2011 – Top 20 Tamil Songs >> 20 – 16

Vaada Bin Laada
Movie: Mangatha
MD: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Singers: Krish, Suchitra
Lyricist: Vaali
A duet, strongly techno in nature that gets you curious on first listen is bound to go into the stash of seasonal favorites because of its treatment. The change in rhythm during the stanzas is the real charm, which is enhanced by Vaali’s funny lyrics. Most often, while humming this song, I somehow land in singing lines from Ottagatha Kattiko of Gentleman. Though Krish’s singing here sounds more like someone yawning with a tune, it fits well for the track’s raunchy mood. And Suchitra is at her husky best as always!
Strangely amusing track!
Oda Oda Oda

Movie: Mayakkam Enna 
MD: GV Prakash Kumar 
Singer: Dhanush 
Lyricist: Dhanush

That which reflects the predicaments of a common man on a self-deprecating note will undoubtedly be the most loved thing. We have all been there, haven’t we? The song effectively brings out the frustration and lack of competence of the protagonist in the world of mad rush in simple yet hilariously philosophical lines, rendered in an instantly catchy tune, which only gets catchier punctuated by the clicking sound of a camera.

Seriously funny!
Maasamaa Aaru Maasamaa

Movie: Engeyum Eppodhum 
MD: Sathya
Singer: Sathya
Lyricist: Saravanan

This cute 4-minute track of Gaana flavor reminds us of the fact that songs with the minimal influence of instruments can sometimes be the most entertaining ones. All you need is a table or a bound notebook to drum on and a lively voice to reproduce this. What better song for exuberant chorusing during picnic trips! There is not anything profoundly musical about this yet its rustic beats and amateur-style singing will never fail in shaking your body.

A nice debut venture for Sathya!

Evan di Unna Pethan

Movie: Vaanam
MD: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Singers: Silambarasan, Yuvan Shankar Raja
Lyricist: Silambarasan, Yuvan Shankar Raja

Released as a promo song for the movie Vaanam, this track became an instant blockbuster and continued to top the charts until its horrendous video came out. As the song begins with Yuvan’s signature high-pitched rendition of “O baby, I feel like flying”, you know you are in his hunting ground. Needless to say, he has had a ball here with frisky club beats and high-school lyrics of STR, thanks to the heavy influence of Facebook, Twitter, ITunes and sorts in the current generation artists. With its enormous energy and mass appeal to urban youth, this track by Yuvan is one of his best dance numbers. 

Groovy, Yuvan style!


Kadhalikka Pennoruthi

Movie: Vedi
MD: Vijay Antony
Singers: Andrea Jeremiah, Emcee Jezz, Naresh Iyer
Lyricist: Kabilan

An interesting and a punchy dance number that travels on the 80’s disco beats fused with rap-style singing and a few classical touches. Beginning almost tuneless, this song goes on to really surprise the listener in the first stanza by adopting Ilayaraja’s style in disco numbers that is quite evident from the way the singer picks up the note after the second classical interlude. Vijay Antony has the potential to produce some truly great songs (Azhagai Pookuthe for example) if and only if he decides to brush aside doing blatant copycat work from world music.

A very sleek disco number!


  1. Anonymous | 31st Dec 11

    Let me pen down my top 20 countdown here just to see if we have a consensus ad idem between us.

    My criteria for ranking the songs…
    -> Only one song per movie (In case of more than one contending song from any single movie, the better song according to my taste gets a place in the list. This is purely subjective). All movies released in 2011 according to Wiki were considered for the list.

    -> Whether the movie featuring the song was a box office hit or flop or whether the complete song album was a hit in the market is immaterial. Only the solo song featuring in the top 20 countdown list matters.

    -> Judgment aspects.
    Lyrics – 30%
    Vocal orchestration – 20%
    Music Orchestration – 20%
    Song Picturization and choreography – 30%

    -> As far as possible, tried to accommodate variety in the countdown list…folk, western, duets, solos, item numbers etc.

    P.S: This list was composed when you posted the 20-16 list. So, this is just to see if our tastes go together.


  2. Anonymous | 31st Dec 11

    20 – Osthe – Kalasala, Kalasala
    Singers: L.R Eswari, Vijaya T. Rajendar
    Music: Thaman

    A remake of the original tune from Dabaang. L.R. Eswari back on track in full form. An entertaining item number. Got precedence over the other tracks in the album like 'Neduvaali' as it didn't have much of Chimpu's dance stunts in song choreography.

    19 – Vaanam – Evan di unnai pethaan
    Singers: Silambarasan, Yuvan Shankar Raja
    Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
    Lyrics: Silambarasan

    The first time I heard this song, I thought "How can such a dystopian nightmare with a diarrhea of lyrics
    find favor with the tamil audience?". But, I was wrong…it is the eccentric lyrics and the unusual beats that make this song deserve a spot in the countdown.

    18 – Avan Ivan – Rasathi pola
    Singer: Hari Charan
    Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
    Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

    Though Bala's Avan Ivan storyline was a frivolous affair, this is one song that Haricharan etched deep into my mind. Intense beats, nice vocals and a jingle like lyrics penned down by Muthukumar make it unique.

    17 – Engeyum Eppodhum – Govinda Govinda
    Singers: Vijay Prakash, Ranina, Boni
    Music: Sathya C
    Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

    It's been a long time since humour was added as an element in Tamil songs. Long gone are the days of Sabapathi (1941), or Kathalikka Neramillai where lucid language conveyed pun and hasyam at the same time. This is one song that deserves a special mention of Ananya, who with her timely reactions elevates the fun.

    16 – Yudham sei – kannitheevu ponnaa
    Singers:M.L.R Kathikeyan, Rakip Alam
    Music: K (alais Krishna Kumar)
    Lyrics: Kapilan
    Never knew Ameer would have such dancing talent. Be it his rowing move in the song or his fancy dress or his attitude towards
    dance everything strikes out in this entertaining number. No matter how many times Mysskin features a pretty girl in a semi-transparent
    yellow saree it is worth a watch again! This only song from Yudham sei, is a noteworthy one!


  3. K Praveen | 31st Dec 11

    dystopian nightmare with a diarrhea of lyrics – LOL!

    @Anon A nice list! I had Kalasala and Kannitheevu ponnaa initially in the list of 30.

  4. Anonymous | 2nd Jan 12

    really great countdown !!!.

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