Saturday December 18, 2010

Milliblog Annual Music round-up 2010

Posted by Karthik

Here we go again…at the end of another calendar year…another annual round-up. 2010 was a phenomenal year for Hindi film music and Indipop; an average year for all 4 South Indian language film music.

The lists here are in order of preference.

Hindi

Mainstream Hindi film music had a wonderful year, yet again. It was clearly Amit Trivedi’s show..a fact that he sealed with a national award for Dev.D! The other composers who really made a mark include Vishal and Shekhar. Their consistency in making highly listenable music was marred only by the kind of projects that came to them. And, some of the most unheard, underrated music made its mark too, at least on Milliblog – soundtracks like Soch Lo, for instance. When it comes to listing the top 3 soundtracks of the year, Uddan tops the list clearly for me – it was a triumph of a fantastic film and even better music by Amit. Vishal Shekhar’s Anjaana Anjaani may be have drubbed severely as a film, but it was one of the few soundtracks of the year that was listenable back to back, almost every single track of it. I also had a tough time choosing the 3rd one – it was a difficult toss between No One Killed Jessica and Striker, but I choose to go with the latter because of the sheer vibrancy a multi-composer soundtrack like that offered.

As for the actual list of songs, considering the number of requests that came last year asking me to list the ones I had removed from the top 10, I’ve added an extended list of the top 30!

Composer of the year: Amit Trivedi

Top 3 Hindi OSTs of 2010
01. Udaan (Amit Trivedi)
02. Anjaana Anjaani (Vishal Shekhar)
03. Striker (Yuvan Shankar Raja, Amit Trivedi, Swanand Kirkire, Shailendra Barve, Vishal Bharadwaj and Blaaze)

Top 10 Hindi songs of 2010
01. Nadi mein…Ek udaan (Udaan, Amit Trivedi)
02. Ranjha ranjha (Raavan, A R Rahman)
03. Mera yahaan kaun (Soch Lo, Nitesh Pires)
04. Dilli (No One Killed Jessica, Amit Trivedi)
05. Hairat (Anjaana Anjaani, Vishal Shekhar)
06. Uff teri ada (Karthik Calling Karthik, Shankar Ehsaan Loy)
07. Lehrein (Aisha, Amit Trivedi)
08. Man lafanga (Lafangey Parindey, R.Anandh)
09. Tarkeebein (Band Baaja Baaraat, Salim Sulaiman)
10. Adhoore (Break Ke Baad, Vishal Shekhar)

The 10 that did not make it!
11. Cham cham (Striker, Shailendra Barve)
12. Madno (Lamhaa, Mithoon)
13. Call me dil (Jhootha Hi Sahi, A R Rahman)
14. Jab mila tu (I Hate Luv Storys, Vishal Shekhar)
15. Yun hua (Striker, Vishal Bharadwaj)
16. Geet mein (Udaan, Amit Trivedi)
17. Aitbaar (No One Killed Jessica, Amit Trivedi)
18. Dedh inch oopar (Soch Lo, Charu Moohan)
19. Aisha (Aisha, Amit Trivedi)
20. Kaare kaare badra (Mirch, Monty Sharma)

The remaining 10 that I had to rudely drop out of the top 20!
21. Bombay Bombay (Striker, Amit Trivedi)
22. Hey ya (Karthik Calling Karthik, Shankar Ehsaan Loy)
23. Dil to bachcha hai ji (Ishqiya, Vishal Bharadwaj)
24. Aye khuda (Paathshaala, Hanif Sheikh)
25. Pee loon (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Pritam)
26. Tujhe bhula diya (Anjaana Anjaani, Vishal Shekhar)
27. Munni badnaam (Dabangg, Lalit Pandit)
28. Mayya Yeshodha (Jhootha Hi Sahi, A R Rahman)
29. Title song (Guzaarish, Sanjay Leela Bhansali)
30. Sheila ki jawani (Tees Maar Khan, Vishal Shekhar)

**

Tamil

If the Hindi film music scene was Amit Trivedi’s show, the Tamil film music scene belonged to young composer Thaman S. Thaman showed a lot of promise in 2009, but soared really high with many soundtracks in 2010. He has definitely made a mark and I expect some bigger banners to opt for his services in the years to come – the kind of films he has worked on so far seem much smaller, at least in Tamil, unlike in Telugu where he’s composing strangely average music for stars like Nagarjuna and Ravi Teja. Harris Jayaraj also made a resounding comeback with a solo soundtrack even as I await his ‘Ko’, likely to be released around Christmas (so, would be added in next year’s round-up. logically). The strange thing with Harris is that he is hardly experimenting and seems to be cementing his style even more – sometimes it falls flat, but in other times, like Engeyum Kaadhal, it rocks! Vidyasagar made his presence felt with an incredibly nuanced soundtrack in Ilagnian, a soundtrack that I made the blunder of assigning only a 100, initially. The kind of music Vidyasagar has arranged for this film is breathtaking and is delightfully inventive.

Like the Hindi top 30, I have added the top 25 tracks for Tamil, just going by feedback of earlier years. Other composers, who in my mind made their marks with limited output included GV Prakash Kumar (Aadukalam), Vijay Ebenezer (a Harris Jayaraj clone, in Kanden), Imman (Mynaa) and Ramesh Krishna (Aanandhapurathu Veedu).

Composer of the year: Thaman S

Top 3 Tamil OSTs of 2010
01. Mundhinam Partheney (Thaman S)
02. Engeyum Kaadhal (Harris Jayaraj)
03. Ilaignan (Vidyasagar)

Top 10 Tamil songs of 2010
01. Paniye (Ayyanar, Thaman S)
02. Idhu varai (Goa, Yuvan Shankar Raja)
03. Aaraadha kobamillai (Bale Pandiya, Devan Ekambaram)
04. Nenjil nenjil (Engeyum Kaadhal, Harris Jayaraj)
05. Imai thoodhane (Ilaignan, Vidyasagar)
06. Aaromale (Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, A R Rahman)
07. Mundhinam Paartheney (Mundhinam Paartheney, Thaman S)
08. Ayyayo (Aadukalam, GV Prakash Kumar)
09. Iragai pole (Naan Mahan Alla, Yuvan Shankar Raja)
10. Kaadhal anukkal (Endhiran, A R Rahman)

The 10 that did not make it!
11. Indre indre (Mundhinam Paartheney, Thaman S)
12. Thozha vaanam (Ilaignan, Vidyasagar)
13. Jingu chikka (Mynaa, D.Imman)
14. Yaathe (Aadukalam, GV Prakash Kumar)
15. Thee illai (Engeyum Kaadhal, Harris Jayaraj)
16. Narmada (Kanden, Vijay Ebenezer)
17. Chithira vaanam (Aanandhapurathu Veedu, Ramesh Krishna)
18. Paithiyam pudikkudhu (Baana, Yuvan Shankar Raja)
19. Enna kurayo (Mandhira Punnagai, Vidyasagar)
20. Kuthudhu kodaydhu (Nagaram, Thaman S)

The remaining 5 that I had to rudely drop out of the top 20!
21. Missing something (Aridhu Aridhu, Thaman S)
22. Oru nila (Chikku Bukku, Hariharan & Leslie Lewis)
23. Vaanavillum (Nil Gavani Selladhey, Selvaganesh)
24. Neeyum naanum (Mynaa, D.Imman)
25. Oothu thanni (Magizhchi, Vidyasagar)

**

Telugu

I know this is going to be tough…the fact that I chose a lesser known, lesser liked soundtrack like Kedi. I have heard a lot of complaints about the bad pronunciation in the soundtrack, but as an outsider who doesn’t know Telugu, I really do not have the power to go that deep into language nuances. From a musical point of view, Kedi represented a superbly rich musical spectrum – Sandeep assembles some of his best world music’ish sounds and I have lost count of the number of time I play ‘Short and sweet’ on the way to the airport, early in the morning, amidst desolate streets of Bengaluru! Last year’s star, Mickey J Meyer remained largely muted this year, barring his wonderful work in Maro Charitra remake. Choosing the top song was also a tough task – and in the end I was forced to choose the one that stayed on my mind the longest…Chakri’s song from Vamsi’s Saradaga Kasepu.

Composer of the year: Sandeep Chowta

Top 3 Telugu OSTs of 2010
01. Kedi (Sandeep Chowta)
02. Komaram Puli (A R Rahman)
03. Vedam (MM Keeravani)

Top 10 Telugu songs of 2010
01. Vennela chinukala (Saradaga Kasepu, Chakri)
02. Short and sweet (Kedi, Sandeep Chowta)
03. Telugammai (Maryada Ramanna, MM Keeravani)
04. Ye teega puvvuno (Maro Charitra, Mickey J Meyer)
05. Amma thale (Komaram Puli, A R Rahman)
06. Malle malle (Andari Banduvaya, Anoop Rubens)
07. Enduko enthaki (Kedi, Sandeep Chowta)
08. Malli puttani (Vedam, MM Keeravani)
09. Andala lokam (Gaayam 2, Ilayaraja)
10. Gadi thalupulu (Mirapakay, Thaman S)

**

Kannada

It may seem unfair to list a Tamil composer as the leading composer of Kannada film music for 2010, but Joshua Sridhar has proven it beyond doubt. His brand of music seems to be on the wane in Tamil, but in Kannada he is definitely finding a solid ground for himself. Veteran Mano Murthy continued his appeal with Yograj Bhatt’s Pancharangi, while Harikrishna (a Kannada version of Chakri, in my opinion) was fabulous in the soundtrack of Puneet Rajkumar starrer, Jackie. Raghu Dixit swooped the Kannada list towards the end of last year with Just maath Maathalli and could possibly do an encore with his soon-to-be-released ‘Kote’ starring Prajwal Devaraj. But considering it is still not out, I’d perhaps need to include it in the list for next year, much like Harris Jayaraj’s Ko.

I have a lot of hopes from AP Arjun in 2011 – he has shown consisten promise in the past few years and could be the dark horse that people are obviously missing. Other composers who shined in 2010 include Manikanth Kadri (Prithvi) and Vasu Dixit (Bengaloored).

Composer of the year: Joshua Sridhar

Top 3 Kannada OSTs of 2010
01. Gaana Bajaana (Joshua Sridhar)
02. Pancharangi (Mano Murthy)
03. Jackie (Harikrishna)

Top 10 Kannada songs of 2010
01. Naanu eega (Gaana Bajaana, Joshua Sridhar)
02. Elhogali shivne (Bengaloored, Vasu Dixit)
03. Life ishtene (Pancharangi, Mano Murthy)
04. Nenapidu nenapidu (Prithvi, Manikanth Kadri)
05. Nannanena (Thamassu, Sandeep Chowta)
06. Shiva anta hogutidde (Jackie, Harikrishna)
07. Dantheda bombena (Huduga Hudugi, Joshua Sridhar)
08. Galiye nodu baa (Sanchari, AP Arjun)
09. Nee hanga nodabyada (Hoo, Harikrishna)
10. Modala todala (Gubbi, AP Arjun)

**

Malayalam

Malayalam music was a mixed bag and considering the fact that I do not listen to every single soundtrack released, I may have missed a lot too. Plus the question of nativity – as an outsider, my expectation and perception will be dramatically different from a Keralite. While that could be a problem, it could also be seen as an opportunity to broaden your scope! Ramesh Narayanan’s ghazal-loaded soundtrack for Makaramanju clearly stands tall amongst all soundtracks. Gopi Sundar’s immensely enjoyable soundtrack for Anwar and Shaan’s fabulously put together soundtrack for Vineet Srinivasan starrer, Malarvadi Arts Club rounds off the top 3 soundtrack.

Composer of the year: Ramesh Narayanan

Top 3 OSTs of Malayalam in 2010
01. Makaramanju (Ramesh Narayanan)
02. Anwar (Gopi Sundar)
03. Malarvaadi Arts Club (Shaan Rahman)

Top 10 Malayalam songs of 2010
01. Then thennale (Makaramanju, Ramesh Narayanan)
02. Aaro padunnu dhoore (Kadha thudarunnu, Ilayaraja)
03. Kizhakku pookkum (Anwar, Gopi Sundar)
04. Poril theyyaram (Chekavar, Rahul Raj)
05. Priyankari (The Thriller, Dharan)
06. Lavan kashmalan (Malarvaadi Arts Club, Shaan Rahman)
07. Saalambaakkam (Pullimaan, Sharreth)
08. Njan (Anwar, Gopi Sundar)
09. Neelaponmane (Ringtone, Shaan Rahman)
10. Saarangiyil (Vandae Maatharam, D.Imman)

**

Non-film

In a way, the year belonged to non-film music. Bada boom, by Ranjit Barot is one of the best I have heard in recent times, while the Andhra-based Amogha: A Concert is the lesser heardm but deserves-to-be-heard album of the year. Many people told me that I made a mistake by not reviewing Rahul Sharma’s Rainchanted, but also thanked me for adding it in the top songs list in one of the months – it is a wonderful collection of songs and deserves to be in the top 5 albums list here. Pakistani music was very average in 2010, while the international list may really not match any other list given how less I listen to and how narrow my likes are.

Indipop
01. Bada Boom (Ranjit Barot)
02. Cafe Fluid (Naveen Kumar)
03. Tarunam (Sikkil Gurucharan & Anil Srinivasan)
04. Amogha: A Concert (Prudhvi Chandra, Geetha Madhuri, Pranavi and Dr. Vyzarsu Balasubrahmanyam)
05. Rainchanted (Rahul Sharma)

The sub-continent/ Pakistani
Babi sanem jaanam (Coke Studio Season 3, Zeb & Haniya)
Meri duniya (Wajood Hai Mera, Wajood Band)

International
01. The Union – Elton John And Leon Russell
02. Hands All Over – Maroon 5
03. OST, 127 Hours – A R Rahman and others

  • http://twitter.com/visu1178 visu1178

    Why no “I’ve Been Waiting” from Jhootha Hi Sahi in Top 30 – in your review of JHS you said that song was the “stunning highlight” of the album.

    I thought Roshni from Admissions Open would be in Top 30.

    Engeyum Kadhal is definitely not the 2nd best album of 2010. Of course it is your opinion – but I feel there were many other albums which were better this Harris Jayaraj fare

    • milliblog

      It still is a stunning highlight, but over time, things do change and a song that impressed less can take on a different avatar. Roshni was beyond the 30, btw.

  • http://twitter.com/vipulkv Vipul Verma

    No mention of Toh Baat Pakki, Rajneeti, Crook and Action Replay.

    Is it bacause of MD-biasedness? :)

    • milliblog

      Need to make a top 50 or top 100 post next year I guess :-) Did have ‘Ishq barse’ from Rajneeti, ‘Challa’ from Crook and ‘Luk chup jaana’ from Action Replayy, but beyond the top 30.

  • tejas

    Was Ishqiya left out because the album was released in 2009?

    • tejas

      In fact, I went back to your yearly round up of 2009 and Ishqiya didn’t make it to that roundup as well. So you must have left it for this year. I hope you are able to go back and add it to an honorary mention because if it didn’t deserve to be in Top 10, 20, 50 or 1713, I don’t know what else did!

      • http://twitter.com/5h0a1b Shoaib Mohammed

        Dil Toh Bachha hai has been included in the 20-30 list! Just check out!

      • http://twitter.com/5h0a1b Shoaib Mohammed

        Dil Toh Bachha hai has been included in the 20-30 list! Just check out!

        • tejas

          Aah..my bad! Never even looked beyond the top 10. Thought it would make to the Top 10! How many times does one listen to Hairat or Jab Mila Tu or Adhure after the film is out of the theaters? Isn’t an annual list a time to reflect and see how many of the songs that released during the year stood the test of time!

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UCSYFXTK4T3V25YZ5YDEE5UAOI Sriram Iyer

            I agree with Tejas. “Dil toh Bachcha” deserves a spot in the top 10. Heck, at least in the top 10 that didn’t make it. In fact, I’d have put “Ishqiya” in the top 3 albums.

  • http://twitter.com/gopicm Gopi Chand

    i still wonder how striker came before JHS

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_USD2B5LEL46AHBOWUDNHG26LB4 PADDY

    Was waiting for this for a long time.. i was sure about “Mundhinam Partheney”, Paniye & Anwar topping the chart.. surprise exclusion is Vinnai thaandi varuvaaya… but as yo said this year belongs to “THAMAN” he chipped in with couple of good numbers even for the below average movies.. i still could not get rid off the “MP” hangover.. the only album which i’ve not deleted from my playlist ever since ve included ;)

  • http://twitter.com/tipugump Tipu

    I am surprised that VTV was not your best this year. Then i realized that you had not given such a great review for that Album. Also, ARR’s weakest album this year finds a place in your list in Telugu. Anyway i dont listen much to Telugu songs and so i cannot comment.

    Choosing Udaan and Striker over Aisha, JHS, Once Upon a time in Mumbai, IHLS, Paathshaala… the Amit Trivedi connection just doesnt seem to fade :)

    Anyway its a great list that you have compiled. Particularly thanks to Milliblog that i got to know about ‘Bada Boom’ and ‘Amogha’ and loved them both. Want to check out the other private albums in your list.

    From what i have heard:
    Hindi:
    1. Aisha
    2. Jhootha Hi Sahi
    3. I Hate Luv Stories/Anjaana Anjaani

    Tamil:
    1. Vinnaithandi Varuvaya (miles ahead of any music that came this year and an album much ahead of its time)
    2. Munthinam Parthene/Ilaignan
    3. Kandaen (I wished to have ‘Engeyum Kadhal’ here. Although sounding good, it was so derivative of his previous works, it sounds more like a remix than an original piece of work)

    International (of the very little i have heard):
    1. A Thousand Suns – Linkin Park
    2. Speak Now – Taylor Swift
    3. Recovery – Eminem
    4. Hands all Over – Maroon 5
    5. Brothers – The Black Keys
    6. Some Kind of Trouble – James Blunt

    Biggest Disappointment of the year: The Beginning – Black Eyed Peas

    • milliblog

      Love such detailed, meaningful comments. Going to try some of the international albums you’ve listed.

    • Jaydeep

      If you liked Taylor Swift’s Speak Now, check out Lady Antebellum. Recovery was indeed a great comeback by Eminem. Also, check out those Bruno Mars singles, Beautiful & Grenade.

      • http://twitter.com/tipugump Tipu

        I have listened to Lady Antebellum’s ‘Need You Now’ and have liked it. In fact its a more melodious and softer Country Album than Swift’s. Recently i have been hooked to the Indie Album ‘Down the Way’ by Angus and Julia Stone.. I started listening to it through one of the recommendations here in milliblog… Its such a beautiful and soothing album of the same genre. Will check out the Bruno Mars songs.. :)

  • lakshmish

    Even i thought engeyum kaadal dint deserve the second spot. VTV in my opinion is one of the top album this year. I like it even more after watching the movie. Anyways good list nevertheless. I would like to add James Blunt’s Some Kind Of Trouble to the international list. It was way better than his last album. Also i suggest you listen to this indie album called ‘Down The Way’ by Angus And Julia Stone. I am sure you will like it. Its one of my favorite album this year.

  • http://twitter.com/nithin1989 nithin a

    it was indeed rude to leave out dil toh bacha hai ji from top20…i always feel the songs which release early in the year get neglected…

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KAFLQTWDGTRFODDRHC5DSETIQQ Sangeetha Shanmugam

    Wow, what a wonderful effort compiling this. Thanks!
    Yes, indeed, shocked that VTV didn’t make it and Ilaignan did. There are a couple of good songs in Ilaignan, but on the whole VTV was a much richer and complete album! just my opinion.
    Ever since I started visiting your site, I have opened my mind and eyes to music from other languages. The greatest find for me this year was Florence and the machine.

  • http://twitter.com/SchimpanseSippi Günther-Joachim

    Udaan from Udaan, which song is that supposed to be? The theme track?

    • milliblog

      The one which starts with ‘Nadi mein’ and has the main hook, ‘Ek udaan…’.

      • http://twitter.com/SchimpanseSippi Günther-Joachim

        Oh ok, thanks. I was going through the tracklist and couldn’t find such a song, want to listen to it. :)

  • http://twitter.com/_rivj R

    Knew that you are Amit Trivedi fan, but never expected you to be biased to this extent

    • milliblog

      Hmmm, I suppose the national awards committee could also be called ‘biased’, right? The question in my case is, ‘what does Amit Trivedi gain from being announced the composer of the year, on Milliblog?’. The answer, I believe is a big ‘nothing’. So, where is the point of being biased and who does it help? None! That he was good in the few soundtracks he composed in 2010 and deserved to be the composer of the year is a perception…my personal opinion. If it is termed as bias, so be it – you did see me bash him up for a below average soundtrack in 2010, however. True bias happens when I go ga-ga over that one too :-)

  • rishin07

    hi karthik,

    Grt list of songs and its always amzing tht u churn out these lists frm 5 diffrnt languages,kudos to you!!Anyways,i feel tht ur list in malayalam is always incomplete .but as u r an outsider ,it is pardonable :P btw i like to add my top ten in malayalam. hope u will lend ur ears to those u hv not hrd b4:

    1.Innoree mazhayil njan-MAC/Shaan Rahman
    2.nila nila-Tournament/Deepak dev
    3.poonchillayil-Chekavar/RahulRaj
    4.kanninima pole-anwar/Gopi sundar
    5.kiyakku pookum-anwar/Gopi sundar
    6.Arikathayaro padunundo-BodyGuard/Ouseppachan
    7.pontharakhame-Aathmakadha/Alphonse
    8.Neeyam Thannalin-Cocktail/Ratheesh vega
    9.Priyankari-The Thriller/Dharan
    10.minna minni-We r The one

    Other worthy mentions:
    poriltheyyaram-Chekavar/RahulRaj
    swapnam oru chak-Best ACtor/bijibal
    Oru Naal Annorunaal-4friends/Jayachandran
    Aathira-ApoorvaRaagam/Vidyasagar
    AAyiram kaatham-MAC/Shaan Rahman
    Mayile Kuyile-Tournament/Deepak Dev
    swapnathin kunnatheri(Preethi pillai)-Nayagan/prasanth pillai
    lolamayi-Nayagan/prasanth pillai
    maanya maha janangale-MAC/Shaan Rahman

    Top 5 OSTs
    1.Malarvaadi Arts Club
    2.Anwar
    3.Tournament
    4.Chekavar
    5.Nayagan/Cocktail

    • milliblog

      Will listen to Tournament soon – got it just last night from a friend. Usually have high hopes from Deepak Dev.

  • hathim2

    first of all, its a great list and great effort in putting it up. But, what didnt appeal me was, a never-before heard song in Tamil cinema, is no.6 on the list, and that too below Idhu Varai. I knew VTV wouldnt make it to Top3 albums, bcoz u didnt like it. But i didnt expect Aaromale to be a below-standard song according to you. I must be living on another planet.

  • hathim2

    first of all, its a great list and great effort in putting it up. But, what didnt appeal me was, a never-before heard song in Tamil cinema, is no.6 on the list, and that too below Idhu Varai. I knew VTV wouldnt make it to Top3 albums, bcoz u didnt like it. But i didnt expect Aaromale to be a below-standard song according to you. I must be living on another planet.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_726ALZSDEL5TUAJJOESOWEPJVA zubair

    Excellent list ..gr8 work sir!!
    Although i prefer aali re/dua/Yeh Pal(The instrumental at the end is enuff for it to be no.1) to dilli ,aazadiyan to Nadi me.. ,ainvayi ainvayi to tarkeebein.
    Other than that no changes:)

  • Jaydeep

    Fair list karthik, except for 4 disagreements. Instead of Ranjha, I think Beera had more to offer musically. Same thing for Band Baaja Baarat, my pick is Aianvy Aianvy instead of Tarkeibein, as former has a terrific energy & highly imaginative groove for a punju styled track. Third is kind of shocker for me…no mention of Zor ka zhatka anywhere. Last one is my personal fav, that I think deserved a better ranking, is Guzaarish title song. Personally I haven’t heard anything so well composed, well nuanced & well sung song in long time. It might be an overstatement to some, but for me it is as good as finest Madan Mohan compositions.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ULNDXTVJBWAEXEG5VAU5CUQ7UQ kaifu or thoops

    Karthik great list..Mundhinam parthaney undoubtedly #1. However i feel u have been pretty harsh with VTV..btw don u think Aval appadi onnum from’angaadi theru’ (brilliant melody) , ‘pookal pookum’ from Madharasapattinam, Usure poguthey from Ravanan and atleast one song from Paiya, deserves an entry in ur top 25???

  • tejas

    Anyways, since we are on the topic of top list of the year, here goes a few top soundtracks in no particular order,
    Udaan,
    Ishqiya,
    Guzaarish,
    KCK,
    Striker,
    Raavan,
    Soch Lo

    As far as Non-filmy/International stuff goes, finally got my hands on some Shaai’r and Funk stuff, and they are pretty good. Shridhar + Thayyil also good but their stuff isn’t available that much. William Fitzsimmons is one international artist I am going to be looking out for more often now.

    • Jaydeep

      Ya, I am glad you liked Shaai’r and Func, they are really good. Monica has one scintillating voice & range, but just one singer featuring in all tracks sets a sort of ennui. However, sound they create together is awesome. I’ll check out William Fitzsimmons. I’ve heard mention of Shridhar + Thayyil somewhere can’t recall exactly where.

      • tejas

        Jaydeep,
        Shridhar + Thayyil is made of Suman Shridhar and Jeet Thayyil. Suman is more famous of the two for singing the new Coke jingles with Imran Khan, Kalki Koechlin and that one in Leh Ladakh. She has also sung on the OST of Aisha, on Behke Behke. Their music is same jazzy funk as of S+F.

        And the coincidence – the website/the person who promotes non-metal Indie bands is called Ennuibomb. ;) You can download a lot of Indie albums from here – http://www.ennuidotbomb.com/

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RW5AZ2ONPZ2KLIYHVN6AQDOHYE prasanna

    The strong Amit Trivedi bias is definitely felt. Udaan’s soundtrack was more in line with the theme of the movie but as a soundtrack, definitely not the best. And surprised to not see VTV in the top 3 and the song from Paiyya(inspite of me not being a big fan of YSR). And not seeing Irumbile oru Idhayam in the top 10 is baffling. Maybe the IR vs ARR discussions had an effect. Anyways, to each his own.

    btw, glad that Mundhinam Partheney is recognized – unfortunate that the album was not a commercial hit. Same with Paniye – it was terrific. My top 3 (tamil) would be

    1. Mundhinam Partheney
    2. Vinnaithandi Varuvaayaa
    3. Mynaa (Imman was a revelation)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TLGNA667JQIL64SBSFNIZMFNOU VishnuS

    The song preferences are very individualistic thing and its impossible to come up with a list everyone agrees to.. Kudos on the great job done in compiling the list..

    I think the title song from Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey deserves a mention somewhere in the list..

  • http://twitter.com/nvenkatr Rathnavelu

    There should be a Top 50 or 100 with the amount of good music we got this year.

  • http://www.visualdata.in/ AntarYaami

    That is a lot of music heard and reviewed. Phew!

  • soulswingers

    http://soulswingers.wordpress.com/
    A small and similar take on the best songs/osts of 2010. :)

  • ramkis

    Hi,

    Everybody who hears Tamil songs will agree that VTV is the best album of the year. I think you wrote the review too early and to maintain what you said in your review you have ignored them in your list as well

    • milliblog

      Why is it so difficult to comprehend or accept that I’m not fond of VTV’s music? I’d be the first one to offer a re-review if I did find something interesting in a soundtrack – recent example is Ilaignan. And for VTV, I had an entire year to listen and re-review…!

      • sa3

        I used to like VTV a lot when it got released. But it did not stick. Lot of other albums did…. So i agree….

  • ramkis

    Everybody who listen to Tamil songs will agree that VTV is the best album of the year. I think you wrote your review too early and ignoring the songs from your list to maintain your review

  • http://twitter.com/hg6 Harshit Gupta

    The only thing you should have not been rude to is Dil to bachcha hai ji. Rest may be agreed upon, though I won’t put Ranjha Ranjha on 2.

    Whatever it is, I must say you did a great job putting this up. I’m still going mad with the Hindi songs I have to consider, and you’re putting up a list for so many languages. Accolades. :)

    • http://twitter.com/nithin1989 nithin a

      same opinion…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E5MUW6I6BY3JLNVP2IBDHMG2WQ brad johnson

    Hahaha… wonder how U got so many to view your blog!! Talk about Bias to one composer and Pretending others don’t exist…. Karthik U are way out of my understanding!! Amit Trivedi Rocks, Hell yeah, but seriously dude u need to get a life…

    • milliblog

      Will try.

  • Sonnenlicht

    My Picks from your list:
    Hindi: 2, 4, 17, 19, 21, 23.
    Tamil: 2, 5, 6, 9, 10.
    And I remember having more number of picks from your list in 2009 & much more from 2008. Needless to say that most of your choices are weird, as far as I am concerned.

  • http://twitter.com/shriramathreya Shriram Nandakumar

    Why didn’t you include “Para para kili” (Rettaisuzhi) in Top 25, atleast? “Megam vandhu Pogum” deserved a place too. I would have mentioned “Chithira vaanam” (Ananthapurathu Veedu) anywhere in top 10..

  • arindam_bhatta

    Karthik,
    While I have been an avid reader and keen follower of milliblog this is the first time I am posting a comment. I would like to give you the sole credit for bringing me back to the fold of Hindi film. Stuck in Pancham and Salil Chowdhury, I had stopped listening to new film music till I discovered milliblog (via itwofs)

    While I cant say what you like matches mine 100% (not that it is the idea of the blog) but it does resonate a lot – but the best thing is that what you dont like matches what I dont like 100% (let all the people who feel HR was one of the worst things to have happened to Hindi Film Music – unite :-)) – hence your blog saves me a lot of time and indigestion (bad music gives me flatulence, heartburn and a lot more ;-)

    Y2010 has indeed been a fabulous year for Hindi film music and Amit Trivedi IMO one of the best things to have happened (need to say the music of Soch Lo has triggered the same kind of expectation for me as Aamir did – so looking forward in 2011 to more)

    A few personal opinions on your list for Hindi

    1. One significant omission in my opinion is Lahore. I really loved it and although the sound was perhaps not as rich, Lahore reminds me of Gulaal in many ways

    2. The other suggestion I have is that should you have a category for Instrumentals because gradually Instrumentals seem to be gaining ground in Hindi Film Music – For someone who have always savored the rich tapestry of sounds of Pancham Preludes – Lahore Theme from Lahore, Dhan Dhan Dharti from Raajneeti, Born to Fly from Lafange Parindey, Udaan Theme from Udaan were one of the highlights of the year.

    The changes for my list would be :

    Top 3 albums
    I would Replace Anjaana Anjaani by Lahore at no 3 (1. Udaan and 2. Striker)

    Top 30 Songs
    I would introduce Musafir from Lahore and Zindagi Se Darte Ho from Peepli [Live] – order and place is not important – couple of songs from Anjaana Anjaani/ Raavan can make way for them

    Top Instrumentals
    1. Born to Fly – Lafangey Parindey
    2. Udaan Theme – Udaan
    3. Lahore Theme – Lahore

    Take Care

  • deepak shah

    i am not against amit trivedi…or against any music director of bollywood infact,they all are best at whatever they r doing…i know they are original and being composed best as required per situation…..but what about the most listend song….most sold album….reality is udaan song was heard more or once upon a time in mumbai song….the most surprising here is that non of the pritam’s song r listed in top ten above…and (dilli and uff teri ada)is in top ten…..so i think that other music director would have done best job in love aaj kal,kismat konnection,jab we met,dil to bacha hai jhi,new york,awarapan,metro,golmal,all the best,once upon time in mumbai,jannat,ankahee,tum mile,race,……and i also thhink that all big producer and director has gone mad…because most of them has signed pritam as a music director..even vidhu vinod has gone mad because he signed pritam for his ferari ki swari….next,please list kk top song,mohit chuhan top song,and who was neeraj shridhar few years sgo…

  • deepak shah

    finally,today worst singer in bollywood is- kk, mohit chauhan,neeraj shridhar..jave d ali,recently sonu nigam, rahat ji because most of their hits are coming from pritam and not from any other………just let me share some thing……IF REHMAN WOULD HAVE COMPOSED PEE LOON IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE SONG OF THE DECADE….FINAL QUESTION…..WHICH ALBUM IS BETTER NO ONE KILLED JESSICA OR DIL TO BACCHA HAI JI……..

  • http://twitter.com/sudheernarayan Sudheer Narayan

    Hi Karthik, Not sure if someone has already highlighted this in the comments. Manmadhan ambu – Neela Vaanam definitely deserved a mention in your list for this year top music. DSP, by virtue, of his past record, should not be precluded :)

  • http://twitter.com/prakashnk Prakash Khanchandani

    Well….here is my list of favorite 5 Hindi songs of 2010:
    1.Tere Naina – My Name Is Khan
    2.Thok De Killi – Raavan
    3.Gal Mitthi Mitthi – Aisha
    4.Dil To Bachcha Hai – Ishqiya
    5.Dooriyan Hai Zaroori – Break Ke Baad

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