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Remembering Madam Noor Jehan With Her Most Memorable Songs

Google Doodle Madam Noor Jehan

Google’s tribute to Noor Jehan on her 91st birthday / via Google

Time is a cruel thing. We come into this world, live our life, and then we die leaving behind no trace that we ever existed. But there are few people who have defeated time. They may have left this world but their words, their songs, their art will live forever. Madam Noor Jehan was one such singer we got blessed with.

Some of us listened to her as a kid and fell in love with her voice, even though the words didn’t make any sense back then. Some listened to her in their adulthood and were amazed at how beautifully she sang about the feelings they are all too familiar with. A few of you may still not have listened to any of Madam’s songs but one day you will and it will be magical.

The effect of Madam’s songs was not limited to a particular time. Her voice can still heal a broken heart and make a cold heart break down and cry. Her magic affected not only Pakistanis but everyone across the globe. Which is why that today not only we are celebrating her birthday but so is the world. Google made a special doodle to pay tribute to Madam Noor Jehan.

If I tried to praise Madam Noor Jehan’s singing, the words will fail me. So I won’t even try. Instead, let us look at some of her most memorable songs:

1. Mujhse Pehli Si Mohabbat:

Written by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, this song became an anthem of the broken-hearted lovers. I asked many people to list their top 5 Madam Noor Jehan songs and almost everyone had this song on their list.


2. Mahi Ve Sanu Bhul Na Javien:

This beautiful song is a personal favorite of mine. Over the years many talented artists have covered this, and many other of Madam Noor Jehan’s songs, but no cover matched the original song’s unparalleled charm.

3. Silsilay Tor Gaya:

Written by Ahmed Faraz, this ghazal is considered one of Madam Noor Jehan’s finest work. Although if we are being fair, there isn’t any song by her that cannot be considered her finest work.

4. Sun Wanjli Di:

One of the most famous songs of Madam Noor Jehan, Sun Wanjli Di Meethri Taan We also made it to many people’s top 5 list. Recorded for the movie Heer Ranjha, the song is a masterpiece. Many artists, including the Benjamin Sisters, have covered this song.

5. Mili Naghmay:

The naghmay sung by Madam Noor Jehan kept our soldiers’ morale high during the wars of 1965 and 1971. The same anthems have kept the bond between the forces and the nation strong and unbreakable during peacetime. Madam Noor Jehan sang Aye Puttar Hattan Tay Nai Wikday, Aye Watan Ke Sajeelay Jawanon, and Har Lehza Hai Momin with such emotions that listening to them on any day will give you goosebumps.

Did we miss your favorite song(s) by Madam Noor Jehan? Comment down below to let us know your top 5.

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