.. or maybe not.

A friend asked for my favourite 20 songs, across all genres. It is an impossible task to shortlist 20 songs, so this is a cross between my favourites and what might appeal to her taste (she is not Indian). Therefore, there isn’t any pure Hindustani/Sufi/Carnatic music in the list. And as you’d expect, it is dominated by A.R. Rahman.

(Such lists don’t interest me otherwise. But my hope is you will find a song in this list that you haven’t heard of, and end up liking it.)

1. Guaranteed & Society – Into The Wild.

2. Allah Ke Bande – Kailash Kher.

3. Tere Bin – Rabbi Shergill.

4. Dreams On Fire/Latika’s Theme – Slumdog Millionaire.

5. The Long Road – Dead Man Walking.

6. Vellai Pookal – Kannathil Muthamittal.

7. Dil Se Re – Dil Se.

8. Khwaja Mere Khwaja – Jodha Akbar.

9. Yeh Zindagi Bhi – Luck By Chance.

10. Kitni Baatein – Lakshya.

11. Do Kadam Aur Sahi – Meenaxi.

12. Yeh Tumhari Meri Baatein – Rock On.

13. Luka Chuppi/Roobaroo – Rang De Basanti.

14. Yun Hi Chala Chal – Swades.

15. Maa – Taare Zameen Par.

16. Breathless (combined) – Shankar Mahadevan. (This is a version I made long ago by joining Breathless and Breathless Reprise)

17. Kandisa – Indian Ocean.

18. Iktara – Wake Up Sid.

19. Navras – Matrix Revolutions.

20. Deliverance – Yanni.

21. Is Beautiful That Way – Noa (Life Is Beautiful).

22. Mora Saiyyan – Fuzon.

23. Bombay theme – Bombay.