100 Greatest Bollywood Songs of the 80s and 90s

Top 100 Bollywood Songs of the 80s and 90s

100 Greatest Bollywood Songs of the 80s and 90s
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The 80s and 90s are considered epic decades in the Hindi film industry. The decades steered Indian cinema, Bollywood in particular in a new direction. Big budgets became a norm and song and dance in movies became a religion of sorts among masses. The Bollywood music industry has churned out a number of hits since its early days. Here’s a showcase of the best Bollywood songs of the 80s and 90s.

When we talk about glitz and glamour in Bollywood a lot comes to mind. Presently, Bollywood is known globally for its unique blend of fashion and style in films. The glam quotient came about in movies in the 80s and 90s and ever since Bollywood has gone onto become a hub for movies, style and fashion. With the dawn of the 80s came a fresh brigade of films that showcased actors and actresses in a scintillating new style.

The song and dance routines which had always been popular in Hindi films became even bigger in the 80s and 90s. The trend of songs for movies being shot in foreign locations got huge in the 80s and 90s. While Bollywood in the 80s has been criticized for its portrayal of sleaze, it is also true that the decade paved the way for new genres in Hindi cinema.

The 80s and 90s marked a new era in Bollywood songs that opened doors for present-day-Bollywood.  

Also, themes and topics that were often a part of parallel cinema and offbeat cinema started being incorporated in commercial Hindi films. Romantic songs and sad songs became excessively popular with youth. Furthermore, a number of record labels released compilations of Hindi songs that increased music sales considerably. The 90s opened the doors for music director’s wide open. Unlike in previous decades where few music directors got an opportunity to work in Hindi films, the 90s opened up to a new breed of young music directors. The new crop of music directors incorporated a diverse mix of influences from various music genres creating a new identity for Bollywood songs.

The 90s is also remembered as the decade for indipop and item songs gaining momentum. Item songs which have now become an integral part of commercial cinema owe it to the late 80s and 90s. Love songs, sad songs, slow songs and songs about missing someone became epic in movies in the 90s, and the trend continues to this day. Bollywood songs in the 80s and 90s represented India in new light to the world. While Bollywood songs are evolving constantly, there’s no denying the 80s and 90s were the most important decades in the Hindi music industry.

100 Greatest Bollywood Songs of the 80s and 90s

  1. Kuch Na Kaho- 1942- A Love Story (1994)
  2. Gazab Ka Hai Din- Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)
  3. Pehla Nasha- Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992)
  4. Tujhe Dekha To- Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
  5. Dil Deewana- Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
  6. Kehna Hi Kya- Bombay (1995)
  7. Ae Mere Humsafar- Qamayat Se Qamayat Tak (1988)
  8. Tu Hi Re- Bombay (1995)
  9. Bahot Pyaar Karte Hai- Saajan (1991)
  10. Akele Hain To Kya Gum Hai- Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)
  11. Mujhe Neend Na Aaye- Dil (1990)
  12. Mere Rang Mein Rangane Wali- Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
  13. Aap Jaisa Koi- Qurbani (1980)
  14. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha- 1942: A Love Story (1994)
  15. Dil To Pagal Hai- Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)
  16. Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyaan- Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
  17. Jaadu Teri Nazar- Darr (1993)
  18. Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi Mein Aa Na- Aashiqui (1990)
  19. Tip Tip Barsa Pani- Mohra (1994)
  20. Tera Naam Liya- Ram Lakhan (1989)
  21. Mein Koi Aisa Geet Gaoon- Yes Boss (1997)
  22. Saagar Kinare Dil Ye Pukare- Saagar (1985)
  23. Neele Neele Ambar Par- Kalakaar (1983)
  24. Chhookar Mere Man Ko Kiya Toone Kya Ishaara- Yaarana (1981)
  25. Bahon Ke Darmiyan- Khamoshi (1996)
  26. Aisi Deewangi Dekhi Nahi- Deewana (1992)
  27. Who Pehli Bar Jab Hum Mile- Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi (1999)
  28. Tum Mile Dil Khile- Criminal (1995)
  29. Chaiyya Chaiyya- Dil Se (1998)
  30. Yea Kaali Kaali Aankhen- Baazigar (1993)
  31. Papa Kehthe Hain Bada Naam Karega- Qamayat Se Qamayat Tak (1988)
  32. Har Kisi Ko Nahi Milta- Jaanbaz (1986)
  33. Chura Ke Dil Mera- Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994)
  34. Yeh Haseen Wadiyan- Roja (1992)
  35. Humein Tumese Pyaar Kitna- Kudrat (1981)
  36. Aaja Shaam Hone Aayee- Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
  37. Jaane Jaana- Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998)
  38. Dard-E-Dil- Karz (1980)
  39. Zara Tasveer Se Tu Nikal Kar Samne Aa- Pardes (1997)
  40. Aaya Mausam Dosti Ka- Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
  41. Pehla Pehla Pyar Hai- Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994)
  42. Agar Tum Na Hote- Agar Tum Na Hote (1983)
  43. Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin- Sil Hia Ke Manta Nahin (1991)
  44. Tujhse Naraz- Masoom (1983)
  45. Ek Sanam Chahiye Aashiqui Ke Liye- Aashiqui (1990)
  46. Tere Dar Pe Sanam Chale Aaye- Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aaye (1993)
  47. Waada Raha Sanam- Khiladi (1992)
  48. Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaye- Jurm (1990)
  49. Tadap Tadap Ke- Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
  50. Tum Ko Dekha To Yeh Khayal- Saath Saath (1982)
  51. Ae Mere Humsafar- Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)
  52. Humko Sirf Tumse- Barsaat (1995)
  53. Jab Hum Jawan Honge- Betaab (1983)
  54. Dekha Ek Khwab- Silsila (1981)
  55. Ab Tere Bin- Aashiqui (1989)
  56. Dhak Dhak Karne Laga- Beta (1991)
  57. Dekho Maine Dekha Hai Ek Sapna- Love Story (1981)
  58. Ruk Ja O Dil Deewane- Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
  59. Chand Chupa Badal Mein- Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
  60. Tanhayee- Dil Chatha Hai (1991)
  61. So Gaya Yeh Jahan- Tezaab (1988)
  62. Apni To Jaise Taise- Laawaris (1981)
  63. Tu Mera Hero Hain- Hero (1983)
  64. Zoo Zoo Zoobie Zoooby- Dance Dance (1987)
  65. Tera Naam Liya- Ram Lakhan (1989)
  66. Jo Haal Dil Ka- Sarfarosh (1999)
  67. Ek Do Teen- Teezab (1988)
  68. Dekha Hai Pehli Baar- Saajan (1991)
  69. Shayad Meri Shaadi Ka Khayal- Souten (1983)
  70. Kate Nahin Kat Te- Mr. India (1987)
  71. Disco Station Disco- Haathkadi (1982)
  72. Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh mera Ghar- Saath Saath (1982)
  73. Gali Gali Mein Firta hai Tu Kyun- Tridev (1989)
  74. Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy- Disco Dancer (1982)
  75. Jaane Do Na- Saagar (1985)
  76. Ye Ladki Zarasi Deewani Lagati Hai- Love Story (1980)
  77. Tu Pyar Hai Kisi Aur Ka- Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin (1991)
  78. Naino Mein Sapna- Himmatwala (1983)
  79. Akkha India Jant Hai- Jaan Tere Naam (1992)
  80. Tirchi Topewale- Tridev (1989)
  81. Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaaye- Jurm (1990)
  82. Raja ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya- Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995)
  83. Teri Yad Aa Rahi Hai- Love Story (1981)
  84. Oh Maria- Saagar (1985)
  85. Dil Ka Alam- Aashiqui (1990)
  86. Koi Yeh Kaise Bataye- Arth (1983)
  87. Chehra Hai Yaa- Saagar (1985)
  88. Oh O Jane Jaana- Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998)
  89. Hum Bane Tum Bane- Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981)
  90. Mujhe Raat Din- Sangharsh (1999)
  91. Chhupana Bhi Nahi Aata- Baazigar (1993)
  92. Jab Chaye Mera Jadoo- Lootmaar (1980)
  93. Ole Ole- Yeh Dillagi (1994)
  94. Tumse Milke- Parinda (1989)
  95. Jawani Jan E- Man- Namak Halaal (1982)
  96. Kabootar Ja Ja Ja- Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
  97. Dil Mer Churaya Kyun- Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995)
  98. Yaad Aa Raha Hai- Disco Dancer (1982)
  99. Chandni O Meri Chandni- Chandni (1989)
  100. Aaj Rapat Jaye Toh- Namak Halaal (1982)

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Superb collection- For generations born after 1980, the 85-95 period was the Golden Era of music though elders may argue for the older versions. Especially with voices of Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik and the continued phase of Latha Mangeshkar with the Young Music directors and different stories and musics contributing to the hit.. i guess majority of the movies now will be known for their music rather than for the story now


Yes, the 80s and 90s were certainly decades that paved a new beginning for songs in Hindi films. And you're right Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik amazed audiences with their songs.