When it comes to theatrical filmmaking, Bollywood wrote the book. These movies never shy away from pulling out the best costumes, the best music, the best singers, and the best dancers. So, it should come as no surprise that they have released some of the greatest love songs ever put to film.
We’re bringing you the 55 best Bollywood love songs of all time right here. If you’re in the mood to listen to Hindi romance tracks, then you’re at the right place.
1. Title Track – Saawariya
This 2007 film is actually based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s short story White Nights from 1848. Sony Pictures co-produced the movie, which is a visual feast. But it’s the music that really drives home the heartbreaking love story at the center of the film. Saawariya, the title song, means “My Love,” and it opens the film with joy and hope, only to take us on an unexpected journey through the twists romance can give us.
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2. Agar Tum Saath Ho – Tamasha
Bollywood may be known for its fantastic theatrical flourishes and big musical numbers, but when it comes to quieter, sadder moments, they also know how to deliver. Tamasha came out in 2015, and it has some of the sweetest—and the saddest—songs for your romantic listening.
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3. Bahon Ke Darmiyan – Khamoshi: The Musical
Let’s go back to 1996 when this amazing film came out. It’s kind of shocking to think Khamoshi: The Musical didn’t do well with critics at first because it now has such a cult following that this track is considered one of the most romantic songs to come out of Bollywood of all time.
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4. Awaarapan Banjarapan – Jism
“Jism” is a slang word that can mean, amongst other things, “body.” This film from 2003 is an erotic thriller that’s been called one of the sexiest movies of all time. It has a long history, starting with the novel Double Indemnity by James M. Cain and the 1944 film of the same name, which was then later remade into the film Body Heat in 1981. The music in this one is slow and sensual, and it’s obvious at first listen why people find it so romantic.
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5. Koi Fariyaad – Tum Bin
Released in 2001, this romantic drama is another one with a strong cult following. The story appeals to Gen X and Millennials, and it has proven to have great staying power with those fans. When the love story became serious, the filmmakers approached the top people in the industry to make the music fit the need perfectly.
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6. Yeh Haseen Vadiyan Yeh Khula Aasman – Roja
Roja won three National Film Awards, and there’s no doubt they were deserved. This 1992 romantic thriller has some of the best Bollywood has to offer, with its soundtrack composed by the great A.R. Rahman in his music directorial debut.
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7. Title Track – Wajah Tum Ho
Translated to English, this title means “the reason is you.” This 2016 erotic thriller features some of the best trending songs in recent Bollywood history. There’s no denying the chemistry present in this song.
8. Ho Nahin Sakta – Diljale
This movie came out in 1996 to rave reviews. It is a romantic action film that has some of the most memorable music tracks, composed by Anu Malik. Critics have referred to the music as “heart-warming.”
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9. Saagar Kinare Dil Yeh Pukare – Saagar
Award-winning Saagar is still known for its love songs, even though it came out in 1985. A drama film, it features songs that pull at the heartstrings and put listeners in romantic moods even now.
10. Yeh Shaam Mastani – Kati Patang
R. D. Burman composed the music for this award-winning film that came out back in 1971. It’s truly a classic of romantic Bollywood movies. With swoon-worthy songs like Yeh Shaam Mastani, it’s pretty clear why people continue to love this one.
11. Bahara – I Hate Luv Storys
Here’s another visual feast of a film that went on to win several awards when it came out in 2010. The romantic comedy plot captured hearts, but it was the sweet music and the delightful singing that drove audiences to play the album non-stop.
12. Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain – Pardes
If you’re looking for a happily ever after, Pardes is a great choice. Fans loved it so much when it first came out that this 1997 release became the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year. Composers Nadeem–Shravan won a Screen Award for Best Music Director for this one. Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain is considered one of the most romantic tracks on the much-loved album.
13. Khul Kabhi – Haider
William Shakespeare’s Hamlet isn’t the most romantic plot in the world, but it has a strong romantic heartbreak at its core. That’s what Haider homes in on, as a loose adaptation of the classic Shakespearean play. Composed by Vishal Bhardwaj, this 2014 album is a favorite amongst romantic Bollywood fans, and Khul Kabhi gives us a slow, somber song perfect for those thoughtful moments.
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14. Pehla Nasha Pehla Khumar – Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
“The one who wins is the king” is actually a 1992 sports film, but it features such a memorable romance that it’s perfect for this list. If you need some pure happiness, give this tune a listen. The famous composing brothers known as Jatin-Lalit penned this one, and it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
15. Je T’aime – Befikre
Love ballad alert! Any song with a title like “Je T’aime” was destined to show up on a list of top romantic songs. It helps that this one is also a catchy, fun bop. Released in 2016, Befikre didn’t do great at the box office, but the album continues to get plays for obvious reasons.
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16. Falak Tak – Tashan
There’s nothing more romantic than an action-comedy film. Okay, maybe that’s not the usual expectation, but Tashan knows what it’s doing. This album quickly hit number one and thrilled listeners with bangers left and right. Falak Tak is a particularly sweet and fun track that’s brimming with romance.
17. Meri Duniya Hai – Vaastav: The Reality
Bollywood finds a way to make even action-crime films romantic. That’s why we love this film industry so much. With Meri Duniya Hai, we hear a sweet duet and can try to forget the Mumbai underworld that’s plaguing the characters.
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18. Bulleya – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a romantic comedy-drama about the dangers of the friend zone. It’s filled with excellent performances, and Bulleya is the ultimate sexy love song, composed by Pritam Chakraborty. With pop and rock influences, this is one you’ll never get tired of hearing.
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19. Chand Chhupa Badal Mein – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Ready for a romantic slow dance? Light those candles and pour the wine, because Chand Chhupa Badal Mein is just what the doctor ordered. This film won several awards, and its amazing soundtrack was nominated for nine Filmfare Awards when it came out in 1999.
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20. Dekha Hazaro Dafaa – Rustom
In 2016, this romantic heartbreaker about forbidden love captured Bollywood fans everywhere. Dekha Hazaro Dafaa seems to hold the essence of the chemistry in its melody, which is a duet that develops at a deliciously slow pace.
21. Zara Zara – Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
Released in 2001, this is another film that didn’t do well until it gained a cult following later on. However, Zara Zara, composed by Harris Jayaraj with lyrics by Sameer, rose to the top of the Bollywood music charts as soon as it was released, and it remains a fan favorite today.
22. Mere Samne Wali Khidki Mein – Padosan
Are you ready for undiluted fun? This adorable track from the 1968 film Padosan is cute and filled with great musical turns. It’s perfect for those happy times when you need something as sweet as pie to match your mood. This musical comedy is now known as one of the must-see Bollywood films ever made.
23. Tum Ho – Rockstar
When the soundtrack is composed by A.R. Rahman, you know you have a winner on your hands. Tum Ho has some of the best angst in Bollywood romantic songs out there. Released in 2011, this film has gone on to become a kind of anthem for younger audiences.
24. Shukran Allah – Kurbaan
Ah, the classic global terrorism trope in romantic films. This may seem like a strange plot for a romance, but it works here. In 2009, audiences fell for this action thriller. Sibling duo composers Salim–Sulaiman surprised everyone by turning a prayer song into a love song with Shukran Allah.
25. Kuchh Na Kaho – 1942: A Love Story
R. D. Burnam’s final film composition appeared in this 1994 film that came out after his death. He won a posthumous Filmfare Award for Best Music Director for his work on these romantic tracks. Kuchh Na Kaho has three different versions, so you can take your pick, from happy to sad.
26. Ae Mere Humsafar – Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
Here’s another film that takes inspiration from William Shakespeare, this time from the tragic romance Romeo And Juliet. Released in 1988, it won several awards and has remained a fan favorite. Ae Mere Humsafar is one of the most popular tracks on the album, known for its great illustration of the romance in the story.
27. Bawara Mann – Jolly LLB 2
This is a sweet comedy, through and through. It also has a lot to say about the justice system and other important social issues, so don’t assume it’s all fluff. This is a romantic film with true heart, and the gentle sweetness of Bawara Mann sums up how the entire story makes audiences feel.
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28. Lambiyaan Si Judaiyaan – Raabta
Reincarnated, star-crossed lovers. Really, do we need to say anything else? With some of Bollywood’s top talent collaborating on this soundtrack, it’s no wonder the songs are such catchy tunes. Lambiyaan Si Judaiyaan manages to be modern and romantic, with some good synth sounds mixed in with the melody.
29. Kaisi Hai Ye Rut – Dil Chahta Hai
This 2001 release did okay at the box office, but its songs are where the real romance happens. Kaisi Hai Ye Rut shows off the depth of emotion and heart that are present all throughout this movie.
30. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh – 1942: A Love Story
The film 1942: A Love Story was too good for only one song to appear on this list. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh has been called one of the most romantic songs R.D. Burman ever wrote.
31. Bekhayali – Kabir Singh
Don’t worry. We weren’t going to forget this one. Bekhayali was popular online even before the movie came out. Its romantic themes and musical genre mixes drove fans to record covers that took the internet by storm in 2019.
32. Main Agar – Tubelight
Called “one of the most romantic songs of the year” by critics, Main Agar came out with Tubelight in 2017 to rave reviews. The movie is an adaptation of the war film Little Boy. Prepare to feel the whole range of emotions with this one.
33. Dil Deewana – Maine Pyar Kiya
Also known as When Love Calls, this 1989 romantic film was a massive blockbuster for its genre. Raamlaxman composed the soundtrack, which became the best-selling Bollywood album of the entire decade.
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34. Dil Kyun Yeh Mera Shor Kare – Kites
Released in 2010, Kites is an example of a Bollywood film that did well in North America, as well. Dil Kyun Yeh became an instant success with fans.
35. Afeemi – Meri Pyaari Bindu
The title of this film translates to “My Dear Bindu,” and when it came out in 2017, the adorable soundtrack perfectly summed up the romantic comedy. Afeemi is one of the catchiest tracks on the album, and it is bursting with sweetness.
36. Teri Meri – Bodyguard
One of the highest-grossing Bollywood films, Bodyguard came out in 2011 and did an amazing job of mixing modern musical styles with the sounds of Orthodox Romanian Christmas carols.
37. Ye Tumhari Meri Baatein – Rock On!!
This 2008 film is about a grunge rock band, so the music is particularly important to the story. Ye Tumhari Meri Baatein became a cult favorite track for its romantic flavor.
38. Goom Hai Kisi Ke Pyar Mein – Raampur Ka Lakshman
This 1972 film was so popular that it got a Tamil remake in 1978 as Mangudi Minor. Romantic through and through, Goom Hai Kisi Ke Pyar Mein is not to be missed.
39. Title Track – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Also known as “Something Happens,” this 1998 romantic release came out by Sony Music and became the best-selling Bollywood soundtrack of the year. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is catchy, romantic, and comedic fun.
40. Tumse Milne Ko Dil Karta Hai – Phool Aur Kaante
The title of this 1991 film can be translated to “flowers and thorns,” which sums up the difficult romance these characters will face in the action movie. It was a huge hit, and Tumse Milne Ko Dil was an instant success.
41. Title Track – Dil Toh Pagal Hai
This 1997 love triangle film is also known as The Heart Is Crazy. The title song became a popular hit among those who agree with the message.
42. Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga – Half Girlfriend
Based on the novel Half Girlfriend, this film had an award-winning soundtrack. Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga won the Listeners’ Choice Song of the Year at the Mirchi Music Awards in 2018.
43. Moh Moh Ke Dhaage – Dum Laga Ke Haisha
You may have seen this film come out under the name My Big Fat Bride. In 2015, it took the world by storm with its romantic soundtrack and the song Moh Moh Ke Dhaage.
44. Humnava – Hamari Adhuri Kahani
The title for this in English is Our Incomplete Story. It’s a romantic drama from 2015 with an album released on the Sony Music label.
45. Jeene Laga Hoon – Ramaiya Vastavaiya
Jeene Laga Hoon is from the 2013 film Ramaiya Vastavaiya, which is a remake of the movie, Telugu. In 2013, it was listed as number 3 on a list of the most romantic songs in The Times of India.
46. Chhabeela – Saawariya
Here’s an absolute showstopper of a song that also happens to be full of romantic tension and broken-hearted longing. It’s another in the lineup of excellent songs from Saawariya.
47. Haareya Song – Meri Pyaari Bindu
We’re back to Meri Pyaari Bindu for the song Haareya because this film is bursting with romantic winners. Really, the whole album is a winner.
48. My Heart is Beating –Julie
This 1975 romantic drama was a blockbuster on multiple levels, with the soundtrack front and center in fans’ memories. It won several awards, including a Special Award at the Filmfare Awards for My Heart Is Beating.
49. O Mere Dil Ke Chain – Mere Jeevan Saathi
O Mere Dil Ke Chain remains a popular tune today from this 1972 romantic film. The movie is also known as My Life Partner in English, and it features some of the top talents of the time.
50. Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya – Akele Hum Akele Tum
Also known as I’m Alone, You’re Alone, this film came out in 1995. It’s a romantic drama loosely based on Kramer Vs. Kramer. With distinctly 70s and 80s music vibes, this soundtrack may be an acquired taste, but there’s no denying its style.
51. Jaaneman Jaaneman Tere Do Nayan – Chhoti Si Baat
This 1976 romantic comedy is sure to put you in the mood for happiness when you play the soundtrack. It’s an award-winning film with unforgettable songs like Jaaneman Jaaneman Tere Do Nayan that you can’t stop singing days later.
52. Mohabbat Dil Ka Sakoon – Dil Hai Tumhaara
This 2002 romantic film did great on the charts with its soundtrack by acclaimed music director duo Nadeem–Shravan. Using dance music and upbeat synth sounds, it appealed to younger Bollywood fans.
53. Suniye Kahiye – Baton Baton Mein
This 1979 romantic comedy didn’t have a ton of songs, but all of them became blockbuster hits on the radio. Suniye Kahiye is one that endures as a fan favorite to this day.
54. Mehbooba – KGF Chapter 2
An epic period action film, KGF Chapter 2 has a full range of emotions for audiences to eat up. And eat it up, they did. When this one came out in 2022, it became one of the highest-grossing Indian films worldwide. Mehbooba reaches the heart due to the emotional power of this film.
55. Abhi Na Jao Chhod Kar – Hum Dono
Released in 1961, this popular classic was re-released in color in 2011 on its 50th anniversary. The songs are celebrated as some of the best romantic music in Bollywood.
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