We listen to music at all times of the day – when we wake up when we go for a bath, when we’re cooking when we’re exercising, and so on. For most of us, music is a way to break away from mundane feelings. For some of us, the latest songs in the industry are catchy and attractive while for others, old Hindi songs are their all-time favorite.
The old songs of Bollywood were a class apart. From Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar to Mohammad Rafi and Usha Uthup, the singers wrote and composed songs that have been memorable, to say the least. Today, as we groove to songs like Jugnoo and Firecracker, let’s rewind and revisit some of the most famous old Hindi songs of Bollywood.
Here is a list of the top 25 Bollywood Evergreen Old Hindi Songs You Must Listen
1. Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein
One of the old Hindi romantic songs, Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein is from the movie Ajnabee starring Zeenat Aman and Rajesh Khanna. Ajnabee was released in 1974 and this song became a hit at that time. Sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, it is still regarded as one of the evergreen romantic songs.
2. Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein
Another one of the old Hindi songs, Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein was performed by Mukesh. In the movie, Kabhi Kabhi, this song stole the hearts of many in 1976 and in the years to follow. This song features one of the most famous pairs of Bollywood – Amitabh Bachchan and Raakhee Gulzar. It’s a soulful song that won 3 Filmfare Awards – best music, best lyricist and best male playback singer. Confess your love with this romantic song.
3. Lag Jaa Gale
The sweet, touching song, sung by the greatest of voices, Lata Mangeshkar, Lag Jaa Gale is a classic evergreen Hindi song. Did you know that this famous Hindi song was specially written by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan for the film ‘Woh Kaun Thi?’. Lata Ji has gone on record and stated that in the 70 years of her career, this song will always be etched onto her heart. The song is popularly remembered for the late Lata Ji’s voice and late actor, Sadhna’s performance.
4. Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas
Are you missing someone? If yes, then this is a song that will touch your soul and would be able to express what you feel exactly. The song features the handsome hunk, Dharmendra, and the beautiful Raakhee. This soft, romantic melody will warm your heart. This old Hindi song was such a hit also because of Kishore Kumar’s soulful voice. He gave life to this song and it remains to be one of the best old songs Bollywood has ever heard.
5. Yeh Dosti
Pyaar dosti hai… No, not always! We’re talking about the epic song ‘Yeh Dosti’ from the movie ‘Sholay’, starring Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan. It may be one of the old Hindi songs but it is the perfect song for you and your best friend. As you may know, this movie is about two thieves and this song, featuring this duo touched many hearts. Again, this is a song sung by Kishore Kumar and Manna Day. Yeh Dosti will forever be one of those songs that people instantly resonate with.
6. In Ankhon Ki Masti Ke
This song is from the movie Umrao Jaan, starring the beautiful Rekha. Considered one of the best old Hindi songs ever, In Aankhon Ki Masti Ke is a song that was sung by Asha Bhosle. She not only won the National Film Award for the best female playback singer for this song but it was considered the best song ever to picture Rekha and Farooq Shaikh, by the Times of India. When you want to woo your love with something slow and soothing, this song must be your choice.
7. Ek Do Teen Chaar
One of the most popular old songs and at the same time one of the evergreen Hindi songs is Ek Do Teen Chaar features the iconic Mohini aka Madhuri Dixit. Choreographed by the legendary Saroj Khan, this song is from the movie ‘Tezaab’. Did you know, it is because of this song that the late Saroj Khan won her very first Filmfare award back in 1989?
The cast and crew worked religiously to ensure that this song was done well. They rehearsed for this song for 16 days straight. When Madhuri Dixit was asked about her experience, she said that the song had changed her life. She started getting multiple offers from producers who all wanted her to perform in their films.
8. Mere Saamne Wali Khidki Mein
One of the Romantic Movies in Bollywood, Mere Saamne Wali Khidki Mein is a song that features Sunil Dutt and Saira Banu. The epic combo of Kishore Kumar‘s voice and Pancham Da’s music has made this song what it is. It’s a fun, narrative song that is not only enjoyable to hear but also has a fun visual to go with it. The cherry on the cake was Mehmood’s comedy. We’re glad this old Hindi song was composed, aren’t you?
9. Badan Pe Sitaare
In the famous movie ‘Prince’, Badan Pe Sitaare song is one that features Shammi Kapoor and Vyjantimala. One of the most famous and old Hindi songs, Badan Pe Sitaare was a favourite of all. It turned out to be a hit among all sorts of audiences.
The song features Shammi Kapoor grooving to the voice of Mohammed Rafi. The song itself is well-shot and holds your attention throughout. It is indeed one of Shammi Kapoor’s most memorable songs.
10. Mere Sapno Ki Rani Kab Aayegi Tu
Another one of Kishore Kumar’s classics, Mere Sapno Ki Rani Kab Aayegi Tu is a song from the film Aradhana, starring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. This old Hindi song features Rajesh Khanna in a car, singing and swaying to the melody of the song while the ever-beautiful Sharmila Tagore is travelling in the train. After the point when they have eye contact, they have a playful interaction that is actually elevating the video and its look and feel.
11. Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya
Ask any old hindi song lover, ‘Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya’ is sure to feature in it. Featuring in the famous romantically motivational Bollywood movie Mughal-E-Azam, this song is a masterpiece starring the oh-so-gorgeous Madhubala as Anarkali and Prithiviraj Kapoor as Akbar. The story of this film is about the unrequited love story between Prince Saleem and Anarkali. Madhubala was and is still considered one of the most beautiful actresses that Bollywood has ever seen. Did you know, Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya is a black and white song and so is half of the movie Mughal-E-Azam?
12. Rang Barse
Holi kab hai? Kab hai Holi? No matter when we celebrate the festival of colours, this song is a must-play every damn year! Big B has stolen our hearts with his performance and the lyrics written by Mr Bachchan, no, not Amit Ji, but Harivansh Rai Bachchan himself is inspired by a traditional bhajan from the 15th-century mythic poet, Meera.
13. Jumma Chumma De De
Another one of Mr Bachchan’s classics is Jumma Chumma De De from the movie Hum. Your old song list will be incomplete without this one! The song is not only intriguing but also so catchy! When Ranbir Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor sang this one in their movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, we hit nostalgia and sang the lyrics along with them. The magical voices behind this song belong to Kavitha Krishnamurthy and Sudesh Bhonsle. This is probably one of the first ‘item’ songs that blew up Bollywood with its impact.
14. Mera Joota Hai Jaapaani
Featuring Raj Kapoor and sung by Mukesh, this classic song is from the movie Shree 420. The song gained a lot of attention because of the nationalist element in it. What aided in this happening is that India had recently won Independence and that’s what connected people to the song. The song not only made its mark in the nation but reached international destinations as well. Not very long ago, actor Neil Nitin Mukesh revealed that the song still sends ripples around Russia! Now, who wouldn’t have this song in their old Hindi songs list?
15. Ek Ajnabee Haseena Se
Another of Kishore Kumar’s classics, this song features Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman. Their performances and the melody of this song were the reason for it became popular. And, we must mention that another major reason for this song to make it to the list of popular old Hindi songs is that the Music Director was R. D. Burman.
16. Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen
The 90s were all about SRK. From his negative role in Darr to his romantic roles, he was ruling the box office and the hearts of many. Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen is from one of the thriller movies in Bollywood, Baazigar and features the iconic pair Shahrukh Khan and Kajol. The tune, the dance, the pair, everything about this song was just so much on point and grasped everyone’s attention to make this song a worthy mention in the list of old Hindi songs you must listen to!
17. Bholi Surat Dil Ke Khote
A song that is not only listened to often even today but is even played during Ganpati Visarjan is Bholi Surat Dil Ke Khote. The song has been picturized on Geeta Bali, Bhagwan and is from the movie Albela. Believe it or not, it’s a song that will get you humming no matter when you hear it.
18. Abhi Na Jao
Abhi Na Jao from the movie ‘Hum Dono’ is an old Hindi song that is soul-touching. It’ll hit you right in the feels if you’re moving away from your loved ones, no matter who they are. If you haven’t heard it yet, you must! Featuring Dev Anand and sung by Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle, this song can be used to share your feelings to the core.
19. Tumse Acha Kaun Hai
Starring Shammi Kapoor, Babita and Pran, and sung by the legendary Mohammad Rafi, this song is from the movie Janwar. It’s a lively, fun-filled song that is catchy! So, what are you waiting for? Add this to your list of Bollywood classics today!
20. Jaaiye Aap Kaha Jayenge
Jaaiye Aap Kahan Jayenge from the 1965 movie ‘Mere Sanam’ starring Asha Parekh and Biswajit Chatterjee in the lead role. The song is sung by the gifted legend, Asha Bhosle. You won’t be able to deny that there’s no substitute for her voice and her talent. And Asha Parekh’s performance made it easier for the audience to connect and enjoy this song.
21. Intehaan Ho Gayi, Intezaar Ki
Whether the year is 1984 or 2022, Intehaan toh ho hi jaati hai, Intezaar ki! The reasons may have changed over time but just like our ancestors and older relatives, these words stand true and each of us either has or will experience this in real life. Don’t you think that the old Hindi songs were better than the ones we’re listening to today?
22. Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye
Written by the late Yogesh, Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye is about the box of memories you always carry with you, no matter how old you are and where you are. The song is from the film Anand, starring the handsome Rajesh Khanna.
23. Jeena Yaahan, Marna Yaahan
From the movie ‘Mera Naam Joker’, Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan song reminds us of Raj Kapoor every time. He must have physically left us in 1988 but we remember him every time we hear this song. He was an excellent actor and has embedded a deep mark in our memories forever. The song is simple and realistic, it instantly resonates with anyone hearing it. Thus, there’s every reason for this song to be on the list of your old Hindi songs.
24. Kuch Toh Log Kahenge
One of R. D. Burman’s greatest compositions, Kuch Toh Log Kahenge is from the 1971 movie Amar Prem starring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. Lyrics by Anand Bakshi and sung by Kishore Kumar, this song is for couples or rather the people who are too bothered by what the world would say. So, let this song be your cue to go do what you feel like without paying heed to the world!
25. Yaar Bina Chain Kahaan Re
Starring Anil Kapoor and Amrita Singh, this song is sung by Bappi Lahiri and S. Janki. The song is chirpy and was such a hit over all these years that it was remade for Ayushmann Khurrana’s movie ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’. Need any other reason to include this in your list of old Hindi songs?