Right from the childhood … when my father used to make me sit on the kitchen almirah while Ameen Sayani played Bollywood countdown week-after-week on Radio Cylone’s Binaca Geetmala … to the modern day’s Bose digital sound, music has been part of my life. I live music, you may say.
And when I decided to compile a list of best filmi songs, there was a rapid gush of numbers that have been making me crazy all these years. ~~~ For over a month, I struggled with about 300 beautiful songs, many of which had either launched a singer or a composer or a lyricist or an actor at the time of their release. But I was determined to shortlist the very best … just 25.
At one point, it appeared I better drop the idea after listening to cassettes, records, CDs and going through reviews, countdowns and references. How could I sacrifice a great song for another! But … I had to be strong.
The list is here, finally… based on lyric, vocal, rhythm, instrument, sense, popularity, length, theme, composition, compatibility and cinematography.
It may disappoint many a music lovers for several of their favorite numbers may not have found a place in this. But … believe me … the songs listed below, in order of preference, are the best out of the rest. I have also tried to link the songs to youtube videos so that one can quickly watch & hear them too.
Bollywood’s Best 25 Songs
- Dil hai chhota sa – Roja
- Aaja sanam madhur chandni mein hum – Chori Chori
- Maang ke saath tumhara – Naya Daur
- Hum aapki aankhon mein – Pyaasa
- Har ghadi badal rahi hai- Kal Ho Na Ho
- Pyar hua iqrar hua – Shri 420
- Lagja gale – Wo Kaun Thi
- Aaoge jab tum saajna – Jab We Met
- Kehna hi kya – Bombay
- Ajeeb daastan hain ye – Dil Apna Preet Parai
- Jaaiye aap kahan jaayenge – Mere Sanam
- Mere sapno ki rani kab aayegi tu – Aradhna
- Tu jaane na – Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
- Tu hi haqeeqat - Tum Miley
- Pyar kiya to darna kya- Mughal-e-Azam
- Ye ishq hai - Jab We Met
- Dum dara – Guru
- Aao huzoor tumko – Kismat
- Aaj phir jeeney ki tamanna hai – Guide
- Kabhi kabhi mere dil mein – Kabhi Kabhie
- Ankhiyon ke jharokhon se – Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se
- Chalte chalte – Pakeezah
- Orey manwa tu to baavra hai – Wake Up Sid
- Awaara bhawre – Sapney
- Chand sifarish – Fanaa