Hailing from a culturally diverse country, and musically inclined environment, as an Indian kid, I was exposed to the era of FMs, walkmans, discmans and portable players. As far as I can think, the music created during this era can be considered my personal playlists which will last forever. I used to remember watching specially two music shows, MTV Select and Channel V music show. I would keep toggling between these two channels to listen to the new music that was just released. Some of the those artists would include backstreet boys, Savage Garden, Jennifer Lopez, A R Rahman and so on to name a few
This section covers my all time 90s favourites that I grew up on and the list will keep expanding with time.
Alisha Chinai is an Indian pop singer known for her Indi-pop albums as well as playback singing in Hindi cinema. She began her singing career with the album Jadoo in 1985, and by the 1990s she had become known as the ‘Queen of Indipop’. Her best known songs were with producers Anu Malik and Biddu during the 1990s. Read more
Lucky Ali (born 19 September 1958) is an Indian singer, songwriter and actor. With several popular singles and albums, he emerged as a significant figure of Indipop during the 1990s. Ali is the second of the nine children of Bollywood actor, Mehmood Ali. His mother Mahelaka, was part Bengali and part Pashtun, and the sister of 1960s Indian actress Meena Kumari. Read more
Daler Singh (born 18 August 1967), better known as Daler Mehndi, is an Indian singer, songwriter, author and record producer. He has helped to make Bhangra popular worldwide, as well as Indian pop music independent of Bollywood music. He is best known for his dance songs, voice, turban and long, flowing robes. Read more
Born and brought up in Lucknow, Baba Sehgal graduated with a B.Tech from G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Nainital. His entertainment career began in the 1990s, when he emerged as part of the Indipop scene, and released an album which got frequent airplay on MTV India. Since then he has been a popular figure on the rap scene, with hits such as ‘Thanda Thanda Paani’ (which sampledVanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby”, which in turn sampled Queen’s “Under Pressure”) ‘Manjula’ and ‘Dil Dhadke’. Read more
Adnan Sami Khan (born 15 August 1971) is an Indian singer, musician, music composer, and pianist. He performs Indian and Western music, including for Hindi movies. His most notable instrument is the piano. He has been credited as “the first musician to have played the santoor & Indian classical music on the piano”. A review in the US-based Keyboard magazine described him as the fastest keyboard player in the world and called him the keyboard discovery of the nineties. Read more
Indian Ocean is an Indian rock band formed in New Delhi in 1990, who are widely recognized as the pioneers of the fusion rock genre in India. Susmit Sen, Asheem Chakravarty, Rahul Ram and Amit Kilam were band members till Chakravarty’s demise on 25 December 2009, after which Tuheen Chakravorty and Himanshu Joshi were officially inducted into the band as replacements. After the departure of Susmit Sen in 2013, Rahul Ram is the only founding member who appeared on the band’s debut album Indian Ocean. Sanjeev Sharma has collaborated with them as lyricist on many Albums. Read more
Silk Route was an Indian band consisting of Mohit Chauhan (lead vocals, backing guitars), Atul Mittal (lead guitars, clarinet and backing vocals), Kem Trivedi (keyboards), and Kenny Puri (percussion and drums). The band is much endeared for the song Dooba-Dooba from their acclaimed debut album in 1998, Boondein. As a result, it gained acclaim in the Indian film industry, and was then furnished opportunities to score and perform songs for movies such as Kalpana Lajmi’s “Kyon”, “Lets Enjoy” and “Urf Professor”. Read more
Euphoria is an Indian pop rock band formed by Dr. Palash Sen in 1988 in Delhi, India. The name “Euphoria”, is a term used in Psychiatry to describe a feeling one gets in the state of Mania, was decided upon by Palash, who at the time was a student of medicine at the University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi.
Euphoria has released 7 studio albums and are one of India’s highest-selling artists and the highest-selling band ever. They have released 16 singles by adopting the DIY method, and embracing the digital revolution in the music industry. They were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012 by the Indian Recording Arts Academy at the Palm Expo in Mumbai. Read more
Colonial Cousins is an Indian duo, formed by singer Hariharan and singer-composer Lesle Lewis, who also have successful solo careers. Their eponymous first album hit platinum in sales in India alone and consistently headed the Indian music charts in 1996. The duo have received numerous awards, notably the MTV Asia Viewers’ Choice Award, 1996, and the US Billboard’s Viewers’ Award, 1996. On 19 November 1998, the Colonial Cousins released their second album, The Way We Do It. They also released their third album Aatma on 1 January 2001. Read more
Shantanu Mukherjee (born 30 September 1972), known as Shaan, is an Indian playback singer, actor and television presenter active in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Marathi and Urdu language films and a television host. He hosted the shows Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs, Star Voice of India and STAR Voice of India 2. In Music Ka Maha Muqabla, his team, Shaan’s Strikers, finished as the runners up to Shankar Mahadevan’s team. He appeared as a judge in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs 2014–2015 and The Voice India Kids 2016. Read more
Sonu Nigam (born 30 July 1973) is an Indian singer and composer. He sings predominantly in Hindi and Kannada language films but has also sung in Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Nepali, Malayalam, Tulu and other Indian languages. Nigam has also released numbers of Indian pop albums and acted in a number of Hindi films.
Sonu Nigam was born on 30 July 1973 to Agam Kumar Nigam and Shobha Nigam in the city of Faridabad, Haryana. His father was from Agra and his mother was from Garhwal. His sister Teesha Nigam is also a professional singer. Read more
Bombay Vikings are a pop group that combine Indian pop and classical music, formed in 1994 in Stockholm, Sweden. The band was started by Neeraj Shridhar, Oscar Söderberg, and Mats Nordenborg, and became popular with remixes of old Bollywood hits such as “Kya Soorat Hai”, “Woh Chali” and “Chod Do Anchal”.
The group was popular both in the Indian subcontinent, as well as overseas among the Indian music community, due to its unusual combination of classic Bollywood style and European experimentation. It was the first group to sing in Hinglish, a mix of Hindi and English, a brainchild of its front-man, Neeraj Shridhar. Read more
Roger David (born October 15, 1979), better known by his stage name Bohemia stylized BOHEMIA or Raja), is a Pakistani American rapper and record producer. Bohemia was born on October 15, 1979, in Karachi, Sindh and did his schooling in Peshawar, Pakistan. At the age of 13, he moved to the United States with his family. Bohemia is married to Sunny David.
In early 2000 he moved to join his cousin in Oakland who was working at a West Oakland recording studio and introduced him to a young hip-hop producer called Sha One (Seth Agress). Read more
Band of Boys
A Band of Boys (ABOB) is an Indian Hindi boy band, best known for their eponymous album A Band of Boys (2002) and their movie Kis Kis Ko (2004). The band was formed in 2001, and the original line up consisted of Karan Oberoi, Siddharth Haldipur, Sherrin Varghese, Chintoo Bhosle and Sudhanshu Pandey; before Pandey consequently left the group. Siddharth also left the group. After a period of hiatus, the band announced plans to re-form in 2018 with the remaining 3 members and added a new 4th member to the band. Read more
Ganesh Harish Hegde is an Indian singer, performer, video director and Bollywood choreographer.
Ganesh Hegde is a Tuluva Bunt and was born on 10 November 1974 in Bombay (present-day Mumbai) to Tulu-speaking parents Harish Subbaiah Hegde and Vidya Hegde. Hegde is best known for his work in the Oscar-nominated film Lagaan and for his musical numbers in Company. Ganesh has choreographed many stage shows, namely Temptations 2004, the Bollywood rock concert which toured America with huge stars such as Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and Arjun Rampal. Read more
Though the band is a non Indian band, this was one of the memorable bands in the 90s who’d released some of the most beautiful melodies I’ve heard in my musical journey.
In 1990 the band signed with EMI Records and released their debut album, Strings. Their initial experiments with synthesised sounds and rhythms were not immediately recognised, although Strings sold 20,000 copies during its first week after release. Read more
With no doubts, I’d say this was one of the coolest bands with some melodies which happened to rock every radio out there. I still remember back in the school annual day function, there would always be a guitarist or a couple of em playing the most famous song of the band which was “Woh Lamhey”
The band originally consisted of songwriter, vocalist and lead guitarist, Goher Mumtaz and vocalist, Atif Aslam and later joined by bass guitarist Omer Nadeem  and later Salman Albert joined on drums in 2003. Founded in 2002, they first became popular playing in Lahore’s underground music scene with the release of their song “Aadat”. Read more
Kedarnath Bhattacharaya (born 20 October 1957), better known as Kumar Sanu, is an Indian playback singer. Apart from Hindi, he has also sang in other languages including Marathi, Nepali, Assamese, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Punjabi, Oriya, Chhattisgarhi, Urdu, Pali, English and his native language Bengali, both in West Bengal and Bangladesh.
He holds the record for winning five consecutive Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer (1990-1994) along with Arijit Singh. For his contribution to Indian cinema and music, he was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009 by the Government of India. His tracks feature in BBC’s “Top 40 Bollywood Soundtracks of all time”. Read more