Among the numerous film fraternities that exist all over the globe and are a part of the international arena with their choices of films, Bollywood brings in a refreshing change, thanks to the numerous song and dances that pump up the fervor in Hindi films. While some consider it as a decadent trend, most have been fascinated by what we call it the typical Bollywood numbers that pop up every now and then in the film’s sequential plotline.

Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan in Race 2, Ranbir Kapoor in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Shah Rukh Khan in Chennai Express Movie Stills
Race 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Chennai Express Movie Still

Although 2013 had shown a stark change, with Indian films aiming towards the contemporary cinema with less songs, dance numbers and more of background drama, we still had a few films whose album stood out as powerful, goofy and sometimes upbeat and most times arousing!


Let’s take a look at the contenders for the Best Music Album of 2013:

Race 2 by Pritam:

When it comes to franchises, Race 2 did live upto the expectations of its predecessor in terms of music (only!). While the thrills and the twists remained guessable, the songs added a particular zing to the movie. With Party on my Mind and Lat Lag Gayee adding that groove to the album, we also had a perfectly placed Be Intehaan to transcend us to romantic platforms. But the revamped version of Allah Duhayi Hai was nothing more than just passable. All in all, a moderately nice album with few songs that can jive up a party without much a do.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani by Pritam:

One of the best musical albums of the year, one that outshone most of its contemporaries in terms of variety and life, is definitely Pritam’s work for KJo’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Whether it was the folksy tunes from Balam Pichkari or the adrenaline pumping dance-in-your-boots Badtameez Dil number, crowd kept moving to the YJHD numbers. With Kabira and Illahi by powerful voices adding that pitch and tone, we also had Dilliwali Girlfriend in tow. But it was definitely Ghagra, the Munni-Sheila of the film, that clearly added the rustic touch. And we couldn’t stop playing them non-stop on our I-pods!

Aashiqui 2 by Jeet Ganguly, Mithoon and Ankit Tiwary:

Another brilliantly concocted number, rendered by some powerful singers and made effortlessly as one of the best romantic albums ever, Aashiqui 2 was at the right place at the right time. While its prequel had some realy famous numbers, one that we keep singing even today, Aashiqui 2’a album will surely join the Hall of Fame of one of the best albums ever made. A Chahu Main ya Na to start the tendencies of coy romance within, a Tum hi Ho to fall in love with, a Sun Raha Hai Na Tu to deal with the heartback and a Bhula Dena and a Piya Aaye Na to lose ourselves to, Aashiqui 2’s splendid album reverberated the different stages of love and life one usually is witness to. And that was just wow!

Lootera by Amit Trivedi:

More than the beats, if a film’s songs made sense, it had to be this Amit Trivedi album which spoke volumes of his hard work and dedication. A perfectly fitting ode to O Henry’ Last Leaf and making a period album based on the Era of the ‘50s was astoundingly difficult but Trivedi succeeded in tugging a tapestry of emotions within the human soul. With only six songs in the album, the music composer weaved magic as Sawar Loon spoke of romance-uncalled-for while all the others, be it Zinda, Shikayatein and Ankahee left us teary-eyed. Adding that traditional baul feel to Monta Re and the pangs of death in Manmarziyan was an interesting move. We loved!

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy:

When you need to make an arousing testament to the human spirits, its no better than to look out for SEL. Remember the somber beats from My Name is Khan and the urge of prayers in Noor-e-Khuda. Istill get goosebumps. But with BMB, they took almost the same route but in a totally different matter. Gurbani, Zinda and Mera Yaar were refreshingly new but Maston ka Jhund and Bhaag Milkha bhaag added the much needed gravitas to the biopic!

Ramleela by Sanjay Leela Bhansali:

This year’s most gutsy romantic saga had the boldest songs as well. A maverick director, who used his finesse for songs to create something so organic and real, made it up for all his fand by churning one blockbuster number after the other. Although my favouritism remains and will stay with Lahu Munh Lag Gaya for the sheer seductive eroticism and the orgasmic feel that it brings to the ears, Nagada Sang Dhol Baaje was brilliant! And when Bhoomi Trivedi went the zany way, delivering a Ram Chahe Leela, it was earthy, rustic and oh-so-sizzling! With Tattad Tattad, the director sealed it totally. Period.

Chennai Express by Vishal-Shekhar and Honey Singh:

Vishal-Shekhar seemed to have been lost before as the last song that I loved from their creations was the Disco Deewane version way back last year until a Chennai Express happened this year. The item song of the year, 1 2 3 4 Get on the Dance floor did not make quite an impact on hearing it for the first time but with time and calculated moves, I guess, the song got on like a house on fire. But it was definitely Vishal-Shekhar’s forte, the Titli number that we lost our hearts to. Bringing in S.P.Balasubramaniam to sing the title track was a wise move but it was Honey Singh’s Lungi Dance that has topped all chartbuster list ever since. After all, disco mein jab yeh gaana baajega, on the floor aana parega! Get the cue?

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