Pakistani dramas nowadays make good use of their original soundtracks by using them to entice the viewers initially and then making sure that different parts of these soundtracks are used effectively in the serial to make some of the scenes even more powerful. The Pakistani music industry has some of the most talented musicians and vocalists. Most of the time those writers who pen down the scripts for the dramas are the ones who also write down the lyrics for these OSTs. The competition this year was fierce just like the previous years but there were definitely some OSTs that were clear winners.
Here is a list of the top ten OSTs of Pakistani dramas in 2020:
Mere Pass Tum Ho
Vocals: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Composer: Naveed Naushad
Lyricist: Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar
Mere Pass Tum Ho’s OST was a complete package; it had the most beautifully written lyrics with an equally soulful composition. Rahat Fateh Ali’s melodious voice definitely added to the appeal of this song. The fact that the lyrics were written by Khalil-ur-Rehman himself made it even more powerful because who would understand the essence of a story better than the person who penned it down. This OST was elaborate and it covered all the different aspects of the story beautifully. Different parts of the OST were used effectively in different scenes which made it even more meaningful and memorable. Those viewers who watched Mere Pass Tum Ho are bound to remember some of the most powerful moments in the drama while listening to it. The lyrics are also relatable for those who haven’t watched the drama because they define the concept of love as comprehended by the lyricist. All the die-hard romantics out there fell in love with this OST instantly.
Singer: Shuja Haider & Momina Mustehsan
Composer & Lyricist: Shuja Haider
Alif’s OST was definitely one of the most special and beautiful OST’s heard this year. The fact that the lyrics had to have a meaning and were used to define the theme of the drama was a masterstroke because the word Alif alone is quite challenging to work with. Shuja Haider definitely made the most of it and gave us a beautiful OST that can definitely become a part of anyone’s playlist.
Vocals: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Composer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Lyricist: Imran Raza
Ehd-e-Wafa’s initial OST wasn’t too appealing even though it was sung by some of the most well-known singers. The reason for this was that it wasn’t too meaningful and more like a light-hearted song. The theme of this OST and the overall feel did not go well with the main idea of the play since the light-hearted storyline ended soon. Since Ehd-e-Wafa was essentially about the journey of friends and their commitment to the professions they eventually decided to take up, the new OST sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was definitely a lot more relevant and it also left an impact. This OST makes you want to pick up the phone and call all those friends with whom you spent your college years. The lyrics have been written in such a way that one can derive different meanings from it, just like the drama itself which had so many different tracks and meanings. This OST was inspiring and different from all the others.
Ye Dil Mera
Singer: Shiraz Uppal
Composer: Shiraz Uppal
Lyricist: Shakeel Sohail
Shiraz Uppal definitely composed a very cute OST for Ye Dil Mera. Although the story and the overall drama was quite grim but the OST has a happy feel to it and it matched the initial phase of Ana’s life perfectly when she was in love and pretty immature about how she approached her troublesome marriage. Shiraz Uppal also made the right decision by choosing to sing it himself, because this way he owned it and knew exactly the kind of treatment it deserved.
Thora Sa Haq
Singer: Shafqat Amanat Ali
Composer: Adnan Dhool
Lyricist: Hassan Abbas Hai
The OST of the drama serial Thora Sa Haq was sung by Shafqat Amanat Ali. His melodious and unique voice added a new level of charm to the OST and made it pleasant to hear. It is the kind of OST that could be played on repeat on long drives. The meaningful lyrics also play a huge part in making it a complete package and one of the best OST of this year.
Singer, Composer & Lyricist: Sahir Ali Bagga
Sahir Ali Bagga definitely deserves a round of applause for singing, composing as well as writing the lyrics of this song singlehandedly. Deewangi’s OST has all sorts of flavors to suit your mood and the fact that it has so many variations makes it a very interesting song to listen to. It skillfully tells the tale of a guy madly in love with his lady love and the different phases of their journey together.
Pyar Ke Sadqay
Vocals: Ahmad Jahanzaib & Mahnoor Khan
Composer: Ahmad Jahanzaib
Lyricist: Ali Moin
Pyar Ke Sadqay had the most unusual on-screen couple and a love story that had viewers’ undivided attention. Therefore a romantic OST was perfect for this drama. Although Pyar Ke Sadqay’s OST was overplayed at times, it had the perfect lyrics to describe Abdullah and Mahjabeen’s love for each other. The composition was also unique and catchy. It had the same feel which the drama had because of which it was just as unique and fun to listen to. Ahmad Jahanzaib & Mahnoor Khan did complete justice to the beautiful lyrics and composition by giving it the perfect vocals.
Dushman e Jaan
Singers: Adnan Dhool & Sana Zulfikar
Composer: Adnan Dhool & Rabi Ahmed
Lyricist: Wasi Shah
Drama serial Dushman e Jaan’s OST had a very unique feel to it and because it had to match the theme of the story, there was this daunting feel deliberately added to it which kind of worked and still didn’t take away from the fact that it was a very interesting OST to listen to. The lyrics were meaningful and elaborated all the emotions felt by Hatim perfectly.
Vocals: Ali Sethi
Composer: Naveed Nashad
Lyricist: Kashif Anwar
Sabaat’s OST was perhaps the most meaningful part of the drama! In fact, the OST was written and sung so beautifully that most people tuned into the drama after listening to it. The lyrics were deep and meaningful unlike the characters in the drama. It explained relationships and life with a message of staying strong and not giving up. Ali Sethi’s soulful vocals added more meaning to an OST that was penned down brilliantly. The composition was also such that it went well with the main theme of the song.
Singers: Hamza Akram Qawwal, Taimoor Akram & Abdul Akram
Composer: Hamza Akram Qawwal
Lyricist: Shah Hussain
Drama serial Kashf’s story dealt with a very grave subject, therefore it’s OST had to have all the elements that not only told the story but did justice to the essence of it. The composer Hamza Akram Qawwal definitely understood the concept of the drama and gave the OST the kind of treatment that actually made it very grave and substantial. The loud music along with the Qawwali feel to it has made it a very interesting OST.
Raaz e Ulfat
Singer: Shani Arshad & Aima Baig
Composer: Shani Arshad
Lyricist: Sabir Zafar
Drama serial Raaz e Ulfat’s OST is the kind that slowly grows on you when you hear it again and again. The fact that it has been used at the right time during the episodes has definitely worked and goes to show that it was composed suiting the scenarios of the story. It is not only melodious but the kind of OST that can very much become a part of your playlist. The soothing music and unique voices of Shani Arshad and Aima Baig make it a perfect song to listen to.
Vocals: Ali Zafar
Composer: Naveed Nashad
Lyricist: Aehsun Talish
Drama serial Mushk’s OST is unique and appealing just like the drama itself. The lyrics are in Urdu and Punjabi which makes it different from the other OSTs. Aehsun Talish, the director of the drama, penned down the most haunting lyrics and Ali Zafar sang it beautifully as well by adding all the emotions needed to make these lyrics sound more meaningful. The composition is equally appealing with different ups and downs depending on the lyrics. This OST has a tragic and hopeful feel at the same time. It is definitely the kind of song you can listen to on repeat.
Singers: Sahir Ali Bagga and Aima Baig
Composer: Sahir Ali Bagga
Lyricist: M. Mujtaba
Drama serial Fitrat’s OST is definitely one of the best heard this year. It has a very pleasant kind of feel to it which puts you in a good mood. It elaborates the hope, love, heartbreak felt by different characters and does justice to their feelings. Sahir Ali Bagga definitely had a vision for this OST and he elaborated it beautifully through his craft.
This completes the list of best OST’s of Pakistani dramas this year. Which one of these are your favorite? Feel free to add more names to the list.