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Birth of Pop music in Pakistan

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‘Pop music’ is the most catchy phrase since nineteens. Since that time till now we see many characteristics of pop culture affecting our lives and minds. Birth of pop music in Pakistan can be traced back to 1960s. 

As Pakistani pop music refers to popular music forms in Pakistan, it is a mixture of traditional and classical music and western influences of jazz, rock n roll, and hip hop. Disco songs are sung in various languages of Pakistan, including Urdu.”

It was Ahmed Rushdi’s famous song ‘Ko Ko Korina’ which was screened in film ‘Arman’ and gave a hit to 7 cinema houses in the year of its release in 1966.

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This song is attributed to have given birth to Pakistan’s Pop music in South Asian Region.

After that two sensational singers, Nazia Hassan and Zohaib Hassan (siblings) started pop music in Pakistan. They were at the age of 15 when they started their career and give best-hit songs of their time, which we still love to listen.

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Some of their evergreen songs are:

  • Dosti: which has made a part of a recently released film ‘Ho maan Jahan’
  • Disco dewane
  • Ap jesa koi
  • Boom Boom and list goes on

Alamgir is considered to be one of the pioneers of the Urdu pop music. He had a versatile singing style that ruled for years. In April 2013, Alamgir joined Meesha Shafi, Strings, Ali Azmat and Shahzad Hasan as a judge on the immensely popular singing talent show.

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His best work which is still listened to includes:

  • Dekha na tha
  • Keh dena  

Last but not the least, Hassan Jahangir who gained fame in the 1980s with hits such as ‘Hawa Hawa’. This album not only got hit at national but also at the international level and sold 1500 million copies only in India.  

His other songs like ‘Hato bacho’ and ‘Shadi na karna yaro’ are his most famous evergreen songs. That we still love to listen today.

Since early nineteens, pop music has become very popular in Pakistan that in between 1990-2000 there were several new bands emerged to entertain people.

Jal Band, Strings, Junoon and Vital Signs,  gave their best work.

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Songs sung by Pakistani artists are still ruling the industry and are presented with new music and style in Bollywood and Lollywood films.

Authored by: Sonia Akmal

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