Monthly Music Roundup – December and January

Tired of poring through album after album searching for new music? Put off by repetitive soundtracks which are essentially more of the same? Magic Of Bollywood brings you our Monthly Music Roundup, where we bring you a whistle-stop tour of the best of the month in music from Bollywood and Kollywood.

Despite song and dance being a mainstay of Indian cinema, most movies tend to be remembered for performances, story and/or direction. However, regardless of whether a movie is deemed good, bad, ugly, hit or flop, it’s often the music that lingers on and stays with us long after the credits roll. As a close follower of the Bollywood and Kollywood industries, I decided to pore through all the latest albums to compile my list of the most worthwhile music from the last month in movies.

So without further ado, here’s presenting my top list of songs in no specific order:

Dil Diyan Gallan from Tiger Zinda Hai

This soulful melody is right up there with the tracks which just refuse to budge from my playlist. A beautiful tune with a Sufi infusion makes it one of the most pleasant tunes to come out in a while. This is an Atif Aslam show all the way with his otherworldly voice in tow and for those interested, you might also want to check out the unplugged version which is no less memorable.

 

Naana Thaana from Thaana Serndha Kootam

The combination of music directors Anirudh and Suriya works fabulously in giving life to this melody. As with most songs composed by Anirudh, it’s not a track that immediately commands your attention, but one that slowly sneaks up on you and firmly embeds itself in your subconscious.

Pay close attention to the high pitched rendering of the word ‘Adiye’ through the song along with the fabulous violin interludes. With catchy, simple lyrics this song is a must hear for all fans of Tamil music. Although another song from the movie ‘Sodakku’ is garnering the most hype, this is easily my favourite and will live on long after the movie.

 

‘Yaad Hai’ from Aiyaary

Ankit Tiwari has one of the most underrated voices in an industry all too consumed by one Arijit Singh.  I maintain that few can bring such powerful emotion to their songs as Tiwari does. It’s become something of a trademark of his . While Yaad Hai is a slightly more simple, toned down composition than Tiwari’s previous compositions, its no less soulful in the emotion it evokes and is ideal for those who enjoy love ballads more than fast, peppy numbers.

 

‘Idhayane’  from ‘Vellaikaran

The combination of Sivakarthikeyan and Anirudh has given Tamil music buffs a lot of foot-tapping numbers in the past. Their combination is sure to make any album a chartbuster which their most recent collaboration proved yet again with a great all rounder album in Vellaikaran.  While it’s hard to pick a favourite, I’d have to go with Idhayane. With vocals from Neeti Mohan and Anirudh, the tune and singing grows on the listeners and in my opinion hasn’t entirely got its due, probably due to the album having other chartbusters like ‘Iraiva’.

 

‘Swag Se Swagat’ from Tiger Zinda Hai

The quintessentially bastardized Bollywood lyrics aside, you can’t deny the peppy, foot-tapping nature of Vishal Shekhar’s Swag Se Swagat from Tiger Zinda Hai. Hey, at least its not another rip off remix from the past. The upbeat, stylish dance number has Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in fine form doing what they do best,  with strong vocals by Vishal Dadlani, Neha Bhasin and Raftaar making for an undeniably addictive chartbuster.

 

PS: I didn’t listen to  the album of  Mukabaaz and didn’t personally like any song from the underwhelming Padmawat.

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