The Micro View of The Best Songs of 1950 @ Songs of Yore – Summing Up – I : Female and Male Solo Songs

We now conclude our micro-view of songs of a particular year – Best songs of 1950: And the winners are?. We have covered up documentation of the further micro-review of the songs C Ramchandra, Husnlal Bhagatram and Ghulam Mohammad, Anil Biswas and other Music directors’ Lata Mangeshakar’s songs, as well as those of Suraiya and Shamshad Begum in June 2015 and Rajkumari, Geeta Roy and Other female Singers in July 2015.. We had then continued to explore Male Solo Songs of Mukesh, Talat Mahamood, Mohammad Rafi, G M Durrani and Chitalkar, Manna Dey, Arun Kumar, Manmohan Krishna and Others too in July 2015. During August 2015, we had Other playback singers for Raj Kapoor and Male-Female duets of Mukesh, Mohammad Rafi, Talat Mahmood, G M Durani and Those of Chitalkar and Other Male Singers for our micro-review. In the concluding month of September, we completed micro-review of Triads / Triads+ too.

It is time to sum up the series, by way of MY choice of the TOP 10 songs in each category.

My Favorite Female Solos for the Year 1950

In so far as Female playback singers are concerned, songs by Lata Mangeshkar almost equal other playback singers put together, within this universe of 152 “memorable songs”. So, in terms of numbers, one may conclude that Lata’s single-handed share of around 50% has established he dominance in the field. I would take this conclusion with a pinch of salt. Some of the music directors who were to take her on completely in the later years, Madan Mohan, Roshan, S D Burman, Naushad have none to a few songs with Lata in this year. In fact only C Ramchandra, Husnlal Bhagatram and Ghulam Mohammad seem to have accepted her in totality. Anil Bisaws, too, continues to repose his faith in her. So her acceptance is not as universal as it happened during the later years.

Also, apart from the numbers, when one looks at the list of memorable songs, there are many songs by other female singers which stand out on popularity, then and in later years, as well as the merits of the composition in comparison to the songs that stand out from Lata’s stable.

Asha Bhosle’s presence is seen during the year, but there does not appear to be any song that can measure up to Memorable category.

Here is the list, in no particular order:

1. Mehfil Mein Jal Uthi Shama – Nirala – C Ramchandra – Lata Mangeshkar

2. Koi Kisi Ka Deewana Na Bane – Sargam – C Ramchandra – Lata Mangeshkar

3. Kahan Tak Hum Uthaye Gam – Arzoo – Anil Biswas – Lata Mangeshkar

4. Lagan More Man Ki – Babul – Naushad – Lata Mangeshkar

5. Man Mor Hua Matwala – Afsar – S D Burman – Suraiya

6. Nain Deewane Ik Nahin Mane – Afsar – S D Burman – Suraiya

7. Dhadke mera dil mujhko jawani Ram qasam na bhaaye – Babul – Naushad – Shamshad Begum

8. Sun Bairi Balam Kuchch Bol Ab Kya Hoga – Bawre Nain – Roshan – Raj Kumari

9. Ari Main To Prem Deewani – Jogan – Bulo C Rani – Geeta Roy

10. Mori Attariya Pe Kaga Bole – Aankhen – Madan Mohan – Meena Kapoor

As a matter of fact, even as Lata Mangeshkar corners a fairly significant score in this list, I still would not pick up any one of the songs from these as The Best Female Solo Song of 1950 or any singer as the Best Female Playback Singer of 1950 !! .

In my view, the tie truly represents the real scenario in so far as 1950 is concerned.

And now, My Favorite Male Solos for the Year 1950, (in no particular order) :

Mukesh – Preet laga ke maine ye phal paya – Aankhen – Raja Menhadi Ali Khan – Madan Mohan

Mukesh – Teri duniya mein dil lagta nahi – Bawre Nain – Kedar Sharma – Roshan

Mukesh – Mohabbat bhi jhoothi zamana bhi jhootha – Hamari Beti – Pt Faani – Snehal Bhatkar

Talat Mahmood – Ae dil mujhe aisi jagah le chal – Arzoo – Majrooh Sultanpuri – Anil Biswas

Talat Mahmood – Mera jeewan saathi bichhad gaya – Babul – Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad

Mohammad Rafi –Akele mein wo ghabraate to honge – Biwi – Wali Saheb – Sharmaji (Khayyam)

Chitalkar – Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja, Khushi Ke Geet Gaye Jaa – Samadhi – Rajendra Krishna – C Ramchandra

Manna Dey – Upar gagan vishal –Mashal – Pradeep – SD Burman and Manna Dey

Krishna Dayal – Aa ja nigahon mein aa ja – Dahej – Shams Lakhanvi – Vasant Desai

Anil Biswas – Humein maar chala ye khayal ye gham – Arzoo – Majrooh Sultanpuri – Anil Biswas

G M Durrani – Ye Duniya Hai Bewafai Ki , Wafa Ka Raz Kya Jaane – Madhubala – Rajendra Krishna – Lachchiram

And the icing on the cake is this Non-Film Song, As per YT, created in 1950

Talat Mahamood – Mera Pyar Mujhe Lauta Do – Sajjan – V Balsara

SoY has presented its all-inclusive conclusive piece on Male Solos @ Best songs of 1950: Wrap Up 1 and “Other” Female Solos @ Best songs of 1950: Wrap Up 2



In July 2011, I opted to retire from my active career as a practicing management professional. In the 38 years that I pursued this career, I had opportunity to work in diverse capacities, in small-to-medium-to-large engineering companies. Whether I was setting up Greenfield projects or Brownfield projects, nurturing the new start-ups or accelerating the stabilized unit to a next phase growth, I had many more occasions to take the paths uncharted. The life then was so challenging! One of the biggest casualty in that phase was my disregards towards my hobbies - Be with The Family, Enjoy Music form Films of 1940s to mid-1970s period, write on whatever I liked to read, pursue amateur photography and indulge in solving the chess problems. So I commenced my Second Innings to focus on this area of my life as the primary occupation. At the end of four years, I am now quite a regular blogger. I have been able to build a few very strong pen-relationships. I maintain contact with 38-years of my First Innings as freelance trainer and process facilitator. And yet, The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

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