Best Bollywood Songs | 11 Great Bollywood Songs In Hindi Movies (2023)

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Here's our pick of the greatest musical moments in Indian cinema


Rahul Verma
Alim Kheraj


While we may have chosenTop 100 Bollywood-filmsWith over six decades of popular Hindi cinema, it's almost impossible to pick just 11 of the best Bollywood songs. Instead, we've opted for just a taste of the world of Bollywood music, choosing 11 of the most memorable and important songs.

With movies dating from 1951 to 2014, this list will give you an insight into how much Bollywood has changed over the past 60 years, while also giving you some absolute bangers that you'll want to add to your playlists too.

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Best Bollywood Songs

1.'Chaar bottle of vodka'

Film:'Ragini MMS 2' (2014.)

How exactly has Bollywood changed? Well, the track gives you an idea. Controversial Punjabi rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh waxes lyrical about the virtues of drinking four bottles of vodka (chorus: "I want a hangover tonight") to these dissonant hip-hop club beats, which also feature Canadian-Indian porn star Sunny Leone. Sure, parents hate him, mostly because of the debauchery of his lyrics and because he encourages their sons to dress "inappropriately," but kids adore him, as evidenced by the millions upon millions of views of this song.

2.'Badtameez Dil'

Film:'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' (2013)

A song dedicated to mischief and play, featuring superstar-in-waiting Ranbir Kapoor - on our listtop yours Bollywood-actors– jump, hook and hip through the party with the taste of salsa and reggaeton. It has a catchy chorus, a happy sing-along song and the immortal lyrics 'Bollywood, Bollywood, very, very merry good'. This is huge, as 50 Cent would say, "in da club."

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3.'Kal Ho Naa Ho'

Film:'Kal Ho Naa Ho' (2003.)

An example of a recurring song throughout the film, the flute intro of the title track 'Kal Ho Naa Ho' haunts this hugely successful film from the early 1990s. The rich, textured voice of Sonu Nigam dreamily delivers the exquisite, poetic lyrics of Javed Akhtar (of the screenwriting duo Salim-Javed, responsible for 'Sholay' i 'Deewaar') and the soundtrack of a love triangle with an undertone of terminal illness.

The whole soundtrack – by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – is brilliant and Maha Vee's fat hip-hop production reflects twenty-first century Bollywood and absorbs influences from 'outside'.

4."Every Happiness, Every Sadness"

Film: 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham' (2001.)

Despite receiving mixed reviews at the time, 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham' became one of Bollywood's highest-grossing films internationally. The title track is an example of how a song can weave itself through a movie. Lata Mangeshkar's distinctive and emotional voice takes you on a journey through the complex world of the family. Mimicking the film's title (which translates to 'in time of happiness, in time of sorrow') with her singing, pain and celebration merge into one stunning performance.


5.'Chaiyya Chaiyya'

Film:'Dil Se..' (1998)

Mesmerizing passionate love song in Urdu performed on the roof of the train as it passes through the breathtaking mountain forest. Item dancer Malaika Arora matches Shakira on hip-twisting stilts and Shah Rukh Khan dances (and headbangs) as effortlessly as ever in this composition by AR Rehman, sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi. This is a song that was no excuse for a pee break.

6.'Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam'

Film:'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' (1995)

Ofsong fromofthe most romantic film in a generation 'TDTYJS' nods to the glorious days of Bollywood past starring playback singers Kumar Sanu and Lata Mangeshkar as star-crossed lovers Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) and Simran (Kajol) are reunited in the glorious fields of punjab .

They declare that they will die in each other's arms in the midst of costume changes, location changes (to the Alps), and dream sequence editing. The combination of majestic melodies, soaring strings and the innocent purity of Latina's voice has been a staple of Bollywood for decades. After all, if it ain't broke...

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7.'Aap Jaisa Koi'

Film:'Gurbani' (1980)

Since mainstream 1970s disco has a certain OTT, kitsch appeal, Bollywood disco seems like a match made in mirrorball heaven – and here's the proof. 'Aap Jaiso Koi' has its roots in Britain with Bangalore native and London native producer Biddu (Kung Fu Fighting) behind the slow groove and great disco atmosphere of this Bollywood disco classic.

Incredibly, his ethereal, faint voice belonged to 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Nazia Hassan, who lives in London and recorded the hugely successful album 'Disco Deewane' (produced by Biddu) with her brother Zoheb. Tragically, Nazia passed away in 2000 at the age of 35.

8.'Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein'

Film:'Kabhi Kabhi' (1976)

Songs are often central to the plot of Bollywood films and are repeated throughout the film, as is the case with this achingly beautiful song from the spectacularly successful 'Kabhie Kabhie'.

Poet Amit (Amitabh Bachchan) falls in love with student Pooja (Rakhee Gulzar), and a smooth operator recites a song to her: the lyrics of this song sung by the great musical duo Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar.

The family prevents Amit and Pooja from being together and Pooja has an arranged marriage and sings this song on her wedding night imagining what could have been. A real heartbreaker.


9."Dom Maro dom"

Film:'Hare Rama Hare Krishna' (1971)

What do you do when you are Ashaji and your elder sister is Lata Mangeshkar, the most wanted perfect singer in Bollywood? You develop a character that is the polar opposite of Latina's goody-two-shoes image, singing to vivacious, carefree, and sensual actresses (in this case, 1970s Zeenat Aman).

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This is a tribute to the hippies in India, passing the chillum as Asha sings, 'take another hit' on the famous psychedelic Bollywood funk track by RD Burman - who became Ashaja's husband in 1980.

10.'Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Manna Hai Hai Hai'

Film:'Manager' (1965.)

"Today I feel like living again," is the chorus of this song, a joyful ode to life and forgetting responsibility. Lata Mangeshkar intoxicatingly exudes carefree abandon and a sense of liberation as Rosie (Waheeda Rehman), a dancer in a loveless marriage, falls for guide Raju (Dev Anand).

It is a remarkable song from a remarkable film that was ahead of its time in portraying a couple living together out of wedlock, and it starred two beloved, classy actors in Rehman and the woman-thinking Anand.


11.'Awaara Hoon'

Film:'Awaara' (1951.)

Raj Kapoor is the father of cinema in post-colonial India. The actor-director spawned a string of hits in the 1950s and 1960s - including 'Awaara' - and was instrumental in putting film at the center of India's cultural imagination.

In the song 'Awaara Hoon', the actor gleefully sings about being a bum and touches on the Partition of 1947, when about 10 million people were displaced. His charisma struck a chord with everyone, and versions of the song appeared in the Soviet Union and China, with Chairman Mao reportedly a big fan of both the movie and the song.

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