Yesterday night, a conversation that began with why and when did Nickelback get uncool, devolved into a bunch of 20-somethings getting swept into a powerful surge of nostalgia with the wonder of modern innovation that is YouTube and starting from Thank u, Next by Queen Ari went back all the way to 'Tumhara Aur Mera' by the King of Pop Junaid Jamshed.
Along the way we explored the 90s fashion and music scene in its full glory from Sajjad Ali's utter goon-intimidating swag in Chief Sahab to his iconic boom box dancing sequence in killer kicks, whilst crooning Babiya to the brightly coloured suits complete with padded jackets donned by Fakhir, Haroon & co in Mr. Fraudiyay (that I'm now coveting, jbtw) and swooned and sang along to our heart's content and our fellow guests' complete displeasure.
Fun, fun night.
Somehow, as these conversations always go and things from the past always seem like from our nostalgia-tinted lens, we questioned how come the music from that era just sounded so good.
Psychology has a lot to say on the matter of the distorted and fickle nature of our memories, but the fact is, there was something different about then. Maybe that everything wasn't available at the touch of a button or that choosing and listening to music was an investment you made when you went to the music store to parse through cassettes upon cassettes to decide if you wanted to yet again get a copy of Aqua's new album, made it more meaningful. Or maybe they just straight up made better music then🤷
Either way, happy to live in a world where music exists. Here are my top 5 contenders:
1. Dr. Jones- Aqua
2. As Long as You Love Me- Backstreet Boys
3. Ankhon ko Ankhon ne- Junaid Jamshed
4. Dil Ruba- Fakhir
5. Zara Chehra Tu Dikhao- Zoheb Hassan
Tell me yours!
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