The rich Indian culture and tradition is not something that is unheard of. The music and dance tradition that has existed over the ages has also found its place in Indian movies. Bollywood or the Indian film industry has in its history produced a number of melodious tunes which are hummed by people even to this day. Although the music world has undergone transformation, the popularity of soothing tunes that evoke deep emotions still rank high as the latest raunchy numbers.
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Diwana hua badal from Kashmir Ki Kali (1964) composed by the ahead-of-his time musician O P Nayyar, and rendered ever so beautifully by Asha Bhonsle and Mohd Rafi is a track that conjures up sweet memories of the era of soulful tunes.
The magic of the song Bahaon mein chale aao sung by Lata Mangeshkar with music from RD Burman continues to lure music lovers. The soft tunes and extremely beautiful picturisation complement each other.
The movie Sadma and its song Ae zindagi gale laga le remains a top favorite to this day and Suresh Wadkar conveys the true feelings of the hero Kamal Hassan in the most soulful manner.
Tumko dekha to to yeh khayal aaya from the movie saath saath is a great ghazal sung by the legendary Jagjit Singh.
Majorly the bollywood songs are massively consumed by Indian audiences only, whether they are situated in India or abroad. Bollywood music has great variety. They consist of everything from love songs to patriotic ones, the music ranges from Sufi music to special songs written for festivals, there are tracks which strike a chord in your heart and with some others you just can’t help but tap your feet. The Indian scenario is such that there is music for all occasions, happy or sad. It is basically just a popular expression of the human emotions. Only because the bollywood movies are so deeply rooted in the cultures of the society, the songs also become a device to express and project any dramatic scene of the film story in a better way.
Other songs that deserve a mention are Kaifi Azmi penned waqt ne kiya kya hasi sitam, Mukesh’s magic in kabhi kabhi mere dil mein, Rafi’s beautiful rendition of tere mere sapne. Off late, there has been an increased importance on item numbers in movies and most movies today have atleast one item number featuring sultry voices and raunchy moves. Item girls gyrate to these numbers, which are a rage among youngsters and the elderly. However, songs like Tere Liye from Veer Zara, Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jaana Sanam – Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Tere Naina – My Name Is Khan, Main Jahaan Rahoon from Namastey London etc continue to reveal the soulful side of the Indian film industry. Music is all about perception, so this is definitely not a comprehensive list of best ever bollywood songs.From lovey dovey romantic tracks to foot-tapping indie pop numbers, the popularity of Bollywood songs soars everytime a song turns into a rage because of the music, dance, picturisation and many other factors. There are a number of websites which feature videos of these songs and YouTube by far has an extensive database of Indian film music.