Five Music Bands You All Love


Five Music Bands We All Love

Remember Dil Dil Pakistan, Sayooni, Mera Bichra Yaar, Waqt and Addat? We all loved those songs, do you remember the creative minds behind them? Let`s take a tour down the memory lane and recall these amazing music bands!


Vital Signs

1986 marked the formation of Pakistan’s first and most successful band. Since their formation, the band released 4 albums: Vital Signs-1 in 1989, Vital Signs-2 in 1991, Aitebaar in 1993, and Hum Tum in 1995. Their play style ranged from pop and rock, however, they even included some classical elements in creative ways which made their music different and more likeable. They started up a new wave of music for Pakistan, which bands like Junoon further developed upon. Initially, Vital Signs built its reputation by performing in different university campuses and holding underground rock-music concerts. In 1987, the band tried making a national song and that’s when they released Dil Dil Pakistan which marked their breakthrough on a national level. Later in 2003, BBC World Service held an international poll in which this song was ranked in the 3rd place. Vital Signs is the first Pakistani band to have gone on a tour abroad. After the breakup of the band in 1998, the band members went on to pursue successful individual careers; Junaid Jamshed became a solo singer, Shahzad Hasan worked as a music producer, and Rohail Hyatt formed a production company.



The “U2 of Pakistan”, as referred by The New York Times, is a rock band which came together in 1990. They came under the spotlight a year later with the release of their self-titled debut album “Junoon”. Since then, the band has released 7 studio albums, 4 video albums, 2 live albums, and 5 compilations. Collectively, they have sold over 30 million records all over the world. The band mixed the use of rock guitars and bluesy vocals, with conventional eastern instruments like tablas, and combined it with popular poetry and traditional Pakistani folk music. Using the poetry of Bulleh Shah, Allama Iqbal, and Shah Hussain, the band focused their music on worldly issues to keep national spirits high. Their music has been the face of Pakistan music internationally for over a decade. Some of their remarkable live performances include their tour in India and their performance in Central Park, New York with a crowd of about 20,000 people. The latter was made into a live video and titled “Junoon Live at Central Park: A tribute to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan”. Junoon has also received a total of 7 awards at various platforms which include the award for Best International Group at Channel V Awards in 1998 and the award for Best Band at the Indus Music Awards in 2004.


Strings was found in 1988 by a group of four college students. Upon the release of their debut album Strings, 20,000 copies were sold within the first week. Unlike Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Junoon who were focused on Qawaalis and Rock music respectively, Strings’ music style focused more on reviving the Pakistani pop music and developing upon that genre. However, after the release of their second album “2”, Strings was disbanded by its members so that they could focus on their education. Fortunately, with the release of Duur, the band came together again in 2000 and regained its popularity. This was followed by the album Dhani that came out in 2003. Najane Kyun was a song in this album which was featured in the Hindi version of the Hollywood movie Spiderman 2. Their fifth album was released in 2008 and its songs Zinda and Akhri Alvida were featured in Bollywood movies. Strings changed their playstyle to rock music in their fourth and fifth albums while continuing to use instruments like the flute and sarangi to give their music the traditional eastern tranquility. Over the years, Strings have been accredited with a number of awards for their distinct playstyle. They have won awards at stages such as The Musik Awards, Lux Style Awards, MTV Music Awards, and MTV Asia Awards.

Entity Paradigm

One of the revolutionizing faces of the rock music in Pakistan showed up in 2000 when Entity Paradigm was formed. Their band mostly creates genres that revolve around heavy metal, progressive rock, and alternative rock that is an influence from some popular Western bands. Through this blend of different genres, EP is able to create music that was never before heard in Pakistan. They use their lyrical content to tell a story through drum beats and electronica. Furthermore, like other popular metal bands, they use guitar riffs that are backed by a focus on different themes. In 2007, EP announced in an interview that they would be disbanded due to several of its members pursuing different projects and career paths. Despite this, the band reunited in 2009, and held its first performance in four years, at LUMS. Since then, the band focused on its revival by performing at several institutes all over Pakistan because their main target audience were youngsters. EP has changed several members over the years but has managed to remain one of the most popular bands in Pakistan till this date.



Jal was started by Goher Mumtaz in 2002 when he offered Atif Aslam to join as the lead vocalist and was later joined by Omer Nadeem as bass guitarist. Initially, the band started performing different concerts in Lahore. In December 2003, the band released its first single “Aadat”, which went on to be the reason for their loyal fan base. The song topped the local music charts and retained its position for about 2 weeks.

Jal’s music style focuses on pop/soft rock with importance to catchy melodies and meaningful lyrical content. Most of the lyrics from their songs emphasize on personal as well as social themes to reflect our daily lives. Over the years, Jal has been won a number of awards. Some of their most prominent awards are the following: Best Rock Band at Indus Music Awards in 2006, Favorite Artist at MTV Asia Awards in 2006, and Best Album at Lux Style Awards in 2008.

Written by Wasay Ashraf 


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