It was back in 2004 when he came, he sang and he conquered! Atif Aslam took pop music in Pakistan to a whole new level. I remember how people went crazy over his music and him back then and his fans are equally enthusiastic about him today. His albums are the highest selling , his singles are the most downloaded and his concerts are the craziest ones. Atif is probably the most prominent singer to give his voice to Bollywood music and has opened the doors of Bollywood for local talent. He gave a new definition to the word stardom. That said, here are some of his best songs ever that contribute towards making him the star that he is today!
‘Pehli Nazar Mein’ – Race
Pehli Nazar Mein’ is probably one of Atif’s best songs ever. This track was a part of the Bollywood movie; Race’s album and it was the highlight of the movie. From Indian clubs to local bazaars in Pakistan, it played literally everywhere! The combination of Atif’s melodious vocals, soft strumming of the guitar and Sameer’s poetic lyrics made ‘Pehli Nazar Mein’ absolutely beautiful. A controversy was also raised about ‘Pehli Nazar’ that the tune was copied from a Korean track but thankfully the tune wasn’t composed by Atif and the fact remains that despite this controversy, ‘Pehli Nazar’ stayed a hit.
‘Kuch Is Tarha’ – Doorie
2006 not only saw Atif singing for Bollywood but was the year when Atif released his second album called, Doorie. Every track in the album was a treat to hear and highly addictive but it was ‘Kuch Is Tarha’ that completely stood out. Beautiful lyrics and even more beautiful vocals made ‘Kuch Is Tarha’ a song that will always be remembered by those who enjoy quality music. There are tons of people who argue that Atif’s best songs are from Bollywood and I wouldn’t disagree but ‘Kuch Is Tarha’ was completely a local track which makes it to his best songs list.
‘Tu Jaane Na’ – Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani was a pointless movie and a major flop despite the fact that it starred Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif. However, there were two tracks that saved this sinking ship and made this movie memorable and interesting is the fact that both of these tracks were sung by Atif Aslam. ‘Tu Jaane Na’ was one of these tracks. Composed by Pritam, who himself is a brilliant music composer, ‘Tu Jaane Na’ was nominated as the best song of the year and it was Atif’s vocals that made it so. The same album had a version of ‘Tu Jaane Na’ sung by another singer and it stood nowhere compared to Atif’s original. There’s a Sufi element in this track which makes it absolutely unique and beautiful. With ‘Tu Jaane Na’, Atif proved that there’s only one Atif Aslam and no one can replace him! His emotive voice in the song breathed life into this track.
‘Tera Honay Laga Hoon’ – Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Very rarely has Atif sung songs that are duets with female singers and it was for Ajab Prem that he teamed with Alisha Chinoy for ‘Tera Honay Laga Hoon’. Together they brought out a song that Bollywood will always be proud of! Ashish Pandit’s lyrics and Pritam’s composition combined with Atif’s vocals made the song a highlight of not just the film but of Bollywood music in general for that year. Not only does the song have a pleasant tune, the vocals are so harmonious. ‘Tera Hone Laga Hoon’ is a dream-like song and is quick to enamor you with its simple yet ecstatic music. It’s one of those songs that make you fall in love, literally, with the song if nothing else.
‘Hona Tha Pyaar’ – Bol
Many of you might not have heard about this one, but ‘Hona Tha Pyaar’ is one of Atif’s best tracks and the reason why it’s not so popular yet is that it is from his upcoming movie, Bol. The song was somehow leaked on YouTube and even though the movie’s production team tried it’s best to take it off, they couldn’t because people had already downloaded it. This one spread like wildfire on social networking forums like Facebook. The tune is soft, the vocals are sweet and the lyrics are beautiful and all this combined up to make ‘Hona Tha Pyaar’ a song that gets into your head immediately. If you haven’t heard it yet, you must. Try finding it on YouTube and if you can’t then Bol’s release date is just around the corner!