2011 – Top 20 Tamil Songs >> 10 – 6

Yaar Adhu

Movie: Kaavalan
MD: Vidyasagar
Singers: Karthik, Suchitra
Lyricist: Yugabharathi

Very happy for Vidyasagar, who has composed some of the greatest melodies in the last two decades, to have come back in style with such a mellifluous track that instantly transports us back to the 80s when tunes decorated lyrical poetry and not vice versa. Though this is a romantic number where a man expresses his love for the lady unknown, there is a subtle pain and longing attached to the tone. And Karthik’s untainted voice naturally embraces that emotion and lays it on one’s heart. The clarity in his pronunciation is impeccable for a song that has a reasonably tough mix of mellinam and idayinam rich words. 

Peach of a melody!


Podi Paiyan Polave

Movie: Rajapattai
MD: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Singer: Haricharan
Lyricist: Yugabharathi

Yuvan has a set of strange tunes that he uses now and then strictly for his fans. Do you remember “Endhan Uyir Thozhiye” from Winner? Or “Bombay city local party” from the unreleased movie Kadhal Samrajyam? Or “Thaakuthe Kan Thaakuthe” from Baana Kaathadi? Or “Ennamo Nadakirathe” from Sandakozhi? Or “Konjam Konjam” from Arindhum Ariyamalum? These are songs that have some really weird vocals. How much ever weird they sound, they are still among the most stylish songs he has ever composed. And this time, it’s a solo rendition by Haricharan! Podi Paiyan Polave – snazzy as it sounds, Yuvan carries it all the way with an attractive mix of simple notes and swanky beats and a stop-start rhythm. My latest crush!

Uber cool!


Nee Korinaal

Movie: 180
MD: Sharreth
Singers: Karthik, Swetha Mohan
Lyricist: Madhan Karky

Sharreth has delivered the sucker punch this year through this unconventional melody with a strong Hindustani flavor. The feeling of a continuous rise and fall gets you hooked to the song and at no point does it cease to tease you and surprise you. Sometimes, this sounds more like an aberration that caters to your playful needs. An arrangement so intriguing!  Karthik and Swetha Mohan sizzle here to say the least. Love the way they both stretch and fit the phrases to the notes, which seem to have surprised even them while singing.

As fresh as the dew in the morning!


Kaatril Eeram

Movie: Veppam
MD: Joshua Sridhar
Singers: Karthik, Sricharan
Lyricist: Na. Muthukumar

It’s very frustrating at the end of this song. All the time! Why does it have to end? Why not a little longer? I love songs that travel on low key, especially when the little joys of life are expressed in a repressed fashion. Not every time do we express such emotions out of control, right? The beauty is in the restraint. Just as in the below lines,

“Nadai pathai pookal ellam kaigal neetuthe
Neengatha punnagai ondru udhathin mele poothiduthe”

Joshua Sridhar has given us a little gem here that reminds me of one of his previous compositions and my hot favorite – “Unnarugil Varugayil” from Kalloori. The man has an amazing talent but lacks serious opportunities. For Karthik, the song is right up his alley. He is in the zone once the charanam begins. And all you do then is spurt and sing along with him to experience this little bundle of joy.



Poraney Poraney

Movie: Vaagai Sooda Vaa
MD: Ghibran
Singers: Nega Bhasin, Ranjith
Lyricist: Karthik Netha

What a top class debut by M Ghibran! A song that has a haunting tone set in its header continues thereafter to flow like a wild river submerging you in its extreme dynamism. The percussions are hard hitting like the throaty voice of Nega Basin (of Pesugiren fame), which adds the real rustic charm to the whole track. That shiver and stress on “Thoothala pola” is funny yet cute. And Ranjith has given his heart out for the song; truly absorbing performance. Never hear this song just once. It will keep haunting you. Submit yourself to it.



  1. Anonymous | 31st Dec 11

    10 – kaavalan – yaarathu yaarathu
    Singers: Karthik
    Music: Vidyasagar
    Lyrics: Yugabharathi M

    Like you said, "there is a subtle pain and longing attached to the tone…" This is what makes this song special!

    9 – Engeyum kaadhal – Thimu thimu theem theem dhinam
    Singers: Karthik
    Music: Harris Jeyaraj
    Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

    I wonder how Muthukumar always delivers lyrics straight from the heart! Be it Kanpesum vaarthaigal from 7/G or this one. Amazing
    lyrics picturized in a captivating fashion that conspicuously show off the agitation within the protagonist.

    8 – Veppam – mazhai varum arikuri en vizhigalil theriyuthey
    Singers: Suzanne
    Music: Joshua Sreedhar
    Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

    A beautiful song very rich in the elegance of picturization and meaning. A rare one from Joshua Sreedhar which scores over other
    contenders from the film like 'Kaatril Eeram' simply for the reason that it is so elegant as how elegance is defined!

    7 – Aadukalam – Ayyayyayyo nenju alayuthadi
    Singers: S.P. Balasubramanyam, S.P. B. Charan, Prashanthini
    Music: G.V Prakash
    Lyrics: Snehan

    Usually, they say don't say 'Ayyayyo' in Tamil. It brings bad luck. But, this one brought a National award to Vettri Maran and Dhanush.
    Brings out the delicate feeling within the Madurai boy who finds his lady love! The humming by Prashanthini also strikes out
    in addition to the father-son duo.

    6 – 7am arivu – Mun andhi saaral nee
    Singers: Karthik, Megha
    Music: Harris Jeyaraj
    Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

    This has been a year of 'Na. Muthukumar' dominated songs in the top 20 list. Though I concur with your review of 1am arivu,
    this song deserves a place in the list for the brilliant camera work and splendid natural locations used. Backed up by a
    mellifluous tune, this lights up the romantic mood for any one who views it.

    – Anon

  2. K Praveen | 31st Dec 11

    Yes, the humming by Prashanthini is a peach. I love this song but was a bit disappointed when SPB and Charan were used as one voice. Reminds us of Injee iduppazhaga!

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