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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)