THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
966-Panjabi MC.-Mundian To Bach Ke.
1997-This original version has never charted in the UK. The 2003 remix featuring Jay-Z, reached Number 5.
Best Bit-At 0.36.It conjures up thoughts of the exotic, tinged in mystery, until you find out the producer is from Coventry, and the song was recorded in Birmingham.
The Panjabi MC is the working name of music producer Rajinder Singh Rai, who was born in Coventry, England, in 1973. He adopted his stage name from the Punjabi language, one of the key things he does is fuse Bhangra music with Hip-Hop music, with this song, his most successful to date, being a prime example.
‘Mundian To Bach Ke’ was originally written and performed by the Indian Bhangra vocalist Labh Janjua (1957-2015,) the Panjabi MC kept the original vocals, but added a sample of the bassline from Busta Rhymes 1998 song ‘Turn it Up (remix) Fire it Up’ (see also best songs 675,) which in turn had sampled the theme music to the 1980’s TV series ‘Knight Rider,’ which is acknowledged, by that songs writer Stu Philips being given a song writing credit, alongside the Panjabi MC. and Labh Janjua.
The song warns a very attractive young girl to not have her head turned by all the boys who will chase after her, she is reminded that she has only one life, so don’t mess things up.
In 2002 the song was re released as ‘Beware of the Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke,’) with this time American Rapper Jay-Z providing the vocals (see also best songs 636-477 and 23,) it went on to great success worldwide, also becoming the first Bhangra song ever to break in to the top 10 singles chart, in the UK.
‘Nimya tu kuch der pa ke rakh le, pale vitch mukhra luiska ke rai.’
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