100 Greatest Bollywood Songs of the 70s and 80s

Top 100 Bollywood Songs of the 70s and 80s

100 Greatest Bollywood Songs of the 70s and 80s
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The 70s and 80s were decades that became trend setters for Hindi films. Song and dance in films changed dramatically in these colorful decades. Here’s a comprehensive showcase of the best Bollywood songs of the 70s and 80s.

With the 70s arrived a gamut of changes in the Hindi film industry. The song and dance sequences continued to trend like in past decades, however, a new sound emerged bringing in diverse musical influences from the west. The 70s fueled a new indo-western sound that went onto become an integral part of Bollywood. Slow songs and fast-tempo songs were popular in the 70s. While the number of playback singers in the Hindi film industry was few in the 70s, it all changed in the 80s. The 80s spawned a new era for playback singers in Bollywood.

A number of singers owe it to the 80s for kick starting their careers.

Bollywood in the 80s

The 80s showcased the Hindi film industry in a new glam avatar. New movie genres emerged bringing in new sounds. Few disco songs became exceedingly popular in late 70s and early 80s. The trend of mixed tapes became magnanimous in the 80s. Record labels released a numerous song compilations from Hindi films of the 70s and 80s. Furthermore, ‘Greatest Hits’ compilations and ‘Best Of’ compilations of playback singers became excessively popular in the glam 80s. In this decade every lower middle class and middle class home in India had a tape recorder playing songs from Hindi films.

A number of music directors established a firm foothold in Bollywood in the 80s. Also, the trend of musical duo music directors became huge in the 80s bringing in fresh new soundscapes to songs. Many music companies started releasing songs from two Hindi films on side- A and side- B of tapes. This marketing strategy to sell music soundtracks became popular in the 80s. Furthermore, if you’ve travelled in a rickshaw or taxi in the 80s you would be familiar with ‘Jhankar Beats’ which emerged as a legal way of producing low cost tapes without breaking copyright laws.

Typically drum beats and additional instruments were added to existing songs producing vague remix of beats while retaining the original vocals and music. Majority of taxis and rickshaws across India had ‘Jhankar Beat’ songs playing in the 80s for travelers. While the ‘Jhankar Beat’ trend fizzled out with the emergence of remixes in the 90s, it did spark a figment of imagination among the masses. Songs of the 70s and 80s have made moments beautiful and they continue to make memories associated with nostalgia grand.

The lines below showcase a list of the best Bollywood songs of the 70s and 80s

100 Greatest Songs of the 70s and 80s

  1. Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas- Black Mail (1973)
  2. Gazab Ka Hai Din- Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)
  3. Dil Deewana- Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
  4. Chingari Koi Bhadke- Amar Prem (1972)
  5. Ae Mere Humsafar- Qamayat Se Qamayat Tak (1988)
  6. Aanewala Pal- Golmaal (1978)
  7. Saagar Kinare Dil Ye Pukare - Saagar(1985)
  8. Dil Kya Kare- Julie (1975)
  9. Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho- Hanste Zakhm (1973)
  10. Har Kisi Ko Nahi Milta- Jaanbaz (1986)
  11. Neele Neele Ambar Par- Kalakaar (1983)
  12. Mera Jeevan Kora Kagaz- Kora Kagaz (1974)
  13. Aaja Shaam Hone Aayee- Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
  14. Do Lafzon Ki Hai Dil Ki Kahani- The Great Gambler (1979)
  15. Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein- Kabhi Kabhi (1976)
  16. Mujhe Neend Na Aaye- Dil (1989)
  17. Main Shayar To Nahin- Bobby- (1973)
  18. Humein Tumese Pyaar Kitna- Kudrat (1981)
  19. Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye- Anand (1971)
  20. Agar Tum Na Hote- Agar Tum Na Hote (1983)
  21. Jaaane Kahan Gaye Woh Din- Mera Naam Joker (1970)
  22. Papa Kehthe Hain Bada Naam Karega- Qamayat Se Qamayat Tak (1988)
  23. Dard-E-Dil- Karz (1980)
  24. Gum Hai Kisi Ke Pyar Mein- Raampur Ka Lakshman (1972)
  25. Tujhse Naraz- Masoom (1983)
  26. Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli- Anand (1971)
  27. Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi- Aandhi (1975)
  28. Aaya Mausam Dosti Ka- maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
  29. Yeh Kya Hua Kaise Hua- Amar Prem (1972)
  30. Yeh Shaam Mastani- Kati Patang (1970)
  31. Dum Maro Dum- Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971)
  32. Geet Gaata Hoon Main- Lal Patthar (1971)
  33. Mere Rang Mein Rangane Wali- Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
  34. Akele Hain Toh Kya Gum Hain- Qamayat Se Qamayat Tak (1988)
  35. Hum Bewafa Hargiz Na The- Shalimar (1978)
  36. Saathi Re- Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)
  37. Chhookar Mere Man Ko Kiya Toone Kya Ishaara- Yaarana (1981)
  38. Rim Jhim Gire Sawan- Manzil (1972)
  39. Zindagi Ka Safar- Safar (1970)
  40. Phoolo Ka Taaro Ka- Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971)
  41. Aaj Mausam Bada Beimaan Hai- Loafer (1973)
  42. Yeh Dosti Hum Nahin Todenge- Sholay (1975)
  43. Jawani Jan E- Man- Namak Halaal (1982)
  44. Zindagi Ke Safar Mein- Aap Ki Kasam (1974)
  45. Teri Galiyon Mein- Hawas (1974)
  46. Chala Jata Hoon- Mere Jeevan Saathi (1972)
  47. Pyaar Manga Hai Tumhi Se- College Girl (1977)
  48. Apni To Jaise Taise- Laawaris (1981)
  49. Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho- Arth (1982)
  50. Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein- Ajanabee (1974)
  51. Chhookar Mere Mann Ko Kiya Tune Kya Ishaara- Yaarana (1981)
  52. Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si- Anamika (1973)
  53. Hum bane Tum Bane- Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981)
  54. Musafir Hoon Yaaron- Parichay (1972)
  55. Ek Ajanabee Haseena Se- Ajanabee (1974)
  56. Kanchi Re Kanchi Re- Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971)
  57. Mere Naina Sawan Bhadon- Mehbooba (1976)
  58. Gulabi Ankhen Jo Teri- The Train (1970)
  59. Yaad Aa Raha Hai- Disco Dancer (1982)
  60. Teri Bindiya Re- Abhimaan (1973)
  61. Mere Dil Ke Chain- Mere Jeevan Saathi (1972)
  62. Shayad Meri Shaadi Ka Khayal- Souten (1983)
  63. Teri Duniya Se Hoke Majboor Chala- Pavitra Papi (1970)
  64. Wada Karo Nahi Chhodoge- Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1973)
  65. Hazaar Rahein Mud Ke Dekhi- Thodisi Bewafaii (1980)
  66. Aap Ki Ankhon Mein- Ghar (1978)
  67. Chehra Hai Yaa- Saagar (1985)
  68. Jahan Teri Yeh Nazar Hai- Kaalia (1981)
  69. Achha To Hum Chalte Hain- Aan Milo Sajna (1970)
  70. Yeah Jo Mohabbat Hai- Kati Patang (1970)
  71. Mausam Hai Ashiqana- Pakeezah (1972)
  72. Khilte Hai Gul Yahan- Sharmeelee (1971)
  73. Mere Dil Mein Aaj Kya Hai- Daag (1973)
  74. Tirchi Topewale- Tridev (1989)
  75. Dil Aaj Shayar Hai- Gambler (1971)
  76. Kuchh To Log Kahenge- Amar Prem (1972)
  77. Badi Sooni Sooni Hai- Mili (1975)
  78. Humne Ghar Choda Hai- Dil (1989)
  79. Dil Aaj Shayar Hai- Gambler- (1971)
  80. Dekho Maine Dekha Hain- Love Story (1981)
  81. Jab Hum Jawan Honge- Betaab (1983)
  82. Main Teri Mohabbat Mein- Tridev (1989)
  83. So Gaya Yeh Jahan- Tezaab (1988)
  84. Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy- Disco Dancer (1982)
  85. Chandni O Meri Chandni- Chandni (1989)
  86. Teri Yad Aa Rahi Hai- Love Story (1981)
  87. Tum Aa Gaye Hoon Noor Aa Gaya- Aandhi (1975)
  88. Tera Naam Liya- Ram Lakhan (1989)
  89. Kya Hua Tera Wada- Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahi (1977)
  90. Main Shayar Badnam- Namak Haram (1973)
  91. Jab Chaye Mera Jadoo- Lootmaar (1980)
  92. Jaane Do Na- Saagar (1985)
  93. Tumse Milkar Na Jane Kyun- Pyar Jhukta Nahin (1985)
  94. Kabootar Ja Ja Ja- Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
  95. Lagi Aag Sawan Ki- Chandni (1989)
  96. Aaj Rapat Jaye Toh- Namak Halaal (1982)
  97. Oh Maria- Saagar (1985)
  98. Naino Mein Sapna- Himmatwala (1983)
  99. Aaj Phir Tumpe Pyar Aaya Hai- Dayavan (1988)
  100. Tumse Milke- Parinda (1989)

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