Best Hindi Film Albums Of The Decade – Ranked

The passing decade of 2010 – 2019 has been special in terms of how cinema molded itself to be more experimental, more fearless and breaking more boundaries. The phenomenon was true irrespective of film industries and languages and naturally we see the impact in Hindi films as well. As stories evolved, so did the music; and hence as we look at some of the Best Hindi Film Music Albums of the Decade, we see a very interesting mix of traditional, contemporary and experimental music.

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As the nature of stories changed, there wasn’t much of space of a film featuring 8 to 10 songs anymore, unless it was a proper musical. At the sad end of things, the decade saw the heavy encroachment of the music space with badly done remixes that sometimes made up complete albums thereby making good original compositions more and more elusive. Punjabi songs also started getting increasingly featured in Hindi films irrespective of where the stories were based of. There was also a new trend of multiple artists coming together to collaborate on an album. And like every other era, there were still the chart-buster albums that introduced new sensations to the music field. While Aashiqui 2 broke all the records and gave Hindi films its most popular singer of the decade in Arijit Singh, a Student of the Year made a rage out of Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, and the popular tracks from Yeh Jawani Hain Deewani or Badrinath ki Dulhaniya ruled dance floors to marriage sangeets.

But then amidst all the noise, good music that would stay on beyond years continued to be cultivated by a select group of composers. While A.R. Rahman and Gulzar were still churning out some occasional phenomenal work, and Pritam or Vishal Bhardwaj were adding their unique touch to their brand of music, the composer who will be most remembered to own the decade has to be Amit Trivedi. His collaboration with lyricists like Irshaad Kaamil or Amitabh Bhattacharya created gems. The decade was also fearless in terms of developing some unique genre albums experimenting full length in Jazz, Hip Hop, true blue Musicals and more, and they all shone brilliantly.

Which of them found a place in our top 25 albums of the decade? Are there some underrated surprise inclusions? Are there albums that have gained a niche following in the pop-culture, but haven’t resonated well enough with me to make the cut?  Let us find out. Of course it is a list based on personal preferences, and it is understood that not everyone will agree to everything, and the relative rankings will also be subjective. Do share your thoughts on where you agree or disagree, and what would you add to the list. I can almost sense a couple of album names that will come up as a miss, but they have never grown on me. It is always good to exchange notes though.

We will start with some honorable mentions – these are pretty good albums in themselves and could easily make a place in anyone’s top 25 without ruffling many feathers:

Honorable mentions: Udaan (2010), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), Talaash (2012), Kai Po Che! (2013), Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), Hasee to Phasee (2014), Dangal (2016)

Top 25 Hindi Film Albums of 2010 – 2019

25. English Vinglish (2012) | Director : Gauri Shinde | Composer : Amit Trivedi | Best Songs : Gustaakh dil, Dhak dhuk



24. Masaan (2015) | Director : Neeraj Ghaywan | Composer : Indian Ocean | Best Songs : Mann kasturi re, Tu kisi rail si guzarti hain



23. My Name Is Khan (2010) | Director : Karan Johar | Composer : Shankar Ehsaan Loy | Best Songs : Noor-e-Khuda, Tere naina



22. Laila Majnu (2018) | Director : Sajid Ali | Composer : Sunidhi Chauhan, Niladri Kumar, Joi Barua | Best Songs : O meri Laila, Sarphiri, Hafiz Hafiz



21. Inkaar (2013) | Director : Sudhir Mishra | Composer : Shantanu Moitra | Best Songs : Khamoshiyaan awaaz hain, Darmiyaan, Maula tu Malik hain



20. Fitoor (2016) | Director : Abhishek Kapoor | Composer : Amit Trivedi, Hitesh Sonik | Best Songs : Pashminaa dhaago ke sang, Haminastu, Tu fitoor mera



19. Queen (2014) | Director : Vikas Bahl | Composer : Amit Trivedi | Best Songs : Kinaare, Harjayiyaan, Taake jhaanke



18. Tamasha (2015) | Director : Imtiaz Ali | Composer : A.R. Rahman | Best Songs : Agar tum saath ho, Heer to badi sad hain, Tu koi aur hain



17. M.S. Dhoni : The Untold Story (2016) | Director : Neeraj Pandey | Composer : Sanjoy Chowdhury, Amaal Mallik | Best Songs : Besabriyaan, Jab tak, Kaun tujhe yun



16. Highway (2015) | Director : Imtiaz Ali | Composer : A.R. Rahman | Best Songs : Maahi ve, Sooha saaha, Tu kuja, Heera



15. Gully Boy (2019) | Director : Zoya Akhtar | Composer : Various Artists | Best Songs : Train Song, Apna time aayega, Dooriyan, Jeene me aaye mazaa



14. Andhadhun (2018) | Director : Shriram Raghavan | Composer : Amit Trivedi | Best Songs : Woh ladki, Laila Laila, Aap se milkar, Naina da kya kasoor



13. Meri Pyaari Bindu (2017) | Director : Akshay Roy | Composer : Sachin – Jigar | Best Songs : Maana ke hum yaar nahi, Afeemi, Haareya



12. Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017) | Director : Imtiaz Ali | Composer : Pritam | Best Songs : Ghar, Yaadon mein, Hawaayein, Safar



11. Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012) | Director : Anurag Kashyap | Composer : Sneha Khanwalkar, G. V. Prakash Kumar| Best Songs : Ik bagal me, Womaniya, Moora



10. Aye Dil Hain Mushkil (2016) | Director : Karan Johar | Composer : Pritam | Best Songs : Aye dil hain mushkil, Channa mereya, Alizeh



09. Piku (2015) | Director : Shoojit Sircar | Composer : Anupam Roy| Best Songs : Bezubaan, Piku title track, Lamhe guzar gaye, Sarod theme



08. Jagga Jasoos (2017) | Director : Anurag Basu | Composer : Pritam | Best Songs : Main musafir, Phir wahi, Dil ullu ka pattha hain



07. Rockstar (2011) | Director : Imtiaz Ali | Composer : A.R. Rahman | Best Songs : Kun faaya kun, Phir se ud chala, Nadaan parinde, Hawaa hawaa



06. Bombay Velvet (2015) | Director : Anurag Kashyap | Composer : Amit Trivedi | Best Songs : Dhadaam dhadaam, Naak pe gussa, Aam Hindustani, Behroopiya



05. Bajirao Mastaani (2015) | Director : Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Composer : Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Best Songs : Mohe rang do laal, Aayat, Ab tohe jaane na doongi, Aaj ibaadat



04. Manmarziyaan (2018) | Director : Anurag Kashyap | Composer : Amit Trivedi | Best Songs : Chonch ladiyaan, Daayra, Grey wala shade, Sacchi mohabbat



03. Raanjhana (2013) | Director : Aanand L Rai | Composer : A.R. Rahman | Best Songs : Tum tak, Banarasiya, Piya milenge, Aise na dekho



02. Barfi! (2012) | Director : Anurag Basu | Composer : Pritam | Best Songs : Phir le aaya dil, Kyon na hum tum, Aashayein,  Saawali se raat ho



01. Lootera (2013) | Director : Vikramaditya Motwane | Composer : Amit Trivedi | Best Songs : Manmarziyaan, Zinda, Monta re, Shikayatein, Sawaar loon



So that was the ranking of 25 Best Hindi Film Albums Of The Decade – A Third Vantage Point Perspective! Clearly a decade dominated by Amit Trivedi (7 albums), followed by A.R. Rahman and Pritam (4 albums each). Also, not surprisingly there was a clear dominance of certain stars in the list as well, we always associate good music with their films even if they don’t always become commercial hits necessarily – Ranbir Kapoor (6 movies) led the list; Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma had 3 movies each; while Shahrukh Khan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif and Tabu had their movies featured more than once in the top 25 list.

Over the next few weeks, we will comprehensively look at more of such lists under other categories. Meanwhile, please do share your thoughts on this one, and keep your music playlist active and updated!


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