Guys!! We are back with yet another exciting poll! It’s the 8th mega poll in the series (after the mega success Poll-7: The Most Desirable Bollywood Actor Poll). This time we go back to where we started; we started with a music related poll (The Most Romantic Bollywood Song Ever!) and after 6 mega polls we are back with yet another Music related poll. As usual, poll will be running for 33 days and you are allowed to campaign for the choice you have been rooting for. Considering the large number of songs in the last decade, we start with 30 songs (which we selected with the help of an expert panel and our Facebook/Twitter followers) and we’ll add 10 more songs to the list on the 5th day of the poll. You will have time till the 5th day to send in your suggestions. Check out the details of all the 7 previous polls here.
The Hindi Film (Bollywood) music in last decade (2001-2010)
Much like the movies, the music industry also went through a complete makeover in the last decade and we saw the rise of many new talents. A R Rahman, Pritam, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Vishal-Bharadwaj, Vishal-Shekhar, Salim-Sulaiman, Himesh Reshammiya, Mithoon, Monty Sharma, M.M Kreem etc had given us unforgettable tunes in this period. As for the lyricists, Javed Akhtar, Gulzar, Sameer, Prasoon Joshi, Irshad Kamil, Jaideep Sahni etc wrote poetic lines. Couple of promising singers also came in to the fore (Shreya Ghoshal was the biggest finding of the decade when it comes to singers). We should celebrate these talents, isn’t it? This poll is a humble initiative to reminisce and honour some of the finest songs we have heard in the last decade. We don’t claim our list to be perfect as it is highly difficult to choose from vast number of songs. Still, we have done our bit to honour those amazing creative minds in the industry. Discuss the music and share it with as many people. Let’s celebrate a golden decade of great music.
30) Apni Zulfein Mere – Tajmahal An Eternal Love Story (2005) – 0% Votes
[Music: Naushad] [Singer: Hariharan] [Lyrics: Naqsh Layallpuri and Syed Gulrez Rashid]
Naushad is such respected and accomplished composer in Bollywood and Tajmahal An Eternal Love Story is his last film. As we all expected, he gave us great music in the album. Hariharan’s romantic voice will touch your heart strings like cool breeze and you will be taken to a whole new world when you listen to it. You will have to feel the romance in it to realize the power of pure music. It’s a magical song and we are more than glad to give a nomination for this beautiful melody.
29)Beedi – Omkara (2006) – 0% Votes
[Music: Vishal Bharadwaj] [Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Nachiketa Chakraborty, Clinton Cerejo] [Lyrics: Gulzar]
Probably the one of the extremely energetic songs of the decade! Sunidhi Chauhan and Sukhwinder Singh add oodles of energy in to the song. We have seen (or listened to) many item numbers in the last decade, but Beedi stands out for its rustic canvas and explosive energy. It falls in to Rock genre at times and Vishal Bharadwaj has done an amazing job with the arrangements of the song. Gulzar saab has written beautifully provocative lines and it’s sheer magic. No wonder why it takes a place on our poll.
28) Ranjha Ranjha – Raavan (2010) – 1% Votes
[Music: A R Rahman] [Singers: Rekha Bharadwaj, Javed Ali & Anuradha Sriram] [Lyrics: Gulzar]
Although Rahman went out of his way to bring new sounds and dimension to his music in Raavan, it never really got its due; may be because the movie didn’t work at the box office. Nonetheless, it remains to be a brilliant effort from Rahman. There is a whole new dimension to this song as Rekha Bharadwaj sings Ranjha Ranjha in her sexy, rustic voice. Anuradha Sriram provides excellent support with her humming and Javed Ali’svoice fulfils the contrast required for the song. Great lyrics, futuristic composition and brilliant singing – that’s what Ranjha Ranjha for us and we give the much deserved nomination without a second thought.
27) Dheeme Dheeme Gaon – Zubeidaa (2001) – 1% Votes
[Music: A R Rahman] [Singer: Kavita Krishnamurthy] [Lyrics: Javed Akhtar]
Zubeidaa is A R Rahman’s one of the most accomplished albums. Rahman was quoted that Water and Zubeidaa are two of his most cherished works. The album is the right mix of sweeping poetry and soothing melody. Sweetness and romanticism are two of the striking aspects of this album and it reflects in this Kavita Krishnamurthy song, which is all about the innocent love of a woman, namely Zubeidaa. It’s difficult not to fall for the sweetness and the tenderness of this song. It will put you at ease immediately with its straight-from-heart tune. A great song and for the same reason it gets a nomination from us.
26) Kajra Re – Bunty Aur Babli (2005) – 1% Votes
[Music: Shankar-Ehasaan-Loy] [Singers: Alisha Chinay & Shankar Mahadevan] [Lyrics: Gulzar]
Kajra Re song became an instant hit for the simple reason thatAmitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan & Aishwarya made it immensely watchable. A sexy mujra is treat for eyes and what if there is lot of fun as well in it? Well, the song was magical in its own right as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy made it extremely catchy with intelligent arrangements. The best thing about the song? It has to be Alisha Chinay as she is the last person we would imagine for a mujra and the experiment was spot on. We couldn’t resist giving a nomination for one of the most memorable songs from last decade.
25) Jab Se tere Naina – Saawariya (2007) – 1% Votes
[Music: Monty Sharma] [Singer: Shaan] [Lyrics: Sameer]
Ah! The most romantic song of the decade for us!! Yet another gem from Sanjay Leela Bhansali! Be itMonty Sharma or Ismail Darbar, both have done their best work under the strict guidance ofBhansali. The whole arrangement of the song is brilliant. Sameer’s beautiful lyrics andShaan’s passionate voice take the song in to new heights any other song could rarely achieve. It reminds us of the purity of a Naushad or R D Burman song. The old world charm is unmistakable and we are more than glad to add this as one of the nominees.
24) Desi Girl – Dostana (2008) – 1% votes
[Music: Vishal-Shekhar] [Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan & Vishal Dadlani] [Lyrics: Kumaar]
Vishal-Shekhar hit the bulls eye with Dostana album as it got thumbs up from both the critics and listeners alike. Desi Girl was the biggest hit of the album as it became a global HIT in no time. It climbed the HIT charts in UK and some other countries owing to its peppy mood & global appeal. Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi & Vishal were in top form right from word go. It was shot even more beautifully as John, Abhishek and Priyanka made the song their own. It gets a much deserved nomination from us.
23) Bheege Hont – Murder (2004) – 1% Votes
[Music: Anu Malik] [Singer: Kunal Ganjawala] [Lyrics: Sayeed Quadri]
Bheege Hont is outrageously sensuous and the passion is on the brink of explosion asKunal Ganjawala sings “Tujhe Subah Tak Main Karoon Pyar…” (I will make love to you till morning). Sayeed Quadri’s beautiful lyrics need a special mention. This song was life altering for Kunal as he became an overnight sensation with his passionate voice. Much of the credit for the success of this song goes to the visuals as Emraan Hashmi and Maliika Sherawatmatched up to the passion exuded by the song. One of the most talked about songs of the decade and we are glad to give a much deserved nomination.
22) Saanwariya Saanwariya – Swades (2004) – 1% Votes
[Music: A R Rahman] [Singer: Alka Yagnik] [Lyrics: Javed Akhtar]
Romanticism and poetry at its best! That would be the perfect description for this beautiful song. No other A R Rahman song is as subtle and gentle as this one, given Alka Yagnik almost ends up chanting Javed saab’s beautiful poetry. A love struck girl’s mind is beautifully captured in the tune, and it’s tough not to feel the tenderness. This is one tune which can go deep down in to your heart and remain there comfortably forever. Alka, A R Rahman and Javed Saab deserve high praise for this gem and that’s the reason for us to give the much deserved nomination here.
21)Luka Chuppi – Rang De Basanti (2006) – 2% Votes
[Music: A R Rahman] [Singers: Lata Mangeshkar & A R Rahman] [Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi]
Prasoon Joshi’s heartening lyrics on mother-son bonding had legendary Lata Mangeshkar in tears when she came to record for this song. Rang De Basanti is one of the most distinguishable albums of A R Rahman for its tryst with different styles of music. It was a complete album with songs ranging from devotional to romantic to rock genre.Lataji is the worried mother seeking her son and Rahman is the son who wants to quit the hide and seek game and get back to his mother at the earliest- the poignancy and the love are difficult to escape and your moist eyes will tell you that you are emotionally overwhelmed by the magic of the song. The list is incomplete without Luka Chuppi.
20) Khwaja Mere Khwaja – Jodha Akbar (2008) – 2% Votes
[Music: A R Rahman] [Singer: A R Rahman] [Lyrics: Javed Akhtar]
We all know how spiritual A R Rahman is in real life as it is a well-known fact that he does his prayer early morning without fail on every day. For the same reason we can seeRahman’s deep spiritual inclination in all his Sufi songs, be it Piya Haji Ali from Fiza, Arziyaan From Delhi 6 or Kwaja Mere Khwaja. For the late comers, Khwaja Mere Khwaja was not even meant for films as Rahman composed it for his personal prayer. Ashutosh Gowarikarhappened to listen to it and rest is history. Hrithik dancing with the sufi singers in the song video is an unforgettable experience. We must be fools to deny a nomination for this gem!
19) Aaj Ki Raat – Don (2006) – 2% Votes
[Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy] [Singers: Alisha Chinoy, Mahalaxmi Iyer & Sonu Nigam] [Lyrics: Javed Akhtar]
Aaj Ki Raat went on to become a rage in the clubs and discos, and that speaks volumes about its timeless appeal. The song is a reminiscent of 80′s club songs and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have made the song sound extremely groovy and modern. The biggest recognition came in the way when A R Rahman used this song in Slumdog Millionaire. That says a lot about the quality of the composition and this song is one of the chosen nominees on our list.
18) O rey chhori – Lagaan (2001) – 2% Votes
[Music: A R Rahman][Singers: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Vasundhara Das][Lyrics: Javed Akhtar]
Lagaan’ music was life altering for Hindi film music industry as the album refused to walk the beaten path. Not just the music, the movie itself was very crucial to the Hindi film industry (Bollywood) as it marked the beginning of a golden decade of middle-of-the-road movies. The music had to reflect the pre-independence era where the sound of music was pure, simple and lethargic. Rahman had to visit the sets in Gujrat to feel that beautiful era. He created everlasting tunes with the help of the smell and ambience provided by the Gujrat village. Javed Akhtar saab wrote beautiful poetry for the songs and today we have no other music to compare to the sound of Lagaan. All songs were great in the album, but we have decided to choose O rey chhori for its romance and perfect Indo-western blend. You can’t stop falling in love with the way Udit and Alka conveys love through the medium of their voice. Vasundhara’s English part reminds us of a Wordsworth poem and she retains the poetic quality in a commendable manner. Therefore O Rey Chhori is our first nominee on the ‘Bollywood song of the decade’ poll.
17) Maa – Taare Zameen Par (2007) – 3% Votes
[Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy] [Singer: Shankar Mahadevan] [Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi]
Viewers where in tears when the song Maa played out in the theatres – that was the kind of impact the song had on the viewers. For the same reason, National Award Jury gave best singer award to Shankar Mahadevan for his moving rendition. The dyslexic kid’s plight was described in a heartening manner in the song and his longing for his mother left everyone emotional. Prasoon Joshi wrote beautiful lyrics and the tune complemented it beautifully. Another highly moving song from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy post Kal Ho Naa Ho title track and it deserves a nomination from us.
16) Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai – Jism (2003) – 3% Votes
[Music: M M Kreem] [Singer: Shreya Ghoshal] [Lyrics: Neelesh Misra]
Jism is considered to be one of the most sensuous movies ever (Jism ranked 92 in the top 100 sexiest movie scenes poll conducted by Channel 4) and so is the sensuous song Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai. Bipasha Basu and John Abraham set screen on fire with raw, uninhibited passion and M. M. Kreem’s tune suited the mood to the T. Although Shreya Ghoshal’s voice suited more for sweet, coy, feminine type characters, she took a chance with the sensuous Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai and that paid off in the long run as she gets to sing sexy numbers once in a while. The mood of the song demanded both Jaadu and Nasha and she could add both to the song. The popularity of the song has increased over the years and therefore we have our next nominee on the poll.
15) Pee Loon – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010) – 3% Votes
[Music: Pritam] [Singer: Mohit Chauhan] [Lyrics: Irshad Kamil]
The song starts with a beautiful humming and you will fall in love with the song right after listening to that brilliant humming. In fact, that is the best part of the song. Unfortunately, the singer’s name is not revealed in the credit. Well, Mohit takes the reigns from that point onwards and the song will sink in your heart in no time as Irshad Kamil has written extremely romantic lines andPritam has infused life in to the beautiful lyrics. It is the third hit of Pritam-Mohit-Irshad team (after Tum Se Hi & Yeh Dooriyan) and we are hopeful that this brilliant team will come together more often. Pee Loon recently won couple of awards at GIMA (Global Indian Music Awards) and it speaks volumes about the brilliance of the song.With that we conclude the nominee introduction and it’s time for you guys to cast your valuable votes!
14) Kyonki Itna – Kyonki (2005) – 3% Votes
[Music: Himesh Reshammiya] [Singers: Udit Narayan & Alka Yagnik] [Lyrics: Sameer]
It’s unfortunate that the brilliant music of Kyonki Ki was underappreciated since the movie bombed at the box office. It is evident that Reshammiya has put his heart and soul in to the album. We are sure that this beautiful song will bag the deserved recognition with time as the beauty of this composition is beyond words. Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik are known for their flair for romantic numbers and they have given everything they have to this brilliant track. Let the recognition begin with our nomination and we are more than happy that we did a good deed.
13) Dhan Te Nan – Kaminey (2009) – 5% Votes
[Music: Vishal-Bharadwaj] [Singers: Vishadl Dadlani & Sukhwinder Singh] [Lyrics: Gulzar]
Vishal Bharadwaj – Gulzar team gave us some of the finest songs in the last decade and Dhan Te Nan is one of them. It can be referred to as the crossover Bollywood song as it went on to become a huge Hit in several countries. The explosive energy brought by the song was infectious and it soon became a party anthem. For several months, it was the most repeated song in clubs & pubs across the country. Vishal Dadlani andSukhwinder Singh are on a rampant and the madness is at its peak. Undoubtedly, Dhan Te Nan is one of the most distinguishable hits in the last decade and that’s enough for us to give a nomination.
12) Ye Dooriyan – Love Aaj Kal (2009) – 5% Votes
[Music: Pritam] [Singer: Mohit Chauhan] [Lyrics: Irshad Kamil]
After the intensely romantic Tum Se Hi (Jab We Met), Pritam-Mohit-Irshaad team gave us an even more beautiful song in Ye Dooriyan. The song flows like cool breeze and it’s hard not to followMohit Chauhan as he takes us to a completely serene space. The pain of separation is killing for the lovers and Mohit makes us experience it. This song is full of heart and magical poetry makes it even more palpable. Come fall in love and experience that sweet pain of love asMohit-Pritam-Irshaad team gift us a memorable love ballad. We acknowledge the brilliance of this song by giving a much deserved nomination.
11) Dheere Jalna – Paheli (2005) – 5% Votes
[Music: M M Kreem] [Singers: Sonu Nigam & Shreya Ghoshal] [Lyrics: Gulzar]
We wonder if this amazing song ever got the recognition it deserved (at least as far as popularity is concerned). It could walk away with the song of the decade title for its brilliant poetry, rich raga based music and the arresting singing. The song has few crests and troughs which are immensely gratifying to the senses. At one point it reaches a crescendo and in the next moment it falls in to complete silence for a second or two. Brilliance is written all over the composition and Shreya & Sonu gave their best. For the same reason Shreya won prestigious National Award for the couple of lines at the end of the song! How could we not give a nomination here?
10) Maula Mere Maula – Anwar (2007) – 6% Votes
[Music: Mithoon] [Singers: Roop Kumar Rathod, Kshitij Tarey] [Lyrics: Sayeed Quadri]
Even A R Rahman went gaga about Mithoon’s music and he is one of the best findings of the decade. He continues to surprise us with his out-of-the-box tunes and this talent is here to stay. Maula Mere Maula, a beautifully conceived sufi love ballad, struck the right cord with the listeners and it went on to became a huge hit. Even though the movie was a flop, the song found a permanent place in listeners’ hearts. Roop Kumar Rathod was in top form and the song did complete justice to his supreme talent.
9) Maar Daala – Devdas (2002) – 6% Votes
[Music - Ismail Darbar] [Singer: Kavita Krishnamurthy & KK] [Lyrics: Prakash Kapadia & Nusrat Badr]
Devdas is one of the universally acclaimed albums in the last decade. The movie was the perfect place to showcase great music and dance as the directorSanjay Leela Bhansali is passionate about both. The movie was larger than life and the grandeur achieved with its music and dance numbers still remains unchallenged. Ismail Darbarhas given his best work and it remains as an album with timeless splendour. Kavita Krishnamurthy imparts life to this beautiful mujra featured on Madhuri Dixit. The rich raga based tune has a sense of poignancy somewhere in it. A magical combination of beautiful lyrics, arresting music, soulful singing and even more beautiful screen depiction – Maar Daala is one of the nominees on the poll thanks to all these reasons.
8) Tere Naam – Tere Naam (2003) – 7% Votes
[Music: Himesh Reshammiya] [Singers: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik] [Lyrics: Sameer]
Himesh Reshammiya is the king of simple melodies. There are plenty of simple melodies created by Reshmmiya (latest being Teri Meri from Bodyguard) which are easily hummable for the average listener. May be that’s what works in favour of his songs to establish a connection with the common man. Tere Naam title track is one such song and the ever romantic Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik have infused plenty of romance and sense of longing in to this song. The power of simplicity is tremendous, isn’t it? Sameer’s simple lyrics compliment the music and it gets a much deserved nomination from us.
7) Tum Se Hi – Jab We Met (2007) – 7% Votes
[Music: Pritam] [Singer: Mohit Chauhan] [Lyrics: Irshad Kamil]
Tum Se Hi won the most romantic Bollywood song poll (our very first poll) and now you can imagine the kind of popularity garnered by this gentle love ballad. For Irshad Kamil’s beautiful romantic lyrics, Pritam gave simple yet catchy tune which went on to win many hearts. Mohit (the certified romantic voice today) gave his best for the song. At some point, it reminds us of rain. Romance at its best and we are more than glad to give a nomination for this beautiful track.
6) Mitwa – Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) – 14%
[Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy] [Singers: Shafqat Amanat Ali, Shankar Mahadevan, Caralisa Monteiro] [Lyrics: Javed Akhtar]
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have mastered the art of blending Indian classical music with the western elements and they have been doing it ever since their remix days. They have started their career with remixing old songs and that has helped them tremendously when they decided to mix sufi with rock for this song. They call the genre of the song as ‘sufi rock ballad’; irrespective of what is being called, the song is simply magical as we can’t stop smiling listening to Shafqat Amanat Ali’s soulful rendering. The song has helped the movie tremendously and it is still one of the most requested song on Radio. How could we not give a nomination?
5) Woh Lamhein – Zeher (2005) – 14% Votes
[Music: Anu Malik, Roop Kumar Rathod & Jal] [Singer: Atif Aslam] [Lyrics: Saeed Quadri]
Despite the controversy on the ownership of the tune, the song became a huge hit and the remix version became even bigger hit. Atif Aslam made his grand entry through this song which went on to become the biggest hit of the year. It must be noted that the lyrics were sweepingly romantic. Special mention to Atif Aslam - his extremely expressive singing has helped the song tremendously to effectively convey the romance in the lyrics. We give the much deserved nomination to this beautiful song.
4) Tere Liye – veer-Zaara (2004) – 19% Votes
[Music: Madan Mohan] [Singers: Lata Mangeshkar & Roop kumar Rathod] [Lyrics: Javed Akhtar]
Tere Liye could be one of the most heart-wrenching romantic songs ever for its soulful music and heartening lyrics. Madan Mohan conceived this tune several years ago. After hearing it for the first time, a visionary like Yash Chopra was pretty sure that he would be using this tune one day. Several years after Madan Mohan left us,Yash Chopra used it for Veer-Zaara, where he brought his son Sanjeev Kohli on board to redo the song. For Lataji, Madan Mohan was like a brother and she was in tears while recording the song. Yeah, the pain of separation has never been that effective in any other song in the last decade. Roop Kumar Rathod also was effective.
3) Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai – Rab Ne bana Di Jodi – 24% Votes
[Music: Salim-Sulaiman] [Singers: Roop Kumar Rathod & Shreya Ghoshal] [Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni]
“Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai, Yaara Main Kya Karoon…” finding god in your lover is such a beautiful thought and Jaideep Sahni wrote beautiful poetry for this song which is one of the finest compositions of Salim-Sulaiman. Roop Kumar Rathod is perfect for the song as he owns the song in a wonderful manner.Shreya sang the slow version; nonetheless, the magic is same in her version as well. The song complimented the story very well and the tune was used several times as back ground score in the movie. Yes, we are more than happy to give a nomination for this amazing song.
2) Noor-E-Khuda – My Name Is Khan (2010) – 26% Votes
[Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy] [Singers: Adnan Sami, Shankar Mahadevan & Shreya Ghoshal] [Lyrics: Niranjan Iyengar]
Deeply spiritual, yet moving – that was Noore-E-Khuda. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy put their soul in to this composition as the timeless quality of the song will make you sit and listen. Also, the combination of the singers is what makes it immensely catchy as the sweet and melodious Shreya is in the company of unconventional voices like Adnan and Shankar. In fact, Adanan’s opening lines are simply brilliant and Shreya takes this in to another level when she takes charge towards the end of the song. The whole arrangement of the song was beautiful and Niranjan Iyengar’s meaningful lyrics have added to the beauty of the song.
1) Kal Ho Naa Ho – Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) – 43% Votes
[Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy] [Singer: Sonu Nigam] [Lyrics: Javed Akhtar]
This song has already been selected as one of the most remarkable tunes created in the history of Hindi Film music. The melancholy of the song is something which haunted the listeners for long. Sonu Nigam’s deep voice and the poignant yet philosophical lyrics have lifted the heart-wrenching tune created by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to new heights. The song describes the state of a dying Shahrukh Khan in the movie. This tune will be remembered forever and we’ll see future generations going ga-ga about it. For now, it takes a much deserved nomination on our poll.