Soundtracks of 2012: In Review

By on December 23, 2012

2012 was definitely a great year for music; from item songs like Chikni Chameli, Halkat Jawani and more recently, Fevicol Se playing at every club, to Radha and Disco Deewane being at the top of the list for every sangeet performance, we saw it all. There was a great variety of hardcore Bollywood, bhangra and ballads. The films may not have had a lasting impression on the audience, but the soundtracks didn’t fail to keep feet tapping throughout the year. Here are my top five soundtracks of 2012.

Soundtracks of 2012

Vicky Donor

5) Starting off the list is Vicky Donor. With a brand new face, composer, lyricist and voice gracing the silver screen this year, Ayushmann Khurrana definitely tops the list as the year’s most promising talent with Pani Da Rang. In addition, Abhishek-Akshay and Rochak Kohli bring fresh tunes with Kho Jaane Do, Mar Jaiyan and Rum Whisky in a variety of different genres.

4) Next up, we have Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya. From Tu Mohabbat Hai

Soundtracks of 2012

Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya

to Piya O Re Piya to the beautiful Jeene De the annoyingly catchy Pee Paa, we heard them and we loved them. For a soundtrack that stuck with an audience throughout the year, having been released in January, Sachin-Jigar, with their handful of singers, raised the bar for themselves.

3) In recent years, Amit Trivedi has proved to be one of the finest composers of the country with his versatile style of music. Ishaqzaade was no different. With tracks such as Chokra Jawaan, Aafaton Ke Parindey and the title track — to name but a few of what might just be a flawless soundtrack — the music was not just a refreshing highlight to the predictable narrative of the film, but a brilliant soundtrack independently as well.

Soundtracks of 2012


2) Topping every possible music chart in India throughout the year was the foot-tapping music of Cocktail. So why should this list be any different? Pritam, as much as his music is “inspired” from existing tracks all over the world, manages to create masterpieces when original. Daaru Desi, Tumhi Ho Bandhu and Tera Naam Japdi Phiran, with their catchy melodies and beats, kept partygoers dancing their way into the wee hours of the morning while ballads such as Yaariyan and Jugni were incessantly played on iPods.

Soundtracks of 2012


1) Finally, topping the list of my top five soundtracks this year is Barfi!. With a gripping narrative, remarkable performances by all the main leads and brilliant direction, the catchy and appealing soundtrack was just the icing on the cake. Be it the title track, Main Kya Karoon or Saanwali Si Raat, each track was unique, yet beautifully composed. The year definitely belonged to Pritam.

Some special mentions include: Teri Meri Kahaani, Ek Tha Tiger and Jab Tak Hai Jaan, all of which were probably saving graces with regards to their respective films. We hope you liked our selection of soundtracks for the year, and if you haven’t heard them, you’re probably missing out. Here’s to another year of item numbers, sangeet songs and foot-tapping melodies.

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Dimple Motwani

Dimple was born and raised in her favourite city, Hong Kong and thus, knows the culture and the people here well. Being a die-hard fan of Bollywood, music and the Indian culture, she aims to enlighten you about all things desi as the features writer for HKYantoYan. In a nutshell, she’s a film, music and literature junkie who would go to despicable lengths for chocolate.

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