2016 is at its end knot and I would like to list 25 best songs of the year. Though 2016 has been fully dominated by fast tracks and party numbers, a few extremely melodious songs also got noticed. Here is my choice of top 25 Bollywood songs of the year 2016. Also read: Top 5 Bollywood Music Albums of 2016.
1. Haal-E-Dil Mera Poocho Na Sanam from Sanam Teri Kasam – The song had two renditions by Neeti Mohan and Sreerama Chandra Mynampati, and I fondly love the female version. Neeti is one of the finest emerging voices of Bollywood, who has given many chartbuster songs earlier. Himesh Reshammiya returns to melody with the songs of Sanam Teri Kasam which were highly appreciated. The song was written by Sameer.
2. Just Go To Hell E Dil from Dear Zindagi – One of the finest songs rendered by Sunidhi Chauhan in the recent times, Dear Zindagi is one of the top albums of the year. Music was composed by Amit Trivedi, and lyrics written by Kausar Munir.
3. Jag Ghoomeya from Sultan – The biggest hit of the year, the songs of Sultan too were highly appreciated. The movie included dancing numbers such as “Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai”. But my choice is definitely the soulful “Jag Ghoomeya” in Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice. The song was first recorded in Arjit Singh’s voice and later re-recorded in Pakistani singer’s voice, and the move invited a few controversies too. But “Jag Ghoomeya” in Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice is really touching and no one can deny. The song also had a female version sung by Neha Bhasin.
4. Dekha Hazaro Dafaa from Rustom – This soft romantic track was sung by Arijit Singh & Palak Muchhal. The song featured Akshay Kumar and Ileana D’cruz, and the music was composed by Jeet Gannguli. The soft tracks of the film composed by 4 composers got noticed and lyrics of all songs were penned by Manoj Muntashir.
5. Jeeta Hai Chal from Neerja – The movie based on real-life incident was one of the early hits of the year 2016. “Jeete Hain Chal” sung by Kavita Seth is the top song of the album.
6. The title track from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – The title track featuring Ranbir Kapoor is one of the top hits of the year and the promotional video went viral over the net. Music was composed by Pritam, lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and sung by Arijit Singh. So far 2016 has been one of the finest years for Arijit Singh.
7. Bulleya from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – The second top song of the album is definitely Bulleya, and it had two versions. The original version was sung by Amit Mishra and Shilpa Rao. The song was reprised by Arijit Singh, and was released at YouTube.
8. Keech Mere Photo from Sanam Teri Kasam – The song featured the newcomers Mawra Hocane and Harshvardhan Rane, and the duo looked cute and amazing onscreen. Neeti Mohan rendered her voice for the track composed by Himesh Reshammiya, and the song was beautifully picturized.
9. High Heel Shoes from Ki & Ka – One of the top chartbuster songs of the year, this trending song featured Arjun Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. Music was composed by Meet Bros Anjjan and Yo Yo Honey Singh. The album also included tracks composed by Illayaraja and Mithoon. Ji Huzoori, Kabir Most Wanted Munda and Foolishq are other popular tracks.
10. Bol Do Na Zara from Azhar – One of the soft tracks of this biopic film, music was composed by Amaal Mallik who sang the song as well. Lyrics were written by Rashmi Virag and the song featured Emraan Hashmi and Nargis Fakhri.
11. Tere Sang Yara from Rustom – Definitely the most popular song of the album, music was composed by Arko Pravo Mukherjee. The song was beautifully rendered by Atif Aslam, and featured Akshay Kumar and Ileana D’cruz.
12. Ladki Beautiful Kar Gayi Chull from Kapoor n sons – One of the top party numbers of the year, the song featured Alia Bhat and Sidharth Malhotra. The song was co-written, composed and sang by Badshah. Sukriti Kakar and Neha Kakkar provided the female vocals for the song. The song was co-written by Kumaar. The music video recorded over 11 crore hits this year.
13. Love You Zindagi from Dear Zindagi – The song was recorded in fast and slow versions. The song has definitely given a major break to Jasleen Royal who sang the song. The male voice was given by Amit Trivedi who composed its music also and featured Alia Bhat and Shah Rukh Khan. Dear Zindagi is one of the biggest musical hits of the year.
14. Title Track from Sanam Re – One of the top romantic albums of the year, the title track sung by Arijit Singh became extremely popular. The song was written and composed by Mithun.
15. Woh Mere Aana Pe Khil Jaana Tere from Raaz: Reboot – Film may be flop or hits, songs of Emraan Hashmi’s movies will always be noticed. Music of this sequel was given by Jeet Gannguli, and this particular track (Yaad Hai Na) was sung by Arijit Singh.
16. Pashmira from Fitoor – One of the top romantic tracks of the year, the song was composed and rendered by Amit Trivedi. The song featured artists who played childhood roles of Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapoor. A promotional video starring the leading stars was also released. Lyrics were written by Swanand Kirkire.
17. Yeh Fitoor Mera from Fitoor – The title track was sung by Arijit Singh and composed by Amit Trivedi. All the songs were extremely melodious. Apart from Pashmina mentioned above, Ranga Re and Tere Liya are next best tracks. Less-heard song Ranga Re may not be the favourite of many. But I loved its music score as well as beautiful rendering by Sunidhi Chauhan. The song had an English version sung by Caralisa Monteiro and the music composer Amit Trivedi provided the male voice for both these versions.
18. Tu Hai from Mohenjo Daro – Nowadays A. R. Rahman composes just one or two music albums for Bollywood a year. This particular track was sung by A. R. Rahman and Sanah Moidutty, and got noticed also. The movie was a huge flop at box office. Lyrics were penned by Javed Akhtar. The song featured Hrithik Roshan and newcomer Pooja Hegde.
19. Soch Na Sake from Airlift – One of the early hits of the year, the songs of Airlift were composed by Amaal Mallik and Ankit Tiwari and the lyrics were written by Kumaar. This particular track was composed by Amaal Mallik, and sung by Arijit Singh, Tulsi Kumar and Amaal Mallik.
20. Title Track from Sanam Teri Kasam – All the songs are extremely melodious and it’s the best work of Himesh Reshammiya as a composer in the recent times. I added three songs from this movie to my list of top 25 songs of 2016. The duet was sung by Ankit Tiwari and Palak Muchhal, and lyrics penned by Sameer.
21. Hua Hain Aaj Pehli Baar from Sanam Re – The song featuring Pulkit Samrat and Urvashi Rautela hit top music charts of the year. Its music was composed by Amaal Mallik. Amaal recorded this popular duet in his voice, aside Armaan Malik and Palak Muchhal.
22. Let’s break up from Hello Zindagi – Definitely one of the best breakup songs of the year. 2016 witnessed many shocking divorces and breakups. Two breakup songs of the year became extremely popular – Break Up from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Let’s break up from Hello Zindagi. I chose Alia Bhat’s song as my favourite and added to the list of top 25 songs of the year.
23. Jab Tak and Phir Kabhi of M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story – The songs from this super hit are extremely melodious and topped many music charts. Jab Tak sung by Armaan Malik is definitely the highlight of the film, great composition by Amaal Mallik. I also loved the popular track – Phir Kabhi sung by Arjit Singh.
24. Dil Ye Ladaku from Saala Khadoos – The movie starring Madhavan and Ritika Singh was released in Tamil and Hindi versions. Tamil version titled ‘Irudhi Suttru’ was a hit while Hindi version flopped. I loved the Tamil version of “Dil Ye Ladaku” titled – “Ey Sandakaara” for its lyrics written and ‘different’ rendition by Dhee. Its Hindi version was sung by Monali Thakur. Music was composed by Santhosh Narayanan.
25. Kala Chashma from Baar Baar Dekho – I would like to end the list with this high-charging dance number. The music video went viral over net and received more than 15 crore views in Youtube. The song featured Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra. Music was composed by Badshaah. He also rendered his voice for this huge chartbuster hit aside Amar Arshi and Neha Kakkar. The movie also included a soft track – Sau Aasmaan.
A few more songs need mention in the list – Jab Tak and Phir Kabhi of M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story,Tere bin of Waazir, Break Up of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,Ek Number Ek Number and Bewajaa of Sanam teri Kasam, Ik Kudi of Udta Punjab and Kuch To Hai of Do Lafzon Ki Kahani. Countless songs are bombarded to music industry nowadays and honestly I have not listened to many songs released this year. So, I may have missed many popular songs of the year.
Choice of Top 10 songs of the year 2016 – My list
1. Haal-E-Dil Mera Poocho Na Sanam from Sanam Teri Kasam
2. Pashmira from Fitoor
3. Jag Ghoomeya from Sultan
4. Just Go To Hell E Dil from Dear Zindagi
5. Let’s break up from Hello Zindagi
6. Keech Mere Photo from Sanam Teri Kasam
7. Title Track from Sanam Teri Kasam
8. Tere Sang Yara from Rustom
9. The title track from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
10. The title track from Sanam Re
Before I conclude I would like say – For those who loved a dose of high-octane party songs, 2016 has been a good year. But for those music fans who are serious about melodious tunes, the year might be a disappointment. Yet songs such as Jag Ghoomeya from Sultan, Sanam Re of Sanam Re, Pashmira from Fitoor and Haal-E-Dil Mera from Sanam Teri Kasam are some of the finest compositions of the year.
Quality of Bollywood songs have deteriorated over the years in the recent times, though most of the top chartbusters register millions of hits on Youtube. Yet a few soft songs also got noticed. Nowadays party numbers and dance songs are high in demand, and it’s not an easy task to identify each playback voices. Hope the good era of melody will return back to Bollywood.
Also read a few topics on new era Bollywood music on miscellaneous topics