Regarded as the Queen of Pop of South Asia, Nazia Hassan is a known name when it comes to Pakistani music. From hit singles such as ‘Aap Jaisa Koi’, her debut song at the age of 15, to ‘Boom Boom’, her discography is timeless. Two decades after her death, the singer is remembered for her timeless melodies. On her 22nd death anniversary, we’re remembering the legend with six of her songs that we hold very close to our hearts.
Born on April 3, 1965, Nazia passed away after losing a battle to cancer on August 13, 2000. The world still celebrates the pop icon 22 years on.
Here are six of our favourites by the singer.
‘Aap Jaisa Koi’
Disco instrumental and Nazia’s soft vocals blend effortlessly in this classic that makes anyone, of any age, groove. It takes us back to the good old days when we travelled in the family car armed with a cassette of the pop singer’s hits.
This upbeat disco track that released in 1982 is still very trendy 40 years later. The evergreen beauty and her soft vocals blend perfectly in this iconic song too. We love Meesha Shafi’s rendition, but the OG holds a special place in our hearts.
Love for ‘Disco Deewane’ is so widespread, even borders can’t contain it. But Karan Johar’s revamped version for his film Student of the Year doesn’t hold a candle to the original 1981 Nazia version.
‘Aankhein Milane Wale’
As if her voice wasn’t enough, the visuals of Nazia in princess-like attire makes this 1983 melody even more special.
‘Dum Dum Dee Dee’
If we were to pick our favourite out of the bunch it would be ‘Dum Dum Dee Dee’ simply for Nazia’s voice and the music video that still looks straight out of a Disney film. The music video opens to a message that the song is Nazia and her brother Zoheb Hassan’s take on Alice in Wonderland.
Nazia’s ‘Dosti’ was the first friendship anthem we ever heard as children. Years later it still remains the best one not just for us but for many who still remember her and her songs.