The Indian music scenario saw a transformation in the 90s. While albums like Aashiqui became the major super-hit, selling a record 20 million units, music directors Nadeem-Shravan, singers Kumar Sanu and Anuradha Paudwal, and lyricist Sameer rose to stardom. What caught everyone’s attention was how music singles became popular. Be it Baba Sehgal’s Thanda Thanda Pani or Suneeta Rao’s Paree Hoon Main, they tried to provide an alternative to Hindi film music. Also, one can never forget Alisha Chinai’s Made In India, which topped the charts and introduced us to the magical being Milind Sonam, in one of the best shot videos!
After the 90s, it would not be wrong to say year 2019 witnessed several standalone singles like Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi and Lehenga emerging as chartbusters, reviving the lost trend. Not to miss, several B-town celebs made their music videos debut with singles like Filhall, which featured Akshay Kumar and Kriti Sanon, and Prada starring Alia Bhatt.
So, here’s a list of the top music singles of 2019:
She Don't Know - T-Series (Jan 8, 2019)
The romantic single is composed by Millind Gaba and has been penned by Millind and Dhruv Yogi. The video has been directed by Shabby and it boasts of 384 million views on Youtube.
COKA - Desi Melodies (Jan 9, 2019)
The popular track has been written and composed by Jaani with music from Sukh-E Muzical Doctorz. The film focuses on a girl's 'nose pin', with video montages from present and old days scenario. On Youtube, the song boasts of 356 million views.
Vaaste - T-Series (Apr 6, 2019)
Singer Dhvani Bhanushali's single has garnered more than 651 million views on YouTube. The song is sung by Dhvani and Nikhil D'Souza with composition by Tanishk Bagchi. The video is directed by veteran music video directors Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru, is a college romance tale, told from Dhavni's viewpoint.
Slowly Slowly - T-Series (Apr 18, 2019)
Guru Randhawa’s upbeat peppy number featuring international singing sensation Pitbull certainly promised to be a visual and aural treat for fans of the two performers. The cross-cultural collaboration has been composed by Guru and Pitbull both. The song has over 201 views on Youtube.
Tere Do Naina - Sony Music (May 22, 2019)
A bittersweet ballad with captivating lyrics, Tere Do Naina beautifully captures the story of Aparshakti Khurrana (Chanchal) and debutante Akansha Ranjan (Ritu). The pop single has been composed by Gourov-Roshin and sung by Ankit Tiwari. It is part of a three-song EP titled Naina and has 18 million views currently.
Paagal - Sony Music (July 10, 2019)
Indian rap star Badshah broke the world record with his single, Paagal, dethroning the popular South Korean band BTS, by crossing 75 million-plus views in 24 hours. The music video features Playboy model Rose Romero. The music video currently has 206 million views on Youtube.
Akull - I Love You - VYRLOriginals (July 31, 2019)
After the massive success of Laal Bindi, Akull returned with I Love You which features him leaving his house with a guitar in his hand to spend the sunset with the beautiful girl on his mind.The enchanting song has been written and composed by him with female vocals by Simetri (Riya Duggal and Simran Duggal). The number has 28 million views on Youtube.
Prada - Jjust Music (Aug 12, 2019)
The music video of the pop hit Prada, starring Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt, made waves soon after it was released. Its composers are the two-member band, The Doorbeen, who earlier shot to fame with their number, Lamberghini. Onkar Singh and Gautam Sharma, who make up the band, also star in the track, which has been sung by Shreya Sharma. The song currently has 41 million views.
Lehenga - Geet MP3 (Aug 13, 2019)
Sung, penned and composed by Jass Manak, the track has been directed by Satti Dhillon and features Mahira Sharma as the female lead. The peppy number has 405 million views on Youtube.
Ik Tera - White Hill Music (Aug 21, 2019)
The melodious new Punjabi love song with singer/lyrics/composer credits to Maninder Buttar has been backed by Gunbir Singh Sidhu and Manmord Sidhu. With female lead Charvi Dutta, the song has witnessed over 77 million views for now.
Pachtaoge - T-Series (Aug 23, 2019)
Starring Vicky Kaushal and Nora Fatehi and featuring Prabh Uppal from the album Jaani Ve, the tale of heartbreak and deceit has been sung by Arijit Singh. The music is by B Praak and composed and written by Jaani. It currently has 312 million views.
Filhall - Desi Melodies (Nov 9, 2019)
Featuring Akshay Kumar and marking the debut of Kriti Sanon’s sister Nupur Sanon, Filhall depicts the story of that true love which is pious, selfless yet incomplete. The song is sung by B Praak, with lyrics from Jaani. Directed by Arvindr Khaira, the track currently has 416 million views.
Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi - T-Series (Nov 16, 2019)
Featuring Divya Khosla Kumar and Faisu, the 'futuristic' romantic song is recreated by Tanishk Bagchi and sung by Neha Kakkar with lyrics by Jaani. Produced by T-Series and Bhushan Kumar, the track has 138 million views for now.
Puchda Hi Nahi - Desi Music Factory (Dec 8, 2019)
Sung by Neha Kakkar and starring Rohit Khandelwal, the lyrics of the peppy number have been penned by Babbu while Maninder Buttar has composed the song. It has 14 million Youtube views for now.