Formulaic templates, cringeworthy lyrics and boring presentation were the bane of popular Hindi film music in 2014 but some foot tapping numbers made the right noises and stood apart.
1. Hamri ataria (Dedh Ishqiya)
Rehash the past to make it sound right to the current generation and make it fly. So Vishal Bhardwaj and Gulzar played around with an old dadra, mixed it with nice lyrics, a good electrical guitar and had Rekha Bhardwaj sing it
2. Offo (Two States)
A good, addictive campus song that went beyond and played outside the college parties
3. Blue hai paani paani (Yaariyan)
The film released in January 2014 but this song will surely be played in the new year parties as we bid goodbye to 2014
4. Patakha guddi (Highway)
Rahman apart what really made people crave for the music of Highway were the Nooran Sisters and their attitude filled Patakha guddi. One song that promises to last beyond 2014.
5. Main tenu samjhavan ki (Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania)
Adapt a song from across the border, film it on the teenagers' favourite couple of the year and you've got a hit.
6. Babydoll main sonay di (Ragini MMS 2)
The song that brought the house down and how! All thanks to the Meet brothers, Kanika Kapoor and, of course, Sunny Leone.
7. Palat, tera hero idhar hai (Main Tera Hero)
One of the biggest pities of 2014 was the commodification of Arijit Singh. He sang too many songs which started sounding the same. Yet, there were melodious exceptions like this naughty college song. Arijit, stay young!
8. Teri galiyaan (Ek Villain)
Expressing pain seems to be Ankit Tiwari’s strong point. He does it beautifully here. The Shradha Kapur unplugged version is also dripping in love. I wonder which version I like better.
9. Bismil (Haider)
Excellently choreographed and well performed by Shahid, the ‘tell tale’ lyrics by Gulzar and folksy composition by Vishal. Bismil had a lot going for it.
10. Kill Dill (Kill Dill)
It has been a while since there was so much madness in one song. Sonu Nigam and Shankar Mahadevan brought the house down with this one.
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