My favourite Golden Oldie song: Stars by Simply Red

We have reached that time of the month, where I celebrate a favourite song of mine, here at Girl at the Piano. Last month’s choice was a Bollywood song which means this month will be a Western classic, and I have chosen Stars by Simply Red.

My close friend and family circle all know just how big a fan I am of the group Simply Red. I grew up listening to their music, and appreciating all of the many genres (soul/jazz/pop/rock) that they added to create their unique sound. The band’s leader and lead singer Mick Hucknall, is my first music idol and continues to be til this very day (yes, I do wish they were still making music!)

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My favourite Golden Oldie song Bollywood: Teri Chunariya from Hello Brother

For the month of January, my favourite golden oldie song is none other than the highly melodious Teri Chunariya from the Bollywood soundtrack Hello Brother.

Teri Chunariya has been composed by my favourite Bollywood musician and multi-talented artist Himesh Reshammiya, and is one of his fairly earlier tracks as a Music Director. The song has been picturised on Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Rani Mukherjee, who have done a wonderful job in the picturisation of the song. The main reason why I love the track, is that it is infectiously melodious, whilst being romantic at the same time. The melody simply flows from start to finish, and there are some very strong music arrangements in the song.

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My Favourite Golden Oldie song: Crazy by Seal

This month’s favourite Golden Oldie is a song from the 90’s, and quite literally nostalgia from my childhood: Crazy by Seal.

Being born and bought up in London UK, I have been exposed to a lot Western Music much more than Bollywood music during my early years, and Crazy by Seal is one such track which has never left my mind. The entire melody and lyrics are an extremely powerful combination with Seal’s epic vocals, and this definitely makes you sing a long with it “Well we’re Never gonna survive, unless, we get a lil Crazy…!” The song talks about the state of the human race, the problems it faces and also the prediction of the future “In a World full of people, only some want to fly, now isn’t that crazy…”

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My Favourite Golden Oldie: Haareya ~ Meri Pyari Bindu

This months favourite golden oldie song is technically still a new one (roughly 6 months old), but I have decided to include it, as it has emerged as one of my favourite Bollywood songs of this year, and I have a feeling it will stay in my playlists for quite sometime. The song is the melodious Haareya from Meri Pyari Bindu.

Haareya – Meri Pyari Bindu
Composers: Sachin-Jigar
Lyrics: Priya Saraiya

While I don’t consider myself to be a die hard Arijit Singh fan, I do occasionally like his releases and Haareya is one of them. It is a very simple song, but has a strong melody with meaningful, romantic lyrics and this combination is extremely rare to find these days in Bollywood Music. Sachin-Jigar excel in this genre as composers (as previously heard in their songs like Jeena Jeena, Badlapur and Toota Jo Kabhi Tara from Flying Jatt). I recently discovered that this song also has a rock version which has been sung by Ayushmann Khuarana. I am rather surprised that the creators decided to create a rock version of Haareya, as it is not a Rock song in the first place. They would have been better of releasing a B side of the track, with Ayushmann’s vocals.

Did you like Haareya from Meri Pyari Bindu? Let me know in the comments!

My favourite Golden Oldie song: Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden

Its that time where I share my favourite golden oldie song of the month! This month, I have chosen a Western song which is most probably, one of my favourite love songs of all time. It is Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden.

Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden

This song was hugely popular while I was growing up in the late 90’s, and has a beautiful melody plus lyrics, which have been composed by Savage Garden. Lead singer Darren Hayes croons the track, and it is definitely one of those songs, which you will hear every Valentine’s day!

Let me know if this track features in your favourites list too!

My favourite golden oldie: Vaada Raha Sanam from Khiladi

This month’s golden oldie song is a Bollywood one, and has been composed by Music director duo Jatin-Lalit. The song is the melodious 90’s classic Vaada Raha Sanam from Khiladi!

Vaada Raha Sanam – Khiladi

The reason behind choosing this song, is that I personally feel it represents the romantic era of the 90’s very well, has a beautiful melody and meaningful lyrics – all of which are missing in today’s Music! It is the most memorable song from the Akshay Kumar starrer Khiladi, and has a duet version, as well as a male solo. The duet has decent picturisation and has been sung by Alka Yagnik and Abhijit Bhattacharya. I am currently trying to learn this timeless melody on the piano, and if I manage to, then you can be sure to expect a piano solo of the song soon!

If Vaada Raha Sanam from Khiladi also features in your Bollywood classic list, do tell me why in the comments!

My favourite Golden Oldie: Go Your Own Way ~ Fleetwood Mac

This month, my favourite golden oldie song is the iconic Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac. I find myself constantly re-listening to the epic Rumours album, and this is definitely one of my most favourite tracks from the album.

While I have taken a liking to the Music of the song a lot more than the lyrics, there will be many who appreciate the songs lyrics more, which talk about being part of a difficult relationship. Lyndsey Buckingham’s strong vocals against the epic rock guitar, is what sets this song apart and makes Rumours one of the most finest rock albums ever!

Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac

Make it a point to listen to this classic song, as well as the entire Rumours album, if you truly consider yourself to be a Music lover. You will not be disappointed!

My favourite Golden Oldie: Aashiq Banaya Aapne

It’s that day of the month, where I share one of my favourite golden oldie songs and this months choice is a Bollywood song. My choice of Bollywood song coincides nicely with the fact that the singer/composer of the song will be celebrating their birthday this month! The song in question is the very popular Aashiq Banaya Apne title track remix.

Aashiq Banaya Aapne – remix

Sharing a few fun facts from my perspective, about when I first saw the video of this magical song. I had just started watching the popular series SaReGaMaPa Challenge 2005 where Himeshji was the mentor of Rock Gharana. He was fast becoming my favourite mentor due to the way he presented himself, and how he would give even a negative comment, in a kind and positive way. I naturally did a double take when I saw him in the remix video of Aashiq Banaya Aapne and after that, as they say, the rest is history! Historic to be precise 😉

The song is almost 10 years old but is an iconic and landmark song of Himeshji’s career. It also added a spark to Music videos helping the promotion of a Bollywood film. Let me know if Aashiq Banaya Aapne also features in your favourites list!

My favourite Golden Oldie songs: World of Our Own by Westlife

My favourite golden oldie for the month of June, is World of Our Own by Westlife. Since my blog post about the boyband phenomenon, I have been listening to Westlife songs once again, and I realised just how much I loved World of Our Own.

The song was their first attempt at cracking the United States and I do believe that the song did reasonably well there, as it does have a very strong Backstreet Boys vibe to it. The boys look very stylish and my favourite Westlifer Nicky Byrne, gave all of us a huge surprise in the video, when he revealed that he had chopped off his lovely locks! The song is the title track of their third studio album.

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World of Our Own – Westlife

My favourite Golden Oldie song: Not That Kind ~ Anastacia

We have reached that time of the month where I share one of my favourite golden oldie songs. Last month I chose a Bollywood golden oldie Oodhli Chunariya from the Bollywood film Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya, and this month, I will be sharing another Western golden oldie song which is Not That Kind by one of my favourite female musicians Anastacia.

Not That Kind ~ Anastacia

Not That Kind is such a groovy song, that is sure to make you want to sing a long with it and make all of us ladies very proud of ‘Girl Power’. I clearly remember the time when the song released, and that was when I saw Anastacia for the first time. I felt in awe of her amazingly powerful vocals, and also I was majorly impressed with her composing skills.

On 22nd April, the gorgeous Anastacia replied to my tweet about this post here:

Let me know in the comments below if this is one of your favourite songs and do share with me your favourite golden oldie!