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This year has seen a plenty of Hindi Albums of various genres.  There have been some great talent,sensational debuts,creativity and hard work behind each and every album.  The rating that follows takes into account how musically genuine and appealing the album was. 2013 marked the return of Pritam with some original sensational albums including Barfi! , Cocktail, Jannat 2 and Agent Vinod.Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy made classy albums like “Chittagong” & “Delhi Safari”. Amit Trivedi has shown his prowess with albums like Ishaqzaade and English Vinglish. Some of his experiments like Aiyaa & Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu deserve special mention. Talaash’s music wonderfully blended with the movie which marks Ram Sampath’s next big hit after Delhi Belly. Vishal &Shekhar (Musicperk Best Music 2011 – Hindi) do have some great albums this year including SOTY,Shanghai & Kahaani. AR Rahman’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan did have great response but people have started considering Rockstar as his benchmark (which is of a completely different genre).

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Album

Editor’s rating

Barfi ★★★★★★★★★☆
Ishaqzaade ★★★★★★★★½☆
Cocktail ★★★★★★★★☆☆
Student Of The Year ★★★★★★★½☆☆
Talaash ★★★★★★★½☆☆
Jab Tak Hai Jaan ★★★★★★★½☆☆
Jannat 2 ★★★★★★★½☆☆
Agent Vinod ★★★★★★★½☆☆
Kahaani ★★★★★★★☆☆☆
English Vinglish ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

The Best of Albums:

 1.      Barfi:

Music : Pritam

No one would have expected a soundtrack as refreshing like this from Pritam.  The responsibility to have a nice soundtrack was greater in this film since the lead characters were mute & deaf and their emotions had to be conveyed musically.  So,what separates an album like Barfi from others? Emotions. Each and every song has plenty of emotions running through them that it becomes difficult to categorize the songs in one particular genre. Barfi is of the kind where you listen to the songs,close your eyes &you automatically sync with your emotions. A welcome change ! Tracks like “Kyon”,”Ala Barfi”,”Aashiyan”,”Sawali Si Raat” just melted the listeners.

2. Ishaqzaade:

Music: AmitTrivedi

This was an ‘young’ Yash Raj film with all newcomers and was lauded for that. The trumpet, the bagpipe, the harmonium are some things that you are sure to find in an Amit Trivedi album and this one doesn’t disappoint you either.  The selection of the right singers for the right songs is also managed properly by Amit. The year’s best rendition “Pareeshan”, the title track and the item number “Chokra Jawaan” all made it to the charts.

3.      Cocktail:

Music: Pritam

Party Time! “Cocktail” is one recent rare album where every song appealed to people. All the songs have the necessary hook in them & this album sold like hot cakes in the market. Tracks like “Daaru Desi”,”Tumhi Ho Bandu”,”Jugni”,”Tera Naam” & “Second Hand jawani” pretty much sealed this album for Pritam!

4.      Student of The Year:

Music :Vishal-Shekhar

The best ‘’Bollywood’’ album in recent times ! Gone are the times where bollywood movies had grand,zabardast songs & ‘SOTY’ came in as a much needed nostalgia.  “Student of The Year” marked  the comeback of Vishal Shekhar back to commercial foray.  Since the film had 3 fresh faces, the onus was on Vishal-Shekhar to deliver successful music in order to compliment the movie and they did.  Karan Johar continued to enjoy high musical chartbusters whether he is donning the producer’s hat or director’s hat. Numbers like “The Disco Song”,”Vele”,”Kukkad” rocked the charts and “Ishq Wala Love” warmingly won hearts and did I mention the “Radha” number ? A complete package!

5.      Talaash

Music: Ram Sampath

This was Aamir Khan’s return to the big screen after the blockbuster “3 Idiots”. Ram Sampath, who won numerous critical acclaim for his score in Aamir Khan’s home production “Delhi Belly” was back again with Aamir. The album perfectly matched the sequence in the movie and was haunting. Tracks incluing “Jeele Zara”, the mystical “Muskhanein Jhoote Hai” and “Jiya Lage Na” were instant hits.

6.      Jab Tak Hai Jaan:

Music: A.R.Rahman

The fact that this album followed “Rockstar” forced plenty of people to compare both the albums, which is not fair. Rockstar,being a movie about a singer was completely a different genre.  Hence, comparisons aren’t going to work.  Also,it is usual for ARR to warm up in an album like this only to unleash more in the next one.  This is not his best one but surely would still be ranked on the higher end of his spectrum.  This album is somewhere close to “Yuvraaj” where the songs needed some class & sense to be associated with the listeners. Many listeners and critics wrote off this album as ARR’s least impressive one. Well,ARR had set himself such high standards that a Challa,Saans,Jiya Re and Ishq Shava wasn’t enough for them!

7.      Jannat 2:

Music: Pritam

This album was a typical Pritam album.Pritam+Hashmi+Bhatt – This combination has become a standard template which will make a musical success.This time the emphasis was more on slow,sufi-styled music. And guess what ? Emraan Hashmi had another winner in his hands !

8. Agent Vinod:

Music: Pritam

“Agent Vinod” must be the year’s most overlooked album. This album had everything. On analyzing,this album had a rocking Disco track “I Will Do The Talking”(little Rasputin too),the year’s most entertaining track “Pungi”,the year’s most beautiful composition “Raabta” and an ode to mujra “Dil Mera MuftKa”! Deserves to be among the top !

9.      Kahaani:

Music: Vishal – Shekhar

Wait a minute! Were there any songs in the movie ? No. But,Kahaani had one of the impeccable soundtracks in recent times. This would rank as Vishal-Shekhar’s best album in recent times. Usha Utup rocked “Aami Shotti Bolchi” and Mr. Amitabh Bachchan sang one of the finest compositions of this year namely “Ekla Cholo Re” and “Piya Tu”,”Tore Bina” weren’t not far behind. Pity,we didn’t get to see these wonderful tracks visually!

10. English Vinglish:

Music: Amit Trivedi

It was touted to be the biggest comeback movie of all-time.  Despite no commercial songs, this album worked superbly thanks to Amit Trivedi’s soulful music.  Almost all the songs were good with a few having that extra emotional touch.  We cannot single out a bad song in this album.  Without any remixes and run-of-the mill masala songs, this album would make the listeners yearn for more. Shilpa Rao’s soulful rendition “Gustak Dil”,the emotional “Dhak Dhuk” and the rocking “Manhattan” did wonders on-screen too. Navrai Majhi deserves a special mention. Undoubtedly the best song of the album, this shows Sundhi Chauhan’s comeback into soulful songs after Sur and Bhaage Mann. Swanand Kirkire tells us why he is the best lyricist around.

Other notable albums include:

Ek Main AurEkkTu:

Amit Trivedi was a revelation this year with back to back hits and officially announcing himself to the world in much larger foray. ’EMAET’ had youth-centric songs,peppy,western and more importantly refreshingly catchy urban numbers. Be it the funny “Auntyji” number or spontaneously likeable title track “Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu”or the breezy “Aahatein”! A charming album!

Aiyaa:

The movie might have been a damp one but this album will stay on as composer’s one of the best ones till date.  This album might not be as neat as English Vinglish or as experimental as Dev D but sure is the most entertaining album in his profile. The controversial yet entertaining “Dreamum Wakeupum”,the highly digital “Aga Bhai”,the highly funny “What To Do” deserved better recognition and not to forget the slow,romantic Shreya Ghoshal number “Mahek Bhi”.

Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana:

Touted to be India’s first ‘food’ movie,this movie had music as unique as its title. Amit Trivedi did a brilliant job as he experimented with music in each and every song and made it worthy.  Every song was in Punjabi language as the film was on a Punjabi guy. The foot tapping “Kikilikari”,the ridiculously funny “Motorwada” and the retro-ish “LuniHasi” made this album was a fun trip right from the beginning.

Delhi Safari:

After garnering universal acclaim for their scores in “ZNMD”, “Don 2”, SEL were in a sabbatical.  ”Delhi Safari” became their first commercial musical entry this year.  Nikhil Advani, who has a long association with SEL right from Kal Ho Na Ho, Salaam-e-Ishq, Patiala House,Chandni Chowk to China was back again but this time he had wielded the megaphone for an animated film which is certainly one of its kind in Indian cinema. This album has one of the best duets heard in recent times – “Meri Duniya Teri Dam Se” and how many of you know that the Title track has been short-listed for Oscars ?

Shanghai:

Songs of Shanghai were purposefully made raw,rustic to suit the flavour of the movie. Vishal Shekhar’s songs and the background score too were lapped up by critics. The songs had a perfect blend between V-S type melodies & Dibakar’s satires. After a long time,lyrics were given much importance to a Hindi album.”Bharat Mata Ki”,”Duaa”,”Imported Kamariya” were applauded unanimously by the critics.

Khiladi 786:

The music album of this movie has been widely appreciated by the critics, some even calling it addictive. Himesh,despite being pegged by critics for his singing made a remarkable comeback through this album which rocked the charts with a zippy slow number “Long Drive”,the RD Burman tribute “Balma”,the signature song of the movie “Hookah Bar” and guess what ? a song mocking Himesh’s singing itself “Lonely”!

London, Paris, New York:

The surprise package of the year! Ali Zafar’s Bollywood debut as composer had traces of brilliance in songs like “Aaja”, the club number “Oo Lala” and the candid “Voh Dekhnay Mein” rendered perfectly.

Gangs of Wasseypur – I & II:

Sneha Khanwalkar showed her versatility with this album and the music was laudable.Though the Bhojpuri theme of this album did not grab as many listeners as it deserved but citing the theme of the movie,the album complemented it perfectly.  After ‘Love, Sex aur Dhokha’ Sneha Khanwalkar was seen as the girl next door of music industry and she proved her epithet with ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’.The pristine classical music of India hadgiven this album a balmy touch. The music definitely knocked the doors of the critiques.”Kaala Re”,”Womaniya”,”Electric Piya” and the theme musics walked away with honours.

Chittagong:

This was SEL’s way of opening an account in 2012. This was such an awesome album that it’s a pity that listeners missed out on this album because of lack of enough publicity. If the songs of “Chittagong” is not liked by a person, then that person has some serious taste issues. The track “Bolo Na” had class written all over it. Almost all songs were pure delight to listen! A must hear in every sense!

Ek Tha Tiger:

Salman Khan’s movies are usually one-man show! The music got overshadowed in almost all his recent movies. ”Ek Tha Tiger” was an exception. The music was composed by Sohail Sen who made the debut of the decade with “What’s Your Raashee ?”. The tracks like “Banjaara”,”Laapata”,”Saiyaara” gelled well with exotic visuals and “Mashallah” composed by Sajid-Wajid was a scream!

Also, there were other albums which were huge hits among the followers and fans. Eventhough these albums couldn’t be rated as the best by the critics, they were lapped up by the audiences and proved to be commercially viable. Some of them include Jodi Breakers,Teri Meri Kahaani, Tera Naal Love Ho Gaya, Dabangg 2 and Housefull 2. 

Musicperk.com Awards 2013

Best Album of the Year 2012               Barfi!
Best Music Director of the Year 2012   Pritam Chakraborty (Barfi!)
Best Song of the Year 2012                 Radha (Student Of The Year)
Best Singer of the Year 2012 (Male)     Javed Ali (Ishaqzaade)
Best Singer of the Year 2012 (Female) Neeti Mohan (Jiya Re – Jab Tak Hai Jaan)
Best Lyrics of the Year 2012                 Swanand Kirkire (Barfi!)
Musicperk Emerging Artist 2012 (Male) Arijit Singh (Phir Le Aya Dil – Barfi!)
Musicperk Emerging Artist 2012 (Female) Shalmali Kholgade (Pareshaan – Ishaqzaade)