It doesn’t matter what song ruled the charts and what movie did the best business of the year. The songs that appealed to us did so for other reasons – we look at the best Hindi film songs of 2013-in terms of melody, beat, lyrics, picturisation…

They say beauty lies in the eye of the beholder and that is never truer than in the case of music – there is no formula for what makes a song good and certainly no formula for what makes a song appeal to an individual. So rather than looking at top ten charts and sales records, let’s look at a list of Hindi film songs that appealed… just because!

Some that had a haunting tune, others with an insistent beat, some with madcap lyrics and others that simply stuck in the mind for seemingly no reason! As someone whose life would be a barren wasteland without music in it, this is my pick of songs that I found enjoyable, or the best Hindi film songs of 2013 in my humble opinion. The songs are in no particular order:

I simply loved the music of Kai Po Chhe – and not just because I grew up loving the folk music of my Gujarat. I felt that both Shubharambh and Manjha are terrific songs but felt that Manjha was a tad better because of the optimism of its lyrics – the thread of the kite being a metaphor for life itself – for how upbeat the composition is, the clever use of modern beats and traditional instrumentation.

Fukrey is a cute movie and one of the things that really worked for me in this movie is this song – again based on a folk song, Ambarsariya is melodious, haunting and just a terrific song – definitely one of the best of the year.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani had some enjoyable music – with songs such as balam pichkari, and badtameez dil and dilli wali girlfriend. Each of these songs are foot tapping, hummable numbers but my vote goes to Dilliwali Girlfriend simply because of the crazy lyrics and the frenetic pace of the dance accompanying the song. So what if it’s a silly song; an unapologetically silly song!

Mainstream as it was, I loved the music of Chennai Express – the songs of the film were playing every day in my home for a very long time. It was tough for me to pick just one song, and I picked Lungi Dance simply because it’s a very, very fun song – the madcap lyrics, the over the top set, the giant visual of Rajinikanth – they all just work very well!

For me it was tough to choose between the highly likeable Tu Mere Agal Bagal hai and this song from the movie Phata Poster Nikla Hero. Main Rang Sharbaton Ka is in my view a better song simply of how very melodious and well sung it is.

To begin with, the songs of Aashiqui 2 did not make much of an impact. But these songs became so very popular that they seemed to assault the ear repeatedly – they were on TV, on the radio, being played on loudspeakers – so after a while one got around to the general way of thinking – one got to like Ab Tum Hi Ho.

Ram-Leela or rather Goliyon ki Raasleela – Ramleela to use its proper name, is another movie with great music. Again it was difficult to choose just one out of all the songs of this movie – I found the garba and raas based songs instantly likeable but I picked Lahu mooh lag gaya because of the interesting picturisation and the rather groovy beat.

Sadda Dil Vi Tu is a song that was introduced to me by my daughters – they loved the film and they loved all the songs and dances. They found this ABCD – Any Body Can Dance song on YouTube and showed it to me – I was riveted by the explosive beats, the exuberant dance and by how memorable the song is. So what if, inexplicably, the Ganpati-pooja song has Punjabi lyrics!

Bhaag Milkh Bhaag was one of the finest movies of this year if not the finest and Shankar-Ehsan-Loy’s music beautifully complemented the film. Out of the varied and diverse songs in the film, I thought Slow Motion Angrez was quirky and enjoyable, Maston ka Jhund was great fun, but the song that I thought was most true to the movie’s spirit and story was Zinda.

Dhoom 3 has not yet released but the music is already a hit. I am personally heavily into sufi music and this genre of music has also seen a resurgence in recent times. So the song Malang from Dhoom 3 has already started to rule the music charts.

So that’s my list of the best Hindi songs of 2013 – care to tell me what I missed?

By – Reena Daruwalla

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