Yaar Bina

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"Yaar Bina"
Single by Junoon
from the album Azadi
Released September, 1997
Format Cassette, CD
Recorded 1997
Genre Sufi rock
Hard rock
Length 3:47 (album version)
3:44 (music video)
Label EMI Pakistan, Sadaf Stereo
Writer(s) Sabir Zafar, Salman Ahmad
Producer(s) John Alec, Salman Ahmad
Junoon singles chronology
"Yaar Bina"
Azadi track listing
"Yaar Bina"
"Mukh Gae Nay"

"Yaar Bina" (Urdu: یار بنا, literal English translation: "without a friend") is a song by the Pakistani sufi rock band Junoon, released in April, 1997. It is the fourth track from the band's album fourth album, Azadi (1997), released on EMI Records.[1] Written by lead guitarist and founder of the band Salman Ahmad and writer Sabir Zafar, it is one of the lead single's on the album, the other being "Sayonee", the song uses blending of rock guitars and bluesy vocals with eastern elements like the use of tablas, raga-inspired melodies and traditional Pakistani folk music.

The unexpected success of "Yaar Bina" and "Sayonee" in 1997 propelled Azadi at the local and international music charts, within three months of the release of Azadi, the album had sold over half a million copies and hit platinum sales status in a record of four weeks.[2][3] The single was a hit in South Asia, topping all music charts in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. The success of the single led the album being the band's highest selling album in South Asia and Junoon received a platinum certification for hitting platinum sales for their album. Also, the success of the album led the band winning the 'Best International Group' title at the Channel V Music Awards, where they performed along with worldwide icons Sting, The Prodigy and Def Leppard.[4][5] Azadi was nominated for 'Best International Album', having achieved the prestigious honour of being the highest selling album in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India that year.

Although the song received many critical plaudits, it is one of the most well known and popular tracks by Junoon, also listeners and critics have continued to praise "Yaar Bina" as one of the greatest rock songs of all time in Pakistani music industry.

Track listing[edit]

Yaar Bina

All tracks written by Junoon.

No. Title Length
1. "Yaar Bina" 3:47
2. "Yaar Bina" (Video) 3:44


Additional musicians
  • Ustad Aashiq Ali - Tambourin, Tabla


  1. ^ Azadi review, Retrieved on May 6, 2011.
  2. ^ Junoon - Biography Retrieved on May 30, 2010
  3. ^ Junoon's album Azadi hits platinum in record time Retrieved on April 1, 1998.
  4. ^ "Junoon - V Award Ceremony 1998 Junoon Wins Best International Band Award". Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ Junoon to perform at MTV Awards Retrieved on April 19, 2011.

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