Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentine's Day Music: 2 Top 9 Lists

My list:

1. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Cheek to Cheek (Cole Porter)
2. Hemant Kumar, Na Tum Hamen Jano (from Baat Ek Raat Ki)
3. John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, My One and Only Love
4. The entire early ouevre of the sublime Al Green
5. Velvet Underground & Nico, I'll Be Your Mirror
6. Amadou & Mariam, Mon Amour, Ma Cherie
7. Everything But the Girl, Before Today (Walking Wounded)
8. Bob Dylan, Tangled Up in Blue
9. Magnetic Fields, The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side (69 Love Songs)

S.'s list:

1. Lata Mangeshkar, Kabhie Kabhie (from Silsila)
2. Diana Krall, Peel Me a Grape
3. Kumar Sanu and Kavita Krishnamurthy, Rim Jhim Rim Jhim (from 1942: A Love Story)
4. Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar, Tere Bindiya (from Abhimaan)
5. Aamir Khan and Alka Yagnik, Aati Kya Khandala (from Ghulam)
6. Sonu Nigam, Saathiya (from Saathiya)
7. Lata Mangeshkar, Pyaar Kiya to Darna Kya (from Mughal-e-Azam)
8. Lata Mangeshkar, Abke sajan saavan mein (from Chupke Chupke)
9. Do You Love Me (from Fiddler on the Roof)

Feel free to share your obscure (or familiar) favorites below...


Kush Tandon said...

Do you have mp3 for distribution for your list. Just curious.

11:34 PM  
Falstaff said...

Hmmm...don't know about Cheek to Cheek. How about Let's call the whole thing off. Or that glorious recording of dream a little dream?

11:40 PM  
Fingers said...

Extreme, More than words.
Bob Dylan, Tonight I'll be stayin here with you.

2:24 AM  
Amardeep said...

Kush -- Not currently, but I could put something together for you if there's something you're really curious about from that list.

Falstaff -- I would be ok with Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, and really any number of other Cole Porter songs. They have a fizzy, ecstatic quality that always puts me in a good mood. I suppose I'm a little less enthusiastic about 'Dream a little dream', though I do like the Mama Cass version of it.

Fingers -- thanks.

8:15 AM  
Anonymous said...

Bob Dylan at his most romantic:
Tomorrow is a long time


10:00 AM  
Rage said...

Thanks for this thought - posted a list here.

10:00 AM  
SMR said...

Lovely post. My all-time V-day favorite (for now at least) is Bewitched (Ella F.). It's appropriately dark for V-day though Ella's magical voice keeps it from being TOO dark...

Love the songs on S's list - 5 is an interesting choice :-)

11:46 AM  
Kush Tandon said...


My Bollywood movie song collection is very dated and am always looking for ideas even though I am a movie nut. No pressure though.

I am interested in your Indian music collection. Western - my taste is of an aging rocker.

Thanks. No hurry

2:35 PM  
elizabeth said...

Ditto on Ella, though I'd pick "I Get a Kick out of You" or "Night and Day" instead. Nina Simone, "Just in Time" and "My Baby Just Cares For Me." The Postal Service, "Brand New Colony." Lauryn Hill, "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," even though it's been horribly overplayed, 'cause it was the soundtrack to all my teenage crushes. Mohammed Rafi, "Aaj Mausam Bada Beimann Hai." Vusi Mahlasela," Kuzobenjani Na? (How Would it be if We Got Married?)" Ani DiFranco, "Falling is Like This." Oh, and Khaled, "Aicha."

2:37 PM  
Amardeep said...

Elizabeth, my favorite by Ani DiFranco is "Both Hands." Her first two albums were big when I was in college.

SMR, on "Aati kya khandala," S. wanted to put it there as a 'fun' song amidst all the serious pyar shaar: Aye -- kya bolti tu?...

Incidentally, here are the lyrics to the song in about 20 Indian languages, as well as Zambesi (an African language), Chinese, and Russian.

(Elizabeth, maybe you could do the Turkish translation for us ;-)

2:50 PM  
Anonymous said...

I stick to Hindi songs when love is concerned...English music seems kind of like eating roti with a fork..
1.Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas-Kishore Kumar
2.Jaane Kya Baat Hai-Asha...I think.RD Burman at his best
3.Mora Gora Ang Lai Le...Lata aunty...Gulzaar's lyrics
4.Mera Kuch Samaan from Ijaazat...a breaking up song ...but somehow too beautiful...more of Gulzaar
5.Aaj Sajan Mohe Ang Laga Le..from Pyaasa. Sensuous but pure.Bhakti never sound so sexy..

6:58 AM  
Kumar said...

Prof. Singh:

Velvet Underground: Overrated.

Hemant Kumar: Underrated. His voice fits Na Tum Hamen Jano especially well.


5:39 PM  
halkahalkasuroor said...

"jaane kya baat hai"... from the movie Sunny was sung by Lata Mangeshkar not Asha Boshle...2 very distict voices...

10:02 PM  
Anonymous said...

here are my current favorites (just though I'd share) .. two relatively rare songs from Hemant (I think from the late 50s to early 60s)
1. Chuppa lo dil mein pyaar mera
2. Yeh nayan dare dare
and one rather popular ones
1. Tum Pukar Lo
Oh... and another classic (by Talat Mahmood)
1. Phir Wahi Shaam, Wahi Gham

11:10 PM  

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