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Watan-e-Aziz Ki Pukaar : Top 5 Cricket Songs

April 30, 2010

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

Link to the Video

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

Link to the Audio on Youtube

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

Special Mentions

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!

14 Comments leave one →
  1. April 30, 2010 9:53 pm

    lo jee barbados ka visa mil raha hai 10 dinon mein from NYC consulate. agar 1000 $ hein to chaltay hein do chaar match dekhnay. mahol banay ga.

  2. April 30, 2010 10:02 pm

    so the azal song is too aggressive and in your face. penchod jaise jang pe jarahi hai fauj. woh bhi west indies ki haseen vaadiyon pe.

    why are there so many MQM and azad kashmir flags in cricket matches in the 1990s? such a fun reflection of those times. next time, mein bhi saudi arab ka jhanda le kar pohonch jaon ga qaddafi. Islam ki lalkar, ab bolo beghairto!

  3. April 30, 2010 10:04 pm

    waise gana acha hai. especially if you’re on hard drugs and at a concert. 😛

  4. May 1, 2010 7:40 am

    Haye, I wish I had that kind of Fulbright money hanging around. Shall ask sister like a besharam though.

    And when they go all aggressive in the songs, Karma kicks in! Hope, im wrong! 🙂 But it definitely pumps you up, which is a must for these songs!

  5. Ammar permalink
    May 1, 2010 4:48 pm

    inteha-e-shauq? really? musically interesting but pathetic as a cricket song, you can’t have a wc anthem completely devoid of a sense of fun. didnt like the video either, even apart from the creepy gospel/phantom sequences. the kids are grimacing throughout as if they are forced into playing by the evil director or some strange cricket addiction.

  6. May 3, 2010 5:56 am

    I dont know, I thought it was apt. I might be wrong, but i can’t admit it now, can I? This ego thing is very destructive thing. However, how could I miss this!

    • May 3, 2010 7:15 am

      waise i must side with ammar. hadiqa kayani’s song was just a waste of resources.

  7. May 3, 2010 11:52 am

    Interesting post haha. I find the Azal song kind of meh. I’m amazed that Dil Dil Pakistan was not included. I know it has been over-played to death but let’s not deny it still brings a smile to everyone’s face when played between overs at international venues during a Pakistan match.

    Strings. I could never bring myself to like that song.

    1. It was kind of a rip off of an Indian cricket-themed song. I guess.
    2. Strings are from Karachi. I’m from Lahore. LOL

    • May 3, 2010 11:53 am

      Sorr about the double-post but haan, I guess the reason I don’t really connect with the Azal song here is the language in the song. The first line made me go all weird about the song anyway when the guy says ‘Apun’. What IS it with us and Indian-bhai-log language?

      • May 3, 2010 3:50 pm

        your karachi aversions may mean that your references are mumbai noir films, but ‘apun’ has been around for far longer than indian movies made it a cultural meme.

        that said, karachi has yet to produce a ‘great’ band, so i will not overstate the case of the city.

        to DD, i think the azal song rocked, which is a shame for a tournament we can not win. thank you for yet another list of great shares

    • May 3, 2010 6:18 pm

      dil dil pakistan is not a cricket song.

  8. May 3, 2010 6:49 pm

    Well, As for the Hadiqa post, I can’t recant it now, can i? Izzat ka sawaal hay! But I did have a soft spot for Hadiqa baji (angan angan taray, ahem).

    As for Dil Dil Pakistan, there are couple of reasons. First, as Mr. Gulbadan aptly pointed out it was not a specific cricket song (I added that qualification clause just for the Dil Dil Pakistan anamoly). Also, apart for its cultural importance as the breakthrough song for the progressive voices in a nation under a draconian dictator, the song is just a glorified airwolf theme. Just kidding! As a separate entity, perhaps the song doesn’t cut it, and it has more to do with the emotional attachments we have with the song.

    As for Strings, I can’t be sure about their inspiration behind the theme, but im sure about one thing: Pepsi made them change the song. Another world cup-ish song was included in their album but they didn’t release it. It was less commercial, i thought.

    As for Azal. Well, as I said that I dont know how the song ages, but the first impressions were good. The “Apun” is the least annoying word, if you hear the actual mumbaikars talking amongst themselves (Sorry all the people I know from Mumbai, I know I’m generalising!).

    And lahorikaykhabbay, learn to like Karachi. Shouldn’t indulge in petty Lahore-Karachi spats (because you know, its not even a competition). Nah, just kidding. As they say, Sindhi hum, Balochi hum, Punjabi hum, Pathan hum. is parcham kay neechay pak fauz kay jawan hum. pakistan pakistan tujh peh qurban hum

    Which makes me wonder, is the army not recognizing the Hazara community as well?

    • May 3, 2010 7:36 pm

      the hazara community is rather well-recognized by army. i am sure a lot of its officers are from there. including ayub khan. 😀

      yar, hadiqa kayani sucks balls. she looks like a horse.

    • Ammar permalink
      May 4, 2010 4:49 pm

      No need to justify the Azal selection, the song is an instant classic and will kick-start the trash-talk anthem sub-genre here, S.Gulbadan be damned.

      As for Dil Dil Pakistan, majal hai iss ki bayzti ki! It’s unrivaled in awesomeness and may be the most hummable song about pure love for the country ever written. Simple melody, only a few lines of lyrics to remember, and anyone can do a decent job of singing it (even Junaid Jamshed), how can you not love it?! Along with the Thundercats theme this song defined my childhood and the only reason it should be disqualified is because it wouldn’t be fair to all the other songs.

      Hadiqa baji ki beyzti is also a cheap shot now that she is old and trying so hard to keep up. I remember her for the early 90s when she was young and her’s was one of the few dilkash chehray on tv regularly.

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