2020 has been an year unlike any previous year, for us, and for our movies too. In an year when the theatrical releases dried up within the first two months of the year and the pandemic stole all music from our lives, it was unlikely that the year will close down with a lot of musical memories. But as I sit down to list the 10 best hindi film songs of the year, must say that the list ended up being a pretty good playlist with a good mix of various kinds of songs, of so many reflecting moods.
In fact, we had some films out there with solid overall albums and multiple good songs, whether it was A. R. Rahman returning back to his elements with Dil Bechara, or Pritam having a memorable musical year with Ludo or Love Aaj Kal. In order to cover maximum ground though, we have picked the best songs from those in our playlist. Some films also gave us excellent theme music pieces, Shantanu Moitra‘s soulful piece from Gulabo Sitabo being the standout in the segment.
What would we do in a life without music, the soul food that even made 2020 bearable to an extent? Here we go then with the 10 Best Hindi Film Songs of 2020, ranked. These are the songs that dominated my playlist the most, and almost all of them have grown more and more with time. Of course, music is a very personal taste and it would be great to know what were you listening to as the year in general was playing its own games. Do share your favourites.
10. Paheli | Shakuntala Devi | Shreya Ghoshal | Sachin – Jigar | Priya Saraiya
09. Mere liye tum kaafi ho | Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan | Ayushmann Khurrana | Tanishk Bagchi | Vayu
08. Kudi nu nachne de | English Medium | Vishal Dadlani, Sachin – Jigar | Sachin – Jigar | Priya Saraiya
07. Do din ka yeh mela hain | Gulabo Sitabo | Rahul Ram | Anuj Garg | Dinesh Pant
06. Dori tutt gaiyaan | Gunjan Saxena : The Kargil Girl | Rekha Bhardwaj | Amit Trivedi | Kausar Munir
05. Ek tukda dhoop ka | Thappad | Raghav Chaitanya | Anurag Saikia | Shakeel Azmi
04. Chhapaak se | Chhapaak | Arijit Singh | Shankar Ehsaan Loy | Gulzar
03. Aur tanha | Love Aaj Kal | KK | Pritam | Irshad Kamil
02. Hardum humdum | Ludo | Shilpa Rao | Pritam | Sayeed Quadri, Shloke Lal
01. Main tumhara | Dil Bechara | Jonita Gandhi, Hriday Gattani | A. R. Rahman | Amitabh Bhattacharya
Although this is a listing of the best hindi film songs of the year, it would be criminal to leave out one of the best songs of the year that came, not from a film, but from a web series, with series’ filling up our binge hours even more than films this year. So let us hear it out for Virah.
Virah | Bandish Bandits | Shankar Mahadevan | Shankar Ehsaan Loy | Sameer Samant
Hope there’s even more to musically groove on to in the new year. For now, we have have enough juice in 2020 to keep us musically happy. Let’s keep sharing and spreading this happiness.
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