The Ms have it!!!! Clearly, it was the year of the 13th letter of the alphabet, musically speaking.
Okay, lesser disclaimers. Like with all these posts, the idea was to get a conversation going in the comments more than a simple poll. Which makes the scoring a bit subjective. In this case (besides Reflects on Life), it was pretty clear in most comments what was intended. But it is still possible that my score sheet wouldn’t agree with yours if you scored it.
Anyway, this is what I got:
Manmarziyaan: 6 votes
Andhadhun: 4 votes
Padmavat: 2 votes
Veere Di Wedding: 1 vote
Mere Naam Tu: 6 votes
Ghoomar: 2 votes
Dhayaanchand: 2 votes
Naina De Kasoor: 1 vote
Bom Diggy: 1 vote
Chogada: 1 vote
Daryaa: 1 vote
You know what I get from this? A good soundtrack usually means a good film. But a good song doesn’t necessarily mean a good soundtrack.
See, if you are being careful and serious about the film you are making, you will take care of the soundtrack as well as an element of the film. But it is completely possible to have one good song in a soundtrack just by random accident. A soundtrack is on purpose, a good song can just kind of happen.
Oh, and from the other side of things, you can still have a good film without a good soundtrack. A soundtrack isn’t what makes the film good necessarily, it is just a sign that there was overall care taken in making the film, and that care is what makes the film good. So, Badhaai Ho has a so-so but unmemorable soundtrack and is still a good film.
The other thing that jumps out at me is that, 5 years from now, there is a decent chance that “Mere Naam Tu” will end up being the most remembered song of 2019, but the rest of that soundtrack and even the film itself could be a bit forgotten. Isn’t it interesting how that can happen?
Even within this year, poor Loveyatri got a vote for “Chogada”. That movie as a whole will never win anything, but at least that one song will make it remembered.