No plans for Valentine's Day? Well then chill out at home and create a perfect atmosphere by listening to some of the best romantic songs of the decade like Mere Khayalon ki Mallika and Suraj hua madham. Here is a selection of songs from the last decade (2000-2010) for this day of love.
Mere Khayalon ki Mallika - You can make a good start with the beautifully composed song that boasts of equally good lyrics and as soon as you play it the romance hits the air. You can sing along with playback singer Abhijeet. It was picturised on Aishwarya Rai and Chandrachur Singh in 2000 release Josh and was a chartbuster.
Tum dil ki dhadkan mein - Another soothing romantic number. Crooned by Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik, this melodious rendition from 2000 film Dhadkan sets the right mood and even today it strikes a chord with the listener. Instruments like piano and violin are used in prominence.
Suraj hua madham - This Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer song from hit film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2000) pulls at one's heartstrings. Melody, rhythm and emphatic vocals are its trademarks. Sung by Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik, it is one of the best romantic tracks of all times.
Suno na - In 2003 another brilliant composition in Suno na from the film Jhankaar Beats rocked the charts. Crooned by Shaan in his soft and soothing voice, the slow-paced number makes one groove in harmony.
Hum tum - The title track of Hum Tum (2004) is very well written and amazingly sung by Alka Yagnik and Babul Supriyo. The enticing song is slow, soothing and pleasing to the ears. It's a pleasantly syrupy ballad that sure does appeal and is perfect for a romantic outing.
Bheege honth tere - The song from the 2004 movie Murder fetched singer Kunal Ganjawala instant stardom. It has a more R&B feel to it, but the soft rendition does well to keep the listener in tune with the song.
Laagi tumse man ki lagan - This refreshing number sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan straightaway touches the heart. Released in 2004, the rustic and enticing vocals give the song an edge and its Sufi influence keeps you swaying in an enthralled trance.
Tere liye - Yash Chopra's cross-border love story Veer Zaara was full of romantic numbers but the one that stood out was Tere liye. Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar lent her voice to the love song along with Roop Kumar Rathod. The song beautifully describes the feelings of two lovers who meet after more than two decades. A perfect number for a lovers reunion.
Jiya dhadak dhadak - Another gem in Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's voice is Jiya dhadak dhadak from the 2005 film Kalyug. The subtle, romantic track is a smooth sailing and wins hearts with exceptionally humble and delightful melody.
O saathi re - The song is distinct and out of the ordinary. The track exudes a feeling of intimacy and deep love and is impressively sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Vishal Bhardwaj. From 2006 film "Omkara", it is a must hear owing to its emotionally rich composition.
Tere bina - One of the best songs of 2007, Tere bina from the film Guru is a lovers' delight. One of the finest offerings of the album, it is addictive to the core and pure musical bliss. It is crooned by A.R. Rahman with ample support from Chinmayee.
Ajab si - Shah Rukh Khan's Om Shanti Om (2007) is known for the romantic offering Ajab si by KK. A soulful rendition, Ajab si is an irresistible piece of melody that lingers. The unconventional tune makes the song even more delightful.
Tum se hi - The soundtrack of the 2007 film Jab We Met had a number of hits but love ballad Tum se hi is the perfect song for a day of love. Mohit Chauhan's soul-stirring voice combined with subtle orchestration made it a song to remember forever.
Bol na halke halke - Another melodious and honey-tucked composition, Bol na halke halke is fit for a day like Valentine's Day. Mahalaxmi Iyer casts a spell with her rendition and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan adds an edge. With a catchy rhythm, the track from the film Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007) has surpassed many songs of the same genre.
Kahin toh - The same year Kahin toh from the film Jane Tu...Ya Jaane Na was released. With minimum orchestration, the love song soaked in melancholy is a winner in all spheres. Sung by Rashid Ali with Vasundara Das, Kahin toh carries an Indi-pop feel to it.
Khuda jaane - Khuda Jaane from 2008 hit film Bachna Ae Haseeno grows on you. Shilpa Rao teamed up with KK behind the mike for the song that seems even better when KK takes the high pitch. It's a mesmerizing number.
Pehli baar mohabbat - Pehli baar mohabbat starts off slowly and reaches its crescendo one minute into its duration. A Mohit Chauhan number, this song brings out the true meaning of soulful owing to its slow pace and free flowing nature. A beautiful romantic number.