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100 Greatest Bollywood Songs of the 50s and 60s

Top 100 Bollywood Songs of the 50s and 60s

Old Songs from Hindi films evoke a special feeling. Right from the black and white era to Technicolor and Eastman color days, songs in Hindi films have stirred the soul. This article is a showcase of the best Bollywood songs of the 50s and 60s.

It’s the soul stirring lyrics in songs that connect with audiences in India. While songwriting in Bollywood has changed dramatically, the passion for writing a colloquial language of understanding remains true. Old songs from Hindi films are hugely popular with the masses in India. It’s the purity of lyrics and earnest music that makes old Bollywood songs exceedingly popular. The black and white era is responsible for paving the way for song and dance in Hindi films. While song and dance routines were prevalent in the 40s, it was the beginning of the 50s that helped song and dance emerge in new light.

The nasal voices in the 50s bring a kind of nostalgia associated with peace, love and joy.

Bollywood: The 50s nd 60s

The 50s and 60s were decades of golden voices in the Hindi film industry. The passionate voices of playback singers in the 50s and 60s has influenced and inspired the new breed of singers in present-day Bollywood. The rich and vibrant Indian culture is beautifully cascaded through lyrics in old Bollywood songs. The melodious music and lyrics in the black and white era have a pleasing tonal quality to them. Songs in the 50s were built on a strong foundation of Indian classical. In the black and white era, traditional Indian Instruments were used to record songs in studios. However, the guitar was western musical instrument that was consistently used by musicians in the 50 and 60s.

Songs that spoke a language of varied emotions were popular in the 50s and 60s. Aside from romantic songs, sad songs, friendship songs and songs about missing someone were also extremely popular with audiences in the golden era. Through the 50s, it was slow tempo songs that were exceedingly popular in Hindi films. With the dawn of the 60s came a new wave of music directors that included a number of uptempo songs in films. A number of new movie genres emerged in the 60s thereby adding new feel to compositions. Old Bollywood songs have been reused and recycled by many music directors and presented as dance songs for the younger generation in India. Bollywood songs from yesteryears have an epic feel. Relive the nostalgia with songs of the 50s and 60s.

The space below brings to life an epic list of the best old Bollywood Songs

100 Greatest Bollywood Songs of the 50s and 60s

  1. Yeh Raaten Yeh Mausam- Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle (Dilli Ka Thug- 1958)
  2. Haal Kaisa Hai Janab Ka- Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle (Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi- 1958)
  3. Piya Tose Naina Lage- Lata Mangeshkar (Guide- 1965)
  4. Mera Jeevan Saathi Bichad Gaya- Talat Mahmood (Babul- 1951)
  5. Ae Dil Mujhe Aisi Jagha Le Chal- Talat Mahmood (Arzoo- 1950)
  6. Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si- Kishore Kumar (Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi- 1958)
  7. Mana Janab Ne Pukara Nahi- Kishore Kumar (Paying Guest- 1957)
  8. Chaudhvin Ka Chand Ho- Mohammed Rafi (Chaudhvin Ka Chand- 1960)
  9. Hai Apna Dil To Awara- Hemant Kumar (Solva Saal- 1958)
  10. Abhi Na Jao Chhodkar- Asha Bhosle (Hum Dono- 1961)
  11. Awara Hoon- Mukesh (Awara- 1951)
  12. Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe- Mohammed Rafi (Kanyadaan- 1968)
  13. Yeh Zindagi Usi Ki Hai- Lata Mangeshkar (Anarkali- 1953)
  14. Ehsaan Tera Hoga- Mohammed Rafi (Junglee- 1961)
  15. Dheere Dheere Chal Chand Gagan Mein- Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar (Love Marriage- 1959)
  16. Aao Huzoor Tumko- Asha Bhosle (Kismat- 1960)
  17. Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaar- Lata Mangeshkar (Shagird- 1968)
  18. Dum Todte Hai Aarman- Mohammed Rafi (Shagun- 1951)
  19. Chhod Aanchal Zamana Kya Kahega- Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle (Paying Guest- 1957)
  20. Aankhon Mein Ky Ji- Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle (Nau Do Gyarah- 1957)
  21. Jaiye Aap Kahan Jayenge- Asha Bhosle (Mere Sanam- 1965)
  22. Gore Gore O Banke Chhore- Amirbai Karnataki and Lata Mangeshkar (Samadhi- 1950)
  23. Mera Dil Ye Pukare Aaja- Lata Mangeshkar (Nagin- 1954)
  24. Zara Saamne To Aao Chhaliya- Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar (Janam Janam Ke Phere- 1957)
  25. Oh Door Ke Musafir- Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar (Uran Khatola- 1955)
  26. Mera Joota Hai Japani- Mukesh (Shree 420- 1955)
  27. Dil Ke Jharoke Mein Tujhko- Mohammed Rafi (Brahmachari- 1968)
  28. Jeevan Ke Safar Mein Raahi- Kishore Kumar (Munimji- 1955)
  29. Adha Hai Chandrama- Asha Bhosle and Mahendra Kapoor (Navrang- 1959)
  30. Yeh Reshmi Zulfein- Mohammed Rafi (Do Raaste- 1969)
  31. Nakhrewali- Kishore Kumar (New Delhi- 1956)
  32. Mera Saaya Saath Hoga- (Mera Saaya- 1966)
  33. Sau Saal Pehle- Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar (Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai- 1961)
  34. Suno Gajar Kya Gaaye- Geeta Dutt (Baazi- 1951)
  35. Aaja Aaja Main Hoon Pyar Tera- Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle (Teesri Manzil- 1966)
  36. Eena Meena Deeka- Kishore Kumar (Aasha- 1957)
  37. Dost Dost Na Raha- Mukesh (Sangam- 1964)
  38. Toote Huye Khwabon Ne- Mohammed Rafi (Madhumati- 1958)
  39. Baharon Phool Barsao- Mohammed Rafi (Suraj- 1966)
  40. Chand Si Mehbooba Ho Meri- Mukesh (Himalay Ki God Mein- 1965)
  41. Jo Wada Kiya Woh Nibhana- Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar (Taj Mahal- 1963)
  42. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yaha- Mohammed Rafi and Geeta Dutt (CID- 1956)
  43. Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh- Lata Mangeshkar (Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai- 1960)
  44. Neele Gagan Ke Tale- Mahendra Kapoor (Hamraaz- 1967)
  45. Babuji Dheere Chalna- Geeta Dutt (Aar Paar- 1954)
  46. Lag Ja Gale Se Phir- Lata Mangeshkar (Who Kaun Thi- 1964)
  47. Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai- Lata Mangeshkar (Guide- 1965)
  48. Dekho Rootha Na Karo- Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar (Tere Ghar Ke Samne- 1963)
  49. Jab Chali Thandi Hawa- Asha Bhosle (Do Badan- 1966)
  50. Roop Tera mastana- Kishore Kumar (Aradhana- 1969)
  51. Saawan Ka Mahina- Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar (Milan- 1967)
  52. Ae Shama Tu Bata Tere Parwane Kaun Hai- Naushad (Dastan- 1950)
  53. Ek Chatur Nar Karke Sringar- Kishore Kumar and Manna Dey (Padosan- 1968)
  54. Zindagi Bhar Nahin Bhoolegi- Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar (Barsaat Ki Ek Raat- 1960)
  55. Shola Jo Bhadke- C. Ramchandra and Lata Mangeshkar (Albela- 1951)
  56. Mere Mann Ki Ganga Aur Tere Mann Ki Jamuna- Mukesh and Vvjayanthimala (Sangam- 1964)
  57. Pukarta Chala Hun Mein- Mohammed Rafi (Mere Sanam- 1965)
  58. Dil Yeh Kya Cheez Hai- Kishore Kumar (Baazi- 1951)
  59. Mujhe Kitna Pyaar Hai- Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar (Dil Tera Diwana- 1962)
  60. Mein Zindagi Ka Sath Nibatha Chala Gaya- Mohammed Rafi (Hum Dono- 1961)
  61. Yaad Na Jaaye Beete Dinon Ki- Mohammed Rafi (Dil Ek Mandir- 1963)
  62. Aasman Se Aaya Farishta- Mohammed Rafi (An Evening In Paris- 1967)
  63. Hum Bekhudi Mein Tumko Pukare- Mohammed Rafi (Kala Pani- 1958)
  64. Bindya Chamkegi- Lata Mangeshkar (Do Raaste- 1969)
  65. Yaad Kiya Dil Ne Kahan- Hemant Kumar (Patita- 1953)
  66. Who Chand Khila- Mukesh and Lata Manageshkar (Anari- 1959)
  67. Mujhko Is Raat Ki Tanhai Mein- Mukesh (Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere- 1960)
  68. Aye Dil Mujhe Bata De- Geeta Dutt (Bhai Bhai- 1955)
  69. Suhana Safar Aur Ye- Mukesh (Madhumati- 1958)
  70. Mere Samne Wali Khidki Mein- Kishore Kumar (Padosan- 1968)
  71. Khayalon Mein Kisi Ke- Mukesh and Geeta Dutt (1950)
  72. Who Jab Yaad Aaye Bahut Yaad Aaye- Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar (Parasmani- 1963)
  73. Tumsa Nahin Dekha- Mohammed Rafi (Tumsa Nahin Dekha- 1957)
  74. Mera Toh Jo Bhi Kadam- Mohammed Rafi (Dosti- 1964)
  75. Dukhi Mann Mere- Kishore Kumar (Funtoosh- 1956)
  76. Thandi Hawa Kali Ghata- Geeta Dutt (Mr & Mrs’ 55- 1955)
  77. Aye Dil Ab Kahin Na Ja- Hemant Kumar (Bluff Master- 1963)
  78. Din Sare Guzara Tore Angna- Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar (Junglee- 1961)
  79. Aane Se Uske Aaye Bahar- Mohammed Rafi (Jeene Ki Raah- 1969)
  80. Kaun Aaya Mere Mann Ke Dware- Manna Dey (Dekh Kabira Roya- 1957)
  81. Ghadi Ghadi Mora Dil Dhadke- Lata Mangeshkar (Madhumati- 1958)
  82. Piya Piya Piya Mora Jiya- Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle (Baap-Re-Baap- 1955)
  83. Poochho Na Kaise Maine- Manna Dey (Meri Surat Teri Aankhen- 1963)
  84. Woh Shaam Kuchh Ajeeb Thi- Kishore Kumar (Khamoshi- 1969)
  85. Jayen To Jayen Kahan- Lata Mangeshkar (Taxi Driver- 1954)
  86. Teri Pyaari Pyaari Surat Ko- Mohammed Rafi (Sasural- 1961)
  87. Baghon Mein Bahar Hai- Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar (Aradhana- 1969)
  88. Ude Jab Jab Zulfen Teri- Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle (Naya Daur- 1957)
  89. Ek Pardesi Mera Dil Le Gaya- Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle (Phagun- 1958)
  90. Tumhari Nazar Kyon Khafa Ho Gayi- Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar (Do Kaliyaan- 1968)
  91. Aa Jane Jaan- Lata Mangeshkar (Intaquam- 1969)
  92. Sab Kuchh Seekha- Mukesh (Anari- 1959)
  93. Jata Kahan Hai Diwane- Geeta Dutt (CID- 1956)
  94. Humdum Mere Maan Bhi Jao- Mohammed Rafi (Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon- 1963)
  95. Dil Jo Nah Keh Saka- Mohammed Rafi (Bheegi Raat- 1965)
  96. Tera Mera Pyar Amar- Lata Mangeshkar (Asli Naqli- 1962)
  97. Kuchh Dil Ne Kaha- Lata Mangeshkar (Anupama- 1966)
  98. Na Yeh Chand Hoga- Hemant Kumar and Geeta Dutt (Shart- 1954)
  99. Jis Dil Mein Basa Tha Pyaar Tera- Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar (Saheli- Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar)
  100. Yun Hasraton Ke Daag- Lata Mangeshkar (Adalat- 1958)

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