Music is the gateway to mind and soul and it touches you in a way as nothing else can. In the past 12 years, since when Coke Studio became a reality (8th June 2008), it has given so many songs to us and they are not famous amongst Indians or Pakistanis but the whole wide world. For that we have made a list of top 10 best Coke Studio songs which you must have in your playlist.
Coke Studio, over the years, has brought artists from both India and Pakistan and many a times even brought them together to collaborate on songs which were just phenomenal and treat to the ears. Coke Studio even offer multiple genres of songs from Hip-Hop to Sufi to Bhangra to Ghazal just to name a few.
Let us relive the best of Coke Studio as we bring you list of some of the most loved, memorable and famous songs.
Top 10 Best Of Coke Studio Songs All Time
Ever since Coke Studio became a reality back on 8th June 2008, it has delivered some of the best and evergreen songs which you can still listen and experience the freshness in them. So let us take a look at them.
1. Afreen Afreen – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Momina Mustehsan
From Coke Studio season 9 comes a song which has received over 300 million views is sung by the nephew of the original singer and the legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan who is also a household name. With this song, Momina Mustehsan made her debut on Coke Studio and the rest became history.
What makes this song one of the best of Coke Studio is that the song resonates of the devotion put in by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to recreate the legend in the best of his potential with the help of Momina and music director Faakhir Mehmood. This song truly transformed the Qawwali into an unplugged track.
2. Tajdar-e-Haram – Atif Aslam
Released in the 8th season of Coke Studio, Atif Aslam paid a tribute to the famous Qawwals, Sabri Brothers with this song in the 1st episode of the season. Atif Aslam’s version was one of the best Coke Studio songs which is backed by the response it received. Up until Afreen Afreen, it held the title of being the most viewed song of Coke Studio.
This song was watched in over 180 countries and received love from all of them. Watch the song one more time and just lose yourself in the music only to find yourself once again.
3. Sammi Meri Waar – Umair Jaswal and Quratulain Balouch
Another famous song which came from the 8th season of Coke Studio was Sammi Meri Waar from Umair Jaswal and Quratulain Balouch which has been watched by more than 44 million times till date. The song is so loved all around the globe that people still watch it which you can confirm from the comments on the video making it one of the best of Coke Studio.
The music of the song is on another level especially the drum cover will give you goosebumps and the flute at the very beginning is just treat to the ears. People, including us, keep coming back to this song.
4. Aaya Laariye – Meesha Shafi & Naeem Abbas Rufi
Another beautiful song from the 9th season of Coke Studio comes as a fusion of funk and rock which begins seemingly subdued but soon comes out as a catchy tune which not only comprises of the traditional feel of a wedding song but also experiments of Coke Studio.
The song which is sung by Meesha Shafi and Naeem Abbas Rufi adds a punch to the house band to the song which radiates for the entirety of the song. The song brings out the best of both world with the verstality of these two singers.
5. Tera Who Pyar – Momina Mustehsan and Asim Azhar
Another song from the 9th season of Coke Studio and the famous Momina Mustehsan is soothing to both your ears and your heart. Sublime, beautiful and soul-stirring are some of the words which can best describe this song. The song is a mashup of “Tera Who Pyaar” and “Nawazishein” which were originally sung by Shuja Haider.
And did you know? This Coke Studio song’s music is both directed and composed by Shuja Haider, yes, the original singer of these songs. The soft piano and the subtle sound of the sitar create a fitting atmosphere for Momina’s soft vocals, sung with utmost grace, as Asim croons over cinematic violins about the love story, packed full of emotions.
What makes this song one of the best songs of Coke Studio is thet midway through the duration, as the track gathers momentum, and it brings together elements of the Pakistani pop scene of the olden era and takes you to a dreamy place whilst you celebrate romance and leaves one hooked.
6. Sawan Mein – Sachin-Jigar, Divya Kumar and Jasmine Sandlas
Next on the list with more than 22 million views is Sawan Mein from the 4th season of Coke Studio India which was the latest composition of Sachin-Jigar which narrates the tale of broken hearts. The lyrics of the songs talk about the anguish and revolt in the chaotic mind of a lover. It is one of the best coke studio songs ever.
The song is sung by Divya Kumar and Jasmine Sandlas and trust you us, you will not have heard a song like this sung by Sandlas talks about her versitality as a vocalist. After this song people realised how one-dimensional they were with her singing.
7. Man Aamadeh Am – Gul Panrra and Atif Aslam
Music is beyond national boundaries, culture and language and to prove this we have Man Aamadeh Am, sung by Gul Panrra and Atif Aslam in the 8th season of Coke Studio is a “world music” whose lyrics is in both Farsi and Urdu.
The song is one of the top Coke Studio song breaking the restriction and amassing more than 89 million views from all around the globe. Though we do not know either language, we thoroughly enjoyed the music and the tone of this song and particularly the high range of Atif Aslam.
8. Zariya – AR Rahman, Ani Choying and Farah Siraj
Another World Song but this time from AR Rahman, Ani Choying and Farah Siraj came out in the 3rd season of Coke Studio India. The song’s base is formed over traditional Nepalese Buddhist hymn and layered with traditional Jordanian melody. The music is given by none other than AR Rahman himself.
The song speaks of diversity in cultures and musical genres and how they could be brought together in harmony, from the background vocals to the percussion in the song creates a storm of inspired rhythms. This is one of those songs which you should listen to from this lits.
9. Teriyaan Tu Jaane – Amit Trivedi, Harshdeep Kaur, Jyoti Nooran
Coming straight from the 4th season of Coke Studio India, this “Jugalbandi” between Amit Trivedi, Harshdeep Kaur and Jyoti Noorna tapping into unconditional and unconventional love where people do not expect love in return.
What makes this song one of the best of Coke Studio India are the soulful voices of these three singers and the heart warming lyrics which were given by Irshad Kamil. Since it was released on YouTube, this video song has accumulated more than 5.1 million views from across the globe.
10. Laadki – Sachin-Jigar, Taniskha Sanghvi, Kirtidan Gadhvi, Rekha Bhardwaj
The final song on our list of top 10 Coke Studio songs of all times is Laadki by Taniskha Sanghvi, Kirtidan Gadhvi, Rekha Bhardwaj which was composed by Sachin-Jigar. The song captures a conversation between a daughter and her father and celebrates their unique bond as the girl grows up to be a woman.
The parts of the girl in this song is sung by Tanishka who is Sachin’s daughter. Rakha Bharadwaj has sung the parts of the woman which adds to the charm to the song with her melodic voice. The word “Laadki” is a fond way by which a daughter is addressed. The song was released in the 4th season of Coke Studio India and have been seen by more than 72.5 million times.
With this, we conclude our list of top 10 Coke Studio songs of all times and we highly recommend you to listen to them at least once. We know there are just so many more Coke Studio songs which deserve a place of their own but, in all honesty, then the list would not have ended. Each of the songs in this list is unique in its own way even though they may be sharing the genre. Even though many of these songs are 7 years old, they are still carrying that freshness to them.
If you believe there should be any other song which should be on the lits, feel free to tell us down in comments. We may even get persuaded and make changes to the list.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Question 1: Which is the best Coke Studio Season?
Answer 1: There is no 1 season of Coke Studio which could be picked out of all, each and every season of Coke Studio has been great in a way or another but if we had to pick one, it would be Coke Studio Season 9 as it gave it the song with most views on YouTube and the song is on our list, do check it.
Question 2: How do I download music from Coke Studio?
Answer 2: Downloading music from Coke Studio is fairly easy, all you need to do it go to their website click on Episodes and find the episode that song was in and simply click on download options to download.
Question 3: Are Coke Studio songs recorded live?
Answer 3: Yes, not many people know it, but the song that you see on YouTube and other platforms of Coke Studio are actually recorded live, there are no enactments, everything happens live in the studio.