Other than a long list of top party songs, 2013 has seen a churn out of a number of really romantic and heart-warming songs. Going for simple cute to crazy and deeply-in-love songs have flown out with almost every album released in 2013. Music directors have explored the unknown and collaborated with a number of different singers defying the usual trend of using the Rahats and Shreya Ghoshals in most numbers adding further diversity and depth to the genre. This is perhaps one of the most difficult categories to rate songs under as there have been as big a list as the party and dance numbers in 2013.
Once again, although everyone will have their own favourites and preferences when it comes to this, we at BizAsia have based our ranking for top five romantic songs of 2013 on songs that have had the maximum airplay on TV, radio, most talked about and viewed on social media platforms along with offbeat songs that show genuine talent and innovation in the genre.
5 ��� Mera Mann ��� ��Nautanki Saala�۪ (2013) ��� This small budget rom-com Rohan Sippy film came packed with two superhit romantic songs including Saadi Gali Aaja and Mera Mann. Although Saadi Gali sung by heartthrob Ayushmann Khurrana had a lot of success in the north with its Punjabi flavour, Mera Mann ruled on the charts across the subcontinent coming from Pakistani singer Falak Shabbir. The song shot to fame with its deeply romantic lyrics written by Falak himself with help from Mikey McCleary on the music production with the original composition written by Falak as well. His simple but deep voice deliver a different.. almost acoustic texture to the song with simple cute bouncy music with mouth organs and guitars making this an easy song for every guy to sing to his love. Numerous dance remixes of the song added fuel to the fire making it a hit in the clubs as well. Perhaps the cutest romantic composition of the year!
4 ��� Tum Tak ��� ��Raanjhanaa�۪ (2013) ��� In one of the most romantic movies of 2013 came a song from the big daddy of music who goes deeper than the soul itself in a song, Mr A R Rahman. With its Benaras setting, classical folk is the obvious choice made by Rahman. But what he did further is breakdown of folk music into something very simple and soothing for even a common man to enjoy. Irshad Kamil played a reverse role and delivered lyrics that are so intertwined in deep poetry that it adds a different level of depth to the song. If one just reads the poetry of this song without hearing the song then one will realise the genius of Rahman to deliver the arrangement of this song that no one else could have within the realms of Indian Classical music. Furthermore, the innocent craziness of Dhanush & Sonam Kapoor in the film makes the song even more likable and eventually making it a char topper across the country in its purest form.
3 ��� Sawaar Lun ��� ��Lootera�۪ (2013) ��� Delivering the music of a period romantic drama is a challenge that many music directors could fail on��_ but not Amit Trivedi. Especially when you perhaps one of the best written song of 2013 by Amitabh Bhattacharya that has words flying around one like butterflies. Each word in this song is lighter than the air and has the charisma and charm of the 60s in it that is perfectly matched to the simplistic folk composition by Amit Trivedi. The story of secret love brewing in an innocent girl�۪s heart has been beautifully expressed in words like nothing else heard this year. Moreover, one must have not heard a song equally well voiced this year with all credit to Monali Thakur for bringing the song to life with her innocent voice that is note perfect! Even though Sawaar Lun did not get much commercial success just like the movie, the song was profoundly appreciated and loved in niche sectors for its innovative delivery and thus sits confidently at number three in our list.
2 ��� Jeene Laga Hoon ��� ��Ramaiya Vastavaiya�۪ (2013) ��� In yet another small budget romantic film of 2013, music directors Sachin-Jigar create magic with Jeene Laga Hoon that took music lovers by storm becoming one of the biggest hits of the year. The composition is very modern and commercial in the favour of the song making it an easy choice for music lovers. But the real icing on the cake are the voices of Atif Aslam and Shreya Ghoshal who give the song the depth, emotion and warm romantic vibes through the highs and lows of the arrangement. Priya Panchal has done a great job on the lyrics as well making it a complete package and an easy choice for lovers of the romantic genre of Bollywood music. The lyrics, music and vocal combination of this song is so strong that it mainly shot to fame with heavy play across radio stations as the video is a total turn off and rather annoying. But the song itself is so pure and delicately balanced that one can not help but just love this song.
1 ��� Tum Hi Ho ��� ��Aashiqui 2�۪ (2013) ��� There has not been a romantic song as big as this in a long time and I am not sure if there will be another like this. Mithoon has delivered nothing short of magic that will make even a dead heart sing with joy to this song. Written and composed by Mithoon to absolute perfection with an arrangement that would make the likes of RD Burman proud and stand up and take notice of Mithoon�۪s talent. What he wrote so flawlessly could only have been made better wit he right choice of singer and no one other than Arijit Singh could have done this piece justice. He has made this song and turned it into an anthem of loved up hearts around the world. By far one of the most iconic songs of the year, there cannot be anyone who can say they do not like this song!
While the biggest music directors of Bollywood have created the best party tunes, the smaller niche composers have brought some of the most noticeable romantic songs to the table showcasing their talent. The likes of Mithoon, Amit Trivedi and newcomer Falak have clearly created a mark with their work in very unique songs this year that have won hearts of their listeners.
There were many others that deserve a mention in this category as well including Be Intehaan from ��Race 2�۪ (2013), Titli from ��Chennai Express�۪ (2013), Dil Tu Hi Bataa from ��Krrish 3�۪ (2013), Ang Laga De from ��Ram-Leela�۪ (2013), Ambarsariya from ��Fukrey�۪ (2013), Kabhi Jo Badal Barse from ��Jackpot�۪ (2013) and Tu Hi Junoon form ��Dhoom 3�۪ (2013) that have created a mark and worked their magic and climbed their way up the charts but none have stood out from the rest or become as big as our BizAsia‘s top five. Overall 2013 has been a good year for the genre with number of different composers doing really well in the romantic genre opening doors for many more to come in 2014.
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