Bollywood’s Top Romantic Songs of All Time

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Sharmila Tagore in Kashmir Ki Kali

By Upendra Mishra

The word “romance” brings a feeling of excitement, exuberance, beauty, mystery, sadness, solitude, cheerfulness, inner joy, remoteness and calmness from everyday life. Sometimes we are alone in our romantic journey, sometimes with someone we love or wanted to love, sometimes with just a longing for someone and sometimes for someone whom we lost forever.

Upendra Mishra

The root of romance always, however, is innocence. Romance is when we are truly living our inner life outside and when our innocence peeks out and we are living, experiencing and touching that with our bare fingers—and all this while no one else is watching. It is a just wonderful journey.

Those of us who grew up in India, Bollywood was the source of the romance. It triggered our imagination in the mostly divided Indian society along male-female lines during our younger years. Some of us who were lucky were able to experience romance in real life as well project our wild imaginations on the silver screens.

I must say Bollywood has done an amazing job in portraying romance. Here are my 30 favorite Bollywood romantic songs in chronological order. Enjoy!

#1: Aye Dil Mujhe Bata De…

Movie: Bhai Bhai (1956) starring Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar, Nimmi, Nirupa Roy, Shyama, Om Prakash, David

Music: Madan Mohan

Lyricist: Rajendra Krishan

Singer: Geeta Dutt

 

# 2: Zindagi Bhar Nahin Bhoolegi Woh Barsaat ki Raat

Film: Barsaat Ki Raat (1960), starring Madhubala, Bharat Bhushan, Shyama, Chandrashekhar, Khurshid Bawra

Lyricist: Sahir Ludhianvi

Music: Roshan Lal

Singer: Mohammed Rafi

#3: Husnwale Tera Jawab Nahin

Movie: Gharana (1961), starring Rajendra Kumar, Raj Kumar, Asha Parekh, Shubha Khote, Agha, Minu Mumtaz, Kanhaiya Lal.

Music Director: Ravi

Lyricist: Shakeel Badayuni

Singer: Mohammed Rafi

#4: Chaudhvin Ka Chand Ho

Movie: Chaudhavin Ka Chand (1960), starring Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Minu Mumtaz, Johnny Walker, Rehman, Uma Devi, Tun Tun.

Music Director: Ravi

Singer: Mohammed Rafi

#5: Abhi Na Jaao Chhodkar Ke Dil Abhi Bhara Nahin

Movie: Hum Dono (1961) , starring Dev Anand, Nanda and Sadhana

Music: Jaidev

Singers: Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwheNfvFqNw

#6: Mere Mehboob Tujhe Meri Mohabbat ki Kasam

Movie: Mere Mehboob (1963), starring Rajendra Kumar, Sadhana, Nimmi, Pran, Ashok Kumar

Music: Naushad

Singer: Mohammed Rafi

#7: Isharon Isharon Mein Dil Lene Wale

Movie: Kashmir Ki Kali (1964) starring starring Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore

Music: O P Nayyar

Lyrics: S. H. Bihari.

Singers: Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle

#8: Lag Jaa Gale Ki Phir Ye Haseen Raat Ho Na Ho

Movie: Who Kaun Thi (1964), starring Manoj Kumar, Sadhana, Helen, Prem Chopra, K.N.Singh, Mohan Choti, Dhumal

Music: Madan Mohan, Producer: Prithvi Pictures

Lyrics : Raja Mehndi Ali Khan

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

#9: Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai

Movie: Guide (1966) starring Waheeda Rahman and Dev Anand

Music: R.D. Burman

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

#10: Kora Kagaz Tha Yeh Man Mera

Movie: Aradhana (1969) starring Rajesh Khanna & Sharmila Tagore.

Music: S.D Burman.

Singers: Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar

#11: Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye

Movie: Anand, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan and Sumita Sanyal.

Music: Salil Choudhury

Singer: Mukesh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kooq2WqEdG8

#12: Mausam Hai Aashiqana

Movie: Pakeezah (1972), starring Meena Kumari and Raaj Kumar.

Music: Ghulam Mohammed, Naushad

Singer: Lata mangeshkar

#13: Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko

Movie: Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973) starring Dharmendra, Zeenat Aman, Ajit Khan, Vijay Arora, Tariq, and Neetu Singh.

Music: RD Burman

Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

Singers: Mohammad Rafi, and Asha Bhosle

#14: Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas Tum Rehti Ho

Movie: Black Mail (1973), starring Dharmendra, Shatrughan Sinha and Rakhee.

Music: Kalayanji Anandji

Singer: Kishore Kumar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMuRRXCuy-4

#15: Karvaten Badalte Rahe Saari Raat Hum

Movie: Aap Ki Kasam (1974), starring Rajesh Khanna, Mumtaz, Sanjeev Kumar, Ranjeet, A. K. Hangal and Asrani

Singers: Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar

Music: Rahul Dev Burman

Lyricist: Anand Bakshi

#16: Kaii Baar Yun Bhi Dekha Hai

Movie: Rajanigandha (1974) starring Vidya Sinha and Amol Palekar

Music: Salil Chowdhury

Singer: Mukesh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPwbi-hfenI

#17: Tum Aa Gaye Ho Noor Aa Gaya Hai

Movie: Andhi (1975) starring Suchitra Sen, Sanjeev Kumar and Om Shivpuri

Music:  R. D. Burman,

Lyricist: Gulzar

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar

#18: Dil Dhoondhta hai phir wahi furssat ke raat din

Movie: Mausam, starring Sharmila Tagore, Sanjeev Kumar, Dina Pathak, Om Shivpuri

Singers: Bhupinder and Lata Mangeshkar

Lyricist: Gulzar

#19: Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein Khayal Aata Hai

Movie: Kabhi Kabhie [1976] starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, Raakhee, Neetu Singh, Rishi Kapoor, Naseem, Simi Garewal and Parikshat Sahni.

Music: Khayyam

Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi

Singer: Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar

#20: Kahin Ek Masoom Nazuk Si Ladki

Movie: Shankar Hussain (1977), starring Pradeep Kumar, Kanwaljit Singh, Madhu Chanda, Suhali, Gajanan Jagirdar, Shreeram Lagoo.

Music : Khayyam

Singer: Mohammad Rafi

#21: Aaj Kal Paon Zameen Par

Movie: Ghar (1978) starring Vinod Mehra, Rekha, Dinesh Thakur, Prema Narayan, Asrani, Asit Sen, Madan Puri.

Music: R.D. Burman

Lyrics: Gulzar

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

#22: Yeh Kahaan Aa Gaye Hum

Movie: Silsila (1981) starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar and Amitabh Bachchan

Music: Shiv Hari

Lyrics: Javed Akhtar

#23: Tum Ko Dekha Toh Ye Khayal

Movie: Saath Saath (1982), starring Deepti Naval and Farooq Sheikh

Music: Kuldeep Singh

Singers: Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GRqHkV9Bls

#24: Pehla Nasha Pehla Khumar

Movie: Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992) starring, Aamir Khan, Ayesha Jhulka, Deepak Tijori, Mamik Singh

Pooja Bedi Kulbhushan Kharbanda

Music: Jatin-Lalit

Singers: Udit Narayan and Sadhana Sargam

#25: Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga

Movie:  1942: A Love Story (1994) starring Anil Kapoor and Manisha Koirala

Singer: Kumar Sanu

#26: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Movie: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), starring Rani Mukherjee, Shahrukh Khan and Kajol.

Lyricists: Sameer Anjaan

Singers: Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik

#27: Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai

Movie: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma

Music: Salim-Sulaiman

Singer: Roop Kumar Rathod

Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni

#28: Dil Sambhal ja Zara

Movie: Murder 2 (2011) starring Emraan Hashmi and Jcqueline Fernandez,

Singer: Arijit Singh

#29: Saans mein teri saans mili to mujhe saans aayi

Movie: Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma and Varun Thakur

Music: A. R. Rahman

Singers: Shreya Ghoshal & Mohit Chauhan

#30: Main Tenu Samjhawan

Movie: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014) starring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt.

Singer: Alia Bhatt

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