“Ah, music! A magic beyond all we do here!” – Albus Dumbledore
No film industry in the world holds its music in higher regard than Bollywood does. Being set in a country obsessed with song and dance since ages unknown, it is only natural that soundtracks often become the make-or-break factor of Hindi films, even being the most focal aspect in promotions. From Rafi to Rahat, from Burman to Rahman, from Asha to Arijit, it has morphed and evolved.
And even more so since the turn of the century. Yes, we’ve had more than our fair share item songs, silly lyrics and rehashed numbers, but we’ve had some truly memorable music as well. Old heavyweights continued their glorious work while new artists broke convention and made their own mark, all while releasing some path-breaking tunes. This made the choice for the best of the best music in the era a rabid competition.
But, we braved through. So here it is: the list of 10 best Hindi movie soundtracks of the 21st Century.
10. Rock On!! (2008)
On its own, ‘Rock On!!’ is a decent romp, chronicling the journey of a grung rock band named “Magik”, but it is the anthemic soundtrack which has given this film a legendary cult status. Composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy stayed true to the feel of the film by recording its music like a rock group, sans any programming. Javed Akhtar crept into the souls of the youth by penning arena anthems, random musings, love ballads and the climactic ode to indefatigable “Sinbad the Sailor” (along the lines of Led Zep’s “Achilles Last Stand”). Add Farhan Akhtar and Co’s raw, infectious energy and you get an album nobody is going to stop jamming to anytime soon. (And since the sequel was a letdown, do we have a choice?)