly engaging Clapton’esque guitar base that accentuates Arijit’s singing significantly as he sings about Imtiaz’s favorite subject – journey!. -Karthik

It's different from the rest but not the best. I like the bass. -Meera

Some of the best songs from Imtiaz Ali movies have been travel-themed. In Jab Harry Met Sejal too the same has been the case with Safar - to me the year's best song. Amazing lines, amazing singing and absolutely addictive music. -Vipin

Dr Kamil at it again -- talks about internal fears here:
wo bhaTakaa saa rahii mere gaa.Nv kaa hii
wo rastaa puraanaa jise yaad aanaa
zaroorii thaa lekin jo royaa mere bin
wo ik meraa ghar thaa
puraanaa saa Dar thaa. -Arun Verma

Insipid singing takes the song down. -Zafar

Fun listen, Arijit showing some controlled rawness - nothing particularly Indian about it. -Sanjeev

Loved the opening guitar strumming and the percussion joining in.The opening line had me hooked. I really liked this 'conversational' song. Great writing. -Arun Simha

Best song from the movie!. -Shalini Ramachandran

बेहतरीन गीत। जब से मैं गांव से शहर हुआ, इतना कड़वा हुआ कि जहर हुआ….. गानों की कुछ पंक्तियां मुहावरा बन जाती हैं। इस गाने ने वो मुकाम पाया है। -Yunus

The guitar and the lyrics come together gorgeously to guide us along on the song's metaphorical journey. But above all, Arijit absolutely owns this song! His voice was made for numbers like this. -Megha

Irshad Saab’s literature again. A journey song but full of self-contemplation, introspection and yet tells more than that. Sample: “Jab se gaaon se shehar hua, itna kadwa ho gaya ki zehar hua”. A line not only about self-deprecation but also gentrification of a town (No wonder, in the music video, they tried to comment about the Kashmir politics). A relevant song runs long. This will be hailed as a masterpiece down the decades. And Pritam has given Arijit yet another concert song, though it took me time to warm up to his singing in this one. -Anup

घर  (जब हैरी मॆट सेजल)

ghar (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

Tags: catchy, contemporary, crisp, dreamy, duet, easy listening, longing, longing/missing, love, regretful, remembering, road song, romantic, smooth, soft ballad, soothing


इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

निकिता गाँधी, मोहित चौहान
Nikhita Gandhi, Mohit Chauhan

More shadowy background music...pleasant enough. How much auto-tuning. And what's with the bored, careless singing at the very end (last repetition of mukhda). -Sanjeev

Ghar is an ethereally beautiful song. Pritam is a master at song production and this is amongst his best. Not an element is out of place. Nikita Gandhi's delicate singing is perfect for the song and Mohit Chauhan complements her very well. The arrangement is dense and yet subtle. It helps that the tune on which he builds the song is gorgeous. -Param

Good singing and non run of the mill lyrics. The mukhda is quite interesting. -Arun Simha

Song of the year # 1 for me. Great in all departments. Irshad Kamil the modern folk poet comes up with a beauty... o hamase jaane kyuu.N bewajah / jalate hai.n faasale / milanaa tere gale, par mil rahe ye gale. -Arun Verma

Empty, just like the lyrics warn. -Shalini Razdan

Liked Nikhita Gandhi’s mellifluous singing. -Vaishali

Could have been sung better. extra point for mohit's crispy touch. -Nishant

Nikita Gandhi's voice is a perfect fit for this beautifully ambient piece from Pritam that sees some equally fab lyrics from Irshad Kamil, and Mohit Chauhan plays the supporting role well. -Vipin

Drags on and on. -Zafar

Ghar seems like a fantastic tribute to Pancham, with Nikhita Gandhi breathing life into a melody that starts off like an antara, much like Pancham’s imagination! Mohit joins in later and makes it all the more Pancham-like!. -Karthik

I like Nikita's voice texture but something very synthetic about the song arrangements here. -Meera

Irshad Saab had once said lyric writing is literature. This song is a fine example. It is not only about place in each other’s heart, but also place of your heart in the world, in the cities that you travel. Hence, the wanderlust feel to it. And it is written, and even composed, like a ghazal, just not treated like one. Pritam does interesting things with the structure: opening with the landing line, then goes into mukhda. Mohit enters like a breath of fresh air here, only to end the song. A modern classic. -Anup

Moody number that works mainly because of Nikhita Gandhi's vocals while Mohit Chauhan nicely supports her. -Megha

अच्‍छे बोल। अच्‍छी गायकी। जलते हैं फासले। इस दौर का एक अच्‍छा गाना। -Yunus

ये इश्क़ है  (रंगून)

ye ishq hai (Rangoon)

Tags: contemplative, declatory, epic, haunting, longing, love, romantic, soulful

विशाल भारद्वाज
Vishal Bhardwaj


अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

Song of the year #2 . Exquisite. -Arun Verma

Where is it going? Similar reaction as to "Alvidaa"...Dry voice = raw emotion? -Sanjeev

Jog-ish. -Nishant

In contrast to ‘alvidaa’ I was considerably less impressed with Arijit’s singing here. Some unnecessary extra emoting showed up spoiling the effect of the great music and lyrics for me. “जागे तो तब्रेज़ी, बोले तो रूमी है”!!! Gulzar saahib, hats off to you! -UVR

Although it reminds me of Dil Se re, this song definitely bears a strong Vishal Bharadwaj style. -Vaishali

Paying tribute to Dil Se? -Arun Simha

Arijit’s Yeh ishq hai is almost like Vishal’s cover of Dil se re! Sedate start that eventually hits the high-pitched ‘Yeh ishq hai’ like ‘Dil se re’! -Karthik

This guy gets on my nerves. -Zafar

Yeh Arijit boring haaaaiiiiii. Shades of title song of "dil se" with Singh matching ARR's ghastly rendition. -Shalini Razdan

This and alvida are the kind of songs I would like to see Arijit sing more. The man can do so much when he is not saddled with stereotypes. -Megha

Even just saying the word 'ishq' correctly sounds so lovely. And I'll give those points for it to VB. -Meera

Everything that you would expect from VB-Gulzar!. -Anup

It's resemblance with Dil Se apart, this is a fine song. -Param

Beautiful lyrics, composition and arrangement. Arijit sings it perfectly. -Harshit

The mild Dil Se hangover aside, the haunting romantic piece once again sees Arijit Singh at his soulful best. -Vipin

झुमरीतलैया  (जग्गा जासूस)

jhumariitalaiyaa (Jagga Jaasoos)

Tags: celebration, fun, happy, jazz, joyful, light, positive, quirky, rock, romantic, serendipitous, soft rock, whimsical


नीलेश मिश्रा
Neelesh Misra

अरिजित सिंह, मोहन कानन
Arijit Singh, Mohan Kanan

Off-beat lyrics are a nice touch. -Zafar

Hummable with repeat value. -Nishant

Why is this song on this list? -Megha

Song great at catching interest with its curious lyrics and foot tapping rhythm. -Vaishali

Some stellar singing by Arijit again! Fantastic arrangement including some superb harmonies. -Param

Pritam’s melody in Jhumritalaiyya has a meditative quality. But Neelesh Misra’s lyrics are as vibrantly whimsical as Ranbir’s hair-do… and that helps Arijit breathe life into it like only he can. -Karthik

I'm hitting a blindspot, everytime I hear Arijit :(. -Meera

Neelesh Misra's lines for the song are built around the those-destined-to-meet-shall-meet concept, one of the movie’s key plot devices. Arijit Singh does a neat job of rendering the piece. -Vipin

I can imagine humming along while listening to it during my return commute from work. Lovely singing. I like music directors and lyricists who are different without trying too hard. -Arun Simha

बेहतर गाना। अच्‍छा लिखा गया है। -Yunus

If I had never heard this song, it wouldn’t have made an iota of difference to my life. -UVR

माना कि हम यार नहीं  (मेरी प्यारी बिंदु)

maanaa ki ham yaar nahii.n (Meri Pyaari Bindu)

Tags: bittersweet, cathartic, ghazalish, longing, melancholic, nostalgic, romantic, sarangi, soft romantic, soothing


कौसर मुनीर
Kausar Munir

परिणीति चोपड़ा
Parineeti Chopra

Great melody and arrangement, but terrible singing. -Anup

Parineeti’s got a “girl next door” voice, nothing great, but competent. 3 for her singing, and 1 extra point for how genuine she sounds. I actually did love the song. -UVR

कौसर ने इस बरस जो कई अच्‍छे गीत लिखे हैं--ये उनमें से एक है। जज्‍बात खूब उभारे हैं उन्‍होंने। इस बरस के हासिल गानों में एक। -Yunus

Pleasantly surprised to hear Parineeti Chopra. She can make a career as a singer as well. -Vaishali

I like the slight huskiness of Parineeti's voice and the languid melody which allows for a recitation style of singing plays to her strenghts. -Shalini Razdan

It's great that both the music dirs. and singer have understood the singer's voice/ range/ limitations and created a song to suit all those. -Meera

Break up song of the year. -Nishant

Tune seems a bit of a throwback...bored singing early, but gets better. -Sanjeev

Workmanlike melody perhaps made for a specific cinematic context. -Arun Simha

Not only did Parineeti attempt singing, who would have thunk that she'd actually be decent at it!. -Megha

Nostalgic. -Zafar

Sachin - Jigar's may have made their name with party songs but their penchant for ghazals proves that they're not a one-trick pony. I knew Parineeti was a decent singer but I must say was pleasantly surprised by how well she sang this song. I am not sure if this was her regular register but her low pitched singing renders a certain "wazan" to the song. -Param

Good to hear a ghazal composition but leaves you largely underwhelmed. -Arun Verma

The lyrics are very evocative of a sense of longing, they almost make you feel like you are no longer close to someone you used to be. The singing is quite good, too. -Omkar

In Maana ke hum yaar nahin, Parineeti Chopra sounds earnest enough to carry the lovely ghazal’ish melody. But earnestness alone doesn’t seem enough, as is quite evident from multiple points in the song. That there is also a duet version of the same song featuring the inimitable Sonu Nigam (along with Parineeti) only accentuates the earlier, solo version’s shortcoming, in comparison. -Karthik

साजन आयो रे  (ओके जानू)

saajan aayo re (OK Jaanu)

Tags: classical, fusion, fusion of icm and pop, mishmash, rain, rain song, romantic, rushed, semi-classical

ए आर रहमान
A R Rahman


जोनिता गाँधी, नकश अज़ीज़
Jonita Gandhi, Nakash Aziz

Rahman builds a sweeping landscape of music which is the standout feature of this song for me. The singing falls a couple notches short of the mark. -Omkar

It is a good melody, but does a shade of Raga Darbari work for those sensual lyrics describing rain? Maybe it does. As with all ARR songs, it will take more than two or three hearings to get him right. -Arun Simha

One of the better Tamil to Hindi adaptations, but would still prefer the original. -Anup

Has the Rahman flourish! And Gulzar saab special:
zameen-o-aasamaan ne kyaa baat kii hai / giraake pardaa koii baat kii hai / jhukaa ke aa.Nkh se / din me.n raat kii hai. -Arun Verma

I'm not sure the fusion of Classical with Techno is entirely successful, but I appreciate the attempt at something a little off the beaten path. Wish the vocals were stronger. -Shalini Razdan

Darbari base - stock lyrics. Vocals well-executed individual pieces, sound , and instrumentation, are interesting, but end result is a bit amorphous...a collage. -Sanjeev

Saajan aayo re is a pleasant surprise, Jonita’s vocal dexterity and Darbari Kanada raag flowing infinitely better in Hindi. -Karthik

A song that grows on you with every listen. Of course Jonita Gandhi's voice only helps it along! -Megha

Soul of darbari but the flesh/blood are missing. -Nishant

As is typical of ARR songs, it needs multiple listens before you really get into it. -UVR

Sasha Turupati had knocked the ball out of the park with her rendition of the Tamil original, Naane Varugiraen. So as good as this song is, one can't help but compare it against the original and see it falling a tad short. -Param

Run of the mill. -Zafar

Brilliant singing by Jonita Gandhi as usual. -Vaishali

अच्‍छा गाना. -Yunus

अलविदा  (रंगून)

alavidaa (Rangoon)

Tags: ballad, haunting, heartbreak, melancholic, mournful, parting, romantic, sad, tragic

विशाल भारद्वाज
Vishal Bhardwaj


अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

Vishal's melody is good, Gulzar's lyrics are evocative and Arijit Singh's singing is breathtakingly good. Still - a song in which the total is somehow lesser than the sum of its parts. My guess - it's a difficult tune to sing along and that break in rhthm in the middle with the dholak/harmonium is offputting (probably makes sense in the film). -Param

In Alvida, Arijit is desolate, with a searing melody. -Karthik

rooh me.n bah rahaa hai tuu, ai kahii.n tuu Khudaa to nahii.n -- what else can we expect from Gulzar Saab! I first heard it as "ek hii Khudaa tu …" which inadvertenly made sense too! -Arun Verma

Arijit Singh is the star of this intense piece that in some ways is a follow up to Jhelum from Haider. -Vipin

Singing/music not bad, but trying to create some wistful feeling in the mukhda which I am instead finding grating/annoying. -Sanjeev

This song resembles 'naina thag lenge' from Omkara in mood and 'jhelum' from Haider in melody. Regardless, this is Arijit's show all the way. Power, nuance, emotion - the man hits all the right notes! This one tops the list for me!. -Megha

In that place where Vishal and Gulzar together take you sometimes. Loved the arrangements. -Harshit

Another made-for-Arijit’s voice song, the “contemplaintive” (contemplative, plaintive) male solo. He does full justice to it. Gulzar strikes gold at “रूह में बह रहा है तू — ऐ कहीं तू ख़ुदा तो नहीं”. Brilliance! -UVR

Another promising song ruined by Arjit's lazy, disintersted style of singing. -Shalini Razdan

Interesting song with a Sufi feeling and use of western instruments. -Vaishali

Cliched lyrics and tune. -Arun Simha

Arjit makes it so boring. -Zafar

हवाएँ  (जब हैरी मॆट सेजल)

hawaae.N (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

Tags: dreamy, easy listening, feel good, journey, lilting, musing, rock, romantic, travel, uplifting, wandering, wistful, सफर का गीत


इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

सफर गीत। नादान परिंदे से कम रह गया। गायकी अच्‍छी। -Yunus

Lovely orchestration. Props to Pritam for using Arijit’s voice in a different way. -Vaishali

A nice song with Arijit leading the way. He sings it with the abandon of a singer who knows he is the best in the business. -Param

Ho hum, but at least not actively annoying like the rest of the soundtrack. -Shalini Razdan

I miss some live-instruments but the tune and words are catchy. -Meera

The music, and even singing, is beautiful. I wish Arijit consistently sang it as le jaaye.N instead of le jaaye mostly, and similarly a few other words. -Harshit

Hawayein is vintage Pritam! Arijit rules over this song as Pritam concocts a gently lilting tune. -Karthik

Got a very "airy" rhythm to it. -Zafar

Perhaps the only Pritam’ish romantic song in the album. But lovely feel good song. Prefer the film version, for hang drums and slight pahadi feel. -Anup

Beautiful breezy tune - no pun intended. -Arun Verma

And again...more nursery rhyme tunes, OK for background songs I guess...Oo Oo~~~reminded me a bit of Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl". -Sanjeev

खोया खोया रास्ता  (शेफ़)

khoyaa khoyaa raastaa (Chef)

Tags: ballad, fusion, introspection, meandering, melody, musing, philosophical, relaxing, road song, sarangi, sentimental

रघु दीक्षित
Raghu Dixit

अंकुर तिवारी
Ankur Tewari

शाहिद माल्या
Shahid Mallya

We should really more from Shahid Mallya. He has a honey like voice with a folk touch!. -Arun Verma

An old-fashioned melody one can sing along with. The fusion of sarangi and a semi-classical singing style with a guitar/drum arrangement is done very well. This isn't Shahid Mallya's best but still very good. -Param

Sarangi and violins with drums, another nice voice in Shahid Mallya, orchestra makes the song grow on you. -Vaishali

I thought it was Shankar Mahadevan singing until I looked at the credits! I liked it. -UVR

Starts off seeming very predictable, then without warning opens up nicely in the verse (up top). Nice use of sarangi, and the way it "winds its way back" to the mukhda is nice. -Sanjeev

I like how the sarangi is being used more and more in HFM lately. -Megha

Nostalgic tune. -Zafar

Reminiscent of Raghu's 'Amber'. He might as well have sung it himself. Not sure how Shahid's voice adds to the song's character. -Meera

Despite everything going well in it – good singing, nice arrangement – can’t feel for it. -Anup

Did I miss-hear it or were the lyrics off-meter? -Arun Simha

शाहिद मलया को इस नरमी वाले गाने में सुनकर अच्‍छा लगा. -Yunus

Bhoopali feel here and there. Did not cause earpain on a second listen. -Nishant

Liked this perhaps because it's the shortest song on the list. :-0 To be fair, Shahid Mallya has a pleasant if ordinary voice. -Shalini Razdan

A song that mainly serves the purpose of making the statement that Shahid Mallya deserves to be heard more often in Hindi films. -Vipin

Khoya khoya has an affable pathos that sometimes gets bogged down by Shahid Mallya’s whiny vocals. -Karthik

Lovely arrangement, and a good fusion between the Indian sarangi and the western strings. -Omkar

मीर-ए-कारवाँ  (लखनऊ सेंट्रल)

miir-e-kaaravaa.N (Lucknow Central)

Tags: anthem, band song, folksy, fusion, journey, philosophical, rock, silent, spirtual, sufi ballad

रोचक कोहली
Rochak Kohli

अधीश वर्मा
Adheesh Verma

अमित मिश्रा, नीति मोहन
Amit Mishra, Neeti Mohan

ठीक ठाक गाना है। -Yunus

Pleasant...but what's the hook? -Sanjeev

Rochak Kohli’s Meer-e-kaarwan has a charming Indipop sound that Amit Mishra and Neeti Mohan handle really well. -Karthik

Great production, most neat sounding song of the lot. -Anup

Why keep it long if there is nothing new to offer. -Nishant

Good rhythm…average otherwise. -Arun Verma

Very catchy tune. -Zafar

The lyrics, so inspiring. Some songs come to you at the right time, this could be one of those for a lot of people. -Meera

Picks up pace and interest in the second part of the song. -Vaishali

जी वे सोणिया  (जब हैरी मॆट सेजल)

jee ve soNiyaa (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

Tags: folk, folk fusion, folksy, folky, fusion, longing, positive, punjabi, qawwali-ish, regretful, remembering, rock, romantic, sad, separation, soulful, sufi


इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

नूराँ सिस्टर्स
Nooran Sisters

मुखड़ा, उफ वाला है। गाने में जो विकलता है, वो बहुत दिनों बाद सुनायी दी है। इसलिए मुझे ये गाना बहुत अच्‍छा लगा। -Yunus

Tired, unimaginative by the numbers pseudo folk song sung without an ounce of genuine emotion. -Shalini Razdan

Nooran sisters continue to scale greater heights and render brilliantly a song that was sung so well by their grandmother Bibi Swarn Nooran. Pritam and Irshad Kamil do a great job of adapting a traditional Sufi kalaam by Khwaja Ghulam Fareed. -Param

Nooran Sisters touch a Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan high in the soulful sufi melody. -Karthik

Jyoti Nooran is female Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Just listen to how she opens this song, and you will agree with me. -Anup

Finally...some *singing* that "grabs you by the collar", and an *engaging* background song...sargam in the second antara is a little kiddish/unnecessary, but not too distracting...Not much to write about in the instrumentation, maybe deliberately "out of the way" and understated. -Sanjeev

Quite simple music becomes a treat with the touching lyrics and Nooran sisters' singing. -Harshit

Bhoopali and textured touches to a folk song. -Nishant

Nooran Sisters are always impressive. -Vaishali

The sisters strike again! I cannot wait to hear them sing more often in HFM. Beautifully written too. -Megha

साहिबा  (फिल्लौरी)

saahibaa (Phillauri)

Tags: ballad, contemplative, folk fusion, folkish, folksy, philosophical, punjabi, romantic, spiritual

शाश्वत सचदेव
Shashwat Sachdev

अन्विता दत्त
Anvita Dutt

रोमी, पावनी पांडेय
Romy, Pawni Pandey

Some nice, old-time touches in the music; particularly liked the clanking/clicking of the metal "chimta.". -Shalini Razdan

Male vocals like a mix of Sukhwinder/Kailash Kher? -Sanjeev

The best known artist involved in this song is lyricist Anvita Dutt. Phillauri is music director Sashwat Sachdev's debut and singers Romy and Pawni Pandey are relatively unknown. The refinement of the end product, however, is at a level one associates with accomplished artists. -Param

I'dve liked to see more songs from Phillauri on this list. Lovely melody. -Meera

Two songs in the list referencing the Mirza-Sahiban story! Interesting to see how Laila-Majnu, Shirin-Farhad, Sohni-Mahiwal have been displaced ;). -UVR

Debutant composer Shaswat Sachdev's music for Phillauri was marked by its simple folk flavour, and Sahiba was his best offering for the film. The song has on vocals another equally promising debutant named Romy, and the talented Pawni Pandey. -Vipin

Romy is a great find. There is an earthy quality to his smooth singing. -Vaishali

Unusual beat. -Zafar

The music combines the lighter and heavier parts very well. Singing was good, but some pronunciations faltered. -Harshit

The tune digresses a lot, which makes it sound a very unsure and under-confident composition. Neatly produced and arranged though. -Anup

An incredibly sweet melody, with Pawni Pandey joining Romy seamlessly. -Karthik

हारेया  (मेरी प्यारी बिंदु)

haareyaa (Meri Pyaari Bindu)

Tags: acoustic, peppy, pop, punjabi, rock, romantic, upbeat


प्रिया सरैया
Priya Saraiya

अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

Arijit Singh completely aces the captivating rock ballad in Haareya, though the song’s feel seems tailor-made for the film’s singer-actor Ayushmann Khurrana!. -Karthik

Nice quasi-yodelling effect...rest of the singing sounds a bit bored? -Sanjeev

The guitars were the standout feature of this song for me along with the vocals. Loved how the muted guitar was used to add an additional layer of complexity along with the understated rhythm guitar. -Omkar

Catchy hook but been-there-heard-that feel. -Anup

Lovely modern melody. I can imagine a rock band performing it at a college fest or someone singing it at a party. But that description goes for a lot of Arijit Singh's songs. The overall rating is greater than the sum of its parts. -Arun Simha

ek baar suneya phir aage badheya. -Nishant

Hummable but exposes, once again, Sachin-Jigar's dependence on hook lines. -Param

Singing is brilliant. -Arun Verma

मन बेक़ैद हुआ  (अनारकली ऑफ़ आरा)

man beqaid huaa (Anaarkali of Aarah)

Tags: 90's, acoustic, ballad, fusion, happy, melancholic, mellow, nostalgic, reflective, romantic, sarangi, silent, soft romantic, soulful, uplifting, wholesome, wishful

रोहित शर्मा
Rohit Sharma

प्रशांत इंगोल
Prashant Ingole

सोनू निगम
Sonu Nigam

Sweet melodic piece that rises above the heard-before feel thanks largely to Sonu Nigam's rendition. -Vipin

A sweet smooth song. -Vaishali

Likeable melody, nice singing. -Harshit

Lovely arrangement and ambience. -Anup

Nice, off-beat lyrics. -Zafar

This is the most mainstream song from Anaarkali of Aarah. In a soundtrack that's largely based on folk music, it underscores the versatility of Rohit Sharma who has to be the breakout composer of the year. -Param

प्रशांत ने इस गाने को अदभुत लिखा है। और सोनू जी ने इसे इतना डूबकर गाया है, गाने के अंतरों में उनकी आवाज़ की हरकतें। उफ। ये गाना एक स्‍त्री के संघर्ष और फिर कुछ ठान लेने के उसके फैसले की कहानी कहता है। और इन दिनों में अये बेहतर गानों में एक है।. -Yunus

Nice to hear Sonu Nigam. -Arun Verma

Vintage Sonu Nigam! Songs of this kind are his “home pitch”; the groundskeeper has prepared a batting pitch, and Sonu has scored a century. The lyrics are very imaginative; सद ज़ख़्मों का वैद is such an attractive metaphor: cure for a hundred ills! (Although I repeatedly thought ”if only ‘सद’ had been ‘सौ). -UVR

Man beqaid huva—the soundtrack’s most disparate—is a charming melody that Sonu Nigam effortlessly aces. -Karthik

Good to find somebody getting diction right. -Nishant

High on melody and Sonu's singing, but I couln't find anything fresh, neither in the singing nor in the music. -Meera

Now, Sonu Nigam is someone who *has* grown on me over time. He hits just the right bittersweet note on this gentle rumination on loss. -Shalini Razdan

Again, appreciate this one more for having seen the movie - Sonu sounds good dipping low for "Man Beqaid Hua". Iffy on some of the lyrics (mix of hard-core Urdu and hard-core Hindi) in spots. -Sanjeev

न जा  (जिया और जिया)

na jaa (Jia Aur Jia)

Tags: ballad, classical, dadra, easy on ears, fusion, longing, melodious, philosophy, pleading, semi-classical, soothing, thumri, traditional, tragic

निश्चल ज़वेरी
Nisschal Zaveri

रक़ीब आलम
Raqeeb Alam

नंदिनी श्रीकर
Nandini Srikar

Nandini Srikar's singing really shines through and the music acts as just the right scaffolding on which the vocals can build. The lyrics invoke just the right amount of melancholy without it being overpoweringly so. -Omkar

Nandini Srikar is one heck of a singer and despite sounding a little laboured in certain parts, her singing lifts up an otherwise unremarkable song. -Param

Nandini nails it. -Zafar

Simply beautiful singing. -Harshit

नंदिनी को हरजाईयां और जो भेजी थी दुआ में सुना था। उनकी आवाज़ अच्‍छी लगती है। अच्‍छा गाना। -Yunus

Simple words, but nice textured voice - good instrumentation including the cello;. -Sanjeev

Has an earthy feel to it. Recommended listen. -Nishant

Lovely singing, the rare beauty of the year for me. -Arun Verma

The melody isn't served well by the generic electronic sounding orchestration with random tabla bits thrown in -doesn't sound cohesive. -Shalini Razdan

खो दिया  (भूमि)

kho diyaa (Bhoomi)

Tags: melancholic, melodious, musing, orchestral, relaxing, romantic, sad, semi classical, semi-classical, silent, slow, soft ballad


प्रिया सरैया
Priya Saraiya

सचिन संघवी
Sachin Sanghvi

A nice Yaman-y touch. -Nishant

Reminded my wife and me of some other Yaman based tune from the '80s, but we could not place it. -Arun Simha

You can't go wrong with Yaman Kalyan :). -Meera

Conspicous Yaman/Yaman Kalyan base - antara singing a little punchless, "aaaaa" seems gratuitous. -Sanjeev

केवल सचिन की गायकी।. -Yunus

The first thing I noticed about this song is how many “hai”s (है) are in it, along with other similarly superfluous words. Totally killed the fun of listenjng to the really nice Yaman-based melody ☹️. -UVR

Orchestration is too busy and drowns out the nice ghazalish rendition. -Shalini Razdan

Sachin Sanghvi’s smooth captivating voice and violins were appealing. -Vaishali

Good lyrics wasted. -Zafar

Prayer like rendition, ghazal like formatted, ends like a sufi. Average singing. -Anup

Kho diya is absolutely lovely! Sachin’s rendition of the prayer-like, serene melody is outstanding, with beautifully understated music. -Karthik

Sweet but not much else. -Arun Verma

उल्लू का पट्ठा  (जग्गा जासूस)

ulluu kaa paTThaa (Jagga Jaasoos)

Tags: african, catchy, dance, earworm, energetic, exotic, flamenco, folksy, fun, funny, fusion, happy, humor, latin, latin-esque, romantic, upbeat


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

अरिजित सिंह, निकिता गाँधी
Arijit Singh, Nikhita Gandhi

Enjoyable, but music is too synthetic. -Meera

Words like 'Dil Ullu Ka Pattha Hai’ goes well with this comic-book like film. Pritam embellishes with exotic elements. Lovely singing by Nikhita Gandhi. -Anup

Wacky lyrics and a catchy tune with some added chutney of the spanish guitaring. Mast hai bhel puri. -Nishant

क्‍या कहूं। जो है सो है। -Yunus

There’s so much to like in Ullu ka pattha – Vivienne Pocha’s ‘Ulule’ hook—with a clever yodel effect, Daniel García Diego’s scintillating Flamenco guitar, and the way multiple streams converge when Nikitha Gandhi starts, ‘Be sar pair ki…”. -Karthik

Catchy number. -Shalini Razdan

For me the catchiest song from the movie among those presented here... -Sanjeev

Amitabh B suffers in comparison with likes of Gulzar saab and Irshad Kamil. But this one had a cute stanza:
jaise aataa hai chuTakii me.n jaataa hai / dil 100-100 kaa chhuTTaa hai. -Arun Verma

The song won a lot of fan following, but I fail to see what’s so great about it. Just the presence of envelop-pushing lyrics? -UVR

Listless copy of "dil to bachcha hai". -Zafar

Lovely orchestration. -Vaishali

Quite unique and innovative words and thoughts that go well with the mood of the song. -Harshit

A nice, happy song. I didn't care much for the "ulule" refrain but the overall arrangement is solid. -Param

My favourite song from the album, Ullu Ka Pattha charms with its dominant European flavour, lent by some beautiful guitars (Daniel Garcia Diego and Rolan Fernandes) in the backdrop. -Vipin

अफ़ीमी  (मेरी प्यारी बिंदु)

afiimii (Meri Pyaari Bindu)

Tags: dreamy, duet, light, mystic romance, peppy, playful, romantic, sensual


कौसर मुनीर
Kausar Munir

सना मोइदत्ती, जिगर सरैया
Sanah Moidutty, Jigar Saraiya

Breezy. -Meera

Afeemi is a wonderful listen, with a breezy tune and engaging interludes and excellent singing by Sanah Moidutty and Jigar. -Karthik

What is "afiimii" (or as she seems to say it, "hafiimii"? An extra-special word to describe our extra-special love? -Sanjeev

A fresh female voice lifts this song. -Megha

The mark of a good MD is deciding what not to do. Thankfully, he let the voices speak without embellising it too much with loud music. -Arun Simha

अफीमी जुमला बढिया है। गाना अच्‍छा बन पड़ा है। अंतरे भी बढिया लिखे ओर गाये हैं। -Yunus

Why the accent on afiimii i wonder. -Nishant

Sanah shines in this song. -Zafar

Beautifully sung by both singers, very well balanced without anyone overpowering the other. -Omkar

Nice tune, gentle orchestration and the vocals didn't annoy - this one grew on me. -Shalini Razdan

बदनाम जिया दे गारी  (अनारकली ऑफ़ आरा)

badanaam jiyaa de gaarii (Anaarkali of Aarah)

Tags: classical, cliché rekha bhardwaj song, despondent, melancholic, mujra, sad, sarangi, semi-classical, sitar, thumri

रोहित शर्मा
Rohit Sharma

रविंदर रंधावा
Ravinder Randhawa

रेखा भारद्वाज
Rekha Bhardwaj

रेखा भारद्वाज की गायकी ने इस गाने को बहुत ऊंचाई दी है। संगीत गीत के मिजा़ज के मुताबिक है। 'दो पाट किया / मोहे बाँट दिया / जे कैसी मिलन की गाँठ पिया' अदभुत है ये गीत।. -Yunus

Patdeep/Pilu base; Rekha B. singing with her typical "languorous" throw, but that said, the refrain ("Tu Ne Hi Mujhe...") is hauntingly pained and melancholy. Happened to see the movie, may not have appreciated this song as much out of context. Bit of an issue with "taal" structure of mukhda - it's clearly a 14-beat feel, why the "half-bar" at "Saajna..." (encountered this with "Jagaave Saari Raina" from "Dedh Ishqiya" some years back). -Sanjeev

Patdeep-ish. Interesting use of tempo changes. Tabla could have been recorded better. -Nishant

It started well, but not terribly impressed by the singing. Not enough emotion via gamaks etc. -Arun Simha

Competent singing, decent music and arrangements, but the lyric just elevated the song to another level for me. “तू है छूत की धूत बिमारी!” — वाह!. -UVR

Lovely voice of Rekha bhardwaj shines through. -Arun Verma

I've tried mightly over the years to appreciate Rekha Bhardwaj but I remain unimpressed. She exemplifies the main takeaway for me for this year -decent compositions brought down by poor singing. -Shalini Razdan

A wonderfully crafted thumri by Rohit Sharma that Rekha Bhardwaj delivers in style. -Vipin

Rohit creates a poignant, beautifully raaga based thumri, Badnaam jiya that Rekha Bhardwaj handles with quintessential grace. -Karthik

Great use of Sarangi, Sitar and Tabla. -Vaishali

Nothing novel. -Meera

Very good singing by Rekha Bhardwaj. -Zafar

Lovely song that rises above the Bollywood clutter of similar sounding songs. -Param

Do I hear shades of Patdeep? Beautiful sarangi too. Rekha Bharadwaj is beautiful as ever. Unfortunately, songs like this are never destined to be mainstream. Created for a niche audience, they remain exactly there. -Megha

टिप्पा  (रंगून)

Tippaa (Rangoon)

Tags: boisterous, celebratory, ensemble, folk, folksy, foot tapping, fun, jublilant, playful, sensual, wordplay

विशाल भारद्वाज
Vishal Bhardwaj


सुखविंदर सिंह, रेखा भारद्वाज, सुनिधि चौहान, ओ एस अरुण
Sukhwinder Singh, Rekha Bhardwaj, Sunidhi Chauhan, O S Arun

Rarely is a 'fun' song so repeatable. -Harshit

This "group" song doesn't quite reach the synergistic heights of earlier Gulzar-Vishal collaborations like "beedi" or "chappa chappa" but is good fun nevertheless. -Shalini Razdan

Sukhwinder was the wrong choice for this song and his presence restricted me from enjoying this song more. Gulzar is always interesting. -Arun Simha

In the atmospheric Tippa, Sunidhi delivers the emotional high, with excellent support from Rekha, Sukhwinder and the out-of-the-blue OS Arun! -Karthik

"Found sounds" make is worthwhile. -Zafar

Not sure exactly what it's supposed to be...but interesting in a good way - like the orchestration and the singers (as you might expect) sizzle! -Sanjeev

Vishal/Gulzar sb recycling older tunes/lyrics made for TV serial but who is complaining? -Arun Verma

Love how whole song arises from ambient sound of a moving train and fades into it, as if the whole song was a dream. Also, Gulzar Saab has written words here with an extraordinary sense of metre and rhyme. -Anup

Gulzar's brilliant adaptation of a 90s cartoon theme song (that he himself wrote) for the movie is set by composer Vishal Bhardwaj to a train's rhythm. -Vipin

This song! Gulzar’s imagination and wordsmithing is on full display — the lyric is the centerpiece of the song; the music and singing are vehicles that bring it to vibrant life! -UVR

An ensemble song is very rare, and all four singers have done marvelously. The music and lyrics a delight. -Omkar

Interesting use of rhythm. -Nishant

है ज़रूरी  (नूर)

hai zaruurii (Noor)

Tags: ballad, bittersweet, dreamy, fateful, melancholic, moody, musing, regret, remembering, romantic, sentimental, soft

अमाल मलिक
Amaal Mallik


प्रकृति कक्कर
Prakriti Kakar

The style of singing is interesting but not entirely melodious or effective. Instrumentation is uncluttered and nice. -Arun Verma

Beautifylly balanced. The vocals and music complement each other very well. -Omkar

Pieces are OK but don't gel well together. -Zafar

ठीक ठाक गाना. -Yunus

Nice arrangement, average melody. -Anup

The refrain is a surprisingly good "hook". -Sanjeev

Prakriti Kakar handles the very mellow Hai zaroori equally well. Amaal layers this one with a tastefully understated orchestration. -Karthik

Jonita Gandhi is turning out to be a very good singer! -UVR

The hook line is reminiscent of "Jab We Met' from Hero (2015) Try me! -Meera

Music's presence is felt by its absence. -Megha

मैं कौन हूँ  (सीक्रेट सुपरस्टार)

mai.n kaun huu.N (Secret Superstar)

Tags: apprehension, contemplative, empowering, inspirational, introspection, introspective, philosophical, power ballad, rock, searching, solo

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

कौसर मुनीर
Kausar Munir

मेघना मिश्रा
Meghna Mishra

This is simply the perfect in-context song and incredibly powerful. To think that a 15-year old has sung the song so superbly! The lyrics are just the kind that a teenager would write - all angsty and full of doubt. -Arun Simha

Non playback voice - FTW! -Meera

It's rare for a teenager to get to sing 5 out of 8 songs in a Hindi film album composed by one of the best music directors in Bollywood. Meghna Mishra did not squander this opportunity. One can sense that her voice is still not full formed but sings her heart out and demonstrates terrific range. -Param

What an amazing find in Meghna Mishra!. -Vaishali

Works better with the film rather than standout song. High school rock infused with cuteness. Meghana Mishra makes the character’s anger come alive here. -Anup

I felt this song perfectly put forth the emotions of a girl trying to resolve the conflict between the loftiness of her dreams and tge restrictedness of her reality. -UVR

Identity crisis is brought out nicely. -Nishant

Flat, kiddish singing, presumably for effect. -Sanjeev

Meghna Mishra’s debut, Main kaun hoon, has the earnestness of a newcomer, thanks to poignant lyrics by Kausar Munir. -Karthik

Uninspiringly generic. -Shalini Razdan

Nice situational song. -Arun Verma

Meghna Mishra, the true find of Secret Superstar, negotiates diverse genres with ease throughout the movie's soundtrack. In this song, the young lady produces one of her best renditions, presenting the rebellious tone very convincingly. -Vipin

Some typical Amit Trivedi formulas at work here, but that's not a bad thing. Meghna Mishra is the discovery of the soundtrack and has a lovely voice that shines above the supporting music! -Megha

राधा  (जब हैरी मॆट सेजल)

raadhaa (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

Tags: casual, disco, folk, folksy, fun, fusion, happy, masti, promotional, punjabi something, rock, romantic, timepass, upbeat


इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

शाहिद माल्या, सुनिधि चौहान
Shahid Mallya, Sunidhi Chauhan

Peppy and energetic singing on the part of Shahid Mallya and Sunidhi makes this song stay on your playlist for a long time! I didn't expect to like it, but I must confess I quite love it now :-). -Megha

Unexpectedly catchy...Sunidhi seldom disappoints...Shahid Mallya seems to be getting a foothold, see a few songs here (or maybe I'm just late to the party). Though musical backdrop works, singers are carrying the song. Somewhat unusual use of voices, female coming down in the antara, male vocals stay up-up-up.. -Sanjeev

Boring. -Zafar

Love the tuk bandhi in the hook line. -Meera

From Shahid Mallya’s earthy opening to Sunidhi’s punchy hook, Radha comes beautifully alive with even that fantastic EDM line in the middle!. -Karthik

Oh, Sunidhi what did you get yourself into?!. -Shalini Razdan

“तड़पनों” — made me smile! A total dance-party song, this. -UVR

Intelligent lyrics and singing to match. Again, loved the 'assymetrica'l tune which somehow comes together with the 'hook'. -Arun Simha

The speed ups and downs, highs and lows, and the contrasting singing styles of Shahid and Sunidhi in the song, are all quite interestingly put together. -Harshit

An effervescent song sung well by Sunidhi and Shahid Mallya. -Param

There is a slight tippa influence plus disco dandiya in it. Also, love how Sunidhi sings “hain” in this once, just like Sejal’s accent. -Anup

ऊंचे चौबारों में जून का कोहरा, युद्ध पानीपत का। इश्‍क सियापा आग जवानी। इरशाद इस गाने में अपने पूरे रंग में हैं। अपने दायरे में गाना बहुत ऊँचाई तक गया है। -Yunus

बंजारा  (शेफ़)

ba.njaaraa (Chef)

Tags: carnival, celebration, celebratory, celtic, enthusiastic, feel good, folksy, inspirational, motivating, peppy, philosophical, pseudo-rustic, rhythmic, road song, slow, travel/philosophical, upbeat

रघु दीक्षित
Raghu Dixit

अंकुर तिवारी
Ankur Tewari

विशाल दादलानी
Vishal Dadlani

Very good use of the drums, the guitar, and the flute. Everything seems nicely balanced. -Omkar

Banjara is a heady melange! Raghu mixes racy Celtic-sound with rhythmic desi folk. -Karthik

Energetic singing, refrain is catchy. -Sanjeev

Fabulous beats made me want to listen to the song again. -Vaishali

Interesting and unusual to find Celtic influences in a HFM song!. -Megha

Sounds grand yet personal, that’s the beauty of this song. You listen to this on a solo trip, and would feel like you are in a film. Very cinematic, celebratory. -Anup

Nothing noteworthy about this song. It’s a song made for Vishal’s voice, and he tries his best to elevate it to an above-average level ... but fails. -UVR

Remove the vocals and add this to your jogging playlist. -Nishant

AR Rahmanish music neither here nor there. -Zafar

ठीक ठाक गाना। -Yunus

The chorus and Celtic music hints make it so much fun to listen and groove to. -Meera

Creative lyrics. I like such 'asymmetrical' compositions. -Arun Simha

बावरा मन  (जॉली एलएलबी २)

baawaraa man (Jolly LLB 2)

Tags: acoustic, breezy, country, disney, easy listening, feel good, happy, pop, romantic, semi-rustic, soft rock, tragic

चिरंतन भट्ट
Chirantan Bhatt

जुनैद वसी
Junaid Wasi

जुबिन नौटियाल, नीति मोहन
Jubin Nautiyal, Neeti Mohan

I'm pretty sure I heard a song just like this last year…and the year before, and…. -Shalini Razdan

गीतकार के कुछ जुमले अच्‍छे हैं। गाना अच्‍छा बन पड़ा है। और इस बरस सुना भी खूब गया है. -Yunus

Feel like i was on a carousel for the whole song. -Nishant

Great feel-good romantic duet. -Arun Verma

Hippy happy song. -Meera

Simple, earnest singing with no unnecessary frills, well-matched male and female voices, make this a song worth listening on repeat. -UVR

Good singers, especially Neeti Mohan. -Vaishali

Bawara mann, with a breezy accordion sound and a tinge of retro in the pleasant melody, has very good singing by Jubin Nautiyal and Neeti Mohan. -Karthik

Very TV commercial sounding. -Anup

I could not figure out the mood via the music. The lyrics about moist eyes being metaphorically compared to the effect of Malhar raga was what gave me a clue. So this a reverse rating of the music which should have been rated lower. :-). -Arun Simha

Maybe one for the next Disney soundtrack? -Sanjeev

रोज़ाना  (नाम शबाना)

rozaanaa (Naam Shabaana)

Tags: dreamy, melodic, romantic, serendipitous, soulful, waltz

रोचक कोहली
Rochak Kohli

मनोज मुंतशिर
Manoj Muntashir

श्रेया घोषाल
Shreya Ghoshal

Looks tailor-made for Shreya. -Nishant

Have I heard this song before, in 2014/15/16? -Meera

Has the shreya stamp all over. -Arun Verma

Hindi films record very few Shreya Ghoshal songs these days so I'm glad when even a half decent one comes along. Rozana is certainly more than half decent. -Param

Quite liked the light anthem-ish background in the song. Shreya's singing is lovely. -Harshit

Shreya's singing takes the song up a notch...good work in mid/low register. -Sanjeev

The singing is flawless, not a single missed note. Shreya Ghoshal's carries you off into a fantasy world. -Omkar

Rozana rides on Shreya Ghoshal’s vocals and the lady—as usual—handles it magnificently! Rochak Kohli’s choice of backgrounds is extremely interesting, in what sounds almost like a muted march past music! But it works to accentuate the lovely melody. -Karthik

Makes for a pleasant if not especially memorable listening experience. -Shalini Razdan

अच्‍छा नर्म गीत. -Yunus

I started out by not finding this song to be all that good, but it grew into me. I suspect that the mukhda, coupled with the repeated hook "rozanaa, rozanaa' made it an ear worm. -Arun Simha

मुसाफ़िर  (जग्गा जासूस)

musaafir (Jagga Jaasoos)

Tags: ballad, calm, feel good, journey, lonely, longing, melodious, philosophizing, piano wala, prayer-like, romantic, sad, travel


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

तुषार जोशी
Tushar Joshi

A slight 'coldplay' feel to it. Nice lyrics. -Nishant

A superb song in which newcomer Tushar Joshi stands his own in a soundtrack dominated by Arijit Singh. -Param

One more background song with "videsi tune", desi words...music otherwise good enough, singing even a notch above that description but does not engage me. -Sanjeev

The depth of feeling suggested in the lyrics don't come through in the song. It's too glib. -Shalini Razdan

Musafir, with the surprisingly non-Arijit voice of Tushar Joshi joins other Ranbir-featuring travel songs like Safarnama and Phir se udd chala, and makes for a very hummable melody with a lovely Coldplay’ish ending. -Karthik

ठीक ठाक गाना है। -Yunus

Boring. -Zafar

The lyrics paint a lovely picture. The music is also restrained. Goes well with the overall mood of the song. -Omkar

सूने साये  (डियर माया)

soone saaye (Dear Maya)

Tags: encouraging, fusion, happy, hopeful, inspirational, philosophical, positive, sentimental, soft rock, soothing, soulful, uplifting

अनुपम रॉय
Anupam Roy

इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

हर्षदीप कौर
Harshdeep Kaur

Boring melody. -Zafar

One of the few I found easy to listen to. -UVR

Irshad Kamil’s poignant lines get the perfect vehicle in Harshdeep Kaur’s evocative vocals in Sune saaye. -Karthik

Harshdeep Kaur has a marvelous, mesmerizing voice. -Vaishali

Such an uplifting song! Anupam Roy uses his standard guitar/drum arrangement but trades the sarod he used so wonderfully in Piku for sitar. Harshdeep Kaur delivers yet again and one wonders what more she can do for Bollywood to make better use of her talent. -Param

Traces of 'kabira' from YJHD. More and more songs are starting to sound like more and more other songs, lately :-). -Megha

Anupam Roy has always excelled in breezy melodic pieces with rock-flavoured arrangements - Soone Saaye is another such piece. He also receives great help from singer Harshdeep Kaur here. -Vipin

She has a terrific voice, and she was very good in patches.The combination of acoustic guitar and sitar was unusual, in a good way. Full marks for the effort. -Arun Simha

Harshdeep is a great talent - a bit wasted here. -Arun Verma

केवल गायकी हर्षदीप की। -Yunus

High on melody. I like the calmness and warmth Harshdeep brings to every song with her vocals. -Meera

Nice sitar work in M2. -Sanjeev

सब खाना खाके  (जग्गा जासूस)

sab khaanaa khaake (Jagga Jaasoos)

Tags: casual, celebratory, conversational, desi rap, fun, fun/party, funky, funny, party, philosophical, positive, random


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

प्रीतम चक्रवर्ती, अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य, तुषार
Pritam Chakraborty, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Tushar

I found this song an utter riot! I can see Amitabh Bhattacharya, Pritam and the singers having a massive party in the recording studio, first as this song was being practiced, and then during the recording! Total fun!. -UVR

Lyrics save it. -Zafar

A fun song with whimsical lyrics that Amitabh Bhattacharya excels at. As a standalone song, its appeal is limited but I quite like how it is picturized in the film. -Param

Another wasted writing opportunity. If you are jumping into the 'javed bhai so re le' territory, then you gotta make it more fun than this. -Megha

Quite unique. Lyrics begin with fun, involve you in it, and then quietly slip in some philosophy that goes with the scene. Also, music and lyrics fit together very well. -Harshit

Unusual song that is hard to get out of your head. Sublime guitar works with the song. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics do justice to this awkwardly philosophical song. -Vaishali

Amitabh Bhattacharya is in incredible form throughout Jagga's soundtrack, but this song sees him at his best, balancing wacky rhymes and contemplative lines. -Vipin

Quotidian words put in a tune to which Pritam adds a lot of interesting things – like vocal trumpet, and Amitabh Bhattacharya adds philosophy. -Anup

The clever, funny lyrics, the staccato beats, the chorus of voices all work to make a unique and fun song. Even my too-cool-for-hindi-film-songs 12-year old liked this one. :-). -Shalini Razdan

Singing at the back half of the song isn't bad...as for the rest..."clearly the song has a well-defined purpose in the movie" and even a message ("do din ke mehmaan", etc.). -Sanjeev

New age mantra. -Nishant

अपनी तरह का गाना है। -Yunus

पंछी उड़ गया  (न्यूटन)

pa.nchhii u.D gayaa (Newton)

Tags: acoustic, inspirational, musing, persistent, philosophical, slow, sombre, soothing, uplifting, wayfarer

नरेन चंदावरकर, बेनेडिक्ट टेलर
Naren Chandavarkar, Benedict Taylor

वरुण ग्रोवर
Varun Grover

मोहन कानन
Mohan Kannan

Easy listening. Simple yet effective. -Nishant

So anyone with a guitar can sing...simplicity is a virtue - to a point. -Sanjeev

Wait, was that an ukelele in the background? The MD must have fought the producer to include this song in the CD, but theere is a bit of magic in a non-traditional song that reminds one of a death march. Superb lyrics. For sure, this will not be sung or hummed anytime soon by listeners, but that was not the point of the song. -Arun Simha

इस बरस के सबसे अच्‍छे गीतों में से एक। इस गाने में थियेटर वाले संस्‍कार हैं। गाने की लंबाई बहुत कम है। इतने कम शब्‍दों में गाना अपनी बात कह ले जाता है। मोहन की गायकी शानदार है। इस साल का हासिल है ये गाना। -Yunus

The low-key music and the almost droning vocals is quite soothing to the point of being sleep-inducing. :-) Liked it. -Shalini Razdan

Rhyme without reason. I expected better of Varun Grover. First of all the 'chalte chalte khud rasta mud gaya' suffers from a Gulzar hangover. But lines like 'kisse mein naya panna jud gaya, tujhko dekh ke panchhi ud gaya'?! What is the connection between the lines even! Maybe I need to see the movie to get the nuances but right now it is just plain annoyingly written. -Megha

Interesting lyrics by Varun Grover - leave you asking for more from this short duration song. Tune/orchestration is blah! -Arun Verma

Some songs have soul in them. -Meera

Mohan's baritone and the Amit Trivedi'sh opening promises an Udaan like anthem but doesn't quite deliver. Varun Grover's lyrics are nice but I thought that the metre sounded a little awkard. Given its atmospheric nature my sense is that I would like the song better if I saw the film. -Param

साहिबा रुस गइयाँ  (फ़िरंगी)

saahibaa rus ga_iyaa.N (Firangi)

Tags: esraj, folk, folkish, folksy, longing, philosophical, punjabi, romantic, sad, soulful

जतिंदर शाह
Jatinder Shah

देवेंद्र काफ़िर
Devendra Kafir

राहत फ़तेह अली ख़ान
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

One of the better Punjabi-flavored efforts of the year. The music is mercifully understated and Rahat seems to be in solid form. -Shalini Razdan

A foot-taping, rhythmic energy carries Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s melody Sahiba russ gayiya. -Karthik

They still give him songs to render? Package deal? -Nishant

Catchy music, good lyrics, but it's Rahat who adds life into this one. -Harshit

Catchy tune. -Zafar

Prefer Shafaqat version over Rahat. -Anup

Good workable melody. Sometimes those work quite well. A mellow Rahat is unusual and that's a good thing. -Arun Simha

Lovely singing by Rahat!. -Arun Verma

मैं भी नईं बोलणा. -Yunus

Good, catchy tune despite being typical. -Vaishali

Period piece. Traditional instrumentation, dialect has been done over and over, nothing unpredictable as such...and yet very enjoyable...mukhda takes a little while to get to the refrain? -Sanjeev

Once you grudgingly overlook the fact that the composer thought it fit to auto-tune (slightly) Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's voice, you have an eminently listenable, foot-tapping song. I particularly liked the rich arrangement that tastefully blends strings, electric guitar, dholak, sarangi and flute. -Param

Nice layers of complexity in the arrangement. The dholak keeps it nicely folksy. -Omkar

RFAK is treading into the Arijit Singh territory here. Not in voice quality, but in the tendency to sound repetitive. -Megha

A quintessential Rahat Fateh Ali Khan song. Enjoyable listening. The incorporation of the popular Punjabi Tappa tune toward the end of the song was a pleasant surprise. -UVR

After all that Rahat can do he does just the same old thing again and again and again... -Meera

ग़लती से मिस्टेक  (जग्गा जासूस)

Galatii se mistake (Jagga Jaasoos)

Tags: african, assamese, catchy, cheeky, dance, dance/fun, fun, funny, humor, nonsensical, peppy, silly, upbeat, zany


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

अरिजित सिंह, अमित मिश्रा
Arijit Singh, Amit Mishra

Integration of Bihu beats is genius. Infectious energy. Mood uplifter of the year!. -Anup

A song that derives a lot of its appeal from its visual presentation in the movie and the tongue in cheek lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya. -Vipin

Light-hearted song, fit-to-purpose singing...not sure why it got a best song nomination though. -Sanjeev

Fun fun fun song! Butt…moving on rhythm ….involuntarily. -Shalini Ramachandran

Reminiscent of "All is well" from 3 Idiots. Servicable. -Shalini Razdan

The lyric has Amitabh Bhattacharya written all over it. This one is reminiscent of “बड़े मियाँ दीवाने” lyrically. -UVR

हुक लाइन पर बुना गाना है। अपना मकसद पूरा करता है. -Yunus

There is definitely a Bihu/Assamese twang—with a lilting pop rhythm—to Galti se mistake. Amitabh Bhattacharya amusing lines get the perfect expression in Arijit and Amit Mishra comical delivery. -Karthik

A lyrical opportunity wasted. A fun premise like this could have done so much more with the words. -Megha

Moodchanger. Use accordingly. -Nishant

बाबुल मोरा  (पूर्णा)

baabul moraa (Poorna)

Tags: ballad, longing, melancholic, mournful, recreation, sad, thumri, traditional, wailing


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

One of Arijit’s better songs. -Vaishali

Awful. -Shalini Razdan

Despite Arijit's voice getting hoarse in a couple of places, loved the singing for the overall feel of it. -Harshit

Arijit Singh's voice takes the centrestage in this song with minimalistic arrangement. This is ones of those Arijit songs in which the raspy quality of his voice is very pronounced. Depending on whether you think this quality is a feature or a bug, you'll love or hate his singing in this song. (I love it!). -Param

Baabul mora sees Arijit handling hugely involving, somber melody beautifully. -Karthik

I like how a bidaai song which traditionally is treated Hindustani classical way, has Arijit here hitting Sufi notes. -Anup

Arijit’s slightly-frayed-at-the-edges voice really suits this song. It drew me in deep into itself, I felt that the song ended too soon! -UVR

The classic Bhairavi is in the canon of great Hindi film songs as well as in ICM. The song is a lament, a melancholic longing, and not overtly tragic or mournful. This sounded like a cross between a muezzin's prayer and the agonizing cry of a foodie who is deprived of his weekly supply of Digene. -Arun Simha

Arijit, not again. -Meera

Did anyone else notice Arijit struggling? -Arun Verma

Sacrilegious to KLS. -Zafar

Something different from Arijit...intricate ornamentation, unlike most of his fare in this list. Almost escaped my attention - haunting effect. -Sanjeev

जाने दे  (क़रीब क़रीब सिंगल)

jaane de (Qarib Qarib Singlle)

Tags: introspective, longing, love, rock, romantic, rueful, sad, soulful, trash, wincing, wistful

Vishal Mishra

राज शेखर
Raj Shekhar

आतिफ़ असलम
Atif Aslam

I really like Rajshekhar's conversational lyrics. Only wish the song wasn't so stuck to a meter & format. -Meera

This song feels like it had the potential to be a truly great song, but it’s creators were in too much of a hurry to finish the song and get it to the recording room, so they half-assed it in all departments. -UVR

Sweet but ultimately boring!. -Arun Verma

Atif Aslam's weak voice combined with the soaring music obscure the melody and the lyrics. -Shalini Razdan

Ever since he debuted with Itne Dafe (Yun Hi) in Tanu Weds Manu, lyricist Raj Shekhar has demonstrated a way with words that makes his lyrics sound non-mainstream and interesting. And so it is with Jaane De. Atif Aslam - haters notwithstanding - delivers another ear candy of a song. -Param

Atif sounds better than expected...how much thanks to the effects? -Sanjeev

ये गाना इस बरस का हासिल है। इस बरस जिन गानों को साथ लेकर आगे बढ़ना चाहूंगा-- उनमें से ये गाना पहला होगा। एक ऐसे अहसास को राज शेखर ने बोल दिए जिसे अलफाज में उतारना बेहद मुश्किल है। जगजाहिर है कि ये गीत मुझे बहुत बहुत प्रिय है। ये गाना आँख से टपकते टपकते रूक गया आंसू है। -Yunus

Pure poetry rendered into a affectionate, hummable melody. -Anup

Nothing outstanding, and yet not much to complain about either. -Megha

Jaane de, featuring Atif Aslam, is a serene melody befitting Atif’s dreamy voice. -Karthik

सात रंगों से  (डियर माया)

saat ra.ngo.n se (Dear Maya)

Tags: acoustic, dreamy, hope, hopeful, inspirational, introspective, philosophical, positive, relaxing, remembering, sentimental, soothing, दार्शनिक

अनुपम रॉय
Anupam Roy

इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

रेखा भारद्वाज
Rekha Bhardwaj

This song probably makes sense in the context of the film, but damn, it was a pain to get through. -Arun Simha

The singing touched me. I would’ve rated the lyrics higher, except for ”मैंने बोला, ज़िंदगी” ... why can’t people be careful about the distinction between “I spoke” (मैंने बोला) and “I said” (मैंने कहा)?! 😠. -UVR

Only points for Roopak Taal, that'd be all. -Meera

Rekha B's singing crisper here, maybe less room to meander given the tune - somehow not the same impact as the "Anaarkali..." song. -Sanjeev

7 beat rhythm is getting rare to find. -Nishant

Rekha Bhardwaj aces the gentle Saat rangon se effortlessly, with a beautifully lilting percussion that is missing in the acoustic version, along with middling singing by Anupam himself. -Karthik

Irshad Kamil's lyrics shine. -Zafar

लगता है कुछ कमी रह गयी है। रेखा जी की आवाज़, इरशाद के बोल और अनुपम का संगीत-- इससे ज्‍यादा की उम्‍मीद थी। गाने में सितार अच्‍छा लगा। -Yunus

Some good lyrics: aajaa khele.nge ham Khwaabo.n kaa nigaaho.n se juaa. -Arun Verma

This songs has traces of 'abhi mujh mein kahin' from Agneepath. Rekha Bhardwaj is dependable but doesn't deliver on expectations, to be honest. -Megha

A nice, laidback song. Irshad Kamil's Gulzaresque lyrics (or is it just the "saat rang" theme?) are lovely. -Param

ओ रे मनवा  (सीक्रेट सुपरस्टार)

o re manawaa (Secret Superstar)

Tags: acoustic, breezy, contemplative, empowering, inspirational, introspective, light, mindful, musing, repressive, rock, sad

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

कौसर मुनीर
Kausar Munir

मेघना मिश्रा
Meghna Mishra

While most of the songs from Secret Superstar are Meghna Mishra and Kausar Munir's show, O Re Manwa is one of the instances where even Amit Trivedi is in top form. -Vipin

Meghna Mishra is the most expressive singer I’ve heard this year. -Anup

Preach-y. -Nishant

Insipid. -Zafar

Lyrics do a good job of evoking the emotions of a person who's hopes and dreams have sadly collided with reality. -Shalini Razdan

O re manwa has a lovely drawl over the mellow tune. -Karthik

Kausar Munir has done unexceptionably great work in Secret Superstar, and in this song in particular. “अंदर से” बंद कर ले तू सपनों को पिंजरे में — that “अंदर से” is unbelievably excellent! -UVR

"Resignation" song, seems to be contextual. -Sanjeev


ज़ालिमा  (रईस)

zaalimaa (Raees)

Tags: catchy, loud, qawwali-esque, repetitive, romantic, upbeat


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

अरिजित सिंह, हर्षदीप कौर
Arijit Singh, Harshdeep Kaur

Zaalima, by Pritam’s new A&R outfit JAM8, is very-Pritam and very pleasant! Arijit and Harshdeep are pitch-perfect in handling the rendition, and the lilting rhythm makes it instantly likeable. -Karthik

There's something about the song that makes you sing along/ groove to it. Points for managing to be catchy despite Arijit :D. -Meera

A foot-tapping song, catchy too, but gets tiresome after a few listenings. -UVR

Pleasant and likeable, despite sounding familiar. -Megha

Good use of harmonium. -Vaishali

It has a predictable hook and tune, but Arijit Singh really took it up a notch and made it a song that is better than the sum of its parts. -Arun Simha

There is this sunny quality to this song which makes it very likeable. Arijit Singh's stellar singhing ably supported by Harshdeep Kaur makes it an engaging listen. -Param

Female/Male in same octave is cool - and female vocals in particular are punchy. -Sanjeev

Arijit at his best. -Arun Verma

मैं अगर  (ट्यूबलाइट)

mai.n agar (Tubelight)

Tags: ballad, electronic rock, love, romantic, sad, uplifting


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

आतिफ़ असलम
Atif Aslam

Atif should be told that it is Phagun and not Fagun. I think he has good variations, he could sing tender lower notes as well as the high pitched notes denoting pain/angst. I can sense, without having seen the film, that this justice to the scene in the film. -Arun Simha

Atif Aslam adeptly handles Main agar‘s endearing melody amidst dreamy orchestration. -Karthik

Everything about this song is below average. Atif. -Arun Verma

Very worrying if this is the future of our music industry. -Meera

Stock music, stock lyrics, stock singing. -Shalini Razdan

From the recycle bin of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. -Anup

A totally ‘meh’ song! The song sounds desperate not because of the lyric but because of how desperate the singer is obviously trying to sound desperate. Wait ... does that mean he’s actually done a good job? -UVR

Beautifully sung and written. -Megha

AA redeems himself. -Zafar

Flashes of "Itna Na Mujhse Tu...", wondering where this is ripped from. Yet again Atif sounds better than expected. -Sanjeev

दिल दियाँ गल्लाँ  (टाइगर ज़िंदा है)

dil diyaa.N gallaa.N (Tiger Zinda Hai)

Tags: average, coaxing, punjabi, romantic, soothing


इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

आतिफ़ असलम
Atif Aslam

Should have been sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, although Atif has done a decent job with the aid of his trusty auto tune. -UVR

Vishal-Shekhar's melody and Atif Aslam's voice are easy on the ears. It's easy to see why the song is so popular. -Param

Despite lack of novelty, Pritam successfully makes it catchy and easy on ears. -Harshit

Atif Aslam sounds fresher than his usual autotuned self. -Megha

Yeah, I'm over the Punjabi lyrics fad. -Shalini Razdan

Earworm of the year! -Anup

Dil diyan gallan has a lovely lilt for the earthy Punjabi verse, on top of Atif’s dreamy vocals!. -Karthik

Not a fan of AA, but he is bearable here. -Zafar

Very pleasant and enjoyable melody. Good singing. -Vaishali

Unexpectedly charming and sensitive singing from Atif. -Sanjeev

Cuts the clutter because there's something very 90's about it. Not sure if that means it's great. -Meera

ghisa-pita in all aspects. -Nishant

For once an Atif song which I liked and yes Dr. Kamil wrote some great lyrics. Pritam uses a simple and beautiful tune with uncluttered orchestra. -Arun Verma

Atif Aslam lifted this song from mediocrity because of his stellar singing. Who would've thought? -Arun Simha

फिर वही  (जग्गा जासूस)

phir wahii (Jagga Jaasoos)

Tags: average, ballad, calm, disappointment, melancholic, nostalgic, piano wala, sad, soulful, tragic


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

The music and lyrics both heighten the feeling of emptiness perfectly. -Harshit

Phir wahi with Arijit’s voice…monotonous. -Vaishali

It is not a journey song but the song does take you one, and it does go one itself. Starts with the phrase “Phir Wahi” and by the time it ends, the same phrase gain much more meaning. Lovely, isn’t it? -Anup

Nyzel Dlima and Roland Fernandes’ guitar adds considerable charm to the somber Phir wahi, with Arijit laying out Amitabh Bhattacharya’s plaintive verse in his inimitable style. -Karthik

"Phir wahi" count = 26. -Nishant

Disjoint start of song like strange abstract art...some slightly offbeat rhythmic structures within 7-beat cycle are the most interesting part of the song. -Sanjeev

Lyrics are “better than good”, singing “less than good”, and overall a very average song. -UVR

Drags on and on. -Zafar

The trumpet should have been brought in earlier as the highlight instead of the piano. Arijit is a good singer!. -Arun Simha

ओ रे कहारो  (बेग़म जान)

o re kahaaro (Begum Jaan)

Tags: ballad, bidai geet, folk, folksy, inspiring, longing, melancholic, mishmash, sad, semi-classical, soulful, tragedy, unusual

अनु मलिक
Anu Malik

कौसर मुनीर
Kausar Munir

अल्तमश फ़रीदी, कल्पना पटौवरी
Altamash Faridi, Kalpana Patowary

Pick of the year for me. The sinewy composition, searing lyrics and stirring singing all work together to powerful effect. -Shalini Razdan

कल्‍पना पटवारी ने गाने के दर्द को खूब उभारा है। कौसर के बोल बहुत मार्मिक लगे। अनु मलिक ने अपनी वो झलक दिखायी जो वो कभी कभी दिखाते हैं।. -Yunus

O re kaharo‘s generic quasi-Middle Eastern sound is painfully outdated. -Karthik

Needed a better singer to do justice to the lyrics. It was like listening to a non-Hindi speaker singing. The song should have ended a minute earlier. The male antara was not needed. -Arun Simha

Nice weight and texture in the voices, pitch a little sloppy...is the output with or without Auto-Tune (does anyone *not* Auto-Tune these days)? Some nice instrumental work. -Sanjeev

Melancholic! Her voice has a vazan and feel that stays with you long after the song is over. -Megha

I missed some melody or any sweetness in the song. -Meera

Unusual melody with such a strong voice of Kalpana Patowary. -Vaishali

An uncharacteristic Anu Malik song. Interesting arrangement and lyrics. -Param

Total khichdi. -Nishant

तू बन जा गली बनारस की  (शादी में ज़रूर आना)

tuu ban jaa galii banaaras kii (Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana)

Tags: folksy, fusion, romantic, simile

ऱाशिद ख़ान
Rashid Khan

शकील आज़मी
Shakeel Azmi

असीस कौर
Asees Kaur

Liked the imagery. -Zafar

In some ways a predictable song, but something hypnotic about the vocals, especially coming back into the mukhda that I can't put my finger on. -Sanjeev

Beautiful lyrics, catchy music, and quite easy on ears. -Harshit

Run of the mill. -Arun Simha

There is a difference between small town charm and datedness. This song dangerously walks on that line, but mostly falls into latter, and, no, modern arrangement doesn’t rescue it. -Anup

The best thing about this song is its lyrics by Shakeel Azmi - quirky and engaging. Some of it may raise eyebrows but one can't help but smile at "teri baaten chatpat chaat si hain, teri aankhen ganga ghat si hain". It doesn't hurt that the tune is likeable, there's some good use of plucked strings and flute and singer Asees Kaur does a very good job. -Param

Overall a great song- Shakeel Azmi’s lyrics, Rashid Khan’s music and Asees Kaur singing all worked well together. -Vaishali

The refrain of the song is so attractive that it’s hardly a surprise that they decided to make it into a song three times over. They succeeded, good for them, in making all three tandems worth listening. -UVR

मैं नचदी फिराँ  (सीक्रेट सुपरस्टार)

mai.n nachadii phiraa.N (Secret Superstar)

Tags: ballad, catchy, feel good, hindi pop, inspirational, love song, piano wala, rock, romantic

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

कौसर मुनीर
Kausar Munir

मेघना मिश्रा
Meghna Mishra

Nachdi phira is trademark-Amit rock that’s relatively less engaging. -Karthik

Loved the singing! Like the young Zaira she’s given playback for, Meghna Mishra is a natural, and has the wherewithal to strike it big. I hope she does (I hope so for both of them actually). -UVR

Songs of this film were great fit for screenplay, very situational and young singer a perfect fit for your actress but they don't hold too much value as a soundtrack by itself. -Arun Verma

Again, works better with the film as you buy into all the cuteness and cliche done with conviction. Brilliant singing by Meghana Mishra though. -Anup

Not bad but a fairly standard Amit Trivedi anthem. -Param

Lovely, but gets slightly repetititve after a while. -Meera

It is difficult to rate lyrics when it is deliberately made cliched' to parody contemporary Punjabi-infused film music. So, I rate it highly for self-awarness. Meghna Mishra just excels and her falsetto with those variations is out of the world. Kudos to Amit Trivedi for not choosing an overtly sugary Sushma Shrestha kind of voice. -Arun Simha

Flat, kiddish singing, presumably for effect. -Sanjeev

ओ सोना तेरे लिये  (मॉम)

o sonaa tere liye (Mom)

Tags: comforting, hope, hopeful, inspirational, lullaby, melodic, relationships, romantic, soothing, wishful

ए आर रहमान
A R Rahman

इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

ए आर रहमान, शाशा तिरुपति
A R Rahman, Shashaa Tirupati

Rich orchestra. -Zafar

ARR needs to STOP SINGING!!!! 😡 I would give his attempt negative points if I could. -UVR

O sona tere liye plays like a sedate—and soporific—lullaby, with Shashaa’s vocals clearly bettering Rahman’s trademark high pitch surges that seem labored. -Karthik

Sashaa Tirupati has an outstanding voice. -Vaishali

Singer ARR discernibly better than expected, but some old habits die hard. -Sanjeev

केवल गीतकारी. -Yunus

o mat chillao-na. -Nishant

ARR wailing "O Sona" at the top of his lungs…make it stop. -Shalini Razdan

ARR often picks songs to sing that are the wrong pitch for his voice. Also, his mispronunciations remind me of what he did with 'aaj jaane ki zid na karo' in Coke Studio and I cringed all over again. -Megha

A R Rahman had to meet a deadline, it was 3.00 a.m and the director was waiting outside his door. -Arun Simha

What was that? Did you say Rahman? Ok. -Meera

A soaring romantic ballad by A.R. Rahman. I'm not a big fan of ARR's singing voice, specifically the nasal quality and his Hindi/Urdu diction. Over the years though it has become like the beloved friend whose flaws one tends to overlook. -Param

Love the rahman stamp on this but needed more! -Arun Verma

परिंदा  (जब हैरी मॆट सेजल)

pari.ndaa (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

Tags: blues, folk, folksy, fused, fusion, grunge pujabi funk, jazzy, pop, punjabi, punjabi rock, reggae, rock, romantic, standard punjabi fare


इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

परदीप सरन
Pardeep Sran

Parindaa has something of a Dev D vibe about it, in its folk-rock fusion. Pritam does his job really well, with a proficient set of musicians by his side. -Vipin

Pritam channelizing his inner Amit Trivedi and the result is exquisite. -Anup

An interesting fusion of punjabi folk and bluesy rock. Its novelty aside, the song didn't do much for me. -Param

Parinda is a scorching Punjabi rock mix that only Pritam could have conjured! Pardeep Sran swings through the song rendition incredibly, ably supported by splendid guitaring!. -Karthik

Neither here nor there. -Zafar

Metal is somewhat rare, especially for an angsty song in Hindi film. Credit to Pritam C. -Arun Simha

Good sax but percussion overpowers vocals. -Vaishali

Some badass guitaring in the interludes! Sweet bass-line!. -UVR

Rock 'n Roll with Punjabi folk - and it works...singer is solid. -Sanjeev

रंगदारी  (लखनऊ सेंट्रल)

ra.ngadaarii (Lucknow Central)

Tags: acoustic, allegory, celtic, folk, fusion, philosophical, rock, romantic, spiritual, sufi ballad

अर्जुना हरजाई
Arjunna Harjaie


अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

Stands out from the rest, despite Arijit's singing. Points to the lyrics and music. -Meera

Arijit is finally sounding non-formulaic. -Megha

Good lyrics:
ye Khwaahishe.n hai.n paagal sii / aasamaa.N pe baadal sii / roshanii ye kaajal sii. -Arun Verma

Pleasant song. -Vaishali

Arijit with a Kailash Kher touch? Trying for (but not quite achieving) the hypnotic effect with the repetitions of "Rangdaari". -Sanjeev

The song seems to have completely missed the common meaning of rangdaari. Unless I missed something. -Harshit

Arijit can sing in ways that mysteriously don’t sound like him. -Anup

Not a bad effort, but it took me a second listen. -Arun Simha

Arjunna Harjaie’s best in Lucknow Central is Rangdaari, with Arijit shedding his Qaidi-Band-Amit-Trivedi impersonation and acing the earthy semi-classical melody. -Karthik

एन्ना सोणा  (ओके जानू)

ennaa soNaa (OK Jaanu)

Tags: average, flute, folksy, guitar, ordinary, praising, punjabi, romantic, sensual, silent

ए आर रहमान
A R Rahman


अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

The qawwali that NFAK made popular was Kinna Sona and that was not sensual while this one is. -Arun Simha

Expected a bit better from Rahman/Arijit combo but Gulzar saab shines as usual:
taap lage na tapti chandni da / Saari raati main oss chidkavan / Kinne dardan naal Rabb ne banaya. -Arun Verma

Gulzar in Punjabi is as enjoyable as he is in Hindi! -UVR

For me, Enna Sona was one those famed Rahman tracks you don't like to start with but which grow on you over a period of time. Keba Jeremiah's guitar and the legendary PMK Naveen Kumar's flute are very well done. -Param

ARR's minimalist approach is much appreciated here. -Megha

ennaa average-fare. -Nishant

Melody flows like a river. -Meera

Is it a cliche to say ARR has become so clichéd? -Zafar

Lovely flute and guitars in the interludes, but very ordinary and simplistic melody coming from ARR. -Anup

Enna sonna is adequately pleasant; more Arko than Rahman. -Karthik

Good singing but same old same old lyrics. -Sanjeev

Wow, what happened to Gulzar?! The Punjabi lyrics can't disguise the triteness of the sentiments they express. -Shalini Razdan

सिंगल रहने दे  (सिमरन)

single rahane de (Simran)

Tags: club, dance, dance floor, fun, funny, gujarati, party, rap, techno



शालमली खोलगड़े, दिव्य कुमार
Shalmali Kholgade, Divya Kumar

It is fun to hear Shalmali’s alternating voices in the song. Before it gets too on-the-nose fun, it is packaged and served as a club dance number. -Anup

Funny - but how did this actually get into the "shortlist" of nominees? -Sanjeev

De gustibus non est disputandum. Perhaps, I would have rated this highly if I was 21, drunk, and this was the song that was played at 1.00 a.m. after the last drink had been served and they wanted to clear out the night club. -Arun Simha

Crazy words which keep you hooked, that's all. -Meera

Upbeat tune nicely compliments the lyrics. -Zafar

You know Sachin-Jigar are in their sweet spot in a song like this. Party song vibes, desi rap and some unorthodox lyrics make this an interesting listen. -Param

Interesting lyrics. -Vaishali

Annoying! -Shalini Ramachandran

is song ka grade bhi "single" rahne do. -Arun Verma

Seriously? This song is one of 2017’s best? 2017 को शर्म के पानी में डूब मरना चाहिए😡. -UVR

Vayu's wacky lyrics and Shalmali Kholgade's incredibly vibrant rendition are the life of this trippy song from Sachin Jigar. -Vipin

The music sounds like noise to me, but I guess it's faithful to the genre and the cheeky lyrics have me grinning. Should be played at all Desi weddings. :-D. -Shalini Razdan

Is a complete riot of a song! Vayu’s lyrics crackle with Gujarati wit and rhyme while the composers layer it all on a high energy package that Shalmali Kholgade and Divya Kumar handle with incredible flamboyance. -Karthik

Headache causing. stay away. -Nishant

दाग़  (भूमि)

daaG (Bhoomi)

Tags: angry, ballad, folksy, forgettable, loud, melancholic, painful, sad, sombre, soulful, tragic


प्रिया सरैया
Priya Saraiya

सुखविंदर सिंह
Sukhwinder Singh

Boring melody. -Zafar

Sukhwinder is wasted in this mediocre song. -Arun Verma

औसत गीत. -Yunus

Sukhwinder in his typical style...I should be bored by now but funny thing, I am not!. -Sanjeev

Daag‘s backgrounds, featuring Tapas Roy, are more interesting than the templatized pathos. -Karthik

Change your detergent man. -Nishant

THIS is what Sukhwinder is! I loved this song! Reminded me of his “laayi vi na gayi”, plaintive, tugs at your heart-strings!. -UVR

Nothing novel. Except for one place where Sukhwinder Singh did something different on one note, in the end. Slightly surprsed to hear this was an SJ composition. -Meera

Good lord. Why is Sukhwinder so angry when he should be sad? What is the need for the random chorus "Hey, Hey"? -Arun Simha

Sukhwinder sings with characteristic verve, but the heavy thump thump music is more silly than sombre. -Shalini Razdan

कंकड़  (शुभ मंगल सावधान)

ka.nka.D (Shubh Mangal Saavdhan)

Tags: catchy, fun, funny, mandolin, morchang, playful, romantic, shehnai, teaser, wedding



राजा हसन, शाशा तिरुपति, रजनीगंधा शेखावत, मास्टर अरमान हसन
Raja Hasan, Shashaa Tirupati, Rajnigandha Shekhawat, Master Armaan Hasan

Lovely use of Shehnai and Sarangi along with folk and western instruments without it sounding out of place. -Vaishali

Nice but not quite there. -Meera

Some interesting rhymes used here (pleej [please] rhyming with beech). -UVR

Too much going on - too many instruments, too many different tunes joining hands, and far too loud. Shashaa Tripathi has been told to sing in such a high pitch that it feels unnatural. -Arun Simha

Interesting folksy tune, didn’t hit home though. -Arun Verma

Kankad is a great listen too, particularly Shashaa’s highly tuneful antara with a gentle, underlying pathos. -Karthik

A fun song nicely orchestrated. -Nishant

"Standard" ensemble song... -Sanjeev

The fun and frustrations of marriage come through the quirky elements in the song, retaining the passion of falling in love. -Anup

A song wrought around a kankaR? -Zafar

तेरे बिना  (हसीना पार्कर)

tere binaa (Haseena Parkar)

Tags: longing, melodious, pointless, random, romantic, romantic ballad, sad


प्रिया सरैया
Priya Saraiya

अरिजित सिंह, प्रिया सरैया
Arijit Singh, Priya Saraiya

Tere bina, with its sparse, Father Figure-like (George Michael) rhythm works largely because of Arijit and Priya’s soaring vocals, even as the tune is largely perfunctory. -Karthik

Reminiscent of 'bheegi hui' from Chameli, in parts. -Megha

It could have been a better song without the echo effect. At least the snging is passionate. -Arun Simha

Rather liked the female singer despite the de rigueur breathy style of singing. Wish there was more of her so that we could be spared Arijit's "crooning.". -Shalini Razdan

Arijit too has good reach into the upper octave - like the low-pitched female vocals. But in the end, can't think of this anything but background music...oh wait - it is... -Sanjeev

The insipid repetition of "tere bina" ruins the song. -Zafar

Really fresh and interesting treatment and arrangement. -Anup

Melodous but I look forward to so much more from SJ. They are favourites. -Meera

Nice prelude and interludes with good singing by Priya Saraiya. -Vaishali

Headache causing. stay away. -Nishant

लागी ना छूटे  (अ जेंटलमैन)

laagii naa chhuuTe (A Gentleman)

Tags: ballad, breezy, catchy, edm, filmy cheesy ballad, jazz, lounge, melancholic, mellow, piano, romantic, sensual, slow, soft, soft rock, soft romantic, synthesized


प्रिया सरैया
Priya Saraiya

अरिजित सिंह, श्रेया घोषाल
Arijit Singh, Shreya Ghoshal

The harmonized vocals are the only saving grace of this otherwise average number. -Megha

Run of the mill song. -Zafar

Good piano prelude, that’s about it - otherwise, garden variety Arijit crooner. -Arun Verma

Sachin-Jigar have done a great job with the beginning piano piece and using Shreya beautifully in the lower octave. -Vaishali

The singing is a ‘2’, really, but one extra point for being the first song I can recall that implements the male voice falsetto so smoothly. I’m no fan of Arijit’s, but he deserves kudos for the élan with which he handles it. -UVR

Very good singing, especially the falsetto. I like the modern & minimalistic feel that works very well with the tone of the scene. This song is in my iPhone playlist and I've given it many a listen. -Arun Simha

A nice enough, mellow song that's overly dependent on its hook line. -Param

This song sounds different from the current pattern, but I am not much impressed by anything other than singing. -Yunus

Only point(s) for SJ's catchy hook line. -Meera

Meh. Good to put somebody to zzzz... -Nishant

Shreya sounds nice in the lower octave. -Sanjeev

Very forgettable! In 6 months, no one will remember this song. Didn’t care about the falsetto parts (even though, I don’t really have a problem with falsettos). -Shalini Ramachandran

Starts off as a generic romantic song but has nice melody and arrangement. Interesting structure too but not sure if it is because the new 3min length limit songs have these days. -Anup

Bland meets cloying to produce maudlin. -Shalini Razdan

Arijit and Shreya (lovely lower pitched antara!) are dependably good in the standard-issue pathos of Laagi na choote. -Karthik

Beautiful harmonised singing props up an otherwise familiar sounding song. -Vipin

हँस मत पगली  (टॉयलेट एक प्रेम कथा)

ha.Ns mat pagalii (Toilet Ek Prem Katha)

Tags: chemistry, courtship, folksy, light, playful, romantic

विकी प्रसाद
Vickey Prasad


सोनू निगम, श्रेया घोषाल
Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal

One of those songs which run on their simplicity. -Harshit

Copy-writing masquerading as lyric-writing. -Anup

A very servicable romantic duet. -Arun Verma

High on melody. As much as Sonu/ Shreya combo is warm and nostalgic, the music seems to be composed by somebody who's grown up listening to just them. Nothing fresh/ innovative! -Meera

Has the makings of a really nice, hummable duet, with some reminders of the classic era...but can't help getting distracted by Sonu's strange vocal stylizing in places...lyrics a bit predicatable? -Sanjeev

Textured orchestration lifting the song a few notches. -Nishant

Shreya is her usual sweet singing self, but Sonu sounds so awkward and nasal! Sigh :( One point for the trite ‘click bait’ catch phrase ‘ha.Ns mat pagli pyaar ho jaayega’ (click bait is not always bad). -UVR

Catchy beat. -Vaishali

Composer Vickey Prasad's Hans mat pagli is an easy winner, with its folksy, breezy melody that evokes composer Krsna’s repertoire and winsome vocals by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghosal. -Karthik

Debutant composer Vickey Prasad's romantic melody is an eminently hummable one, and draws a large part of its appeal from its rendition by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal. -Vipin

Sonu Nigam seems to have changed his voice to sing this and does an adequate job. The song has an uncommon hook 'Has mat pagli pyaar ho jayega', but it needed a better music director to make it come alive. Again, too much happening for what is a one-on-one song. This song needed to be kept simple in keeping with the spirit of the lyrics. -Arun Simha

This song has a very boring melody. Nothing particularly wrong with it, but it's just bland. -Megha

तू थोड़ी देर  (हॉफ़ गर्लफ़्रेंड)

tuu tho.Dii der (Half Girlfriend)

Tags: chashni, light, melodious, romantic, sarangi, soft ballad

फ़रहान सईद
Farhan Saeed


फ़रहान सईद, श्रेया घोषाल
Farhan Saeed, Shreya Ghoshal

Slightly unusal use of notes in the antara which I found interesting, but that'd be all. -Meera

Word jumble of lyrics. Very cliched. -Arun Simha

Average except for the interluding. -Nishant

Farhan Saeed's original version of this song was a tribute to the Pakistani army and was hugely popular in the country. Its transition to a Bollywood love ballad dilutes its impact. -Param

Farhan Saeed’s Thodi der, with its earthy sound, makes an impact. -Karthik

What did they do with Shreya’s voice in this one? -Anup

गाने का हुनर कम, “इश्टाइल मारना” ज़्यादा है यहाँ. काश के उलटा होता!. -UVR

Catchy but ultra-sweet. -Vaishali

Sugary-sweet, including "soNeya" - is there such a thing as emotional saturation? Male voice is again good, but as with so many, hard to tell how much is him vs. the effects... -Sanjeev

Reminds one of "abhi na ja," to its detriment!. -Zafar

श्रेया घोषाल की मिठास मुझे निजी रूप से बहुत पसंद है। इस गाने में वो बहुत रंग में हैं। फरहान सईद की गायकी प्रभावित करती है। पर गाना बोलों में कमजोर है। बोलों ने सचमुच निराश किया। केवल हुक लाइन पर बुना गया गाना होने के कारण वो असर नहीं है जो हो सकता था।. -Yunus

रौळा  (जब हैरी मॆट सेजल)

rauLaa (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

Tags: bhangra, celebration, celebratory, dance, funny, masti, party, peppy, romantic, upbeat


इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

दिलजीत दोसंझ, नीति मोहन
Diljit Dosanjh, Neeti Mohan

Energetic dance song, good singing, but will get lost amongst a score of others like it. -Sanjeev

Catchy tune, fun beat. -Vaishali

Headsplitter. -Nishant

गाना लिखा अच्‍छा गया है। -Yunus

Calypso like start that becomes bhangra like celebration, but easy on ears, not boisterous, thanks to the singing. Also, interesting lyrics: “Sangyaa ho gayii, huye visheshan, sarvnaam bhi ho gaye saare, metre, litre, kilogram” as if Irshad Saab dealing with writers’ block here. -Anup

Celebratory music that might be fun in-context. -Arun Simha

Worst of a bad lot! -Shalini Razdan

Never rises above run of the mill. -Zafar

The song grabbed my attention with the energy the music and singing infused into it. -UVR

इक वारी आ  (राब्ता)

ik vaarii aa (Raabta)

Tags: catchy, club, dance, dance mix, dance number, disco, edm, party, peppy, pop, romantic, techno, title song, upbeat


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

I have this song on my Arijit Singh playlist and have listened to the hook many a time. It is very 'sunny' music and though the lyrics are quite ordinary, I rated it at a 3 because it is not force-fitted into the tune or made up nonsense. That's hard to do. -Arun Simha

Insipid. -Zafar

Ordinary song - but great for the clubs. -Sanjeev

Catchy tune and great singing. -Arun Verma

नज़्म नज़्म  (बरेली की बर्फ़ी)

nazm nazm (Bareilly Ki Barfi)

Tags: auto-tune, breezy, easy listening, forgettable, love, nursery rhyme like movement, riffy, romantic, soft romantic, soulful




Nice tune. Overeager singing and words. -UVR

The song isn't really bad but a better singer would have helped. The heavy auto-tuned volcalization only serves to accentuate the singer's shortcomings. -Param

उतना मज़ा नहीं आया।. -Yunus

Very nursery rhyme like, IMHO. -Meera

Arko is a great talent!. -Arun Verma

Arko’s Nazm is a lovely melody that is not in its best form in his own sappy voice, but in the other 2 versions, by Ayushmann and Sumedha Karmahe!. -Karthik

Arko Parvo Mukherjee’s music, lyrics and singing is a decent one person production. -Vaishali

Nursery rhyme tune. -Sanjeev

I swear all the male singers this year sound the same. You could swap out "roke na ruke" for this and I would be none the wiser!. -Shalini Razdan

Too autotune-y for my taste. Takes away from the mood the song tries to create IMO. -Omkar

Unexpectedly good lyrics. -Zafar

हमसफ़र  (बद्रीनाथ की दुल्हनिया)

hamasafar (Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya)

Tags: easy listening, folksy, repetitive, romantic, soft ballad

अखिल सचदेवा
Akhil Sachdeva

अखिल सचदेवा
Akhil Sachdeva

अखिल सचदेवा, मनशील गुजराल
Akhil Sachdeva, Mansheel Gujral

Good voice basically, but some very erratic/annoying mannerisms, spastic flutter, strange pronunciation in spots (z for jh, v for bh). -Sanjeev

Lovely music, good singing, lyrics didn't rise to the occasion. -Arun Simha

Another non-descript singer with indifferent enunciation and pronunciation. Sigh. -Shalini Razdan

Pointless and must have been there just to give audience a bio break. -Nishant

केवल आवाज़। अखिल की आवाज़ का टेक्‍सचर अलग है।. -Yunus

Mansheel Gujral leaves a mark despite her few lines. -Harshit

Yawn fest!. -Shalini Ramachandran

Akhil Sachdeva’s—Nasha Band’s vocalist making his Bollywood debut—Humsafar is a passable Pakistani-pop knockoff. -Karthik

Mansheel Gujral’s wonderfully robust voice kept me engaged with the song which was otherwise unexceptional. -Vaishali

Mansheel's folk part soars the song but Akhil takes it down with his insipid singing. -Zafar

Old fashioned lyrics but a beautiful tune and singing. -Arun Verma

Only points for using Mansheel Gujral in such a song else I didnt quite warm up to it. -Meera

A poster-child for how substandard singing and pronunciation can really screw up a song. -UVR

तू ही मेरा मीत है  (सिमरन)

tuu hii meraa miit hai (Simran)

Tags: acoustic, romantic, soft


प्रिया सरैया
Priya Saraiya

अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

Liked the piano in the background. -Vaishali

In Meet, Sachin-Jigar get Arijit Singh back to his predictable old self, making him sing a breezy melody… the kind he excels—rather, sleep-walks—in. The melody is charming and eminently likeable. -Karthik

Cookie-cutter everything. -Nishant

The bland, repetitive hook line does the song no favours. -Param

Feel good song. -Meera

If the number of instruments were lowers, the lyrics less predictable and Arijit Singh had not just been roused from bed to sing, this would have been a superior song. -Arun Simha

Nice sounding but doesn’t stand out from the Arijit Singh lot. -Anup

"Nursery rhyme" refrain...detached singing for effect - overall a pleasant enough listen I guess. -Sanjeev

Arijit is back to sounding typical and repetitive. -Megha

Yawn...typical arijit again. -Arun Verma

रोके न रुके रैना  (बद्रीनाथ की दुल्हनिया)

roke na ruke rainaa (Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya)

Tags: breezy, despair, forgettable, inorganic, longing, mopey, romantic, sad, sad romantic, silent, soft ballad, soulful

अमाल मलिक
Amaal Mallik


अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

The parts gel melodiously together. -Zafar

औसत गाना। अरिजीत जैसे सुनाई देते हैं बाकी गानों में वैसे ही।. -Yunus

Some nice instrumentation help differentiate this romantic number from the others in the pack but not enough to make a lasting impression. -Shalini Razdan

It's 2018, I'm looking for some innovation, either in singing or music/ lyrics. And if you're going old school, go all the way. Gimme a Thumri, Arijit. -Meera

Arijit was already a one trick pony, but now he’s trying to add the facet of “needless overemoting” to his bag. Ughhhh!. -UVR

Starts nicely and then degenerates into a familiar sound and Arijit's repetitive vocals only exacerbate it. -Megha

Arijit Singh's singing lifts the song above the sameness of the average post-Ashiqui 2 Hindi film song. -Param

Roke na ruke transcends conventional Dharma pathos templates riding on Arijit’s affecting singing. -Karthik

बारिश  (हॉफ़ गर्लफ़्रेंड)

baarish (Half Girlfriend)

Tags: ballad, flowy, nostalgia, rock, romantic, santoor, sentimental, slow, बारिश गीत

तनिष्क बागची
Tanishk Bagchi

अराफ़ात महमूद, तनिष्क बागची
Arafat Mehmood, Tanishk Bagchi

ऐश किंग, शाशा तिरुपति
Ash King, Shashaa Tirupati

बहुत दिनों बाद बारिश का ठीकठाक गीत आया। बस बोल बेहतर होने थे। ऐश किंग और साशा अच्‍छे लगे। -Yunus

Overrated!. -Arun Verma

Strictly ok. -Nishant

Lags a bit in the middle but otherwise a winner. -Zafar

Nice mandolin!. -Arun Simha

Fresh! The singing, the melody, the instruments, the progression of the notes in the hook line - watay!. -Meera

After listening to yet another song that’s indistinguishable from the vast majority of male wistfully-romantic songs of thjs year and ywars recently past, I’m wondering if it’s something genetically wired in me that makes me unable to appreciate them!. -UVR

Overall a nice song with some delightful santoor. -Vaishali

Ordinary song made interesting by the use of santoor. -Param

Good male voice, but over-processed...something about the tune is very forgettable. Slow sequel to "Matargashti" song from a couple years back? -Sanjeev

Why is this guy trying to sound like Arijit? -Megha

Baarish is a mighty pleasant melody and the choice of instruments make a huge difference. -Karthik

ओ साथी  (शब)

o saathii (Shab)

Tags: ballad, cribbing, gripe, melancholic, nostalgic, romantic, sad, soulful


अमिताभ एस वर्मा
Amitabh S Verma

अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

Arijit’s sullen rendition in O saathi doesn’t help at all. Or, it’s just Mithoon’s maudlin tune and lyrics combination. -Karthik

Arijit Singh demonstrates his terrific range but ends up trying too many things. -Param

I Think Arijit for once had an off day! Terrible song. -Arun Verma

There has to be difference between having a signature style to your music and being plain repetitive. Sadly, this one falls in the latter. -Meera

Pedestrian lyrics. -Megha

This is clearly inspired by Julio Iglesias and reminds me of some of his songs. -Arun Simha

Meh. What’s great about this song? -UVR

This is Mithoon plagiarizing Mithoon. -Anup

दिल जो न कह सका  (दिल जो न कह सका)

dil jo na kah sakaa (Dil Jo Na Keh Saka)

Tags: longing, melancholic, pointless, romantic, sentimental, slow, soft rock, title song, tragic, wailing


ए एम तूराज़
A M Turaz

श्रेया घोषाल, शैल हाड़ा
Shreya Ghoshal, Shail Hada

Shail Hada is fantastic as an arranger/ programmer but I'm not sure he should be singing a duet with Shreya Ghoshal. -Meera

Run of the mill. -Zafar

Wonder why CBFC doesn't consider scissoring through such. -Nishant

So stale. One of those wannabe melancholic Bhatt camp songs, but fails. (Why was it even nominated?). -Anup

Ugh the over-emoting is back, and this time it’s actually making the male singer go off-key! 🤬 I’d give negative points if I could, but since I can’t, I’ll give this -> 👎. -UVR

Errr… What was that? Shail and Shreya have done much better!. -Arun Verma

This Shail Hada dude can't sing. Both he an Shreya sounded like they were being strangled during the "Aaaaa" parts. -Shalini Razdan

Pleasant enough, and male singer has nice flexibility in upper reaches...Shreya polished as always...but too much reminder of "Ham Tere Bin Ab Reh Nahin Sakte..." in tune. Arrangement reminds me of Boyz 2 Men. -Sanjeev

The singing saves this song from total rejection. And barely so. -Megha

Shreya Ghoshal tried her best to salvage the song, but didn't succeed due to the untiring efforts of the male singer Shail. -Arun Simha

क्‍या कहें जाने दे। -Yunus

Torture, really wanted to forward this song. -Vaishali
गानों को अंक केवल श्रेष्ठता के लिए दिए गए हैं. यानी एक आम गाने को कोई अंक नहीं दिया गया. केवल औसत से बेहतर प्रदर्शन के लिए अंक हैं. अधिकतम अंक 5.
The ratings/scores are on a positive-only scale. This means that an average or ok song gets a zero and the ratings go up from there. Maximum 5 marks.

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