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Top 100 Bollywood Albums: The 10 That Narrowly Missed The Cut

After the mammoth task of compiling the best 100 Hindi film albums, our music expert tells us which albums he wished he could have included in the countdown

Vipin NairVipin Nair

November 14, 2017 | 12:11 PM

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The Top 100 Bollywood albums series came to a close last week. I thank everyone who followed the countdown and shared their thoughts on the various entries - this project has been a thoroughly enriching experience as much for the work that went into creating the list, as it has been for the discussions that ensued as a result of it. And as a final closing act, I present an honorary list of 10 from the many albums that I would have very much loved to be part of the 100 but could not feature. Just a list this time, in its chronological order, and a choice of favourite song from each. No writeups, and no ranking. 

1. Shree 420 (1955) 

Music: Shankar-Jaikishan

Lyrics: Shailendra, Hasrat Jaipuri

Director: Raj Kapoor

Best Song: Pyaar Hua Iqraar Hua

2. Kagaz Ke Phool (1959) 

Music: SD Burman

Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi, Shailendra

Director: Guru Dutt

Best Song: Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam

3. Mera Saaya (1966) 

Music: Madan Mohan

Lyrics: Raja Mehdi Ali Khan

Director: Raj Khosla

Best Song: Naino Mein Badra Chhaaye

4. Mamta (1966) 

Music: Roshan

Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

Director: Asit Sen

Best Song: Chhupa Lo Dil Mein

5. Ghar (1978)

Music: RD Burman

Lyrics: Gulzar

Director: Manik Chatterjee

Best Song: Phir Wohi Raat Hai

6. Bazaar (1982)

Music: Khayyam

Lyrics: Makhdoom Mohiuddin, Bashar Nawaz, Mir Taqi Mir, Mirza Shauq 

Director: Sagar Sarhadi

Best Song: Phir Chhidi Raat

7. Swades (2004) 

Music: AR Rahman

Lyrics: Javed Akthar

Director: Ashutosh Gowarikar

Best Song:Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera

8. Kaminey (2009) 

Music: Vishal Bhardwaj

Lyrics: Gulzar

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj

Best Song: Kaminey

9. Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012) 

Music: Sneha Khanwalkar, Piyush Mishra

Lyrics: Varun Grover, Vedesh Solokoo, Piyush Mishra, Traditional

Director: Anurag Kashyap

Best Song: Keh Ke Loonga

10. Mirzya (2016) 

Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Daler Mehndi

Lyrics: Gulzar

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Best Song: Aave Re Hichki