In the past decade Bollywood music has come a long way — unique compositions, signature moves, a spurt in choreographers and more actors who can cut the rug. Hrithik Roshan proved that actors can be great dancers with his excellent moves in his debut film Kaho Na Pyaar Hai. In the following years the songs became more youthful and humable.
The term Bollywood music was coined in this decade with many dance schools even teaching this form of dancing. It became a norm to have an item number in every film and since Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s scintillating performance in Kajra Re, filmmakers are thronged with requests from actors for special songs.
Aamir Khan’s songs, from Dil Chahta Hai to Rang De Basanti till 3 Idiots, have become anthems for the youth. Last year Munni and Sheila ruled the chartbusters and the coming year too promises a lot of such gyrating number for the audience to enjoy.
Sheila ki jawani/munni Badnaam
Film: Dabangg/Tees Maar Khan
Youtube hits: 4,83,623
Both songs have been compared, analysing the music, lyrics and jhatkas of Malaika Arora Khan and Katrina Kaif— but there is no clear winner. Both ruled the charts and social networking websites. Lalit Pandit’s Munni sung by Mamta Sharma and Vishal Shekhar’s Sheila crooned by Sunidhi Chauhan have swept award functions this year.
All Izz Well
Film: 3 Idiots
Youtube hits: 11,86,619
Sonu Nigam, Shaan and Swanand Kirkire probably didn’t know that their song would become the youth anthem in time to come, but it did. The song is still downloaded, exchanged via blue tooth and heard on mobile phone ring tones. On campuses countrywide, the term the term All Izz Well coined by director Rajkumar Hirani is still used to get out of sticky situations.
Kabhi Kabhi Aditi
Film: Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
Youtube hits: 11,86,619
The song from Abbas Tyrewala’s film is a preferred caller tune even 3 years after the film’s release. Critics said it ruled billboards because of its simplicity and youth. Picturised on newbies Imran Khan and Genelia D'Souza, the song won AR Rahman, the best music director award that year.
Film: Om Shanti Om
Youtube hits: 99, 473
Film-maker Farah Khan got 30 bollywood stars to shake a leg in this number from her superhit film. These include Salman Khan, Rani Mukerji, Priyanka Chopra, Shilpa Shetty and Shabana Azmi, including Shah Rukh himself, the actor of the film. A host of singers had sung the song with music by Vishal-Shekhar.
Crazy Kiya Re
Film: Dhoom 2
Youtube hits: 41,65,047
The song, sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and picturised on Aishwarya Bachchan became a rage soon after it hit screens in November. Vaibhavi Merchant’s choreography and music composer Pritam’s score made the song the pick of all DJs at new year bashes in the country that year.
Film: Bunty Aur Babli
Youtube Hits: 10,11,112
Alisha Chinoy bounced back into the industry as Aishwarya Rai’s voice in Kajra Re. The hysteria created by Gulzar’s lyrics and Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy’s music was one of its kinds in many ways. It was the coming together of the Bachchan trio on the big screen for the first time and one of Ash’s boldest avatars ever.
Dhoom Macha Le
Youtube Hits: 20,68,052
Starting from bike horns to doorbells, the dhoom machale tune became a rage. So much so that Thai-American singer Tata Young even did an Hinglish version of the song that became equally popular. Sunidhi Chauhan sang the original track while Pritam Chakraborty gave the music.
Kal Ho Na Ho
Film: Kal Ho Na Ho
Youtube Hits: 26,50,89
Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy recreated the magic with Kal Ho Na Ho and it became one of the best selling albums ever. The title track Kal Ho Na Ho won the award for the track of the year and the lead singer Sonu Nigam and music composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy too got many awards including the national award.
Youtube Hits: 18,98,624
Dhak Dhak girl Madhuri Dixit and Ms World Aishwarya Rai set the screen on fire with Dola Re. Kavita Krishnamurthy and Shreya Ghoshal’s voice did full justice to this Ismail Darbar's composition. Its signature moves were by Saroj Khan.
Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe
Film: Dil Chahta Hai
Youtube Hits: 4,68,730
This Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy creation swept almost all award shows. Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, KK won various award in the best playback singer category. This song became the pulse of almost every nightclub.
Ek Pal Ka Jeena
Film: Kaho Na Pyar Hai
Youtube Hits: 1,61,692
Singer Lucky Ali's voice, choreographer Farah Khan’s moves, Rajesh Roshan’s music and last but not the least, Hrithik Roshan’s looks took the song to another level. The popularity of the song can be measured with everyone imitating the steps from the song and the song still is one of the hot favourite amongst the youth.