1. Delhi 6
Just when his critics had started murmuring about his tunes getting repetitive, Rahman shut them up with his best album in recent years. Be it the folksy Genda phool, the devotional Arziyaan or the haunting love ballad Rehna tu, Rahman proved his versatility with aplomb… More surprises came in the form of the classical Bhor bhaye, the funky title track and the gentle masterpiece Dil gira dafatan. And who can forget the chartbuster Masakali – every gully, nukkad and club in the country blasted this song endlessly. Delhi 6 had exemplary music and was undoubtedly the album of the year!!
2. Dev D
The year also belonged to young musician Amit Trivedi. With 18 original compositions, ranging from rock to fusion to classical, Trivedi established himself as one of the brightest talents in Bollywood. While songs like the edgy Nayan tarse, the heady Duniya and the funky Pardesi found critical appreciation, it was Emosanal attyachar that struck a tremendous chord with listeners reaching dizzy heights of popularity. Dev D was radical & hugely entertaining!
3. Love Aaj Kal
Post Jab We Met, the combination of Imtiaz Ali, Pritam & Irshad Kamil hit gold once again with the music of Love Aaj Kal! Young, frothy and immensely likeable, the soundtrack of Love Aaj Kal included the boisterous Aahun aahun, the infectious Twist and the fresh love ditty Chor bazaari! But the highlight of the album was Mohit Chauhan’s poignant Yeh dooriyan and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s captivating Aaj din chadheya. Pritam delivered big time with this soundtrack!
Dhan te nan was the anthem of 2009! Vishal Bharadwaj took this popular background hook from the 70s and tossed it around into a full fledged, super energetic, frenzy inducing chartbuster!! If Mohit Chauhan’s silken vocals made Thode bheege one of the most romantic ballads, then Rekha Bharadwaj and Sunidhi Chauhan’s Raat ke dhai baje was the full on masti song of the year! Gulzar’s phenomenal lyrics only added to the appeal of this album. Vishal Bharadwaj’s music, like his film was the most explosive of the year!
After lying low for a while, Himesh Reshammiya returned in style with Radio! Bereft of all things one typically identifies with a Himesh album, Radio was melodious, fresh and engaging. Mann ka radio left you puzzled in the beginning, but soon got you humming along. But it was Himesh’s fabulous range as a musician in songs like Jaaneman, Piya jaise ladoo and Rafa dafa that proved his immense potential!
Other notable mentions: Pritam’s Tum Mile and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and Salim Sulaiman’s Kurbaan.