You can’t touch music but music touches you like nothing else can.
And when we talk about music closer home, Coke Studio is one of the first things that comes to mind. Starting with the idea of bringing different artists together on one platform to create music over a bottle of Coke, Coke Studio has now become synonymous with good music.
With its soulful renditions, the show has been successful in engaging both the national and international audience like never before. Today, it has television series in India, Pakistan, Africa, Middle East and North Africa. But what we love most about it are the collaborations between artists from India and Pakistan.
Coke studio has been a boundary-blending factor that mixes different genres of music and unites us with our friends across the border.
As an ardent fan of Coke Studio, we’ve compiled a humble list of some of our most favourite masterpieces from Coke Studio India and Pakistan that you wouldn’t want to miss:
1. Madari by Vishal Dadlani, Sonu Kakkar
We all know Vishal Dadlani for the terrific music composer that he is but who knew he could charm us with his
soulful voice as well? This song talks about the ultimate almighty being the Madari, the one who controls every situation in our life and we humans just play along with it.
2. Kattey by Ram Sampath, Bhanvari Devi, Hard Kaur
What happens when you blend in Bhanvari Devi’s classical Rajasthani vocals with Hard Kaur’s powerful rapping skills? This! The song celebrates rebellion, sense of belonging and freedom, and we totally love it.
3. Teriyaan Tu Jaane by Amit Trivedi, Harshdeep Kaur, Jyoti Nooran
Celebrating fearlessness and a bold, carefree attitude, this song brings together two very powerful voices – Jyoti Nooran from the popular Nooran sister duo and Harshdeep Kaur. Their act together makes for a very interesting jugalbandi.
4. Sawan Mein by Jasmine Sandlas, Divya Kumar
This song hits my anxiety chords right on point. Jasmine beautifully sings the composition which talks about the chaos in the mind of a lover who has experienced a broken heart. A heartening rendition for everyone who has had their heart broken.
5. Husna by Piyush Mishra
After listening to this song, you’ll want to ask, “Is there anything that this man can’t do?” Written and composed by Piyush Mishra 15 years before this song actually featured onCoke Studio, it talks about the tumult and upheaval experienced by two lovers, as well as India and Pakistan after the partition.
6. Zariya by A. R. Rahman, Farah Siraj, Ani Choying Drolma
Along with traditional Buddhist hymn and Jordanian melody, A.R. Rahman adds his magic to Zariya. The song runs around the theme of complete happiness, compassion and motherhood and is sure to give you an unforgettable experience.
7. Tu Mane Ya Na Mane by Wadali Brothers
This has been a popular Sufi number since ages and compares love to the worship of the almighty. Add to that, the magic recreated by Wadali Brothers on stage and you’re sure to get goosebumps.
8. Laadki by Tanishka Sanghvi, Rekha Bhardwaj, Kirtidan Gadhvi
Sachin Jigar and his daughter have created magic in this song depicting a heart to heart father-daughter conversation. Rekha Bhardwaj adds an inevitable charm to this piece.
9. Sheher by Amit Trivedi, Tanvi Shah
Amit Trivedi’s melodies and Tanvi Shah’s voice have managed to build a melodic masterpiece from the original danceable rhythm.
10. Naariyan by Amit Trivedi, Karthik, Shalmali Kholgade
This is one fun composition by Amit Trivedi which perfectly describes a free-spirited woman’s heart. This one continues to play in your head long after it’s over.
11. Nirmohiya by Harshdeep Kaur, Devender Singh
Another one by Harshdeep Kaur on the list, this song beautifully celebrates the essence of young love and that feeling of butterflies in the stomach. It will actually make you revisit your first love days and all those indescribable feelings.
12. Rabba by Amit Trivedi, Tochi Raina, Jaggi
Amit Trivedi’s compositions along with Tochi Raina’s earthen and rustic voice, this song is a breath of fresh air.
13. Bismillah by Kailash Kher, Munawar Masoom
When we are talking Salim-Sulaiman and Kailash Kher together, there is no denying the fact that the song would be ethereal. One of my most favourite Sufi compositions, this.
14. Majhi Re by Shaan, Saurav Moni
This song is a recreation of R.D. Burman’s O Majhi Re from the iconic Khushboo (1975). It celebrates the boatmen’s tune, known as Bhaitali in Bengali, and Shaan does a great job with this one.
15. Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo by Farida Khanum
The song itself is a masterpiece and when it is graced by Farida Khanum herself, we don’t really need another reason to listen to it.
16. Jugni – Alif Allah by Arif Lohar & Meesha
The song that got me hooked to Coke Studio, forever. The beautifully-penned verses in this song were originally written by Arif Lohar’s father. It talks about the angst in love, in its most Sufi sense, and Arif Lohar and Meesha Shafi’s soulful voice is sheer magic together.
17. Tou Kya Hua by Bilal Khan
That soothing face and an equally soulful voice, this young man from sarhad paarperfectly sums up the pain of a heartbreak, and moving on, in this song.
18. Aankhon Kay Sagar by Shafqat Amanat Ali
Shafqat Amanat Ali needs no introduction. This song will take you back to the good old days when indie music ruled the country.
19. Jal Pari by Atif Aslam
Atif Aslam adds his unique charm to this song and we love it.
20. Yar Daddi by Ali Zafar
Ali Zafar’s husky voice and modulations will make you fall in love with every string and beat being played in this number.
21. Chaap Tilak by Abida Parveen & Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
When Abida Parveen sings, you ought to get goosebumps! She delivers a power-packed performance alongside Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. This one would strike straight into your heart.
22. Nindiya Re by Kaavish
This song is a perfect lullaby that calmly caresses your mind, body and soul. It effortlessly puts your mind into a world of dreams.
23. Ramooz-e-Ishq by Abida Parveen
The song talks about the philosophy of the ultimate creator. Adding to that is the immortal voice of Abida Parveen who makes this number unforgettable.
24. Chal Diyay by Zeb & Haniya and Javed Bashir
A voice as soft as silk, this number is extremely soothing and heartfelt. Even though, it has been one of the lesser hit songs of Coke Studio Pakistan, but we think it deserves more credit.
25. Nindiya Ke Paar by Uzair Jaswal
This song takes you on a flashback of sorts and has a touch of a longing pain that every heart separated with their loved one experiences.
26. Dasht-e-Tanhai by Meesha Shafi
Meesha Shafi’s voice pierces straight through our hearts. Even if you do not understand Urdu, you’ll very well relate to the pain that the song offers and feel it with every chord and word that she utters.
27. Man Aamadeh Am by Gul Panrra and Atif Aslam
Originally an Afghani song, Coke Studio recreated it with this refreshing duo making it a catchy, melodious number.
28. Toumba by Sain Zahoor
With minimal music and vocals by Sain Zahoor, this number is a heartfelt attempt to express your love for god.
29. Bibi Sanam Janem by Zeb and Haniya
This song needs no introduction. There is something special and liberating about it that makes it stay on your mind for a long time even after it’s over.
30. Jana Jogi Dey Naal by Rizwan and Muazzam
If any song can do justice to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s songs and voice, it would surely be this track.
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This is obviously not an exhaustive list. It’s hard to pick some when every number by Coke Studio is as melodious as the next one. Did we miss out on your favourite song? Tell us in the comments below.