It is that time of the year again, when we all reminisce about experiences lived throughout the exiting year. Here is the Hindi Cinema Blog's TOP 10 SONGS selection for our readers, taking into account more than mass hit value. We hope you like our song palette and that you might even discover a few good songs to add to your 2014 music favorites before the year is gone! Wishing you all a wonderful 2015 and many musically memorable moments ahead!
Aao Na (Haider)
The film Haider was one of the most awaited movies this year and the gritty and powerful promo song Aao Na had truly put audiences in the mood for the critical acclaim the Shahid Kapoor starrer generated. Vishal Bhardwaj and Gulzar struck gold again with a rich soundtrack. Aao Na became the flagship song of the film and transcended it however as a hit in its own right.
Jumme Ki Raat (Kick)
Th Hindi Cinema Blog is in complete agreement with the masses on this particular song, which made it to the top of the charts this year and stayed in many personal lists as a favorite. Himesh Reshammiya has never featured profusely in the blog for some reason, but this dance tune definitely brings together a fine combination, particularly with a voice such as Mika Singh in the mix. Relisten at will!
Maawa Laage (Happy New Year)
Happy New Year greeted Diwali and one of the tracks that definitely stood out from the film's soundtrack was Maawa Laage, composed by Vishal-Shekhar. Arijit Singh's and Shreya Goshal's wonderful voices are suitably accompanied by tabla, synth and string arrangements in the true tradition of feel-good blockbuster romantic songs that sell well and are also just plain pleasing to the ear. Maawa Laage is here to stay!
Fanny Re (Finding Fanny)
Finding Fanny is in HCB's opinion, one of the very best films and soundtracks to have been released in India in 2014. Read our review of the soundtrack by Mathieu Duplessy. Though we recommend the entire soundtrack (and the background score, please release it!), one of the songs you definitely do not want to miss from the year 2014 is Fanny Re.
London Thumakda (Queen)
This song became a must-have for people young and old this year, always conjuring up a feeling of celebration. Joy-inducing voices of Labh Janjua, Sonu Kakkar and Neha Kakkar fit perfectly into the festive composition by Amit Trivedi.
Locha e Ulfat (2 States)
Shankar Ehsaan Loy gave 2 States a fresh soundtrack, making Locha e Ulfat one of the major reasons to go and watch the film in cinemas. The bagpipes in such a perky pop song gave it a distinctive sound and the song will certainly remain in records as one of 2014's most popular tunes.
Fugly Fugly Kya Hai (Fugly)
This groovy song was pitcurized having two of Bollywood's most crazed about male stars in the same frame: Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan. Yo Yo Honey Singh being the singer and music director of the track, this mega hit was not lacking star power but also delivers some hearty musical punch.
Sajde (Kill Dil)
Successwise, we would be tempted to say this was the year of Arijit Singh, who has become a great favorite of listeners, converting much of what he touches into gold. Hence, with this year coming to a close, we could absolutely not skip mentioning the Shankar Ehsaan Loy recent Sajde, in which the arrangements and Singh's rendition give the track a level of refinement that is a joy to listen to together with Nihira Joshi Deshpande and the legendary Gulzar.
Akaash Zale (Happy Journey)
Happy Journey elicited a film review from us recently and this list could not be complete without the mesmerizing Aakash Zale (Lullaby) by Karan Kulkarni, featuring the pristine voice of Shalmali Kholgade.
Thumbi Penne (Bangalore Days)
Anjali Menon has been acclaimed for her Malayalam films and Bangalore Days for whom she roped in prolific composer Gopi Sunder was not an exception. Thumbi Penne, sung by Siddharth Menon is a straightforward tune that carries joy and features an honest attempt towards exploring Latin sounds which has all brought by its inclusion in our list. Enjoy! And a happy New Year to you, dear Reader!