If you watch an English movie, you will see one fundamental difference that often leaves first timers at Hollywood in wonder. There are no songs to which the hero and heroine dance in the middle of the movie. They may be playing in the background in some parts, but at no point of time does the entire focus shift entirely on the song. Bollywood is of course, very different. Songs are crucial to us, so much so that they have the ability to decide how successful a movie will be, or if it will be successful at all. Sometimes, when a movie flops, it does not bother the producer too much, because the songs do so extremely well, that the movie will always remain a classic.
The following are 20 of Bollywood’s most iconic songs till date:
1. Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Main
The movie ‘Silsila’ was based loosely on the real life and love triangle of , ‘
. The song’s lyrics have been forever used as poetry, and the actors’ portrayal of the song has been legendary. To top it all, the song also has the voice of
and Mukesh, two of the most revered singers on the planet.
2. Yeh Dosti Hum Nahin
This song is, and has been the ultimate friendship anthem since the day it released. Amitabh Bachchan and ‘’ rocked the silver screen as Jai and Veeru in ‘Sholay’, which is a cult classic in itself. The song was sung originally by
, and another version of it was sung by R.D. Burman, in 1975.
3. Dhak Dhak
The song gave
the title of the Dhak Dhak girl. The unforgettable chemistry between Madhuri Dixit and
was possible only because of the raw sensuousness in the song by
. It was also a crucial one of the songs that made Madhuri Dixit one of the best dancers of the industry.
4. Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho
This song, like many other old classics, has been released in several versions and has been accepted in almost each form. The original song belonged to the movie Hanste Zakham, and was sung by the great singer
. The film, released in 1973, starred
5. Badan Pe Sitare Lapete Hue
Another one of Mohammed Rafi’s brilliant melodies, the song can be heard even today, sometimes even in discos, where the DJs add their beats to it, but retain its originality. It is from the movie Prince, that released in 1969 and had
’, Ajit and
as its lead actors.
6. Ae Meri Zoharjabi
A movie released in 1965, called Waqt, that had all those aspects that make the audience go crazy. Directed by , the movie starred Balraj Sahni,
and . The song sung by
, became and remains an evergreen classic.
7. Radha Kaise Na Jale
‘Lagaan’ was one hell of a movie, having everything that is required to emotionally capture an Indian’s attention, from Cricket to its patriotic theme. This song, filmed on aKhan and
, was sung by Udit Narayan,
. It still remains the hit that it then became and is still performed by various artists on various occasions.
8. Tum Hi Ho
This song ruled charts for over a year! It could be heard everywhere, on radio stations, daily soaps, marriage ceremonies, and so on. It also won its singer
many awards and uplifted his career to great heights. The song won many awards and also played a huge part in the film’s success.
9. Jeena Jeena
is known to have a unique voice that reflects a lot of pain and love. In the movie, ‘
’, he added just that to the song that was filmed on
, and the two actors showed great chemistry in the song and in the movie.
10. Ae Phoolon Ki Rani
Although the song was originally sung by Mohammed Rafi for the movie Arzoo that released in 1965; the song has been released in various other versions, especially in the many seasons of Coke Studio. The film itself starred great veteran actors, like
’s single was already a hit with it melodious video and his heart touching voice, but then the song was also sung by Arijit for ''s ‘
’, which went on to earn a lot of money and made the song all the more popular. People have conflicting views on who sung it better, but ultimately, the song is originally Hardy Sandhu’s and he did a great job in both, singing the song and acting in its video.
12. Choli Ke Peeche
The song was a part of a 1993 movie, ‘Khalnayak’, starring Madhuri Dixit,
among others. What made the song iconic was its lyrics and Madhuri Dixit’s dance on it. Today we may say that it did more damage than good because it promoted the objectification of women that is so common in item songs today. But back then, it was a bold step as the society was even more conservative than it is today.
13. Suraj Hua Madhhamm
“Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham” has a huge star cast, with names like Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan,
Kareena Kapoor Khan
Shah Rukh Khan
associated with it. However, the songs and the theme were even more iconic, and specially this love song between Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol that broke all records. It was sung by
14. Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
” is counted among the most successful films of Bollywood, and for good reason. The performances of the actors was tremendous, but the impact of the story was such that many people changed their names to Simran and Raj, after Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s characters. This song was yet another example of the great chemistry that these two shared and it engraved itself in the audience’s heart.
15. Chhaiyya Chhaiyya
The audience just could not get over their amazement of a song that was shot on a train’s roof. Even today, whenever this song is mentioned, before ‘Malaika Arora Khan’s finesse as a dancer and Shah Rukh Khan’s finesse as an actor, people talk about the fact that they danced on a train’s roof! From the 1998 movie “Dil Se”, the song was sung by
and and the movie had
as its female actresses.
16. Tere Bina Zindagi Se
The song was nominated for Filmfare award for the best Lyrics, and its lyrics are pretty moving, sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar. Later, much later, more versions of the song were released, by R.D Burman in 1993 and by in 2016. Originally, the song was a part of the movie Aandhi, which was directed by ‘
’ and was extremely successful when it released in 1975.
17. Pani Da Rang
was not much of a celebrity before
, a movie which turned his life upside down. Now he is no longer a television personality, but a full-fledged Bollywood hero and singer. His first song, Pani Da Rang, was a rage among the masses and well accepted by people of all ages.
18. Holi Khele Raghuveera
This is one song that you will hear playing in each Holi party, every single year! The song, sung by Amitabh Bachchan as a part of his film ‘
’ in 2003, has gained an iconic status on its own, with Amitabh Bachchan powerful voice that is exploding with the joy of the festival of colors.
19. Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh
"Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi" was a 1960 love story that had Raj Kumar,
and 'Nadira' as its leads. The song we are talking about is so moving that it has the power to move mountains. The movie of course, was a hit, and the song remains a hit even today, so well it was sung by the one and only Lata Mangeshkar.
20. Pehli Nazar Main
Atif Aslam, with his soulful voice, sang this song for the first installment of Race that starred Anil Kapoor, ,
. The movie was commercially a big hit, as Abbas Mastan had added enough twists to keep the interest of the audience, along with a stellar star cast and unpredictable mysteries. The background score of the movie was by
, who did a wonderful job in complementing the plot of the movie.