By Khaya Ahmed:“The more the merrier,” that’s how the saying goes; and in this case, it is most definitely true. A variety of your favorite music compiled into one playlist is what sets the mood, and becomes your faithful companion. Be it for a long road trip, a study session, a workout, or to keep you company while you work the day away. So without further ado, here’s a listen of our top ten most streamed playlists!
If you’re a “gym rat” like me, you’ve experienced days when you’ve lagged behind on your daily workout routine, be it at the weight rack or on the treadmill. Need that extra push? Craving a shot of energy? Well look no further because Taazi’s workout playlist has got the perfect compilation to get yourself into gear. Energetic, powerful, and upbeat; this playlist consists of a diverse list of genres from old school rock classics like Suno Ke Main Hun Jawan by Noori, and Hamein Azma by EP to modern pop hits like Jawani Phir Nahi Ani, and the club remix of Mein Tera Hoon.
Each and every artist is inspired by someone out there, be it the late and greats of the industry or the happening and the now. Sometimes these artists aspire to play tribute to their inspirations and they do it in the form of a cover song; a delightful, and often different take on the original. Coming in at number nine is a compilation of these covers by both underground, and mainstream artists. Be it covers of local songs such as Mizmaar’s cover of the classic Tu Jo Meray or foreign, such as Abdullah Qureshi’s tribute to Snow Patrol, or his electrifying tribute to Junoon.
08. Party Anthems
There’s a party animal hidden inside all of us and it comes out in one form or the other; be it on the dance floor or in the privacy of our room. Because let’s be honest, we’ve all embarrassingly danced to the beat of one dance song or the other behind closed doors; and to save all of you the trouble number eight on our list consists of the best dance songs you can groove to. Household names like Adil Omar, KOSTAL, JoSH, and Bohemia make up this bass heavy playlist along with immortal hits like Rano by Abrar Ul Haq, and Huqa Pani by Ali Zafar.
07. Road Trip
A good playlist is the essence of a good road trip; otherwise you’re just cruising down the road for hours staring at cars and trees passing by, and that can get really boring, really fast. To help soothe your nerves and add meaning to the scenery, we’ve got the perfect Road Trip playlist, coming in at number seven. With somber, easy listening tracks like Manwa Re by Noori, to more upbeat tracks like Mombatiye by Zohaib Amjad to keep you from falling asleep at the wheel, this playlist is your perfect companion for those long trips.
06. Cricket Ka Junoon
Cricket Fever has swept the streets of Pakistan with everyone crowded around their television in anticipation for the PSL T20. Then again, cricket has always been such an integral part of our nation’s culture; what better way to spend the day then cheering for your favorite team surrounded by your friends and family? At number six, we have the perfect playlist to help fuel that enthusiasm for you team including all the latest anthems for the various teams participating in the PSL T20 including the Karachi Kings Anthem by Ali Azmat, as well as the Lahore Qalandars Anthem and the Quetta Gladiators Anthem by Asrar.
05. Love Hits
We’ve all experienced love; weather unrequited or mutual, there’s always that one song (or countless) that remind you of that special someone. So whether you want to stroll down memory lane thinking about that someone or if you want to get creative and mix a little mix tape or CD to show how much they mean to you then Love Hits is definitely your cup of tea. Comprising of the best love songs to hit the industry, songs like Jugnuon se bhar le anchal and Mera Bichra Yaar, will have you feeling the effects of Cupid’s arrow very soon.
04. Nescafe Basement Originals
It all started with a vision to give local and aspiring artists a voice and now, with its fourth season on the way, Nescafe Basement has become a platform for the youth of our nation thanks to former EP , Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan aka Xulfi. Though the platform is known for its unique take on covers of fan favorite songs, it’s the artists’ original songs that truly stand out which is why at number 4, we have a compiled list of all of Nescafe Basement’s original songs. From fan favorite rockers Soch with their hit single Awari to songs such as Out of my Mind and Sajna, this playlist will have you on your feet praising the talent and skills of Pakistan’s youth.
03. Amazing A’s
Pakistan’s thriving music industry has it fair share of industry big wigs, people who’ve set themselves apart from the rest and have burrowed themselves into our radios and sound system. Oddly enough, most of their names start with an A, coincidence? I think not. Standing strong at number three is Amazing A’s, comprising of the best, the grooviest, and the most addictive tracks to grace the air waves. From Atif Aslam to Ali Zafar, Amanat Ali to Abrar Ul Haq and of course let’s not forget the maestro Ali Azmat, this playlist is a force to be reckoned with.
02. Movie Soundtracks
The soundtrack of a movie has the power to move you; it can make you happy, sad, laugh, and cry… And sometimes, make you feel all of them simultaneously. Securing a spot at number two is a compiled list of Movie Soundtracks, from movies both old and new. With recent hits from movies like Jawani Phir Nahi Ani and Main aur Charles to slightly older tunes, this playlist has got it all!
01. Best of Coke Studio
Coke Studio has become a prominent part of Pakistan’s media culture and with good reason too. Having recently finished its eighth season, the platform combines the best artists in our industry to create unique tributes to the nation’s greatest. In the eight years since it’s conception, it has churned out a number of truly unforgettable hits which is which the Best of Coke Studio playlist places first on our list. With oldies but goldies such as the energetic Alif Allah Chambey Di Booty by Arif Lohar and Meesha Shafi to the recent mega hits like Sammi Meri Waar and Tajdar-e-Haram, Coke Studio has proved itself a force to be reckoned with.