Kollywood releases a zillion movies every year and there is just 1 song that stands out for the whole year, sometimes two. I have listed a few I thought ruled the year.
1) Kamal hits – Yengeyum Yeppodhum , Illaimai Idho Idho
Don’t remember much except as a kid heard this song too many times. It set a new trend to the songs in 80s and sure was a hit then. Both had great music, great dancing, SPB and ofcourse Kamal in it. A class in its own time
2) Aatama Therottama, Movie : Captain Prabhakaran
The movie gave our Captain his title. But this song sure did rule that year. The casting was average, we had Livingston dancing for this for God sake ! But Ramya akka (Babu thinks she looks like a patient now!) sure did a great job and the music, singer and choreography all contributed to the success. Only off point was captain running around in between the song wearing torch light in his head ! ( well I must confess I danced for this song in a group dance competition and dint win hehe)
3) Ek Dho Theen, Movie : Tezaab
Who says you need good lyrics for a song, you can even have ABCs or 123s if you have a mix of everything else right. Oh ! my God. There was not a single dance competition in 90s that went without a group dancing for this song. People who did not know a word of hindi could easily say 1 – 12 in hindi, thanks to Madhuri Dixit, who rose to the dream girl of the decade after this song. This had everything you can ask for in a song !
4) Choli ke peeche kya hai, Movie: Kalnaayak
With all the controversial lyrics, the song was an ultimate hit even before the movie was released. Costume and choreography complimented the obscene lyrics, but ofcourse hit of the year (confession again, I danced for this song too, ya ya another group dance competition and guess what ..won the first prize )
5) Aasai adhigam vachu, Movie: Marupadiyum
Seriously who would have thought Rohini could dance so well. Not much of hype for this song before the movie got released, yet this song did its turn to rule. I think the best thing was the picturization and the choreography. ( I remember one girl in the group could not dance at all but still got a place to stand too close to the camera!)
6) Chikku Bukku Raiyule, Movie : Gentleman
One song where the lyrics played a key role. Shankar / ARR combo, prabhu deva dance. Song was a hit before the movie hit the screens and post release, song was a bigger hit. (Confession yet again, danced for this song too and won second place.)
7) Pettai Rap , Movie : Kaadhalan
Another Shankar/ ARR/ prabhu deva combination. The song had funny lyrics, great beat, awesome dance and even comedy in it. Sure have heard it too many times that most of us even know the lyrics byheart.
8) Malai malai marudhamalai, Movie : Chocolat
A sure hit in all girls hostels ( no confession this time !!!!)New voice, great dancing, pretty girls, meaningless lyrics. What more do you need for a hit song ?
9) Manmadha raasa – Movie: Thiruda Thirudi
Cant say what was standing out in this song that made it such a sooper dooper hit. But the test with the new voice was a success. Then the location, choreography, dancers and costume just took it to rooftop. Sure hit among the kids.
10) Following the Manmadha raasa trend, everyone tried their luck with new odd voices, fast paced dancing, very pretty models
Cheena Thaana Doi, Movie : Vasool Raja
Vaala meenukum Velangu meenukkum, Movie : Chithiram pesudhadi
Kathazha Kannala, Movie : Anjadhey and now Naaka Mooka, Movie : Kaadhalil Vizhundhen