12 Indi-Pop Songs That Make Me Want to Dance

Another (good) habit and I picked up during Covid times is Bollywood dancing. When the YMCA closed their doors for a lengthy stretch, I searched the internet for a suitable cardio replacement for my lap-swimming routine. I managed for a while with tabata workouts, then added hip hop dance workouts, until eventually I stumbled upon Bollywood dancing. As someone who enjoys the physical activity of exercise but hates counting reps (I swim for length of time, not number of laps, see), dance workouts were a great way to trick myself into cardio activity. As an added bonus, I opened the door to a whole wide and well-established world of music that was completely new to me! I’m still diving into this scene, so I am still learning my way around the genres and subgenres. I currently have little context for these songs, most of which are tied to films I have not (yet!) seen. I don’t understand most of the lyrics, and I am still learning about the artists, their collaborations, and their histories. But I can confidently say here are 12 Desi hip hop, bhangra, and dancehall songs that I now listen to even after outside the workout and will dance to, however poorly, if you want to pop one on the jukebox! | Courtney Dowdall

(in roughly chronological order)

1. Soni De Nakhre (Partner soundtrack, 2007 Super Cassettes Industries)

Wajid, Labh Janjua, Sneha Pant

2. Super Machi (Son of Satyamurthy soundtrack, 2015 Aditya Music)

Devi Sri Prasad, Shravana Bhargavi, Magizhini Manimaran

3. Tutak Tutak Tutiya (Tutak Tutak Tutiya soundtrack, 2016 Super Cassettes Industries)

Malkit Singh, Kanika Kapoor, Sonu Sood

4. Baby Marvake Maanegi (Zero to Infinity, 2018 Zee Music Company)


5. Apna Time Aayega (Gully Boy soundtrack, 2019 Zee Music Company)

Ranveer Singh, Dub Sharma, DIVINE

6. Mere Gully Mein (Gully Boy soundtrack, 2019 Zee Music Company)

Ranveer Singh, DIVINE, Naezy, Sez on the Beat

7. Shaitan Ka Saala (Housefull 4 soundtrack, 2019 Super Cassettes Industries)

Sohail Sen, Vishal Dadlani

8. Hasina Pagal Deewani (Indoo Ki Jawani soundtrack, 2020 Super Cassettes Industries)

Mika Singh, Asees Kaur

9. Mirchi (single, 2020 Mass Appeal India)

DIVINE, MC Altaf, Stylo G, Phenom

10. Husnn Hai Suhaana New (Coolie No. 1 soundtrack, 2020 Tips Industries)

Chandana Dixit, Abhijeet, Tanishk Bagchi, Anand-Millind

11. Naach Meri Rani (single, 2020 Super Cassettes Industries)

Guru Randhawa, Nikhita Gandhi, Tanishk Bagchi, Nora Fatehi

12. Do You Love Me (Baaghi 3 soundtrack, 2020 Super Cassettes Industries)

Nikhita Gandhi

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