5 ‘O Re Piya’ (Aaja Nachle) Music By Salim-Sulaiman Performed By Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
This is one of those songs that you feel to your soul and you know it from the first notes. Rahet Fateh Ali Khan sings with such emotion that makes it wonderful to listen to. It has many musical changes throughout with a mixture of many different instruments that blend together very well. A great song from a great movie!
4 ‘Saawariya’ (Saawariya) Music By Monty Sharma-Sanjay Leela Bhansali Performed By Shail Hada
On an album full of incredible songs this one stands out as one of the best. The performance of Shail Hada in this song is out of this world. His voice is showcased to the utmost with the brilliant composition of the song. From the first to last note in ‘Saawariya’, Hada sings it to perfection. One of the performances that will be remembered for a long time!
3 ‘Alvida’ (Life in Metro) Music By Pritam Performed By K.K.
As we said before Life In Metro is musically one of the best. The songs have a fullness of sound that is quite amazing to hear. This is an outstanding rock song that also has a soft piano and guitar section. K.K. sings the difficult melody flawlessly, and it is performance that deserves a standing ovation.
2 ‘Tere Bina’ (Guru) Music By AR Rahman Performed By Chinmayee, A R Rahman
Of course with the genius AR Rahman as music director as well as a singer, you knew this song wold be something special and it definitely stands up to the expectations. The background music would stand alone as a fantastic piece, but then add in the magic of Rahman’s voice and it is taken to another level. Then Chinmayee joins in and you have the making of one of the best songs of the year.
1 ‘Taare Zameen Par’ (Taare Zameen Par) Music By Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Performed By Shankar Mahadevan, Dominique, Viviene
Since I have all ready written about this song in my review you will have to forgive me for repeating myself. ‘Taare Zameen Par’ (Like Stars on Earth) is one of the finest on the album. I once heard that the melody of a song is important but it is the lyrics that make you feel. Nothing could be more true about this track. The song starts off very sweet but then it grows into a very musically complex piece. Sung brilliantly by Shankar Madehavan, whose voice quality is perfect for the song. The song has a very heartwarming feel, with lyrics such as:
Utarein jo aangan ko sunhera sa karne (Bathes the courtyard in gold)
Mann ke andheron ko roshan sa kar dein (They banish the darkness from our hearts)
Thithurti hatheli ki rangat badal dein (And warm us to the core)
Kho na jaaye ye taare zameen par (Let us not lose these stars on earth)
You can’t help but love the song even more. Dominque Cerejo and Vivienne Pocha join Madehavan for another beautiful section and the three of them blend together perfectly. SEL have definitely done it again with this track. This song is one you will listen to over and over and over again.
Narrowing it down to these 25 songs was difficult but it was a very enjoyable task to listen to them yet again. (Though most are on repeat play!) We hope that next year gives us the depth of talent and soul that these songs had and look forward to seeing/listening to who will make the list next year!