Yes They Do!

That’s what I would tell anyone who says “They don’t make songs like these anymore!” 

I encourage all fans of golden oldies to listen to some of the great musical numbers from 90’s, and later.  Unfortunately, the “time filter” that makes good numbers survive (and leave mediocre ones forgotten) hasn’t done it’s part yet.  But some good news –  very soon, Gaana Pehchaana will make its ratings available to you to help you with this filtering!!   In the meanime, you will have to sort through a lot of mediocre numbers to find the good ones, but make no mistake, there are many, many beautiful numbers. 

I am going to try to make this case that they in my own small way with two short playlists, one rooted in traditional melodies and the other more influenced by rock and jazz.  Choosing these songs from so many good numbers was not an easy task, so I tried to pick less well known songs that have earned Gaana Pehchaaana’s highest rating.

Melody Lives On …

(Song / Movie / Singer / Lyricist / Composer / Year)

Saiba / Guzarish / Vibhavari Joshi / Vibhu Puri / Sanjay Leela Bhansali / 2010

Masha Allah / Saawariya / Kunal Ganjawala, Shreya Goshal / Sameer / Monty Sharma / 2007

Javeda Zindagi / Anwar / Kshitij, Shilpa Rao / Hasan Kamal / Mithoon / 2006

Chupke Se / Saathiya / Sadhana Sargam, Murtuza, Qadir/Gulzar / A. R. Rahman / 2002

Surmai Shaam / Lekin / Suresh Wadkar / Gulzar / Hridaynath Mangeshkar / 1990

.. Made more Melodious by Rock and Jazz

Song / Movie / Singer / Lyricist / Composer / Year)

Wake Up Sid! / Wake Up Sid / Shankar M., Loy M. / Javed Akhtar / Shankar Ehsaan Loy / 2009

Aye Udi Udi Udi / Saathiya / Adnan Sami / Gulzaar / A. R. Rahman / 2008

Bheegi Bheegi / Gangster / James / Mayur / Pritam / 2006

Kaisi Paheli Zindagani / Parineeta / Sunidhi Chauhan / Swanand Kirkire / Shantanu Moitra / 2005

Dil Ko Hazar Baar / Murder / Alisha Chinai / Rahat Indori / Anu Malik / 2004

Interestingly enough, I saw a post the other day about a song from the 90’s, with the question “Why don’t they make songs like these anymore?”  Maybe it’s a personal emotional attachment to a certain period that can’t be shaken, but Gaana Pehchaana firmly believes all 7 decades of HFM are equally good (OK, maybe with the exception of the 80’s)!  Happy Listening!

… Ram Seetharam (ram@gaanap.com)

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