"Punjab is so proud of you and we will forever be grateful"
With the very sad and untimely death of one of the most beloved Punjabi singers, these Sidhu Moose Wala songs show how iconic he really was.
The musician was known for his groundbreaking tracks that blurred the lines between folk, bhangra, rap and trap sounds.
Within a short career spanning just five years, the artist is one of the most successful to emerge from the Punjab region.
Having started his journey as a songwriter, he emerged as a fresh new talent in 2017 with his collaborative song ‘G Wagon’.
Using tumbi and flutes along with boisterous vocals, Sidhu Moose Wala quickly gained the attention of the masses.
It is here where he started carving a way for Punjabi music to blend with other mainstream genres.
He was unapologetic in his approach and was not afraid to use more western beats and influences to produce projects that only he could achieve.
Artists and musicians continue to mourn the loss of such an idol. But, his tracks have been bellowing out from every corner of the world.
So, here are the top Sidhu Moose Wala songs to listen to, showing his timeless music and legendary status.
‘So High’ (2017)
Sidhu Moose Wala announced his arrival with the giant anthem ‘So High’ produced by Canadian artist Byg Byrd.
The formidable song was different to any other project out at that time, especially from a South Asian artist.
The music video itself was shot in Canada which already brought a modern and western feel to the track. However, Sidhu Moose Wala’s voice roars throughout.
The intense melodies, elongated notes and authentic lyrics made it an original and emphatic debut.
The singer’s originality blossoms and his bold attitude resonates with the listener. Since its release, ‘So High’ has surpassed a staggering 490 million YouTube views.
At a time when this type of cockiness was looked down upon, Sidhu paid no attention and formed a new wave of Punjabi music.
‘Just Listen’ (2017)
Featuring Canadian artist, Sunny Malton, ‘Just Listen’ showed off a different side to Sidhu Moose Wala’s talent.
Compared to ‘So High’ which was addictively fast-paced, Sidhu stripped it back and displayed his vocal range.
Talking about the music industry and the continuous criticism you get, the singer claps back at all the trolls with a diehard spirit.
Explaining how he is made with unbreakable Punjabi armour, the song has uplifting energy.
His delivery resonates with all those that listen as Gurkarn Prihar commented on YouTube:
“I come back to this song every so often, it was one of the first songs of his I listened to.
“I wish he was still with us, it pains me to have to realise that he is no longer walking with the rest of us.”
Beautiful harmonies pop up throughout the track and Sidhu also uses autotune in some parts, a tool popularised by hip hop legends Kanye West and T Pain.
In such a short period of time, Sidhu thrived in the music scene so there was no surprise when the film industry came calling.
‘Dollar’ was Sidhu’s first film track for the movie Dakuan Da Munda and quickly gathered over 132 million views on YouTube.
The track is catchy and distinctive in the singer’s catalogue. What made Sidhu Moose Wala’s songs so special was they never deviated away from his creative process.
They all had a knack for making you want to listen to more. ‘Dollar’ also achieves this.
The bouncy instrumentation mixed with head-bopping vocals makes for a splendid track that delivers all the colourful vibes you need.
Upon its release, ‘Famous’ really emphasised how versatile the Punjabi singer was, making it one of the most listened to Sidhu Moose Wala songs.
With over 94 million YouTube views and a plethora of praise, the track embraces fame and the attention that comes with it.
Whilst Sidhu himself was always humble, it was this self-confidence and almost cheekiness that made him much-loved.
Using a rap inspired beat, Sidhu sings gracefully and provides fans with brash lyrics to bellow out at concerts and live performances.
The music video itself was also very unique. Inspired by the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Drake, the photographic motion shots leave you in a trance.
Sidhu Moose Wala has drawn relation to hip hop legend 2Pac for his ability to inspire and create in a similar iconic fashion.
But ‘Badfella’ is an ode to how influenced Sidhu was by 2Pac’s era of music.
In the 90s, musicians like Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and Eazy E, used a popular high pitch synth that carries the melody in their songs.
It is heard in historical songs like ‘Nuthin’ but a “G” Thang’ (1992) and ‘Real Muthaphuckkin G’s’ (1993).
In typical daring style, the Punjabi singer uses this old school tool nicknamed the ‘West Coast gangsta flute’.
With rumbling bass, raw lyrics and diverse rhythms, Sidhu graced the scene with an emphatic song that referenced a different side of the talented musician.
The release of ‘Tochan’ went viral across social media and within four days of its release, it surpassed 10 million YouTube views.
It has gone on to achieve over a monumental 257 million views and it’s not hard to see why.
The best Sidhu Moose Wala songs were ones where he captured the very essence of his being. This track does that by setting the visuals in Punjab.
The use of tractors is an ode to the Indian farmers and the lyrics highlight that real happiness is where someone grows up.
The project detaches itself from the materialistic objects that we see in other Sidhu videos and focuses on the importance of staying grounded.
An avid fan, Jas D, revealed his feelings after hearing the song, stating:
“Your songs will always play, your lyrics will never be forgotten.”
“You completely changed the course of Punjabi music, Punjab is so proud of you and we will forever be grateful.”
The build-up of snares, energetic drops and Sidhu’s flow made this a chart-topping anthem.
Drawing upon a darker and more mysterious beat, Sidhu brought a hip hop vibe reminiscent of rappers 50 Cent and Eminem.
The icon wrote and composed the song which shows how influential he was over his own music.
That’s one aspect Sidhu didn’t lose – his authenticity and originality with each track.
The eery tone of the song is emphasised with a black and white music video which has over a whopping 139 million views.
But it’s really the powerful chords in the singer’s voice that saw it skyrocket across the world.
Fans adored the catchy chorus and Punjabi notes which elevated the song in the charts and emphasised why Sidhu set the benchmark for Indian hip hop.
‘Same Beef’ (2019)
Collaborating with Pakistani rapper, Bohemia, resulted in the huge single ‘Same Beef’ in which Sidhu penned the lyrics for the song.
Interestingly the track had actually leaked prior to the official release. The anticipation levels raised as many were excited to hear how both musicians sounded on ‘Same Beef’.
When the project finally came out, fans were amazed that the beat had changed compared to the leaked version.
Nonetheless, the dark and mysterious feeling of the instrumental complimented the abstract raps of Bohemia.
His deep tone and effortless flow paired nicely with Sidhu’s steep notes and vivid bhangra-style melodies.
Both artists are seen as pioneers of their genres. So there was no doubt that this collaboration was going to triumph.
‘Sohne Lagde’ (2019)
Canadian singer-songwriter, The PropheC, teamed up with Sidhu Moose Wala to make this huge romantic song.
The soft melody and gentle nature of ‘Sohne Lagde’ made it a hit for various fans whilst also becoming popular at weddings.
Couples would use the single as their first dance, but that comes as no surprise given the lyrics such as:
“It seems that we are made for each other. Just stand next to me and see how good we look.”
Sidhu enriched each moment of ‘Sohne Lagde’ but The PropheC’s vocalising made is tantalising for the ears.
With these smoother notes running throughout the track, it became one of Sidhu’s most played singles.
Whilst most of the Sidhu Moose Wala songs are considered big achievements, ’47’ is seen as a milestone in his career.
Linking up with British Indian producer, Steel Banglez, and rappers MIST and Stefflon Don formed one of the biggest anthems of that year.
It was Sidhu’s first song to reach the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 17. But it took the top spot on the UK Asian Chart.
The song was the first of its kind with a major link-up between thriving British artists and a Punjabi singer.
With the gritty raps of MIST, Sidhu’s powerful singing, Stefflon Don’s flow and Banglez’s Desi infused production, ’47’ thrived.
The success and popularity of the project announced Sidhu on the radar of many Britons, becoming a household name for all cultures and backgrounds.
It was also one of the main factors in leading Sidhu to join MIST on the main stage at the Wireless Festival in 2021.
Historically, he was the first-ever Indian artist to perform at the event.
As his work shows, Sidhu was more than happy working with other artists – it was a part of his helpful attitude towards people.
‘Dhakka’ is another indication of that, teaming up with Indian singer Afsana Khan.
Like ‘Badfella’, this song is heavily influenced by hip hop. The song opens up with a sampled rap song which quickly mixes into the vibrant voice of Afsana.
As it leads up to the first verse, that famous ‘West Coast gangsta flute’ comes in and makes you feel like you’re listening to an American rap track.
Of course, Sidhu lays down some impressive lyricism that effortlessly glides across the beat and keeps your head nodding.
It illustrates just how versatile the musician was. He was highly ambitious and he put all that vision into his craft to conjure up masterpieces like ‘Dhakka’.
The music video is reminiscent of Sidhu’s political lifestyle. One scene shows him starting to speak and a crowd quickly gathers to listen, just like it did in real life.
‘Bambiha Bole’ (2020)
One of the most mesmerising Sidhu Moose Wala songs was ‘Bambiha Bole’ featuring legendary artist Amrit Mann.
Amrit starts the song off beautifully which makes you believe it will have a traditional instrumental. However, it is anything but.
As soon as it drops, Amrit’s vocals echo out and the trap-inspired beat comes in.
There are violin notes that break up the chords every so often, keeping the track fresh.
Sidhu then introduces himself in a familiar fashion. A robotic voice shouts “finally” and then a female disclaimer echoes “Sidhu Moose Wala”.
It sends goosebumps down your spine when listening, and even more so when watching the build-up in the music video.
According to YouTube, Sidhu’s verse is the most replayed part of the song. But, with such a tenacious performance on ‘Bambiha Bole’, no one can argue against this.
‘These Days’ (2021)
Sidhu Moose Wala and Bohemia reunited for their joint project, ‘These Days’. The track is from Sidhu’s third and what would be his final studio album before his death, Moosetape.
The song is a showcase of the musician’s voice control and singing range.
His relaxed harmonies emphasise each note and you can really hear the purity in his tone.
‘These Days’ is a single where both artists reveal their outlook on the music industry.
They explain how people try to imitate them or aim to copy the path of other successful rappers like Lil Wayne or Rick Ross.
The duo also emphasise why they’re on top of their game because they have loyal fans and stay true to themselves.
Sidhu’s incredible melodies ride the beat perfectly and Bohemia lays down some seriously quick rhymes to provide a temporary switch up.
Creatively, Sidhu Moose Wala’s songs are at the elite level. However, he also has a knack for addressing inner emotions or perceptions.
Some believe ‘295’ is a reference to Section 295 of the Indian Penal Code. This act refers to a person intending to insult someone’s sacred beliefs which is punishable with imprisonment.
Sidhu himself has come under backlash for certain comments when talking about India’s behaviour in certain situations.
So in the track, which is raw and full of emotion, the singer talks about the limits of ‘free speech’.
He states that when you’re in the public eye, anything you say is deemed controversial.
Therefore, he utters in the chorus that if you try and express your ideas, they will put you behind bars.
‘295’ is so powerful and thought-provoking. There are hints of folk and classical Indian singing as Sidhu hits some impressive notes throughout the song.
‘The Last Ride’ (2022)
In one of the last songs released by the great Sidhu Moose Wala, ‘The Last Ride’ used the crime scene of 2Pac’s murder.
Fans speculated that the two incidents were related given the eery coincidence.
However, others put it down to the fact both individuals were so impactful on their generations and they had a lot of haters.
The song in itself is magical. It has a distinct choppy beat that Sidhu easily flows on and you can’t help but be taken back by the song.
The production quality is stunning and there are hits of bass and piano keys that link one verse to the next.
Likewise, the track actually displays how Sidhu matured as an artist. His vocals have the same melody as the instrumental so it keeps you in this hypnotic trance.
It was very emotional once the news of Sidhu’s passing went viral.
Although this wasn’t exactly his final release, many fans saw the lyrics and song title as a self-proclaimed farewell.
Sidhu Moose Wala’s final release on his YouTube was ‘LEVELS’ and the musician certainly showed how he was levels above.
Linking up with Sunny Malton again, the song opens up in deserved fashion with an iconic speech by legendary boxer, Mike Tyson.
Along with other statements, Tyson exclaims “I’m the best ever” and Sidhu comes in with a boisterous chorus.
Sunny’s English raps are smooth and give a clean break in the song as he oozes into some angelic singing towards the end of his verse.
But, the highlight of ‘LEVELS’ is just after this when Sidhu starts a rap of his own.
With a pacey delivery, he performs some hard rhymes whilst still keeping a soulful percussion intact that leaves you feeling so energetic.
Sunny posted an emotional and lengthy memorial to Sidhu on his Instagram to mark how influential the singer was to him. He expressed:
“Why god why. Why’d you take my brother from me. I never was and never will be anything in music without you bruh.
“You made me who I am today. Nobody had my back like you did.”
Sunny’s sad words just touched upon the state of music and the world after Sidhu’s passing.
The suddenness of it truly resonated across the world, leaving millions mourning his death and with a massive void in their heart.
However, many also took this time to rejoice in the special projects and singles that Sidhu left in his short span within the industry.
He provided a path for Punjabi and mainstream music to work together. He was a gifted innovator and the first of his kind to really blend different genres successfully.
Sidhu Moose Wala’s songs aren’t temporary, they have cemented his legacy forever.