Test I – Top Music Charts

It’s that time of the year again, folks. Everyone’s soon got to get over the fact that they haven’t written a major test since summer.

And if you’re anything like me, you need something to make your mood transit from YOLO into something productive. You need a dose of good sensible music that calms your nerves, and makes you sit down and mug like there’s no tomorrow. Yep, music that puts you into study-for-BITSAT mood again. And boy, do I have a list for you.

Top 5 tracks you must listen to DURING T1

  1. Cemeteries of London – Coldplay

I usually don’t suggest dark tracks up front, but this one deserves a special mention. This was the first track on Coldplay’s Viva la Vida or Death and all his Friends. The track opened with dark chilling riff stretching across discordant piano notes, while suddenly coming alive with an onslaught of semi-acoustic strumming.. So whenever I find myself a little hyperactive and unable to concentrate, a dark melodious number usually does the trick.

  1. Any song by Remember Shakti

Remember Shakti is a quintet that primarily plays traditional Indian classic musical fused with heavy elements of jazz. This quintet usually comprises of big names in the Indian music industry such as Shankar Mahadevan, Zakir Hussain, U Srinivas and Selvaganesh. Interestingly enough, it also includes an English guitarist by the name of John McLaughlin. This man has played with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Miles Davis and Tony Williams, and in 2010, was called ‘the best guitarist in the world’ by Jeff Beck. He’s also known to be one of the first western guitarists to incorporate Indian elements into his playing style, and to play to Indian audiences.

So, long story short, if you put these five big names in the same room, you’re going to get some surreal music that, in all likelihood, speaks to your soul.

  1. Anything by Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean, to this day, remain the leaders and pioneers of fusion rock in India. Their powerful multidimensional music has seen the big screen on multiple occasions, notably in the form of Black Friday, and more recently in Peepli Live. Some music critics describe their music as indo-rock fusion with jazz-spiced rhythms with elements from Sanksrit Shlokas, Sufism and mythology.

On the whole, their music effuses a most unique atmosphere, peppered with Indian elements that transcend language, and some would say, even genre.

  1. Berlin Philharmoniker

The Berlin Philharmoniker is a German orchestra group based in (bet you didn’t guess) Berlin. Constantly rated as one of the best orchestra groups in Europe, these guys really know how to play their Beethoven and Mozart pieces. And the best part is: they have a website where they stream all their live or recorded shows for FREE. Yes, you heard me, FREE.

So what’re you waiting for?


(Trust us, it really is free and the registration doesn’t spam you!)

  1. Group Therapy with Above and Beyond

Group Therapy Radio is an electronic radio show hosted by trance DJs Above and Beyond from the Anjunabeats Radio Station. Launched in late 2012 as a successor to Trance Around the World, Group Therapy has gained worldwide popularity, topping the iTunes Podcast charts in terms of number of downloads. This two-hour trance marathon packs in new tracks from all over the world, and is capped off with a guest mix, which, in the past, has been graced by the likes of Mat Zo, Armin van Buuren and Matt Lange. The show is also peppered with tracks from its spin off label, Anjunadeep, which promotes deep-house music.

This is one podcast you definitely do not want to miss out on, and an infuriating day of study can be truly redeemed by nice intimate session of Group Therapy.


And if you’re in first year, you must know that SOMETHING pops up every test series. Some form of serial time pass that spreads like wildfire across college, and slowly starts to occupy most of your guilt-ridden waking hours. Something that takes you from goody-goody nerd into YOLO mood again.  I’ve compiled a list of stuff that you absolutely MUST avoid.

That is, if don’t want to see your precious T1 come crashing to the ground.

Top 5 you must NOT listen to

  1. Weird Al – Tacky

Have you ever grooved to Pharell Williams’s Happy?  Have you seen cities all over the world make their own Happy video?

Well, that supposed “happiness”  might come crashing down as Weird Al Yankovic breaks it down with his latest single Tacky. The song takes seemingly obnoxious turns as a perennially eccentric Weird Al and Cameron from Modern Family groove to same song sequence dressed in wild swirling colors. This is guaranteed to ruin your day.

  1. Taylor swift – I Knew you were Trouble (parody)

Okay, I did not see this one coming. A rather manly-looking Taylor Swift stalks boys, gets depressed and writes songs about them, and is certified to be, mentally insane.

Again, if you like this song, you do NOT want to watch this.

  1. Love marriage – Wilbur Sargunaraj

As you sit back and relax with your bucket of popcorn, the first thing you notice is the ever-reliable looking Wilbur-branding, certifying the song as “First Quality” with a hairy dark man in shades.

This epic ballad talks about the tragic story of a crazy Tamilian trying to marry a woman, (who looks twice his age) through “love marriage”. He beseeches his parents not to trap him with an “arranged marriage” and carries off his bride-to-be in a hilariously slow auto into the setting sun. Watch this daring young man challenge the norms of society, and constantly make a fool of himself.

Nope, not the kind of crap you want to watch during T1.

  1. Vennu Mallesh – Its my Life

This guy takes the cake, right there. Not half, not three quarters, but the ENTIRE damn thing. He’s a superstar, a very good bad boy, very sentimental, and (to the ladies) possibly the man of your dreams. Swag drips from every hair of his well-trimmed mustache.

Remember a time when Its My Life was a Bon Jovi song? Those days are long gone, my friend.

1.Anaconda – Nicki Minaj

No list is complete without a Nicki Minaj hit. The first thing you notice about this track is how hilariously bad it is. Pathetic song writing competes with a hideous Nicki Minaj for the title of “Oh God, Why.” In fact, there are so many things wrong about this song that reactionary videos have sprung up all over the internet. There’s a fart version (that most people widely acknowledge has better lyrics than the original), there’s a “My Indian parents react to Anaconda” video, among others.

The first time I watched this video, I walked out my room mentally scarred. If you watch this, prepare to kiss your T1s goodbye.

Go on, watch it. You know you want to.

Ranjan Anantharaman


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