We Indians across the world can’t ignore the impact of Bollywood or Hindi film songs on our emotional well-being. As being 20th centurion, I couldn’t experience much television in my childhood days, as it arrived a little later. Never mind, we grew up listening to a great deal of Hindi songs, majorly from Bollywood movies. In those days, people use to lend their ears on Radio and Tape-recorders, which were quite a rage. My elder brother’s a great music aficionado and a huge fan of Bollywood singer Kishore Kumar. When Television adorned our house, we’re fervent watchers of musical programs like “Chitrahar,” and “Rangoli.” There was a lot of music in those times, which has slowed down after cable TV thronged every household. Listening has been replaced by watching vulgar item-numbers. Today’s young generation are least interested in those quiet music, which’s quite saddening. We have to keep pace with the time, there’s no fault of these youngsters, may be, it’s because they’re electronic and noodles generation. Although, it’s a grueling task to chalk out a list of just 10 melodies, when we’ve plenty of ‘em to choose from, still we’ve managed to chalk out the list of top 10 Bollywood songs that instantly make you feel good.
10. Zindagi ke safar mein guzar jaate hain jo muqaam:
Late Kishore Kumar sang this emotional song for ‘Aap ki kasam’, which was released in 1974. Anand Bakshi has written the song, while the accredited musician R.D. Burman was much-admired for this masterpiece.
9. Tere bina zindgi se koi:
One can go speechless about this R.D. Burman – Kishore – Lata classic. We are at loss of words to describe the beauty of Gulzar’s aesthetic words which has exquisite melody and made alive by these two legendary voices. The song is pictured on a middle-aged Sanjeev Kumar and the Bengali beauty Suchitra Sen, the song speaks of unrequited wishes and unsaid longings.
8. Tere mere sapne ab ek rang hain:
This beautiful song belongs to Dev Anand’s block buster movie Guide. It was released way back in 1965, when Mohammed Rafi gave his splendid voice to S.D. Burman’s composition. The lyricist was none other than Shailendra.
7. Mera kuch samaan:
An unusual song which is written as a free verse set to music. It is understood that when Gulzar presented R.D. Burman with this song, the music director thought that he was reading out a script from a movie. The genius that R.D. Burman was, he did a fabulous job of creating this piece of music. The song is brought to life by Asha Bhonsle, who sung exquisitely. It became one of the most mesmerizing songs from the wonder years.
6. Kabhi-kabhi mere dil mein khayal aata hai:
This evergreen song is in the hearts of every teenager, high school student or even people in their old age can’t resist humming it. The combination of Sahir Ludhianvi’s lyrics, Khayyam’s music and the voice of Mukesh had created a striking magic.
5. Jane kahan Gaye who din:
Though the film failed to do well commercially, legendary filmmaker Raj Kapoor’s magnum opus, ‘Mera Naam Joker’ was perhaps the only film closest to his heart. Raj Kapoor’s siamese voice Mukesh, sings this beautiful number with incredible pathos. Hasrat Jaipuri’s words enlighten the story of unkept promises and bygone days.
4. Waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam:
This song is sung by Geeta Dutt for the film Kaagaz ke phool, which was released in 1959. Kaifi Azmi wrote the inspiring lyrics, while music was composed by the genius S.D. Burman himself. The visual, lyrical and instrumental poetry is portrayed beautifully on the screen. Though “Kagaz Ke Phool” was a commercial disaster when it’s released but upon its re-release in the 80s, it hailed as a path-breaking film and the song became immortal.
3. Koi ye kaise bataye:
Originally a ghazal, which is sung and composed by the ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh himself. The lyrics, penned by the legendary Kaifi Azmi resonate in every heart even now. The song is set to the strumming of the acoustic guitar. A sober-looking guy Raj Kiran is singing this song in a party scene from Mahesh Bhatt’s iconic ‘Arth.’
2. Hum bewafa hargiz na they:
Another wonderful song from the great combination of Kishore Kumar and R. D. Burman. Kishore Kumar won the Filmfare best male playback singer for this song. The song is choreographed with a lively tribal music background.
1. Main jahan rahoon:
The last song in this top 10 list is sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Krishna Beura for the film Namastey London. While Javed Akhter wrote the lyrics, music is given by Himesh Reshammiya and the film was released in 2007.