Long after a drama has ended, one of the things that keep its memory alive is its title track. The year 2012 not only saw interesting story lines, ample twists as well as superb direction with regards to dramas in Pakistan but also attention-grabbing title songs. I have tried to compile and describe in brief the top five in descending order out of the numerous amazing ones that came out that year. Note that the soundtracks on this list were not selected because of their corresponding dramas’ popularity or ratings, these songs have their own criteria with which I ranked them.
I don’t know where to start with regards to this song, except that whenever I listen to it, there is a flood of feelings. Qurat-ul-Ain Baloch’s superb voice does absolute justice to the deep, sensitive lyrics. No other singer comes to mind that might have sung it better than her. If you have watched the drama, then I am sure you will feel nostalgic and have flash backs of some of the intense scenes between Khirad and Ashar whenever this song is played.
Listen to “Humsafar” here.
2) Khuda Aur Mohabbat:
When I first heard this song, I was stunned by the singer’s voice, I couldn’t remember who he was, though I was sure I had heard him somewhere before. So I started to search and finally discovered that it belonged to Ahmed Jahanzeb! Now he is one amazing singer, but even he has totally outdone himself this time. All in all, everything about this song is just outstanding, from the voice to the music track used as well as the meaningful lyrics that fit the theme of the drama spot on. To the producers of this song, two thumbs up from me.
Listen to “Khuda Aur Mohabbat” here.
3) Saat Pardon Main:
The clarity of this song and the way the voice of the singer Rekha Bhardwaj is allowed to dominate instead of the musical instruments is one of the reasons why this song shines. Usually, when listening to a song you realize that the vocalist’s singing is drowned by the loud background music or one particular instrument and it takes away from what could have otherwise been a great melody. Thankfully, “Saat Pardon Main” does not make this mistake and that is why I consider it one of the best soundtracks of last year.
Listen to “Saat Pardon Mein” here.
4) Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan Bhi Tha:
This song is mesmerizing and why won’t it be, after all it’s from the great Rahat Fateh Ali Khan himself. I love the way the piano and flute gives this song a dreamy- filmy effect, like it is from a romantic movie instead of a drama. Overall, the soothing voice of Rahat Fateh Ali, coupled with the musical instruments and lyrics used in the soundtrack makes for a pleasant listening experience.
Listen to “Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan Bhi Tha” here.
5) Meri Dard Ko Jo Zuban Miley:
The best parts of the song begin after thirty seconds and from there it becomes a roller coaster ride. Sung by Rajab Ali khan (this is the first song I have heard of his), the music track is minimal most of the time with his voice taking precedence but suddenly the music picks up pace at points where the lyrics get even more emotional.
Listen to “Meray Dard Ko Jo Zuban Miley” here.
Since no list is perfect, I know there are a few songs out there that may have escaped my attention whilst I was going through what to put down and what to skip. In case you have one in mind, do leave its name in the comments section below so that we can all enjoy your choice as well.