Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Music Roundup - 2017

Music Roundup - 2017

It's December and it's time to do the music roundup of this year's best songs/ the songs which stayed on my playlist for a long time. I'm happy that I was able to continue this roundup list for the 4th year but slightly disappointed that unable to post reviews as frequently as before due to my other commitments. Hopefully, I should be able to do full-fledged reviews from next year and personally,  wish to say that those are merely my thoughts on the particular album.


    In Tamil, compared to last year, 2017 is low key with respect to music, but Bhindumalini and Vedanth Bharadwaj's brilliant unconventional music in Aruvi deserve the top album of the year. Sam C S utilized his high profile budget movie Vikram Vedha and delivered the top-notch quality album. Sean Roldan impresses with the highly melodious offering in Power Paandi but the composer's work in VIP2, Kadha Nayagan, and Nerrupu da doesn't work except for the one or two songs in the album.

  Composer of the year is undeniably Ghibran and very happy that the composer's talent is recognized with the commercial hit Aramm and Theeran Adhigaram Ondru. He delivered brilliant albums during year start with Adhe Kangal and continues his prolific scores in Maayavan, Magalir Mattum, Aramm and Theeran Adhigaram Ondru.

 A R Rahman comes back with vengeance in Kaatru Veliyidai while Mersal fails to impress me musically and Robot 2.0 stands in the middle. Harris Jayaraj and Yuvan Shankar Raja continue to be pigeonholed with their limited well-established soundscape. Imman who was the composer of the year in 2016 fails to continue his magical run this year mainly because of the hackneyed trademark melodies. Though his brilliance in some of the tracks is evident. he fails to deliver a complete knock out album this year. Anirudh did a fine job in both Velaikkaran and Vivegam even though both the album has familiar sound cues. Santhosh Narayanan remains low key this year with the average albums Bairava and Server Sundaram but he hits the right note the melodious Meyaadha Maan along with Pradeep Kumar.

Composer of the year: Ghibran

Top 3 Tamil Albums of 2017:

1) Aruvi - Bhindumalini and Vedanth Bharadwaj
2) Power Paandi - Sean Roldan
3) Kaatru Veliyidai -  AR Rahman

Top Tamil songs of 2017:

1) Sarattu Vandiyile - Kaatru Veliyidai - AR Rahman
2) Asaindhaadum Mayil - Aruvi - Bhinumalini and Vedanth Bharadwaj
3) Paarthen - Power Paandi - Sean Roldan
4) Oru Veetil - Theeran Adhigaram Ondru - Ghibran
5) Vaan - Kaatru Veliyidai - AR Rahman
6) Thandiraa - Adhe Kangal - Ghibran
7) Enna Naan Seiven - Meyaadha Maan - Pradeep Kumar
8) Yaanji Yaanji - Vikram Vedha - Sam CS
9) Merku Karayil - Aruvi - Bhindumalini and Vedanth Bharadwaj
10) Ammu Kuttiye - Geminiganeshanum Suruli Rajanum - Imman
11) Aalangiliye - Neruppu da - Sean Roldan
12) Kadhalaada - Vivegam - Anirudh
13) Adi Vaadi Thimiraa - Magalir Mattum - Ghibran
14) Megamo Aval - Meyaadha Maan - Santosh Narayanan
15) Melam Kottudaa - Aramm - Ghibran

Other Songs worth mentioning:

16) Yavvana - Sathya - Simon K King
17) Engapora Dora - Dora - Mervin Solomon
18) Paathum Paakkama - Kurangu Bommai - Ajaneesh Loknath
19) Kavidhaigala - Maragadha Naanayam - Dhibu Ninan Thomas
20) Nee Illai Yendral - 8 Thottakkal - KS Sundaramurthy
21) Iraivanai Thandha - VIP2 - Sean Roldan
22) Oxygen - Kavan - HipHop Tamizha
23) Tasakku Tasakku - Vikram Vedha - Sam CS
24) Rail Aaraaroo - Nenjil Thunivirundhal - Imman
25) Iravil Varukira - En Aaloda Seruppa Kaanom - Ishaan Dev
26) Iraiva - Velaikkaran - Anirudh
27) Unavey Marundhu -Server Sundaram - Santosh Narayanan
28) Kannukulla - Kaalakkoothu - Justin Prabhakaran
29) Vaaraai Vaaraai - Bogan - Imman
30) Naan Ini Kaatril - Yaakkai - Yuvan Shankar Raja

You can listen to the songs as a single playlist in Saavn.


    The Hindi music scenario of 2017 is middling and really disappointed that Amit Trivedi, who is my favorite composer in Bollywood, delivered average albums like Quadi Band and Secret Superstar but although gave much better short soundtrack for Rukh. Another dissenting trend is that staggered release of songs in Bollywood and it's pity that still Jagga Jaasoos's official complete soundtrack is yet to release. Another composer who was missing is SEL after their brilliant Mirzya in 2016. Pritam definitely deserves composer of the year title and the man delivered two outstanding soundtracks Jab Harry Met Sejal and Jagga Jaasoos. Vishal Bhardwaj's Rangoon easily takes the top spot in the albums released this year.

    Rahman delivered unconventional tracks for Mom and relatively engaging soundtrack for Ok Jaanu. Ram Sampath delivers pretty engaging Raees while the multi-composer soundtrack is pretty normal in Hindi music, two composers who stood out in the pack are undeniably Tanishk Bagchi and Rochak Kohli. The former delivered brilliant soundtrack in Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Tumhari Sulu while the later delivered some of the memorable tracks in Qarib Qarib single and Lucknow central. Apart from Meri Pyaari Bindu and Simran, Sachin Jigar's work is pretty much average.

Composer of the year: Pritam

Top 3 Hindi Albums of 2017

1) Rangoon - Vishal Bhardwaj
2) Jagga Jaasoos - Pritam
3) Jab Harry Met Sejal - Pritam

Top Hindi Songs of 2017

1) Barfani - Babumoshai Bandookbaaz - Gaurav Dagaonkar
2) Yeh Ishq Hai - Rangoon - Vishal Bhardwaj
3) Ullu Ka Patha - Jagga Jaasoos - Pritam
4) Parinda - Jab Harry Met Sejal - Pritam
5) Kanha - Shubh Mangal Savdhan - Tanishk-Vayu
6) Tippa - Rangoon - Vishal Bhardwaj
7) Be Nazaara - Mom - AR Rahman
8) Safar - Jab Harry Met Sejal - Pritam
9) Rafu - Tumhari Sulu - Santanu Ghatak
10) Jhumritalaiyya - Jagga Jaasoos - Pritam
11) Saajon Aayo Re - Ok Jaanu - AR Rahman
12) Phir Nayi - Qaidi Band - Amit Trivedi
13) Iss Tarah - Meri Pyaari Bandu - Sachin - Jigar
14) Hai Baaki - Rukh - Amit Trivedi
15) Chal Kahin Door - Mom - AR Rahman

Other songs worth mentioning

16) Single Rehne De - Simran - Sachin Jigar
17) Khidki - Rukh - Amit Trivedi
18) Dum Dum - Phillauri - Shashwat Sachdev
19) Manva likes to fly - Tumhari Sulu - Tanishk Bagchi
20) Ek Dooni Do - Rangoon - Vishal Bhardwaj
21) Chulbuli - Babumoshai Bandookbaaz - Gaurav Dagaonkar
22) Le Li Jaan - Lipstick under my Burkha - Zebunnisa Bangash
23) Khatam Kahani - Qarib Qarib Single - Vishal Mishra
24) Sapne Re - Secret Superstar - Amit Trivedi
25) Udi Udi Jaaye - Raees - Jam8
26) Tamma Tamma again - Badrinath Ki Dulhania - Tanishq Bagchi
27) Badnaam Jiya De Gaari - Anaarkali of Aarah - Rohit Sharma
28) Sweety Tera drama - Bareilly Ki Barfi - Tanishq Bagchi
29) Tan Tan - Chef - Raghu Dixit
30) Hoor - Hindi Medium - Sachin Jigar

You can listen to the songs as a single playlist in Saavn.


     This year Telugu music scenario is revamped by a bunch of young music directors who delivered knockout albums. Radhan came up with a stunner soundtrack Arjun Reddy and the songs were on my playlist for a long period of time. The tracks are segued into the movie beautifully. Shravan music is always an exciting one and in 2017 also he gave two stellar soundtracks (Chandamama Raave and Malli Raava). Hope the composer gets deserved recognition in 2018. Another promising young composer Vivek Sagar of pelli Choopulu fame, delivers brilliant Yudham Sharanam but the movie fails to work in the box office. Shakthikanth Karthik gets his break with the ear-friendly Fidaa while Vishal Chandrasekhar hits the right note in Kathalo Rajakumari along with veteran Ilayaraja.

   Thaman continues to scrape his barrel bottom while Devisriprasad continues to perform well within his limited stock tunes.Hopefully, we will be able to listen to more songs from Sunny MR and Gopi Sundar next year while another Malayalam composer, Shaan Rahman debuts this year in Telugu with the decent album Prematho Mee Karthik and the above average Rachayitha

Composer of the year: Radhan

Top Telugu Albums of 2017

1) Arjun Reddy - Radhan
2) Yudham Sharanam - Vivek Sagar
3) Malli Raava - Shravan

Top Telugu songs of 2017

1) Madhuram - Arjun Reddy - Radhan
2) Enno Enno Bhavaley - Yudham Sharanam - Vivek Sagar
3) Hey Pillagada - Fidaa - Shakthikanth Karthik
4) Gudilo Badilo Madilo - Duvvada Jagannadham - Devisri Prasad
5) Chinuku - Malli Raava - Shravan
6) Allari Pilla Gaada - Ungarala Rambabu - Ghibran
7) Praayam Inthe Raa - Chandamama Raave - Shravan
8) Nilavade - Shatamanam Bhavati - Mickey J Meyer.
9) Vachinde - Fidaa - Shakthikanth Karthik
10) Unnatundi Gundey - Ninnu Kori - Gopi Sundar
11) Ala Meda Mida - Next Nuvve - Sai Karthik
12) Manase Thalupe - Kathalo Rajakumari - Vishal Chandrasekhar
13) Dhooram - Arjun Reddy - Radhan
14) Adedo Maayelley - Yudham Sharanam - Vivek Sagar
15) Malli Raava - Malli Raava - Shravan

Other songs worth mentioning:

16) Hamsa Naava - Baahubali 2 - MM Keeravani
17) Telusa Neeku Bahusa - Keshava - Sunny MR
18) Arere Yekkada - Nenu local - DeviSri Prasad
19) Manavi Alakincharadate - Mental Madhilo - Prashanth R Vihari
20) Egire - Venkatapuram - Achu Rajamani
21) Ekimeeda - Gautamiputra Satakarni - Chirantan Bhatt
22) Yelo Yedarilo Vaana - Katamarayudu - Anup Rubens
23) Thakita - Rarandoi Vedukka Chuddam - DeviSri Prasad
24) Premale - PSV Garuda Vega - Bheems Cecireleo
25) Chinnari - Raja the great - Sai Karthik
26) What Amma - Unnadhi Okate Zindagi - Devi Sri Prasad
27) Shatamanam Bhavati - Shatamanam Bhavati - Mickey J Meyer
28) Merise - Aanando Brahma - K
29) O Kshanam - Oxygen - Yuvan Shankar Raja
30) Sitara - Winner - Thaman

You can listen to the songs as a single playlist in Saavn.


     It's unfortunate that I was unable to listen to many soundtracks in Malayalam and there are more chances that I might have missed some of the best songs released in 2017. So this list cannot be considered as the comprehensive list for Malayalam. It's just list of songs which I thoroughly enjoyed listening in Malayalam and this is one industry where the composers give much importance to the unadulterated earthy songs brimmed with native sounds. This is reflected in the lyrics and kind of melodies churned out by this industry. Bijibal is one of the composers who delivers timeless old-world melodies to such a perfection and in 2017 also once can see the composer is in fine form from Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol to Matchbox. Another composer who delivers consistently is Shaan Rahman who scores Godha, Velipadinte Pusthakam, and many more fine soundtracks. Prashant Pillai continues to enchant the listeners with his exquisite sounds in Angamaly Diaries, Solo, and Sakhavu.

Composer of the year: Bijibal and Shaan Rahman

Top 3 Malayalam Albums of 2017

1) Solo - Mutiple Composers
2) Angamaly Diaries - Prashant Pillai
3) Udaharanam Sujatha - Gopi Sundar

Top Malayalam songs of 2017

1) Sita Kalynam - Solo - Sooraj S Kurup
2) Do Naina - Angamaly Diaries - Prashant Pillai
3) Kilivathilin Chare Nee - Pullikkaran Staraa -  M Jayachandran
4) Edhedho Swapnamo - Avarude Ravukal - Sankar Sharma
5) Entammede Jimmiki Kammal - Velipadinte Pusthakam - Shaan Rahman
6) Kasavu Njoriyumoru - Udaharanam Sujatha - Gopi Sundar
7) Ayalathe - Angamaly Diaries - Prashant Pillai
8) Roshomon - Solo - Prashant Pillai
9) Ozhukiyozhuki - Oru Cinemakaaran - Bijibal
10) Unarukayaano - Udaharanam Sujatha - Gopi Sundar
11) Kannile Poika - Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum - Bijibal
12) Melakey - Crossroad - Anithashaiq
13) Aal Ayaal - Solo - Masala Coffee
14) Lailakame - Ezra - Rahul Raj
15) Njanee Oonjalil - Rakshadhikari Baiju - Bijibal
16) Aaro Nenjil - Godha - Shaan Rahman
17) Athimara Kombile - Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol - Bijibal
18) Neeyum Njaanum - Aana Alaralodalaral - Shaan Rahman
19) Enthavo - Njandukalude Naatil Oridavela - Justin Varghese
20) Mohabathin - Take off - Gopi Sundar

You can listen to the songs as a single playlist in Saavn.