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Top 32: Most loved Bollywood songs of all time
Shreya Sethuraman, Hindustan Times
August 31, 2013
First Published: 16:26 IST(31/8/2013)
Last Updated: 11:43 IST(2/9/2013)
Raat Akeli Hai - When we hear this sensual naughty number, it sounds an easy one, but it was difficult to sing as Asha had to change the pace - from slow to fast while singing the song from the film Jewel Thief (1976). But she did a great job and it still finds place on music lovers' favourite list.

Music and Bollywood are inseparable - lovers entwined in mad passion. There is no situation, no occasion, no emotion for which a Hindi film song hasn't been created.

From sad, soulful numbers to ballads with ornate Urdu couplets; from high-brow poetry to the new trend of using English words as 'hook lines'; Bollywood music has changed tremendously over 100 years.

Brunch celebrates this unique treasure, this unparalleled legacy, by attempting to compile the best songs of all time.

EXPERTS' CHOICE: THE 32 MOST LOVED SONGS OF ALL TIME

1. Aaega aane wala (Mahal, 1949) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music: Khemchand Prakash. Lyrics: Nakhshab Jaaravchi

2. Rasik Balma (Chori Chori, 1956) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music: Shankar-Jaikishan. Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri

3. Jaane kya tune kahi (Pyaasa, 1957) Singer: Geeta Dutt. Music: SD Burman. Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi


4. Waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam (Kagaz Ke Phool, 1959) Singer: Geeta Dutt. Music: SD Burman. Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi

5. Pyaar kiya toh darna kya (Mughal-e-Azam, 1960) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music: Naushad. Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni

6. Chaudhvin ka chaand (Chaudhvin Ka Chaand, 1960) Singer: Mohd Rafi. Music: Ravi Sharma. Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni

7. Saaranga teri yaad mein (Saaranga, 1960) Singer: Mukesh. Music: Sardar Malik. Lyrics: Bharat Vyas

8. O sajna barkha bahaar aayi (Parakh, 1960) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music: Salil Chowdhury. Lyrics: Shailendra

9. Abhi na jaao chhod kar (Hum Dono, 1961) Singers: Mohd Rafi and Asha Bhosle. Music: Jaidev. Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi

10. Allah tero naam (Hum Dono, 1961) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music: Jaidev. Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi

11. Ae mere pyaare watan (Kabuliwala, 1961) Singer: Manna Dey. Music: Salil Chowdhury. Lyrics: Prem Dhawan

12. Mora gora ang lai le (Bandini, 1963) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music: SD Burman. Lyrics: Gulzar

13. Poocho na kaise maine rain bitaayi (Meri Soorat Teri Aankhen, 1963) Singer: Manna Dey. Music: SD Burman. Lyrics: Shailendra

14. Tere bachpan ko jawani ki dua (Mujhe Jeene Do, 1963) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music: Jaidev. Lyricis: Sahir Ludhianvi

15. Lag ja gale (Woh Kaun Thi, 1964) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music: Madan Mohan. Lyrics: Raja Mehdi Ali Khan

16. Jayie aap kahaan jaayenge (Mere Sanam, 1965) Singer: Asha Bhosle. Music: OP Nayyar. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

17. Din dhal jaaye (Guide, 1965) Singer: Mohd Rafi. Music: SD Burman. Lyrics: Shailendra

18. Tere mere sapne (Guide, 1965) Singer: Mohd Rafi. Music: SD Burman. Lyrics: Shailendra

19. Raat ke humsafar (An Evening In Paris, 1967) Singers: Mohd Rafi and Asha Bhosle. Music: Shankar-Jaikishan. Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri

20. Raat akeli hai (Jewel Thief, 1967) Singer: Asha Bhosle. Music: SD Burman. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

21. Tum pukar lo (Khamoshi, 1970) Singer: Hemant Kumar. Music: Hemant Kumar. Lyrics: Gulzar

22. Kahin door jab din dhal jaaye (Anand, 1971) Singer: Mukesh. Music: Salil Chowdhury. Lyrics: Yogesh

23. Musafir hoon yaaron (Parichay, 1972) Singer: Kishore Kumar. Music: RD Burman. Lyrics: Gulzar

24. Kuch toh log kahenge (Amar Prem, 1972) Singer: Kishore Kumar. Music: RD Burman. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

25. Jaanejaan dhoondhta (Jawani Diwani, 1972) Singers: Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle. Music: RD Burman. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

26. Tere mere milan ki ye raina (Abhimaan, 1973) Singers: Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar. Music: SD Burman. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

27. Tum jo mil gaye ho (Hanste Zakhm, 1973) Singers: Mohd Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar. Music: Madan Mohan. Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi

28. Chain se humko kabhi (Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye, 1974) Singer: Asha Bhosle. Music: OP Nayyar. Lyrics: SH Bihari

29. Tere bina zindagi (Aandhi, 1975) Singers: Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. Music: RD Burman. Lyrics: Gulzar

30. Phir wohi raat hai (Ghar, 1978) Singer: Kishore Kumar. Music: RD Burman. Lyrics: Gulzar

31. Ae zindagi gale laga le (Sadma, 1983) Singer: Suresh Wadkar. Music: Ilayaraja. Lyrics: Gulzar

32. Ae babua, yeh mahua (Sadma, 1983) Singer: Asha Bhosle. Music: Ilayaraja. Lyrics: Gulzar


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