Those were the days in India during the 90s when people really looked forward to Indi pop songs. The euphoric video, the intoxicating lyrics, the melodious voice, the captivating music and of course the brilliant picturization of the song swayed everybody, even the nerds and the plain janes.
Even today, the moment we hear these songs it makes you want to jump up dance and sing along to these iconic songs. Enjoy the nostalgic memories as I take you back to the 90’s through these captivating Indi-Pop songs.
1. Made in India – Alisha Chinai
Does this song need any introduction? No wonder, this is the only song that changed the destiny of indi pop genre forever and made it so popular. Thumbs up for Alisha China’s revolutionary song and of course for an additional treat – hottest super model “Milind Soman.”
2. Sa Ni Dha Pa – Colonial Cousins
“Colonial Cousins.” Here’s the very first song from their album. I still cannot stop listening to Hariharan and Leslie Lewis, that brilliant combination of the Hingrezi songs.
3. Purani Jeans – Ali Haider
The song that became the youth anthem – Ah, the rhythmic words and the guitar beats. Boys, this one’s for you!
4. Dooba Dooba – Silk Route
Mohit Chauhan has been ruling our hearts from quite some time now. However, how can we forget his underwater debut album under his band named Silk Route.
5. Sayonee – Junoon
The Pakistan band that rocked our nation with its brilliant voice and excellent music. This powerful sufi rock song continues to be a hot favorite.
6. Piya Basanti Re – Ustad Sultan Khan – Chitra
One of the first classical songs that was mixed with contemporary pop tunes. This number is a heady one and the Ustad’s throaty voice makes it soulful and romantic.
7. Deewaane Deewane Toh Deewane Hai – Shweta Shetty
Aha, that peppy number song sung in chorus during the annual family gatherings. No one could match the hot and talented Shweta!
8. Ho Gayi Hai Mohabbat – Aslam and Shibani Kashyap
Where you the one who stayed glued listening to Shenaz Treasurywalla on MTV’s Most Wanted only to hear this song? Well, in that case you and me have something in common.
9. O Sanam – Lucky Ali
The song launched Lucky Ali in the Indian markets and it changed his life over. This soulful song and the melodious voice takes me back to my school – What is your memory with this soothing number?
10. Meri Chunnar Udd Udd Jaye – Falguni Pathak
The story illustrated in Falguni Pathak’s indi-pop song had an altogether different impact on its audiences. For months, people used to discuss the story in the classrooms, green room, restaurants and many other places. Here’s the first popular song of Falguni from her list of beautiful songs starring Ayesha Takia.
11. Piya Re Piya Re – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Every song of Nusrat Fateh Ali is a gem but this one is a personal favorite. He created a new genre of pop music – bringing together sufi, qwalli and punjabi folk in the most beautiful way.
12. Chupke Chupke – Pankaj Udhas
A slow number starring John Abraham in his younger days, this is all for the die-hard romantics at heart especially all the Pankaj Udhas fans!
13. O baby Don’t Break My Heart – StereoNation
I only wonder what is StereoNation up to these days. Don’t you think the guy was a pioneer of the entire remix thing in India ruling every party back then in the 90’s. This one is my favorite along with O Carol and Nachenge Saari Raat Soniyo Ve.
14. Tere Bin Jeena Nahi – Bali Brahmbhatt
Bikram Saluja, Anumpama Verma, soothful music, romantic lyrics served with high dose of love – Perfect ingredients for a romantic song.
15. Maeri – Euphoria
The energy of Palash Sen and his team was incomparable. The background vocals, beats, and the rhythmic music – Here’s Maeri for all the die-hard Euphoria fans.
16. Ab Mujhe Raat Din – Sonu Nigam
Diwakar Pundir, Sushma Reddy along with sultry voice of Sonu Nigam – Get back into the good old days, perhaps you might have some memory of this song and the entire album of Sonu Nigam’s maiden album – Deewana
17. Love-Ology – Shaan
The song that made Shaan famous. A happy go lucky and sweet song dedicated to all the nerds or perhaps who were something like that during their school and college days.
18. Saare Sapne Kagin Kho Gaye – Alka Yagnik
Sung by Alka Yagnik and written by Javed Akthar, this song is the perfect number to nurse a broken heart. No wonder, this touching song has some memories etched in our lives. Relive the moments all over again…
19. Woh Kaun Thi – Jo Jo
This song made you dance, didn’t it? Magical 90s..Set yourself and dance once again along with Jimmy Shergill on this musical number
20. Duniya – Raageshwari
Innocent yet Soulful, the song ruled for long on the chart busters. No wonder, the down to earth song sends out a message of humanity – “Love all”
21. Pari Hun Mai – Suneeta Rao
Suneeta Rao mesmerized us with this fairy tale song that made you feel all nice and groovy baby! This song is a hot favourite during dandia raas during Navratri festival even after two decades.
22. Janaam Samjha Karo – Asha Bhosle
Asha Bhosle too was a part of this magical 90s troop who gave us some melodious number to cherish forever. Here’s a pop song from the evergreen pop star – Asha Bhosle. Not to forget, Milind Soman yet again!
23. Gori Naal Ishq Mitha – Bally Sagoo
Remember Malaika Arora Khan dancing along with handsome Jas Arora? That iconic step and all those “Ohh” and “Aaye Haye”
Noori is yet another Bally Sagoo’s good remix from the past.
24. Kya Surat Hai – Bombay Vikings
Neeraj Shridhar at his best in this song with his amazing lyrics and humorous videos. This one rocks dude!!!
25. Aankhon Mein Tera Hi Chehra – Aryans
A cute song from the talented Aryans starring none other than the young Shahid Kapoor and Hrishita Bhatt
Enjoy the magical songs from the magical era of Indi-Pop of the 90s. If only we could get such songs today!
By: Deepti Verma
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