2018 is about to end, and this year has been quite fruitful, especially with respect to books and movies, for me. I wanted to watch at least 25 new movies this year, and I did. So, yayay! You might have already come across a bunch of year-end listicles from movie critics to normal fans. While the ones I am going to do are no different, I merely would like to keep the lists as #MyTopFavorites instead of The Best of 2018. Without further ado, here are my top 10 favorite songs (in chronological order of movie release).
1. Guleba – Gulebaghavali
I haven’t watched this movie yet, but the song is quite catchy, and somehow it easily is the best peppy song/dance number that I heard this year. Adding to the foot-tapping music, Anirudh’s voice & the dance moves by Prabhu Deva is a delight to watch. This definitely outnumbers Sodakku Mela & Simtangaran easily, in my opinion.
2. Thandhaay – Nadigaiyar Thilagam
I didn’t want to add a bilingual/dubbed movie songs to this list. However, I couldn’t resist adding this soul-stirring song. This song is so addictive for me that it doesn’t even feel like there is an adulterous or a polyamorous relationship between the lead pair. The song makes you feel that every love is a divine love, if it involves this much affection and passion. One of the very few songs where I cannot decide if I love the song for lyrics, music, picturisation, or the singer’s voice, for I like everything about this song.
3. Kannamma – Kaala
Well there is Rajinikanth and nostalgia of long-lost love – what else do you need to make a song poignantly beautiful? If this song doesn’t give you goosebumps, I don’t know what will. And, somehow SaNa’s music seem to have suited the aura of Superstar splendidly well that this song will forever be etched as one of the most memorable romantic songs of Thalaivar. And he calls her Kannamma ❤ one of my favorite terms of endearment.
4. Naanaagiya Nadhimoolamae – Viswaroopam 2
I have a thing for carnatic-based songs. Although, this song didn’t make as much impact as “Unnai Kaanadhu Naan” from the first movie, this song still had quite powerful lyrics, Kamal Hassan’s voice, and definitely lovely music by Ghibran. This song was not love at first sight, it grew on me over the past few months.
5. Kalyaana Vayasu – Kolamaavu Kokila
Okay, this song is over-hyped and overrated. No second thoughts about it. However, this song is quite catchy, and Yogi Babu’s confidence and dance makes even someone with two left feet to dance to this peppy tune. Also, there is Nayanthara ❤ If you take this song as a funny spoof song, then this definitely is a fun song.
6. Neeyum Naanum Anbe – Imaikkaa Nodigal
When I told how Thandhaay shows extreme affection and passion, this song depicts comfort, friendship, love, and happiness. If I had to choose one song or relationship on-screen that made me feel jealous this year from Tamil Cinema, then it would definitely be this one. In an otherwise bleak movie, Nayanthara’s acting, the scenes with VJS, especially this song, are the only silver linings. My other favourite from this movie is the title track.
7. Bhoomi Bhoomi – Chekka Chivantha Vaanam
I was heavily conflicted between this and Mazhai Kuruvi, and finally chose this, mainly for the intoxicating lyrics. Almost all the songs from CCV were memorable and cherishable. However, this song is quite powerful and unique. If I love this song any lesser, may be then I would be able to talk about it more.
8. Andhadhi – 96
If I don’t include at least one song from this album, I would get hate mails, I guess. That’s how impactful this album and the movie as such were to the audience. I love how this song combines Kaadhale Kaadhale in between and transitions to a carnatic rendition from there. And, of course, Andhadhi is one of my favourite words from the Tamizh Vocabulary.
9. Maadila Nikkura Maankutty – Vada Chennai
As soon as I saw the movie, I decided that I will have at least one song from this movie in my 2018 favorites. However, picking one song from this album was a tedious task. I loved Ennadi Maayavi Nee for Sid Sriram and the picturisation, Govindhammale was quite catchy too, the title theme was interesting as well. However, this song features as my favorite, for it’s refreshing, unique, and has the right amount of romance coupled with “Thara Localness.”
10. Oonjala Oonjala – Kanaa
While watching this movie, I realized that the Oonjala Oonjala track on the BGM went well with the scenes yet stood out enough to make an impact that people would choose to go back home and listen to the song again and again. Unlike stereotypical motivational songs that talk loudly about success and power only, this song also had a gentle, feminine touch added to it, like Niranjana’s voice in-between, the lyrics talking more about achieving dreams for happiness and satisfaction, etc. Listen it for yourself! The Vaayadi Petha Pulla song from this movie was promoted a lot, and definitely portrayed a doting father and a cute, naughty daughter’s relationship well, still I would choose this for the sheer impact that this song left on me.
That’s all, folks!
What were your favorites? Share it in the comments section below.