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Wonderful, weird and wacky: Bollywood music 2013

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  1. INR 27.99 Cr.
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If we were to describe 2013's music in terms of parties then it started as a wine-and-cheese do and ended in a raucous children's birthday bash. After the warm and earthy Kai Po Che (February), sublime intensity of Lootera (July) and Aashiqui 2's passion-laden tracks (April), we were suddenly faced with a glut of Gandi Baats and Toohs.

All of them worked and how. We bring you the best songs and albums of the year - both wacky and wonderful.
Sawar Loon (Lootera): Composer-lyricist duo Amit Trivedi and Amitabh Bhattacharya made magic with this one. Capturing the old world charm and earthy passion, the track Sawar Loon was sung delightfully by Monali Thakur and had all the headiness of a woman in love.

Must mention: Manmarziyaan, Monta Re, Ankahee… listen to the entire album, once again.
Tum hi ho (Aashiqui 2): It was not an easy task to recreate the allure of the original film's music but this album managed to do exactly that although there were a few misses. Tum Hi Ho, voiced by Arijit Singh, is clearly the best song of the album.

Must mention: Sun Raha Hai for the raw hurt and passion it portrays.
Zinda (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag): Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, this song marked the debut of his son Siddharth. This passionate number goes from hard rock to soft notes and is a pulsating anthem for we, the living.

Must mention: This one is for the lads and some serious male bonding time -- Maston ka Jhund.
Tum Tak (Raanjhana): AR Rahman brings his best to this album. In Tum Tak, he marries the notes of bhajan with qawwali and comes up with a gem. The song's lyrics have that rare quality of innocence -- Meri har man maani bas tum tak, baatein bachkaani bas tum tak, meri nazar deewani bas tum tak.

Must mention: In title track Raanjhana, Bollywood-meets-classical instruments for an interesting sound.
1,2,3,4 Get on the Dance Floor (Chennai Express): Over-the-top is one way of saying it, the other is mass entertainer. The song, just like the film, caught people's fancy. Composed by Vishal-Shekhar, the song has been sung by Hamsika Iyer and Vishal.

Must mention: Lungi Dance, Rajnikanth, Shahrukh Khan, Yo Yo Honey Singh… need we say more?
Badtameez Dil (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani): Fun and peppy describes the film and its music. Benny Dayal and Shefali Alvares voice this party number which was played all across India through party season.

Must mention: Balam Pichkari for its rustic notes which mature into a perfect Holi song.

Ambarsariya (Fukrey): Sona Mohapatra's rustic rendition of this song was an instant hit. Composed by Ram Sampath, the number's languid pace and feel is complimented by some unusual use of guitar.

Must mention: Fuk Fuk Fukrey was the other listenable song in this otherwise disappointing album.
Khoon choos le (Go, Goa, Gone): Just the thing to hum when you are heading to office on Monday after a long weekend of partying, this one is composed by Sachin-Jigar. A song high on electronic beats, it works instantly.

Must mention: With its reggae feel, Babaji ki Booti is Bollywood's nod to dope.
Saree ke fall sa (R…Rajkumar): Southern sound is the hallmark of this album and lyrics add dollops of illogical fun that only south Indian sensibility can add. Saree ka Fall used an innovative metaphor to present the hero's ardent love for his girl. The soundtrack has been composed by Pritam.

Must mention: Gandi baat, yeah you heard it right, is sung by Mika Singh.
Meethi boliyan (Kai Po Che): This was another winner from Amit Trivedi this year. Earthy and melodious, the soft rock notes of Meethi Boliyan captures those long languid afternoons spent with friends.

Must mention: Heady and ambitious, Manja captures the spirit of youth.

Honourable mentions: Race 2 (Lat Lag Gayi), Ram-leela (Ram Chahe Leela), Gori Tere Pyar Mein (Tooh), Phata Poster Nikla Hero (Khali-peeli), Boss (Party All Night).