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Songs I Grew Up Listening To

Nikhil loves music and movies. In his free time, he enjoys listening to both Hindi and English songs and watch fascinating movies.

Passion for Music

No one in my family is a professional musician and neither of my ancestors was into the music industry. But many members of my family, including myself, are passionate about music and movies.

Since my childhood, movies, particularly Bollywood have influenced us heavily. In fact, from the year 2006 till 2016, I followed Bollywood whole-heartedly. Of course, that meant following the artists, celebrities, directors, production houses, and everything in between.

This was the time when I discovered myself getting interested in music. I carefully listened to various songs and the singers, composers, and music directors behind them.

It was the year 2009 when one of my best friends introduced me to English songs. He was a fan of Akon, a Senegalese-American singer, and producer, and so I also started listening to his songs. This was the beginning of my interest in both Hindi and English songs.

Love for Music

Love for Music

In this article, I will be listing out the songs I grew up listening to since my childhood. I will be dividing the article into three separate sections.

In the first one, I'll include English songs that I used to listen to and in the second I'll mention a handful of Bollywood songs I grew up listening to. And finally, in the last one, I'll mention some Punjabi (regional) songs that I really enjoyed when I was a kid.

So, without any further wait, let me take you to a small musical journey that I hope you will like:

Part 1. English Songs

  • Right Now (Na Na Na) - Akon

So, as I’ve talked about Akon in the beginning, why not list out my favorite song of the singer first. 'Right Now (Na Na Na)' was probably one of the first English songs I’ve listened to in my childhood, thanks to my friend Subhash.

What I like the most in the song is its catchy music and lyrics with the soft and melodious voice of Akon. The background score and bass in the song also adds up the better experience, especially when listening on a pair of good earphones.

Akon in Right Now song

Akon in Right Now song

'I Wanna Love You', 'Lonely', 'Smack That', 'Be With You', and 'Don’t Matter' are some of Akon's songs I grew up listening to.

  • Ride It - Jay Sean

I remember the time I came to know about this song while browsing a website I usually used for downloading mp3 and video songs. Although I didn’t know about the singer much at the time, I just downloaded the video file to try out the song.

To my surprise, it didn’t take long to become one of my favorite English songs at that time. If you like songs that have good beats and bass with flair in music, then you should definitely listen to this song.

Watch and Enjoy: Ride It by Jay Sean

Jay Sean in Ride It song

Jay Sean in Ride It song

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  • Baby ft. Ludacris - Justin Bieber

There was hardly a kid in the 90s who haven’t heard Justin Bieber’s songs. And I was no exception. No matter the country, culture, or people, everyone had heard Justin Bieber's name.

Although now one of the most disliked videos on YouTube, Justin Bieber’s Baby was my favorites in the list of English songs in my childhood.

Justin’s voice is like magic and is not influenced by background music or beats. 'Eenie Meenie' by Sean Kingston and Justin Bieber was also one of my most listened English songs during the 2009-2010 periods.

  • Numb - Linkin Park

If you have the slightest interest in English songs, I’m sure you must have heard Linkin Park. They were once the most popular rock bands in the world.

Although I didn’t really like the kind of songs they make, 'Numb' was the song that managed to catch my attention. It was from the Meteora album.

At that time, this was probably the only song in my playlist in the hardcode ‘rock’ genre. And to be honest, I liked adding a new genre to my likings.

'Burn it Down' from the album Living Things was the only other song I like from the band.

Linkin Park's Numb

Linkin Park's Numb

  • “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” - Green Day

If you’ve studied in an English-medium or convent school in India, I’m sure you must have heard this song.

I first came to know about this hugely popular song through one of my schoolmates. He, along with his friends, was singing this song when there was no teacher in the class.

I can feel the lyrics and the meaning they were expressing. It felt so powerful when I heard the song through many voices at the same time. Since then, I have listened to this song, and one of my classmates also gave me the video song, which dwelled into my mind deeper. The music was also so catchy and grand.

Part 2. Hindi/Bollywood Songs

  • Tum Mile - Neeraj Shridhar, KK, Shafqat Amanat Ali, and Mohit Chauhan

When you listen to this Hindi song, there are chances you might not find it amusing. The music is fine, the lyrics are not out-of-the-world, and the composition is like any other romantic number.

But these are the things that make this song a special one, at least for me. The time when this song was released, I simply downloaded it and listened to it like more than a hundred times.

And soon it became one of the favorite tracks of that time. This was from the movie Tum Mile (2009) starring Emraan Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan.

  • Bakhuda Tum Hi Ho - Atif Aslam and Alka Yagnik

If you ask me which my all-time favorite Hindi song was in my childhood, I’d confidently say 'Bakhuda Tum Hi Ho' by Atif Aslam and Alka Yagnik.

Not only this is beautifully written but the music composition is also quite impressive. In simple words, this song will give you mesmerizing yet soothing listening experience.

One more big reason why I like this song was the fact that there are many of my golden childhood memories related to it. I’ve sung this song during the New Year Celebration event with our neighbors.

Also, this song reminds me of my childhood love. Some of my other favorite songs by Atif Aslam were 'Doorie', 'Kuch Is Tarah', and 'Tu Jaane Na'.

  • Twist - Neeraj Shridhar and Suzanne D’Mello

During the year 2009-10, 'Twist' was among the most popular Hindi dance numbers. And I also loved it.

Right from the starting of the famous ‘naagin’ tune, the rap part, and the music, this was one of my favorite songs for dancing.

I also performed a solo dance in one of these New Year Celebrations on people’s demand trying out the moves what Saif Ali Khan did in the song. BTW, Love Aaj Kal (2009) is my favorite movie too.

Twist song

Twist song

  • Ae Kay Zara Zara - Shankar Mahadevan and Kavita Krishnamurthy

This would be the oldest song on the list. But that doesn’t mean I like this song less or anything.

To tell you a bit about this song, I’d like to say that this is one of the evergreen Hindi dance numbers that almost every 90’s kids know in India.

It was one of the most energetic songs of that time. I really loved the way the song starts with a piece of unique instrumental music.

The video song stars India’s most talented and popular dancer and choreographer Pradbhudeva with actress Madhuri Dixit.

  • Ek Pal Ka Jeena - Lucky Ali

Hrithik Roshan, Govinda, and Shahid Kapoor were my all-time favorite actors at that time, and maybe they are right now as well.

Can you tell what all three have in common? Well, apart from being good actors, they are also great performers or dancers. I don’t like 'Ek Pal Ka Jeena' only because of the Hrithik’s killer dance moves, but because of the great music and composition, it had.

It was given by Hrithik’s grandfather Rajesh Roshan. And it was sung in the beautiful and unique voice of Lucky Ali. During my childhood, I’ve enjoyed listening and dancing to this song.

Hrithik Roshan in Ek Pal Ka Jeena

Hrithik Roshan in Ek Pal Ka Jeena

Part 3. Punjabi Songs

Here is the list of the Punjabi (regional) songs I grew up listening to in my childhood:

Wrap Up

These were only the handful of songs that I grew up listening to. There are hundreds and thousands of more such songs that I listened to and enjoyed in my childhood. But whenever I listen to these songs, it reminds me of my childhood memories with friends and family.

What are your favorite songs that you grew up listening to? Feel free to drop them in the comments below. Maybe I'll add a couple of new songs to my playlist.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2020 Nikhil Sharma


Nikhil Sharma (author) from India on October 19, 2020:

Yes, indeed they are, Niks.

I feel so grateful to know that this article reminded you of your teenage years. I will try to come up with more such articles in the future. Thank you for taking the time to read the article and sharing your valuable comment.

Niks from India on October 15, 2020:

Those are some interesting songs. I can relate to most of them. Green day's song is my favorite one. Thanks for making me feel nostalgic about my teenage years. I'm going to tune in these songs right now!

Nikhil Sharma (author) from India on August 29, 2020:

In my lifetime, I haven't seen or met a single person who doesn't like music. It is something that almost everyone enjoys.

I'm gonna check out the bands or songs you've mentioned here.

I believe in almost every country, the period of the '90s and early 2000s is important. This was the time when we saw many evergreen songs, films, and artists emerging and coming into the limelight.

It's really good to know that you've watched Bollywood movies and songs and that your father is a big fan of Bollywood. Say hi to your father from my side if possible.

And yes it is called Tollywood (from South India). It is popular for producing movies with great stories but fancy and crazy action sequences.

Thank you so much, Liza, for appreciating my work and leaving such an insightful and lovely comment. Stay connected and stay healthy, Liz :)

Nikhil Sharma (author) from India on August 29, 2020:

Indeed, it does, Liz.

Without music, this world would be the same as it is today. It is a powerful tool to express your feelings or heal your deep emotional wounds. It refreshes our mind and soul.

Thank you for stopping by, Liz, and sharing your viewpoint.

Liza from USA on August 28, 2020:

I think everyone can be related to music. I grew up listening to a different type of music especially from Malay and English songs.

I love everything from the Beatles, Bee Gees, ABBA, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, and many others. For Malay songs, I love listening to the old music genre from the 60s till the '80s.

I have heard Hindi songs from the Bollywood movies that I have watched with my family. My father is a fan of Bollywood and Kollywood (correct me if I'm wrong).

Interesting choice of topic, Nikhil :)

Liz Westwood from UK on August 28, 2020:

This is an interesting angle to view your early life from. Music plays a big role in many of our lives. Sometimes hearing an old song can trigger memories from our youth.

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