2016 has been a great year for Mollywood with the release of many blockbusters. Interestingly, several melodious songs were also released this year that have already gone viral among music-lovers.
Here is a compilation of top 15 Malayalam movie songs that you must add to your favourite playlist on phone: (The list has been prepared based on the number of views on YouTube)
Njanum Njanumentaalum (Poomaram)
In less than a month of its release on YouTube, Njanum Njanumentaalum became the top viewed Malayalam song online. The melody, from the upcoming Kalidas Jayaram-starrer, helmed by Abrid Shine, has been watched over nine million times at the time of reporting. Faisal Razi has composed the music and rendered his voice for the song, for which lyrics are penned by Aashaan Babu and Dayal Singh.
Minungum Minnaminuge (Oppam)
Minungum Minnaminuge from the Mohanlal-starrer Oppam has been well accepted by the audience. Popular playback singer MG Sreekumar and Shreya Jayadeep have lent their voice for the song, which has been viewed more than seven million times on the YouTube page of Satyamvideos since August. Jim, Biby, Eldhose and Justin have composed the music of the melody, written by BK Harinarayanan.
Muthe Ponne Pinangalle (Action Hero Biju)
V Suresh Thampanoor rose to fame with his debut performance in Nivin Pauly's Action Hero Biju. The folk song Muthe Ponne Pinangalle, which he had penned, composed and sung, went viral among movie-goers and has been watched over five million times on YouTube within 10 months of its release.
Kaadaniyum Kalchilambe (Pulimurugan)
Mohanlal's Pulimurugan, which tuned out to be the first Mollywood movie to enter the Rs 100 crore club, is the biggest grosser in Malayalam to date. Kaadaniyum Kalchilambe, the romantic song sung by playback singers KJ Yesudas and KS Chithra, is one of the top songs of the year. The video song, released on the YouTube page of the production house Mulakuppadam Films, has been viewed more than four million times within three months.
Thiruvaavani Raavu (Jacobinte Swargarajyam)
For the Kerala festival Onam this year, Malayalis had a new song to be added to their playlist with the release of Nivin Pauly's family entertainer Jacobinte Swargarajyam. The Onam song Thiruvaavani Raavu, sung by Unni Menon and Sithara, has been viewed more than three million times since April after being uploaded to the YouTube page of Muzik247.
Chinnama Adi (Oppam)
Mohanlal's natural performance and MG Sreekumar's voice are the highlights of the fast number Chinnama Adi from the crime thriller Oppam. The song from the Priyadarshan directorial has been viewed more than 2.9 million times within three months of hitting the cyber space.
Mazhaye (James and Alice)
The romantic song Mazhaye, featuring Prithviraj Sukumaran and Vedhika, was not just a visual treat, singers Karthik and Abhaya Hiranmayi also gave a soothing experience for music lovers, who were impressed with Gopi Sunder's composition. More than 2.2 million social media users have watched the video in less than eight months.
Payye Veeshum Kaatil (Aanandam)
It is evident that the Malayalam movie Aanandam, as well as its songs, has been well accepted by the Kerala audience. The romantic number Payye Veeshum Kaatil, featuring debutants Thomas Mathew and Siddhi Mahajankatti, is being watched over 2.2 million times within a month of its release on YouTube. Ashwin Gopakumar and Sneha Warrier have lent their voice for the song, for which Anu Elizabeth Jose has written the lyrics.
Ee Shishirakaalam (Jacobinte Swargarajyam)
Ee Shishirakaalam, the family song from Vineeth Sreenivasan-directed Jacobinte Swargarajyam, released in March, has been viewed more than two million times. Composed by Shaan Rahman, the song has been sung by Vineeth Sreenivasan and Kavya Ajit, while BK Harinarayanan has written the lyrics.
Parudaya Mariyame (Kattappanayile Hrithik Roshan)
The traditional Knayana-inspired song Parudaya Mariyame from the latest comedy entertainer Kattappanayile Hrithik Roshan is one of the top songs of the year. Sung by Rimi Tomy and Vaikom Vijaya Lakshmi, it has been viewed over 2 million times within a month of its release.
Veteran singer P Jayachandran's Podimeesha song from the movie PaVa had taken the internet by storm upon its release in June. The melody, composed by Anand Madhusoodanan and written by Santhosh Varma, has been watched more than 1.9 million times on the YouTube page of Manorama Music Songs.
Theliveyil (Maheshinte Prathikaaram)
Fahadh Faasil's family entertainer Maheshinte Prathikaaram has been well appreciated for its plot, performances and songs. Theliveyil song, sung by Sudeep Kumar and Sangeetha Sreekanth, has been watched more than 1.7 million times since its release on the YouTube page of Muzik247. Rafeeq Ahammed has written the lyrics for which Bijibal has composed the music.
Nokki Nokki (Jomonte Suvisheshangal)
Even before the full video was released, the song teaser of Nokki Nokki from Dulquer Salmaan's upcoming movie Jomonte Suviseshangal has been trending online. The one-minute video has been viewed more than 1.5 million times within 5 days of its release, breaking records of other recent hit songs. Abhay Jodhpurkar and Merin Gregory have rendered their voice for the romantic number, which is being composed by Vidyasagar and penned by Rafeeq Ahammed.
Dooreyo, the trip song from the campus entertainer Aanandam, helmed by Ganesh Raj, has been well accepted by music-movers. The song, composed by Sachin Warrier, has been watched more than 1.5 million times within three months. Vishak Nair, Suchith Suresan, Ashwin Gopakumar and Sachin have lent their voice for the melody, written by Vineeth Sreenivasan.
Minnaminnikkum (Kattappanayile Hrithik Roshan)
The recent Malayalam release Kattappanayile Hrithik Roshan has been garnering a positive response from the audience. The song Minnaminnikkum from the Nadhirshah directorial has been gaining popularity since its release in October and has already been viewed more than 1.4 million times at the time of reporting.