10 evergreen Kishore Kumar songs you must revisit
Asiaville brings you a list of some of the best Kishore Kumar songs that deserve your attention.
If you love Bollywood music, not having a dozen Kishore Kumar songs on your playlist is close to impossible. The singer-par-excellence, who had no formal training in music has presented the world with some of the most beautiful songs of the last century. Many of these songs have transcended borders and withstood the challenges of time. Asiaville curates 10 of his many evergreen songs for you.
Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi Shikwa To Nahin
“Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi Shikwa” from Aandhi is a page from the book that is old-school love. It is made beautifully heartbreaking by RD Burman’s music and Gulzar’s lyrics. But what makes it thoroughly unforgettable is the voice of Kishore Kumar.
A line to remember: Kaash aisa ho tere kadmon se chun ke manzil chale, aur kahin door kahin
Pyar Deewana Hota Hai
A hugely popular song even today, Pyar Deewana Hota Hai is easy on the ears and the heart. The song from Kati Patang was composed by RD Burman and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi. The 1970 song features Rajesh Khanna and is one of the many successful songs from the Rajesh- Kishore combination.
A line to remember: Shamaa kahe parawaane se, pare chalaa jaa ; Meree tarah jal jaayegaa, yahaa naheen aa
Ek Ajnabee Haseena Se
They say there is a Bollywood song for every emotion. And if first love had a song it would be Ek Ajnabee Haseena Se from the movie Ajnabee. Again a Rajesh Khanna hit, the song features some crackling chemistry between Rajesh and Zeenat Aman, made even better by Kishore’s vocals.
A line to remember: Jaaneman jaanejigar, Hota main shaayar agar, Kehta gazal se teri adaayon par
O Hansini from the 1974 movie Zehreela Insaan is an evergreen composition by RD Burman. The song is a hauntingly beautiful melody sung by Kishore, almost as if it were crafted for him. Watch the song also to witness a young Rishi Kapoor weave his magic.
A line to remember: Jaaneman jaanejigar hota main shaayar agar, Kehta gazal teri adaayon par
Phir Wahi Raat Hai
Phir Wahi Raat Hai is another classic from the Kishore library that finds a deserving film in Ghar. The film trains its lens on a young couple in the aftermath of a tragedy and the song is an important part of the narrative. Kishore delivers it with the right mix of vulnerability, love and longing.
A line to remember: Kaanch ke khwaab hain, aankhon mein chubh jayenge; Palko mein le na inhe, aankho mein rut jayenge
Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas
This track from Blackmail is still a fan-favourite. Featuring Dharmendra and Rakhee, the song was composed by Kalyanji Anandji. The song is a sweet ode to romance and the lyrics by Rajendra Krishan are easy on the lips, adding to the beauty of the song.
A line to remember: Mein saans leta hoon. Teri khushboo aati hai; Ek mehka mehka sa, Paigham laati hai
Chingari Koi Bhadke
Chingari Koi Bhadke is a song that stays with you long after it has ended. It is haunting, provoking and poignant at the same time and Kishore does justice to the wonderful lyrics by Anand Bakshi. The song stays relevant thanks to the genius lyrics, wonderful music by RD Burman and Kishore’s inimitable vocals. Another Rajesh Khanna hit.
A line to remember: Hamse mat puchho kaise, mandir tutaa sapano kaa; Logon ki baat nahi hai, ye kissaa hai apno ka
Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si
Rain, Madhubala and a Kishore Kumar song. This is stuff legends are made of. Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi is a song that has inspired a slew of other Bollywood ‘songs in the rain.’ This is a classic example of Kishore’s ability to make every song he sings sound effortless. And he also stars in the song!
A line to remember: Bigdi bigdi chali aati hai; Jhunjhlaati huyi, balkhaati huyi; Sawan ki sooni raat mein
Tere Mere Milan Ki Yeh Raina
Abhimaan was a film devoted to music and the trials of a man who had never truly understood the power of art. A love story at its core, Abhimaan had a number of songs that showcased singer Lata Mangeshkar’s prowess. But even in her mighty presence, Kishore makes a mark in the song Tere Mere Milan Ki Yeh Raina. The song, composed by the great S D Burman and written by legendary Majrooh Sultanpuri, revolves around the dreams of a couple on the anvil of the great things that life throws at them.
A line to remember: Tujhe thaame kai hathon se, miloonga madbhari raaton se; Jagaa ke ansuni si dhadkan, balamwa bhar doongi tera mann
Musafir Hu Yaron
The song from Parichay is a dedication to the wanderer in us all. And it is sung by Kishore with the same aplomb and fearlessness that we wish we had when faced with a crossroad. The wonderful lyrics by Gulzar are the icing on the cake.
A line to remember: Ek raah ruk gayi to aur jud gayi; Main muda to saath saath raah mud gayi