Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Tamil Cinema Music in 2005: A 2-CD Compilation

I know 10 is number of choice for year-end lists. While it works fine for films, it seems a bit too restrictive when it comes to picking songs, considering the large selection to choose from. So I expanded the list just a little bit. Here are 32 songs for a 2-CD collection of the best of Tamil cinema music in 2005.

CD 1:
Aararai Kodi... - A Aa
Mayilirage... - A Aa
Varukiraai... - A Aa
Kumaari... - Anniyan
Iyengaaru Veettu Azhage... - Anniyan
Andankaakka... - Anniyan
Sil Sil Sil... - Arindhum Ariyaamalum
Theeppidakka Theeppidakka... - Arindhum Ariyaamalum
Andha Naal Nyaabagam... - Adhu Oru Kanaakkaalam
Kaattu Vazhi... - Adhu Oru Kanaakkaalam
Oru Maalai... - Ghajini
Suttum Vizhi Chudare... - Ghajini
Ding Dong Koyil Mani... - Ji
Poo Poothadhu... - Mumbai Express
Khajuraho... - Oru Naal Oru Kanavu
Kaatril Varum Geethame... - Oru Naal Oru Kanavu

CD 2:
Athinthom... - Chandramukhi
Annanoda Paattu... - Chandramukhi
Kanda Naal Mudhal... - Kanda Naal Mudhal
Pani Thuli... - Kanda Naal Mudhal
Merke Merke... - Kanda Naal Mudhal
Erimalai Naane... - Kanda Naal Mudhal
Kangal Kalangida... - Oru Kallooriyin Kadhai
Thaachukko... - Ponniyin Selvan
Aaraariraaro... - Raam
Boom Boom... - Raam
Manidhan Undakkum... - Raam
Nizhalinai Nijamum... - Raam
Yaaro Arivaal... - Raam
Enna Paarkkiraai... - Thavamaai Thavamirundhu
Uyire En Uyire... - Thotti Jaya
Yaaridamum... - Thotti Jaya

There are still a few more songs in my "Best of 2005" playlist on my iPod that I didn't feel like leaving out completely. So...

Runner-up CD:
Konjam Konjam... - Arindhum Ariyaamalum
Raa Raa... - Chandramukhi
Konja Neram... - Chandramukhi
Nee En Vizhiyil... - Dhaas
Laila Majnu... - February 14
Chinna Chinna... - Kanaa Kanden
Kaalai Arumbi... - Kanaa Kanden
Chee Chee... - Majaa
Hey Pangaali... - Majaa
Vennilaa Siragadikka... - Ponniyin Selvan
Siru Thooral... - Ponniyin Selvan
Anbu Alaipayuthey... - Priyasakhi
Ninaithu Ninaithu... - Sukhran
Suppose Unnai... - Sukhran
Ennai Pandhaada... - Ullam Ketkume
Kanavugal Periya... - Ullam Ketkume

Now I'm all set for my next long drive :-)


At 12:41 AM, Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...

It's different and nice to see a list of top songs 2005, without a single vijay song. Even in my list (neway i extracted that from Sify) had Vijay songs. His songs are catchy to hear once but not contnuously. Hope atleast your 2006 list have vijay songs.
But I wondered that 'Oru Varthaai' from Aiyaa is missing. It's loveable melody from Bharadwaj and most likely in the first quarter of the year.
And Devi Sriprasad's Mazhai is also missing.
In A Aa, Thazhuvuthu Nazhuvuthu from SPB is good with some good percussion.
Hope u listed the songs based on ur review posts

At 12:49 AM, Blogger Meera said...

Nice way for a top 10. U rock!!

At 6:02 AM, Blogger Raju said...

Wow.. a cool CD set.. How come ur favorite's 'Devuda Devuda' is not there...?

I notice all songs of Raam.. That is one CD where I wouldnt press forward button either.. The only songs I would have added would be 'konjam konjam' and 'en kannodu' from AA.

At 7:04 AM, Blogger Ganesh said...

Balaji belated New Year Wishes to you.
Btw loved your KK review, I am surprised it hasnt reached the blockbuster status yet ?
Havent seen the Narina.

At 9:05 AM, Blogger TamilPonnu said...

Happy New Year! I like the playlist.. I didn't know Raam was any good.. hmm.. will give it a listen.
RAA RAA is on the runner up list.. sad sad..

At 9:33 AM, Blogger anantha said...

BB: Good list, though I was surprised when I did not see Raam in CD1. Then I realised the movies were in alphabetical order :)
Btw, I am not sure Ullam Ketkume was from last year. Ya, the movie released last year, but the soundtrack came out way before, sometime in June '04 i think. And absence of Devuda :(

Tamilponnu: Raam was one of the best and perhaps the earliest gem of a sound track from last year.

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Filbert said...


Looks like your list only includes songs from movies that were released in 2005. If albums that were released in 2005 were counted too, then you probably would have to compile another CD :) There are enough good numbers in Pudhupettai, Kalvanin Kadhali, Agaram, Idhaya Thirudan & Aadhi to make up another CD.

One song that I would definitely add to this list is 'Dhavani potta deepavali' from Sandaikozhi (and from your review of the movie, looks like you like it too)

At 12:59 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

karthik, i based the list on songs I've listened to several times. For some reason, I failed to download some of the soundtracks during the year and both 'Ayya' and 'Mazhai' fall in that category. So I've listened to them only when seeing the movie or songs on TV. Wasn't too impressed with 'oru vaarthai' but u're right about 'mazhai'. 'nee varumbodhu' and 'muthu mazhaiye' would've probably found a place on the runner-up CD :)

me/prasanna, thanx!

raju, it was a tussle betn 'annanoda paattu' and 'devuda devuda' and the former won in the end since i felt it had more energy. but it certainly was a tough decision :)

and 'konjam konjam' did make it to the runner-up CD :)

ganesh, thanx! i'm hoping KK's like 'titanic'. slow opening but long legs :)

tamilponnu, u havent hear 'raam'?! u've missed out on the best soundtrack of the year in tamil cinema. hurry up and listen to it :)

anti, yep. i just picked the songs as i went down my ipod playlist. so ended up as alphabetical. moved a couple of movies around thats all...

yeah UK soundtrack did release way back. i kinda made this list with songs from movies released this yr. didnt consider the album release date :)

filbert, yes. though i considered audio only, its inarguable that picturization affects how much we like the song itself. so i picked songs from released movies so that i've seen them on screen too :)

priya, you're welcome :)

At 3:00 PM, Blogger Aatma said...

a nice collection Balaji

At 9:03 PM, Blogger Vidya said...


The oru varthai song - well u dont like it in the beginning I didnt either. But it just gets stuck to your head and keeps running in your head the entire day.. so u end up finally liking it :)

I didnt c Kadhal yanai song from anniyan either..

Anywayz.. nice collection.. mazhai songs are definitely missing from your list as Karthik pointed out :)

At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice lists, bb...novel concept too...epo unge top-ten list release??

btw, the chee chee chee song in Majaa...adha poay runner-up ku yerakkiteengaley...semma catchy song! om asinaya namaha...!

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