Each year, there are a handful of songs that you listen to over and over again. You play them on loop on your iPod, during parties or even when you are hanging out at home with your buddies. You see these songs being played repeatedly on TV channels. They become a part of your memory and you often relate them to a particular time of your life. Here is a list of songs that were hits and even became viral, the ones that we would associate 2012 with.
Gangnam Style by Psy: I am sure, like me, no one in India had ever heard of him before, but there he was, all over the place. And it was not just the song, everyone was doing the steps as well. From Salman Khan to the ever so serious UN chief Ban Ki-moon, everyone hopped to the tunes of Gangnam style.
Call me maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen: There are some uncountable cover versions that have been made on this song. The US Olympic Swimming team’s video featuring its members doing steps and singing along went viral on YouTube. This peppy number with its catchy lyrics made you want to dance along.
Pani da rang by Ayushmann Khurana: (Vicky Donor): This was one of the Hindi songs that caught our attention. Written and composed by debutant Khurana, it stayed on top of the charts for a long time and was the third most shared song on Facebook. Pani da tugs at your heart strings and makes you want to fall in love.
Skyfall by Adele (Skyfall): Skyfall’s theme song became an instant hit. The depth of Adele’s beautiful voice along with the 77-piece orchestra leaves you with this haunting feeling. It topped the iTunes chart almost immediately after it was released and was also shortlisted for the Best Song Oscar nomination.
Ala Barfi by Mohit Chauhan (Barfi): The title song from Barfi deserves a mention in this list. Ala Barfi, with Ranbir Kapoor in his cute Charlie Chaplinesque style captured our hearts.
Womaniya by Khushbu Raj and Rekha Jha (Gangs of Wasseypur): The movie has a list of songs that made a statement and Womaniya tops it. The lyrics are crude but cleverly written. Forget your local paanshop, I have seen the most stuck up, hoity-toity people fall in love with this song.
Diamonds by Rihanna: The only good thing that comes out of Rihanna’s roller coaster relationship with Chris Brown is her songs, and Diamonds is testimony to it. Unlike her upbeat pop numbers, this song is introspective and concentrates on her voice. It was a chartbuster and sold 1,33,000 copies.
Brown Rang by Yo Yo Honey Singh: Whether you love him or hate him, you can’t ignore him. He has faced much flak about his lyrics, but he still managed to secure the top spot on the list of most watched videos of 2012 in India. This song from his album International Villager became the most popular Indian video on Youtube, giving Psy a run for his money.