Unsung songs of 2008

6 Jan

Firstly, A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009 to all! If you want to know which were the best songs of 2008, you can see this at Milliblog and this at Vinith’s blog. They have covered most of the wonderful songs of 2008. Instead of writing about the best songs, I thought, let me write about some pristine melodies which went unnoticed this year. Most of the times only 1 or 2 songs become “hit” songs but in most cases the hit song is not the best song in the movie. I intend to appreciate and highlight those tunes which did not get their due.


  1. Mann Mohana—Jodha Akbar—A.R.Rahman- this is devotional bliss!
  2. Falak Tak—Tashan—Vishal/Shekhar
  3. Chakkar Ghumyo—Aamir—Amit Trivedi
  4. Jogi Mahi—Bachna Ae Haseeno—Vishal/Shekhar
  5. Dhanya Dhanya/Bheege Bheege—Classically Mild (Sonu Nigam)/Deepak Pandit-the best Sonu Nigam album according to me with fantastic orchestration. All the tunes were very good but these in particular give me goosebumps!
  6. Khabar Nahi—Dostana—Vishal/Shekhar
  7. Bandagi—Drona—Dhruv Ghanekar
  8. Kuch Khaas—Fashion—Salim Sulaiman
  9. Kya Hai Sochti—Khushboo—Adnan Saami-a catchy tune with very innovative, funny lyrics.
  10. Meetha Marz—Welcome to Sajjanpur—Shantanu Moitra
  11. Zindagi—Yuvvraaj—A.R.Rahman
  12. Muskura—Dasvidaniya—Kailash/Naresh/Paresh


  1. Uyirile—Vellithirai—G.V.Prakash-a soothing melody
  2. Aazhiyilae—Dhaam Dhoom—Harris Jayaraj-superb tune, amazingly sung by Haricharan!
  3. Chaaral/Sollamaa—Kuchelan—G.V.Prakash-I loved these songs which just grew on me after multiple listens. Chaaral is a splendid tune in raag Jog.
  4. Vaanathai Vittu—Raman Thediya Seethai—Vidyasagar
  5. Againthaiyil/Kallil Uyir—Uliyin Osai—Ilaiyaraja-I have written about these masterpieces earlier. This is the classical Ilaiyaraja!
  6. Kanaa Kaangiren—Aanandha Thaandavam—G.V.Prakash
  7. Anul Mele—Vaaranam Aayiram—Haaris Jayaraj-a very unique tune with a different rhythm structure.


  1. Etho Jalashankkil/Maymassame—Laptop—Sreevalsan Menon-I can’t stop drooling over these 2 songs, you can’t say which is better!
  2. Paathirakkuyil—De Ingottu Nokiye—M.Jayachandran-a haunting tune
  3. Coffee@MG Road/O Saathi—Coffee@MG Road album—Shaan Rahman/Vineeth Sreenivasan

2 Responses to “Unsung songs of 2008”

  1. Arun January 11, 2009 at 10:09 am #

    Good list, Prakash! Everyone makes a top-10 list, good to see you compiling some underrated songs.

    I’d like to add some more:

    Jaane Kyun Tanha Ho Gaye – Bhram
    U Me Aur Hum – Shreya Ghoshal – UMAH
    Aksar (Unplugged) – Shaan – Hijack
    Neend Me Hai – Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi
    Vaada Tumse Hai Vaada – 1920
    Phir Wohi Raastey – Ramchand Pakistani

  2. Prakash Srinivasan January 11, 2009 at 11:34 am #

    Thanks Arun for the adding these to the list!

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