Asha Bhosle is an enigmatic playback singer of Bollywood, who is regarded as the queen of sensuality by her fans. In a career spanning over 6 decades, she has slowly walked out of the shadows of her sister, Lata Mangeshkar, to create an image and style of her own. Apart from playback singing, Asha has released numerous private albums and been a part of concerts all over the world. Her versatility never stopped amazing the music lovers as she sang pop, bhajans, classical music, qawwalis, ghazals and sensual songs with great ease, in different languages as well. Here is the list of 10 exeptional songs which continue to woo even youngsters of today, by this vivacious and brilliant singer officially acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in music history.
10. Tanha Tanha Yahan Pe Jeena
Film: Rangeela Asha along with Urmila took the nation by storm with her numbers in the film Rangeela. She sounded young, naughty and off course melodious; making people forget that she had made her debut decades ago. This was a beginning of her journey with young music director A.R. Rehman with whom she went on to bring out many more chartbusters. She was given a Special Award for Rangeela in 1996 as she had refused nominations for these awards in 1979 to encourage new comers.
9. Jhumka Gira Re
Film: Mera Saaya The evergreen song sung by Asha with great enthusiasm was matched by the beauty of Sadhana who danced with fervor keeping up beautifully with the song. Though the film had number of hits, no song could match the popularity of this song.
8. Aaja Aaja Main Hoon Pyar Tera
Film: Teesri Manzil Along with another masterpiece ‘O Haseena Zulfonwali Jaane Jahan’, the rock n’ roll based song of the film Teesri Manzil which she rendered along with another genius Mohd. Rafi climbed up the popularity charts in no time. It is still very popular with youngsters who love to shake their body to the wonderful beats of the song.
7. Aaiye Meherbaan
Film: Howrah Bridge Asha rendered the song with a sensuality which could only be matched by the oozing beauty of Madhubala. They brought out together a song which is one of the most memorable club numbers of Bollywood. O.P. Nayyar had given a big break to Asha, who was earlier pushed to sing for vamps. In this movie, the vamp song was rendered by Geeta Dutt where as Asha lent her voice to the leading lady.
6. Aao Huzoor Tumko
Film: Kismat The popular song of the film Kismat has seen many a remix releases in recent times to keep up with demands of newer generation. The seductive song is sung in an exhilarating voice of Asha does not fail to intoxicate listeners even to this day.
5. Mera Kuch Samaan
Film: Ijaazat Mera Kuch Samaan is a ghazal from the film Ijaazat which not just touched the heart of millions of fans but is also said to be the favorite of Asha. She said it was the song of her life. The song stands out among its cotemporaries with the soft music, non-rhyming lyrics, santoor interludes and captivating vocals by Asha. No wonder she won her second national award for best playback female singer for this song in 1986.
4. Dum Maro Dum
Film: Hare Rama Hare Krishna This is one those rare songs which was not just a superhit, but has gained cult status in India. The legendary singer Kishore Kumar has said that the song was powerful enough to bring dead person to life. Picturized on the fresh and young Zeenat Aman, the song not just topped the coveted Binaca Geetmala annual list but also remained at #1 position for 12 weeks.
3. Dil Cheez Kya Hai
Film: Umrao Jaan Asha’s rendering of the soulful song matched the appealing performance of Rekha as the famous courtesan of Lucknow Umrao Jaan. It fetched national award for Asha and Rekha as well as Khayyam for best music director. With this song, Asha went on to prove that she can render semi classical songs with same élan as the breezy songs she was famous for.
2. Piya Tu Ab To Aaja
Film: Caravan The exemplary cabaret song rendered with astounding gusto by Asha and R.D. Burman is considered to be a landmark of Bollywood music. The song finally made Asha the queen of cabaret numbers and also the voice of Helen for many more movies to come. The heavy breathing sound by Asha gave the song such an erotic touch that it has not been matched by any artist ever since.
1. Yeh Hai Reshmi Zulfon Ka Andhera
Film: Mere Sanam The seductive melodious voice of Asha Bhosle, which was magnificently brought out by O.P. Nayyar has never stopped winning hearts since its creation. Along with another equally popular number from the film, Jaaiye Aap Kahaan Jaayenge, the song was very popular with movie goers. Though the movie is long forgotten today, the mesmerizing voice of Asha continues to entice people of all generations.