Bollywood has had a good year. Besides brilliant films, it gave us some great music to listen to, and on loop. While movies like ‘Airlift’ and ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ gave us beautiful romantic numbers to add to our playlists, ‘Dangal’ gave us that perfect inspirational number to get us going through those painful workout sessions. We compiled a list of the best songs Bollywood saw this year that will be on our playlists for a long time.
1. Kala Chashma – Baar Baar Dekho
The song that became the wedding anthem of 2016, ‘Kala Chashma’ was an instant hit. The original version of the song has been popular since forever, and Badshah’s version, coupled with Katrina’s super toned abs, just made it go ‘higher’!
2. Ikk Kudi – Udta Punjab
Amit Trivedi’s ‘Ikk Kudi’ was a moving number that wove magic in the film and added heart to Alia’s powerful performance. Originally sung by Shahid Mallya, the song had two other equally beautiful versions, sung by Diljit Dosanjh and Ali Bhatt.
3. Channa Mereya – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
One of the most soulful songs of the year, ‘Channa Mereya’ acquired a permanent place on our list of favourite songs. With music by Pritam, lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya and vocals by Arijit Singh, the song that appeared at an emotional point in the movie, left many misty-eyed.
4. Soch Na Sake – Airlift
An incredibly soul-stirring composition, ‘Soch Na Sake’ remained one of the most requested songs on radio this year. With Amaal Mallik, Arijit Singh and Tulsi Kumar providing the vocals, and Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur playing out a mellow mature love story, the song could melt the coldest of hearts. The original version, sung by Hardy Sandhu and with lyrics by Jaani, was equally moving.
5. Chitta Ve – Udta Punjab
You can’t help but experience an adrenaline rush listening to this absolutely trippy number from ‘Udta Punjab’. Amit Trivedi really created a heady tune with this one.
6. Jag Ghoomeya – Sultan
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s melodious voice lent magic to this number that had Salman create a trademark dance step that, by the way, is not as easy as it looks.
7. Teri Khair Mangdi – Baar Baar Dekho
Love is back and how! The pain of heartbreak and the beauty of true love is so well brought out in this song, you’d listen to it on loop. Hat-tip to Bilal Saeed for the music and vocals.
8. Dariya – Baar Baar Dekho
The kind of song that makes you well up with emotions. Going back to the beautiful Punjabi folk songs that talked of lovers separated, this one folds in itself the warmth and comfort of real love. Arko, the singer-lyricist-composer of the song, has done a great job.
9. Tere Sang Yaara – Rustom
One of those songs for which you love Bollywood. Atif Aslam’s voice and Arko’s music work beautifully together to create this romantic number that remained among the most loved songs this year.
10. Kar Gayi Chull – Kapoor & Sons
It became the ultimate party song this year, as Badshah, Fazilpuria, Sukriti Kakar and Neha Kakkar went wild with this one. Alia and Sidharth’s sparkling chemistry made sure the song raised temperatures at every party.
11. Bolna – Kapoor & Sons
So many beautiful love songs this year, we can’t decide which is the best! ‘Bolna’ from ‘Kapoor & Sons’ is sheer love. Arijit Singh and Asees Kaur render the song magical with their melodious voices.
12. Nashe Si Chadh Gayi – Befikre
We couldn’t have a headier tune this year! Vishal-Shekhar’s music, Arijit’s vocals and Jaideep Sahni’s lyrics, coupled with Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor’s ‘befikre’ antics, make this song totally addictive. Gotta stop listening to it on loop now.
13. Kaun Tujhe – M.S. Dhoni -The Untold Story
Sung beautifully by singers Palak and Amaal Mallik, this one is a tear-jerker. Try not to fall in love with Disha Patani after listening to it.
14. Humma Humma – OK Jaanu
We love AR Rahman’s legendary ‘Humma Humma’ so much that we love the remix version too. Though we’d prefer the original over the remix any day, Badshah’s reinvention is not bad. Old wine in new bottle, we’d say.
15. Dhaakad – Dangal
After ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, this is our song for all the fitness inspiration we need. Terrific lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya and sung by Raftaar, this one is a breath of fresh air that will leave you with a lump in the throat.
16. Itni Si Baat Hain – Azhar
Yet another beautiful love song on our list, Pritam and Arijit Singh manage to create magic again.
Although not Bollywood, Coke Studio’s version of ‘Afreen’ was just too good to be left out. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan created magic with the song two decades ago and immortalized it as one of the best songs ever. Coke Studio reinvented it with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Momina Mustehsan, and the result was as beautiful. Gotta play it on repeat. Happy new year to you all!