The year 2010 offered a wide range of Bollywood songs. While raunchy numbers like Munni badnaam hui kept the adrenaline pumping, soft and romantic numbers such as Dil toh bachcha hai jee and Pee loon caressed listeners' hearts and the Sufi number Sajda spelt bliss for music lovers.
The year cannot be dedicated to any one musician - from Pritam Chakraborty to Vishal-Shekhar; all enjoyed a fair share of the spotlight. But amid singers it was Rahat Fateh Ali Khan who made it big with a couple of hits.
Here're the most popular songs of 2010:
Dil toh bachcha hai jee: It was a melodious beginning to the year with the romantic number from Ishqiya. Vishal Bharadwaj directed the music and roped in Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to sing the song that instantly struck a chord with listeners. The sound of the accordion was prominent in the composition and was reminiscent of Raj Kapoor songs.
Sajda: Composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy mesmerised listeners with this song from the film My Name Is Khan. Once again sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan along with Shankar Mahadevan and Richa Sharma, the Sufi number tugged at one's heartstrings. The sounds of tablas and dholaks were moulded together so beautifully that it helped the song become a chartbuster and stay on top for a long time.
Aap ka kya hoga (Dhanno): An interesting remix was packed into the Housefull album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy in the guise of Aapka kya hoga (Dhanno). Sung by Mika Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan and Sajid Khan, it revisited Amitabh Bachchan's popular song Apni to jaise taise from the 1981 superhit Lawaaris. The hit number appealed even after a makeover because the composers retained a few original lyrics. It was a winner all the way and made everyone dance to its tunes.
Bin tere: The song from I Hate Luv Storys managed to bring out the hidden romantic side in all of us. Composed by director duo Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravijiani, it surely is a soulful and melodious number. The simple lyrics were beautifully rendered by Shafqat Amanat Ali with ample support from Sunidhi.
Pee loon: The soft love ballad from the crime thriller Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai still occupies air time on most of the radio channels. Pritam Chakroborty's composition and Mohit Chauhan's voice have spelt magic for the song. It also contains traces of Sufi elements that add edge to the song.
Gal mithi mithi: This track is an amazing folk outing by Tochi Raina and is not like any run-of-the-mill Punjabi number. Composed by Amit Trivedi of Dev D fame for Aisha, the fast number instantly made its mark because of the unpredictable orchestration and the fun element woven together intelligently.
Munni badnaam hui: One of the most popular item numbers of the year, the fast-paced, catchy song with a rustic flavour created a nationwide sensation. Composed by Lalit Pandit and sung by Mamta Sharma and Aishwarya, Munni... from the superhit film Dabangg is still ruling the roost.
Tere mast mast do nain: Dabangg gave another hit in Tere mast..., but this time the composers were brothers Sajid-Wajid. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan crooned the moderately paced romantic track with such expertise that it made people sit up and take notice.
Zor ka jhatka: Even though the film failed to take off at the box office, this song from Action Replayy flew higher and higher on popularity charts. Sung by Daler Mehndi, Richa Sharma and Master Salim, Pritam's composition was appreciated for its quirky lyrics and unusual orchestration.
Sheila Ki jawaani: As they say the best is always reserved for the last, this song appeared almost at the end of the year and was an instant hit thanks to its urban appeal and a raunchy feel. It's giving competition to Munni badnaam hui for the best item number crown.
Brilliantly sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and composed by Vishal-Shekhar, the Tees Maar Khan number has foot tapping beats and an impressive composition has made it a favourite among people of all ages. With an urban appeal and a raunchy feel, the song is currently ruling every music chart.