Bollywood songs have always been our go-to songs for any occasion, be it a party or a wedding or when you just want to plug in the earphones and avoid the world. We love to groove and sway to the Bollywood versions but now, with independent artists coming up and with the popularity of the video sharing platform, YouTube, several other versions of our favourite Bollywood songs have surfaced and you might like them. From the MTV Unplugged show and after listening to various versions of these Bollywood songs, we have picked 10 best Bollywood unplugged songs that are fit to make it to your playlist. Check ‘em out!
1. Nayan Tarse and Badra Bahar – Amit Trivedi
Amit Trivedi is one of the best music producers in the country right now. His range and understanding of music surpass most in the industry and every song he has worked up until now has been a super hit. He composed in several movies like Dev D, Udta Punjab, Queen, Lootera, Dear Zindagi among others. He chose two of his self-composed songs Nayan Tarse from Dev D and Badra Bahaar from Queen and sang an unplugged version on MTV Unplugged Season 4 and boy, it is amazing! You listen and decide.
2. Mere Saamne Wali Khidki Mein – Karan Nawani
Several covers of independent artists on YouTube have taken over the responsibility of bringing forth the best renditions of evergreen Bollywood songs and one of these is Karan Nawani whose Ukulele version is melodious as well as a very pleasant song to hear; it should definitely be on your playlist if you love old Hindi songs.
3. Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain – Namita Choudhary
Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain was a Shah Rukh Khan and Mahima Chaudhry starrer super hit film and the music in the movie also was very well received by the audience. Dil Mil Rahe Hain song from the movie again touched hearts and Namita Choudhary’s cover of the song did the same. Her texture of the voice adds to the tonality of the song.
4. Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo – Farida Khanum Coke Studio
The original Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo is sung by Farida Khanum and only she could have matched the level of the perfection in the song. The lyrics of the song are beautiful and Farida Khanum’s voice on top of that is pure magic. Just one listen to it and you will definitely listen to it on loop. Though the original version is also very nice, the younger audiences have responded to the Coke Studio version better.
5. Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaaye – Atif Aslam and Shirley Setia
Atif Aslam has been around for many years now and has a loyal fanbase in the country. People wait for his singles or songs to come out. And his version of the popular song, Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaaye with Shirley Setia is another hit which took no time to trend on YouTube soon after its release.
6. Yaariyan – Sunidhi Chauhan and Arijit Singh
Shilpa Rao sang the original Yaariyan from the Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan and Diana Penty starrer movie, Cocktail, which was the go-to song for many post-heartbreak and she did a splendid job. But there is nothing that the legendary Sunidhi Chauhan can’t do. She sang a cover of this song and that is nothing short of harmony to the ears. This already perfect song just got better with Sunidhi’s touch to it.
7. Ud Jaa Kaale Kawaan – Vicky Singh
The cover of Ud Jaa Kaale Kawaan sung by the young Vicky Singh has got him a lot of attention from the music lovers, so much so that probably every other young Millennial must have heard his unplugged version of the song. He not only sings in the video but also plays a mouth instrument which just goes on to show how supremely talented he is.
8. Yaara Teri Yaari – Suryaveer
Yaara Teri Yaari has been a friendship anthem since many years now and with Suryaveer’s strong and husky voice, it just got better. He sings the song with so much passion and conviction that the emotion transports through the music very clearly. You can’t miss this one, no you definitely must not.
9. Hai Apna Dil Toh Awaara – Sanam
Old Bollywood Songs’ rendition got Sanam, the music band huge popularity on YouTube and now, they have become one of the highest paid YouTubers in the country. Each of their rendition is worth listening but this one tops the list. Their lead singer, Sanam Puri is a popular name among the girls and his voice is enough for him to sweep women off of their feet. Hai Apna Dil Toh Awaara in itself is such a lovely song and Sanam’s version is for sure, lovelier.
10. Judaai – Akasa Singh
Akasa Singh was just recently trending on YouTube for her single called Thug Ranjha had come out. But before that, she has sung several covers of Bollywood songs and the best among all is Judaai’s cover, a song from Badlapur. He amazing voice fits the tone of the song perfectly and transports you to another world. Give it a listen, you won’t regret it.