Lyrics are an integral part of any song. They are what make you dislike a song that is very catchy, or like a song whose tune you hate. They convey the story behind the song. In 2016, we had our share of good and bad lyrics. In Part 2 of the Annual Wrap-Up, I only found it just to honour the lyricists, the people who have as equal a hand in the making of the song as the composers do, but sadly, aren’t acknowledged by many!

So let’s recall the best and the worst lyrics of 2016!


Best Lyrics of 2016 — Top 20

(Click on the song’s name to hear it on YouTube)

20. Besabriyaan (M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story)

Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir

This song from Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s biopic has been written so beautifully by Manoj Muntashir, that it’s surprising. Motivational songs usually do have great lyrics, but this one has such simple lyrics, that it is very easy for them to get stuck in the head. It doesn’t only stick to Dhoni, but has this universal appeal that really makes the song verrrryy lovable.

“Raaste bhaage, paaon se aage, Zindagi se chal, kuchh aur hi maange..
Kyun sochna hai jaana kahaan? Jaaye vahin le jaaye jahaan, Besabriyaan!”


19. Da Da Dasse (Udta Punjab)

Lyrics by: Shellee

A grim touch to words always makes the point come across more clearly. Shellee’s lyrics here are a great example of the same. The lyrics are quite dark and that’s what makes this song so interesting to listen to. Picturized on a terrified Alia Bhatt, the lyrics are perfectly apt for the situation. Sadly, so many people don’t know about the song.

“Raat di gal suniyo, suniyo ve, raat di gal suniyo suniyo ve,
Koi na chaar chufere,
Pichhe na mudiyo mudiyo ve, pichhe na mudiyo mudiyo ve,
Raatan de kaale kaale chehre,
Darr da da Dasse ve, aur Manzil hasse ve!”


18. Tu Bhoola Jise (Airlift)

Lyrics by: Kumaar

Patriotic songs almost always get their due in Bollywood. Airlift’s ‘Tu Bhoola Jise’ however, sadly went quite unnoticed. A wonderful patriotic song with the sentiments of all Indians penned inexplicably by Kumaar, this one is a sure winner!

“Tu Bhoola jise, tujhko woh yaad Karta raha,
Tu Jeeta raha, tere liye woh Marta raha,
Tere dard ki aahat suni, lo aa gaya sab chhod Ke,
Teri Raah mein, lekar Khushi, woh hai khada,
Har mod pe, sab chhod Ke!”


17. Kaun Tujhe (M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story)

Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir

Don’t sad songs always have awesome lyrics!? That’s what I personally feel! Another sad song on the list, this one is a love song written from the point of view of the girl. The tune does make one emotional but the lyrics by Muntashir, in all their simplicity are simply wonderful.

“Tu jo Mujhe aa Mila, sapne huye sarphire,
Haathon Mein aate nahin, Udte hain lamhe Mere,
Meri hansi tujhse, meri Khushi tujhse,
Tujhe Khabar kya beqadar!
Jis din tujhko na Dekhun, Pagal pagal phirti hoon.
Kaun tujhe yun pyaar karega, jaise main karti hoon?”


16. Pashmina (Fitoor)

Lyrics by: Swanand Kirkire

Swanand Kirkire writes less nowadays, but when he does, it turns out to be a piece of brilliance. This song is a beautiful, lilting, poetic piece written by him, and it’s just a pleasure to listen to his intelligent writing!

“Shabnam Ke do qatre yunhi tehel rahe,
Shaakhon pe woh moti se khel rahe..
Befikr se ek dooje mein ghul rahe,
Jab ho juda, khayalon mein mil rahe..
Khayalon mein yun, ye guftagoo, Chalti rahe..
Pashmina dhaagon ke sang, koi aaj bune khwaab, aise kaise?”


13. Bulleya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya

A fine collection of Urdu verses, this song is like a shaayari when you read it aloud. Amitabh Bhattacharya showcases his finesse in writing meaningful songs and this is just one instance:

“Jis din se aashna se do ajnabi huye hain,
Tanhaiyon ke lamhe, sab multavi huye hain,
Kyun aaj main mohabbat, phir ek baar karna chaahoon?
Ye dil toh dhoondhta hai, inkaar ke bahaane,
Lekin ye jism koi paabandiyaan na maane,
Milke tujhe baghavat, khud se hi yaar karna chaahoon…”


14. Haanikaarak Bapu (Dangal)

Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya

Amitabh Bhattacharya’s pen just can’t write in straightforward words, and that’s all the better for us listeners. This song is just so fun to listen to just because of Amitabh’s fun and quirky lyrics, where kids complain about heir father being too much of a hard task master!

“Tail lene gaya re bachpan, jhad gayi phulwari,
Kar rahe hain Jaane kaisi jang ki taiyari,
Sote jagte chhoot Rahi hai, aansoon ki pichkari,
Phir bhi khush na hua Mogambo, Hum kare balihaari!
Teri nazron mein kya Hum itne naalaayak hai!
Tujhse behtar apne Hindi filmon Ke khalnayak hai,
Bapu sehat Ke liye, tu toh haanikaarak hai!!”


13. Dard (Sarbjit)

Lyrics by: Jaani & Rashmi-Virag

This one is just so heart-rending! First of all, the situation it plays in the movie makes it seem all the more touching. Rashmi-Virag and Jaani have really struck the right chord with these lyrics, and they hit straight to your heart.

“Main dardon ko paas bithakar hi soun, main dardon ko paas bithakar hi soun,
Jo tujhe Lagta baarish hai, woh main hoon jo roun, jo tujhe Lagta baar is hai, woh main hoon jo roun,
Main dardon ko paas bithakar hi soun…”


12. Aave Re Hitchki (Mirzya)

Lyrics by: Gulzar

One of Gulzar’s tracks from the masterpiece Mirzya, comes into our list. This one is a nice romantic ballad written based on the common Indian myth that you get hiccups when somebody is thinking of you! And what a beautiful song Gulzar has written around this belief! 🙂 A nice and sweet poem this one!

“Nidra mein kisne yaad kiyo re, jagaaye saari raina re,
Piya jagaave, jiya jagaave, diya jagaave re..
Aave re hitchki, aave re hitchki, aave re hitchki!”


11. Teen Gawah Hain Ishq Ke (Mirzya)

Lyrics by: Gulzar

Two-in-a-row, Gulzar’s songs from Mirzya! So this is a very unconventional love song, and its beauty lies in its lyrics. Something I can’t really explain, so take this:

“Teen Gawah hain ishq Ke, ek rab hai, ek tu aur main,
Aasmaan kholke dekhne do, uss taraf shayad ek aur bhi ho,
Chal na, rab koi, Raah na Dekta ho…
Rooh ko rooh se Judne de, ishq di khushboo udne de,
Khwaab Tha, khwaab hai, khwaab mein rehne do..
Aasmaan daastaan sunn raha hai kahin, ho…”


10. Gilehriyaan (Dangal)

Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya

Looks like ‘Mirzya’ and ‘Dangal’ are the two lyrical masterpieces of this year! Anyway, this song is a nice piece written by Bhattacharya, about a small-town girl, experiencing the city life and loving it so much, she just can’t stay on the ground and is jumping in the air, literally!

“Ik nayi si dosti, aasmaan se ho gayi,
Zameen mujhse jalke, munh banake bole, tu bigad Rahi hai!
Zindagi bhi aajkal, gintiyon se oobke,
Ganit ke aakdon ke Saath ek aadha Sher padh Rahi hai!
Main Sahi galat ke peeche chhodke chali kachehriyaan,
Main jaanun na jaanun na jaanun na jaanun na,
Kyun phudak phudak Ke dhadkanon ki chal rahi gilehriyaan,
Main jaanun na jaanun na jaanun na jaanun na!”


9. Labon Ka Karobaar (Befikre)

Lyrics by: Jaideep Sahni

Some lyrics appeal to you just because of the intelligence of he writer behind them. This one is a song by Jaideep Sahni, who very rarely writes,all about kissing. Unlike other songs about kisses like ‘Jumme Ki Raat’ (Kick), this one has really been written beautifully and kissing has been described as ‘the business of the lips’.

“Jebon mein bikhre hain Taarein, Khali hua aasmaan,
Hathon mein dhoop hai mere, barfeela Baki jahaan,
Rooh jaaye, jhoome jaaye, dil kahe baar baar,
Ishq karke, ishq jee le, ishq labon ka Karobaar!”


8. Ji Huzoori (Ki & Ka)

Lyrics by: Sayeed Quadri

“It’s love, not yesmanship!” This is what Sayeed Quadri’s lyrics to this song translate to. And what a comparison! Such brilliance is what I always look for in songs and Quadri has got it right with this one. So unlike his other writings, but yet so wonderful! The song is nothing short of a wonderful shayari!

“Meri har Khushi mein ho teri Khushi, mohabbat mein aisa zaroori nahi,
Tu jab milna chaahe, na mil sakoon, na milna mera koi doori nahi!
Mohabbat hai yeh Ji Huzoori nahi, mohabbat hai yeh Ji Huzoori nahi!”


7. Hone Do Batiyaan (Fitoor)

Lyrics by: Swanand Kirkire

A sad song with such heart touching lyrics by Mr. Kirkire, this song is a masterpiece. Swanand Kirkire has really done a great job with the lyrics, putting across the point very well. After a fallout between the characters, this song plays in the movie, and interestingly it has been picturised on two ladies performing in a restaurant where the two characters are dining. It gives a whole new touch to the words.

“Main hoon bhi maati, tu bhi hai maati,
Tera mera kya hai?
Kyun hain khade him, khud se itni door?
Saanson mein Meri, saanson mein Teri,
Ek hi toh Hawa hai,
Mar jaayenge Hum, yun na humko chhodo!
Hone do Batiyaan, hone do Batiyaan,
Kone mein Dil ke pyaar pada hai Tanha, Tanha,
Dilon ki dil se hone do Batiyaan, hone do baatein!”


6. Kaari Kaari (Pink)

Lyrics by: Tanveer Ghazi

The film that become such a big success his year, had only one beautiful song, which succeeded not only because of its music, but also equally because of the wonderful words by Lyricist Tanveer Ghazi. This song’s beauty lies in its dark meaning. The words attack the malpractices prevalent in society against women nowadays.

“Titliyon ke pankhon par rakh diye gaye patthar, hey Khuda tu gum hai kahan?
Reshami libaason ko cheerte hain kuchh khanjar, hey Khuda tu gum hai kahan?
Kya reet chal padi hai, kya aag jal padi hai, kya cheekhta hai surmayi dhuaan?
Kaari Kaari raina saari Sau andhere kyun laayi, kyun laayi?
Roshni ke paaon par ye bediyaan si kyun aayi, kyun aayi?
Ujiyaare kaise, angaarey jaise, chhanv chhaili dhoop maili kyun hai ri?”


5. Hota Hai (Mirzya)

Lyrics by: Gulzar

Another one of Gulzar’s masterpieces from Mirzya, this one is an awesome, awesome description of love and its ‘side effects’! The dangers of love come across in this song like this:

“Sab tarqeebein karke Dekhi, tail ki dibiya bharke Dekhi,
Jab tak teeli lage na unmein, koi roshni jale na unmein,
Mehandi Rang dikhati hai tab, poori tarah pis jaati hai jab,
Hota Hai, hota Hai, aksar hota Hai, ishq mein!
Ishq mein, chot kahin lagti hai jaakar zakhm kahin par hota Hai.. ishq mein!”


4. Dhanak (Dhanak)

Lyrics by: Mir Ali Husain

A lullaby doesn’t always impress like this one. This one is a scintillating piece of poetry by Mir Ali Husain, and its magic can only be experienced by listening to it! When such a beautiful piece of work doesn’t get its due, it really hurts.

“Khwaabon mein apne tu, ghul kar kho ja re,
Palkon pe sapne mal kar so ja re,
Hogi phir mehak teri haathon mein,
Aur dekhega tu dhanak, raaton mein!”


3. Channa Mereya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya

This is probably the most popular song of the year. Of course, though, half of the public love it only because of Arijit. Nobody knows who is behind the lyrics, and half of the people don’t even care about the lyrics. If only they peeked into the lyrics a bit more carefully,they would find a beautiful gem hidden in this song, a gem that only someone like Amitabh Bhattacharya could come up with!

“Mehfil mein teri, Hum na rahein jo, gham toh nahi hai, gham toh nahi hai,
Qisse humare, nazdeekiyon ke kum toh nahi hain, kum toh nahi hain,
Kitni dafaa, subah ko meri tere aangan mein baithe maine Shaam Kiya!
Channa mereya, mereya, Channa mereya, mereya, channa mereya mereya beliya, o Piya!!”


2. Dangal (Dangal)

Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya

One of the recent tracks to release this year, but one that easily surpassed so many of the old songs, this one is a song that gets the motivational quotient spot-on! Once again, Amitabh Bhattacharya gets into his “Awesome Lyricist” mode (then again, when is he out of it?) and the result is this:

“Kar dikhaane ka mauka, jab bhi kismat deti hai,
Ginke taiyari ke din, tujhko mohlat hai deti..
Maangti hai laagat mein, tujhse har boond paseena,
Par munaafa badle mein ye jaan le behad deti hai…
Re bande ki mehnat ko kismat ka saadar parnaam hai pyaare, dangal dangal!”


1. Bulleya (Sultan)

Lyrics by: Irshad Kamil

It’s hard to believe that Irshad Kamil has only one song on this list, but not at all surprising to know that it is topping the list! This song has been written so beautifully, it has been taking my breath away right since when it released, till now and hopefully for years to come. Irshad’s immaculate writing works wonders in this sad song.

“Tu yaad kare ya na mujhko, mere jeene mein hai, andaaz tera,
Sar aankhon par hai, teri naaraazi, meri haar mein hai koi Raaz tera,
Shayad meri jaan ka sadka maange teri judaai,
Tu bole toh ban jaaun main bulleh shah saudaai!”

Worst Lyrics of 2016

(Does there have to be an order? There isn’t) 😛
(Click on the song’s name to hear it)

Oh Boy (Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3) — Lyrics by Irfan Kamal

Jawaani Le Doobi (Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3) — Lyrics by Danish Sabri, Rap by Ikka

Hor Nach (Mastizaade) — Lyrics by Kumaar

Dekhega Raja Trailer (Mastizaade) — Lyrics by Anand Raaj Anand

Kheech Meri Photo (Sanam Teri Kasam) — Lyrics by Sameer Anjaan

Humne Pee Rakhi Hai (Sanam Re) — Lyrics by Kumaar, Rap by Ikka

Akkad Bakkad (Sanam Re) — Lyrics by Badshah

Direct Ishq (Direct Ishq) — Lyrics by A.M. Turaz

Ishq Forever (Ishq Forever) — Lyrics by Sameer Anjaan

Expectation (Ishq Forever) — Lyrics by Sameer Anjaan

Six Pack Abs (Tere Bin Laden – Dead or Alive) — Lyrics by Ali Zafar

Let’s Nacho (Kapoor & Sons) — Lyrics by Kumaar & Christopher Pradeep, Rap by Badshah

• The songs from “Santa Banta Pvt. Ltd.” (Search on YouTube — too many link, not worth the time!) :p

Do Peg Maar (One Night Stand) — Lyrics by Kumaar

Let’s Talk About Love (Baaghi) — Lyrics by Raftaar & Sabbir Khan

Tujhko Mein (1920 London) — Lyrics by Azeem Shirazi

Veer Veer Veerappan (Veerappan) — Lyrics by Manoj Yadav

Paani Paani (Cabaret) — Lyrics by Kaustav Narayan Niyogi

Pyar Ki (Housefull 3) — Lyrics by Manoj Yadav, Farhad-Sajid & Danish Sabri

Taang Uthake (Housefull 3) — Lyrics by Sameer Sen, Sajid-Farhad, Mamta Sharma & Sanjeev Chaturvedi

Malamaal (Housefull 3) — Lyrics by Rani Malik & Sajid-Farhad

Fake Ishq (Housefull 3) — Lyrics by Arafat Mehmood, Farhad-Sajid

Ishq Di Khidki (Junooniyat) — Lyrics by Saurabh Pandey

Resham Ka Rumaal (Great Grand Masti) — Lyrics by Manoj Yadav

Jaaneman Aah (Dishoom) — Lyrics by Mayur Puri

Kala Chashma (Baar Baar Dekho) — Lyrics by Amrik Singh & Kumaar, Rap by Badshah & Indeep Bakshi

Din Mein Karengey Jagraata (Freaky Ali) — Lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed

Love The Way You Dance (Tutak Tutak Tutiya) — Lyrics by Millind Gaba

Suku Suku (Tutak Tutak Tutiya) — Lyrics by Danish Sabri

Neat Quarter (Saat Uchakkey) — Lyrics by Kumaar

Hug Me (Beiimaan Love) — Lyrics by Kumaar

Catch Me If U Can (Force 2) — Lyrics by Kumaar

Tum Ho Mere (Saansein) — Lyrics by Kumaar

Wajah Tum Ho (Wajah Tum Ho) — Lyrics by Manoj Muntashir

• Award for Best Written Rap: Amitabh Bhattacharya for Dhaakad (Dangal)

(Honourable Mentions): Sandeep Shrivastava for Bolo Har Har Har (Shivaay) and Irshad Kamil-Vishal Dadlani for Tuk Tuk (Sultan)


So those were the lyrics awards for 2016! Stay tuned for he countdowns and awards for the other departments too! 🙂

P.S. I hope I finish this year itself! :p

One thought on “LYRICS OF 2016 (2016 ANNUAL WRAP-UP: PART 2)

  1. Awesome analysis. Though one of my fav ADHM Title Track was missing here, still the ones mentioned in the list are amazing too. Good job yet again. Waiting for Part 3 🙂

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