Bollywood churns out hundreds of films and many more songs year after year since music is an integral part of Indian cinema. The year gone by had chartbusters like Emosanal attyachaar and Masakalli that thoroughly entertained listeners.
IANS has picked 10 best songs of 2009 from various genres that created waves in the music industry and remained audiences' favourite once released. The list shows that Pritam Chakraborty and A.R. Rahman rule the chart.
Emosanal attyachaar: Bollywood music got a boost in the very beginning of 2009 with hit, energetic and instantly likable number Emosanal Attyachaar. Crooned by Bony Chakravarthy, the song from Dev D that echoed the music of marriage bands, was composed by Amit Trivedi. The quirky number became a favourite of the younger generation and stood out among other songs released during that period.
Masakalli: This expressive number from the film Delhi-6, sung by Mohit Chauhan, bowled people over. An A.R. Rahman composition, it's a free flowing, addictive, fun song. Masakalli is still being played on music channels and radio and it's expected to stay with music buffs for some time to come owing to its mirthful mood.
Hai junoon: The song from New York caught the attention of young listeners for its hip and foot-tapping music. Sung by KK in his signature style and composed by Pritam Chakraborty, it topped the charts.
Aahun aahun: One of the biggest hits of the year was from the film Love Aaj Kal. It has an electrifying start with the strumming of the guitar and is an amalgamation of a hit Punjabi pop song by singer Jazzy B and Pritam Chakraborty's composition. Sung by Neeraj Shridhar, Aahun aahun keeps juggling between the two genres and sets the mood.
Dhan te nan: Composed by Vishal Bhardwaj, the song from Kaminey is edgy and energetic. Sukhwinder Singh and Vishal Dadlani go behind the mike for the track and while Sukhwinder gives it a rustic flavour, Vishal adds the rock touch to the song. "Dhan te nan" has a certain magic that is intriguing and holds the interest of the listener till the very end - the reason why it topped the music charts.
Hadippa: Mika Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan teamed up to sing Hadippa that spells loads of energy. It's foot-tapping composition made it a hit dance number. The song from the film "Dil Bole Hadippa" was composed by Pritam Chakraborty and it sort of reinvented Punjabi folk. It's perfect to play at any celebration.
Chiggy Wiggy: Bollywood showcased its international connect with the song Chiggy wiggy from not-so-hit film Blue as it was sung by international pop star Kylie Minogue with ample support from Sonu Niigaam. The first part of the song is in English and thus completely western, but Sonu enters with the dhol and brings in the Hindi flavour. This one is also Rahman's composition and went on to register itself among the hits of the year.
Tera hone laga hoon: Pakistani Singer Atif Aslam yet again proved his prowess with the song in the recently released film Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. One of the most romantic songs of the year, the duet also had Alisha Chinoi behind the mike. It's a beautiful, soothing love ballad that pulls on your heartstrings. Once again a Pritam's composition.
Paisa Paisa: The track from De Dana Dan has a Punjabi touch. The catchy number is again from Pritam's stable and is a huge hit at the DJ consoles.
Aal Izz Well: Last but not the least is Aal Izz Well from forthcoming 3 Idiots -- the track has raw energy and youthful spunk. It's a fun campus song that is filled with whistles in the background. Sung by Sonu Niigaam, Swanand Kirkire and Shaan and composed by Shantanu Moitra, it was lapped up by music lovers as soon as it came out.
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