This year, we saw the quantity of good quality music go up in the Bollywood music industry. However, we also saw the quality of bad music go worse this year. The “bad” music in the industry has been dwarfing the presence of good music for years now; this is the reason why so many nationals shift to the western music which is relatively more consistent in terms of quality and diversity. So, after listing the best Bollywood albums of 2015, we set out to list the worst Bollywood music albums of the year. These are the albums you should be avoiding at all costs.
12. Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Music Director(s): Pritam
Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a compilation of some outrageously poor songs and some only listenable ones. The album opens with Selfie Le Le Re. I like it when the albums begin with a song that clearly shows what the whole album is going to be like, and Selfie does that perfectly. It tells us how bad this Pritam album is going to be. This song makes you feel bad about Dadlani, for the vocals are on point but combined with the arrangements of the song, the overall product is unbearable. There are some situational songs like Chicken Song and Aaj Ki Party. However, these do not sound like anything that Pritam has not done before. The ones I actually enjoyed listening to in this album were Bhardo Jholi Meri and Tu jo Mila. Adnan’s performance on Bhardo Jholi and the two versions of Tu Jo Mila by KK and Papon are the reason this album features at only the last spot on our list.
11. Singh is Bliing
Music Director(s): Sneha Khanwalkar, Manj Musik, Meet Bros, Sajid-Wajid
The disappointing part about this album is that its production team included Sneha Khanwalkar who has given us, in the past years, albums that have stayed with us still. On the other hand, the good part about this album is that it captures the Punjabi character of the movie very nicely. This is clear on the first two tracks of the album, i.e. Tung Tung Baje and Singh & Kaur. However, they went a little too far with Cinema Dekhe Mamma. The completely lost it with Dil Kare Chu Che Che. This track single-handedly crashes the hope that other songs create. We found some relief in Aaja Maahi, of which the unplugged version is obviously better. Even though for some this was a good music album, for us, Singh is Bliing just did not do it.
Music Director(s): Pritam
This is not the music to bring together the most loved couple of cinema once again on screen. The album opens with Gerua, one of the most overplayed songs of the year. The song opens with bagpipes, which are not so bad separately, but when put with the song, they are too disconnected. Overall, the song severely fails to transcend us to the world of romance, which seems to be the intent there. Manma Emotion Jaage, the second track on the album, sounds like the work of someone playing around with a music software for the first time, which is not too shocking considering the music director of this album is Pritam. Janam Janam is average. Arijit’s vocals are worth mentioning, and the mandolin gives the song some gravity. The next couple of songs on the album are just there, some saddening below average pieces. Overall, the album is nothing but another Pritam blunder, and we think the SRK and Kajol starrer deserved better.
9. Gabbar is Back
Music Director(s): Chirantan Bhatt, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Manj Musik
Gabbar is Back starts off with Teri Meri Kahani, the most appreciated song from the album. However, it is very familiar, there is no originality in the song whatsoever. Arijit’s vocals, although very good, only add to the feeling of familiarity. Coffee Peetey Peetey is somewhat bordering on average, maybe enjoyable on the first listen, but one would not revisit this song a second time. Aao Raja is the compulsory item number in albums these days. It is not the Honey Singh number that turns into a guilty pleasure. Neha Kakkar’s voice is plain irritating. Manj Musik’s Warna Gabbar Aa Jayega is a very bad combination of all the so-called electronic sounds we have heard before, even the ones on Singh & Kaur which involves the same artists, including Raftaar. So much so that, the song includes the sound from Chaar Botal Vodka by Honey Singh, the artist that Rafter very openly challenged.
Music Director(s): Amaal Malik, Meet Bros, Sachin-Jigar
The combined product of the team is haphazard. The album opens with Salma Khan’s rendition of Main Hoon Hero Tera which gave the album all the attention they were looking for. However, the tracks on the album are hardly strong enough to hold the audiences. As if the music directors themselves were not confident about the songs, they released several versions of each track making this a repetitive, monotonous album. Dance ke Legend brings a little oomph to the album, but is boring beyond a point. Jab We Met and Yadaan Teriyaan could be sighted as the stand-out songs.
7. Welcome to Karachi
Music Director(s): Jeet Ganguly, Rochak Kohli, Amjad-Nadeem
There is hardly anything good in this album. It opens with one of the most irritating songs of the year, Lalla Lalla Lori. Songs like these are the reason why people question the talent of Vishal Dadlani. The trend has been to include one item number and one party song to make a hit album. This album goes all out, and has nothing meaningful to give us. Each song is unbearable, be it Shalmali Kholgade’s Shakira or Mika’s Boat Ma Kukdookoo.
Music Director(s): Sajid-Wajid
Tevar is possibly the lowest that the duo could have gone. The lyrics, the arrangements, all of it is all over the place. Main to Superman is a disgrace not only to Salman fans, but to music altogether. The following songs are just as bad. The only number that sort of manages to sound a little good is Main Nai Jana Pardes, performed by Shafqat Amanat Ali. But even this one is not something we have not heard before. I would take the worst Honey Singh song over the best song from this album any day.
5. Ek Paheli Leela
Music Director(s): Various
Ek Paheli Leela is a nine-track monstrosity, a compilation of the work of various artists. Each song is as bad as the first. Desi Look is the Kanika Kapoor item number which got old right after her first big hit, Babydoll. Tere Bin Nahi Laage and Khuda Bhi give the album a softer touch and are tolerable for a first or second listen. The rest will only disappoint you. There are also two recreations of old songs, one of Sonu Nigam’s and the other one from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. All they do is make us grateful for the music of last two decades. The worst song that stands out is Ek Do Teen Chaar by the Kakkar duo. They definitely seem to be on their way to the top of the list of most hated musicians of India.
4. Hey Bro
Music Director(s): Nitz ‘n’ Sony
Do we know Nitz ‘n’ Sony? No? Okay. How they got so many big names (and Himesh Reshammiya) to work for them, is beyond me. Even with the contribution of people like Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal, Mika, Sonu Nigam etc, the songs of the album move in no particular direction, and just do not make any sense. It is difficult to mention a single song as the worst or the best of the lot. The consistency of senselessness is maintained throughout the album.
3. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
Music Director(s): Himesh Reshammiya
It’s not a worst Bollywood albums list if Himesh Reshammiya does not feature on it. A very well deserved position, this Himesh Reshammiya album enters the list on number 3. It includes ten songs, of which zero songs are worth listening. They are not irritating to listen to, just that there is no quality in the music. This album seems to be the work of a lazy music director. Aaj Unse Milna Hai is one track which has bearable music and vocals by Shaan but the senseless lyrics will make you hit pause one verse into the song. Still, if you’re looking for some cheap fun, this could be the song for you.
2. MSG: Messenger of God
Music Director(s): Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
The music is given by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who has also penned the lyrics, as well as taken the mic for all of the songs. Which makes it easier for us to place the blame for the atrocity that this album is. Unrelated, he is also the actor, director, scriptwriter and cinematographer for the film. The music is best defined as noise. Just like in the film, Singh is everywhere in the music album. Once you start listening to it, it is quite difficult to reach the end. This way, it perfectly compliments the movie. The music is as bad as the film, giving Messenger of God the second position on our countdown.
1. Welcome Back
Music Director(s): Anu Malik
On number 1, we have Anu Malik’s Welcome Back. It’s sad to see Malik top the list since he gave us some beautiful music in Dum Laga Ke Haisha. It is albums like these that give a strong argument to the ignorant, haters of Bollywood music. Welcome Back is the most clichéd Bollywood album. Opening with a Punjabi track, it moves on to include some party songs, some item numbers and one slow track. It also includes a recreation of the old track Duma Dum Mast Kalandar; a practice that has been a very unappealing trend this year. It is difficult to even find a worst song; they are all equally cringe worthy. This is an album that does no good to anybody and we would like to request Anu Malik to go back to making music that we could at least enjoy by making fun of it.