How The Indian Music Scene Changed: 21 Life-Altering Songs Of The 80s And 90s

Sometime in the late 1980s a wave of new singers, composers (and later, DJs) changed the way we listen to music and the way we respond to it.

The IndiPop phenomenon hit the Indian music scene hard, and fast. It was gone just as suddenly as it had appeared, but it left an indelible mark on the children of the 80s and 90s, and shaped the music that came after.

Here’s a look at the brave souls who pioneered this change:


1. Alisha Chinai – Made in India

2. Sunita Rao – Pari Hoon Main

3. Shweta Shetty – Johnny Joker

4. Hassan Jahangir – Hawa Hawa

5. Lucky Ali – Oh Sanam

6. Aryans – Aankhon Mein Tera Hi Chehra

7. Ali Haider – Purani Jeans

8. Suchitra Krishnamurthy – Dole Dole

9. Biddu – Boom Boom

10. Stereo Nation – Oh Carol

11. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Afreen

12. Aslam & Shibani Kashyap – Ho Gayi Hai Mohabbat

13. Various Artists – Roop Tera Mastana

14. Bombay Vikings – Kya Surat Hai

15. Anamika – Kahin Karta Hoga

16. Bally Sagoo – Chura Liya

17. Junoon – Sayonee

18. Oorja – Q Funk

19. DJ Aqeel – Nahin Nahin

20. DJ Doll – Kaliyon Ka Chaman

21. DJ Suketu – Bin Tere Sanam

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