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Let The Music Play On: Our Favourite Indian Songs From 2014

The best 15 songs of the year so far.

Our favourite tunes of the year so far: from the hills of Darjeeling to London Thumakda & Yeh Hai India

The 13th anniversary of 9/11 and the administrative failures in Kashmir remind us that progress notwithstanding, we are no closer to erasing some of the most persistent malaises pervading the human race.  But as D.H. Lawrence wisely remarked:

We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.

So in the spirit of living, we at MBRB are celebrating the best of the first 8 months of 2014, and eagerly awaiting some of the pleasures lined up for the rest of the year. Last week, we gave you a countdown of 10 things to look forward to in the rest of 2014. This week, we look back at the year gone by through some of our favourite tunes from the year so far.

 Manchala Mann: Hassee To Phasee

We’ve always had a soft corner for Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, and then this featured current editorial favourite Sid Malhotra.

 London Thumakda: Queen

Any talk about Kangana Ranuat’s career will find it impossible to not mention Queen, and nothing encapsulates the spirit of the movie – and Rani – better than this song.

Maahi Re: Highway

We’ve had mixed feelings about Imtiaz Ali’s movies, but we’ve never disputed his taste in music. Maahi Re brought to life the soul of Highway.

Deorali Darah: Bipul Chhetri 

Bipul Chhetri has been our find of 2014 – we strongly urge you to buy his album Sketches of Darjeeling here. It’s difficult choosing just one favourite from this excellent compilation that evokes the hills of Darjeeling, but Deorali Darah is a good start.

Catch a preview of the song here. Image courtesy: Oklisten

Bipul Chhetri Songs of Darjeeling


Mast Magan : 2 States

Despite our disappointment at the degradation of our beloved alma mater to a Bollywood cliché factory, we found it hard to resist Alia Bhatt’s sparkling charm and Arijit Singh & Chinmayi’s lilting vocals.

Raat Bhar: Heropanti

Let’s get it straight out – we like Tiger Shroff, though our reservations about Heropanti proved to be true. On the bright side, this has been a breakthrough year for Arijit Singh.

Gar Ho Sake: Indian Ocean

The Kandisa boys returned after a long hiatus, but Tandanu was well worth the wait. This collaboration with Shubha Mudgal is a call to action to every Indian.

Main Hoon India: Neil Braganza

An Independence Day special by a young artist that is upbeat and patriotic.

Naina: Khoobsurat

Because Sneha Khanwalkar is a genius and because Sona Mahapatra’s voice so beautifully captures the hesitance of a new relationship. We are almost willing to ignore the candy-coated visuals for the sepia pain behind it.

Kanpoora: Katiyabaaz

As someone who was an erstwhile Kanpoora herself can attest, no other sound comes close to capturing the city’s essence.

Tune Maari Entriyan: Gunday

The perfect seeti song. How can you not go tang tang tang with the beat?

Galliyan: Ek Villain

Not fans of Shraddha Kapoor’s breathy  baby doll voice, but the male version is full of the kind of bombast and longing that reminds us of vintage Emraan Hashmi (yes, that’s a thing)

Aao Na: Haider

We cannot wait for this movie. And this song is a timely reminder that Vishal Dadlani earned his stripes in Pentagram before slumming it as a music director for Karan Johar.

Moray Naina: Coke Studio Season 6

Every season Coke Studio Pakistan introduces us to a new voice that we can’t get out of our heads. This season its Zara Madani and her sufiyana passions.

Palat: Main Tera Hero

or How We Stopped Worrying and Learnt to Love Varun Dhawan

What did we miss? Share your favourite songs of 2014 in the comments below, or on FBTwitter.

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Editors’ Note: The links to some of the songs were updated on 19/2/2015.

Image courtesy: daniel_dimarco via Compfight cc


3 Comments on Let The Music Play On: Our Favourite Indian Songs From 2014

  1. deorali dadah by Bipul Chettri is not bollywood? It’s nepali and NOT bollywood at all.

  2. Thanks for commenting Yuki :) And this list if of our favourite songs of the year- Bollywood and NON Bollywood!

  3. Ramesh Jaiswal // February 9, 2015 at 4:24 pm // Reply

    Am glad you’ve picked out Bipul Chettri from the noise they churn out as music nowadays. He is a breath of fresh air.

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