Chammak Challo (RA.One)
A heady mix of Middle Eastern and mainstream Bollywood sounds, Chammak challo (Akon, Hamsika Iyer) had a rhythm that was blazing and super infectious. International R&B artiste Akon, a charismatic singer surprised with his Hindi diction while Hamsika Iyer made a dazzling impact in her Tamil portions. Composers Vishal and Shekar delivered a monster track that captivated the nation almost instantly. This song was probably the most heard song of the year!
Ooh La La (The Dirty Picture)
Sung with solid enthusiasm by Bappi Lahiri and Shreya Ghoshal, this retro styled track was a colourful riot. Vishal and Shekar derived inspiration from Lahiri’s compositions for films like Mawwali, Himmatwala and Kasam Paida Karne Waale Ki. They smartly embellished this raunchy number with the stereotypical 80s’ musical motifs – the percussion play, the strange noise made by the female chorus and disco effects and synced it perfectly with Rajat Arora’s cheeky lyrics. Shreya Ghoshal was delightful in her coquettish rendition.
Teri Meri (Bodyguard)
On a good day Himesh Reshammiya can create a spellbinding Indian melody. In the same league as his earlier songs Tumse milna (Tere Naam) and Main jahaan rahoon (Namastay London) Reshammiya composed a sparkling romantic ballad Teri meri for Bodyguard. Shreya Ghosal and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan were fabulous in their rendition of this poignant love song. The track not only got maximum airplay on radio stations but was also a very popular caller tune.
Sadda Haq (Rockstar)
The lead guitarist of late Michael Jackson’s tour group, Orianthi Panagaris opened Sadda haq with a spectacular guitar riff. What followed was a powerful rock anthem. The kind that went on to be heard at every protest and morcha in the country. This Rahman composition had the fire to evoke strong emotions especially in the youth. Kamil’s lyrics spoke of angst and Mohit Chauhan was fierce and grungy in his delivery.
Senorita (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)
Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol and Farhan Akhtar joined Spanish Flamenco singer Maria Del Mar Fernandez in Senorita, one of the most euphoric tracks of the year. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy composed a lively, colorful and extremely hummable number that was hugely popular, especially with the urban youth.