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Best Of Bollywood 2014 – Call For Your Rating

As 2014 draws to an end, we are getting into the list season. The Best Of Bollywood lists we drew up for 2012 and 2013 are immensely popular and understandably so. Many of us don’t have as much time as we would like to immerse ourselves in music and a crowd-sourced “best of” list is a big time-saver.

You can view the current ratings for 2014 on MySwar. Our own rating is embedded in this list to ensure that lesser-known but good songs are also in contention. As in the past, we will create a draft Top 100 list in the last week of December and freeze it by the 2nd week of Jan 2015. Of course, the ratings on MySwar constantly change as people keep updating their ratings and the evolving list of popular songs by year is always available on MySwar.

Please rate so other music lovers can benefit and the songs and artists you love get their due.

PS: You need to register to be able to rate.

Film Credits On MySwar

Since MySwar launched 2011, we have steadfastly focused on crediting musicians making Hindi film music – music directors, lyricists, singers and when the information was available, arrangers, assistants, instrumentalists and so on. We believe that musician credits is a sadly overlooked aspect of music metadata in India. That is the reason you didn’t see any credits for the film cast and crew all this time. While we continue to hold that belief, we believe we have made a significant contribution in cataloguing comprehensive and accurate musician credits and it’s now time to start adding other film credits as well.

A few weeks ago we started showing credits for the film crew – specifically Director, Producer, Writer (Story, Dialogue, Screenplay), Cast and Studio. So far we have credits for over 1500 films and you should be able to find complete filmographies of the superstars – Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan – and the major directors – Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Gulzar, Guru Dutt, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Manmohan Desai, Nasir Hussain, Shakti Samanta, Subhash Ghai, Vishal Bhardwaj, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Yash Chopra, among others. This remains a work in progress effort as we continue to add film credits for other films based on priority decided by the film’s significance and the significance of the film’s cast and crew.

This additional information is available on the website in the album page as well as in the app in the additional information screen for albums. On the website, this information is available in Hindi as well English.

Sholay

One of the challenges we faced in this project is reconciling artists with same or similar names. For example, while Nasir Hussain (नासिर हुसैन) is the producer/director behind films like “Teesri Manzil” (1966), “Yaadon Ki Baarat” (1973) and “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak” (1988); Nazir Hussain (नज़ीर हुसैन) is the actor known for his role in films like “Devdas” (1955), “Kashmir Ki Kali” (1964), “Jewel Thief” (1967) and “Amar Akbar Anthony” (1977). We have tried our best to ensure proper credits by using the primary source where we could – the credits in the film itself – as well as a number of other sources including the venerable Hindi Film Geet Kosh. If, however, you find mistakes, please do let us know and we’ll fix it.

In addition to regular search and display, you can also use Advanced Search to find songs that include actor/producer/director/writer/studio parameters. The results from these searches are indicative since – a) we don’t have all the films covered yet for these new credit attributes, b) the credits are at the film level, not the song level (relevant specially for actors).

I hope you like this new facet of MySwar and enjoy the delicious nuggets of information it offers.

MySwar App Update On iOS – Going Free!

We released a new version of the MySwar app on iOS yesterday. This update makes the app free and displays banner ads. There is an option to make an in-app purchase to remove the ads for a period of 1 year (Upgrade option in Settings).

We realize that some of you have purchased the app only recently and this move may appear unfair. To address this scenario – we ask you to send us an email at admin@myswar.co with your iOS device UDID and we will help you get back to the ad-free version (for one year). If you need help figuring out the UDID, let us know and we’ll help you.

If you still haven’t downloaded the app, there really is no excuse now. Get it from here: https://itunes.apple.com/app/myswar/id622503117?ls=1&mt=8

The Android app was always free and remains free: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mavrix.myswar

2013 Bollywood Music Review

Another eventful year had come to an end and it’s time to take stock of year that was for Hindi film music. We did a similar review last year, if you’re interested.

2013 saw the release of 154 films with 999 songs between them.

We lost a number of artists in 2013. Some were young and their end was unexpected – Ajay Jhingran, Rituparno Ghosh and Sandeep Acharya. Others left behind a substantial musical legacy – Lakshmi ShankarMadhubala Zaveri, P.B. Sreenivas, Pran, Reshma, Shamshad Begum, VaaliVitthalbhai Patel and the last of the male singers from the classic era of Hindi films – Manna Dey.

But the show went on and a number of new artists made their debuts. While some of them were indie artists making what might just be a brief foray into Bollywood, others are probably going to be Bollywood staple in years to come. Some of the notable debuts of 2013 were:

  1. Composer: Advait Nemlekar,  Akshay Hariharan, Atif Afzal, Bramfatura, Harpreet Singh, Indraneel HariharanKaran Kulkarni, The Lightyears ExplodeMaatibaani, Mangesh DhakdeModern Mafia
  2. Lyricists: Ali Hayat RizviGurpreet SainiPunam HariharanRam Ramesh SharmaSiddharth – GarimaUbaid Azam Azmi
  3. Male Singers: Atif AfzalGeet SagarGopi SunderIndraneel HariharanMunawar MasoomNajim ArshadNitesh KadamOsman MirPadmanabh GaikwadSanam PuriVikas Ambhore
  4. Female Singers: Chaitra AmbadipudiJonita GandhiMili Nair, Nirali KartikSaba AzadZebunnissa Bangash

The most prolific composers in 2013 were:

  1. Pritam – 8 films, 51 songs
  2. Sachin – Jigar – 7 films, 37 songs
  3. Sajid – Wajid – 5 films, 23 songs

While Pritam’s appearance at the top of this list is no surprise, 2013 will be seen as the year Sachin – Jigar established themselves as bankable composers and entrenched themselves in Bollywood. Surprisingly, Sajid – Wajid continue to be on this list despite their lackluster scores.

The most prolific lyricists in 2013 were:

  1. Kumaar – 16 films, 72 songs
  2. Amitabh Bhattacharya – 11 films, 42 songs
  3. Irshad Kamil – 5 films, 37 songs

Kumaar has been perhaps the most low profile of the current lot of lyricists so his name at this top of this list and the margin between him and the Amitabh Bhattacharya comes as a surprise.

The most prolific male singers of 2013 were:

  1. Mika Singh – 49 songs
  2. Sonu Nigam – 31 songs
  3. Arijit Singh – 28 songs

Mika Singh appears to be the industry’s favorite singer right now. It’s pity though that he is stuck in a rut in terms of the kinds of songs he sings. 2013 was Arijit Singh’s breakout year in terms of both the number of songs he sang as well as the mass appeal he was able to generate, thanks primarily to Ashiqui 2.

The most prolific female singers of 2013 were:

  1. Shreya Ghoshal and Sunidhi Chauhan – 38 songs each
  2. Monali Thakur, Palak Muchhal – 14 songs each
  3. Mamta Sharma, Shalmali Kholgade – 13 songs each

While the divas – Shreya Ghoshal and Sunidhi Chauhan – continue to dominate the scene, there seems to be a lot of competition amongst female singers. It’s good to see a newbie – Shalmali Kholgade (2012 was her debut year) on this list as it is to see Monali Thakur, who as been around for a few years now, finally get her due.

Finally, based on  a combination of ratings and number of well-rated songs in 2013, the most popular artists of 2013 were:

  1. Most popular composers: Pritam, Amit Trivedi, Sachin – Jigar
  2. Most popular lyricists: Irshad Kamil, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Kumaar
  3. Most popular male singers: Arijit Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Amit Trivedi
  4. Most popular female singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Palak Muchhal

The Top 100 Bollywood Songs Of 2013

So here it is finally – the 100 best rated film songs on MySwar in 2013:

  1. Piya Milenge (Raanjhanaa)
  2. Khushamdeed (Go Goa Gone)
  3. Sawar Loon (Lootera)
  4. Manjha (Kai Po Che)
  5. Shubhaarambh (Kai Po Che)
  6. Murshid Khele Holi (D-Day)
  7. Ankahee (Lootera)
  8. Meethi Boliyan (Kai Po Che)
  9. Manmarziyan (Lootera)
  10. Zinda (Lootera)
  11. Shikayatein (Lootera)
  12. Alvida (D-Day)
  13. Kabira Encore (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
  14. Slow Motion Angreza (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
  15. Dhuaan (D-Day)
  16. Tu Mun Shudi (Raanjhanaa)
  17. Tum Hi Ho (Aashiqui 2)
  18. O Rangrez (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
  19. Aise Naa Dekho (Raanjhanaa)
  20. Sunn Raha Hai (Aashiqui 2)
  21. Tore Matware Naina (David)
  22. Har Kisi Ko (Boss)
  23. Milne Hai Mujhse Aayi (Aashiqui 2)
  24. Ghum Huye (David)
  25. Out Of Control (David)
  26. Ajnabee (Madras Cafe)
  27. Charon Taraf (John Day)
  28. Mann Tu Shudi (Baat Bann Gayi)
  29. Ek Ghadi (D-Day)
  30. Khud Se (Madras Cafe)
  31. Laal Ishq (Ram-leela)
  32. Out Of Control (Choir Version)
  33. Bandhay (David)
  34. Raanjhanaa (Raanjhanaa)
  35. Mera Mann Kehne Laga (Nautanki Saala)
  36. Kabira (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
  37. Ambarsariya (Fukrey)
  38. Kai Po Che (Kai Po Che)
  39. Monta Re (Lootera)
  40. Saadi Galli Aaja (Nautanki Saala)
  41. Badtameez Dil (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
  42. Dil Kaagzi (Gippi)
  43. Meri Aashiqui (Aashiqui 2)
  44. Tose Naina (Mickey Virus)
  45. Tum Tak (Raanjhanaa)
  46. Mann Baavra (Gippi)
  47. Ghanchakkar Babu (Ghanchakkar)
  48. Kaanha Mose (Black Home)
  49. Mera Mann Kehne Laga (Reprise) (Nautanki Saala)
  50. Aye Dil Bata (Ishq Actually)
  51. Kaun Mera (Special 26)
  52. Kap Kap (Hindi) (Prague)
  53. Baarish (Yaariyan)
  54. Khoon Choos Le (Go Goa Gone)
  55. Gurbani (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
  56. Kangna (The Reluctant Fundamentalist)
  57. Ay Sakhi (Raanjhanaa)
  58. Title (Chennai Express)
  59. Bhaag Milka Bhaag (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
  60. Chahun Main Ya Naa (Aashiqui 2)
  61. Sapna Re Sapna (Ek Thi Daayan)
  62. Aaja Meri Jaan (I Love New Year)
  63. Ilahi (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
  64. Piya Aaye Na (Aashiqui 2)
  65. Mera Yaar (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
  66. Babaji Ki Booti (Go Goa Gone)
  67. Heer (Singh Saab The Great)
  68. Ilahi Reprise (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
  69. Love Me Thoda Aur (Yaariyan)
  70. Kabhi Jo Baadal Barse (Male Version) (Jackpot)
  71. Kabhi Jo Baadal Barse (Female Version) (Jackpot)
  72. Chikadanga (Warning)
  73. Darbadar (I Me Aur Main)
  74. Kaun Mera (Special 26)
  75. Ishaan Rising (Kai Po Che)
  76. Kaise Bataaoon (Cantabile) (3G)
  77. Aasaan Nahin Yahan (Aashiqui 2)
  78. Banarasiya (Raanjhanaa)
  79. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Rock Version) (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
  80. Sun Le Re (Reprise) (Madras Cafe)
  81. Sun Le Re (Madras Cafe)
  82. Main Rang Sharbaton Ka (Reprise) (Phata Poster Nikhla Hero)
  83. Main Rang Sharbaton Ka (Phata Poster Nikhla Hero)
  84. Mere Bina Tu (Duet) (Phata Poster Nikhla Hero)
  85. Mere Bina Tu (Phata Poster Nikhla Hero)
  86. Aankhon Hi Aankhon Ne (Duet) (Mickey Virus)
  87. Janam Janam (Phata Poster Nikhla Hero)
  88. Khalbali (3G)
  89. Maston Ka Jhund (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
  90. Allah Meherbaan (Ghanchakkar)
  91. Jheeni Re Jheeni (Issaq)
  92. Jhalkiyan – Reprise (Kaafiron Ki Namaaz)
  93. Aankhon Hi Aankhon Ne (Female) (Mickey Virus)
  94. Janam Janam (Reprise) (Phata Poster Nikhla Hero)
  95. Dil Duffer (Gori Tere Pyaar Mein)
  96. Balam Pichkari (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
  97. Zinda (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
  98. Aashiqui (The Love Theme) (Aashiqui 2)
  99. Sunn Raha Hai (Female) (Aashiqui 2)
  100. Mast Kalandar (David)

You can also check out the complete list of the well-rated (3 and above) Bollywood songs of 2013. And here is the  playlist of 2013’s best Bollywood songs.

And this is still not enough, you can always go back the 2012 list.

Here’s to wishing you a very happy and musical 2014.

What Are Your Favourite Bollywood Songs Of 2013?

As 2013 draws to a close, it is time to review the best songs that came out this year. Last year’s post of The Top 100 Bollywood Songs Of 2012 is amongst our most popular posts and if you haven’t already seen it you might want to visit it because you’ll likely find some wonderful songs that you may not have heard.

Please make your opinion count this year and give your ratings (registration/login required).

While you’ll find the complete list of the best rated Bollywood songs of 2013 here, the top 10 songs as of now are:

  1. Alvida (D-Day)

  2. Khushamdeed (Go Goa Gone)

  3. Slow Motion Angreza (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)

  4. Piya Milenge (Raanjhana)

  5. Tore Matware Naina (David)

  6. Har Kisi Ko (Boss)

  7. Ghum Huye (David)

  8. Sapna Re Sapna (Ek Thi Daayan)

  9. Sawaar Loon (Lootera)

  10. Manjha (Kai Po Che)

Happy listening and rating!

[Update: The top 100 Bollywood list is published.]

2012 Bollywood Music Review

MySwar has a lot of data on Bollywood music over 2012 and we thought it would be fun to see what the data told us. So here goes:

Number of film music albums released: 123

Number of songs: 843

Artists who passed away in 2012: Mehdi Hassan, Ravi, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Anil Mohile, Shahryar

Notable debuts:

Most prolific composers:

  1. Sajid – Wajid – 10 films, 63 songs
  2. Pritam – 7 films, 53 songs
  3. Himesh Reshammiya – 5 films, 46 songs

Most prolific lyricists:

  1. Sameer – 14 films, 52 songs
  2. Shabbir Ahmed – 12 films, 46 songs
  3. Kumaar – 12 films, 35 songs

Most prolific female singers:

  1. Shreya Ghoshal – 70 songs
  2. Sunidhi Chauhan – 55 songs
  3. Mamta Sharma – 20 songs

Most prolific male singers:

  1. Shaan – 30 songs
  2. Sukhwinder Singh – 27 songs
  3. Mika Singh – 25 songs

Best artists based on a combination of ratings and number of well-rated songs in 2012:

Best Music Directors:

  1. Pritam
  2. Amit Trivedi
  3. A.R. Rahman

Best Lyricists:

  1. Amitabh Bhattacharya
  2. Swanand Kirkire
  3. Irshad Kamil

Best Female Singers:

  1. Shreya Ghoshal
  2. Sunidhi Chauhan
  3. Harshdeep Kaur

Best Male Singers:

  1. Arijit Singh
  2. KK
  3. Amit Trivedi

Mavrix Monthly Update November 2012

A quick note on what we shipped last month:

  1. Filters: All pages that have album or song listings, now have filters. For example, if you are browsing the list of albums released in 2012, and you want to see the films for which Pritam composed the music that year, Click on Filter, enter Pritam as Music Director and click Filter to see the filtered list. You can filter album listings using a combination of Label, Music Director and Lyricist and song listings using a combination of Year, Genre, Singer, Music Director and Lyricist. As with any listing page, you can also sort the filtered list.
  2. Associated With: When you are on the page of an artist who’s associated with other artists on MySwar, we show you the information right there. This includes well known associations likeVishal Dadlani’s with Vishal – Shekhar, as well as some that are not so well known, like lyricist Shellee’s association with Agnee.
  3. Keyboard friendly playlists: When you’re on a playlist, you can navigate to the next/previous song using the right/left arrow keys.
  4. The usual bug fixes and minor improvements.

Playlists – Now on MySwar!

We have playlists on MySwar now! To save you the trouble of individually picking songs for the playlists, we’re rolling out a bunch of pre-packaged ones. You can find the Playlist button all over our website. Here is a list of the types of playlists we have for you:

Album playlist – Playlist button on the album page.

Similar songs playlist – Playlist button on the song page in “Songs like this” section

Year playlist – On the browse year page.

Popular songs of the year playlist – One the popular songs of the year page

Genre playlist – On the browse genre page

Popular songs of the genre playlist – On the popular songs of the genre page

New release playlist – Playlist button on the new release page

Popular new release playlist – Playlist button on popular new release page

Award winning playlist by award – Playlist button on Award page

Award winning playlist by year – Playlist button on award by year page

Singer playlist – Playlist button on singer listing page

Lyricist playlist – Playlist button on lyricist listing page

Music director playlist – Playlist button on music director listing page

Popular songs of artist playlist – Playlist button on popular songs of artist page

MySwar playlist (requires login) – Playlist button on discover page

Advanced playlist – Playlist button on advanced search results page

We’re kicked about this feature and we do hope you like it. Try it out and let us know what you think. And spread the word, please.

What’s Your Bollywood Music Quotient

How well do you know your Bollywood music? Try out this quiz and find out.

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If you need help, try these:

  1. Yeh Dosti Hum Nahin Chhodenge
  2. Mujhe Pyar Tumse Nahi
  3. Kishore Kumar
  4. Black’s vocal track
  5. Allah Ke Bande
  6. Kuch Na Kaho (Female version)
  7. Shankar – Jaikishan
  8. First Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
  9. A.R. Rahman’s first original score for a Hindi film
  10. Ramaiya Vastavaiya