Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Yodeling With Kishore Kumar - Top Ten Singles

There is nothing to replace music in our life. If there has been no music (film songs), I guess the crime rate would have been much higher!. People might have lost their sanity soon. Lawlessness would be the norm of our daily life. While you might think I’m exaggerating it, but we never know what could have happened without music. 

A great song always starts with simple words, music which will give space for the words and then comes the singers, who always elevate the song with their voices and modulation.

My distant nostalgic memory goes back to the days of Doordharshan. With my little Hindi vocabulary I was able to pick few songs for its rhythm. Being a multi-lingual, I feel that Hindi can be easily sung or the words easily fit into the tune when compared to other languages. There is an array of Indian playback singers, one such unmissable singer is Kishore Kumar, a very popular voice in North India and even if you are living out-side the Hindi belt, it is hard to escape. 

I was preparing his top ten songs (Singles) for few weeks. Incidentally, today (August 4th) is his 86th birthday and here I present the list. To note, I haven’t watched any of these films, all I did for all these years is to just listen to the audio version of the songs. In fact this is the first time I’m seeing the video version of some songs, because I need to embed the YouTube to the post.

This is the top ten list and few notable mentions.

1. Haan Pehli Baar 
Film – Aur Kaun | Music – Bappi Lahari | Lyrics – Amit Khanna | Year – 1979  

2. Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si 
Film – Anamika | Music – RD Burman | Lyrics- Majrooh Sulthanpuri | Year – 1973 

3. Neele Neele Amber Par 
Film – Kalaakaar | Music - Kalyanji-Anandji | Lyrics- Indeevar | Year – 1983 

4. Mera Jeevan Kora Kagaz 
Film – Kora Kagaz | Music - Kalyanji-Anandji | Lyrics- M G Hashmat | Year - 1974 

5. O Saathi Re Tere Bina 
Film – Muqaddar Ka Sikandar | Music - Kalyanji-Anandji | Lyrics- Anjaan| Year - 1978 

6. Aise Na Mujhe Tum Dekho, Seene Se Laga Lunga 
Film – Darling Darling | Music – RD Burman | Lyrics- Anand Bakshi | Year - 1977 

7. Kuch Toh Log Kahainge 
Film – Amar Prem | Music – RD Burman | Lyrics- Anand Bakshi | Year - 1972

8. Chalte Chalte 
Film – Chalte Chalte | Music – Bappi Lahiri | Lyrics- Amit Khanna | Year - 1976

9. Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi 
Film – Mr. X in Bombay | Music – Laxmikant-Pyarelal | Lyrics- Anand Bakshi | Year - 1964

10. Aaj Unse Pehli Mulaqat Hogi 
Film – Paraya Dhan | Music – RD Burman | Lyrics- S. Khalil | Year - 1971

Notable mentions- Roop Tera Masthana, Aate Jate Kubusorat/Awara Nazrome, Dil Kya Kare, Rim Jim Gere Swawan, Pal Pal Dil Kye Pas Thumuhu Rahathi Ho

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