Updated 21 May, 2022

'Pasoori' is a song that keeps on giving.

Ali Sethi and Shae Gill's infectious song dropped on February 7 as part of Coke Studio season 14. Written by Sethi and Fazal Abbas, the music has been produced by Abdullah Siddiqui and Xulfi. Even though we are knees deep in May, the song's popularity shows no sign of diminishing. In fact, it has only replicated itself, inspiring covers from not just inside Pakistan but other countries.

Among its acclaims, the song climbed to number 3 on Spotify's global chart and refuses to leave the list. It's also been called the song "uniting Pakistan and India" by The New Yorker (not as easy feat).

How much more famous can a song get? While you ponder over that question, here are three versions of 'Pasoori' you may like to add to your playlist.

Siyal Khan

A scenic view, sunset-painted skies and an instrumental version of 'Pasoori' serenading your senses is one way to get some zen time this weekend.

Siyal Khan is a musician from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the rubab is his instrument of choice. His feed is a treat for the eyes and the ears; beautiful locations serve as the backdrop to his videos of different covers, including that of the Game of Thrones OST and Bollywood hits.

There is no doubt that the lyrics of 'Pasoori' are a big attraction for listeners but there's also something to be said for stripping a song down to just its music and nothing else. And that's why we find ourselves playing this on repeat.

Mansa Pandey

Music crosses borders whether people do or don't, and singer Mansa Pandey from New Delhi is proof of that.

She's already covered Coke Studio's “Tu Jhoom” and other Pakistani songs. So how could she not this raging hit?

While Mansa uses her soulful voice to give the song her own spin, like Siyal, the music is restricted to one instrument. The combo allows us to appreciate the lyrics as well as the tune, and so we're quite thankful she "found some time to squeeze this banger" into her schedule.

Emma Heesters

'Pasoori' has gone international and Dutch singer Emma Heesters' cover is just one of the many examples of it becoming a global phenomenon.

The songwriter kept the chorus but changed up the lyrics to match the original song. The fact that she has more than 5 million YouTube followers is testament alone to her vocal prowess and talent as a cover singer.

Here is the YouTuber enjoying the song just as much as we do.

Can you think of other renditions that we have missed? Let us know in the comments section!


Dam'it May 21, 2022 05:29pm
We need fire..ask Dolly may be she can give some fire ...
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Syed Hasni May 21, 2022 05:58pm
The only problem with Pakistani hit songs are they usually copied, though I have high regards for Sethi, being a Harvard graduate he might have objected to it. But you know Zulfi , has a reputation.
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Asma Ali May 21, 2022 07:52pm
Maza agaya!!
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Aiza May 21, 2022 09:49pm
A very nice version - hope this Pakistani becomes a global hit!
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Fadi May 21, 2022 09:59pm
@Syed Hasni mention some hit songs that are copied.
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Abbas May 21, 2022 10:33pm
@Syed Hasni please tell me one song on coke studio that is copied? Infact it is the other way round. Others copy Pakistani songs
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Hussain May 21, 2022 11:17pm
@Syed Hasni is this song copied from, inspired by, something else?
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Dil May 22, 2022 02:32am
@Syed Hasni I guess you are talking about bollywood music. Please don't make such comments without evidence it takes a lot to create such a masterpiece.
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desi cowboy May 22, 2022 06:54am
@Syed Hasni says who? talk about this song, is it copied? Yeah, India on the other hand has a habit of copying.
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Heathen May 22, 2022 07:43am
If I wanted to get the song out of my head, now I know what renditions to look for ..... RIP pasoori , the mayhem on your life has just begun
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Ahmed Zeeshan May 23, 2022 01:38am
Music creates a bond between people which can never be seperated
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Sameer Khan May 23, 2022 09:38am
@Syed Hasni so you suspect that this song isn’t original? Or do you know that it is copied? If yes, can you please tell us which song it is copied from?
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