Coke Studio is a Pakistani television programme and international music franchise that features studio-recorded music performances delivered by established as well as emerging artists. Running annually since 2008, it is one of the longest-running television music shows in Pakistan. Presenting 5 best coke studio Pakistani timeless tracks -songs that will make you swoon.
Coke Studio Pakistan features the best of Pakistani music by bringing together some of the finest singers, musicians, and composers and giving them a common platform to portray as well as showcase their talent and skill in front of audiences across the globe. This franchise has defined a generation, revolutionising not only the Pakistani music industry but also helping break stereotypes by pushing the boundaries of traditional Pakistani music.
So, today I thought of sharing with you guys the 5 best Coke Studio Pakistani timeless songs. Make sure to bookmark them and add them to that playlist you cherish listening to, on a roll:
Jugni by Arif Lohar and Meesha – Season 3
Although they are hugely popular and thousands of songs have been recorded by them, their signature song, “Jugni,” originally sung by Arif’s late father, Alam Lohar, and replicated during season 3, remains at the top of the list. A kaleidoscopic touché, Arif’s raucous live band energy with folk tales, the grooves, and absolute unadulterated entertainment is a signature for all to bookmark through this one.
Chaap Tilak Sab by Abida Parveen and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – Season 7
An instantly recognisable qawwali that has been graced and performed by practically every legendary voice of the region for many centuries, this one, which is written in Braj bhasha, a forerunner of Urdu, is a simple yet soulful melody that celebrates the splendour of losing oneself in love. Abida Parveen and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, two musical legends, have performed this one almost as a story, delivering the verses in an exhilarating back-and-forth style. Amazing use of modest yet enchanting motifs and language by Hazrat Amir Khusrau.
Sajan Das Na by Atif Aslam and Momina Mustehsan – Season 14
A slow jam that narrates what fame and relationships mean in our time, this one depicts two lovers arguing from their own perspectives. Aslam’s lyrics tell the lover that her need for fame has pushed them apart, but life has no meaning without her, while Mutehsan’s perspective speaks of how there is a distance between her and her lover and why it is an obligation to be so distant. Translating to “lover to lover,” this one has both asking each other about the love they have for the other. Undoubtedly, this is one of the toughest songs to crack.
Ronay Na Diya by Sajjad Ali and Zaw Ali – Season 10
Sajjad Ali’s stunning debut on Coke Studio, this one is poignant, a lament that relays the overwhelming emotions of remorse and despair with musical inlays of a sorrowful clarinet and wistful vocals. Zaw, in turn, brings a wild concoction of vibrant vocal runs alongside her delicate yet powerful classical chops. A brilliant manifestation of grief, this pays homage to the exquisite Begum Akhtar, aka the Mallika of Ghazals.
Bewajah by Nabeel Shaukat Ali – Season 8
Hovering in the space where lovers come together and break apart, the song speaks of the universal quandary of lovers trying to forget the one they love in the age-old pain of heartbreak that romance is usually coupled with. Having been sung in an effortless and subtle style by Nabeel, the overtones of Sajid Ali’s flute provide that perfect change of tempo that alters between eastern classical melodies whilst also complimenting the pop-rock atmosphere created by the guitars and the bass. Written by Babar Hashmi, this one is extraordinary.
So, these were the 5 best Coke Studio Pakistani timeless classics—songs that will make you swoon.
Anyways, TBH, most of the songs from Coke Studio are not only hummable but have this distinct, uncanny quality of sticking to the inner walls of our souls for ages. Yes, there is a raw exquisiteness about them, a sense of ruggedness coupled with comfort, that will make you want to simply hear them on a roll whilst staring into space or the waves of the sea at sunset. That feeling gives you the deja-vu and yet the illusion of having reached the full circle of life somewhere. Yes, Coke Studio is one platform that produces some of the best possible music, one you can carry beyond life.
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