So the tenth season of Coke Studio Pakistan finally came to an end. Some people consider this the most controversial season. Songs like Sayonee and Jaan e Bahaaran were criticized a lot by the general public. However, like all previous seasons of Coke Studio Pakistan, the tenth season too had some real gems. Here is a list of the 10 best songs of Coke Studio season 10 (in no specific ranking).

Disclaimer: These songs have been selected on the basis of personal preference and general reaction on social media. You may or may not agree with this selection (in case you don’t, we would love to hear about which songs you think should be included in this list).

Ranjish Hi Sahi (Episode 1)

Ali Sethi’s tribute to the ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan touched many hearts. It also introduced the new generation to the beauty of Urdu poetry and Pakistani film songs. Jaffer Zaidi rearranged Nisar Bazmi’s composition in a more modern, jazzy way. Oh, and who can forget Ali Sethi’s sequined tuxedo?

Allah O Akbar (Episode 1)

Shuja Haider’s original composition boasts two of Pakistan’s best singers. The vocal prowess of Shafqat Amanat Ali and Ahmed Jahanzeb is on full display in this technically complicated hamd. This one is not that much of a crowd-pleaser. However, true music-lovers love this track for the soulful lyrics and the beautiful touches of traditional qawwali and Middle Eastern music.

Chha Rahi Kaali Ghata (Episode 1)

Hina Nasrullah and Amanat Ali weave magic with their mellifluous vocals. Originally sung by Begum Akhter, this version of the track features Sahir Ali Bagga as the music director. A beautifully soft duet  which is sure to appeal to lovers of romantic tracks.

Tinak Dhin (Episode 2)

This fun song features Ali Hamza, Ali Sethi and Waqar Ehsin on the vocals. Ali Hamza’s energetic composition is sure to get feet tapping in no time. The musical line-up features versatile instruments like the kanjira, mandolin and sitar. The perfect road-trip song!

Roney Na Diya (Episode 3)

From the first note of the clarinet, one can hear that this is not going to be a party song. Ace singer Sajjad Ali both sings and gives music direction on this beautifully melancholy track. Originally sung by Malika-e-Ghazal Begum Akhtar, Roney na Diya also features Sajjad Ali’s daughter Zaw Ali on vocals. A lovely song to listen to on a cold, winter evening when fast-paced tracks just don’t suit your mood.

Mujh Se Pehli Si Muhabbat (Episode 3)

Sung by Humera Channa and Nabeel Shaukat Ali. Mekaal Hasan acts as the music director on this homage to Madam Noor Jahan and Faiz Ahmed Faiz. A lovely rendition of a classic ghazal originally composed by Rasheed Attre, introducing the younger generation to the legends of Pakistan’s musical and literary heritage.

Laal Meri Pat (Episode 3) 

Laal meri pat rakhiyo bhala jhooley laal … how many time have we heard/ sung this kalaam? It has to be one of the most famous piece of folk poetry in the subcontinent. In this version, Akbar Ali contributes his alaaps while Arieb Azhar’s deep voice recites verses. Quratulain Baloch sings the main verses in the backdrop of rock music and a qawwali chorus. A very intense track.

Naina Morey (Episode 4)

Most serious music aficionados love this track for the sheer powerhouse vocals of Javed Bashir and Akbar Ali. This is a classical thumri, sung in raag Bahirvi. The traditional classic music is offset in the middle by a guitar riff by the legendary Amir Zaki. This song is also said to be Amir Zaki’s last recorded performance, and one can only regret the genius we have lost by his untimely death. Musical director Jaffer Zaidi scores a perfect 10 with this one.

Sab Maaya hai (Episode 5)

Folk legend Ataullah Esakhelvi returnsto Coke Studio, this time with his son Sanwal Esakhelvi. The duo sing a part of Ibne Insha’s famous poem Sab Maya Hai combined with Seraiki and Punjabi lyrics.

Uss Raah Par (Episode 7)

This tribute to Junaid Jamshed by his fellow musicians is sure to get one nostalgic. Uss Raah Par was one of JJ’s most distinctive tunes, originally written and composed by Shoaib Mansoor. The Coke Studio version is recreated with a soft rock twist by Jaffar Zaidi. The song features Ali Hamza, Ali Zafar and Strings on vocals. Truly a bittersweet trip down memory lane.

Honorable mentions: Yo Soch (for the beautiful combination of Urdu and Pashto lyrics), Dekh tera Kya/ Lathey di Chaadar, Baazi.

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