Grading the Top 10 Songs in … INDONESIA!

1. Noah, “Jika Engkau”

Noah, formerly known as Peterpan, is a five-person pop-rock group that started out playing Brit-pop, moved into grunge, and now makes adult alternative indie rock.

Grade: B

Best YouTube Comment: “NOAH NO. 1” — rangeofmoountainsirfando


2. Geisha, “Lumpuhkan Ingatanku”

Lead singer Momo sounds like Shania Twain. That’s a compliment, obviously. Geisha won a “mild” band contest called Mild Soundsation sponsored by the Sampoerna tobacco company, known for their “mild” cigarettes.

Grade: B+

Best YouTube Comment: “Likeeeeeee” — putricyaxueliong


3. Ungu, “Bila Tiba” (Sang Kiai OST)

A ballad from the soundtrack to Sang Kiai, a patriotic biopic about Hasyim Asy’ari, one of the founders of the Sunni Islam group Nahdlatul Ulama. Ungu is a pop rock band from Jakarta that once released a compilation album that was only sold at Indonesian KFC franchises.

Grade: B

Best YouTube Comment: “I love this song” — HimawatiRofik


4. Fatin Shidqia Lubis, “Aku Memilih Setia”


Sixteen-year-old Fatin Shidqia Lubis, who goes simply by “Fatin,” won the first season of the Indonesian franchise of The X Factor. She advanced into the live shows with her adorable cover of Rihanna’s “Diamonds.”

Grade: A

Best YouTube Comment: “FATIN IS THE BEST…” — RizkiToyib


5. Nidji, “Rahasia Hati” (5 cm OST)

Gentle rock in the mold of Coldplay. Nidji means “rainbow,” and some of its biggest hits include “Child” and “Disco Lazy Time.” From the soundtrack to 5 cm, a coming-of-age movie about friends who climb a mountain together.

Grade: A-

Best YouTube Comment: “I Like It @Nidji” — emiersurya


6. Coboy Junior, “Terus Berlari” (Coboy Junior the Movie OST)

Coboy Junior is a boy band geared towards preteens whose biggest hit single is a delightful New Edition–ish song about young puppy love called “Eeeaa.”

Grade: A

Best YouTube Comment: “Lipsing…” — abrar96rashid


7. Cakra Khan, “Seletah Kau Tiada”

Cakra Khan let me rock you, let me rock you Cakra Khan, let me rock you that’s all I wanna do.

Grade: B+

Best YouTube Comment: “Another killer song by Cakra Khan a year after the hit song Harus Terpisah. And yet another lovely ballad composed by Alda Nadi…this is what we called Jiwang Song @ Galau. Kudos to Alda Nadi & Cakra. Thumbs up & Jempol…Speechless & Breathless!!!” — EddiLudin


8. Maudy Ayunda, “Cinta Datang Terlambat” (Refrain OST)

A delicate song from the film adaptation of Winna Efendi’s romantic novel Refrain.

Grade: B

Best YouTube Comment: “So … sweet :)”- febiarcindy


9. Mahadewa, “Immortal Love Song”

Is this like twee nu-metal with R&B accents? I am into that idea, obviously.

Grade: A

Best YouTube Comment: “aga mirip yah dengan Linkin Park — CASTLE OF GLASS” — Handy kurniawijya n


10. D’masiv, “Nyaman”

More run-of-the-mill pop rock from D’masiv. My favorite member of D’masiv is the one with At The Drive-In hair.

Grade: B-

Best YouTube Comment: “i like it … success always for d’masiv :)” — vhatrii sundari

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Molly Lambert is a staff writer for Grantland.

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