Well, there has been AR Rahman, Coldplay, RHCP, Maroon5, some new bands and even a kannada song as well! Here I just am in a playful mood to index these tracks in a seasonal, personal favorite countdown.
10. Days are forgotten from Kasabian’s Velociraptor
Wow! This is one of those songs which hook on the very first few seconds you are into it. I haven’t been aware of this decade old band-Kasabian;nonetheless now I’m glad. With this song I am going a little retrospective into their discography and pick out all their best. For now, this song is going to be on my playlist for sometime now. The aaaannn-nnnnaaaaaa-aaaa hum is super haunting, and adding to it is a cool video. Days are forgotten!
9. Kathlalli karadige from Yograj Bhat’s Paramatma
Well this witty of a kannada track from the movie Paramatma, has all ingredients except the picturisation to become a memorable one (irony is that I had stopped listening to it after seeing the video!). Nonetheless, the song by itself is full of sarcasm, mockery and unheard kannada slang – I just love it!
8. I don’t mind from Superheavy’s Superheavy
An awesome duet by Mick Jagger and Joss stone with some deep lyric. I can almost visualize AR Rahman playing the keyboard for this one. A haunting bass goes through the song and is one of the most effective songs in recent times. A great venture by the team of Superheavy to mix cultures and give us some vibrant music. Superheavy the album itself is a great listen. And Joss Stone in this song sounds like Dido in the Eminem version of Stan, while Damien Marley sounds the most comprehensible in this track 😛
7. Munandhi saaral ni from Harris Jayaraj’s 7am Arivu
First and only Tamil song which has been exceptional in the recent months comes from Harris Jayaraj in this tamil biggie. Karthick, one of my favourite singers renders a magical touch to this deeply romantic track picturised on the gorgeous Shruthi Hassan. Looking forward to the entire video, this time!
6. Satyameva jayate from Superheavy’s Superheavy
Second of the tracks and first direct one from AR Rahman is this amazing track titled Satyameva Jayate, and gets on to become a peppy number. The main chorus with all the artists singing to an awesome guitar piece sticks to one’s head.
5. Moves like Jagger by Maroon5 and Christina Aguilera
Mick Jagger’s third time already 😀
Although in this one, he’s the protagonist, and not the artist. In a tribute to Mick Jagger, Maroon5 collaborates with Christina Aguilera for this hilariously shot video and a great number, it starts with a funky whistle apt to feature Mick Jagger’s clones! Although, Christina’s vocal contribution to the song ain’t much, I’m not unhappy that she’s featured in the video 😉
4. Sada Haq from AR Rahman’s Rockstar
Okay! If this comes as a surprise, as in not to have made it to the top – I guess, then there is something better than this awesome track. One of the best guitar leads for an Indian song, from Michael Jackson’s lead guitarist Orianthi Panagaris. The lyrics are just ground breaking and I love the way this track catches its tempo – Keeps ascending through the song. Another masterpiece by the genius. It would be apt to mention another track from Rockstar “Naadan parindey” deserves to be somewhere on the list, and most apt would be along with Sada haq. AR at his best in both the tracks.
3. Paradise from Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto
Audience can be led into the closest sensation of musical meditation in contemporary music only by Coldplay. Is Chris Martin’s voice magic? I might agree! Chris Martin singing “para para paradise, everytime she closed her eyes” is as magical as something could get. An amazing song, no one but Colplay can do something like this. A great album overall, better than their previous Viva la Vida, and the track Paradise is my favorite in this album.
2. The adventures of rain dance maggie from Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ I’m With You
Talk of groove, funk and jump, there’s RHCP for you. The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie has an impeccable groove through the song and the teasy lyric of RHCP in this song catches on from the very first moment. Further, the classic “Heyyyy noooow” by Anthony is as good as it could get. The casual video on the beaches of California is also something pleasant to watch!
1. Jo bhi main from AR Rahman’s Rockstar
Well, if you have not heard this song yet. You might be surprised to listen to it. This is not one of those impulsive songs which you start liking the very first time. This is a classic AR Rahman track which grows onto you, each and everytime you listen to it. Mohit Chauhan’s best ever, and a great track in this amazing album. The song gets better with every piece of instrumentation, carried all over really well by Mohit. The song has some profound lyric yet again! This is one of the tracks which will stand the test of time!