As we look back on another year gone by, it is time to look at some of the great musical works of the year that have left us spellbound, crooning to the lyrics and humming the tunes, entertaining us to the core. It is also time to recognize those behind-the-scenes faces that have made all this possible with their creativity and talent.
The top albums of the year 2012 taking into account the reach among the audience, the musical ingenuity, and also its commercial success are:
(The top albums are not necessarily in the order of their placement in this list)
Album Musicperk Rating
- Gabbar Singh
- Ko Antey Koti
- Yeto Vellipoyindi Manasu
- Life is Beautiful
- Denikaina Ready
- Nuvva Nena
- Shirdi Sai
The album especially appealed to the youth and was a hit among the college-going crowd. One of the best works of Anoop Rubens and Aravind-Shankar thus far, it combined lyrics from different languages like English, Telugu and Hindi to create magic. Adnan Sami stood out with his song, ‘Oh Priya Priya’. The album featured some of the most refreshing tunes of the year and credit goes to the composers for getting the best out of some of the high-profile singers in the industry like Hariharan and Adnan Sami. The composers struck gold by experimenting with different tunes and instruments to create a different sort of music which was never heard before. The album was a mixture of slow-paced as well as fast paced songs and brought a lot of applause and recognition for the composers.
A DSP offering that topped the charts this year, the music album was partly responsible for the movie’s commercial success at the box office. The mass appeal was the key factor for the success of this album that was a hit among the youth, in both the rural and urban places. The songs also complemented the videos on screen. The album had some of the most successful songs of the year like ‘Kevvu Keka’ and ‘Dekho Dekho’. It featured signature DSP tunes and although it lacked some refreshing music and a slow melodious number, it still appealed to the audience making it a hit. Guess the audience were in turn singing ‘Suno Suno Gabbar Singh’.
A treat for Mahesh fans and a good show of skills by Thaman. Although most of the songs were mass entertainers and catered especially to the younger audience, the public lapped it up and so here it is. The album had a few tunes that stood out and took ovation. The album did have some influences from the albums of earlier Mahesh movies but Thaman was able to breathe in freshness into a few numbers with a mix of Hindi and Telugu lyrics that made the difference in the reception from audience.
Ko Antey Koti
Clearly a tad different from the regular music. This album by Shaktikanth Karthik brought in some really cool rock-based songs that weren’t heard in the recent past in Tollywood music circles. The album was a mix of different genres be it rock, classical or melody. The music director has clearly done a lot of experimentation to come up with something refreshing and totally unheard of to refresh the bored minds. The one thing that stands out in this album is the extensive guitar work. Shaktikanth clearly has a long way to go and can sure expect 2013 to be a better year for him.
A DSP offering again, this time he composed music for Allu Arjun. DSP had earlier composed music for Allu Arjun starrers like Arya, Arya 2 and Bunny that had gone on to become super hits. The music of Julayi too followed that trend to become one of the commercial successes of the year 2012 owing to the songs going hand in hand with Allu Arjun’s style quotient. Once again, Julayi took the masses by storm and this mass appeal and its appeal among the youth helped it top the charts. The album lacked some experimentation and mostly featured typical DSP tunes. The absence of a melodious slow number was the only drawback in an otherwise clean album.
Yeto Vellipoyindi Manasu
It was Ilayaraja’s comeback album after a hiatus and he struck it big with an album that had something for everyone. The album featured melodies as well as some fast paced numbers. Ilayaraja was able to rope in singers like Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan and Suraj Jagan to create magic in this album. Most of the songs had a romantic mood to them and complimented the movie well. The songs again brought out some of Ilayaraja’s signature tunes while some of the songs were refreshingly new. This was the first time Gautam Menon and Ilayaraja had teamed up and one can’t help but hope they carry on this association to create more of such amazing work. And Yes! Ilayaraja sir, please do not disappear off the scene.
Chakri and Yuvan are two great names in the south Indian music scene. This album is a proof of what happens when these two great minds come together. The result was nothing short of fireworks. The album was a mix of variety. It has something for every musical taste. Although all were mass entertainers, each number stood out uniquely making this a musical treat. Adnan and Yuvan stood out with their voices. The one thing this album lacked was a melodious slow track.
Life is Beautiful
Its Mickey J Meyer. This guy can give the best in the business a run for their money. This was a neatly composed album that had a mix of high-tempo songs as well as some really melodious songs. The beauty of his composition was that it was different from the run-of-the-mill songs. This one had some soul-stirring stuff with some refreshingly different instrumentals and fresh tunes albeit with some western music influence. ‘Life is Beautiful’ rightly clinches a spot in the top 10 of the year.
One of the best albums from Mani’s stable, this album had a number for every genre. This one was a mix of slow melodious tracks as well as some ‘gaana’ tracks. Mani hit gold by choosing the right singers to render each number, particularly Kailash Kher and Neha Bhasin. The choice of instrumentals too was near perfect rendering the desired effect on the public.
One of the commercial successes of the year, Keeravani was able to get the best out of some of the best singers like SP Balasubramanium, Hariharan and Shankar Mahadevan among others. The music album was a hit among devotees as well as the public in general, cutting across all age groups. The soothing nature of the album largely helped its success. Keeravani was able to infuse a classical tone and bring in a devotional touch to all the songs that helped complement the movie on-screen. With this, Keeravani once again proved that experience counts, which was probably why he chose to rope in some of the most experienced voices in the industry for this album.
Even though a few other albums weren’t of the same league as the above, they nonetheless were commercially successful and achieved considerable reach among the masses. Some of them are Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum, Sarocharu, Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, Mr.Nokia and of course, Damarukam.
(The top songs are not necessarily in the order of their placement in this list)
- Dekho Dekho –Gabbar Singh
- Kevvu Keka-Gabbar Singh
- Amaraaraama- Shirdi Sai
- Nalo Ninna Lenidhi-Ala Aithe
- Ekindhi Le-Ee Rojullo
- Osey Osey-Julayi
- Yedhi Yedhi- Yeto Vellipoyindi Manasu
- Priya Priya-Ishq
- Atu Itu- Yeto Vellipoyindi Manasu
- Nana Re Nana Re- Sasesham
- Sakku Bhai-Damarukam
- Nene Nanine-Eega
- Pillandham Keka Keka-Denikaina Ready
- Vaasthu Bagundhe-Dhammu
- Blackberry-Nuvvu Nena
- Oke Oka Jeevitham-Mr.Nokia
- Chori Choriye-Lovely
- Varaala Vaana-Ko Antey Koti
- Oh Lilli-Dhammu
- Jaga Jaga Jagadeka Veera- Sarocharu
- Beautiful Girl-Life is Beautiful
- Spicy Spicy Girl- Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum
- Sir Osthara-Businessman
- Nesthama Nesthama-Damarukam
- Adnan Sami for ‘O Priya Priya’ from Ishq
- Mamta Sharma for ‘Kevvu Keka’ from Gabbar Singh
Best Music Director-2012:
- Devi Sri Prasad for Gabbar Singh