Top 100 Bollywood Albums: The 10 That Narrowly Missed The Cut, Film Companion

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

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