Watan-e-Aziz Ki Pukaar : Top 5 Cricket Songs
So the T20 World Cup is almost here, and almost everyone is catching the cricket fever
I am a bit proud of this one, I must admit
Now, I’m not a huge cricket follower, and only follow the national team in only the major tournament and/or when they are playing good. That has something to do with my self-diagnosed A.D.D., but I do have the ability to savor the subtlety of the sport, sometimes.
And what comes along when the World Cup is around the corner: The Cricket Songs! Jingoism, combined with Sports is the perfect recipe for horrendous music, with potentially the cheesiest lyrics. However, there have been some genuinely good stuff out there, which do what a good World Cup song should do: Inspire, Uplift, and Re-ignite that desire to bitchslap anyone that comes in ones’ way!
So Presenting: The Top 5 Pakistani Cricket World Cup songs.
The criteria to be on the list are quite simple. First it shouldn’t be just any random National Song (The video should somehow refer to Cricket). Negative points for some excessive product placement.
The “Hum Hain Pakistani” by Vital Signs was considered to be in the running for the list, but I DO NOT like that song. So there you go… Also, “Tu Hay Kahan” song by Junaid Jamshed, Strings, and Haroon isn’t on that list because of the same reason (Despite the fact Wasim Akram starred in the video).
Also, I couldn’t find any of the songs which added “Insha Allah” to the normal “..Hum Jeetaingay..” chants. If I could, and I know there were some, they would make it to the shortlist. Alas, I couldn’t find any of those ones.
Also, the “Official” song for T20 World Cup 2009 (and 2007), which was Call’s “Hum Say Hay Ye Zamana” is disqualified from the list. The song was a hoot till the point they say “Pepsi Say Hay Yeh Zamana”. As the people over in the twitterworld say, #FAIL!
Top 5 Pakistan Cricket Songs:
5. Strings, Haye Koi Hum Jaisa (2003) Official Pepsi Song
Now, the song is reasonably catchy, and ticks all the right boxes, and even gets the Bonus Points for incorporating the tribal theme in the song as well. So why, in the lowly 5th position, you might ask? Because, Strings had TWO versions of the video: One for Pakistani channels (Where they got their Pakistan colors on), and one for Indian market (Where the video de-emphasized the Pakistan angle, and they put in some Indian players; they even showed some Pak players getting out.. BOOO!). This is Blamphemy! Anyways..
4. Hadiqa Kiyani, Inteha-e-Shauq (1999) – Official Pepsi World Cup Album
Yes, in 1999, there was an official World Cup Album released with the help of Pepsi. Hadiqa’s Inteha-e-Shauq really, really, impressed me when it was released. Even though Hadiqa looked really weird in it, the concept of the video (though banal) was really well executed.
3. Najam Sheraz, Amar Kahani (1999) – Official Pepsi World Cup Album
Now, I couldn’t find the actual video of the song on Youtube (Shocking, I Know!), because half of the fun of the song is in the video. Having said that, it is still a really nice song. First, it sampled the Coke-Bottle-Percussion sound which was everywhere in 1996 World Cup, when it was held in Pakistan (and some other neighboring countries). Second, I had/have a soft spot for Najam Sheraz because I think he didn’t get as much acclaim as he should have gotten WHEN he was good (I still think that the 1999 Khazana was one of the most underrated album of the 1990s).
2. Azal, Sari Dunya (2010) – Geo Song
OK, it’s been only a couple of days since the song came out, and I should wait and see how the song grows up on me, BUT I FRACKING LOVE IT! The confrontational attitude is refreshing, energy is palpable, and the song gets bonus points for including cricketing terms in the song. The song gets MEGA brownie points for using the term “Paki Mukka” (at 3:22). Azal boys! Bravo!
1.Junoon, Jazba-e-Junoon (1996) – Official Coca Cola Song
Do I have to Justify this?
Classic Junoon – Check
Clips from 1992 World Cup Win – Check
More than a few shots of Imran Khan – Check
Wasim Akram shots – Check
Javed Miandad running – Check
Nostalgia of Having World Cup Final in Your Hometown – Check
There are two other songs which would have been very awesome, if they qualified for the list.
First, this video somebody made over the 1992 Official World Cup song “Gotta See Who Rules The World” , using the clips of Pakistan’s road to victory in that tournament. Haye Haye!
Also, Entity Paradigm (eP) first song “Hamein Aazma” has the potential to become an immense World Cup anthem, methinks!
And in the spirit of the post, How can I NOT include this by Bushra Ansari (a parody of Salma Agha song). The song is all about the infamous match in Sharjah (UAE), where Javed Miandad won the match for Pakistan over India when he hit the last ball for a six! The whole song is about on how Javed won all the acclaim, while his poor batting partner Tauseef Ahmed didn’t get any credit.
Kehtain Hain Keh Sharma ko bhee Do Lakh Milenge
Tauseef Becharay ko Dirham Aath Milenge
“Even Sharma (The Indian Bowler) was given 200,000; However poor Tauseef will only be given 8 Dirhams”
So, guys, Ara Rara Ree Roo Raah!! HOO HAA HOO HAA!