Male singers who made us croon along in 2006 ...

By Joginder Tuteja, IndiaFM

image2006 was a

good year both when it came to movies being successful and music across

different genres being popular. There were some singers who came up

number of hit tracks. On the other hand there were some who just a song

apiece to their credit which were good enough to place these singers on

a pedestal. In the end, there were some very good popular/critically

acclaimed number that were enjoyed by lovers of Hindi music across the


1. Himesh Reshammiya

He was the SINGER OF THE NATION in 2005! And he carried on the good

luck and great support from his fans even into 2006. In the way he got

as many brickbats as bouquets, as many fan mails as hate emails, as

many good press as not-so-good, but the songs sung by him still managed

to grace the top of the charts on a regular note. Some of his many big

hits like 'Aashique Ye Meri' [36 China Town], 'Zara Jhoom Jhoom' [Tom

Dick and Harry], 'Ae Meri Zohrajabeen' [Phir Hera Pheri], 'Humko

Deewana Kar Gaye' [Humko Deewana Kar Gaye], 'Aap Ki Khatir' [Aap Ki

Khatir], 'Ahista Ahista', 'Allah Kare' [Ahista Ahista], 'Junoon Junoon'

[Rocky- The Rebel] and many more are ample examples of that! Himesh

Reshammiya may have put his foot in mouth on an occasion more than one

but one hopes that doesn't deter his focus from delivering another

dozen odd mass appealing numbers in the New Year!

2. Sonu Nigam

Quality took over quantity for Sonu Nigam in 2006. Though Himesh

Reshammiya was clearly on a roll an entire year with stiff competition

from KK, Kunal Ganjawala and Shaan, Sonu Nigam still managed to come up

with the title song of 'Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna' which is undoubtedly

the best sung song of the year. The pain, anguish and helplessness of a

couple in love was brought out so well in the track that it was placed

at the beginning of the album in spite of a sad theme. Sonu clearly

seemed to excel in sad-n-soft songs in the year gone by as he reserved

some of his best work for Anu Malik's 'Jaan-E-Mann'. Hear 'Saud Dard

Hai' and 'Ajnabi Shehar Hai' and you would know why!

3. KK

If you can't make out who is the singer for a particular song,

chances are more than 99% that it is going to be KK! A man who has come

a long way since his debut years back, he brings with him sheer variety

in each of the songs he sings which makes his voice highly unique and

different every time it is heard. He is the one who can sing 'Kya Mujhe

Pyaar Hai' [Woh Lamhe] with as much aplomb as 'Bas Ek Pal' [Bas Ek

Pal]. Also, he seems to be high UP there when it comes to singing for

films coming from the Bhatt camp. Isn't that the reason why 'Tu Hi Meri

Shab Hai' [Gangster] and 'Teri Yaadon Mein' [The Killer] are enjoyed

even today when months have passed since they were heard first?

4. Atif Aslam

Just one song in 2006 brings Atif Aslam in the Top-5 singers of the

year. In the years before, his 'Woh Lamhe' [Zeher] and 'Aadat' [Kalyug]

had been immensely successful. But the number that made him a household

name in the second half of 2006 was 'Tere Bin', a song from a small

film called 'Bas Ek Pal' that went on to do big business when it came

to music! A perfect song that deserves 10/10 in all departments, be it

rendition, lyrics or music, it catapulted Atif to such a high position

in the world of music that everything that he does now would be looked

at keenly. Now that's what one calls after-effects of fame!

5. Zubeen Garg

Unlike Atif Aslam, Zubeen Garg was heard in more than just a

solitary song but his 'Ya Ali' [Gangster] has been his most critically

and commercially acclaimed song of the year! Zubeen has been struggling

for years when it comes to Bollywood playback singing but 'Ya Ali' has

been his ticket to the big league. Watch out for Zubeen as this

classically trained singer has a lot more colors to show than just

'sufi-rock' rendition!

6. James

Thank you Bhatts. And thank you Anurag Basu and Pritam. Because if

not for you all, music lovers may not have got an opportunity to hear

the voice of a singer who belonged all the way to Bangladesh. One

thought that 'Bheegi Bheegi' [Gangster] was the only kind of song that

James could sing since he excelled in this painful rock rendition. But

lo! Soon came 'Chal Chale' [Woh Lamhe] and realization struck that he

had so much more to offer. If 'Bheegi Bheegi' was plain sorrow, 'Chal

Chale' was akin to a walk in the clouds!

7. Kailash Kher

When Kailash Kher sung, the nation danced! And together we all said

- 'Chak De Phatte'! The song was such a huge hit that it made everyone

aware about a small little film called 'Khosla Ka Ghosla'. Smart

strategy applied by UTV to promote the number extensively with a music

video woven around it made 'Chak De Phatte' a famous song in campus

fests, discs, pubs, marriages and other festive processions alike! A

winner track!

8. Shafqat Amanat Ali/Shankar Mahadevan

Together they sung 'Mitwa' and Shafqat Amanat Ali & Shankar

Mahadevan were soon a pair! The two singers brought a kind of variety

that was required for this thoughtful sufi/rock/Indian classical fusion

number. A superhit track that is gracing numerous year-end compilation

albums of 2006, 'Mitwa' makes sure that 'Love Will Find A Way'! Shafqat

also had the soulful rendition of ‘Yeh Honsla’ from ‘Dor to his credit

which he sung with Salim Merchant that made an interesting theme song

for the movie.

9. Shaan

Shaan may have sung a dozen odd good songs this year but the one

that stood out was 'Chand Sifarish' [Fanaa]. This was the song that

made his voice almost unrecognizable as came up with a rendition that

was quite different from what one identifies him with. A chartbuster of

the year, it may well have introduced Shaan as Aamir Khan's new voice!

10. Kunal Ganjawala

2006 may not have been an year where Kunal Ganjawala enjoyed a

'Bheege Honth Tere' [Murder], but he did have to his credit some

beautiful melodies that unfortunately weren't as successful as they

deserved. Otherwise how can one explain a brilliant song like 'Tumse

Yun Milenge' [Ankahee] going highly unnoticed while 'Tum Jo Mile'

[Ahista Ahista] forced to abort its way up in the charts due to a

premature end of the film at the box office. One hopes Kunal enjoys a

much better 2007!