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100 Best Bollywood Sad Songs

Updated on February 20, 2020
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Bollywood is known for its theatrical portrayal of human emotions in films. Since early days, films in India have featured sad songs. Bollywood songs express a plethora of emotions through lyrics. The feelings that come forth through a state of mind are aesthetically showcased in Hindi film songs. A breakup is rather wide-ranged in the realms of Hindi cinema and has been portrayed aesthetically in songs. The human condition associated with sadness, dejection, regret, misery, depression, desolation, despair, heartache, and loneliness is exquisitely told through stories in breakup songs.

What Are Bollywood Sad Songs?

Typically Bollywood sad songs are songs which convey a range of emotions associated with the heart. The melancholic expression in these songs has a strong message. Confessional lyrics are used to describe the state of being of a person. An aesthetic thought process is showcased through a flashback of visuals in sad songs from films. Certain songs showcase the varied complexities and difficulties that arise after a tragic event. Lyrical themes associated with sorrow and regret gives sad songs a unique identity.

Why Are Bollywood Sad Songs Popular?

What makes songs in Hindi films popular is the dramatic display of emotions told through a sequence of events or happenings. The emotive elements in melancholic songs kindle nostalgia like no other. The sentimental expression of heart and mind are elegantly woven into lyrical stories that form the crux of songs. Bollywood songs are excessively popular because they deliver a thoughtful message to listeners through lyrics. The poetic lyrics in these songs fathom the depths of emotion listeners can relate to through an individual perspective. Certain heartbreak songs that have emphasized the peaceful feeling that comes with solitude after a breakup have become hugely popular with youth.

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Nostalgia of Old Bollywood Sad Songs

The hauntingly beautiful melodies in old Hindi films serve as a reminder that great music never gets outdated. A number of emotional songs from the black and white era have become anthems for a new generation. The ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s represent a rich heritage of traditional Indian music in film songs. A number of old sad songs in Hindi films featured compositions based on Indian classical traditions. Furthermore the use of traditional Indian musical instruments gave distinctive identity to these songs. The different shades of sadness dealing with a breakup were exceptionally captured in thought-provoking lyrics in songs from the golden era.

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Emotional Bollywood Songs of the ‘80s and ‘90s

With the arrival of the ‘80s dawned a new era in Bollywood songs. Hindi films witnessed a whole new avatar associated with glitz and glamour. The emergence of sophisticated recording studios paved the way for new textural sounds in Bollywood. While dance songs and party songs gained momentum in the 90s, emotional songs continued to maintain their popularity. A number of heart-warming tunes about sorrow, pain, and suffering became epic hits in the decade. Songs about the feeling of dealing with a breakup and heartache and songs about parting ways became excessively popular in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

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Bollywood Songs of the Modern Era

The modern era in Bollywood which represents the 2000s and the decades to follow showcased sad songs with ethereal bittersweet expression. Since the millennium year Bollywood has witnessed remarkable young talent emerge. With reality shows and singing competitions increasing significantly in the internet age, a number of young talented individuals have found opportunities at playback singing in the Hindi film industry. Breakup songs have embodied a new flourish through unique voices that have shaped and transformed modern Bollywood. The pain and agony encompassed in sadness has been showcased in myriad ways through new Bollywood songs.

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While a great deal has changed in modern-day Bollywood, sad songs about breakups continue to harvest souls with the charm and ardor they exhibited in yesteryears.

The lines below showcase an epic list of sad songs. If you are a fan of Bollywood, you will have something to say. Feel free to share your thoughts, views and opinions in the comments section.

Top 10 Best Bollywood Sad Songs

  1. “Tujhe Kitna Chahne Lage”—Kabir Singh
  2. “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”—Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
  3. “Kabira”—Yeh Jawaant Hai Deewani
  4. “Mein Tenu Samjhawan”—Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
  5. “Teri Galliyan”—Ek Villain
  6. “Tadap Tadap Ke”—Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
  7. “Khamoshiyan”—Khamoshiyan
  8. “Tere Bin”—Bas Ek Pal
  9. “Bin Tere”—I Hate Love Stories
  10. “Bekhayali—Kabir Singh

Best Bollywood Sad Songs # 11—20

11. “Tum Hi Ho”—Aashiqui 2

12. “Jag Soona Soona Lage”—Om Shanti Om

13. “Tujhe Bhula Diya”—Anjaana Anjaani

14. “Tanahayee”—Dil Chahta Hai

15. “Aa Jao Meri Tamanna”—Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani

16. “Jiye Toh Jiye Kaise”—Saajan

17. “Tod Diya”—Kasak

18. “Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaye”—Jurm

19. “Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga”—Half Girlfriend

20. “Pardesi Pardesi”—Raja Hindustani

Best Bollywood Sad Songs # 21—40

21. “Nahin Who Saamne”—Entertainment

22. “Aye Dil Dil Ki Duniya Mein”—Yaadein

23. “Tu Hi Re”—Bombay

24. “Kaabil Hoon”—Kaabil

25. “Mahiya Teri Kasam”—Ghayal

26. “Tu Jaane Na”—Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani

27. “Bhula Dena”—Aashiqui 2

28. “Har Kisi Ko Nahi Milta”—Jaanbaz

29. “Zindagi Hosh Mein”—Bas Ek Pal

30. “Saajan O Saajan”—Baaghi

31. “Chupana Bhi Nahi Aata”—Baazigar

32. “Laal Ishq”—Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela

33. “Jee Karda”—Badlapur

34. “Sambhala Hain Maine”—Naaraz

35. “Phir Se”—Toh Baat Pakkit

36. “Saathi Re Tere Bina Bhi Kya Jeena”—Muqaddar Ka Sikandar

37. “Lambi Judaai”—Hero

38. “Hamari Adhuri Kahani”—Hamari Adhuri Kahani

39. “Dil Mera Churaya Kyun”—Akele Hum Akele Tum

40. “Judaai Judaai”—Judaai

Best Bollywood Sad Songs # 41—60

41. “Tu Hai Ki Nahi”—Roy

42. “Muskurane Ki Wajah Tum Ho”—Citylights

43. “Yeh Duniya Yeh Mehfil”—Heer Ranjha

44. “Saajna”—I Me Aur Main

45. “Tere Naam”—Tere Naam

46. “Woh Lamhe Woh Baaten”—Zaher

47. “Aaoge Jab Tum”—Jab We Met

48. “Mera Intkam Dekhegi”—Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana

49. “Tu Hi Tu”—Kick

50. “Mera Mann”—Nautanki Saala

51. “Achha Sila Diya Tune Mere Pyar Ka”—Bewafa

52. “Tum Bin”—Sanam Re

53. “Ab Tere Bin”—Aashiqui

54. “Dil Ke Armaan Aanshuo Main Beh Gaye”—Nikaah

55. “Sauiyaan”—Gunday

56. “Humsafar”—Badrinath Ki Dulahnia

57. “Tere Liye”—Veer Zaara

58. “Main Duniya Bhula Dunga”—Aashiqui

59. “Teri Meri”—Bodyguard

60. “Jaane Tu Meri Kya Hai”—Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na

Best Bollywood Sad Songs # 61—80

61. “Channa Mereya”—Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

62. “Hasi”—Hamari Adhuri Kahani

63. “Jab Rulana Hi Tha”—Aggar

64. “Dooriyan”—Love Aaj Kal

65. “Hum Bewfa Hargiz Na Thay”—Shalimar

66. “Pyar Manga Hai Tumhi Se”—College Girl

67. “Sach Keh Raha Hai Deewana”—Rehnna Hai Tere Dil Mein

68. “Tune Jo Na Kaha”—New York

69. “Who Shaam Kuchj Ajeeb Thi”—Khamoshi

70. “Manchala”—Hasee Toh Phasee

71. “Kal Ho Na Ho”—Kal Ho Na Ho

72. “Zindagi Ka Safar”—Safar

73. “Mujhe Teri Zaroorat Hai”—Ek Villain

74. “Shisha Ho Ya Dil Ho”—Aasha

75. “Duhaan Duhaan”—Fugly

76. “Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi”—Aandhi

77. “Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin”—Agneepath

78. “Kaise Main Kahoon Tujhse”—Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein

79. “Tu Pyaar Hain Kisi Aur Ka”—Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahi

80. “Is Dard-e-Dil Ki Shifarish (Baarish)”—Yaariyan

Best Bollywood Sad Songs # 81—100

81. “Jeena Jeena”—Badlapur

82. “Kya Hua Tera Wada”—Hum Kisise Kam Naheen

83. “Teri Galiyon Mein Na Rakhenge”—Hawas

84. “Sunn Raha Hai”—Aashiqui 2

85. “Toh Phir Aao”—Awarapan

86. “Alvida”—Life In a… Metro

87. “Hum Bekhudi Mein Tumko Pukare”—Kala Pani

88. “Tota Tota Sajan Se Kehna”—First Love Letter

89. “Oh Re Piya”—Aaja Nachle

90. “Toote Huye Khwabon Me—Madhumati

91. “Yun Hasraton Ke Daag”—Adalat

92. “Awaarapan Banjarapan”—Jism

93. “Agar Tum Mil Jao”—Zeher

94. “Suhani Raat Dhal Chuki”—Dulari

95. “Agar Tum Saath Ho”—Tamasha

96. “Zindagi Ke Safar Mein Guzar Jaate”—Aap Ki Kasam

97. “Do Pal”—Veer Zaara

98. “Chaha Hai Tujhko”—Mann

99. “Alvida”—D- Day

100. “Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Hansi Sitam”—Kaagaz Ke Phool


Other Notable Bollywood Sad Songs

  • “Zara Dekh Mera Deewanapan”—Footpath
  • “Jab Kabhi”—36 China Town
  • “Dil Pereshan Hai”—Bol
  • “Yeh Dil Deewana”—Pardes
  • “Dil De Diya Hai”—Masti
  • “Humdard”—Ek Villain
  • “Ab Naam Mohabbat”—Ghulam
  • “Ek Yaad Ke Saahare”—Imtihaan
  • “Jeevan Se Bhari Teri Ankhen”—Safar
  • “Koi Hota Jisko Apna”—Mere Apne
  • “Mana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin”—Meri Pyari Bindu
  • “Je Lein”—OK Jaanu
  • “Main Jahaan Rahoon”—Namaste London
  • “Tere Daard Se Dil Aabad Raha”—Deewana
  • “Hone Do Batiyaan”—Fitoor
  • “Ishq Hota Nahi Sabhi Ke Liye”—Jogger’s Park
  • “Itna Main Chahoon”—Raaz
  • “Pyaar Hai Ya Sazaa”—Salaam-e-Ishq
  • “Mera Kuchh Saaman”—Ijaazat
  • “Dil Kehta Hai Chal Unse Mil”—Akele Hum Akele Tum
  • “Yeh Ishq Hain”—Rangoon
  • “Tujhe Sochta Hoon”—Jannat 2
  • “Khush Rahe Tu Sada”—Khilona
  • “Baatein Ye Kabhi Na”—Khamoshiyan
  • “Aanso Judai Ka”—Milan
  • “Jab Bhi Yeh Dil Udas”—Seema
  • “Chaandaniya”—2 States
  • “Justju Jiski Thi Usko”—Umrao Jaan
  • “Yeh Jeevan Hai”—Piya Ka Ghar
  • “Kaise Kate Din”—Swarg
  • “Jaane Kahan Gaye Who Din”—Mera Naam Joker
  • “Aayegi Har Pal Tujhe Meri Yaad”—Andolan
  • “Joh Bheji Thi Dua”—Shanghai
  • “Dil Mera Dil Na Maane”—Bardasht
  • “Aur Is Dil Mein Kya Rakha Hai”—Imaandaar
  • “Dil Ke Tukde Tukde Karke Muskurake”—Dada
  • “Mujhe Teri Mohabbat Ka Sahara”—Aap Aye Bahaar Aye

  • “Dil Cheer Ke Dekh”—Rang
  • “Tu Bin Bataye”—Rang De Basanti
  • “Sahiba O Sahiba”—Dil Hai Tumhaara
  • “Hazaar Rahen Mud Ke Dekhi”—Thodi Si Bewafai
  • “Aa Bhi Jaa Sanam”—Prince
  • “Mera Yaar Mila Dey”—Saathiya
  • “Kahin Door Jab Din”—Anand
  • “Jab Dard Nahin Tha Seene Mein”—Anurodh
  • “Jab Bhi Jee Chahe”—Daag
  • “Koi Yeh Kaise Bataye”—Arth
  • “Main Shayar Badnaam”—Namak Haram
  • “Who Meri Neend Mera Chain”—Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke
  • “Tere Bin Jiya Na Jaye”—Love Express
  • “Veriya Ve Kiya Kya”—Naam
  • “Rula Ke Gaya Sapna Mera”—Jewel Thief
  • “Mere Toote Huye Dil Se”—Chhalia
  • “Priya Priya”—Dil
  • “Milne Se Pahele”—Aag Hi Aag
  • “Kisi Baat Pe Main”—Bemisal
  • “Dard Dilon Ke”—The Xpose
  • “Jiyien Kyun”—Dum Maaro Dum
  • “Dost Dost Na Raha”—Sangam
  • “Aaye Tum Yaad Mujhe”—Mili
  • “Dil Aisa Kisi Ne Mera Toda”—Amanush
  • “Koi Hota Jisko Apna”—Mere Apne
  • “Baton Ko Teri Hum Bhula Na Sake”—All is Well
  • “Naina”—Khoobsurat
  • “Dil Lagane Ki Na Do Saza”—Anmol
  • “Mere Naina Saawan Bhadon”—Mehbooba
  • “Chanda Taare”—Yaadein
  • “Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan”—Mera Naam Joker
  • “Heer Toh Badi Sad Hai”—Tamasha
  • “Shikayat Hai”—Jism
  • “Dil Mera Tod Diya”—Kasoor
  • “Zindagi Mein Koi Kabhi Aaye Na Rabba”—Musafir
  • “Har Ek Muskurahat Muskan Nahi Hoti”—Ankhon Mein Tum Ho
  • “Katra Katra”—Alone

  • “Koi Fariyaad”—Tum Bin
  • “Tu Jo Nahin”—Woh Lamhe
  • “Hoor”—Hindi Medium
  • “Teri Duniya Se Hoke Majboor”—Pavitra Papi
  • “Ab Naam Mohabbat Ke Ilzaam Yeh Aaya Hain”—Ghulam
  • “Din Dhal Jaaye Haaye”—Guide
  • “Humein Aur Jeene Ki Chahat”—Agar Tum Na Hote
  • “Keh Do Na”—Aap Ke Khatir
  • “Dekha Hai Zindagi Ko”—Ek Mahal Ho Sapnon Ka
  • “Juda Hoke Bhi”—Kalyug
  • “Zaroori Tha”—Hamari Adhuri Kahani
  • “Lo Maan Liya”—Raaz Reboot
  • “Banjaara”—Ek Villain
  • “Jeena Seekha Diya”—Do Lafzon Ki Kahani
  • “Yeh Safar”—1942: A Love Story
  • “Mar Jayian”—Vicky Donor
  • “Kisi Ki Bewafai Ka”—Main Awara Hoon
  • “Chingari Koi Bhadke”—Amar Prem
  • “Main Tere Bin Jee Nahi Sakta”—Lal Paree
  • “Fariyaad Kya Kare Hum”—Garv
  • “Hum Thay Jin Ke Saharay”—Safar
  • “Jeeta Tha Jiske Liye”—Dilwale
  • “Bhare Naina”—Ra. One
  • “Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si”—Anamika
  • “Yaara Kaisi Hai Teri Bewafai”—Mashooq
  • “Meri Duniya Mein”—Tum Bin
  • “Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Mein”—Dhadkan
  • “Kuch Kam”—Dostana
  • “Silsila Ye Chaahat Ka”—Devdas
  • “Mausam”—The Train
  • “Ishq Karoge Tho Dard”—Ekka Raja Rani
  • “Poochoo Na Kaise Maine”—Meri Surat Teri Aankhen
  • “Beete Lamhe”—The Train
  • “Darpan Ko Dekha”—Darpan
  • “Lonely” —The Shaukeens
  • “Sau Dard”—Jaan-E-Mann
  • “Kisi Nazar Ko Tera Intezar”—Aitbaar
  • “Tujhe Yaad Na Meri Aaye”—Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

  • “Sun Le Re”—Madras Café
  • “Kabhi Bekasi Ne Mara”—Alag Alag
  • “Mere Piya”—Tere Mere Sapne
  • “Chod Gaya Balam”—Barsaat
  • “Kya Se Kya Hogaya”—Guide
  • “Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna—Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
  • “Zehnaseeb”—Hasee Toh Phasee
  • “Mubarak Ho Tum Ko Yeh Shaadi Tumhari”—Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya
  • “Tujhe Main Pyar Karu”—1920
  • “Aye Ajnabi Tu Bhi Kabhi”—Dil Se
  • “Mera Jeevan Kora Kagaz”—Kora Kagaz
  • “Main Yahan Tu Wahan”—Baghban
  • “Dil Deta Hai Roh Roh Dohai”—Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee
  • “Yeh Dil Bewafa Se Wafa”—Bewaffa Se Waffa
  • “Tujhse Naraz Nahi Zindagi”—Masoom
  • “Jinhen Hum Bhool Na”—Aabroo
  • “Jaa Sanam Mujhko Hai”—Na Tum Jaano Na Hum
  • “Tanu Na Bol Pawaan”—Behen Hogi Teri
  • “Aate Aate Teri Yaad Aa Gayi”—Jaan Ki Baazi
  • “Oopar Khuda Aasman Neeche”—Kachche Dhaage
  • “Mile Tumse Bichhad Ke Hum”—Salaami
  • “Mora Piya”—Raajneeti
  • “Banake Kyun Bigada Re”—Zanjeer
  • “Kya Khabar Kya Pata”—Saaheb
  • “Main Dhoondne Ko Uske Dil Mein”—Heartless
  • "Pathar Ke Sanam"—Pathar Ke Sanam
  • “Tera Mera Rishta Purana”—Awarapan
  • “Preet”—Khoobsurat
  • “Maine Dil Se Kaha”—Rog
  • “Kyun”—Kambakkht Ishq
  • “Tere Liye Meine Sabko”—Anand Ashram
  • “Mere Dushman Tu Meri Dosti Ko Tarse”—Aaye Din Bahar Ki
  • “Teri Yaad Aati Hain”—Saudagar
  • “Isse Pehle Ke Yaad Tu Aaye”—Nazrana
  • “Rabba”—Main Aur Mrs Khanna
  • “Koi Jab Tumhara Hriday Tod De”—Purab Aur Paschim
  • “Mhjh Mein Tu”—Special 26
  • “Layi Ve Ne Gayi”—Chalte Chalte

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