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20 Indi-Pop Artists From 20 Years Ago

Euphoria | ©Kaustubh Jadhav/Wikimedia Commons
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Updated: 13 January 2017
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There’s something about the ’90s that can always bring a smile to your face. Maybe it’s the memory of a simpler time, or just the nostalgia of our childhood. With corny lyrics, a terrible fashion sense, a gaggle of background dancers, and amazing beats you can’t forget, Indi-pop culture swept India during this decade. Sing along as we take you back in time with these timeless artists and their biggest hits.

1. Lucky Ali – ‘O Sanam’

Tell me you don’t go weak in the knees when you hear this dreamy voice crooning away on the radio. Lucky Ali, we will always love you.

2. Alisha Chinai – ‘Made in India’

Admit it. If you were a teenage girl in the ’90s, you have dreamt of Milind Soman stepping out of the box – for you!

3. Sunita Rao – ‘Pari hoon main’

Husky meets sexy in this gorgeous number. Tell me you are not singing this already in your head.

4. Junoon – ‘Sayonee’

This was the band to follow if you were cooler than the rest in the ’90s. Pop meets rock meets sufi music in this eclectic band, which was just too cool for school.

5. Shaan – ‘Tanha Dil’

Before his Bollywood days, Shaan, long hair and all, walked his way through this video into our hearts.

6. Anamika – ‘Kahi Karta hoga’

Small and bubbly, Anamika gave us one of those ear worm songs which will not leave your head. Ever!

7. Bally Sagoo – ‘Aaja Nachle’

Still danced to with utmost enthusiasm at all Bollywood nights and wedding sangeets, Bally Sagoo gave us timeless Punjabi music with the cutest of teenage-love-story videos!

8. Daler Mehndi – ‘Bolo Tara Rara’

This is a no-brainer. Who can forget this jolly, ever smiling, big sardar with his glitter turbans and bright outfits. His songs are most certainly evergreen and will have you on the dance floor in no time!

9. Baba Sehgal – ‘Aaja Mere Gaadi Mein Baith Ja’

At some point in your life you have either used this line on someone, or have had it used on you. No use denying it. Baba Sehgal gave everyone in the ’90s the ultimate, albeit creepy, pick up line. Long drive, anyone?

10. Silk Route – ‘Dooba Dooba’

Mohit Chauhan. Enough said.

11. Shwetha Singh – ‘Deewane Toh Deewane Hain’

Come on, it’s true. You can sing along to this entire song. Word for word. It’s already started in your head, hasn’t it?

12. Colonial Cousins – ‘Sa Ni Dha Pa’

And then, in the middle of all the teenage pop, came these two beautiful souls. Fusion music that really connected with everyone in the family; probably the one tape everyone agreed upon on those long family road trips!

13. Stereo Nation – ‘O Baby Don’t Break My Heart’

This was one song used repeatedly in various forms in various Bollywood movies ! Another offbeat duo who paired up and created magic – we want to hear some more!

14. Sonu Nigam – ‘Tu’

Way before he was a big name in Bollywood, Sonu Nigam had some pretty ‘interesting’ pop music going on. Don’t miss the glares and dance moves in this one. We love you, Sonu!

15. Bombay Vikings – ‘Kya Soorat Hai’

These guys were just epic. Take old songs, remix them, add a slight accent and voilà! You have a band to remember! Come on, I know you’re smiling thinking of this song.

16. Euphoria – ‘Dhoom’

Who can forget the gorgeous, booming voice of Palash Sen who stole our hearts with his melodies. Euphoria you need to come back! Now!

17. Sukhbir – ‘Ishq Tera Tadpave’

There isn’t one person in the world who can resist this song. No matter who you are or where you are from, the moment this song plays, your feet and shoulders are going to have a mind of their own. There will be no stopping you. Oh ho ho ho!

18. Falguni Pathak – ‘Maine payal hai chankayi’

The Dandiya queen of Mumbai, Falguni Pathak took over the charts with her super sweet voice and her cutesy videos. This song is one of our personal favourites!

19. Apache Indian – ‘Boom Shak a Lak’

Born in India, raised in the UK, Apache Indian brought rap to India. His distinctive reggae style was an instant hit. Time to wind your body, wriggle your belly!

20. Malkit Singh – ‘Gud Naal Ishq Mitha’

Who better to end this list than with Malkit Singh, who has probably given us one of the most evergreen songs of the ’90s ! Still as popular, who can forget these amazing beats and, of course, the signature dance move !

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