Best Bollywood Songs
The strongest link that connects most Indian Americans or Indians for that matter, living far from home is Bollywood. For some, an interest in Bollywood movies and songs, a badge of identity connecting them to their desi heritage and culture. To a non-Indian the first image of the country is through the canvas of Bollywood songs with their dancing and colorful costumes. It is the feel-good Bollywood songs, of which there is one for every kind emotion and sub-emotion. Which continues to rule over the hearts of Indians as well as foreigners alike. Whether you are feeling low or simply stressed – every time you listen to these feel-good Bollywood dance songs, it instantly makes you feel better. They provide you with the much needed jab of energy that will make you hit the floor instantaneously.
It is absolutely impossible to choose the top 10 Bollywood songs from over a century old history of Hindi cinema. To make the impossible task easy, we narrowed it down to just the foot-tapping dance songs that probably just give a taste of the vast world of Bollywood music. Nonetheless, this selection will reflect the diversity that it has to offer and a glimpse of how much Bollywood has changed over the years.
Here are the best Bollywood songs with great melodies and full of pure entertainment that will get you grooving and your heart thumping.
Le Gayi Le Gayi – Dil Toh Pagal Hai
This song is from the 1997 musical and romance film directed by the king of romance – Yash Chopra. The song was sung by Asha Bhosle with the lyrics written by Anand Bakshi and was the Bollywood soundtrack of the year and continues to be one of the most popular Bollywood songs.
Soni De Nakhre – Partner
Before there was Tiger Shroff and before there was Hrithik Roshan there was only one dancing chora in Bollywood – Govinda. The boy from Virar who gave us so many memorable dance hits in the 80s and the 90s. This party song is from the film Partner which starred Govinda and and Salman Khan in the lead with Katrina Kaif. The music of the film was given by the bother duo of Sajid-Wajid and is one of the most requested songs at any wedding dance floor.
Yeh Mera Dil – Don
The song was part of the original Amitabh Bachchan starrer Don which was released in 1978. But the version we have chosen as one of the best Bollywood songs is from the remake of the movie and the song in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer 2006 film of the same name. In the newer film Helen’s sensual dance was replaced by Kareena’s moves. The original song had the brilliant combination of Asha Bhosle’s voice and Kalyanji-Anandji’s music, and now coupled with a modern twist, this song has become party favorite ever since.
Chaiyya Chaiyya – Dil Se
You can never forget Malaika Arora and Shah Rukh Khan dancing atop the Nilgiri train while it makes its way through the hills. A passionate Urdu love song sung by Sukhvinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi, composed by AR Rehman produced one of the one of the best Hindi Bollywood songs. The lyrics of the song were penned by Gulzar and was the dance anthem of the last century. The song also found its way in one of the Hollywood films starring Denzel Washington – The Inside Man. The song was form the film Dil Se which was released in 1998 and the song has become a cult classic ever since.
Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai – Khoobsurat
The song is a must have on the playlist for any party. It was released in 2014, and is a perfect example of peppy music and unconventional wordings, which have become the norm in Bollywood today. This dance number from the film Khoobsurat is composed and sung by the Bollywood Rap icon Badshah. The song captivates the listener for its fun factor and is perfect for any house party or celebration and is one of the top Bollywood songs of all time.
Ghungroo – War
How can we not have a Bollywood dance song list without a song which has the incomparable Hrithik Roshan in it. The track is a funky duet by Shilpa Rao and Arijit Singh featuring Hrithik and Vaani Kapoor. The song’s upbeat music has been composed by the duo of Vishal-Shekhar and an absolute thumping dance track. The catchy hook -line of the song though is taken from the track in the 1987 film Param Dharam which was originally sung by Salma Agha. The song fits perfectly to the energy of this high-octane action movie of 2019 and is one of the top Bollywood songs.
Tu Meri – Bang Bang
No matter how hard we tried to keep Hrithik Roshan from appearing on this list more than once, but we just couldn’t. The dancing superstar of Bollywood gave a sample of some serious moves in this song from the film Bang Bang, a remake of a Tom Cruise starrer Hollywood movie. The music of the song is composed by Vishal Shekhar and has been sung by Vishal Dadlani who also penned the lyrics for the song. The video features Katrina Kaif matching every step with Hrithik. The choreography for the song was done by Bosco Martis who claimed that Hrithik changed 12 pairs of shoes in this song. An out and out high-octane dance number this sensational song is one of the best Hindi songs.
Muqabla – Street Dancer 3D
The original song made Prabhu Deva a star with his gravity defying and rubberized dance moves. The original song was released in 1994 and was recreated recently and was included in the film Street Dancer 3D. The recent version is sung by Yash Narvekar and Parampara Thakur and features Prabhudeva, Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor. While the original was already a favorite but the recent remake and with a more peppy music infused, this cult song has been made unforgettable for a long time to come and will remain the top choice for any party playlist.
Maahi Ve – Kal Ho Na Ho
The upbeat dance song is from the 2003 movie Kal Ho Naa Ho. The lyrics, surprisingly for this peppy track, has been penned by lyricist and song writer Javed Akhtar. The song features Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan with cameos from Rani Mukerji and Sonali Bendre. The video of the song is set at a wedding-like event and is a DJ favorite at all desi wedding sangeet and parties.
Sheher Ki Ladki – Khandaani Shafakhana
The song is sung by Badshah, Tulsi Kumar and Abhijeet for the movie Khandaani Shafakhana. The music of the song is given by Tanishk Bagchi. This is the recreated version of the original song, featuring the dazzling Diana and rapper Badshah. However, Raveena Tandon and Suneil Shetty, who featured in the original version, make an appearance towards the end of the video and look as stunning as they did in the original Sheher Ki Ladki from the 1996 film Rakshak.
The desi in us just can’t resist when we hear one of our favorite Bollywood songs, be it new or old. We love to do that desi style dance, that can be done on only a Bollywood number. Here we remind you of some of the best Bollywood songs of all time so that you can practice your signature moves to these popular beats.
A total of more than 2000 films are released in India each year, which would probably take the number of Bollywood songs to over 10000. These also include some fabulous remakes of old classics. In the list that we compiled, we have tried to include the top Bollywood songs that redefined Hindi film music and are popular even today. This also includes a track from Badhsah released in 2021.
The list of popular hindi songs have these essential characteristics – they are energetic, lively, and most importantly, filmy. Invariably the most popular hindi songs have elements of dance and all the songs listed above have this essential quality. Pick your favorite form this list of the Top 10 Bollywood songs.
Bollywood never fails to churn out hits after hits and give us some amazing Hindi songs each passing year. These popular hindi songs can make a dancer out of even the worst movers, at least in their own heads. The one song that we included from 2021 is Sheher Ki Ladki, the remake is done by Badshah, of the original song which had Sunil Shetty matching his dancing skills to Raveena Tandon.
Since Sheher Ki Ladki (remake) is the only current song on this list of the best Bollywood songs, we would put that ahead because it also represents the 90s era of Bollywood music and dance.