Putting the pop in cringe pop: From Taher Shah to Dhinchak Pooja, meet music's newest hall of fame

FP Staff

Sep,15 2017 20:30 00 IST

Can cringe pop be considered a genre of music? If Wikipedia is taken to be the adjudicating authority in matters such as these, it already is one. Defined as music and music videos which are "so bad that you cannot stop watching them", cringe pop is making waves the world over.

This genre can be said to have existed for years, with the earliest known example being Rebecca Black and her freaky Friday, which was released way back in 2011.

In India, however, the genre really came into its own with Dhinchak Pooja, who rose to cringe pop superstardom with her May 2017 hit Selfie Maine Le Li Aaj, which has garnered almost 25 million views, with the number only rising further.

She can even be considered a trailblazer of sorts, for her song's success has inpired many others to try their luck. Other notable luminaries in the world of cringe pop include Pakistan's Taher Shah — him of the infamous Eye To Eye fame — and Nepal's Bhim Niroula who sang Sunday Morning Love You. A more recent addition to the hall of fame is Omprakash 'Rap King' Mishra with his hit song Aunty Ki Ghanti.

Have you heard all that cringe pop has to offer?