Nazia Hassan (3 April 1965 – 13 August 2000) was a Pakistani pop singer-songwriter, lawyer and social activist. She started her music career at the age of 10, and became one of the most prominent singers in Pakistan and India. She enjoyed widespread popularity across South and Southeast Asia and has been called the “Queen of Pop” in South Asia. Along with her brother Zoheb Hassan, went on to sell over 65 million records worldwide.
Nazia Hassan fought a long battle with cancer during the last years of her life and died of lung cancer in London on 13 August 2000 at the age of 35. Pakistan’s vibrant contemporary music scene owes itself to Nazia Hassan’s redefinition of pop. Also, the biggest 1990s bands.
It has been long 18 years that we have lost an iconic true-blue female singer of our country. From happy disco vibes with Ap Jaisa koi and Disco Deewany to melancholically tuned songs Ankhein Milany Waly has set a benchmark for all the pop singers all over the world by her vibrant melodious voice.
We are remembering the evergreen diva of pop music sensation who’s music cannot be forgotten ‘Nazia Hassan” by her top iconic songs.
No list remembering Nazia Hassan could be complete without mentioning the super-popular, Disco Deewane. The 1981 song went on to become a chartbuster throughout the world. So much so, that after 30 years of its release, it was remixed into Bollywood’s Student of the Year!
A track from her mega-hit album of the same name, Boom Boom, became the voice of the 80s Pepsi Generation. Where in the west singers like Michael Jackson had taken the limelight, in Pakistan, it had to be Nazia Hassan with this track.
App Jaisa Koi:
A song which made Nazia Hassan a household name in India, Aap Jaisa Koi, went on to become the singer’s first ever Filmfare award in Bollywood. The song till date is probably how people remember the film, Qurbaani and Zeenat Aman’s iconic dance moves.
If there’s one song that made us fall in love with the sibling duo, Zoheb and Nazia Hassan, it has to be Dosti. A melodious song that went on to become the anthem for the budding pop scene in Pakistan, the song is still one of the most iconic songs by the two.
Dum Dum Dee Dee:
Probably the most humming song from Nazia Hassan ever, Dum Dum Dee Dee’s Alice in Wonderland theme was every Pakistani youth’s favorite music video growing up!