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#MusicLog 3: Best Hindi/Urdu songs – From 50’s till now…

Must start off by thanking @chris_a_Rocks and the team of @TheOnlyPodcast  for inspiring this series of blogs on Music. They are doing a fantastic job at the aptly named podcast series & website

After making a crisp list of one hour of my favorite Western & Indian music, and a comprehensive list of my all time favorite Western music in the earlier blog posts, this time I am attempting a comprehensive list of  Hindi/ Urdu songs that I have loved over the years.

The song list covers more than 6 decades, from 1950’s till the very latest Bollywood hits of 2011. I am also calling it Hindi/Urdu songs (not Indian songs) as the list not only includes many Pakistani artists but most of Indian songs are also written in Urdu. Bollywood, the Indian film industry has kept the Urdu language alive in India post partition. There have been attempt to popularize Hindi at school & official/govt. level. Even though it was not directed at any other language, the casualty has been Urdu, since the language gets associated with Islam and the fact that its the national language of Pakistan doesn’t help much either. Even though neither Islam nor Pakistan has got much do to with the origin and popularity of Urdu in Indian subcontinent, it was developed and popularized in the northern-central part of India (areas which now come under the states of Uttar Pradesh/ Rajasthan/ Bihar/ Madhya Pradesh) during the centuries of invasions/influx of foreigners from the Middle East/central Asia  and their amalgamation within India.


Okay the objective of this blog is not to start a debate about the languages, differences between Hindi versus the Urdu as I like to focus on the commonalty of them and not the differences. Hindi/Urdu languages are like the sisters who got divided during the partition of 1947. if person can understand Hindi, she/he will understand Urdu too, and its true vice versa. Not talking about the script (reading/writing – Devnagari/Arabic) just about the spoken language.

It wont be wrong to say that Music defines all of us. We grow up listening to certain kind of music, obviously influenced by what our parents or elder kids in the family are listening to. We experiment with various genre of music as we grow up, picking up new one & at times moving away from certain kind. We start developing our own taste in the music & at the same time in a subtle way the music we choose also starts defining us.

I believe that good music never becomes old or stale, good music also got the power to cross over the boundaries of time, generation, geography, even language, to a certain extent.

I grew up listening to Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle, etc. on the Vividh Bharti service of All India Radio. A friend of my elder brother used to continuously hum in his gently voice, introduced me to the silken voice of Talat Mahmood, and I am in love with his voice since then (I was probably 13 or 14 at that time) – it took me years but I have managed to compile a decent collection covering most of the songs sung by him.

I was introduced to ghazal by my cricketing buddy Rahul – no, not Dravid. These were pre-economic reform period days in India. Imported hi-fi music systems were hugely expensive and only available to those who traveled abroad or had family/friends there. As it was true for many other field, Jugaad was the only option for the majority of music lovers. Elaborate arrangements were made within the small budgets. Searching Lala Lajpat Rai Market (opposite Red Fort, New Delhi) for cheap locally produced speaker systems, experimenting by strategically placing speakers on Mutka’s (earthen pots) in the room to create the extra bass, 3D, Surround sound effects, whatever you may call it, we just wanted it to sound like we are sitting in front of those great guys are listening to their music. It was fun, we spent much more time in trying to get that perfect sound from locally made speakers, attached to a cheap boombox and mutka’s placed in different corners of the room than actually listening to the music. Rahul loved ghazals with perfect sound and I too got hooked on.

The days of Boom Box, Walkman & Audio  Cassette.


I bought my first walkman (a Sanyo’s portable audio player) from Palika Bazar, Connaught Place (the market is still there). Just next to it was my favorite music shop (its not there anymore) from where I spent so much time listening & selecting my favorite music. The shop-owner was so friendly that I used to listen to the full album over there before purchasing the same. And he helped me by ordering some of my favorite music which wasn’t available on cassette’s or CD’s easily. I requested him and got the Pyasa cassette recorded from an LP. He got a double CD pack of Talat Mahmood for me. He and the western music programs on the FM radio station during the night, introduced me to the Classic Rock and many of the western artists/bands. I used to study during the night, it was peacefully at that time being in a large family & with limited space, plus I am not much of a morning person – reaching school by 8am was itself a struggle.These were the 80’s so yes I am in love with the 80’s music forever, but I equally love the music from 70’s, 60’s and even 50’s.

Things started changing very fast post the 90’s and the iPod revolution. Now all my music is in digital format in a 160gb iPod classic. Currently there are 12,273 songs on it, taking up 72gb space, spread across 1447 albums, 681 Artists and 22 Genre.

Now a days it is so easy to get any kind of music that one wants – so you may not understand how happy I was when I got my hands on that recorded Pyasa cassette. I still have it with me, in fact I have kept most of the cassette’s and CD’s, even though haven’t played them for years now. It was a big struggle to hold on to them while shifting home many a times. And even when we moved to our own home, wife wanted me to get rid of them, but I guess it was just that emotional connect with the days gone by which is not letting me do that.

Coming back to goal of writing this blog post, here is an exhaustive list of my favorite Hindi/Urdu songs, this playlist on my iPod is Best Ever Songs and it has about 200 numbers, can last more than 16 hours without repeating any songs.  Each of these songs is there on the list for a reason, but basically these are my most listened to songs of the artists I really like. Of course I love many other songs of the artists mentioned in the list, but the purpose making this was to spread out and take only my most favorite songs of each artists.

Some of these songs I have managed to upload on the home page of this Blog, thanks to Box.Net. Enjoy and happy listening. If you’d like to listen to any of these songs, just leave a comment & I will upload it. 

Sr. No. Name Artist Album Time
1 Tujhse Naraaz Nahin Zindagi Aarati Mukherjee Masoom 6
2 Na Bole Tum Amit Kumar Baaton Baaton Mein 4
3 Bade Ache Lagte Hain Amit Kumar Balika Badhu 4
4 Emosanal Attyachaar Amit Trivedi Dev.D 4
5 Pardesi Amit Trivedi Dev.D 4
6 Masakali AR Rahman Delhi 6 5
7 Dilli-6 AR Rahman Delhi 6 4
8 Guzarish AR Rahman Ghajini (2008) 5
9 Jashn-E-Baharaa AR Rahman Jodhaa Akbar 5
10 Khawaja Mere Khawaja AR Rahman Jodhaa Akbar 7
11 Rang De Basanti AR Rahman Rang De Basanti 6
12 Saadda Haq AR Rahman Rockstar 6
13 Jai Ho AR Rahman Slumdog Millionaire 5
14 Taal Se Taal Mila AR Rahman Taal 6
15 Paathshala AR Rahman Rang De Basanti 3
16 Piya Haji Ali AR Rahman Fiza 7
17 Tu hi re tere bina main AR Rahman Bombay 7
18 Kabhi To Nazar Milao Asha & Adnan Sami Kabhi to nazar milao 8
19 Suniye Kahiye Asha &  Kishore Batoon Batoon Mein 5
20 Dil Cheez Asha Bhonsle Umrao Jaan 7
21 Mera Kuch saman Asha Bhonsle Ijaazat 7
22 Justuju jiski thi Asha Bhonsle Umrao Jaan 5
23 Dum Maro Dum Asha Bhonsle Hare Rama Hare Krishna 3
24 Tera Hone Laga Hoon Atif & Alisha Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani 5
25 Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai Atif Aslam Who Lamhe 4
26 Bakhuda Tumhi Ho Atif Aslam Kismat Konnection 5
27 Pehli Nazar Mein Atif Aslam Race 5
28 I Am A Disco Dancer Bappi Lahiri Disco Dancer 8
29 Karoge Yaad To Har Bhupinder Bazaar 5
30 Kajra Re Bunty Aur Babli Bunty Aur Babli 8
31 Deewaron se milkar rona Chitra Best Of Ghazals 6
32 Bolo Tara Ra Ra Daler Mehndi Punjabi 5
33 Mae ri Euphoria Euphoria 6
34 Aankhon Ke Sagar Fuzon Sagar 5
35 Khamaj Fuzon Saagar 7
36 Babu Je Dheera Chalna Geeta Dutt Aar Paar 3
37 Kal chaudhvni ki Ghulam Ali Best Of Ghazals 6
38 Patta patta boota boota haal ham Ghulam Ali Best Of Ghazals 6
39 Sarakti jaye hai rukh se Ghulam Ali Best Of Ghazals 4
40 Chupke Chupke Raat Din Ghulam Ali Best Of Ghazals From Pakistan 5
41 Kal Chodveen ki Raat Ghulam Ali Best Of Ghulam Ali 6
42 patta patta boota boota haal hamara Ghulam Ali Best Of Ghulam Ali 6
43 Ghungroo Toot Gay Gulshan Ara Syed Best of Ghazals 5
44 Punjabiyan Di Shaan Hans Raj Hans Bend it Like Beckham 4
45 Move Your Body Hard Kaur Johnny Gaddar 4
46 Char Baj Gaye, Party Abhi Baki Hai Hard Kaur Fully Faltu 4
47 Na Tum Humein Jaano Hemant Kumar Baat Ek Raat Ki 4
48 Jaane Woh Kaise Log The Hemant Kumar Pyaasa 7
49 Beqarar Kar Ke Hemant Kumar Bees Saal Baad 3
50 Hai Apna Dil Tu Hemant Kumar Solva Saal 4
51 Tadap Tadap Ismail Darbar Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam 7
52 Honton se chulo tum Jagjit Singh Best Of Ghazals 5
53 Woh kagaz ki kashti Jagjit Singh Best Of Ghazals 4
54 Chitti Na Koi Jagjit Singh Best Of Ghazals 6
55 Hoshwalon ko khabar kya Jagjit Singh Best Of Ghazals 5
56 Jhuki jhuki si nazar Jagjit Singh Best Of Ghazals 5
57 Koi fariyaad Jagjit Singh Best Of Ghazals 5
58 Ek Parvaz Dikhayi Di Hai Jagjit Singh Best Of Ghazals 6
59 Hoshwalon Ko Khabar Kya Jagjit Singh Sarfarosh 5
60 Tumko Dekha Jagjit Singh Chitra Singh Saath Saath 6
61 Sayonee Junoon Junoon 5
62 Yaaron Dosti K K Rockford 5
63 In dino K K Life in a Metro 7
64 Zindagi Do Pal Ki K K Kites 4
65 Aashayein K K Iqbal 4
66 Mitwa Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna 6
67 Chhap Tilak Kailash Kher Jhoomo Re 5
68 Teri Deewani Kailash Kher Kailasa 5
69 Saiyyan Kailash Kher Kailasa Jhoomo Re 6
70 Chak De Phattey Kailash Kher Khosla Ka Ghosla 6
71 Ishq Sufiyana Kamal Khan The Dirty Picture 5
72 Tere bina zindagi se shikhwa Kishore Kumar Aandhi 6
73 CHINGARI KOI BHA Kishore Kumar Amar Prem 6
74 Manzilen Apni Jagah Hain Kishore Kumar Best Of Ghazals 6
75 Aane wala pal Kishore Kumar Sharabi 5
76 Haal Chaal Thik Thak Hai Kishore Kumar Mere Apne 5
77 Kahan Tak Yeh Maan ko Kishore Kumar Baaton Baaton Mein 4
78 Meri Bheegi Bheegi Kishore Kumar Anamika 4
79 Musafir Hoon Yaraaon Kishore Kumar Parichay 3
80 Neele Neele Ambar Kishore Kumar Kalakaa 5
81 O Saathi Re Kishore Kumar Muqaddar Ka Sikandar 4
82 Om Shanti Om Kishore Kumar Karz 9
83 Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas Kishore Kumar Blackmail 5
84 Pyar Hume Kis Mod Pe Le Aayaa Kishore Kumar Satte Pe Satta 7
85 Woh Sham Kuch Ajeeb Kishore Kumar Khamoshi 5
86 O Mere Dil Ke Chain Kishore Kumar Mere Jeevan Saathi 5
87 Zindigi Ka Safar Hai Yeh Kaisa Kishore Kumar Safar 4
88 Chehra hai ya chand Kishore Kumar Sagar 5
89 Rim jim ke geet sawan Kishore Kumar Anjaana 5
90 Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Kishore Kumar Disco Dancer 3
91 Guitar Tune Kishore Kumar Karz 0
92 Chhukar Mere Man Ko Kishore Kumar Yaarana 4
93 Bhool gaya sab kuch Kisore Kumar Julie 5
94 Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin Kumar Sanu Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin 8
95 Jab Koi Baat bigad Jaye Kumar Sanu Jurm 8
96 Tere Dar Per Sanam Kumar Sanu Phir teri kahani yaad aaye 6
97 Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Kumar Sanu 1942 A Love Story 4
98 Dekha Ek Khwab Lata & Kishore Silsila 5
99 Pyar Hua Ikrar Hua Lata & Manna De Shree 420 – 1955 5
100 Akhiyon Ke Jharokon Se Lata Mangeshkar Akhiyon Ke Jharokon Se 7
101 Aap ki nazaron ne samajha Lata Mangeshkar Anpadh 4
102 Agar Tum Na Hote Lata Mangeshkar Agar Tum Na Hote 4
103 Bhajan Lata Mangeshkar Satyam Shivam Sundaram 6
104 Naina Barse Rimjhim Rimjhim Lata Mangeshkar Woh Kaun Thi 5
105 Raina Beeti Jaye Lata Mangeshkar Amar Prem 6
106 Tumse Milke Lata Mangeshkar Parinda 4
107 Yeh dil tum bin Lata Mangeshkar Izza 6
108 Salam’e Ishq Meri Jaan Lata Mangeshkar Muqaddar Ka Sikandar 6
109 Humne Dekhi Hai Lata Mangeshkar Khamoshi 4
110 Na Main Dharmi Na Hi Adharmi Lata Mangeshkar Bhajans 6
111 Uthe Sabke Kadam Lata Mangeshkar Baaton Baaton Mein 4
112 Aaj Phir Jeenay Ki Tamana Hai Lata Mangeshkar Guide 4
113 Phoolon Ka Taron Lata Mangeshkar Hare Rama Hare Krishna 4
114 Dil Hoom Hoom Kare Lata Mangeshkar Rudaali 4
115 Yaara Sili Sili Lata Mangeshkar Rudaali 6
116 Beete Hue Lamhon Ki Mahendra Kapoor Nikah 6
117 Abhi To Main Jawan Hoon Malka-e-Pukhraj Best Of Ghazals From Pakistan 7
118 Kasme Waade Pyaar Wafaa Manna De Upkaar 4
119 Zindagi Mein To Sabhi Mehdi Hasan Best Of Ghazals From Pakistan 11
120 Ranjish Hi Sahi Mehdi Hassan  Farmaaish 9
121 Chaap Talak Sab Teen Mehnaz Best Of Ghazals From Pakistan 3
122 Jugni Mika Tanu Weds Manu 3
123 Oye Lucky Mika Oye Lucky Lucky Oye 4
124 Fully Faltu Mika Fully Faltu 5
125 Abhi na jao chhod kar Mohammad Rafi Hum Dono 4
126 Dil ki awaz bhi sun Mohammad Rafi Hum Saya 5
127 Main Zindagi Ka Saath Mohammad Rafi Hum Dono 4
128 Yeh Duniya Yeh Mehfil Mohammad Rafi Laila Majnu 8
129 Ab Kya Misal Doon Mohammad Rafi Aart 3
130 Chand Mea Dil Mohammad Rafi Hum Kisise Kum Naheen 11
131 Hum Kisise Kum Naheen Mohammad Rafi Hum Kisise Kum Naheen 9
132 Yeh Hanste Huye Phool Mohammad Rafi Pyaasa 3
133 Tang Aa Chuke Hain Mohammad Rafi Pyaasa 4
134 Yeh duniya agar mil bhi Mohammad Rafi Pyaasa 5
135 Aaj Mausam Bada Mohammad Rafi Loafer 6
136 Tere Mere Sapne Mohammed Rafi Guide 4
137 Dooba dooba Mohit Chauhan Boondein 5
138 Pee Loon Mohit Chauhan Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 5
139 Abhi Kuch Dino Se Mohit Chauhan Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji 5
140 Jo Bhi Main Mohit Chauhan Rockstar 5
141 Tum Se Hi Mohit Chouhan Jab We Met 5
142 Kabhi Kabhi mere dil mein Mukesh Kabhi Kabhi 5
143 Kahin door jab din dhal jaye Mukesh Anand 3
144 Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hoon Mukesh Kabhi Kabhi 3
145 Sab Kuch Sikha Humne Mukesh Anari 4
146 Suhana Safar Mukesh Madhumati 4
147 Maine Tere Liye Mukesh Anand 3
148 Dost dost na raha Mukesh Sangam 6
149 Aawargi Mein Had Se Munni Begum Best of Ghazals 7
150 Chale To Kat Hi Jaye Ga Mussarrat Nazeer Best of Ghazals 6
151 Mujhe Se Pehli Si Noor Jehan Best of Ghazals 4
152 Jo Na Mil Sake Wohi Noor Jehan Best of Ghazals 5
153 Jhoole Jhoole Lal Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Best Of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 8
154 Mera Piya Ghar Aaya Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Best Of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 6
155 Ankhian Nu Chain Na Aave Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Best Of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 7
156 Tere Bin Nahin Lagda Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Partners In Rhyme 6
157 Mast Qalandar Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sufi 7
158 eh jo halka halka suroor hai Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sufi 23
159 Bulla Rabbi Shergill Bulla 5
160 Mae tainu smjhawa ki Rahat Fateh Ail Khan Best of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan 5
161 Naina thag Lenge Rahet Fateh Ali Khan Omkara 7
162 Aarti Ravindra Sathe Vaastav 3
163 Yeh Dosti Hum Nahin RD Burman Sholay 5
164 Sholay RD Burman Sholay 3
165 Chura Liya Hai Tumne RD Burman Yaadon Ki Baaraat 5
166 Yaadon Ki Baaraat RD Burman Yaadon Ki Baaraat 3
167 Boliyaan RDB Aloo Chaat 4
168 Singh is King RDB Ft. Snoop Dogg Singh is King 5
169 Tere Ishq Mein Rekha Bharadwaj Sufi 6
170 Lambi Judai Reshma Hero 6
171 Maula Mere Maula Roop Kumar Rathod Anwar 6
172 Chand Sifarish Shaan Fanaa 5
173 Khairheyan De Naal Shafqat Amanat Ali Tabeer 5
174 Yeh Honsla Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan Dor 5
175 Dil Chahta Hai Shakar-Ehsaan-Loy Dil Chahta Hai 5
176 Maa Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy Taare Zameen Par 5
177 Iktara Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Wake Up Sid 4
178 Saibo Shreya Ghoshal Shor In The City 3
179 Ali Ali Shubha Mudgal Nazar 7
180 Superchor Sneha Khanwalkar Oye Lucky Lucky Oye 5
181 Sandeshe Aate Hain Sonu Nigam Border 10
182 Saathiya Sonu Nigam Saathiya 6
183 Dhan Te Nan Sukhbir Kaminey 5
184 Chaal chaiya chaiya Sukhwinder Dil Se 7
185 Kawa Kawa Sukhwinder Singh Monsoon Wedding 5
186 Imaan Ka Asar Sunidhi & Shreya Dor 4
187 Dil-e-Nadan Tujhe Kya Hua Talat Mahmood Mirza Ghalib 3
188 Jaayen To Jaayen Kaha Talat Mahmood Taxi Driver 3
189 Jalte Hai Jiske Liye Talat Mahmood Sujata 4
190 Meri Yaad Mein Tum Na Talat Mahmood Madhosh 3
191 Shyaam-e-Gham Ki Kasam Talat Mahmood Foot Path 3
192 Zindagi Denewale Sun Talat Mahmood Dil-e-Nadan 3
193 Hoke Majboor Mujhe Talat Mahmood Haqeeqat 4
194 Main Teri Nazar Ka Suroor Talat Mahmood Jahan Ara 3
195 Phir Wohi Sham Talat Mahmood Jahan Ara 4
196 Tasveer Teri Dil Mera Talat Mahmood Legends – Talat Mahmood 3
197 Gal Mitthi Mitthi Tochi Raina Aisha 4
198 Pehla nasha Udit Narayan Jo Jita Who Sikander 5
199 Tu is tarah se meri zindagi mein Usha Khanna Aap To Aise Na 7
200 Omkara Vishal Bharadwaj Omkara 5


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