Just days after her high-profile split with ‘Saturday Night Live’ star Pete Davidson, American pop star Ariana Grande released a new single, “Thank U, Next.”
Social media is going gaga over the song as it not just includes widely relatable nuances of going through a breakup but also endorses self-love for all those nursing painful heartbreaks.
It has not even been a week since the release of the hit and it seems Grande’s fans all over the world, including Pakistan, have overdosed on it.
In case you are looking for similar tunes to soothe your emotions, the Pakistani music industry has produced a number of iconic breakup anthems over the years that, honestly, put Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ to shame.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s “Tumhe dillagi bhul jani paregi”
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When it comes to any list of iconic Pakistani songs, the name of late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is an inevitable entry.
Written by lyricist Purnam Allahabad and composed by Fateh Ali Khan, “Tumhe dillagi bhul jani paregi,” remains one of the most powerful odes to unrequited love of all time, even decades after its release.
Reshma’s “Lambi judai”
Another staple in the list is folk singer Reshma’s famous song “Lambi judai.” It is a powerful lament of separation, one that moves listeners to tears, regardless of the relationship status.
It’s that good.
The hit was also used in a popular 1993 Bollywood movie “Hero.”
Sajjad Ali’s “Her zulm”
If there is one modern-day Pakistani musician who can be crowned as the “king of breakup songs,” it’s Sajjad Ali.
Ali has composed and sung a number of memorable songs over the past two decades but some of his best tunes are the ones mourning the loss of love.
“Her zulm,” released in 2013, is one of those tunes.
Hadiqa Kiyani’s “Mahi”
Most of Hadiqa Kiyani’s songs celebrate love and life. Her songs, “Boohey barian” and “Dupatta,” are most famous examples in this regard.
But her 2007 single, “Mahi,” is a notable exception.
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Strings’ “Kahani Muhabbat Ki”
As suggested by the title, the song talks about a short-lived tale of love. Strings released the single in 2003 and it went on to become one of the most famous breakup songs of the time.
Jal The Band’s “Aadat”
This hit single infamously started off a feud between two band members — one that went down in the history of the Pakistani music industry.
In 2003, Atif Aslam’s powerful vocals and Goher Mumtaz’s guitar solo moved listeners not only in Pakistan but also across the world.