Bollywood Strikes Back: Top 10 Indian Remakes of Western Hits
Last week we went on a hunt to find the best ever samples of Bollywood music, and came up with a Top 10 that included mainstream artists like Britney Spears and Black Eyed Peas alongside hip-hop giants like Jay-Z, Timbaland and Method Man, and electronic artists like M.I.A., Chase & Status and Tricky.
We’ve demonstrated the great influence that Bollywood (and generally Indian) music has on western music. But this influence goes both ways. Indian film composers certainly had and still have their ears open to the world, and it is common for them to remake western songs in their productions. The results are uniquely creative, sometimes quirky, but always entertaining.
We’ve dug into the WhoSampled database once more to dig up the best ones – take a deep breath, and enjoy the ride!
1. Karle Gunaah by Anu Malik feat. Ishq Bector (2008) sample of Gasolina by Daddy Yankee (2004)
We start off with this unlikely remake of Daddy Yankee‘s reggaetón superhit ‘Gasolina’. You wouldn’t think that an urban Latin track by a Puerto Rican artist would cross over very well to a Bollywood style, but this actually works very well: Indian flavors are added to the Latin mix, creating a surprisingly tasty version of the staple reggaetón dish.