Heavy Rotation: Pritam Chakraborty, Ram Sampath, Vishal-Shekhar & More

Dance numbers everywhere alike follow the one cardinal rule in music, to grab the listeners' attention from the get go and hook them to its catchy rhythm. Here's some of my picks from the last few years, the songs I've revisited again and again...

Hookah Bar (Himesh Reshammiya, Khiladi 786) - Love is a drug, but can it be as intoxicating as a smoking a hookah? Well, it is, according to Himesh, who has also written the lyrics for this addictive song that borrows its hook from Alex Mica's Dalinda.

Lat Lag Gayee (Pritam Chakraborty, Race 2) - Benny Dayal has been a regular fixture in many of the recent dance hits, Disco Deewane, Badtameez Dil, among several others, yet nothing beats this absurdly rhythmic Pritam-composed tune.

Tum Hi Ho Bandhu (Pritam Chakraborty, Cocktail) - An upbeat dance number enlivened further by Kavitha Seth's unique voice and Neeraj Shridhar's peppy rendition.

Chori Chori (Pritam Chakraborty, Garam Masala) - Nothing like a good old Punjabi bhangra to get your feet tapping.

It's Rocking (Pritam Chakraborty, Kya Love Story Hai) - A remix of Ude Jab Jab Zulfen Teri from the 1957 film Naya Daur, Pritam keeps it breezy and melodious led by a fabulous Alisha Chinai on the vocals.

Marjaani (Pritam Chakraborty, Billu) - Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan take the energetic song to the next level with their spirited singing.

Twist (Pritam Chakraborty, Love Aaj Kal) - Where Pritam adds a pungi twist to make you twist, turn and dance!

Afghan Jalebi (Pritam Chakraborty, Phantom) - An impossibly buoyant qawwali from Pritam with a chorus that's contagious as much as phenomenal.

Dil Dooba (Ram Sampath, Khakee) - One of Ram Sampath's earliest compositions and still just about perfect, especially for Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal's ever-rocking vocals.

Aaja Ve (Ram Sampath, SONA) - This 2006 song from his better-half Sona Mohapatra's debut studio album is every bit the folky charmer, instantly likeable and irresistibly groovy.

Dil Na Jaane Kyun (Sachin-Jigar, Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story) - Music duo Sachin-Jigar are no strangers when it comes to rocking party anthems, but this snazzy and sparkling electropop tune is bloody catchy!

Chammak Challo (Vishal-Shekhar, Ra.One) - Akon and Hamsika Iyer rock this glittering, vivacious bhangra, and to be frank, I haven't gotten enough of it!

Alcoholic (Yo Yo Honey Singh, The Shaukeens) - Yo Yo Honey Singh's pulsating techno club number is possibly his best yet.