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Top 10 Bollywood Songs

The amazing success of the music from 2008's hit film 'Slumdog Millionaire' has brought new attention to many top Bollywood songs and songwriters. Unlike Los Angeles's geographically-specific nickname, "Bollywood" refers to Hindi-language films created anywhere in and around the city of Dubai in India's Northern region. This area has a history in film that's at least as storied, successful and diverse as our own movie industry. Here are the top 10 Bollywood songs, as chosen by Radio NRI.
'Rang Barse'
From the movie 'Silsila'
This percussion-heavy song from 1981's 'Silsila' is sung by one of India's most enduring and celebrated film actors, Amitabh Bachchan, starring as a man who marries his dead brother's widow in order to care for her child. Bachchan became a star through a series of "angry young man" portrayals in the '70s (shades of Al Pacino?) and continues to do award-nominated work today.


'Glee' 'The Substitute' Songs -- Season 2, Episode 7

Glee Season TwoCourtesy of Columbia

The dreaded flu hits 'Glee' in Season 2, Episode 7, and the show's title, 'The Substitute,' tells you almost everything you need to know about what's in store for the kids at McKinley High.

We say almost everything because you'll never guess who replaces Will when he calls in sick. That's right, big-shot movie star Gwyneth Paltrow.

She'll be joining the cast to perform Cee-Lo Green's 'Forget You' -- which has caused a big splash under its original, raunchier name 'F--- You' -- as well as 'Umbrella' by Rihanna and songs from 'Chicago' and 'Singing in the Rain.'

It seems Paltrow's caught the musical bug herself lately. She recently released 'Country Strong,' the title track to her upcoming movie in which she play a former star on the comeback trail.

Sadly, Will's not the only member of the school's staff to get sick, leaving cheerleading coach (and general thorn in the glee club's side) Sue Sylvester temporarily free to abuse the power of the principal's office.


Filed under: Soundboard, Soundtracks, Glee

Arcade Fire, 'Modern Man' -- New Song

Arcade Fire, Canada's most popular alternative rock export, deftly illustrate the unease of today's 'Modern Man' with their latest single of that same name.

The song comes from the band's critically acclaimed 2010 album 'The Suburbs.'

Like much of that record, 'Modern Man' is less fiery and attention-grabbing than some of the band's previous work. But don't worry, as the song unfolds, its subtle but perhaps deeper charms reveal themselves pretty quickly.

Lead vocalist Win Butler narrates the thoughts of a man fending off sleepless frustration about his role in the world over an intricate, shuffling rhythm:

"So I wait in line, I'm a modern man / And the people behind me they can't understand / Makes me feel like / Something don't feel right / Like a record that's skipping / I'm a modern man / And the clock keeps ticking."

Muted handclaps and strings occasionally threaten to bring things to a full boil, but instead, a tension-maintaining restraint prevails throughout.

You can listen to 'Modern Man' from Arcade Fire, along with other great new alternative music on AOL Radio's perfectly named New Alternative First station.

Filed under: New Music, Alternative

My Jerusalem, 'Love You When You Leave' -- New Song

New Orleans-based indie rockers My Jerusalem do their best to explain a complicated romantic relationship on their new single, 'Love You When You Leave.'

The track is available on the semi-supergroup's first full-length album, 'Gone for Good.'

The elegant string section and a crackling drum beat combine to bring extra depth and color to the song's spare and ruminative guitar work.

Meanwhile, Klein's low, rich voice laments an attraction that never develops into a full-fledged romance: "Baby you and me / Although we're thick as thieves / As funny as it seems / The only time I love you is when you leave."

The band, which features Joseph Arthur as well as members of Great Northern, Polyphonic Spree and Twilight Singers, are led by Jeff Klein, who worked with the other musicians either through his solo work or as a member of the Twilight Singers.


Filed under: New Music, Indie

Ubisoft 'Shaun White Skateboarding' Commercial -- What's the Song?

Charm City Devils help convince a world-famous extreme sports champion to take even greater risks with their song 'Let's Rock-n-Roll (Endless Road)' in the new commercial for Ubisoft's 'Shaun White Skateboarding' video game. The track appears on the Baltimore, Md. band's 2009 debut album, 'Let's Rock-n-Roll.'

At the start of the commercial, White is precariously poised on the edge of a tall building. Rather than encouraging him to step away, the crowd on the street below convinces him to skate down.

He does, and soon after, 'Let's Rock-n-Roll''s sleazy hard rock guitar attack kicks in. The setting then switches to the virtual world of the game, where players are apparently able to morph their surroundings to make them more skate-friendly.

Lead singer, songwriter and band founder John Allen explains his band's credo very simply as both song and skateboarder roll on:

"So let's roll / Save my soul / So let's rock-'n'-roll / I'm just an endless road / I guess I sold my soul / I gave I everything I had to rock-'n'-roll."


Filed under: Rock, What's The Song

Alan Jackson, 'Ring of Fire' -- New Song

Alan Jackson Ring Of FireCourtesy of Arista Nashville

Country mainstay Alan Jackson dives into country music's rich history by delivering an upbeat, contemporary take on Johnny Cash's 1963 classic 'Ring of Fire' as his latest single.

Jackson's version of Cash's searing declaration of love will be included on his upcoming greatest hits collection, '34 Number Ones.'

Throughout this largely faithful, if somewhat smoothed out reading of Cash's most famous tune, Jackson trades most of The Man in Black's brooding menace for a more relaxed, experienced perspective.

Still, the passion in the lyrics, well, burns through: "I fell into a burning ring of fire / I went down down down and the flames went higher / And it burns burns burns / The ring of fire."

'34 Number Ones,' which celebrates Jackson's twenty year long career as one of country's most dependable hit makers, will be in stores on Nov. 22.

You can listen for Alan Jackson's performance of 'Ring of Fire' and other great new country songs on AOL Radio's New Country First station.

Filed under: New Music, Country

Bleu De Chanel Commercial -- What's the Song?

The Rolling Stones have contributed their performance of 'She Said Yeah' to the new Bleu De Chanel cologne commercial directed by their old pal Martin Scorsese.

The song, co-written by none other than Sonny Bono, appeared on the Stones' 1965 album 'December's Children (and Everybody's)'

As a fictional actor dodges vague questions at a press conference in a spot that can best be described as "arty-farty," Keith Richards' guitar wails away in the raw, unrestrained manner we haven't heard from the band in decades.

Meanwhile, Mick Jagger exalts in his prospects for a new romance, a theme that was probably repeated at least a few times over his career.

"She called me baby / Well I got the feeling / In my soul / I'm gonna love you / No one above you / Come on baby / Just let me love you, yeah!"


Filed under: Rock, What's The Song

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