It comes out as a surprise that in a Bollywood centric city, international songs have been clear favourites as far as DJs in Mumbai are concerned.
Most acknowledge the need to play Bollywood music to entertain the masses. But when it comes to ringing in the New Year, three out of 10 listed The time... by the Black Eyed Peas, as their most-spinned song.
The song is on the band’s recent album, The Beginning, which is chorused on the Dirty Dancing hit ‘(I’ve had) The time of my life.. Sheila ki jawani... from Tees Maar Khan and I got a feeling by the Black Eyed Peas tied as the second most spin-worthy tracks.
The Black Eyed Peas is a party favourite with five of the 10 DJs, who selected their songs to play at New Year’s eve parties. Munni badnaam hui..., one of the biggest hits of the year, features only in one DJ’s list.
1 DJ Akhtar, Renaissance, Powai
I will be playing either Munni badnaam hui... or Sheila ki jawani.... I haven’t decided on which one, but it is going to be one of these, as I will be playing to more than 3,000 people.
Since Bollywood sells amongst the masses, I will also play Laila o Laila... from Qurbani and a few Bappi Lahiri and RD Burman remixes, which I have specially produced for the New Year.
2 DJ Kiran, Valhala, Churchgate
I will play mostly Bollywood songs, depending on the crowd. I will bring in the New Year either with a remix
of Tees Maar Khan title track or Sheila ki jawani... or play contemporary English hits by Akon or Black Eyed Peas.
3 DJ Hiren, Sahara Star, Vile Parle
At Seduction 2011, I will be playing Munni badnaam hui..., Sheila ki jawani..., Amplifier..., Mithi mithi bolo... from Aisha and also The time..., by the Black Eyed Peas. For the final countdown I will play I got a feeling... by the Black Eyed Peas or Final countdown... by Europe.
4 DJ Ricky, Manchester United Café, Lower Parel
I will bring in the New Year by playing The time... (Dirty bit) by the Black Eyed Peas, as the song is very upbeat and has amazing lyrics that talk about good times. It’s a perfect track to make the club atmosphere crazy.
5 DJ Reji, Bonobo, Bandra
I will be playing The time... by the Black Eyed Peas at midnight. I guess it’s very popular and brings back old memories. Other tracks that I play will be Bollywood, especially from the last decade.
6 DJ Akbar Sami, Renaissance Club, Versova
I will be playing a soundtrack called, The anthem... by David Guetta. I have recreated it by adding numbers along with the sound. I will also play Bollywood numbers along with tracks by Black Eyed Peas and Akon.
7 Meldan DaCunha, better known as Big M, Soul Fry Casa, Fort
I will play Auld lang syne... which is a traditional Scottish poem played to bring in the New Year. Then I will play Soca music, which is very popular at my outlet and has community members also joining in to sing.
8 DJ Joel, Blue Sea, Worli
There have been a lot of commercial hits this year. So other than the Bollywood favourites Munni badnaam hui... and Sheila ki jawani... I have selected tracks by Axwell. But to bring in the New Year, I will spin The time... by the Black Eyed Peas.
9 DJ Emaan, Dome, InterContinental, Marine Drive
The song I would be playing is Party animal... by David Guetta feat Akon because it’s everyone’s favorite at the moment. It relates to people partying in the New Year.
10 DJ Henson, Gadda da Vida, Novotel, Juhu
I will be playing I got a feeling... by the Black Eyed Peas. It’s a song that is sure to get people into the feel of New Year.