If you’re a fan of Bollywood movies, you’ll definitely love this list! Formerly known as Bombay cinema, these films are in the Hindi language, and their industry is based in Mumbai.
Throughout the years, Hindi cinema has produced a lot of popular Bollywood songs. Whether you’re looking for a romantic song to set the mood or an upbeat track to get you moving, these 23 best Bollywood songs will have you covered!
1. Mere Gully Mein – From Gully Boy
This song is from the 2019 movie Gully Boy and is sung by Ranveer Singh. The lyrics were written by Divine and Naezy. It is about growing up in the slums of Mumbai and making something of yourself.
This is one of the best Bollywood songs because it relates to many people. It is a song that speaks to the struggle and determination of those who come from nothing and have to fight for everything they have. The lyrics are powerful, and the message is inspiring. This song will stay with you long after you have heard it.
2. Pehla Pyaar – From Kabir Singh
This 2019 movie was a remake of the Telugu film Arjun Reddy. The song “Pehla Pyaar” is sung by Vishal Mishra and has lyrics written by Irshad Kamil. It is about falling in love for the first time and captures the innocence and excitement of young love. It is a beautiful and catchy song that will stay in your memory for years to come.
3. Title Track – From Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas
“Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas,” translated as Every Moment, Close To The Heart, is a song in the romance film directed and written by Sunny Deol and produced by Dharmendra. The movie was the third one directed by Sunny after Ghayal Once Again and Dillagi. It was released in September 2019 as the debut film of his son Karan Deol and actress Sahher Bambba.
The title track is sung by Arijit Singh and Parampara Thakur, with the latter making her Bollywood playback singing debut with this song. The lyrics were penned down by Siddharth-Garima.
4. Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Paagal Hai – From Saajan
The song has a very fresh and young feel to it. It is sung by Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan. The lyrics of the song are very simple but touch the heart. This is one of those songs that you will want to listen to over and over again.
“Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Paagal Hai” is from the movie Saajan. This film was released in 1991 and starred Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt, and Madhuri Dixit. The movie was a huge hit, and the song became even more popular.
5. Mohabbat Ki jhooti Kahani – From Mughal-E-Azam
This song is from the 1960 classic film Mughal-E-Azam, starring Dilip Kumar and Madhubala. It is based on the love story of Prince Salim and Anarkali. “Mohabbat Ki Jhooti Kahani” is by Lata Mangeshkar, and the lyrics were penned by Shakeel Badayuni.
This is one of the most popular songs in Hindi movies and has been covered by many artists. The lyrics and music are lovely and make for a great listen. It is about the pain of unrequited love and how it can lead to lies and deceit.
6. Beshak Mandir Masjid Todo – From Bobby
“Beshak Mandir Masjid Todo” is sung by Narendra Chanchal, and the film stars Dimple Kapadia. It shows the simple yet profound message of humanity that we all are children of one God, irrespective of what religion we belong to. The soft melody and the beautiful lyrics make it a timeless classic.
7. Title Track – From Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin
This song is the perfect example of a heartbreak song in Bollywood. The lyrics are so sad and soulful, and the emotions in them are just palpable. If you’ve ever been through a tough breakup, then this song will definitely resonate with you. It is about a man who is in love with a woman who does not believe in love.
Sung by Anuradha Paudwal and Kumar Sanu, composed by Nadeem-Shravan, and written by Sameer, “Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin” is a truly classic Bollywood song. It is from the movie of the same title, which was released in 1991 and starred Aamir Khan and Pooja Bhatt.
8. Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh – From Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai
This song is from the 1960 classic Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai, starring Raaj Kumar and Meena Kumari. It is sung by Mohammed Rafi, and the music is composed by Shankar Jaikishan, with lyrics penned by Hasrat Jaipuri. The song describes the pain of unrequited love. It is a timeless classic and is one of the best songs in Hindi movies. It has been covered by numerous artists over the years and is still popular today.
9. Aur Is Dil Mein – From Imaandaar
This song is the epitome of unrequited love. It is a story of a man who loves a woman who does not reciprocate his feelings. The lyrics and the music are so beautiful that they will make you feel the pain of unrequited love. It is sung by Asha Bhosle and Suresh Wadkar and composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The song is from the movie Imaandaar, which was released in 1987 and starred Sanjay Dutt.
10. Bulleya – From Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a 2016 Indian musical drama film directed by Karan Johar. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
The song “Bulleya” was composed by Pritam with lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. It’s sung by Amit Mishra and Shilpa Rao. The song is a Sufi love ballad, with Amit’s soulful vocals and Shilpa’s haunting voice in the background. It is one of the most beautiful songs of 2016.
11. Tum Ho – From Rockstar
“Tum Ho” is a song from the 2011 Bollywood film Rockstar. The lead actors are played by Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri. The song is sung by Mohit Chauhan, with music composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics written by Irshad Kamil.
This is a love ballad that captures the emotions of a young man who is madly in love with a girl who does not seem to reciprocate his feelings. In the lyrics, the narrator expresses his hope that someday the girl will realize how much he loves her and return his affections.
12. Tum Hi Ho – From Aashiqui 2
“Tum Hi Ho” is a song from the 2013 Bollywood movie Aashiqui 2. The song is composed by Mithoon and sung by Arijit Singh. The lyrics were penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The song’s music video features actors Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor. The song was released on June 26, 2013, and became very popular. It topped the charts in India and was also successful in other countries.
13. Tere Bina – From Guru
A.R. Rahman’s beautiful piano melody is the perfect backdrop for this love song sung by Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan. The lyrics are simple but oh-so-romantic, making it the ideal choice for a first dance or an anniversary celebration.
“Tere Bina” is a song from the 2007 Bollywood film Guru. The song was composed by A.R. Rahman, with lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya. It was sung by A.R. Rahman, Chinmaye, Murtuza Khan, and Qadir Khan. The song received positive reviews from critics, who praised its melodic composition. It became a popular choice for special occasions, owing to its romantic and uplifting message.
14. Wah Wah Ramji – From Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!
Released in 1984, “Wah Wah Ramji” quickly became a chart-topping hit in India. The song is a moving ballad about a young man’s love for his homeland. The lyrics express the speaker’s deep longing for his home, and the music is both emotional and uplifting.
In addition to its popularity in India, it has also become a popular choice for weddings and other special occasions. The song’s simple yet powerful message resonates with people of all ages, making it one of the most popular Hindi songs of all time.
15. Chehra Hai Ya Chand Khila Hai – From Saagar
This song is from the movie Saagar, which was released in 1985 and starred Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, and Kamal Haasan. The music of this song is composed by R.D. Burman, and the lyrics are penned by Javed Akhtar. This song was originally sung by Kishore Kumar.
16. Tum Se Hi – From Jab We Met
This famous Bollywood love song is sung by Mohit Chauhan and composed by Pritam. The lyrics were written by Irshad Kamil. The movie Jab We Met was released in 2007 and starred Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. It is about a boy named Aditya (Shahid) who meets a girl named Geet (Kareena) on a train and falls in love with her. Geet is a chatty and lively girl who is running away from her home to elope with her boyfriend, Anshuman. Aditya helps her get back to her home safely, and the two eventually fall in love.
17. Jaadu Teri Nazar – From Darr
“Jaadu Teri Nazar” is a popular song from the Bollywood film Darr, released in 2015. It was sung by Udit Narayan and composed by Shiv Hari. It is a romantic song with a classical music feel. The lyrics describe the feeling of love at first sight and how the protagonist is enchanted by the beauty of their loved one. The song is considered one of the best from Darr and has become a staple at Bollywood weddings and parties.
18. Pee Loon – From Once Upon a Time in Mumbai
“Pee Loon” is a song from the 2010 Bollywood film Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, starring Emraan Hashmi and Prachi Desai. The song was composed by Pritam Chakraborty, with lyrics by Irshad Kamil. It was sung by Mohit Chauhan.
The song became popular upon the film’s release, and its popularity has only increased over the years. It is often cited as an example of Pritam’s unique musical style, which blends traditional Indian instrumentation with Western pop sensibilities. It is also praised for its catchy melody and Mohit’s soulful vocals.
19. Title Track – From Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a 2012 Indian romantic drama film directed by Yash Chopra and written and produced by Aditya Chopra. It stars Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, and Anushka Sharma. The movie’s title track is sung by Javed Ali and Shakthishree Gopalan, with music composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics penned by Gulzar.
Shah Rukh plays the role of Samar Anand, an aspiring filmmaker who falls in love with Meera, played by Katrina. The song starts with a montage of scenes from the movie, set to the tune of the music. The lyrics are simple but beautiful, and they perfectly capture the emotions of love and longing.
20. Tera Chehra – From Sanam Teri Kasam
“Tera Chehra” is a song from the 2016 Indian film Sanam Teri Kasam, starring Harshvardhan Rane and Mawra Hocane. It is sung by Arijit Singh and composed by Himesh Reshammiya. The lyrics were written by Shabbir Ahmed. It is a romantic ballad and has achieved popularity since its release. Specifically, it is about loved ones being physically and spiritually inseparable. The singer talks about how his beloved’s face is etched in his heart and soul, and he cannot imagine living without her. The lyrics are very touching, and the melody is very catchy.
21. Tera Ban Jaunga – From Kabir Singh
“Tera Ban Jaunga” is featured in the 2019 Bollywood film Kabir Singh. It’s sung by Akhil Sachdeva and Tulsi Kumar, with music composed by Akhil and lyrics written by Kumaar. The movie is played by lead actors Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani.
This piece talks about how the leading actor is madly in love with the girl and will do anything for her. He even says he will change his name and religion for her, just to be with her. The lyrics are very romantic, and the tune is quite catchy.
22. Title Track – From Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a 2016 Indian romantic drama film directed by Karan Johar. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Anushka Sharma. The title track of the film, sung by Arijit Singh and composed by Pritam, is a soulful ballad that perfectly captures the pain and heartbreak of unreciprocated feelings.
23. Nashe Si Chadh Gayi – From Befikre
Befikre is a 2016 Indian romantic drama film directed by Aditya Chopra. The film stars Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor. The song “Nashe Si Chadh Gayi” was composed by Vishal and Shekhar and sung by Arijit Singh. The lyrics were written by Jaideep Sahni. The song is a fun, upbeat track with Arijit’s lovely vocals. It is one of the most catchy songs of 2016.
24. Chaar Bottle Vodka – From Ragini MMS 2
From the film “Ragini MMS 2,” released in 2014, perfectly showcases the transformation that Bollywood has undergone throughout the years. Yo Yo Honey Singh sparks controversy with the desire for a “hangover” from tonight by drinking an absurd four bottles of vodka. Perhaps it’s a cultural phenomena that is sparked by Western culture, but the kids love this song and love the catchy hip hop beats. Due to the changing tides of Bollywood music, we felt the need to include this track on this list.
25. Badtameez Dil – From Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Another track that perfectly embodies the modern culture shift seen in Bollywood movies. This hit is perfect for dancing, grinding, and hip thrusting, which makes it great to a newer generation of fans. It’s really Bollywood’s version of twerking songs (though, it’s no where near as crass), to give you a better picture of its appeal.
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