Bollywood music is going through a creative bankruptcy at the moment. It has been, for the last few years. And that seems to have coincided with the meteoric rise of T-Series’ YouTube channel, that is accumulating views faster than anyone else in the world.
It’s *this* close to taking a lead over the world’s top most YouTube channel – PewDiePie. While the UK-based YouTube channel has clocked 70.5 million subscribers, against T-Series’ 70.1 million views. The top 10 songs on the T-Series channel have 300+ million views, alone clocking an estimated four billion views. PewDiePie’s views of almost 19 billion on ALL his videos, don’t look *that* bright in comparison.
Hence, we decided to take a closer look at these top 10 songs and not surprisingly, we discovered what has been wrong with Bollywood music over the past few years. So is the decline in the quality of Bollywood film songs and the rise of T-Series views related to each other? Maybe.
1. Guru Randhawa – Lahore – 630 million views
This song is a shining example of the way Bhushan Kumar has found a way to re-package the Punjabi hip-hop song, replete with expensive sports cars, attractive boys & girls and music fit for Delhi’s gyms/nightclubs.
2. Guru Randhawa – High Rated Gabru – 532 million views
Bhushan Kumar loves those views. Just give it to him, all you boys and girls working out or dancing to it!
3. Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya – Badri Ki Dulhaniya – 490 million views
Following two indie-pop songs, this is the first Bollywood casualty. ‘Inspired’ from Manna Dey’s Chalata Musafir Moh Liya Re… it’s no surprise that the classic tune with contemporary beats turned out to be such a big hit.
4. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo – Prem Ratan Dhan Payo – 386 million views
The title song from that godforsaken Bhai blockbuster, is catchy and irritating at the same time. Sonam Kapoor’s biggest hit, hands down.
5. Baaghi – Cham Cham – 356 million views
Is it weird that I gave this song my first view after it had been viewed almost 356 million times? Really appreciating my social circles for never coming across this song before.
6. Machine – Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast – 355 million views
The blasphemous song that ruined the classic song from our childhood, that peak-objectified women (quite literally too!). You will never get Raveena Tandon’s forgiveness.
7. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety – Bom Diggy Diggy – 343 million views
A British producer repackaging his track in Hindi/Punjabi, so that he can be responsible for some good ol’ desi twerking. Bhushan Kumar is a revolutionary!
8. Yo Yo Honey Singh – Dheere Dheere – 319 million views
A. Remix. That. Made. Listeners. Forget. The. Original. Song. (‘cos dementia)
9. Satyamev Jayate – Dilbar Dilbar – 319 million views
ANOTHER REMIX. Sushmita Sen fans will never, ever be able to fully accept Norah Fatehi. Sirf Tum was the shizz yo!
10. Guru Randhawa – Made in India – 309 million views
You’ve done well for yourself, Mr. Randhawa. Three out of 10. Not bad.
Yes, we do realise that putting this list is slightly counter-productive, considering we’re probably giving more views to Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series. But hey, he won’t mind some spite in exchange for some extra views.