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Ten Greatest Songs of Bollywood

Updated on September 14, 2014

Bollywood Music: A genre in itself

Last year, A R Rahman created ripples by winning two Oscars, becoming the first Bollywood Musician to achieve this distinction. However, Bollywood has a long tradition of cine-music. It draws extensively from the ancient music traditions of India as well the centuries old folk rhymes surviving among the villages from time immemorial. Modern Music directors like A R Rahman have mixed it with modern instruments and Western beats to create a new genre that the world is beginning to take note of. Here is a list of ten greatest songs of Bollywood.

Ten Best Ever Songs of Bollywood

During the last eight decades of Hindi Cine Music that has been created by Bollywood, we have selected the TEN BEST. Take a look and see whether you agree with us or not. These Ten are not in any order - it is just that they are the ten best ever songs of Bollywood.

Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaye ... - A scintillating emotional number from ANAND (1970)

Anand 1970
Anand 1970

This is one of the greatest songs of Boolywood, famous as much because of its poetic lyrics written by Yogesh as for the music of Salil Chaudhary. It is sung by Mukesh, the greatest among all when it came to tragic songs. Its abstract depiction of a man fighting with his destiny in the face of death and longing for life and memories is beyond what words can describe.

Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam ..... - A great song from the Guru Dutt all time classic KAGAZ KE PHOOL (1959)

Kagaz Ke Phool
Kagaz Ke Phool

This is surely one of the greatest songs of Bollywood. Rendered by Geeta Dutt. Geeta was married to Guru Dutt, the Director of this classic. Dutt is considered by many as the greatest Director of Bollywood, and this movie is often considered a biographic depiction of his own life. This song is as much a piece of great art because of its music as it is for its direction and picturisation.

Din Dhal Jaye Haye, Raat Na Jaaye... - A haunting number from the superhit classic GUIDE (1965)

This number sung by Mohd. Rafi in the Movie GUIDE, is one of the quintessential love songs mixed with realities of life. This song became immortal by the music of S D Burman, also considered by many as the greatest of the Music Composers in Boolywood. This number has an everlasting appeal of emotions. It is a live example of how music can express human emotions in a way nothing else can !

Is Mod Se Jaate Hain, .. - A geat number renowned for its melody! and effect from the movie AANDHI (1975)

This song has a heavenly feeling attached to it, largely arising from the freshnes of its melodious music, composed by R D Burman, another of the all time greats in Bollywood. It is rendered by two of the greartest singers of the industry, Lata mangeshkar who can be argued as the greatest legend of Bollywood Music and Kishore Kumar - an actor, singer, musician and director.

Khilte Hain Gul Ahaan.... - Another heavenly musical number from the movie SHARMEELEE (1971)

Sharmeelee (1971)
Sharmeelee (1971)

This number rendered by Kishore Kumar is great because of its unadultrated melody which reminds one of the beauty of Kashmir which it shows on the screen. It has music composed by the legendary S D Burman. It is also one of the most melodious songs of Bollywood,... or perhaps the most one ! It is a number on which you ride... to heaven. An ideal piece of music in Shringar Ras....

Suhaani Rat Dhal Chuki, ... - This great number was rendered by the great Mohammad Rafi for the movie DULARI (1949)

Madhubala
Madhubala

A classic number of late forties, this depicts the taste of those times, the greatness of which has survived in the form of songs like this even after six decades. The music for this number was composed by the legendary Naushad, another great composer. Its lyrics add to its strength, written by Shakeel Badayuni. This number is from an era of minimal orchestra... and the great effect of Rafi's voice tells you why those who mastered music in this era ruled Bollywood music for the rest of their lives !!

Manzilen Apnee Jagah Hain, Raaste Apni Jagah.... - A unique number from Kishore Kumar in SHARAABI (1984)

Sharaabi 1984
Sharaabi 1984

This song is one of the best of the new genre. It also depicts the angry young man that fascinated and ruled Indian imagination during the eighties, in a dimension that can only be felt, not described. The scintillating music composed by Bappi Lahiri remains his best to date and the rendition by Kishore Kumar is enough to tell us why he was the best of those times. A great number ... a great piece of art .... a great piece of music !

Laga Chunri Mein Daag.... - A classic based on the Indian Raagas from the movie DIL HI TO HAI (1963)

Dil Hi To Hai 1963
Dil Hi To Hai 1963

An extraordinary number, probably closest to perfection in terms of classical finesse, rendered by the great Manna Dey, probably the most accomplished in the tradition of Indian classical. With this song, he finally overcame the general notion that classical music is not always for the masses. Its music was composed by Roshan and lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi. This song, based on Raag Bhairavi, is also one of the greatest classical songs of Bollywood!

Lag Ja Gale Ki Phir Yeh Haseen Raat Ho Na Ho.... - An astonishing number from the Movie WOH KAUN THI (1964)

Woh Kaun Thi
Woh Kaun Thi

This number rendered by the greatest of all Bollywood singers, Lata Mangeshkar is also the best she sang for Madan Mohan, the great Music composer who is generally credited with bringing out the best from Lata. The remarkable lyrics were written by Raja Mehndi Ali Khan. This number is one of the best sung by Lata Mangeskar, combining haunting expressions with love to create an unparalleled masterpiece !

Tere Liye ... - A recent number from the historic stable, from VEER ZARA (2004)

Veer Zara 2004
Veer Zara 2004

The only song from the last two decades that makes to this list was actually composed many decades ago, by Madan Mohan. It was used recently to render this song by Udit Narayan, undoubtedly, the best among the contemporary singers, and written by Javed Akhtar, another legend in his own right. This song has virtually everything that a bollywood music lover can ask for. This remains till date the best ever song created by Bollywood in the twenty first century !

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      AshimaTan 2 years ago

      Nice collection!

      Its tough to gather a few of them,there is a huge list of great melodious songs in Bollywood.

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      phoenix1491 4 years ago

      Great to have these in my playlists :)

      PS :Yeah, Heavenly they are!

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      chat2vishakha 4 years ago

      Awesome list of songs.I love this collection. Tere liye...song is so beautiful.Thanks for sharing this awesome list.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well done. Great collection of greatest songs.

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      sanjeevkumaaar 5 years ago

      Wow! what a great collection of old and some new songs. :)

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      just came back to send you my warm squidangel blessings.

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      arunii lm 5 years ago

      Superb lens , all are my favorite songs

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      mantele11 5 years ago

      nice collection :)

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      mantele11 5 years ago

      nice collection :)

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      preetam91 lm 5 years ago

      nice article...if you find time, check out my lens on ARR at http://www.squidoo.com/top-ten-songs-by-a-r-rahman...

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 5 years ago from Ozun

      great selection of Bollywood songs, i enjoy it, thanks for sharing.

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      TLRaghavan 5 years ago

      Very enjoyable list of songs. Like them all.

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      webstatsart 5 years ago

      most wonderful. Keep it up!

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Great lens.. thumbs up and angel blessed.

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      hamshi5433 5 years ago

      love bollywood movies..amitab, salman, amir, hrithik and the rest..I`ve watched veer zara once n loved that movie...tere liye song is so beautiful!!

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      seosri417 5 years ago

      Great Collection.......

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      seojyo 5 years ago

      nice collection

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      pepsharada 5 years ago

      thank u very much for the beautiful picture of Madhu bala. Wow she is gorgeous!

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      Sanam 5 years ago

      I love this collection.

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      anilsaini 5 years ago

      nice collection

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a great collection. Maybe you can extend it to include Aradhana too! :)

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      I really love bollywood the stories are always fun and the music is great.

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      bhavesh lm 5 years ago

      A great collection! You captured two of my favorite songs: Kahin Door and Tere Liye. All the best.

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      ViJuvenate 5 years ago

      I want to take the time to enjoy Bollywood movies more. I've seen a couple of them. They are different from the usual American theater fare, but really cool in their own way.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      thank you for visiting. your name will be mentioned in my next lens. unfortunately, it is still under construction

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i like bollywood movies and music. i guess michael jackson got his moves from bollywood choreographers

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love theses collections of classic old songs of Bollywood, some of them are great, some melodious and the music is very haunting.

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      manchester lm 6 years ago

      Bollywood fascinates me. There's such a broad spectrum of music - from the colourful and vibrant, to the emotional. And the vocalists on them always sound absolutely perfect!!