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Humming it the Holi way

music Updated: Mar 19, 2011 00:45 IST

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Holi seems incomplete without dancing to the tunes of Amitabh-Rekha dance number Rang barse. With Holi season round the corner, have a look at best of Holi songs offered by Bollywood.

Chhand ke mohalla
Film: Action Replayy, 2010
Youtube hits: 638, 609
This is the latest entrant to the hit Holi numbers in B-town with actors Aishwarya Rai and Neha Dhupia celebrating a waterless Holi. The perky number has become a favourite with DJs and is a must at all weddings these days. Being the most recent, this is sure to be the most played song this Holi.

Dekho aayi holi
Film: Mangal Pandey, 2005
Youtube hits: 128, 028
The song composed by music maestro AR Rahman and sung by Udit Narayan and Chinmayee, was picturised on Aamir Khan and Rani Mukerji. The song became popular for its joyful lyrics and beats, and also because Aamir sang a few lines.

Do me a favour
Film: Waqt- The Race Against, 2005
Youtube hits: 261,919
The video of this song had sees crackling chemistry between Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra, right from the time Akshay splashes pink gulaal on Priyanka, till the very end. Music composer Anu Malik gave his voice to the Hinglish song that blares from loudspeakers every Holi.

Holi khele raghuveera
Film: Baaghban, 2003
Youtube hits: 17,365
Holi songs and Amitabh Bachchan go together. In this peppy number crooned by Amitabh Bachchan, Sukhwinder Singh and
Udit Narayan, the actor woos Hema Malini in his inimitable style. Although both actors were way past their young age in the song, it was a big hit and brought back memories of Rang Barse.

Soni soni akhiyon waali
Film: Mohabbatein, 2000
Youtube hits: 4,21,302
The playful number picturised on Shah Rukh Khan, Kim Sharma, Jugal Hansraj, Shamita Shetty and Uday Chopra brings an air of merriment and young romance to the celebration. Singers Jaspinder Narula, Udit Narayan and Ishaan have sung this number, perfect for some dancing.

Ang se ang lagaana
Film:
Darr, 1993
Youtube hits: 8,364
Shah Rukh Khan’s character of an obsessed lover landed up at Juhi Chawla’s house with a group of dholwaalas. SRK’s look in the song: long hair and a dupatta tied around his head, is emulated by young boys on Holi even today. The song, sung by Asha Bhosle and Vinod Rathod is must at all Holi parties.

Rang barse
Film: Silsila, 1981
Youtube hits: 709,759
Holi seems incomplete without dancing to the tunes of Rang barse. This Amitabh Bachchan-Rekha song is touted as the best Holi song and has ruled the hearts of many for over two decades and is still going strong. There are a number of remixes that followed but nothing was as good as the original.

Holi ke din
Film: Sholay, 1975
Youtube hits: 20,070
After Gabbar Singh uttered one of his popular dialogues Holi Kab Hai? The song opens with Hema Malini grooving and smacking colours at Dharmenda. Singers Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar sang this RD Burman classic.

Aaj na chodenge
Film:
Kati Patang, 1971
Youtube hits: 231,856
Yesteryears’ superstar Rajesh Khanna has featured in many Holi songs on the silver screen. But Kishore Kumar’s melodious voice took this song to another level. In the song Khanna wooed Asha Parekh, who played a widow leading a colourless life, to forget everything and get into the Holi mode.

Arey jaa re hat natkhat
Film:
Navrang, 1959
Youtube hits: 258,121
This is one of the longest Holi songs with a duration of more than seven minutes. Actor Sandhya’s gravity defying moves in this song make it even more popular. Singers Asha Bhosle and Mahendra Kapoor’s voices added the much-needed spark in the song by making it one of the hot favourites.

Holi aayi re kanhayee
Film:
Mother India 1957
Youtube hits: 22,761
One of the most popular Holi songs from ’50s that was picturised on actors Rajendra Kumar, Sunil Dutt and Kumkum. Singer Shamshad Begum not just sang this composition but also penned down the lyrics, which even the young generation of today remembers.