Best songs of year

Best songs of 1948: Wrap Up 3

Best songs of 1948 November 12, 2017

And the Songs of Yore Award for the Best Duet goes to? As per the long-term average, female solos outnumber male solos by a big margin, with duets somewhere in between. The same is true for the year 1948. My list of 114/115 MEMORABLE SONGS in the Overview post has the following break-up:   Male […]

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Best songs of 1948: Wrap Up 2

Lata Mangeshkar-Shamshad Begum-Suraiya-Surinder Kaur October 23, 2017

And the Songs of Yore Award for the Best Female Playback Singer goes to? The readers may recall from my Overview post, and the detailed review of the best songs of 1949, that one significant difference between the two consecutive years was in Lata Mangeshkar coming as a tsunami wave in 1949, leaving her competitors […]

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Best songs of 1948 songs: Wrap Up 1

Rafi and Mukesh September 18, 2017

And the Songs of Yore award for the best male solo goes to? Some general observations are in order. The year 1948 did not have a great diversity of male playback singers, unlike the female singers. KL Saigal had passed away a year earlier; Talat Mahmood would appear a couple of years later; Hemant Kumar […]

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The first duo Husnlal-Bhagatram (1): Their songs for Suraiya, Lata Mangeshkar and Rafi

Husnlal-Bhagatram July 11, 2017

I have signed off the series on Shankar-Jaikishan recently. Before that I had done series on Anil Biswas, Naushad, C Ramchandra and SD Burman. As the readers now expect the next famous music directors in line, there are some yesteryears stalwarts who shone like meteor for a short while, or who gave great music consistently over […]

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Best songs of 1948: And the winners are?

Mela-Nadiya Ke Paar-Shaheed-Aag-Anokha Pyar-Anokhi Ada March 22, 2017

On our journey back in time to review the best songs of the year, as we reach 1948 we are entering the Vintage Era characterised by a great variety of full-throated female singers. Lata Mangeshkar did sing over 40 songs of which you can count about ten memorable and a couple of all-time great songs, […]

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Best songs of 1949: Final Wrap Up 5

December 24, 2016

The SoY Award for the Best Music Director goes to? For the final wrap up, I can do no better than quote Mahesh: “The year 1949 itself was the biggest winner of all.” That refers to the historical place of the year in the evolution of Hindi film songs which we have discussed in the […]

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Best songs of 1949: Wrap Up 4

Ae mohabbat unse milne ka bahana ban gaya November 20, 2016

And the SoY Award for the Best Duet goes to? It is always a pleasure to write the Wrap Up 4, which is for the best duets of the year. The best solos always generate some  controversy. In male solos this year, there was a close tie between Rafi and Mukesh. My conclusion that Mukesh […]

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Best songs of 1949: Wrap Up 3

Lata Mangeshkar September 28, 2016

Wishing Lata Mangeshkar a very Happy Birthday on her 87th birth anniversary (b. 28 September 1929) with her best songs of 1949 It is a no-brainer that Lata Mangeshkar was the best female playback singer of 1949. In later years, that would become routine – she defined the lead female voice. But in 1949, it […]

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Best songs of 1949: Wrap Up 2

Amirbai Karnataki-Rajkumari-Zeenat Begum-Suraiya-Surinder Kaur July 13, 2016

And the SoY Award for the Best ‘Other’ Female Playback Singer goes to? As the readers would recall from the overview post on the best songs of 1949, this was a great year for the ‘other’ singers, and female singers in general. There were about 80 female solos in my select list of 160 (the […]

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Best songs of 1949: Wrap Up 1

Rafi and Mukesh June 25, 2016

Songs of Yore Award for the Best Male Playback Singer goes to? As we have seen in the overview post on the Best songs of 1949, and as I have observed elsewhere a number of times, 1949 was the year of Tsunami wave of Lata Mangeshkar. The yesteryear vintage singers, like Suraiya, Shamshad Begum, Rajkumari […]

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