Top 50 Bollywood Songs of the 70s and 80s

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.

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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)

25 Romantic Hit Songs of Kishore Kumar

This is a compilation of 25 greatest romantic songs sung by Kishore Kumar. It contains many moods and flavors of romance, of different era- 1960s, the 70s, and 80s.

Kishore Kumar

Songs have always been an integral part of Bollywood movies. They act as a soul and guiding light to the screenplay. 50% of the movies produced in Bollywood are romantic in nature and hence millions of songs have been created to depict romance and its many moods in Indian cinema. These songs are played in marriage and birthday parties, lounges and restaurant, proposals and candlelight dinners thus elevating the gravity of the situation.

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Kishore Kumar has been an absolute favorite since childhood and has listened to his songs on repeat a zillion times. I have always loved romantic songs sung by the great man and here I am mentioning my list of top 25 romantic songs sung by Kishore Kumar so that readers can also listen and appreciate them:

25 Best Songs of Kishore Kumar

  1. Phoolon ke rang se, dil ki kalam se – Prem Pujari (1970); Kishore
  2. Ye jo mohabbat hai, ye unka hai kaam – Kati Patang (1971); Kishore
  3. Mere dil ne tadap ke jab naam tera pukaara – Anurodh (1977); Kishore
  4. Hamein tumse pyaar kitna, ye ham nahi jaante – Kudrat (1981); Kishore
  5. Ye shaam mastaani, madhosh kiye jaaye – Kati Patang (1971); Kishore
  6. Mere sapno ki rani kab aayegi tu – Aradhana (1969); Kishore
  7. Aankhon mein humne aapke sapne sajaaye hai – Thodi si Bewafai (1980); Kishore, Lata
  8. Roop tera mastana – Aradhana (1969); Kishore
  9. Kucch to log kahenge – Amar Prem (1972); Kishore
  10. O Saathi re – Muqaddar ka Sikandar (1978); Kishore
  11. Dekha ek Khwab to ye silsile hue- Silsila (1981); Lata, Kishore
  12. Tere mere milan ki ye raina – Abhimaan (1973); Lata, Kishore
  13. Badi sooni sooni hai – Mili (1975); Kishore
  14. Aaye tum yaad mujhe – Mili (1975); Kishore
  15. Koi hota jisko apna keh lete – Mere Apne (1971); Kishore
  16. Aankhon mein kaajal hai – Doosra Aadmi (1977); Kishore, Lata
  17. Chal kaheen door nikal jaaye – Doosra Aadmi (1977); Kishore, Lata, Rafi
  18. O hansini, meri hansini – Zehreela insaan (1974); Kishore
  19. Dar-e-dil, dard-e-jigar – Karz (1980); Kishore
  20. Pal pal dil ke paas – Blackmail (1973); Kishore
  21. Bhool gaya sab kuch – Julie (1975); Kishore
  22. Aap ki ankhon mein kuch – Ghar (1978); Kishore, Lata
  23. Ghum hai kisi ke pyaar mein – Rampur ka laxman (1972); Lata, Kishore
  24. Dil Kya Kare Jab Kisi se Kisi ko Pyar ho jaaye – Julie (1975); Kishore
  25. O mere dil ke chainn – Mere Jeevan Saathi (1972); Kishore