51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 16: A.R. Rahman & The Pussycat Dolls – Jai Ho!

I’ve got lots of favourite songs that were theme tunes to (or featured in) a favourite movie, and I often wonder if it was the movie that made me like the song, or the song that made me like the movie?

This week, we’re off to the year 2009, and a trip to the cinema.

51 weeks 51 songs from the past poster

“Jai Ho!” I love shouting it out. I don’t know why, but they are two words that, to me, seem perfectly matched. Let’s take a look at our featured song for this week.

Jai Ho!, or to be exactly correct for this version, Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny), is a song taken from the blockbuster movie Slumdog Millionaire. When Nicole Scherzinger (from The Pussycat Dolls) was asked to rewrite and make her own version of the song, she was a little hesitant at first. Personally, I think she did an excellent job, and so did much of the world, with the song charting in many countries. In six countries, including Australia, Finland, Ireland and Israel, the song reached number one. In the U.S.A, the song debuted at number 100. The following week it peaked at number 15, experiencing one of the largest upward movements on the chart, yet it failed to make it any further up the chart!

The song also charted in the United Kingdom, not once, but twice! In April 2009, it peaked at number three and reentered the charts a year later, at number 60, when the song was featured on the reality TV show, Dancing On Ice. It seems it doesn’t take much for songs to be able to reenter the singles charts when they are featured months, or even years, later on TV.

If there is a song that is guaranteed to make me get up and dance, then this is it, although I don’t think Ms Scherzinger would have chosen me for my dancing skills! Mind you, none of you has ever seen me ice-skate, have you?

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to Ruth, Marie, Colline, and Kat who joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song. I’d also like to thank Sally, who recently tagged me in a musical challenge currently doing the rounds. As I am already running this feature for the whole year, I declined her invitation to join in the challenge but said I’d link to her post in this week’s feature. Thank you, Sally.

Want to join Hugh in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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  1. I remember going to see Slumdog in a place called Zeffirelis in Ambleside in the Lake District. It has a restaurant as well as cinema screens. A lovely birthday treat. And the dance routine at the end when they played the song was brilliant. I do like a good song and dance routine in a movie…

    1. I’ve never seen this before, Graeme. I’ve had a few glasses of red wine this evening, so it was very funny. I’ll come back tomorrow and watch again. If I think any different, I’ll let you know. 😀

      1. It’s from Monty Python’s Meaning of Life – not their best film, but this always makes me laugh. They’ve taken all the key elements from big numbers from musicals like Oliver! and used lyrics I can’t imagine Lionel Bart coming up with. Not sure if they really wanted to make a point or just wanted to produce something funny – I suspect the latter.

  2. I remember watching that movie and the music. I wasn’t aware Nicole redid it. I loved her in the Pussycat Dolls and have all their CDs, lol. 🙂 xx

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