Honey Singh Hip-Hop Songs That Changed The Game
Yashica Dutt · September 19, 2018 · 3 Minute Read
It’s hard to plan a Bollywood night without immediately thinking of Yo Yo Honey Singh. The singer/rapper burst onto the scene in the early years of this decade with “Lak 28 Kudi Da,” his collaboration with Diljit Dosanjh in 2011, instantly became a smash hit and a household name. From then on, Honey Singh was unstoppable, rapping on practically every Bollywood song that released between 2011 and 2014. As his name became a huge draw for audiences, Yo Yo Honey Singh disappeared from the public eye all but completely, emerging only later to discuss how mental health issues forced him to take time off to recover. But now he’s back! And we couldn’t be more excited. That’s why here at Saavn, we have a list of the essential Honey Singh tracks that truly changed the hip-hop game in India.
Sunny Sunny – Even if you have never been a huge Honey Singh fan, you probably recall that this song was impossible to escape when it released in 2014. Featured on the soundtrack of Yaariyan, it made stars out of everyone associated with the movie, including lead actor Himansh Kohli. The tune was so catchy that made it difficult to get the song out of your head once you heard it!
Lungi Dance – Remember that one time John Travolta wore a lungi on stage and danced with Priyanka Chopra at an awards show? It was all thanks to this song that was featured in the Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone film Chennai Express, which released in 2013. Even though the movie’s music directors were the music duo Vishal and Shekhar, Honey Singh was invited to compose this track, which went on to become one of the biggest hits from the movie.
Chaar Botal Vodka – Thus particular Honey Singh number might just have kick-started a party trend. The track became so popular that it’s now almost inescapable on every night out! From private parties, bars, and theme nights, if there was ever a party anthem to come out of Bollywood, this is it.
Blue Eyes – While hip-hop and rap are still evolving genres in India, it wouldn’t be inaccurate to call Honey Singh one of its key influences. As one of the more successful rappers, Honey Singh built his career over somewhat aggressive, fast-paced lyrics. But with this particular song, he broke away from that typical mold. Set in a smooth rhythm that’s more R&B than hip-hop, Honey Singh compliments the blue eyes of his love interest. We like!
Dheere Dheere – The year was 2015 and Bollywood was still a few months away from remaking every old song they could get their hands on or rights to. That’s when the music label T-Series asked Honey Singh to remake one of the most enduring romantic Bollywood track of the ’90s and even cast Bollywood stars Hrithik Roshan and Sonam Kapoor in an exclusive music video. And to his credit, the rapper completely delivered. Set to the tune of a simple acoustic guitar as opposed to the typical electronic instrumentation, Honey Singh sings this track entirely in Punjabi. He still turns to rap between verses, but most of it is minimal without breaking the mood of the song.
Issey Kehte Hain Hip Hop – The genre of hip-hop often involves a fair amount of storytelling. In a bid to be more authentic to the true nature of hip-hop, Honey Singh uses this track to tell his own story of rising from a middle-class Indian background to a getting paid a million dollars for his songs. But beyond rapping about his aspirations for a Grammy, Honey Singh hoped for this song to establish his dominance as the leading hip-hop artist in the country – the title translates to ‘This is called Hip-Hop’. While he might have taken a hiatus owing to his illness soon after, this track certainly laid the ground for rappers like Badshah to further push for hip-hop in mainstream Bollywood music.
So go ahead and listen to this playlist to listen to your favorite Yo Yo Honey Singh tracks.