Contrary to common western belief, Indian music is more than sitars and tablas. It’s more than background music to girls dancing around trees and mountains. Even Akon sang a Hindi song. Yes, Akon.
One huge contrast to western music is that a huge portion of the songs are from movies. The garage band / pop star scene isn’t quite where ours is, but slowly rising. In the meantime, we can enjoy the fun musical soundtracks. I’ll link you with the videos and the English translations. I made a playlist with some of my favorites because I didn’t want this to get too lengthy.
As promised, Akon with Chammak Challo. translation It’s kind of a dancy auto-tuned bit. Not my favorite, but I was pretty astonished that Akon sang it. Here’s a video about how he learned the lyrics. Also, our beloved Shahrukh is in this video.
A clubby song from the one who calls himself Yo Yo Honey Singh (lol) is Char Botal Vodka, which literally means four bottles of vodka. full translation
Some of my favorite romantic songs are Tum Hi Ho translation, Pyar Kar translation, and Humko Humise Chura Lo translation. Tum Hi Ho is relatively new, the others are about 15-20 years old. Sorry! But they’re some of my favorites so I can’t leave them out.
Finally, some classics. These range from late ’90s to black and white. Nimbooda Nimbooda translation is actually about lemons. Ya I agree it’s super weird, but it’s really catchy. Tera Mera Pyaar Amar translation is a lovely old song. Kitna Pyara Wada Hai translation is peak dorky ’70s, but I love it.
Don’t forget I made a playlist with more songs on it. If you know of any others, feel free to add them in the comments below.