Top 100 Bollywood Soundtracks

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by Randy Lall

Planet Bollywood is proud to present a unique 4-part series featuring 100 Greatest Soundtracks in Bollywood history. It was a monumental task to identiy such masterpieces, given that Bollywood has produced over 30,000 movie soundtracks. We selected some of the all-time-hit albums that have:

100 - Sholay (1975)

Music: R.D. Burman
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Interestingly, Sholay songs were quite average that became popular as the days went by. The reason why Sholay songs are popular to this day, is the eternal popularity of this film. The pick of the lot was Mehbooba-Mehbooba as it became a rage, thanks to its beat and RD Burman singing. The other popular songs are ‘Yeh Dosti’, which is a perfect friendship song, and the Holi song ‘Holi Ke Din’. However, the last two songs ‘Koi Haseena Jab’ and ‘Haa Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ were barely average.

99 - Bees Saal Baad (1962)

Music: Hemant Kumar
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni

Bees Saal Baad was the best selling soundtrack of 1962, and the songs still remain in the hearts of everybody today. Who can ever forget Lata Mangeshkar in the evergreen classic “Kahin Deep Jale Kahin”. This song has to be ranked as one of Lata Mangeshkar best songs ever, as she picked up the Filmfare Award for this song. Bees Saal Baad soundtrack is worth buying just for this one song, however, it has more great songs to enjoy. ‘Beqarar Karke’, ‘Zara Nazron Ke’ and ‘Sapne Suhane’ are superb tracks sung by Hemant Kumar who also composed music for this soundtrack. However, some may say that the let-down in this soundtrack was ‘Ae Meri Mohabbat’, but thanks to Lata Mangeshkar’s perfect rendering even this song has become a memorable one. Bees Saal Baad is definitely an album worth a buy for anybody who cherishes old and classic music.

98 - Lucky (2005)

Music Director: Adnan Sami
Lyrics: Sameer

Hands down to the best soundtrack of 2005, which was Lucky (the only entry from 2005 that made it to this list). The soundtrack released at the perfect time, around Valentine’s Day. This soundtrack seem to be the prefect Valentine’s gift for your loved ones, as melody was the key factor in this soundtrack. Six songs in the soundtrack (excluding all the different mix) and five of the songs stand out hugely. From the lovable Jaan Meri Jaa Rahi Sanam, to the endearing Sun Zara, to the spectacular Shayad Yahi To Pyar Hai (easily the best song from the album), the attractive Chori Chori and the very youthful Lucky Lips, Lucky is a soundtrack that will appeal to everyone from every ages. The only disappointing song was Hum Deewane, however, those five songs easily camouflage that one song. Lucky, is simply the best album of 2005, thanks to the melody of Adnan Sami. Another factor that it had going in its favour was that it uses different singers for each track. Lata Manageshkar, Asha Bhosle, Udit Narayan, Adnan Sami, Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, and Anuradha Paudwal all made a huge impact of 2005. And deservingly, Lucky was one of the best selling album of 2005, which doesn’t come up as a surprise. I wouldn’t be surprised if Adnan Sami sweeps the Best Music awards from all award function, as he truly deserves it.

97 - Khamoshi – The Musical (1996)

Music: Jatin-Lalit, Remo Fernandez
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri, Remo Fernandez

Sanjay Leela Bhansali films always have great music, so let’s go back in time where it all began with Khamoshi – The Musical. This is was at a time where Jatin-Lalit was on a roll as they were delivering good albums one right after the other. However, Khamoshi remains a landmark for Jatin-Lalit as their songs are simply great. Out of the seven songs in the album, 6 of them were great tracks. From Aaj Main Upar (instant hit), Aankhon Main Kya (great singing from Kumar Sanu), Gaate The Pehle (great musical composition), Jana Suno Hum (excellent singing from Udit Narayan), Yeh Dil Sun Raha (Hit song), and Bahon Ke Darmiyan (easily the best song in the soundtrack), all of those six tracks are outstanding. The only letdown was Huiya Ho, which is plain below average. Except for Huiya Ho, Khamoshi is a great album, please get it. You won’t be disappointed.

96 - LOC-Kargil (2003)

Music: Anu Malik
Lyrics: Javed Akthar

The JP Dutta-Anu Malik combo can never go wrong, as they bring superb music, and LOC-Kargil is no exception. It was sad that the soundtrack went suddenly unnoticed, due to the failure of the film at the box-office. To the soulful Seemayen Bulayen Tujhe (great singing by Alka Yagnik), to the perfect love duet ‘Pyar Bhara Geeth’(Sonu Nigam-Shreya Ghosal combo has so far never failed), to the patriotism Main Kahin Bhi Rahoon (although 13 minutes, it never bored the audience), and the heart-rending Ek Saathi Aur Bhi (easily the best song in the album and Sonu Nigam deserve the award for this song), those four songs easily made LOC-Kargil one of the best soundtracks in this decade. The only liability of this soundtrack is Khush Rehan, as it may not appeal to certain audience. Although LOC-Kargil may have flopped at the box-office, but the songs is nothing less than amazing.

95 - Saraswatichandra (1968)

Music: Kalyanji-Anandji
Lyrics:

Saraswatichandra won the National Award for Best Music, and it deserve it. Kalyanji-Anandji came up with a musical gem that the songs are still remembered up to this day. Easily, one of Mukesh’s best song has to be Chanchal Sa Badan, as it became a evergreen class. Phool Tumhe Bheja Hai has to be ranked as one of the greatest love duet in Bollywood history. Sau Saal Pahle is a track that will be liked by everyone, while Wada Humse Kiya will appeal to certain people. Lata Mangeshkar renditions make Main To Bhool Chali a memorable song. Mukesh, once again shines in his Humne Apna Sab Kuchh, which became a Hit track, while Lata Mangeshkar rendition Chhod De Saari is simply outstanding. Saraswatichandra is a great album that has become underrated throughout the years in Bollywood. Thankfully, the album won a National Award for Best Music.

94 - Kaante (2002)

Music: Anand Raaj Anand, Lucky Ali, Vishal-Shekhar
Lyrics: Dev Kohli, Anand Raaj Anand, Lucky Ali, & Vishal

This was an album that was strictly for the youth, and it became a rage thanks to foot-tapping music. However, there is something special about Kaante music that it still is popular to this day. One prime example is Ishq Samundar, which was a super-hit track that will have your foot tapping from the moment the song begins. Another popular track was Maahi Ve and it’s still popular to this day. The best song is simply Rama Re, as not only is the music noteworthy, but the lyrics are simply superb because it suits the mood and theme of the film. The two mandatory love tracks in Kaante album are Yaar Mangiyasi, and Dil Kya Kare, however there is nothing special about it. Chhod Na Re was very popular at that time, while Socha Nahin Tha is a memorable song thanks to wonderful picturization in the film. Maut, composed and sung by Lucky Ali, is a dark song that will appeal to certain fans. The only letdown is Baby Baby, which is plain average. Kaante can be said to an experiment album; however the album does succeed by having some noteworthy tunes.

93 - Mother India (1957)

Music: Naushad
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni

Mother India was one of the best films, probably the best film ever made in Bollywood history. So for sure, the music had to be atleast good. Naushad is one music director that you can count to deliver a good soundtrack, and Mother India is a great soundtrack. Dukh Bhare Din Beete is a great song, thanks to its music composition, to the lyrics, and its singing. Duniya Mein Hum is an amazing track as the picturisation of this song was excellent. Lata Mangeshkat shines in Ghunghat Nahin Kholungi, although the musical composition was simply average. A memorable Holi song is Holi Aaye Re, while Matwala Jaya is superb duet song. Mohd. Rafi delivers in Na Main Bhagawan Hoon, with very clever lyrics from Shakeel Badayuni. The best song in Mother India is Nagare Nagare Dware Dware, as Lata Mangeshkar is simply great in this song. The ‘average’ tracks in this album are O Gadiwale, O Mere Lal Aaja, and Pee Ke Ghar Aaj. Overall, Mother India is another achievement for Naushad.

92 - Anari (1959)

Music: Shankar-Jaikishen
Lyrics:

Winner of Filmfare Award for Best Music in 1959, Anari was a memorable soundtrack for any Raj Kapoor or Shankar-Jaikishen fans. Dil Ki Nazar Se is one prime example as it has superb singing from Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh. Kisi Ki Muskurahaton Pe is a memorable track as its your typical perfect Raj Kapoor song. The only song that will appeal to certain audience is Nineteen Fifty Six. Hit songs, is what you can describe the rest of Anari soundtrack. Sub Kuchh Seekha, Tera Jana, Ban Ke Panchhi and Woh Chand Khila were all Hit tracks back in 1959. Well, Shankar-Jaikishen – Raj Kapoor has never disappoint, as all their albums have amazing music, and its not surprising that Shankar-Jaikishen got an award for this album. Anari is a great album nonetheless.

91 - Woh Kaun Thi? (1964)

Music: Madan Mohan
Lyrics:

Raj Khosla – Madan Mohan was an association that has always worked when it came to good music. Their best score was simply Woh Kaun Thi?, as the music scores are simply timeless. A timeless song was one of Lata Mangeshkar best song ‘Naina Barse Rhim Jhim’, as it’s a haunting number that still appeals to this day. It makes you think, why doesn’t Bollywood make songs like this these days. The best song in this album is Lag Ja Gale, as everything in this song is amazing, Lata Mangeshkar shines once again in another great song in this album is Jo Humne Dastaan Apni. Chhod Kar Tere Pyar Ke is you mandatory love duet while Asha Bhosle makes an impact with Shokh Nazar Ki, as she is brilliant. The last song is average with Tiki Riki Tiki Riki. Woh Kaun Thi is a score that should appeal to everyone to this day, and it’s no surprise that this soundtrack is a classic to this day.

90 - Love Story (1981)

Music: R.D. Burman
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

R.D. Burman always tends to make music that would please the youth crowd. Love Story was a prime example of that, and boy, did he make an impact with this album. Love Story was one of the top ten selling albums of the 1980s. The first song is an evergreen classic, which is Yaad Aa Rahi Hai, which has excellent singing from Amit Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar. Dekho Maine Dekha Hai Ek Sapna is another Hit song that was quite popular in those days. Asha Bhosle shines once again with Kya Gahzab Karte. My personal favorite is Kaisa Tera Pyar as a beautiful duet from Amit Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar. The last song is a bit annoying, which is Yeh Ladki Zarasi Deewani. Love Story is worth buying thanks to some great numbers in it and it has that special RD Burman charm that he leaves in most of his albums.

89 - Saagar (1985)

Music: R.D. Burman
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar & S.P. Balasubramanyam

Throughout his whole years in Bollywood, R.D. Burman has given so many memorable albums, and Saagar is one of his biggest achievements. The songs from Saagar are very memorable, that its still being hear from your average listeners. One of the biggest selling album of 1985, the biggest factor of this soundtrack was its melody. A prime example of this is Jaane Do Na, is its one of the most seductive song in Bollywood history, as its still popular to this day, and it shows why. Other great songs were Oh Maria, Saagar Jaise Aankhon, Yunhi Gata Raho, Sach Mere Yaar Hai. However, the best song in Saagar was simply Saagar Kinare, as it has to be ranked one of the best romantic songs ever in Bollywood. Kishore Kumar picked up his last Filmfare Award for this song, and he deserve it. Easily a rewind candidate. Saagar is one of R.D. Burman best albums, and it truly shows after nearly 20 years.

88 - Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960)

Music: Shankar-Jaikishen
Lyrics: Shailendra

Raj Kapoor is one director who always has a good music score in his film, so Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai comes to no surprise. The score for this classic film is simply mesmerizing to say the least. And always, Shankar-Jaikishen always gives Raj Kapoor movies memorable songs. The album starts on a promising with Aa Ab Laut Chalen, while Begani Shaadi Mein is typical fun, love song. One of my personal favorite is Hum Bhi Hain, which has the musical composition stands out in this song. Another hit song was the title track, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai, which is the music composition, is soft, but enjoyable. Mera Naam Raju is another great track, while myy personal favorite is O Basanti, which is an excellent track from Lata Mangeshkar, which will appeal to everyone. The last two songs O Maine Pyar Kiya and Kyua Hua are absolute gems in their own right. The Shankar-Jaikishen – Raj Kapoor duo are simply unstoppable in terms of great music, so Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai comes to no surprise.

87 - Gupt (1997)

Music: Viju Shah
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Viju Shah always leaves his best for a Rajiv Rai film, and Gupt was no exception. A soundtrack that rocked India the day it was released in the music market. It was definitely one of the best soundtracks of 1997 and the album up to this day is popular thanks to its rocking tracks. The title song Gupt Gupt is simply amazing to say the least. The thing that stands out is its music arrangement as its simply fantastic, which made this song an instant chartbuster. Another song that was popular (and still is) is Mere Khabo Mein Tu which is your perfect love duet that will appeal to everyone. Musical arrangements continue to dominate this album and Yeh Pyaar Kya Hai is another example of that. Things get even better with the seductive Yeh Pyaasi Jawani as it has Alka Yagnik at her seductive best. The best song in this album is simply Mushkil Bada Yeh Pyar Hai as it’s a Super-Duper Hit track with great music beats. Another Hit song was Duniya Haseeno Ka Mela, as it could become a Bobby Deol entrance song. The only letdown was Mere Sanam Mujhko as it will appeal certain people, as it’s your regular love duet. If you don’t have Gupt CD, please get it, I’m sure you love it as the years goes by, I have.

86 - Suraj (1966)

Music: Shankar-Jaikishen
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri, Shailendra

Winner of the Best Music award in 1966, Suraj was a remarkable album, with some evergreen songs. Suraj is an album to enjoy throughout the years of your life. The first song is an instant classic by all standards, which is Baharon Phool Barsao. Mohammad Rafi walked out with the award for this song. Listen to this song, and you are hooked from the beginning of the song. The next song is Chehre Pe Girin, which is another Hit song, as the composition from SJ and singing is excellent. Har Ek Baar Aata Hai, which is a great, yet fun love duet. Itna Hai Tumse Pyar, is another Hit love duet song that has great singing and good lyrics. The next song Hit track is Kaise Samjhaoon, which has excellent music composition from SJ. The last song is Titli Udi, which is average, as the composition and singing is very mediocre. Suraj is simply an outstanding album which deserves a place in this countdown. Plus, it has some great songs that make you want to hit the repeat button. What more can a music bluff ask for?

85 - Prem Rog (1982)

Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Lyrics: Santosh Anand, Pt. Narendra Sharma, Amir Qazalbash

Raj Kapoor is always one director who tends to have great music in his movies. Prem Rog is definitely no exception, since it was the highest selling album of 1982. However, the songs in Prem Rog are simply amazing, that you can hit the repeat button several times. The best example of that is undeniably the best song in Prem Rog, which is Mohabbat Hai Kya Cheez. Truly, does anybody know the definite answer of ‘What is Love?’ Well, nonetheless the song is simply super-hit quality, and if I’m not mistaken, it was this song that won the best lyrics award. The next super-hit song is Meri Kismat Mein Tu Nahin, as lyrics and musical compositions are truly a highlight in this song. Another super-hit song is Yeh Galiyan Yeh Chaubara. Listen to it, and you are instantly hooked. Excellent singing from Lata Mangeshkar. If Lata Mangeshkar can have a solo song that is super-hit quality, then Suresh Wadkar should one, and he does with Main Hoon Prem Rogi. Another great song is Yeh Pyar Tha, which it’s the musical composition, and Suresh Wadkar ending verse that stands out. The only average song is Bhanvre Na Khilara Phool. There’s no deny that Lata Mangeshkar and Suresh Wadkar are in excellent form in the song. Since it’s a Raj Kapoor film, the soundtrack will always have good quality. So please, get Prem Rog and enjoy it.

84 - Don (1978)

Music: Kalyanji-Anandji
Lyrics: Anjaan, Indeewar

Don was one of the best albums in the 1970s because it has all the ingredients to appeal to the masses. During the Amitabh Bachchan era, his movies always had that one hit song, however with Don, the songs ranges from Hit to Super-Hit. A prefect example of a classic Super-Hit song was ‘Khaike Paan Banaraswala’, a song that can make anybody dance up to this day. Kishore Kumar has never been better and it comes to no surprise that Kishore got the Filmfare Award for this song. Another Super-Hit track was ‘Jiska Mujhe Tha’ a perfect love duet, however it’s the lyrics that stands out as it plays a huge factor in the storyline and theme of Don. Asha Bhosle bagged a Filmfare Award for her rendition in the super-hit track ‘Yeh Mera Dil’. The last super-hit track was ‘Arre Deewano, Mujhe Pehechano’, which has become one of Big B theme songs. The only Hit track was Yeh Hai Bambai Nagaria’, which is your typical Big B situational song. Don will be remembered not only for Big B performance, however for its Super-Hit scores in the film. This soundtrack is a must for all music lovers.

83 - Mere Mehboob (1963)

Music: Naushad
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni

After more than 40 years down the road, the songs of Mere Mehboob are timeless. The more you hear it, the more you fall in love with it. Instant chartbuster is the right word to describe the first song. That song is Aye Husn Zara Jag, which is a perfect love song from Mohd. Rafi. The next song is Jane Man Ek Nazar, which is another Hit track. The singing from the lead singers and from the background is superb. Another Hit tracks are Mere Mehboob Mein Kya, Tere Pyar Mein Dildar Tumse Izhare Hai and Allah Bachaye. The best song is easily the super-hit Mere Mehboob Tujhe which appears in two versions, one from Mohd. Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar. Listen to it, and for sure, you’ll look for the repeat button. The last song is a Super-Hit track entitled Yaad Main Teri, which is a perfect love duet. Mere Mehboob will always be one of Naushad best albums throughout his years in Bollywood.

82 - Betaab (1983)

Music: R.D. Burman
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

This movie is memorable as it marks the debut of Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh. Although the movie is was a Super-Hit at the box-office, the soundtrack was also a super success in the music market, and finished off as one of the best selling soundtracks of the 1980s. The first song is a classic and the best song in the album, which is Jab Hum Jawaan Honge. A great love duet with great singing from Lata Mangeshkar and Shabbir Kumar. The next song is Tumhe Di Awaaz, which is another Hit track, which has great singing from Shabbir Kumar. The second best song in Betaab is Baadal Yun Garajta, which is another love duet with great lyrics, superb singing and excellent musical composition. The next song is an above average track, which is Teri Tasveer Mil. The last is simply great, which is Apne Dil Se Badi, which is a great way to end the album. Betaab is a superb soundtrack that should be owned from everyone who enjoys great melody.

81 - Mohra (1994)

Music: Viju Shah
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi, Indeewar

I can say that Mohra was Viju Shah best album to date. Although Gupt had excellent songs, but Mohra a variety of songs that were great. Plus, since this is a Rajiv Rai film, Viju Shah always saves his best for Rajiv. The first song rocked the nation since the day the song was promoted, and that song was Tu Cheez Badi Hai. A super-hit track which has excellent musical compositions, super lyrics and great singing. Listen to this song, and you’ll understand why it’s still popular to this day. The second song is a superb love duet, which is Subah Se Lekar. Another great track is the hurtful Ae Kaash Kabhi Aisa Hota as the melody is excellent. I must mention that the singing from Kumar Sanu is simply superb in this song. ‘Instant Hit’ is the perfect words to describe the next song which is Tip Tip Barsa Paani. Another superb love duet, which has great singing and the melody, is excellent. Although Tu Cheez Badi Hai was the most popular sing in Mohra, the best song in this album is simply Na Kajare Ki Dhar. One of the best romantic songs ever in Bollywood, which have excellent renditions from Pankaj Udhas and Sadhana Sargam. The only letdown in Mohra was Dil Har Koi. Mohra is one of the best soundtracks in the 1990s. Viju Shah proved his talent in this soundtrack that will be remembered for a long time.

80 - Taj Mahal (1963)

Music: Roshan
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi

Winner of the Best Music award in 1963, Taj Mahal is Roshan best album till date. The songs in this film are simply great that puts Bollywood soundtracks these days to shame. The first song is simply excellent. That song is Chandan Ka Badan, which has great music composition, and great singing. The next song is Jo Baat Tujh Mein Hai, which is a superb song. Soft, slow, yet romantic are words to describe this song. Mohd. Rafi sings this song to perfection. The next song is an all-time classic love duet, which is Jo Vaada Kiya. If you haven’t heard this song, and loves Indian music, then listen to this song to understand why it’s still popular to this day. The lyrics stand out in this song, which got a Filmfare Award. Lata Mangeshkar is once again is amazing in Jurm-E-Ulfat, which is an absolute gem to say the least. Other Hit songs were Na Na Na Re, and Paon Chhoo Lene Do. Overall, an excellent album, with evergreen songs, esp. Jo Vaada Kiya Ho.

79 - Deewana (1992)

Music: Nadeem-Shravan
Lyrics: Sameer

During around the 1992 time era, Nadeem-Shravan were on a roll as they were dishing out Hit albums one after the other. Deewana was easily the best album in 1992 as every song had the special Nadeem-Shravan trademark which makes it memorable. What’s special about Deewana, well one example was the chartbuster Aisi Deewangi which is a perfect love duet. The next song is the Hit number Koi Na Koi Chahiye should be memorable for all Shahrukh Khan fans, as it was the first song that mark the entrance of Shahrukh Khan. One of the best songs in this album is Payaliya. The Kumar Sanu-Alka Yagnik duo has dished out so many popular songs, and Payaliya has to be ranked as one of their best. Kumar Sanu has another smash hit to his credit with the next song, which is Sochenge Tumhe Pyar, which earned him a rightful Filmfare Award. Another love duet comes, which is Tere Isi Ada Pe Sanam. Another good track in the album, however it isn’t on par with Payaliya or Aisi Deewangi. Always save the best for last, and that’s where Teri Umeed Tera Intezaar comes into place, which is a perfect love duet. The lyrics are great, that earned Sameer an award for this song. Deewana was simply one of the best albums of the 90s and be ranked as one of the top ten albums that Nadeem-Shravan composed throughout their career.

78 - Anarkali (1953)

Music: Basant Bahar, C. Ramchandra
Lyrics: Shailendra, Jan Nasir Akhtar, Rajinder Krishnan, Hasrat Jaipuri

One of the best selling soundtracks in the 1950s, Anarkali has evergreen tunes that are still endured to this day. One prime example of a memorable score in this film was Aa Jaan-E-Wafa, which is a nice song that was a huge hit back in those days. Lata Mangeshkar has so many memorable tracks in Anarkali, and one of them is Aaja Ab To Aaja. Superb singing and great lyrics from Shailendra. The list continues with another great song which is Dua Kar Gham-E-Dil. Again, the lyrics, singing and musical compositions are simply great in this song. Instant super-hit is the next song, which is Jaag Dard-E-Ishq Jaag, which is a perfect love song that should appeal to everyone. One of the best songs in this album is Mohabbat Aisi Dhadkan, which has superb rendition from Lata Mangeshkar. A soft, yet slow song is next, which is Mujhse Mat Poochh, which has C. Ramchandra in full form with his musical arrangements in this song. Another hit track from Lata Mangeshkar is O Aasman Wale. The best song in this album is Yeh Zindagi Usiki Hai, which has excellent singing from Lata Mangeshkar. The other great songs in Anarkali are Meri Takdeer Mujhe Aaj Mohabbat, Zindagi Pyar Ki Do Char and Yeh Baade Saba Aashista. Anarkali is not only an achievement from Bollywood, but a huge achievement from C. Ramchandra, whose songs in Anarkali are simply great.

77 - Khalnayak (1993)

Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Before Yaadein, a Subhash Ghai film always tend to have memorable music (except Trimurti), and Khalnayak is no exception. Its one of the best soundtracks in the 1990s as it still appeals to everyone up to this day. Laxmikant-Pyarelal was Subhash Ghai’s favorite music team from Karz to Khalnayak. The chartbuster in this album was Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai and it did create a lot of controversy thanks to its lyrics. However, that couldn’t stop the popularity of this song. The song is simply superb in terms of musical compositions and singing from Alka Yagnik and Ila Aurn, who both got the Filmfare Award for this song. Alka Yagnik dominates in Palki Pe Hoke Sawaar as her singing and the musical compositions are truly the highlight in this song. The next Hit song in this album is Nayak Nahin, Khalnayak Hai Tu, which has superb singing from Vinod Rathod and Kavita Krishnamurthy. The next song is very hummable, which is Aaye Saahib, which have superb rendition from Manhar Udhas and Alka Yagnik. Alka Yagnik is in terrific form with Aaja Saajan Aaja, which another great track. Another hummable track is Aise Teri Yaad, which is a soft, nice love duet from the two singers. O Maa Tujhe Salaam is an excellent song from Jagjit Singh, a song that should appeal to everyone. The other two tracks are Pyar Ki Ganga Bahe and Khal Nayak Hai Tu, but they are nothing noteworthy. Overall, Khal Nayak is an achievement for people who appreciate soft melody, and loves previous Subhash Ghai flicks.

76 - Anmol Ghadi (1946)

Music: Naushad
Lyrics: Mehmood

Anmol Ghadi is the oldest soundtrack to make it in the list. However, Anmol Ghadi is a landmark when it comes to music, as the songs are timeless to say the least. Back in those days, the songs for Anmol Ghadi were super-hit quality. The first song is an instant Hit track from Noor Jehan entitled Aaja Meri Mohabbat as it’s the prefect way to start the album. Another smash hit track from Noor Jehan is Awaz De Kahan. Naushad musical arrangements are simply great, especially back in those times. Noor Jehan continues her domination with another super-hit song which is Jawan Hai Mohabbat. Noor Jehan shines once again with Kya Mil Gaya Bhagwan, which is a soft number, with a simple melody from Naushad. Now, we have Surendar singing a solo song with Kyun Yaad Aa Rahe Hain, which is a superb song nonetheless. Now, we have a solo Suraiya song, which is an instant hit, with Man Leta Hai Angdai. Naushad’s music is simply great in this song. Noor Jehan comes once again with Mere Bachpan Ke Saathi, which is another great song, to say the least. Suraiya is in full form with Socha Tha Kya Kya Ho Gaya, as her singing is definitely memorable. Smash Hit is words to describe the next song, which is a Mohammed Rafi solo, entitled Tera Khilona Toota. Shamshad Begum and Zohrabhai Ambalali makes their presence felt in Udan Khatole Pe Ud Jaoon, which is a great way to end Anmol Ghadi soundtrack. Although people may find this album boring and too old, however, it’s an achievement in Bollywood as the songs in Anmol Ghadi are simply timeless.

75 - Milan (1967)

Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Milan won the Best Music award in 1967, and one can say that it deserve that award as its music are superb, and it can easily be ranked as Laxmikant-Pyarelal best album in the 60s. From the lovable Hum Tum Yug Yug Se, to the evergreen Sawan Ka Mahina, to the great Bol Gori Bol Tera Kaun Piya, to the mesmerizing Main To Diwana, to the lovable Tohe Sanwariya, to the soulful Ram Kare Aisa Ho Jaye and the hit Aaj Dil Pe Koi Zor, Milan was truly a masterpiece album from Laxmikant-Pyarelal that appeals to everyone, which is why it’s still popular till this date.

74 - Do Raaste (1969)

Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

1969 was the year that made Rajesh Khanna a superstar in Bollywood. Right after the blockbuster Aradhana, came another blockbuster for Rajesh Khanna and that was Do Raaste. Not only was the movie a super success, the music was a huge hit in those days. Bindiya Chamke Gi was the signature tune for this movie, which became an instant chartbuster song at that time. Definitely, this track is still a classic till this date. The other Hit songs in this album were Yeh Reshmi Zulfen, Mere Baseeb Mein Aaye Dost, Dil Ne Dil Ko Pukara, Apni Apni Biwi and the title track. Do Raaste was among the top selling album in the 1960s, and going by how big the songs were in those days, it comes to no surprise.

73 - Dhadkan (2000)

Music: Nadeem-Shravan
Lyrics: Sameer

Nadeem-Shravan always provides great music to the Darshan, and Dhadkan is simply one of its best albums. The movie manages to reach the safety mark at the box-office, and one reason that attribute to Dhadkan success is its super-hit music. From the sweet and upbeat Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hai Dil Se, to the mesmerizing Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Mein, to the superb Dulhe Ka Shera Suhana Lagta Hai, and the fun Na Na Karte Pyar, Nadeem-Shravan were still able to recreate their magic 10 years later with Dhadkan.

72 - Chandni (1989)

Music: Shiv-Hari
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

As always, Yash Chopra soundtracks always tend to give superb soundtracks. There is something special about Chandni that still makes it a classic soundtrack till this date. From the classic Mere Hathon Mein Nau Nau, to the lovable Chandni O Meri Chandni, to the romantic Mitwa, to the soulful Lagi Aaj Sawan Ki, to the wonderful Parbat Se Kali Ghata, to the brilliant Aa Meri Jaan and the exciting Mehbooba, Chandni was definitely a masterpiece in its own right, and it comes to no surprise that Chandni was one of the top selling albums in the 80s.

71 - Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Lyrics:

Dil Chahta Hai is probably Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy best album till date. What made Dil Chahta Hai album special at that time was that it was an experimental album and it worked a huge way. From the superb title track, to the chartbuster Jaane Kyon, to the wonderful Who Ladki Hai Kahan, to the soulful Kaise Hai Yeh Rut, to the amazing Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe and the breathtaking Tanhayee, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy brought an American feel to this album and it manage to succeed in entertaining the audiences. It’s a shame we don’t get albums like Dil Chahta Hai these days.

70 - Kaho Naa Pyar Hai (2000)

Music: Rajesh Roshan
Lyrics: Sawan Kumar Tak, Ibrahim Ishq, Vijay Akela

Winner of the Best Music award in 2000, this is the movie that started the Hrithik Roshan wave. What made Kaho Naa Pyar Hai special, well; two prime examples are Naa Tum Jaano Na Hum and Ek Pal Ka Jeena, which for both songs mark the debut of singer Lucky Ali. These songs ruled the charts at that time, and made Lucky Ali an instant star and bagged awards for both songs. The other Hit tracks for these albums were the title track, Pyaar Ki Kashti Mein, Dil Ne Dil Ko Pukara, and Chand Sitare. Overall, Rajesh Roshan came up with an album that is great, and is still popular till this date.

69 - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

Music: Jatin-Lalit
Lyrics: Sameer

This is the movie that made Rani Mukherjee and Karan Johar overnight stars. Although stars like Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan and Kajol were already stars, Rani Mukherjee and Karan Johar truly benefit from this blockbuster. And one aspect that made Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was its super-hit music. From the title song, to Saajanji Ghar Aaye, to Koi Mil Gaya, to Yeh Ladka Hai Deewana, to Tujhe Yaad Na Meri Aaye and Ladki Badi Anjani Hai, each of these songs were huge hits with the audience that made it the top selling album of 1998. One of the best romantic albums in the 90s.

68 - Aap Ki Kasam (1974)

Music: RD Burman
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Aap Ki Kasam has unforgettable tunes from RD Burman. This album was definitely not only one of the best albums in the 70s, but one of the best albums from RD Burman. RD Burman came up some great songs that are still popular till this date. Who can forget one of the best romantic duets ever in Bollywood history Karvaten Badalte Rahe, which is ranked amongst RD Burman best songs. Also, the evergreen Jai Jai Shiv Shankar, which is still popular till this date. Well, those two songs are the best songs in Aap Ki Kasam, however Aap Ki Kasam has other Hit tracks, which makes this album very popular. Zindagi Ek Safar, Suno Kaho Suno Kaha, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, and Paas Nahin Aana were extremely popular in those days. Aap Ki Kasam is definitely a must have album for everyone.

67 - Baazigaar (1993)

Music: Anu Malik
Lyrics: Rani Malik, Gauhar Kanpuri, Dev Kohli, Nawab Arzoo and Zameer Kazmi

When it comes to an Abbas-Mustan film, it always has good music and that’s thanks to Anu Malik. Winner of the Best Music award in 1993, Baazigaar is definitely Abbas-Mustan-Anu Malik best album till date. From the excelling title track, to the splendid Ae Mere Humsafar (the best song in this album), to the chartbuster Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen, to the romantic Samajh Kar Chand, to the wonderful Chuppa Na Bhi Nahin Aata, to the passable Kitaben Bahut Se, the success of Baazigaar album relied on main thing, great melody. For Shahrukh Khan fans, this is an album that one should have, as it was Baazigaar that made him the true star that he is today.

66 - Kaagaz Ke Phool (1957)

Music: S.D. Burman
Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi

Guru Dutt, like Raj Kapoor and Yash Chopra, always has an ear for good music. That’s what make Kaagaz Ke Phool album so amazing, that there is so many songs that are worth hitting the rewind button. Waqt Ne Kiya is probably one of the best songs ever in Bollywood as it’s very soulful and has beautiful rendition from Geeta Dutt. The other Hit songs from this album are Dekhi Zamane Ki Yaari, Ek Do Teen, Hum Tum Jis Kahta Hai, San San San Woh Chali Hawa, and Ulte Sidhe Dao Lagaye. Kaagaz Ke Phool is ranked Guru Dutt’s finest album till date, and one of the best albums in the 50s.

65 - Tezaab (1988)

Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal
Lyrics: Javed Akthar

Ek Do Teen became a rage back then, and still is, which is what makes Tezaab album so memorable. Once again, Laxmikant-Pyarelal came up with another super-hit album that is ranked one of the best albums ever in the 80s. Ek Do Teen has to be ranked as one of the top ten popular songs ever in Bollywood. This song became a huge rage all over in the world, and it can easily be ranked as Madhuri Dixit best song till date. The other superb songs were Keh Do Ke Tum Ho Meri Varna, and So Gaya Yeh Jahan. The music ended up becoming one of the biggest assets in this cult classic, and yet Ek Do Teen is still popular till this day. That’s what makes Tezaab so memorable.

64 - Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)

Music: Jatin-Lalit, Aadesh Shrivastav, Sandesh Shandilya
Lyrics: Sameer, Anil Pandey

This album was definitely aimed for the masses, as it became the most awaited album of 2001. And yet, it didn’t disappoint, which made Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham the highest selling album of 2001. Karan Johar gave us superb music in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, however, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is a slight better than Kuch Kuch Hota Hai as it offers a better variety of songs. From the amazing title track, to the wonderful Bole Chudiyan, to the youthful You Are My Sonia, to the soulful Suraj Hua Maddham, to the energetic Say Shava Shava, to the patriotic Vande Mataram, and wonderful Yeh Ladki Hai Allah, K3G is an astonishing album that easily appeals to everyone. Karan Johar definitely scored with this album.

63 - Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Ayee (1993)

Music: Anu Malik
Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi, Qateel Shafai, Zameer Kazmi

Probably one of the most underrated albums ever in Bollywood history has to be Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Ayee. Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Ayee is the perfect example of a classic album that went unnoticed throughout the years. Today, Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Ayee is considered to be a masterpiece from Anu Malik. Who can forget the heartfelt Tere Dar Par Sanam Chale Aaye, to the heartbroken Dil Deta Hai Ro Ro Dohai, to the superb Shairana Si Hai Zindagi, to the perfect love duet Dil Mein Sanam Ki Soorat, to the sweet Badalon Mein Chhup Raha Chand and the above average Aane Wala Kal Ek Sapna. The Bhatts always have a great taste of music, and Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Ayee is not only an achievement for the Bhatts, but for Anu Malik for coming up with some timeless tunes. It’s a shame that Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Ayee wasn’t nominated for any music awards. It was definitely the best score of 1993.

62 - Rangeela (1995)

Music: AR Rehman
Lyrics: Mehboob

Winner of the Best Music award in 1995, Rangeela had excellent music from A.R. Rehman, which made him an instant star. To the superb Rangeela Re, to the wonderful Hai Rama, to the beautiful Kya Kare Kya Na Kare, to the brilliant Pyar Ye Jaane Kaise, to the magnificent Tanha Tanha (easily the best song in the album), while the others songs like Yaaron Sun Lo Zaara and Mangta Hai Kya is unique in its own way. Definitely Rangeela is an album that caught with the masses very easily, and you can see why with the splendid music by AR Rehman.

61 - Kranti (1981)

Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal
Lyrics: Santosh Anand, Manoj Kumar

Manoj Kumar films back in the 60s through the 80s always had great music. Kranti is no exception as it was one of the top selling albums in the 80s, and the songs are still adored till this date. The best thing about Laxmikant-Pyarelal albums is that they have that one main thing that music lacks today, MELODY. To the soulful Zindagi Ki Na Toote, which is still being adored till this date, to the fun Maara Thumka, to the energetic Lou Shama Se, to the great Ab Ke Baras, to the wonderful Durga Hain Meri Maa, to the patriotic Kranti Kranti and the superb Chana Jor Garam, Kranti is definitely one of the best soundtracks of the yesteryears, and a must have for every generation who appreciate good melody.

60 - Border (1997)

Music: Anu Malik
Lyrics: Javed Akthar

Anu Malik tends to give okay album these days to certain directors, however, if there is one director that Anu Malik save his best for, its definitely JP Dutta. All five songs from Border are top-notch songs, though it is patriotic, but one doesn’t seem to get sick of it. Some of the Super-Hit tracks include the semi-classic Hamen Jab Se Mohabbat, the wonderful Ke Ghar Kab, the soulful To Chalun, the patriotic Hindustan Hindustan, and the heart-rending Mere Dushman Mere Bhai. It definitely comes to no shock that Border is considered to be one of Anu Malik best album till date and one of the best soundtracks in the 1990s.

59 - Ram Lakhan (1989)

Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Once again, a Subhash Ghai film soundtrack has made it into the list. Well, it comes to no surprise that Ram Lakhan is in the list as it has an excellent score from Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Once again, melody is the key component in the album, which made the album popular till this date. Songs like Bada Dukh Dina O Ramji, My Name Is Lakhan, Tera Naam Liya, Mere Do Anmol Ratan, Main Hoon Hero weren’t not only Hit composition those days, however these songs are still popular to this day. Once again, another achievement from the Laxmikant-Pyarelal – Subhash Ghai team.

58 - Refugee (2000)

Music: Anu Malik
Lyrics: Javed Akthar

Winner of the National Award for the prestigious Best Music award in 2000, Refugee was definitely the best album in 2000. Each and every song in Refugee is inspiring that will be loved by the audiences instantly. From the classic Panchhi Nadiyan, to the elegant love duet Aisa Lagta Hai, to the haunting Raat Ki Hatheli Par, to the qawaali Jise Tu Na Mila, to the lovely Taal Pe Jab and the semi-classic Mere Humsafar, Refugee is definitely an album for everyone as full credit goes to Anu Malik for giving an album that leaves an mark. Also a special mention must be given to Javed Akthar for writing some thoughtful lyrics.

57 - Upkaar (1967)

Music: Kalyanji-Anandji
Lyrics: Qamar Jalalabadi, Prem Dhawan, Indeewar, Gulshan Bawra

The music in Manoj Kumar films was always special in those times. Upkaar was a huge achievement for Manoj Kumar, and it ended up being the top selling album in 1967 thanks to its evergreen songs. Manoj Kumar was one filmmaker who believed that music was always part of the story. Mere Desh Ki Dharti is perhaps the best patriotic song ever in Bollywood as it’s still popular till this date. It won singer Mahendra Kapoor and lyricist Gulshan Bawra awards. The other Hits in this album were the evergreen Kasme Vaade, to the wonderful Har Khushi Ho Wahaan, to the superb Deewano Se Yeh Mat Pooncho, the fun Aayi Jhoomke Basant and the unforgettable Gulabi Raat Gulabi. The music of Upkar was as big as the film, and Upkaar music remains an achievement in Bollywood.

56 - Raja Hindustani (1996)

Music: Nadeem-Shravan
Lyrics: Sameer

If there was any music directors that ruled the 90s era, it was definitely Nadeem-Shravan. At that time, Nadeem-Shravan was dishing out memorable albums, one right after the other. This is why Raja Hindustani is still one of the most popular albums till date by Nadeem-Shravan, and became one of the top selling albums in the 90s. From the chartbuster Pardesi Pardesi, to the beautifully Puchho Zara Puccho, to the outstanding Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi, to the romantic Kitna Pyara Tujhe, and the wonderful Tere Ishq Main Nachenge, Raja Hindustani emerged as not only top selling album in 1996, but it also won the Best Music award.

55 - Qurbani (1980)

Music: Kalyanji-Anandji
Lyrics: Biddu, Indeevar, Faruk

Welcome to the Disco 80s era. Qurbani was probably the first movies to release in the 80s, and the first album in the 80s that became an instant rage with the audience. It ended up being the highest selling soundtrack of that year. Every song from Qurbani (Aap Jaisa Koi, Hum Tumhein Chahte Hain, Laila O Laila, Kya Dekhte Ho, and Qurbani Qurbani) became a rage not only in India, but everywhere thanks to its youthful appeal. Qurbani is an album that you enjoy again and again.

54 - Caravan (1971)

Music: RD Burman
Lyrics:

If there is anything one can remember from Caravan album, it’s “Monica, Oh My Darling”. Caravan is definitely ranked as one of RD Burman best album, some even considered being RD Burman best, and why shouldn’t be? Caravan’s is simply one of the best musical albums ever in Bollywood. Burman always creates a memorable tune in a Nasir Husain film, and that song is the evergreen Piya Tu Ab To Aaja. It became a huge rage at that time. The other memorable tunes that are still popular to this day are Chadti Jawani Mere Chal Mastani, Kitna Pyara Waada, Dilbar Dilbar Jaani and Goriyan Kahan Tera Desh. The other Hit tracks that were Hum To Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, and Ab Jo Mile Hain. No doubt, Caravan was a huge accomplishment from RD Burman, which is why Caravan album still remains an evergreen album after 35 years.

53 - Tridev (1989)

Music: Kalyanji-Anandji
Lyrics:

One of Rajiv Rai strengths in all of his films are his foot-tapping music. One can say that Tridev was probably his best album to date. Every song from Tridev was not only foot-tapping, but was a blockbuster. From the chartbuster Tirchi Topiwale, to the romantic Main Teri Mohabbat Mein, to the wonderful Gali Gali Mein, to the superb Gazar Ne Kiya Hai Ishara, the brilliant Raat Bhar Jaam Se and the chilling title song, every song from Tridev was unique in its own way. No wonder why Tridev is Rajiv Rai best album till date.

52 - Ram Aur Shyam (1967)

Music: Naushad
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni

Naushad always tend to give great music to a Dilip Kumar film. And Ram Aur Shyam music is no exception. It comes to no surprise that most of the songs from Ram Aur Shyam are still popular till date. Aaj Ki Raat Mere is still endured to this day thanks to its wonderful lyrics and superb composition by Naushad. The other Hit tracks that are popular in those times were Aayee Hain Baharen, Dheere Dheere Bol, Main Hoon Saqi, and O Balaam Tere Pyar Ki. This album is ranked amongst Naushad best album till date.

51 - Sadak (1991)

Music: Nadeem-Shravan
Lyrics: Sameer

Sadak is easily one of Nadeem-Shravan best album till date. This album released when Nadeem-Shravan became very popular after the blockbuster album Aashiqui. One of their best compositions till date is Hum Tere Bin, which is easily the best song in the album. The other Hit songs from Sadak were Jab Jab Pyar, Tumhe Apana Bana (quite popular in those days), Kya Sochta Ae Dil, Zamane Ke Dekhe, and Mohabbat Ki Hai Tumhare Liye. The other two compositions were average tracks. One can honestly say that after Aashiqui, the best Bhatt-Nadeem Shravan album was easily Sadak.

50 - Karz (1980)

Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

The Subhash Ghai-Laxmikant Pyarelal-Anand Bakshi combo has never failed to deliver a great album. It comes to no surprise that Karz is among their best. Winner of the Best Music award in 1980, Karz was one of the best albums of the 80s as it became one of the top selling albums in the 80s. From the evergreen Om Shanti Om, to the immensely popular Ek Haseena Thi (which sets the mood of the film), to the poignant Dard-E-Dil, to the great Kamaal Hai, to the romantic Main Solah Baras Ki, to the haunting signature tune and the energetic Paisa Paisa, Karz album was full of energy that truly delivered. It’s being said that the song Om Shanti Om was the first Hindi song being played at Indian discotheques. That’s the power of Karz album.

49 - Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965)

Music: Kalyanji-Anandji
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Upto this day, the songs of Jab Jab Phool Khile remains a classic as it became the number one selling soundtrack of 1965. Every song from Jab Jab Phool Khile is timeless, which includes Pardesiyon Se Na Ankhiyaan, Na Na Karte Pyar, Ek Tha Gul Aur Ek Thi, Yahaan Main Hoon Ajnabi, and Yeh Samaa Samaa Hain Yeh Pyar Ka. There is was no doubt that the music was amongst the highlights of Jab Jab Phool Khile.

48 - Mera Naam Joker (1970)

Music: Shankar-Jaikishen
Lyrics: Shailendra, Hasrat Jaipuri, Neeraj, Prem Dhavan, Shaily Shilendra

Although the film was a major flop at the box-office (I still don’t understand why because it was a great film), however the only thing that was a major success was its astonishing music from Shankar-Jaikishen. Like all RK Films, music was one of its assets, and it won the Best Music award in 1971. Mukesh had two classic songs, Jaane Kahan Gaye Woh Din and Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan, are not only the best songs in the film, but some may consider it to be Mukesh two greatest songs ever. Manna Dey sings one of his best songs ever in Ay Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo, which earned Manna Dey an award. The other Hit tracks were Ang Lagja Balma, Daag Na Lag Jaye, Kaate Na Kate Rehna, Kehta Hai Joker Sara Zamana, Teetar Ke Do Aage Teetar, and Sadke Heer Tujhpe, Mera Naam Joker album was simply fantastic. Once again, RK Films scores with Mera Naam Joker.

47 - Yaadon Ki Baraat (1973)

** Music**: RD Burman Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri Back in those days, you can never find a fast-paced soundtrack like Yaadon Ki Baraat. One of the biggest assets of RD Burman (I hope the nowadays music directors read this, esp. Anu Malik) is that he made sure we never hear the same tune all the time, he always comes up with something unique and original. No doubt, the highlight of Yaadon Ki Baraat was its brilliant soundtrack. From the hummable title track, to the classic Chura Liya Hai Tumhe, to the awesome Lekar Hum Diwana Dil, to the romantic Aap Ki Kamare Mein, to the splendid Oh Meri Soni, Yaadon Ki Baraat album was a huge smash success at the music market and became the second highest selling album in the 70s. That’s simply impressive.

46 - Dil Se..(1998)

Music: AR Rehman
Lyrics: Gulzar

Dil Se… is an achievement for AR Rehman. Winner of Best Music Award of 1998, Dil Se is simply one of the best albums of the 90s. Every song is distinctive in its own way, which makes Dil Se…an enjoyable album. From the energetic Chhaiya Chhaiya, to the superb Jiya Jale Jaan Chale, to the brilliant E Ajnabi, to the wonderful Dil Se Re, and the lively Satrangi Re, Dil Se.. had some of the best songs of 1998 that made it a huge success in the music market. No doubt, Dil Se.. is ranked as AR Rehman best album till date.

45 - Pyaasa (1957)

Music: SD Burman
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi

There was no doubt that Guru Dutt films had remarkable music, and Pyaasa is amongst his albums till date. To compose such a wonderful score is SD Burman, and Pyaasa finished as among the top ten selling albums in the 50s. From the classic Jaane Who Kaise Log The Jinke, to the evergreen Jaane Kya Toone Kahi, to the gem Aaj Saajan Mohe Ang Lagaalo, to the wonderful Sar Jo Tera Chakraaye, to the mesmerizing Hum Aapki Aankhon, to the superb Yeh Mahalon Yeh Takhton and the brilliant Yeh Kunche Yeh Neelam. Today, both the film and the music of Pyaasa are considered a classic.

44 - Ek Duje Ke Liye (1981)

Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Ek Duuje Ke Liye had haunting melodies from maestros Laxmikant-Pyarelal, and there is no doubt Ek Duuje Ke Liye is in the midst of their best. From the classic Tere Mere Beech Mein, to the evergreen Solah Baras Ki, to the fun Mere Jeevan Saathi, to the romantic Hum Bane Tum Bane (probably the cutest romantic song ever in Bollywood history), and the superb Hum Tum Dono Jab, Ek Duje Ke Liye was a brilliant album that led the music sales in 1981. Today, the songs of Ek Duuje Ke Liye are considered as an evergreen, and Ek Duuje Ke Liye is among the ten best albums of the 80s.

43 - Devdas (2002)

Music: Ismail Darbar
Lyrics: Nusrat Badr, Sameer, and Pandit Birju Maharaj

Devdas is simply the best musical album in 2002, thanks to Ismail Darbar timeless tunes. Devdas would’ve been a hard assignment for any music director, however Ismail Darbar has really put a lot of effort into his work, and came up with a memorable album. From the soulful Silsila Yeh Chaahat Ka, to the flawless Maar Daala, to the likeable Bairi Piya, to the classical Kaahe Chhed Mohe, to the beautiful Hamesha Tumko Chaha, to the remarkable Chalak Chalak, to the simple Woh Chaand Jaisi Ladki, to the semi-classical Morey Piya, and the brilliant Dola Re Dola, Devdas is one extraordinary album that has all the ingredients to go down well with the audiences. Devdas is definitely worth buying.

42 - Andaz (1949)

Music: Naushad
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

After almost 60 years, the songs of Andaz still maintain its appeal throughout the years. First, we must thank, once again Naushadsaab for coming up with a superb album as every song is great. Songs like Tu Kahe Agar, Toote Na Dil Toote Na, Jhoom Jhoom Ke Naacho, Uthaaye Jaa Unke, Hum Aaj Kahin, Koi Mere Dil Mein Khushi and Yoon To Aapas were all huge hits back in those days, and still are till this day. No wonder why they say Old is Gold.

41 - Veer-Zaara (2004)

Music: Madan Mohan
Lyrics: Javed Akthar

Veer-Zaara is another classic album from the Yash Chopra camp. If there is one department a Yash Chopra can never fail on, it’s the music. It will have atleast one or two great songs; however, almost the whole soundtrack of Veer-Zaara is pure brilliance. To the remarkable Tere Liye, to the wonderful Main Yahaan Hoon, to the beautiful Aisa Des Hai Mera, to the classic Yeh Hum Aa Gaye, to the simple Do Pal, to the astonishing Aaya Tere Dar Par, to the notable Kyon Hawa, to the incredible Lodi, to the noteworthy Tum Paas Aa Rahe Ho and the timeless Jaane Kyon, Veer-Zaara is one of the best soundtracks to come out lately. Amitabh Bachchan found the album to the unbelievable, and there is no doubt it’s another addition to Yash Chopra classic albums.

40 - Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985)

Music: Ravindra Jain
Lyrics: Ravindra Jain, Amar Kazalbash, Hasrat Jaipuri

Ravindra Jain was best known for the music of Ramanand Sagar’s TV Epic Ramayana, however, with Ram Teri Ganga Maili, he came up with his biggest and most popular album till date. Although he did other RK Films and other films, he never produced great album than this one, and Ram Teri Ganga Maili became the third best-selling album in the 80s. All of the songs from Sun Sahiba Sun, Yaara O Yaara, Husn Hai Paharon Ka, Ek Dukhiyari Kahe, Ek Radha Ek Meera, Main Hi Main Hoon, and Tujhe Bhulaye, every song was very rich in its lyrics and each song had wonderful musical composition. Like Yashraj films, RK Films always have great music in their films, and Raam Teri Ganga Maili is ranked right at the top.

39 - Tere Naam (2003)

Music: Himesh Reshammiya, Sajid-Wajid
Lyrics: Sameer and Jalees Sherwani

Tere Naam was undoubtedly the best album of 2003, and it became big from the day it was released because it was known to be Salman Khan comeback film. It was not only the best selling album in India for that year, it sold very well in the US, Canada, UK and the West Indies. This is an album that comes once in a lifetime, as it has a variety of songs that makes this album popular till this day. From the mesmerizing title track, to the romantic Tumse Milna, to the youthful O Jaana, to the semi-qawalli Tune Saath Jo, to the heart-rending Kyon Kisi Ko, to the wonderful Chand, to the energetic Lagan Lagi, to the superb Man Basia, and the beautiful Oodhni, Tere Naam had every type of song that should easily appeal to the masses. It comes to no shock that Tere Naam album is still sells today because the score from Himesh Reshammiya is simply brilliant. If piracy never exist these days, no doubt Tere Naam music sales would’ve been 60 lakhs plus.

38 - Taal (1999)

Music: AR Rehman
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Back in 1999, Taal is unquestionably the most eagerly awaited Hindi film album of the year. Ghai has said numerous times that Taal has the best music than any of his previous film. One may argue with that statement, but Taal is definitely amongst his best. To the beautifully penned Ishq Bina, to the flawless Taal Se Taal Mila, to the soft romantic Nahin Samne, to the brilliant Ramta Jogi, to the stunning Kariye Na, to the enjoyable Kahin Aag Lage, and wonderful Ni Main Samajh Gayee, Taal is an excellent album. It shows that AR Rahman has focused a lot more on melody in Taal, and that is main substance of music, melody.

37 - Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)

Music: Anand-Milind
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak is Anand-Milind best album till date. Released in 1988, it became the highest selling album for that year, and it finished as one the top ten best selling album in the 80s. Almost after 20 years, the songs from this classic film is still endures till this day. From the evergreen Papa Kehte Hain, to the classic romantic Ae Mere Humsafar, to the wonderful Gazab Ka Hai Din, to the soulful Kahe Ho Sataye, and the wonderful Akele Hain To Kya Gum Hain, each song from Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was truly a masterpiece and it comes to no surprise why this album is so popular till this day.

36 - Hero (1983)

Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

While one might argue that Taal was Subhash Ghai best album till date, I personally believe that Hero was his best album. Laxmikant-Pyarelal scored one of their most vibrant albums of all-time with Hero. Today, Hero music is still extremely popular, and became the fourth highest selling album in the 80s, and probably Subhash Ghai best selling album till date (although the stats of Pardes and Taal is in, we don’t know the exact statistic for Hero music sales). From the memorable Tu Mera Hero Hai, to the extraordinary Pyar Karnewale, to the perfect Lambi Judaai, to the brilliant Nindiya Se Jaagi, to the fun Ding Dong, and the melodious Hai Mohabbat, Hero actually broke some music records of some sorts in those days. Hero is a must buy for music lovers.

35 - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

Music: Ismail Darbar
Lyrics: Mehboob

Winner of the Best Music Award from the National Awards, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam is a musical treasure that has superb songs from start to finish. Bhansali is one director, with an ear for great music, and he can extract memorable songs from nearly all the music directors. To the unforgettable Chand Chhupa, to the dazzling Nimboda, to the melodious Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyan, to the percussive Man Mohini, to the haunting Jhonka Hawa Ka, to the foot-tapping Dholi Taro Dhol, to the brilliant Tadap Tadap, to the outstanding title track, and the likeable Albela Sajan, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam is truly cherishable. Along with Taal, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was a perfect album to end of the century.

34 - Lagaan (2001)

Music: AR Rehman
Lyrics: Javed Akthar

Lagaan is the best musical album so far for this decade. AR Rehman came up with an album that is a winner by all standards. From the excellent lyrics, to the wonderful singing and superb music compositions, each and every song from Lagaan is a gem. From the exhilarating Ghanan Ghanan, to the powerful Mitwa, to the melodious Chale Chalo, to the romantic O Rey Chhori, to the wonderful Radha Kaise Na Jale, and the brilliant bhajan O Paalanhaare, any way you look at it, Lagaan music is truly a masterpiece. No doubt, AR Rehman truly deserves the music awards he got for Lagaan.

33 - Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)

Music: Uttam Singh
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Once again, a Yash Chopra film made it to the list. Like what I said, if there is one department a Yash Chopra can never fail on, it’s the music. Winner of the Best Music Award in 1997, Uttam Singh gave his best album till date, probably the only album he will be remembered for. What was special about Dil To Pagal Hai album? Well, from the nice title track, to the rhythmical Are Re Are, to the creative Bholi Si Surat, to the romantic Dholna, to the noteworthy Pyar Kar, to the notable Chak Dum Dum, to the classy title track, and the addictive Le Gayi Le Gayi, the music is splendid and it became one of the top selling albums in Bollywood history. It was the best album in 1997.

32 - Dosti (1964)

Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

Dosti is one film Laxmikant-Pyarelal will always be remember for. For one, it was Dosti that they earned their first ever Best Music award in 1964. Laxmikant-Pyarelal relies solely on melody, and Majrooh Sultanpuri’s excellent lyrics. With, Meri Dosti Mera Pyar being the most admired, and Awaaz Mein Na Doonga being the best, Dosti music is marvelous which ever way you look at it. The other Super-Hit tracks were Rahi Manwa, Mere To Jo Bhi Qadam, Gudiya Kab Tak Na Hasogi, and Jaanewalo Zara, all the songs were meaningful and it had an extremely touching score that can soften our hearts. The Rajshri production unit has rarely let us down in terms of music and has never underestimated the power of excellent tunes

31 - Waqt (1965)

Music: Ravi
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi

Ravi’s music towards the classic Waqt played a huge role in its film success. In fact, it’s among the top ten selling album of the 60s. From the evergreen Ae Mere Zohrajabeen, to the romantic Din Hai Bahar Ke, to the soulful Aage Bhi Jaane Na Tu, to the lovely Chehre Pe Khushi, to the brilliant Kaun Aaya, and the attractive Hum Jab Simat Ke, almost every song from Waqt album is still hummable till this day. Waqt is a major achievement for composer Ravi and filmmaker Yash Chopra.

30 - Baiju Bawra (1952)

Music: Naushad
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni

Many of Naushad fans regard Baiju Bawra as his best ever, and they have a point. Naushad contribution towards Baiju Bawra made the film a huge success, and it earned Naushad the first-ever Best Music Director award. From Bachpan Ki Mohabbat, Door Koi Gaye, Jhoole Mein Pawan Ke Aayi, Man Tarpat Hai Darshan, Mohe Bhool Gaye Sanwariya, O Duniya Ke Rakhwale and Tu Ganga Ki Mauj, every song was classic material, which made Baiju Bawra the second best selling soundtrack in the 50s. Truly, an album who loves classical music.

29 - Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994)

Music: Raam-Laxman
Lyrics: Ravinder Rawal, Dev Kohli

It’s true when they say that no wedding celebrations can be complete without the songs from the Blockbuster Hum Aapke Hain Koun. Raam-Laxman, in those days, gave the Barjatyas wonderful musical score, and it comes to no shock that Hum Aapke Hain Koun is ranked amongst its best. Every song from Hum Aapke Hain Koun was Super-Hit material, which the album sold over a crore copies. Didi Tera Devar, Wah Wah Ramji, Samdhi Samdhan, Joote Dedo Paise Lelo, Dhiktana, Maaye Ni Maaye, Chocolate Lime Juice, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Yeh Mausam Ka Jaadu, Pehla Pehla Pyar Hai, Lo Chali Main, each of these songs were popular in its own right. Raam-Laxman and Barjatyas score once again with Hum Aapke Hain Koun after the super success of Maine Pyar Kiya.

28 - Naya Daur (1957)

Music: OP Nayyar
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi

Back in 1957, Times Of India mentioned that the true hero of the classic film Naya Daur was OP Nayyar for coming up with an excellent music score in Naya Daur. Winner of the Best Music Award in 1957, Naya Daur musical score is considered to be a classic today, as every song is Hit material. The evergreens include Ude Jab Jab Zulfen, Aana Hai To Aa, Saathi Haath Badhaana, Maang Ke Saath Tumhara, Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawaanon, Reshmi Salwar Kurta Jaali and Main Bombai Ka Babu. Naya Daur was among the top selling soundtracks in the 50s, and with a score like this, it comes to no surprise.

27 - Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974)

Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Lyrics: Varma Malik, Santosh Anand

Like Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa, Roti Kapada Aur Makaan is Manoj Kumar best album till date. The album of Roti Kapada Aur Makaan was extremely popular back in the 70s, and the songs are still loved to this day. Every song from Main Na Bhoolunga (being one of the greatest love duets ever in Bollywood), Aur Nahin Bas Aur Nahin, Mehangai Maar Gayi, Haye Haye Yeh Majboori and Panditji Mere Marne Ke Baad were all chartbuster material. After 30 years, Roti Kapada Aur Makaan songs remain a timeless classic and were the fifth top selling album of the 70s. Quite an achievement.

26 - Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977)

Music: RD Burman
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

Once again, the RD Burman-Nasir Hussain pair strikes again with their blockbuster album Hum Kisise Kum Naheen. The great thing about this album was that it was ahead of its times (in terms of the western beats was used), and it had many hummable tunes. Even watching Main Hoon Na, you can see that Farah Khan used to the songs of Hum Kisise Kum Naheen in the background. That’s the best part of Hum Kisise Kum Naheen album, it’s an evergreen album that can be played throughout the years and people will not get sick of it. To the classic Kya Hua Tera Vaada, to the romantic Chand Mera Dil, to the energetic Tum Kya Jaano, to the brilliant title track, to the lively Mil Gaya, to the dazzling Bachna Ae Haseeno, to the wonderful Yeh Ladki Haye Allah, and the above average Humko To Yaari, RD Burman music is pure brilliance. It definitely was amongst the top selling album of the 70s.

25 - Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)

Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Amar Akbar Anthony was one of the most complete albums of the 70s. In fact, it ranks as one of the best Laxmikant-Pyarelal album. The biggest asset of Amar Akbar Anthony album is that it’s an album for the masses. From the massy Amar Akbar Anthony, to the full of life qawaali Pardah Hai Pardah, to the wonderful devotion Shirdi Wale Sai Baba, to the situational Tayyab Ali Pyar Ka Dushman, to the energetic rip-roaring My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves, and the wonderful love duet Humko Tumse Ho Gaya Hai, Amar Akbar Anthony was a great album whichever way you look at it. No wonder why it won Best Music at the Filmfare Awards and it was amongst the top ten best selling albums in the 70s.

24 - Umrao Jaan (1981)

Music: Khayyam
Lyrics: Shahryar

Khayyam has done some great Bollywood soundtracks in his career, but there is something about Umrao Jaan that is makes it special and unique, which is why it’s a timeless album after 26 years of its release. Asha Bhosle provides the vocals for Rekha in this album, and one has to say that each song she sings is amazing. From the evergreen Dil Cheez Kya Hai Aap Meri, to the mind-blowing In Aankhon Ki Masti, to the wonderful Yeh Kya Jagah Hai Doston, to the brilliant Justajoo Jiski Thi, to the dazzling Zindagi Jab Bhi Teri Bazm, to the classical Pratham Dhar, to the sweetful Jhoola Kinne Daala and the situational Kahe Ko Byahi, Umrao Jaan is one of the best albums to come out in the 80s. Umrao Jaan’s album is a must for all musical lovers.

23 - Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)

Music: Kalyanji-Anandji
Lyrics: Prakash Mehra & Anjaan

When one hears of the classic Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, you remember numerous things, however the stand out ones are Amitabh Bachchan superb performance, Rekha dancing to Salaam-E-Ishq and Kalyanji-Anandji wonderful music score. Some might call this album to be Kalyanji-Anandji best score till date, and honestly, one can argue that. Take probably the best and most popular mujra song of all-times Salaam-E-Ishq, everything about this song is flawless, from the singing to the lyrics and the music composition. The other beautiful compositions in this album are O Saathi Re Tere Bina, Rote Hue Aate Hain, Dil To Hai Dil, Pyar Zinadgi Hai, and Wafa Jo. Muqaddar Ka Sikandar has to be ranked as one of the best albums for an Amitabh Bachchan starrer, and was one of best selling albums in the 70s. A magnificent album in its own right.

22 - Silsila (1981)

Music: Shiv-Hari
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Once again, our favorite romantic director Yash Chopra has another classic soundtrack in the list in the form of Silsila. If I’m not mistaken, this is Shiv-Hari first score in Bollywood, and with this soundtrack, it’s a spectacular effort. Every song is a classic in its own right. Rang Barse still remains the best Holi song ever in Hindi cinema, in fact, when Holi is celebrated around the world, its essential that Rang Barse must be played. The other classic songs in Silsila were Yeh Kahan Aaye Gaye Hum, Sar Se Sarke, Neela Aasman, Ladki Hai Shola, Jo Tum Todo Piya, and Dekha Ek Khwab. In fact, Dekha Ek Khwab is one the greatest duets to ever hit Bollywood. No doubt, Silsila remains Shiv-Hari most memorable score till date.

21 - Nagin (1954)

Music: Hemant Kumar
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

What makes Nagin (1954) memorable was its wonderful music. Hemant Kumar came up with a score that perfectly blends into the theme of the film. Man Dole Mera Tan Dole is easily the best song of the film. In fact, the song was so popular that real snake charmers would use the music of that song in their performance. The other winners in this album were Jaduagar Saiyan, Tere Dwar Khada, Sun Rasiya, Mera Dil Yeh Pukare Aaja, O Zindagi Ke Dene Wale, Sun Ri Sakhi, Are Chhod De Patang, Mera Badli Mein Chhup, Teri Yaad Mein Jalkar, Are Chhod De Sajaniya, and Oonchi Oonchi Duniya. The beauty of Nagin album was that it fits into the narrative of the film perfectly. Nagin remains Hemant Kumar’s best album till date, which is why it was a top seller in the 50s.

20 - Laila Majnu (1976)

Music: Madan Mohan
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

I can honestly say that the most underrated soundtrack in the 70s was Laila Majnu. In my opinion, this was Madan Mohan best score till date, and it was completely overshadowed at the award function. Come on, not one nomination for this wonderful soundtrack. Every song from Laila Majnu is a gem. From the classic Husn Hazir Hai, to the wonderful Tere Dar Pe Aaya Hoon, to the superb qawaali Hoke Mayus Tere Dar, to one of most beautiful duets of all-times Is Reshmi Pazeb, to the poignant Ab Agar Hum Se Khudai Bhi, to the excellent Yeh Deewane Ki Zid Hai, to the soulful Barbad-E-Mohabbat Ki Dua, and the touchful Likhkhar Tera Naam, Laila Majnu is an winner anyway you look at it. Its surprising to note that all though Kabhi Kabhie, which released the same year, was more popular album till this date, however Laila Majnu album recorded better sales than Kabhi Kabhie. An album to cherish, which will be loved by everyone.

19 - Chori Chori (1956)

Music: Shankar-Jaikishan
Lyrics: Shailendra & Hasrat Jaipuri

One can honestly say that Shankar-Jaikishan ruled the 50s when it came down to quality albums. Chori Chori is another feather in their cap as almost every song is first-rate. Although Chori Chori remains the last film of Raj Kapoor and Nargis together as a pair, it was its music of Chori Chori that makes Chori Chori popular. Aaja Sanam Madhur, Rasik Balma, Man Bhaanwan Ke Ghar, Jahan Main Jaati, Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi, Panchhi Banu Udti, Sawa Lakh Ki Lottery, Is Paar Saajan are what makes Chori Chori a superior album. Another huge achievement from the Shankar-Jaikishan duo.

18 - Junglee (1961)

Music: Shankar-Jaikishan
Lyrics: Shailendra & Hasrat Jaipuri

The Shanker-Jaikishan – Shammi Kapoor combo had many memorable soundtracks, but Junglee remains their best work till date. It seems Junglee soundtrack still gets more popular as the days goes. Songs like Ehsaan Tera Hoga and Chahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe were huge hits back in 1961 and still remain popular till this date. But, the overall soundtrack is simply great from the start of the soundtrack. The other noteworthy numbers in this album are Kashmir Ki Kali Hoon Main, Aai Aai Sukoo Sukoo, Din Sara Guzara, and Nain Tumhare Mazedar. Junglee remains one of the best soundtracks in the 60s, which is why it was one of the best sellers in the 60s.

17 - Bobby (1973)

Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi, Indrajit Singh Tulsi & Vithalbhai Patel

No one would’ve expected both the music soundtrack and movie to be huge Hits. Yes, it was an RK Film, and Raj Kapoor was directing it, but it starred Rishi Kapoor who was making his full role debut in a film after Mera Naam Joker, and you also had Dimple Kapadia making her debut. So one can say that Raj Kapoor was taking a risk by casting two new stars. However, Laxmikant-Pyarelal came up with a memorable score which had tremendous appeal to the youth, which is why Bobby is the number one selling soundtrack in the 70s. Main Shayar To Nahin, Hum Tum Ek Kamre, Beshak Mandir Masjid, Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai, Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kate, Ankhiyon Ke Rehne Do, Ae Phasa became a craze at that time. With Bobby album, Narenda Chanchal and Shailendra Singh became a household name, and Bobby had some evergreen tunes, which is still popular after 35 years of its release.

16 - Saajan (1991)

Music: Nadeem-Shravan
Lyrics: Sameer

Nadeem-Shravan was the best music director in the 90s, as they churned hit albums, one right after the other. A strength in Saajan album is melody, as every song is melodious in its own way. From the amazing score, peotic lyrics from Sameer and wonderful singing that is associated in this album, Saajan is definitely one of the best albums in the 90s. The two best songs in this album are Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Pagal and Jeeye To Jeeye Kaise. These two songs make Saajan album a must-have album. While the former is a wonderful romantic duet, the latter is a soulful song. The other great songs are the chartbuster Dekha Hai Pehli Baar, to the full of energy Tumse Milne Ki Tamanna Hai, to the poetic Bahut Pyar Karte Hain, to the joyful Tu Shayar Hai, and to enjoyable Pehli Baar Mile Hain, Saajan is enjoyable album that got its deserving Best Music award that year. People thought Nadeem-Shravan was a one film wonder when Aashiqui album was released, but with Saajan, they prove they were here to stay. Saajan music should be remembered in the years to come.

15 - Shree 420 (1955)

Music: Shankar-Jaikishan
Lyrics: Shailendra & Hasrat Jaipuri

Come on, it’s an RK Film, especially if Raj Kapoor is going to direct it, you know the music will be nothing but outstanding. Shree 420 proves this theory right. Another reason why Shree 420 album is a classic is because of its simplicity at that time. Each song was a winner in its own right. Mera Jhoota Hai Japani, Ichak Dana Bichak Dana, Ramaiya Vastaviya, Pyar Hua Ikrar Hua, Dil Ka Haal Sune Dilwala, Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh, O Janewale, and Sham Gai Raat Hai remains as gems till this day. Although there were many memorable albums before Shree 420, however, it was this album that created a mark in the overseas, especially in Russia where some of the songs from Shree 420 are still popular in Russia. Albums like this will never die down, it will continue to live.

14 - Madhumati (1958)

Music: Salil Choudhary
Lyrics: Shailendra

The biggest asset of Madhumati was its magnificent score from Salil Chowdhary. Just like Nagin (1954) where both films were a thriller, the music blends efficiently into the theme of the film. Why Madhumati album remains memorable is its innocence. From the haunting Aaja Re Pardesi, to the wonderful Dil Tadap Tadap Ke, to the superb Toote Hue Khwabon Ne, to the innocent Suhana Safar, to the excellent Chadh Gayo Papi Bichhua. The other great songs are Ghadi Ghadi Mora Dil, Zulmi Sang Aankh, Jangal Mein Mor Nacha and Ham Hal-E-Dil Sunaenge. No wonder both the film and the music especially remains unforgettable till this day.

13 - 1942 A Love Story (1994)

Music: RD Burman
Lyrics: Javed Akthar

V. Vinod Chopra films always had great music, but 1942 A Love Story remains his best score till date. It was one of the best music directors of all times, RD Burman last soundtracks, and did he make a lasting impression with this album. Every song was backed with wonderful lyrics from Javed Akthar. From the superbly done Ek Ladki Ko Dekha, to the extraordinary Pyar Hua Chup Kaise, to the playful Rooth Na Jana, to the wonderful Kuch Na Kaho, to the excellent Rhim Jhim and the soulful Yeh Safar, 1942 A Love Story is a album that can be identified from both the masses and classes. We wish we had music directors like RD Burman, who can churn out wonderful albums most of the time.

12 - Teesri Manzil (1966)

Music: RD Burman
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

In my opinion, the best RD Burman till date. It was this album that made RD Burman a household name. Yes, we did have a bit of a soft rock songs in the past, but Burman utilize it in a modern way (in those days), and create an album for the masses. To the electrifying O Haseena Zulfon Wali, to the riveting Aaja Aaja Main Hoon Pyar Tera, to the delightful Dekhiye Saahibo Woh Koi, to the wonderful Deewana Mujhsa Nahin, to the heart-warming Tumne Mujhe Dekha, to the classic O Mera Sona Re, Teesri Manzil is an winning album from the first song to the last song. It comes to no surprise as it was the most popular album in 1966, and it was a shame that Filmfare didn’t even nominate Teesri Manzil album in the best music category, as it was the rightful winner.

11 - Guide

Music: SD Burman
Lyrics: Shailendra

Although Guide is a classic till day, it’s the music of Guide which made it unforgettable. Only a maestro like SD Burman, who knows the true value of music, can come up with a memorable score like Guide. Gaata Rahe Mera Dil, Tere Mere Sapne, Din Dhal Jaaye, Piya Tose Naina Laage, Aaj Phir Jeene Ki, Kya Se Kya Ho Gaya, Saiyan Be-Imaan, Wahan Kaun Hai Tera are outstanding in its own right, and you can’t believe that all these great songs are in one album. Disappointed that SD Burman didn’t get the Best Music that year, because Guide album remains an evergreen album and movie till date. I still wonder if there will be another Guide album today in Bollywood.

10 - Aradhana (1969)

Music: SD Burman
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

One can honestly say that SD Burman best till date is Aradhana. If one were to list the most popular songs in Bollywood history (let’s say 20 best songs), one can bet that Mere Sapnon Ki Rani and Roop Tera Mastana will make it to the list. Even their remixes are very popular. Those two songs scores in every department in terms of singing, lyrics and musical composition. However, there isn’t two winners, but three winners in the album. The other winner is Kora Kagaaz Tha Yeh Man Mera, which is one of the best love duets ever in Bollywood history. Those three songs makes Aradhana a winner already, however Aradhana had other great songs such as Gun Guna Rahe Hain, Baghon Main Bahar, Chanda Hai Tu Mera Suraj and Saphal Ho Tera Aradhana. A movie that shot Rajesh Khanna to stardom and an album that is memorable then and now.

9 - Pakeezah (1972)

Music: Ghulam Mohammed
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri, Kamal Amrohi, Kaifi Azmi & Kaif Bhopali

One of the greatest classical albums of the 70s was definitely Pakeezah. Pakeezah is an album that has songs that can stir our emotions very well. The music was done by the immense talented Ghulam Mohammed, and it will be fair to say that Pakeezah is his best album till date. Every song from Pakeezah creates a mesmerizing effect on listeners till this date. From the haunting Chalo Dildar Chalo, to the elegant Chalte Chalte, to the wonderful Inhi Log Ne (this is amongst one the best mujras ever in Bollywood history), to the breathtaking Mausam Hai Aashiqana, to the beautiful Nazariya Ki Mari, to the excellent Thare Rahiyo, to the exceptional Mora Sajan, to the awe-inspiring Teer-E-Nazar, and the poignant Kaun Gali, after 35 years, the album still is amazing and like I mentioned before, it stills upto this day creates an mesmerizing effect on listeners. I can’t believe that Filmfare Awards gave Best Music to the average Beimaan album over the classical Pakeezah. Pakeezah is one of the most superior albums ever in Bollywood, and it’s an album that everyone should have.

8 - Sangam (1964)

Music: Shankar-Jaikishan
Lyrics: Shailendra & Hasrat Jaipuri

Another winning soundtrack in the RK camp. Raj Kapoor’s Sangam was not only one of the biggest Hits ever in Indian cinema, but it was the #1 selling soundtrack in the 60s. It was winning score from the first song to the last song. Each song is unique in its own way, and the result of each song is appealing and easy to the ears. From the wonderful Bol Radha Bol, to the romantic Yeh Mera Prem Patra, to the haunting Dost Dost Na Raha, to the beautiful O Mehbooba, to the superb Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, to the amusing Main Ka Karoon, and the splendid O Mere Sanam, the beauty of Sangam album was its simplicity and the album had a soul, which lacks in today’s soundtrack. It’s sad that the recent RK Films (PremGranth and Aa Ab Laut Chalen) had average scores, because back in the old days when RK Films were releasing, you can bet your money that an RK film will have great soundtrack. Sangam is amongst the top soundtrack in the RK banner and one of the best ever in Bollywood history.

7 - Kabhi Kabhie (1976)

Music: Khayyam
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi

Thirty years after Kabhi Kabhie release, yet the music still lives with us. What makes Kabhi Kabhie album so memorable? Well for one, Khayyam wonderful score. But, the main asset in Kabhi Kabhie that many albums don’t have (especially in today’s time) is its meaningful lyrics. If you have both meaningful lyrics and amazing score, then the album is a winner in all right, and Kabhi Kabhie proves this theory to the fullest. Yash Chopra is one director, after Raj Kapoor, who knows the significance of excellent music. Some people in the younger generation may ask their elders, what do you consider the best bollywood song ever in history? One can bet their money on the line that most answer will be the title track, Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein. Both Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar rendition is superb and Sahir lyrics are meaningful. Khayyam gives us a memorable tune that will be remembered in film history. Other gems are the beautiful Tere Chehre Se, to the beautiful Surkh Jodeki Yeh, to the simple, Mere Ghar Aaye Ek Nanhi, to the evergreen Main Pal…Do Pal, to the melodious Pyar Karliya To Kya, and the tuneful Chahe Chale Churiya, Kabhi Kabhie can easily be ranked as probably the best album to ever come out in the 70s.

6 - Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995)

Music: Jatin-Lalit
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

A Yash Chopra film can never go wrong on their music. While some of their films weren’t good, their music score ranges from decent to excellent, depending on the film. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge is their crowning glory. Jatin-Lalit scores the music in this film, and they came up with a superb album with today, it still lingers in people mind. Easily the best song in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge is Tujhe Dekha To. It’s easily being ranked as one of the best duets ever in Bollywood history. The other gems in this album are Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna, Ruk Jaa O Dil, Mere Khwabon Mein, Ho Gaya Hai Tujhko To, Zara Sa Jhoom, and Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi. No wonder why the Chopras can never go wrong on their music as they always get it right.

5 - Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)

Music: Raam Laxman
Lyrics: Asad Bhopali & Dev Kohli

Barjatyas, most of the time, always has excellent and sweet music. While their film is targeted at family audiences, their other asset is their music. When one looks down the years as the best Barjatyas musical album, Maine Pyar Kiya is that album. Maine Pyar Kiya was released in the last month of 1989, before hitting the 90s decade. And Maine Pyar Kiya has made a huge impact. For one, not only was it the biggest hit of 1989, it’s the biggest hit in the 80s decade. Two, it was the highest selling album in the 80s, which will appeal every age group. Three, it was the beginning of one of the biggest superstar of all-time Salman Khan. Dil Deewana is the piece-to-resistance of this album. Both Lata Mangeshkar and SP Balasubrhmanium sing their version superbly. One of the best songs to ever come out in Bollywood. The other winners in this album are Kabootar Ja Ja, Aaye Mausam Dosti Ki, Maine Pyar Kiya, Mere Rang Mein Rangne Wali, Kahe To He Sajna, and the Antakshri song. Every song is wonderfully done, that you want to hear album a lot of times. The songs are memorable, which make Maine Pyar Kiya one of best soundtracks of all-times.

4 - Aashiqui (1990)

Music: Nadeem-Shravan
Lyrics: Sameer

This is easily the best soundtrack that was released in the 90s and the album that put Nadeem-Shravan into top league. Aashiqui is one of the best romantic soundtracks in Bollywood history that every Bollywood lover can reckon with. Each and every song is special in its own right. One can’t say what was the best song in this album, but the top contenders were Jaane Jigar Janeman, Bas Ek Sanam Chahiye, Nazar Ki Samne and Dheere Dheere Se Meri. Each of those songs are provide with great jhankar beats (a typical trademark from Nadeem-Shravan), wonderful lyrics from Sameer, excellent renditions from Kumar Sanu and Anuradha Paudwal. Those four songs are rewind material due to their great melody. The other great songs in this album are Main Duniya Bhula Doonga, Mera Dil Tere Liye, Tu Meri Zindagi Hai, Dil Ka Aalam and Ab Tere Bin. Nadeem-Shravan and Sameer both deserve a pat on their back for coming up with an classic album that is remember till date. In fact, Aashiqui will still be remembered in the years to come. It’s good to note that Aashiqui is the best selling album of all-times. That’s the magic of Aashiqui.

3 - Awaara (1951)

Music: Shankar-Jaikishan
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri & Shailendra

What’s one thing you remember from any RK Films? It’s likely the wonderful musical score that is associated with it. Almost every RK Films has perfect score, and Awaara is an perfect example of that. To be honest, Awaara is the best musical album in the 50s decade, also it was the top selling album of the 50s. Every song from Awaara is an evergreen. I would consider Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi to be one of Lata Mangeshkar best song till date, probably in the top 10 list. An instant rewind candidate. Other gems in this album are Dum Bhar Jo Udhar, Awaara Hoon, Hum Tujhse Mohabbat Karke, Jab Se Balam, Ghar Aaye, Ek Bewafa Se Pyar Kiya, Aa Jaao Tadapte Hain Aarman, Ek Do Teen, Tera Bina, and Haiyya Ho Naiyya. We need more scores like Awaara in today’s time, as Awaara remains a classic after 56 years of this release.

2 - Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Music: Naushad
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni

Mughal-E-Azam took ten years or more to be made, and with a grand film like this, you have to make sure each and every component is beyond brilliance. And considering that this is Bollywood, you have to make sure that your music is a winner. Naushad came up with a legendary score which can still be heard till this date. Every song has rich lyrics and will excellent rendition from the sings. From the evergreen Jab Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya, to the classic Mohe Panghat Pe Nandlal, to the haunting Mohabbat Ki Jhoothi, to the poignant Aye Ishq Yeh Sab Duniyawale, to the memorable Teri Mehfil Main Kismat Azmaakar, to the heart-warming Bekas Pe Karam Kijiye, to the unforgettable Aye Mohabbat Zindabad, to the brilliant Yeh Dil Ki Lagi, and the wonderful qawaalis Prem Jogan Ban Ke and Shubh Din Aayo Re. It’s really sad that Mughal-E-Azam didn’t get the Best Music at the Filmfare Award because the soundtrack is very rich and very romantic. Mughal-E-Azam is a treasure album that can be played over and over again.

1 - Barsaat (1949)

Music: Shankar-Jaikishan
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri, Shailendra, Ramesh Shastri & Jalal Mahilabadi

To be honest, this comes to no surprise that the best soundtrack in Bollywood history is the 1949 classic Barsaat. When Barsaat album was released in 1949, it became the highest selling album at that time, plus it was the biggest seller of the 40s decade. Another reason why this album is memorable is that it was Barsaat that gave Hindi cinema greatest singer ever Lata Mangeshkar the launching pad. This is Shankar-Jaikishan first album and upto this day, everyone can still associate with Barsaat. Every song from Barsaat is a classic in its own right. Barsaat utilizes Lata Mangeshkar vocals very well as most of the songs are solo rendition for her. From the memorable Hawa Mein Udta Jaye, to the melodious Jiya Beqarar Hai, to the poignant Barsaat Mein Hum Se Mile, to the irresistible Mujhse Kisise Pyaar Ho Gaya, to the emotional Bichide Huye Pardesi, to the touching Ab Mera Kaun Sahara, and the beautiful Meri Aankhon Mein Bas Gaye. All of Lata Mangeshkar solo track is a perfect ten in my books. The other gems in Barsaat were Mohammed Rafi solo track Mein Zindagi Main Hardam, and the other two tracks were duets that had Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar providing the vocals, and they were Patli Kumar Hai and Chhod Gaye Balam. Barsaat album changed the face of Bollywood as it launched the greatest singer to ever grace Bollywood, Lata Mangeshkar. It launched one of the famous musicians, Shankar-Jaikishan. Plus, Barsaat gave us some precious songs that will be remembered in the years to come. No wonder Barsaat is the greatest album of all-timegood