The Playlist Special: Farhan Akhtar
Bollywood’s poster boy for rock picks all-time classics like the Beatles and Pink Floyd as part of his playlist
Farhan Akhtar’s playlist is one that every rock & roll loverÂ would be familiar with and even count as their own list ofÂ all-time favorites. The filmmaker-actor-singer’s influencesÂ include everything from the rock gods Pink Floyd andÂ Pearl Jam to electronica duo The Chemical Brothers.
1. “In My Life”Â The Beatles,Â 1965
It is one of the first songs IÂ would listen to on loop as aÂ child. Play. Rewind. Play. Rewind.
2. Dark Side of the MoonÂ Pink Floyd, 1973
The album that made meÂ want to play guitar. My go-toÂ album on long drives.
3. “Where the Streets HaveÂ No Name” U2, 1987
The energy of the song isÂ infectious. Also, it is the songÂ that defined The Edge soundÂ for me.
4. “Fix You” Coldplay, 2005
It’s just a beautiful song.Â Great vocals, lyrics, production. How can you not like it?
5. ‘Prince of Darkness’Â Indigo Girls, 1989
This band was a randomÂ discovery for me whenÂ they were nominated forÂ Debut Artist at the Grammys. Although the songÂ clip they showed was “Closer to Fine”, this song hasÂ emerged as myÂ favorite on the album.
6. “Lose Yourself” Eminem, 2002
Powerful, inspiring and aÂ super groove. Love the wayÂ he cries out ‘Success is myÂ only motherf***ing option,Â failure’s not..!’
7. “Chasing Cars” SnowÂ Patrol, 2006
Beautiful feel-goodÂ love song.
8. “Afterglow” INXS, 2005
I guess we all wonderedÂ what the new INXS wouldÂ be like. This song answeredÂ all those questions.
9. Ten Pearl Jam, 1991
One of the best debutÂ albums I have ever heard.Â Plus the discovery ofÂ the iconic Eddie Vedder.Â Watched him play inÂ Vienna a short while ago;Â brought tears to my eyes.
10. “Let Forever Be”Â Chemical Brothers, 1999
It has a great sing-alongÂ quality to it and feels likeÂ electronica-meets the Beatles. Infectious groove andÂ Michel Gondry hit the ballÂ out of the park with theÂ video.