Music is a way to express ourselves. From time immemorial, it has been used by people as a way to “collectivize” their experiences to feel a sense of solidarity in their sufferings and also as an intimate way of expressing emotions that you may not be able to spell out by yourself. Any form of art, for that matter, binds us all together- with no regard for time and space. Beneath all the superficial aspects, human experiences remain the same- love, anger, mysticism, revenge, misery, longing, desire, happiness and many more emotions. In this article we have listed some of the best songs from Coke Studios that should be on your playlist.
If you have never listened to songs from Coke Studio, or got as far as vibing to “Pasoori”, this list is ideal for you.
Below Are The 8 Best Songs From Coke Studio-
1. Kana Yaari
If you are wondering out of all the songs, why did I choose to begin the list with this one, it is because Kana Yaari captures all that defines Coke Studio going beyond culture, language or even comprehension, portraying how music has the power to bring people together.
A rich blend of traditional music with rap/pop in an extraordinary manner, Kana Yaari might appear to be a foreign song as its lyrics are in an unfamiliar language.
However, even with just the beat and some words we are acquainted with like “gaddari” and “ishq” brings you close to the idea that is being dealt- love and betrayal in that love. Kana Yaari is a perfect example of “music” and not language uniting the people as the Baluchi song became an instant hit. Eva B’s rap is to die for and Kaifi Khalil has already made his mark on people with his “Kahani Suno.” The rich touch of tradition is given by Abdul Wahab Bugati, making the song a perfect dose of dopamine.
2. Latthay Di Chaadar
When a song has Quratulain Balouch and Farhan Saeed collaborating, it is bound to be a success- and what makes Latthay Di Chaadar even more fascinating is the smooth mixture of urdu and punjabi. The huge spectrum within this song functions is praiseworthy when mid-way Quratulain marks her entry with Punjabi lyrics seamlessly continuing and settling with Farhan’s different style and tone.
3. Tu Jhoom
Life is not easy- and it surely does not go as we plan it. But we have songs like Tu Jhoom for the days we feel like someone else has the steering wheel to our life. Naseebo Lal and Abida Parveen bring for you a song deeply embedded in destiny, opportunity, chances, but more about hope. It is a denial to understand everything that happens in life and sometimes to accept some aspects as God’s doing.
For anyone who loved both the wide spectrum of Abida Parveen and Ali Sethi’s songs, Aaqa was the best gift to be imagined. Entrenched with profound lyrics, its message is clear – “Whenever I ask, I will ask God, and whatever is given to me, is given by God alone.”
When a person has a conviction as solid as this, he has no regrets for what he could not achieve- for it was not for him. If he believes that whatever will be given to him, is only by God- he does not plead in front of everyone. On days when you feel like nothing is in your control, Aaqa is a good reminder that it will work out.
5. Tera Woh Pyaar
Also known as “Nawazishein Karam”, the song, featuring Asim Azhar and Momina Mustehsan, Tera Woh Pyar wonderfully captures the complexity in the simple experience of falling in love- remembering them before sleeping, dreaming about them and trying to cover the distance between the lovers, while dealing with the challenges that comes with it. It may be a song of experience love, and might as well be a reminder of the heartbreak and despair that follows it.
6. Wohi Khuda Hai
Probably the most beautiful song of the album, Coke Studio Season 12 features a heart-touching reminder of God in the form of a soft and heartfelt lyrical form sung by Atif Aslam. There is no need to mention more about it since all of us are aware of the sheer talent Atif possesses to capture our focus.
Sung by Nabeel Shaukat Ali, Bewajah brings out the true beauty of urdu as a language. The encapsulating words strung in heart-felt lyrics, Bewajah has to be one of the most beautiful songs of Coke Studio. Not too slow, nor fast-paced, the song is a symbol of the loop of forgetting and remembering, of being in the present and in the past simultaneously.
For all those who were never introduced to Coke Studio, it seems only fair to end the list with another hit song! Featuring Shae Gill and Ali Sethi, Pasoori has the perfect vibe but with evidently deep lyrics- “aajawe dil tera poora vi na howe” might be hidden under the tones of upbeat music, but it brings the message along.
So, this was the list of some of our favorite songs from Coke Studio. Farhan Saeed, Atif Aslam, Abida Parveen, Ali Sethi, Momina Mustehsan, Quratulain Balouch, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, among many others have become household names in this realm. However, there are many other talented artists with their own wonderful songs. Which one is your favorite? Do let us know below.