My brother recently made me download amazon prime music after seeing how much I struggled with Saavn and its unnecessary advertisements and I’ve to say its been the best part of this month! Amazon prime music is a blessing and works brilliantly and it makes it very easy for me to ignore people at work and just listen to music all the time. Over the weeks though, I’ve actually started listening to more and more of Hindi songs, especially early 2000’s songs just because. These are my go-to songs to survive every single work day:
- Love Lies – Khalid
- Back to you – Selena Gomez
- Rise – Jonas Blue
- O meri Laila – Atif Aslam
- Happier – Marshmello
- Dekhte Dekhte – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s version
- Roke na Ruke Naina (Unplugged version) – Amaal Malik
- Lie to Me – 5sos
Are you as addicted as I’ve become to this app and these songs to any app?
Its July, 2018.
More importantly, its July in Mumbai. News flash for people who’ve never stepped foot in Mumbai in July: Its pouring here. All day, every minute and every second. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. I love the rains. I live for the rains and cancelled college classes. The rains are actually a weird route to self-discovery. They make you read more. They make you binge watch netflix more. And they make you discover tons of great music.
This is my Monsoon Playlist for July rains:
Girls Like You – Maroon 5
Is this Love? – James Arthur
Budapest – George Ezra
Lie to Me – 5sos
Start Again – OneRepublic
Call me Sir – The Train
And here’s my new favourite Hindi songs!
Dilbaro – Raazi
Rangdaari – Lucknow Central
Dhadak title track
Today, when I was wasting time scrolling through facebook, I came across this really heartbreaking thing – Its been three years on today’s date that Zayn Malik left One Direction and simultaneously broke the hearts of a million people all around the globe.
Looking back to that sad day, I remember my friend calling me when I was eating dinner. I remember her asking, “Is it true?”, and remember having no clue what she was talking about. Then she asked me to check One Direction’s official Facebook account. Then I also remember checking their Wikipedia page (Side note: If something has a wikipedia page, you’re completely set.) – I remember showing the page to my brother where it very clearly said “Past Member: Zayn Malik”. Now, my brother has always loathed One Direction and their music and their adorable little faces, and my obsession with them. But on that particular day, my brother looked at the screen of my phone, then looked up at me and very sincerely said, “I’m sorry.”
I remember hating Zayn Malik for months. I remember hating his new single, and his new girlfriend. To this day, its my personal opinion, that One Direction going on a break actually started with that day Zayn Malik decided to leave. In a perfect world where he hadn’t left, I believe my favourite boys would still be intact, and together and making happy boyband music.
On the anniversary of this day when One Direction unofficially ended, here’s five of my favourite songs from the other bands I had to learn to cope with:
- 5 Seconds of Summer – End Up Here
- The Vamps – She Was The One
- Coldplay – Yellow
- Simple Plan – I Can Wait Forever
- OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight
I’d be lying out right if I said I’m a fan of Hindi music – I’m not. I haven’t been one for years; of course there was an inevitable time in my pre-teen years when I was a massive fan and by massive I mean, really, really super massive. I loved Hindi music and listened to Bollywood songs all day and made it a point to know the lyrics to every single song – all. the. time.
Now, as I grew up and people around me started to change (I went to a really fancy school), naturally my music choice changed. I’m not saying that I regret it, because I say this with complete humility – I LOVE my music choice. I love it. I love the bands I love, and I love the songs I love. I’m completely not ashamed with not knowing Hindi songs and actually knowing English songs more. Keeping that aside and looking at the industry as a whole, the quality of Hindi songs has quite fallen over the years and maybe its because of this opinion that I really shifted to English music. Hindi songs in the early 2000’s and during my parents time had a certain magic that songs right now do not. They had lyrics that made so much sense and lyrics that sounded beautiful, and on top of all of that, they had beautiful singers. If I had to do a survey, I’m sure at least 70% of the people of my age would feel the same and definitely agree that Hindi music a decade ago was MUCH better than Hindi music now.
Despite all this, once in a while, I stumble upon Hindi songs that I instantly take a liking to and then listen to them on repeat (especially in the gym). In recent times, I’ve also taken a liking to new remakes of old Hindi songs (good remakes, I promise) – So here’s a little Hindi music I’ve been listening to:
- Dil Diyan Gallan (Tiger Zinda Hai)
- Kya Hua Tera Wada (Pranav Chauhan – Unplugged cover)
- Jab Koi Baat (Atif Aslam, Shirley Setia and DJ Chetas)
- Tu Chahiye (Bajrangi Bhaijan)
- Lae Dooba (Aiyaari)
- Afreen (Coke Studio)
Exam preparation literally means listening to music along with emotionlessly reading tons of notes off of my laptop. Keeping in lieu with this, here are 10 songs I’ve become wholly obsessed with this past 2 weeks!
- Too Good at Goodbyes by Sam Smith
- Naked by James Arthur
- Jet Lag by Simple Plan
- It Ain’t Me by Kygo featuring Selena Gomez
- A Different Way by Lauv and DJ Snake
- This Hindi song called Dil Diyan Gallan, from the movie Tiger Zinda Hai (beautiful, I swear)
- Less I Know by OneRepublic
- You are the Reason by Calum Scott
- Bedroom Floor by Liam Payne
- Miss You by Louis Tomlinson
Have you been obsessed with any of these amazeballs songs for a while?
Guess what I was up to on Sunday night?
If you guessed that I attended Ed Sheeran’s second concert here in Mumbai, then you guessed absolutely correct!
I’m sure 99.99% of the population would agree with me when I say that you NEED to watch Ed Sheeran in concert at least once – because Ed Sheeran in concert is by far worth the money you’d pay for the ticket, the lines you’d wait in, and all the screaming and shouting of lyrics.
I last watched him when he was touring for Multiply back in 2015 (and obviously I blogged about it (go read about it, thanks!) – Shameless self publicity )
Ed Sheeran released his third studio album in the first half of this year and started touring almost immediately and thus when tickets for his Mumbai concert went on sale in July, I bought them! The concert started at 8 PM and he sang for 1.5 hours and I shouted out lyrics along with him with no tune whatsoever for the whole time.
I went alone for the concert (turns out I’m quite self sufficient that way) and recorded all the songs I had made up my mind to record! There is no comparison to Ed Sheeran singing live and with every song he just makes you realize more and more why it would make absolute zero sense to not be in love with him. He wore a blue kurta, similar to the one he wore last time and looked completely adorable – most importantly, he sang A-Team! A-Team was the first song I heard by Ed back in 2012 and the amount of love that I have for that song is not fathomable.
When he sang Dive, I completely lost my shit (so to say) – Dive is my favourite song off the new album, and then he sang Photograph as well – my favourite song from his previous album!
I had a massively amazing time and I would go back to his concerts any time of any day.
This month has been really exciting for me, mainly because 3/5 One Direction boys released new music! The only upside of them being apart is that theres five times more music than usual. So here’s whats been on repeat for most of this month:
- Too Much To Ask – Niall Horan
- Dusk till Dawn – Zayn feat. Sia
- Your Song – Rita Ora
- I hate you, I love you – Gnash feat. Olivia O’Brien
- There’s Nothing Holding me Back – Shawn Mendes
- Seeing Blind – Niall Horan feat. Maren Morris
- Boys – Charli XCX
- Find You – Nick Jonas
- The Night We Met – Lord Huron
Additionally, I heard three new songs yesterday and approved of them right away – Bedroom Floor by Liam Payne; Just Like You by Louis Tomlinson; Personal by The Vamps.
Have you been listening to any of these super addictive songs?