RDX Unplugged – R. D. Burman’s Top 100 Chartbuster Bollywood Hits for You
Rahul Dev Burman or simply R. D. Burman or our own Pancham da – the other name of RDX! Many musicians have come and gone, but the charm and contributions given by R. D to Bollywood music is immensely huge, and can’t be described in one book or two. Rahul was a genius who composed tunes ahead of his time, brought great reforms to Indian music by blending Indian ragas with westernized tunes and musical instruments, and yet retained an Indian flavour in almost all his composed tunes. But he was always blamed by music critics, and throughout his life they never him the true recognition he truly deserved. That may be reason why he received only a few Filmfare awards during his lifetime despite giving magnificent contributions to the field. But his tunes were loved and celebrated by youth since 1970s and till remain the priceless tunes of Bollywood all-time.
It can’t be denied that he had a very low phase during his last 10 years with lesser opportunities, but many of his old tunes grew immensely popular after his death in 1994. Similar to the fate of Madan Mohan, R. D also earned the real recognition and stardom, mostly from younger generations and music critics, after his death. Thanks to those artists who gave due respect to R. D’s tunes and revived them to present before youngsters. Though those remixes can never bring back R. D’s charm, they definitely made a huge impact among music lovers of present times, and frequently used in parties, discos, marriages etc. Many of his tunes have been remixed multiple times, and credit goes its lyricists like Anand Bakshi as well who have written some catchy lyrics quite fitting Burman tunes. Also most of the music directors of present times have agreed to the fact that they were deeply influenced by the tunes and beats of R. D. He changed the sound of Hindi film music, entirely changed music arrangements and adopted a new style with many layers of music instruments which many music composers have followed later.
After Shankar-Jaikishen era was almost over in the early 1970s, R. D emerged as the most demanding music director and throughout 1970s, till mid-1980s he remained at the time. He is one of the most celebrated music composers all time, and would always remain so, as long as his tunes will be cherished by music lovers across the world. Also see: The list of celebrity music composers of Bollywood. His tunes for Rajesh Khanna catapulted him to stardom, and Pancham’s association with his wife Asha Bhosle and friend Kishore Kumar also gave some of the finest tunes of two decades and also their career best.
Like his father, R. D has also rendered his voice for a few tunes, and is known for the distinctive growl he lent to his vocals. Sachin Dev Burman have always encouraged Pancham da’s career as a musician, and also gave him enough advices whenever necessary. It was following his father’s advice to concentrate on to music career that he gave up his idea to show face in movies. Not many knew that R. D has penned lyrics for many Bengali film songs composed by his father. Also read: R. D. Burman as an actor. He used to create interesting sounds and rhythms in his songs from every piece of normal things, not just music instruments.
As it’s almost impossible to compile best 50 compositions of Pancham da, I have made a list of 100 of my favourite R. D. Burman’s tunes. It doesn’t imply that the tunes I chose are his career best 100. In fact I have excluded many of his popular tunes of 1970s to give space to some of his less-noticed but wonderful tunes of 1980s. I have tried to include at least one song from all his music albums; that’s also one reason. Hope you will love my selection of songs. I would like to list the songs in the order of year of release, taking you for a slow walk from his first phase of career in the 1960s towards the last phase in the mid-1990s. Hope you will enjoy the ride.
R. D. Burman’s songs in the era of 1960s
R. D. Burman started his music journey in the early 1960s, marking his debut with Chhote Nawaab in 1961. Though he fully engaged in the music industry throughout this glorious era, he composed tunes for only 11 films of which songs of Teesri Manzil, Pyar Ka Mausam, Padosan and Baharon Ke Sapne were huge chartbusters, and still loved by music fans. It’s a strange co-incidence that Asha Parekh played female lead in three of these films (except Padosan), and movies were commercial hits. Also read: Top 15 songs featuring Asha Parekh. Even after delivering successful music for Teesri Manzil and Padosan, he continued assisting his father.
Though R. D’s tunes turned immensely popular among youth, he preferred to stay as an assistant to his father till early 1970s, worked as a music arranger, and also completed and arranged music for many of his unfinished works. He finished the work of Aradhana for his father in 1969, and gave two of its most memorable tunes to Kishore Kumar, which changed the course of journey of Bollywood music in a flash of a few moments. Next we witnessed was a new era of Bollywood music with three names coming together – Rajesh Khanna, R. D. Burman & Kishore Kumar.
1. Tumne Mujhe Dekha from Teesri Manzil (1966) – It’s one of my most favourite Shammi Kapoor songs always, definitely one of the top romantic solos sung by the legend, Mohammed Rafi, but quite surprisingly composed not by SJ, but by very young R. D. Burman. As a music composer, Teesri Manzil is R. D’s first successful work, and almost all its songs are extremely popular even today. So, I would like to begin this list with my most favourite song featuring Shammi Kapoor. Shammi Ji is performing this soft solo in a romantic ada before audience, and Asha Parekh is also present with tears in her eyes. Also read: Top soft solos sung by Rafi for Shammi Kapoor. Lyrics for all the six tracks of the music album were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
2. O Mere Sona Re from Teesri Manzil (1966) – Perhaps it’s the most popular song belonging to the album. It’s the first successful association of Asha Bhosle & R. D. Burman, a time when Asha was mostly associated with O. P. Nayyar tunes. Who forecasted then, the duo is to conquer Hindi cinema the next decade and will become life partners! The song featuring Shammi and Asha was lovely pictured also, and still remembered by their fans. After the death of R. D. Burman, Asha Bhosle recorded its remixed version for the album – Huzoor – E – Ala, the song revived by Lesle Lewis. Also read: Top 20 Asha solos composed by Burman.
3. Aaja Aaja Mein Hoon Pyar Tera from Teesri Manzil (1966) – The movie featured two of the rock numbers with heavy western music instruments and dance steps choreographed by Herman Benjamin, and both became extremely popular dance numbers of the era of 1960s. Asha Parekh and Shammi Kapoor were seen doing unique western dance steps, and the duet was sung by Asha Bhosle and Rafi.
4. O Haseena Zulfonwali Jaane Jahan from Teesri Manzil (1966) – It’s one of the top items ever pictured on Helen, and Shammi Kapoor is also seen dancing along with her. Herman Benjamin choreographed the dance steps. The duet was sung by Asha Bhosle and Rafi. The movie included 6 tracks – 2 solos sung by Rafi and rest four duets recorded in Asha Bhosle and Rafi’s voice. R. D created its high octave songs with a blend of rock, jazz, Latino and a twist of his own unique traits.
Teesri Manzil is the only film composed by Burman for Shammi Kapoor during his glorious era as the romantic hero. They later associated for the films – Manoranjan and Shalimar. By then, Shammi Ji lost his charm in Bollywood, and started working in supporting roles. Burman has also worked in a few movies of Kapoor in the 1980s, where he played character roles. If you make of a list of popular works of Shammi and Burman together, sadly only Teesri Manzil can get into this list.
Despite the songs of Teesri Manzil became extremely popular, they never worked together in Shammi’s peak phase in Bollywood. But the film marked the beginning of Nasir Husain’s collaboration with R. D. Burman, and duo later gave countless chartbusters to music fans. Nasir was keen to assign the job of music department to a youngster, and he managed to convince Shammi Kapoor as well. The songs were already recorded, and when Nasir made Shammi listening to the tunes, he started dancing.
5. Deewana Mujhsa Nahin Iss Ambar from Teesri Manzil (1966) – Teesri Manzil definitely can be counted among the top 10 albums of R. D. Burman, no doubt! Music was the real strength of this musical hit, and it’s not easy to exclude this song from the list. This solo track featuring Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh was sung by none other than Rafi. It was also the last Hussain film in which Mohammed Rafi sang all the songs, and by the era of 1970s Kishore dominated the scene and tunes were almost composed by R. D. Burman himself.
6. Kya Janu Sajan from Baharon Ke Sapne (1967) – No one can deny the fact that it’s one of the finest solos ever sung by Lata Mangeshkar, in association with any music composer of Bollywood. Though the movie was B&W, this particular dream sequence song featuring the lead pair – Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh was filmed in colour. The song was reused in 2002 film, Dil Vil Pyar Pyar, a film which offered tribute to the legendary composer, and was sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy. All the songs were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri, with whom Pancham da frequently worked throughout 1960s, before the beginning of his long-term association with Anand Bakshi.
7. Aaja Piya Tohe Pyar Doon from Baharon Ke Sapne (1967) – The movie is still remembered for two of the best solos sung by Lata Mangeshkar. In this song sequence, Rajesh Khanna is seen in a gloomy mood, and Asha Parekh tries to make him happy.
8. Waadiyan Mera Daaman from Abhilasha (1968) – This song had two renderings by Rafi and Lata and both featured Nanda and Sanjay Khan. This extremely melodious track composed by Rahul Dev Burman is the greatest claim to fame, and lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. When you listen to Rafi’s rendition today, it’s hard to believe that R. D recorded such a beautiful song in this iconic voice in the late 1960s. The movie also included a duet – Pyar Hua Hai Jab Se sung by Lata and Kishore, one of the earliest tracks sung by Kishore in R. D’s tunes. It’s a dream sequence of a dance number. Also read: Top duets of Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar.
9. Mere Samnewale Khidki Mein from Padosan (1968) – This song was a huge chartbuster and popular among youth for its catchy lyrics written by Rajinder Krishan. Padosan is one of the early successful associations of Kishore Kumar-Burman duo, and the comedy film was also a huge hit. Sunil Dutt tries to woo Saira Bhanu in this song, and Kishore Kumar sings for him in the background. This iconic song is still popular among the youth. The lyrics of all its tracks were written by Rajendra Krishan. Also read: Top 50 songs of Kishore Kumar – R. D. Burman combination.
10. Kehna Hai Kehna Hai from Padosan (1968) – It’s the most romantic track of the album and Kishore Kumar features as a singer. Similar to Mere Samnewale Khidki Mein, Sunil Dutt tries to whoo Saira Bhanu in this song, and Kishore Kumar sings for him in the background. The song was written by Rajinder Krishan. Kishore’s supporting character for this film was inspired by the personality of his uncle, Dhananjay Banerjee who was a classical singer, and inspirations were also drawn from legendary music director Khemchand Prakash. Also read: Top 50 songs of Kishore Kumar.
11. Mein Chali Mein Chali from Padosan (1968) – The movie included two of the extremely popular songs of Lata Mangeshkar, filmed on Saira Banu, and Saira looks very cute in this song. It’s one of the rare duets sung by Mangeshkar sisters – Lata and Asha in Burman’s compositions.
12. Bhai Battur from Padosan (1968) – As mentioned above, this Lata song can also never miss our list. ‘Ek Chatur Naar’ and ‘Meri Pyari Bindu’ are other popular songs from the film.
13. Na Jaa O Mere Humdum from Pyar Ka Mausam (1969) – This sad track featuring Shashi Kapoor and Asha Parekh is very close to my heart, and last week after the sad demise of Shashi Kapoor, I have been humming this Lata solo too often, as a tribute to one of the finest actors of Bollywood. All the songs of the movie are indeed melodious. All lyrics were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
14. Tum Bin Jaon Kahan from Pyar Ka Mausam (1969) – It’s one of the rarest solos with two versions in Rafi and Kishore’s voice. Though both the songs became extremely popular, Kishore made it his, by cooperating his signature yodelling style. Rafi rendered his voice for Shashi while Kishore did it for Bharat Bhushan. The film is also known for a special appearance role of R. D. Burman as a comedian.
15. Ni Sultana Re from Pyar Ka Mausam (1969) – It’s indeed a very rare composition of Bollywood ever, best noticed for its unique rendering by Rafi and Lata. Both the singers crooned it amazingly well by bringing high variations in pitches from low note to high and in reverse order, and Asha Parekh and Shashi Kapoor too danced pretty well. The movie also included the popular Lata single – Mein Na Miloongi.
R. D. Burman and his top tunes of 1970s
The composer rose to stardom in the early 1970s, and throughout the decade, he remained the most popular and celebrated music composer of Bollywood. Despite giving significant contributions to Bollywood in this era, the composer was never honoured with a Filmfare award. He won it for the first time in 1980s for Sanam Tere Kasam. Though the tunes are good, they can never be compared with the tunes he composed in the 1960s and 1970s. The composer could have recognized earlier. For this legendary composer, award doesn’t cost too much or deteriorated his quality tunes and his most popular tunes were born in the 1970s, mostly in association with Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle. Also read: Top 50 RD tunes sung by Kishore Kumar.
16. Gulabi Aanken from The Train (1970) – The dance sequences featuring Rajesh Khanna and Nanda may look funny at present times. But the song was extremely popular when it got released, and still popular for the fast pace and the energy filled inside. One of the earliest associations of Anand Bakshi with Burman, it’s one of the rarest songs sung by Rafi for Rajesh Khanna, that too in Pancham da’s composition. Also read: Top songs of Rafi-Rajesh Khanna combination. Ne Soniye is a very popular duet sung by Rafi and Lata, and Kis Liye Maine Pyar Kiya is yet another popular solo sung by Lata.
17. Na Koi Umang Hai from Katti Patang (1970) – It’s the single solo Lata track of the whole album and indeed popular too. The song featured Asha Parekh in a sad mood. Anand Bakshi was nominated for best lyrics at Filmfare awards.
18. Pyar Deewana Hota Hai from Katti Patang (1970) – Aradhana and Katti Patang – Songs sung by Kishore Kumar in both these films played a magnificent role to give Rajesh Khanna the real stardom which he received in a short interval of time, and its credits goes to R. D. Burman as well. Lyrics of all the 7 tracks were penned by Anand Bakshi. This romantic track featured Asha Parekh and Rajesh Khanna.
19. Yeh Shyaam Mastani from Katti Patang (1970) – Kishore Kumar incorporated his signature yodelling style in this highly eccentric romantic track. Rajesh Khanna appears in an ecstasy mood and Asha Parekh too appears with romantic eyes. R. D. Burman used Kishore Kumar’s voice to record all Khanna songs except Jis Gali Mein Tera Ghar, the song which narrowly missed this list. Aaj Na Chodenge – is a very popular holi song from the movie.
20. Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai from Katti Patang (1970) – R. D. Burman used Kishore’s voice to record three solos, and all of them are timeless. Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai is an emotional sad song featuring Khanna and Kishore Kumar received a Filmfare nomination too. Though the songs of Katti Patang can be included in timeless classics list, it’s indeed sad that its composer couldn’t receive a nomination.
21. Phoolon Ka Taron Ka from Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) – The song had two versions and both are still popular. Dev Anand’s version was sung by Kishore Kumar and the child version was sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Anand Bakshi wrote the lyrics for all its songs including this heart touching ‘Behna’ song.
22. Dum Maro Dum from Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) – Though the song got into a few controversies for the lyrics penned by Bakshi, this dance number well-established the career of Asha Bhosle, and also gifted her a Filmfare award. The movie also featured a duet, Kaanchi Re Kaanchi sung by Kishore and Lata, which narrowly missed the list.
23. Piya Tu Ab To Aaja from Caravan (1971) – This cabaret featuring Helen was indeed very popular, and was sung by Asha Bhosle. Majrooh Sultanpuri penned lyrics for all the 8 songs.
24. Dilbar Dil Se Pyare from Caravan (1971) – Aruna Irani lip-synced to Lata Mangeshkar for this dance number. The song also featured Jeetendra and Asha Parekh. Songs – Goria Kahan Tera Desh and Chadti Jawani Meri Chaal Mastani too were filmed on Aruna Irani. Kitna Pyara Wada is yet another popular song.
25. Chingari Koi from Amar Prem (1972) – Compositions of Amar Prem was his quick reply to critics who always criticized the influence of western music in his work. All the songs were just wonderful, and played a magnificent role to end the supremacy of Rafi as the leading male voice of Bollywood. A popular song of the magic quadrumvirate ever – Burman, Kishore, Khanna & Anand Bakshi, it’s one of the finest tunes Burman ever composed. Also read: Top 50 Kishore – R. D Songs.
26. Raina Beeti Jaayi from Amar Prem (1972) – The songs of Amar Prem really surprised critics, particularly this track, strongly based on classic music. Burman tuned this song in Raga Khamaj and Lata Mangeshkar rendered it brilliant as well. The song is widely regarded as one of the best Lata songs of the decade. All the songs were penned by Anand Bakshi. The movie included a few more memorable songs such as Kuch To Log Kahenge, Yeh Kya Hua, Bada Nadhat Hai and also Doli Mein Bithai Ke sung by S. D. Burman, in lines with the title song of his own composition from Aradhana. All these songs are exceptionally well; yet I excluded them to include more songs in the list. Definitely, as the title of the film suggests, the songs of Amar Prem will definitely remain immortal in the minds of his fans, and can be tagged under his best 10 works.
27. Gum Hai Kise Ke Pyar Mein from Rampur Ke Laxman (1972) – The duet sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar was filmed with beautiful frames, colourful set and the leading pair, Randhir Kapoor and Rekha also looked extremely romantic. The memorable lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
28. Bangle Ke Peechhe from Samadhi (1972) – The dance number featuring Asha Parekh was sung by Lata Mangeshkar. This Kaata Lagaa Song remixed in the 2000s was a huge chartbuster, but drew controversies too. Majrooh Sultanpuri penned the lyrics. The movie also included a very popular solo of Lata Mangeshkar – Jab Tak Rahe Tan Mein Jiya.
29. O Mere Dil Ka Chein from Mere Jeevan Saati (1972) – This film ran solely based on the star power of Rajesh Khanna. A forgettable film, only its songs are memorable. R. D. created magic with its tunes and almost all songs did exceptionally well. This evergreen song featured Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja in a romantic mood. Diwana Leke Aaya Hai and yodelling Chala Jaata Hoon are other popular Kishore solos from this film. The song was penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. Also read: Top yodelling songs of Kishore da.
30. O Saathi Chal from Seeta Aur Geeta (1972) – The biggest blockbuster of the year, the movie included a few memorable tracks as well. I would like to include this duet featuring Hema Malini and Sanjeev Kumar. Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar rendered their voices for the song penned by Anand Bakshi.
31. Musafir Hoon Yaaro from Parichay (1972) – This travel song featuring Jeetendra was a solo track sung by Kishore da and can never miss this list. Lyrics were penned by Gulzar. This philosophical song was listed at #25 on Binaca Geetmala annual list 1973 and still popular.
32. Beete Na Bitayi from Parichay (1972) – This particular song and Raina Beeti of Amar Prem are two of the finest raga based songs composed by Burman for Lata Mangeshkar in the era of 1970s. The song featured actor Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri, who played father and daughter in the film, quite strange. Bhupinder’s voice was also used for this classic song. Sare Se Saare Gaama – is a popular duet from the album which Kishore sang aside Asha Bhosle.
33. Jaane Jaa Doondta from Jawani Diwani (1972) – One of the best duets of Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle all time, the song was beautifully filmed also. All the songs were smash hits. The song featured Randhir Kapoor and Jaya Bhaduri, and Anand Bakshi penned the lyrics. The movie featured three duets of Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar including Agar Saaz Cheda To. The solo tracks of Kishore – Samne Yeh Kaun Aaya and Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani too received warm welcome from youth and were instant chartbusters.
34. Nahi Nahi Abhi Nahi from Jawani Diwani (1972) – The sizzling featured Jaya Bhaduri and Randhir Kapoor, and is one of the finest duets sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle in the 1970s. Anand Bakshi penned its lyrics. Jaya Bhaduri who was till then known to have a next-door girl image appeared as glamorous college girl in the film.
35. Sun Champa Sun Tara from Apna Desh (1972) – This dance number featuring Mumtaz and Rajesh Khanna is lovely and romantic too. Lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi, and sung by Kishore and Lata. Kajra Lagake Gajra Sajake is yet another popular duet of the duo featuring the lead pair.
36. Kiska Rasta Dekhe from Joshila (1973) – This Dev Anand starrer was a thriller. Kiska Rasta Dekhe was a Kishore Kumar solo penned by Sahir Ludhianvi. Also read: Top 50 solos sung by Kishore Kumar.
37. Yaadon Ki Baaraat from Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973) – R. D. Burman’s energetic music played a magnificent role in the super success of this film, though some of the tunes were ‘inspired’ ones. The title version had a duet version sung by Rafi and Kishore, and in yet another version Aamir Khan was seen as a child actor. The duet version of Rafi and Kishore is indeed one of the rarest recorded songs, and was filmed in movie’s climax featuring the three brothers- Dharmendra, Vijay Arora and Tariq Khan. It’s a highly emotional scene of the film. All the song lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
38. O Meri Soni Meri Tamanna from Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973) – The movie had two duets in Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar’s voice and O Meri Soni Meri Tamanna is definitely the best. The song featuring Zeenat Aman and Vijay Arora has been remixed and revived several times since late 1990s.
39. Chura Liya Hai from Yadon Ki Baaraat (1973) – The most popular song of the album, it’s inspired from English song, If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium. But Burman made it his by adding his own flavours and music arrangements. He also incorporated the sound of glasses at the beginning of the song. The song sung by Asha Bhosle and Rafi featured Zeenat Aman and Vijay Arora. In fact Vijay Arora is best remembered for this particular romantic song, than his appearance on big screen multiple times.
40. Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si from Anamika (1973) – A very popular sad solo of Kishore Kumar featuring Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri, it was listed at #4 on Binaca Geetmala annual list 1973. This title track was penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. It’s the single Kishore da song in the album consisting of 5 solos and it’s a heartbreaking song. It’s quite interesting there are no duets in this top class music album.
41. Baahom Mein Chali from Anamika (1973) – The movie also included Lata Mangeshkar’s very popular solo, Baahon Mein Chali Aa. It’s one of the finest romantic tracks of 1970s. The song penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri was listed at #36 on Binaca Geetmala annual list 1973. The song was shot at Sur Mandir, a bungalow owned by S D Burman and the famous swing seen in the song was actually purchased by R. D. Burman for his first wife Rita Patel, who was then separated.
42. Panna Ki Tamanna Hai Kii from Heera Panna (1973) – A very popular duet pictured on Zeenat Aman and Dev Anand, its music composed by R. D. Burman is still popular. Its lovely lyrics were written by Anand Bakshi who regularly worked with R. D. The duet was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar.
43. Wada Karo from Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1973) – All the songs of the film were instant chartbusters. In this romantic track Shashi Kapoor tries to woo Sharmila Tagore on a skating floor in fancy costumes. The duet was sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar and memorable lyrics were penned by Sahir Ludhianvi. Also read: Top 15 songs of Shashi Kapoor.
44. Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na from Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1973) – This song has two versions – a solo version of Kishore da and yet another popular duet aside child singer Sushma Shrestha, and both versions are indeed beautiful. In the male solo version, Sharmila Tagore was featured aside Shashi Kapoor and the song was filmed in spectacular snow filled tourist spots of Shimla. The blockbuster film Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na coined its title from a phrase of this song. Also read: Top songs of Sushma Shrestha.
45. Hum Dono Do Premi from Ajnabee (1974) – The first Bollywood song to be fully shot on the top of the train, it was the first film of the lead pair too. This romantic track was filmed on Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman. Lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.
46. Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein from Ajnabee (1974) – This sizzling rain song featuring Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman is extremely popular among youngsters as well, since its remixed version came out. Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar sang its original version, penned by Anand Bakshi. The movie had four songs, and all of them had Kishore’s voice.
47. Ek Ajnabee Haseena Se of Ajnabee (1974) – The song picturization starring Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman makes us remember the popular ‘Khilte Hain Gul Yahan’ track of Sharmilee, that one too, a popular solo of Kishore Kumar. Ajnabee is a successful association of quadrumvirate of 1970s – Rajesh Khanna, Kishore Kumar, Anand Bakshi and Burman.
48. Karvatein Badalti Rahe from Aap Ki Kasam (1974) – This duet of Kishore and Lata is widely regarded as one of the top duets composed by R. D. Burman. All the songs were well received by critics and audience alike. This romantic track was penned by Anand Bakshi and featured Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz. However the movie was only average at box office. R. D earned a Filmfare nomination for its compositions. After this movie, Mumtaz took a sabbatical from acting, following her marriage.
49. Jai Jai Shiv Shankar from Aap Ki Kasam (1974) – This dance track is extremely energetic, and can make anyone dance to its tunes of Pancham da. The song featuring Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz was sung by Lata and Kishore and wordings penned by Anand Bakshi. Jai Jai Shiv Shankar was listed at #2 on Binaca Geetmala annual list 1974. The movie also included yet another popular duet of the duo – Suno Kaho, and a solo track of Kishore – Zindagi Ke Safar. I wish I could add both these songs as well. But when I tried to include maximum songs of R. D, I have to leave both. Though these two songs are not listed here, they are always ranked among the top compositions of the composer.
50. O Hansini from Zehreela Insaan (1974) – Though this movie starring Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh was a huge flop, Zehreela Insaan is still remembered for this great tune created by R. D. Burman, and Kishore’s magical voice. In 2002, Hariharan sang the same song for the movie, Dil Vil Pyar Vyar, as a tribute to the great composer. Majrooh Sultanpuri penned the lyrics.
51. Kehdo Tumhe from Deewaar (1975) – This popular duet featuring Shashi Kapoor and Neetu Singh was sung by Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar, and lyrics penned by Sahir Ludhianvi. The song has been successfully remixed several times including the most recent version for the movie, Badshaho.
52. Sapna Mera Toot Gaya from Khel Khel Mein (1975) – This sad solo sung by Asha Bhosle and R. D. Burman featured Aruna Irani and Rakesh Roshan. Lyrics were penned by Gulshan Bawra. All the songs were huge chartbusters – Khullam Khulla Pyaar Karenge, Hum Ne Tum Ko Dekha, Ek Mein Aur Ek Tu etc.
53. O Majhi Re Apna Kinara from Khushboo (1975) – This Kishore Kumar solo song featuring Jeetendra was penned by its director, Gulzar. The song got noticed for its intense lyrics as well as powerful rendition. Jeetendra owns a few glimpses of his very popular ‘Musafir’ song from Parichay, and R. D. composed its music score too.
54. Ghar Jayegi Tar Jayegi from Khushboo (1975) – This solo sung by Lata Mangeshkar explores the dreams of an unmarried girl and Hema Malini made it memorable through her natural acting skills. Its lyrics were by Gulzar. Pancham and Gulzar shared an amazing creative relationship and hence he reserved some of his finest compositions for the poet-director since his early films. The song had a remixed version in the 2000s which was indeed popular.
55. Tere Bina Zindagi Se from Aandhi (1975) – Whenever R. D. Burman’s best compositions come into discussion, songs of Aandhi featuring Sanjeev Kumar and Suchitra Sen can never miss it. In fact, the popular duets of Kishore and Lata – Tere Bina Zindagi Se and Tum Aa Gaye Ho are hot favourites of film celebrities as well. Is Mode Se Jaate Ho is yet another duet. This Gulzar movie faced a ban soon after its theatric release, following the Emergency period of 1975. He penned its lyrics also.
56. Mehbooba O Mehbooba from Sholay (1975) – R. D. Burman earned a Filmfare nomination in best playback singer category for this song. Featuring Amjad Khan, Jalal Agha and Helen, this item song was penned by Anand Bakshi. Yeh Dosti, Koi Haseena and Jab Tak Hai Jaan too were popular.
57. Bade Achchhe Lagte Hain from Balika Vadu (1976) – Anand Bakshi penned the lyrics which is still popular. The song sung by none other than Kishore Kumar’s son Amit, who registered his first hit song through this one. The humming female voice of the song is believed to be that of heroine’s. Correct me if I am wrong. The song featuring Sachin and Rajini Sharma was listed at #26 on the Binaca Geetmala annual list 1977.
58. Mere Nayana from Mehbooba (1976) – This touching song rendered by Kishore da can bring tears to listeners’ eyes. The song based on Raga Shivranjani played an important role in the sequence continuity of the film, and it had solo versions both in Kishore and Lata’s voice. Kishore’s version with Rajesh Khanna playing a guitar is popular. Anand Bakshi penned the lyrics.
59. Naam Gum Jayega from Kinara (1977) – After Anand Bakshi, Gulzar remained the most successful lyricist in association with R. D. Burman. While Bakshi was mostly associated with main stream commercial movies, Burman’s association with Gulzar for offbeat and parallel movies remained equally successful. Kinara too belonged to this genre. Bhupinder and Lata Mangeshkar rendered their voices for this beautiful song. Abke Na Sawan Barse is a popular solo sung by Lata.
60. Aise Na Mujhe Dekho of Darling Darling (1977) – Zeenat Aman and Dev Anand formed an amazing sizzling pair in the mid-1970s. They also worked together as siblings in Hare Rama Hare Krishna. One of the best songs sung by Kishore Kumar for Dev Anand, its remixed version became extremely popular in the mid-2000s. Its beautiful lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.
61. Yeh Ladka Hai Allah Kaisa Hai from Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977) – All the songs from the movie were huge chartbusters, and most of them belong to peppy dance tracks with some loud music. This song featured Kaajal Kiran in a crazy mood, and Tariq Khan was also seen in the song. Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle sang this very popular duet. Lyrics of all its 10 tracks were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
62. Kya Hua Tera Wada from Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977) – One of the top songs of Rafi in the 1970s, it’s the only song which earned him a National award. It’s also tagged as a strong comeback song of Rafi in the era dominated by Kishore songs. But he passed away in 1980 at the age of only 55. He also received his 6th and final Filmfare award for this song. It’s one exceptional song of the album which consisted mostly of fast beat numbers. The song was lip synced by Tariq Khan who appeared as a stage performer for this song; and Sushma Shreshta’s voice is also heard in this heart-breaking song. Rishi Kapoor and Kaajal Kiran are also seen in the song. Many songs were featured in the film as melody too – Tum Kya Jano Mohabbat Kya Hai, Aa Dil Kya Mehfil, Chand Mera Dil, Mil Gaya Humko Saathi etc.
63. Hai Agar Dushman from Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977) – One of the finest Qawalis of Hindi cinema ever, it was filmed on Rishi Kapoor and Zeenat Aman, and sung by Rafi and Asha Bhosle. The movie also included a very popular foot-tapping number featuring Rishi Kapoor – Bachna E Haseeno, and when I had to make a choice between the two, I chose the Qawali. But Bachna E Haseeno topped the music charts of the year. This song was later remixed and used for Rishi Kapoor’s son Ranbir Kapoor. Film’s title was also coined using this phrase.
64. Hum Bewafa Harghiz Na from Shalimar (1978) – This much-anticipated film tanked at box office. But the film is still remembered for this popular ‘Bewafa’ song sung by Kishore da. Dharmendra was featured in this heart-breaking song. Both Kishore Kumar and R. D. Burman received nominations at Filmfare awards for their respective works. The song was penned by Anand Bakshi. “One Two Cha Cha“ song from the film also gathered a Filmfare nomination for Usha Uthup. The movie entered Bollywood history books as it recorded the last Rafi song for Shammi Kapoor.
65. Tere Bina Jiya Laage Na from Ghar (1978) – The movie starring Rekha and Vinod Mehra is known for some wonderful tunes composed by Burman, and sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. All the five songs were penned by Gulzar. This particular solo track featuring the lead pair was sung by Lata Mangeshkar.
66. Aaj Kal Paon from Ghar (1978) – Yet another popular solo sung by Lata Mangeshkar, the song featured the lead pair in a romantic mood. The movie also included popular Kishore Kumar solo, Phir Wohi Raat Hai and the duet, Aap Ki Aankhon Mein Kuchh. Also read: Top 50 Kishore Kumar solos.
67. Rhim Jhim Gire Sawan from Manzil (1979) – R. D composed some of the finest tunes for Amitabh Bachchan in the 1970s and 1980s and recorded them in Kishore Kumar’s voice. This monsoon song has two solo versions sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, and Moushumi Chatterjee was featured in both. Also read: Rain songs of Lata Mangeshkar. Lyrics were penned by Yogesh.
68. Do Lafzon Ki Hai Dil Ki Kahaani from The Great Gambler (1979) – One of the finest songs ever sung by Asha Bhosle in Burman’s composition, voices of Amitabh Bachchan and Sharad Kumar were also heard. The song featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Zeenat Aman was filmed on a Gondola in Venice’s Grand Canal. Sharad Kumar is the same person who played the role of Zeenat Aman’s brother in Don. The song was penned by Anand Bakshi and the song includes a few Italian wordings as well. The movie also included a popular duet of Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle, featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Neetu Singh – Pehle Pehle Pyaar Ki Mulaqaatein.
69. Aanewala Pal from Gol Maal (1979) – This cult classic comedy film is blessed with one of the finest tunes of R. D. Burman ever. This song is nostalgic to many who love movies of late 1970s and early 1980s, a period which witnessed a transformation in filmmaking and music. The song featured Amol Palekar and Bindiya Goswami, and its lyrics were penned by Gulzar. This song is one of my top 10 favourites of both Kishore and R. D. Gulzar received Filmfare awards for penning its lyrics. It’s quite strange that both Kishore da and Pancham da didn’t win any nomination at Filmfare awards. It’s one of my top favourite 5 compositions of R. D and renditions of Kishore da ever.
70. Sawan Ke Jhoole Pade Hai from Jurmana (1979) – This Amitabh Bachchan starrer is best known for this beautiful rendition of Lata Mangeshkar. The song penned by Anand Bakshi featured Rakhee Gulzar aside Amitabh. The song had two versions, both sung by Lata.
R. D. Burman and his low phase of 1980s
1980s is definitely the worst phase of Hindi film music. Legends have gone (both leading male voices and exceptionally good composers) and the rest of them were going through their low phases of respective career graphs. Apart from a few memorable tunes composed by R. D. Burman and Laxmikanth-Pyarelal, there is nothing significant to remember throughout 1980s. Fully dominated by an era of discos and loud music, when most of the talented musicians including Laxmi-Pyare compromised with youth’s demands, R. D remained himself. Some of his matured tunes in association with Gulzar were born in the 1980s, which are exceptionally well. Melody remained at peak in R. D. Burman tunes in the 1980s.
When R. D stood firm in his decision to produce quality tunes, only less producers approached him, and his deteriorating health condition and bypass surgery worsened situation. He lost many of ambitious projects during this time. Yet as a true fan of R. D, I am proud of his firm decision not to compromise with quality of work, and that may be the reason why, though a few his works of 1980s can be tagged ‘top-class’; Masoom, Yeh Waada Raha, Libaas, Agar Tum Na Hote, Saagar, Jeeva, Sathe Pe Satha, Bemisaal, Sanam Teri Kasam, Kudrat, Rocky, Izzajat, Love Story, Parinda and Sunny to name a few. Hats off to the genius who composed some of the finest tunes in the worst era of Bollywood music!
71. Pal Do Pal Ka Saath Humara from Burning Train (1980) – This much-anticipated film with an ensemble star cast and huge budget burned producers’ pocket. But it was not a bad movie either, and included some nice songs composed by our own Pancham da. Pal Do Pal Ka Saath Humara sung by Mohammed Rafi & Asha Bhosle is my personal favourite. This Qawwali was penned by Sahir Ludhianvi. The song was filmed on Jeetendra & Neetu Singh. Pehli Nazar Mein Humne was also popular.
72. Pyaar Karne Waale from Shaan (1980) – This big-budget film couldn’t achieve the success as expected. The movie included many hit songs like Yamma Yamma, Jaanu Meri Jaan, Doston Se Pyar Kiya etc. Yet this title track sung by Asha Bhosle has got something special. Perhaps the lyrics penned by Anand Bakshi did the wonder.
73. Hamein Tumse Pyar Kitna from Khudrat (1981) – This classic R. D song had two versions and both were indeed popular. The song featuring Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini was penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. Kishore Kumar and Parveen Sultana were nominated for the same song in the respective categories at Filmfare awards and Sultana walked away with the trophy.
74. Hoga Tumse Pyara Kaun from Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai (1981) – One of the finest songs sung by Shailender Singh, the singer who became the ghost voice of Rishi Kapoor since the movie Bobby, the song was filmed on the top of a train. Padmini Kolhapuri was seen aside Rishi. Though the song doesn’t look natural, it brings some memories of ‘Hum Dono Do Premi’ tuned by same composer. All the songs were authored by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
75. Poocho Na Yaar Kya Hua from Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai (1981) – This duet sung by Rafi and Asha was extremely popular those days. The song also had a solo version sung by Rafi. The song featured Rishi Kapoor and Padmini Kolhapuri.
76. Dekho Maine Dekha Hai Yeh Ek Sapna from Love Story (1981) – The movie which was the perfect launch pad for Kumar Gaurav and Vijayeta Pandit was a blockbuster, and all its songs were instant hits. This duet was sung by Amit Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, and lyrics penned by Anand Bakshi. Yaad Aa Raha Hai was the next popular song from the album.
77. Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai from Rocky (1981) – The movie marked the acting debut of Sanjay Dutt and he was featured aside Tina Munim in this evergreen romantic song composed by R. D. Burman. The composer experimented with Kishore Kumar and his son Amit Kumar’s voice for Sanjay Dutt in the 1980s, and this one was recorded in Kishore da’s voice. Anand Bakshi penned the lyrics, and the female voice belongs to Lata Mangeshkar. The movie also featured the dance track, Aa Dekhe Zara, a popular duet of Kumar and Asha.
78. Kitne Bhi Tu Karle Sitam from Sanam Teri Kasam (1982) – Though R. D remained the most celebrated music composer of 1970s, and earned multiple nominations, surprisingly he managed to bag his first Filmfare award only in 1982 for Sanam Teri Kasam, though its tunes can never be compared to Amar Prem, Katti Patang, Aandhi, Aap Ki Kasam etc which ruled the music charts in the 1970s. He recorded its songs in Kishore and Asha’s voices and its peppy and dancing tunes were huge chartbusters. Gulshan Bawra penned the lyrics of all its songs, and in this song Kamal Hassan teases Reena Roy in a romantic style. The song also had a solo version sung by Asha. R. D also recorded a duet aside his wife Asha, Jane Jaan O Meri Jane Jaan which was the top song of the album. Though most of the songs were peppy, they emerged as the trendsetters of the era exclusively belonging to disco and high beat songs. This dance number featured Kamal Hassan and Reena Roy.
79. A Ri Pawan Dhunde Kise Tera Mann from Bemisaal (1982) – One of the finest tunes in the worst era of Hindi music, this solo track sung by Lata Mangeshkar featured Amitabh Bachchan and Rakhee. As always, Anand Bakshi penned the lyrics. Kitna Khoobsurat is yet another noted song.
80. Dilbar Mere of Satte Pe Satta (1982) – Though Amitabh Bachchan is less-linked to romantic films and songs, this particular song is definitely an exception. In this movie too, Amitabh appeared as a hero who doesn’t know how to express love or how to be romantic (perhaps the only character throughout his career filmed this way), where he gifts apples instead of flowers to impress the heroine, Hema Malini. What a lovely song of Kishore da, and how beautifully Amitabh expressed it on screen! Hats off to both. Gulshan Bawra penned the lyrics, and Hema Malini was also featured in this song.
81. Tu Tu Hai Wohi from Yeh Waada Raha (1982) – One of the finest compositions of R. D. Burman ever, the song is extremely popular even today. The song featuring Rishi Kapoor, Tina Munim and Poonam Dhillion was sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle. Gulshan Bawra penned the lyrics. This title track was used for more than one occasion, and closely linked with film’s script too. The movie had some of the finest duets like Ishq Mera Bandagi Hai sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle.
82. Tujhse Naraz Nahi from Masoom (1983) – The compositions earned Burman his second Filmfare award. All the tunes are matchless, particularly this sad track by Anup Ghoshal. The song had a Lata Mangeshkar version too, yet the male version became popular. Gulzar-Burman duo gave opportunity to a few less heard voices and their experiment proved successful. The songs – Lakdi Ki Kaathi and Do Naina Aur Ek Kahani are also memorable. Naseeruddin Shah was featured in ‘Naraz’ song.
83. Agar Tum Na Hote from Agar Tum Na Hote (1983) – It was used as the theme song of the movie and used for continuity of the film. The song had solo versions sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar and their duet version too. Lyrics written by Gulshan Bawra, and Rajesh Khanna and Rekha were featured in different versions of this song. Kishore Kumar received Filmfare award for best playback singer for this song.
84. Bachke Rehna Re Baba from Pukar (1983) – This dance number was sung by Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle and Burman, and penned by Gulshan Bawra. Song featured Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Tina Munim and Randhir Kapoor. Samandar Mein Nahake is yet another song.
85. Badal Yun Garajta Hai from Betaab (1983) – All the songs of the movie were extremely popular. This song featuring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Shabbir Kumar. Anand Bakshi penned the lyrics. Jab Hum Jawa Honge too was equally popular.
86. Aur Kya Aheda Wafa from Sunny (1984) – This lovely and soft song was sung by Suresh Wadkar and featured Sunny Deol, Amrita Singh and Sharmila Tagore. Anand Bakshi penned the lyrics of all its songs.
87. Jaane Kya Baat from Sunny (1984) – This Lata Mangeshkar song featuring Amrita Singh too was very popular. Both these songs have a ‘ghazal’ touch.
88. Aisa Sama from Zameen Aasmaan (1984) – This romantic movie is best remembered for one solo of Lata Mangeshkar featuring Sanjay Dutt and Anita Raj, and is definitely one of the best compositions of R. D. Burman in the 1980s. Anjaan penned its beautiful lyrics, which brings thoughts of beautiful seasons of human hearts to our minds.
89. Tu Rootha To Main Ro Dungi Sanam from Jawani (1984) – This chartbuster song featuring Neelam and Karan Shah was penned by Gulshan Bawra and sung by Asha Bhosle and Amit Kumar.
90. Sagar Kinare from Saagar (1985) – This love triangle had Dimple Kapadia, Rishi Kapoor and Kamal Hassan in lead roles, and this romantic song featured Dimple and Rishi. This particular song had two versions – a duet of Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar, and a sad solo version by Lata. This tune was earlier used by R. D for the song Hamein Raston Ki Zaroorat for 1981 film – Naram Garam, sung by Asha Bhosle but went unnoticed. But Sagar Kinare went on to become a huge hit. The movie also included a sizzling duet featuring Rishi and Dimple, Jaane Do Naa sung by Shailendra Singh and Asha Bhosle, and a solo romantic song of Kishore – Chehra Hai Ya. R. D. Burman received a Filmfare nomination for its tunes.
91. Jab Chaha Yaara Tumne from Zabardast (1985) – The song featured Rati Agnihotri and Rajiv Kapoor, and one of less-noticed but beautiful compositions of Burman in the 1980s. It was Nassir Hussain’s last film. Majrooh Sultanpuri penned the lyrics.
92. Roz Roz Aankhon Tale from Jeeva (1986) – The song featuring Sanjay Dutt and Mandakini was one of the top romantic hits of the era, and was sung by Amit Kumar and Asha Bhosle. Gulzar penned the lyrics.
93. Khamosh Sa Afsana from Libaas (1988) – The soft solos of the film composed by Burman are timeless, and done during his low phase of professional career. The movie showcased at several film festivals had a theatric release in India most recently only in 2017. Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Raj Babbar played lead roles in the film based on human relationships. Lyrics were penned its director Gulzar. This Lata solo holds a fragrance of a sweet ghazal, and R. D should be praised for such a lovely composition in an era fully dominated by loud music.
94. Sili Hawa Choo Gayi from Libaas (1988) – This song too is a continuation of whatever told just above. This soft track also belongs to Gulzar-Lata-Burman trio.
95. Mere Kuch Saman from Izzazat (1988) – Lyricist Gulzar and singer Asha Bhosle received National award for this particular song, though Burman couldn’t win any. But Burman was praised for tuning the lyrics which didn’t have any rhythm or pattern. Gulzar received Filmfare award too. The song featured Naseeruddin Shah and Anuradha Patel.
96. Katra Katra from Izzajat (1988) – This Asha Bhosle track featuring Rekha and Naseeruddin Shah is my personal favourite. The song was recorded in a unique way and was well appreciated too. Gulzar wrote its beautiful lyrics. Chhoti Si Kahani Se Barishon Ke Pani Se is yet another popular Asha track.
97. Tum Se Milke from Parinda (1989) – One of the finest tracks towards the end of his career, Asha Bhosle sang it beautifully too. There were only 4 tracks in this album, and all the four included Suresh Wadkar’s voice too, including this one. Khurshid Hallauri penned the lyrics, and it’s an extremely romantic song featuring Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit.
R. D. Burman and the era of 1990s
After a lot of struggling days – with his professional career, health issues and personal career, the legend world left the eternal world after contributing one of the finest works of era of 1990s – 1942: A Love Story. He didn’t give too much to music industry except the work of 1942: A Love Story. But it was his masterpiece work, which surprised many. Its music broke several musical records, remained the top romantic tracks of the year and also gave him his third and final Filmfare awards (only a few to receive). But sadly, he was not there to see the overwhelming response he received for his final work; a much awaited break he was waiting for.
But we can’t deny the fact that after the huge success of 1942: A Love Story, many fans returned back to him, recollected his contributions to the music industry in the past 33 years and fixed his name as the most popular music composer of golden era of Hindi music, a great recognition to the legend who composed tunes far ahead of his time. He composed tunes, keeping in mind, the taste of youth and demand of future generations, and that may be reason why his fans are not bored with his compositions though listened hundreds of time. This column is my tribute to one of the greatest legends of Hindi music ever.
98. Ek Ladki Ko from 1942: A Love Story (1994) – Only a few songs have earned the recognition for best music, wordings and renditions, and this song definitely belong to this category. One of the finest songs of Kumar Sanu’s career, the song received an overwhelming response from listeners belonging to all age groups. Sadly, R. D. passed away before he could see the huge success of his compositions. Javed Akhtar, Burman and Kumar Sanu received Filmfare awards. It’s the 5th and final award won by Kumar Sanu for rendition (breaking Kishore Kumar’s record of consecutive 4 wins), but never managed to win any more. This romantic song was filmed on Anil Kapoor and Manisha Koirala.
99. Pyar Hua from 1942 A Love Story (1994) – The movie swept all music awards at Filmfare. While Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To bagged best lyricist and male playback, Kavita Krishnamurthy received her first Filmfare award for Pyar Hua Chupke Se. She also sang the duet – Rhim Jhim Rhim Jhim aside Kumar Sanu, and the songs gave her big break in music industry. All the songs were penned by Javed Akhtar. Manisha Koirala was featured in this song.
100. Kuch Na Kaho from 1942 A Love Story (1994) – What a wonderful rendition by Kumar Sanu! Lovely filmed too! The song had a female version sung by Lata Mangeshkar, one of the last associations of two legends. Hence I would like to conclude this list with the top romantic track of the album, featuring the lead pair…… Kuch Na Kaho Kuch Bhi Na Kaho………
And the list is not ending……
Here I add a few more top tunes composed by R. D. Burman. A few of them definitely can be listed among his best 100, but I had to exclude a few from the final list to make space for a few more, and many of them are indeed close to my heart more than those listed above – Aisa Sama Na Hota…., Kanchi Re Kanchi, Phir Se Aaiyo Badra Bidesi, Tere Liye Palkon Ki…., Chala Jaata Hoon…., Kuch To Log Kahenge…… I might have missed many great songs too. Actually I was very much confused in selecting songs too…. I admit. And the whole list of more than 150 songs is the testimony to prove that R. D was indeed a genius, gifted by god to Bollywood music for all those who love and live through real music.
101. Pyar Hua Hai Jabse from Abhilasha (1968) – Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar
102. Jis Gali Mein from Katti Patang (1970) – Mukesh
103. Raat Kali from Budda Mil Gaya (1971) – Kishore Kumar
104. Kanchi Re Kanchi from Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) – Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar
105. Aaj Unse Pehli Mulaqat Hogi from Paraya Dhan (1971) – Kishore Kumar
106. Dil Haye Mera Dil from Paraya Dhan (1971) – Kishore Kumar
107. Tu Pyar Tu Preet from Paraya Dhan (1971) – Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar
108. Chadti Jawani Meri Chaal Mastani from Caravan (1971) – Mohammed Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar
109. Kitna Pyara Wada from Caravan (1971) – Mohammed Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar
110. Chala Jaata Hoon from Mere Jeevan Saathi (1972) – Kishore Kumar
111. Dekha Na from Bombay To Goa (1972) – Kishore Kumar
112. Kajra Lagake Gajra Sajake from Apna Desh (1972) – Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar
113. Duniya Mein Logon Ko from Apna Desh (1972) – Asha Bhosle & Rahul Dev Burman
114. Kuch To Log Kahenge from Amar Prem (1972) – Kishore Kumar
115. Yeh Kya Hua from Amar Prem (1972) – Kishore Kumar
116. Jab Tak Rahe Tan Mein Jiya from Samadhi (1972) – Lata Mangeshkar
117. Main Shair Badnaam from Namak Haraam (1973) – Kishore Kumar
118. Zindagi Ke from Aap Ki Kasam (1974) – Kishore Kumar
119. Suno Kaho from Aap Ki Kasam (1974) – Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar
120. Kahi Karti Hogi Mera Intezaar from Phir Kab Milogi (1974) – Mukesh
121. Tum Aa Gaye Ho from Aandhi (1975) – Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar
122. Jab Tak Hai Jaan from Sholay (1975) – Lata Mangeshkar
123. Yeh Dosti from Sholay (1975) – Kishore Kumar & Manna Dey
124. Ek Mein Aur Ek Tu from Khel Khel Mein (1975) – Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle
125. Do Nainon Mein Ansoo Bhare Hai from Khushboo (1975) – Lata Mangeshkar
126. Bechara Dil Kya Kare from Khushboo (1975) – Asha Bhosle
127. Ruk Jaana O Jaana from Warrant (1975) – Kishore Kumar
128. Abke Na Sawan Barse from Kinara (1977) – Lata Mangeshkar
129. Mil Gaya Hum Ko Saathi from Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977) – Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle
130. Tum Kya Jano Mohabbat Kya Hai from Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977) – R. D. Burman
131. Bachna E Haseeno from Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977) – Kishore Kumar
132. Dhanno Ki Aankhon Mein from Kitaab (1977) – R. D. Burman
133. Kasme Vaade Nibhayenge Hum from Kasme Wade (1978) – Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar
134. Mile Jo Kadi Kadi from Kasme Wade (1978) – Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle & Mohammed Rafi
136. Aap Ki Aankhon from Ghar (1978) – Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar
137. Phir Wohi Raat Hai from Ghar (1978) – Kishore Kumar
138. Pehle Pehle Pyar Ka from The Great Gambler (1979) – Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle
139. Meine Poocha Chand Se from Abdulla (1980) – Mohammed Rafi
140. Lekar Hum Deewane Dil from Yadom Ki Baarat (1973) – Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar
141. Dil Lena Khel Hai Dildar Ka from Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai (1981) – R. D. Burman
142. Jahan Teri Yeh Nazar Hai from Kalia (1981) – Kishore Kumar
143. Jahan Pe Savera Ho Basera Wahin Hai from Baseera (1981) – Lata Mangeshkar
144.Yaad Aa Rahi Hai from Love Story (1981) – Lata Mangeshkar & Amit Kumar
145. Tere Liye Palkon Ki from Harjaee (1981) – Lata Mangeshkar
146. Apne Pyar Ke Sapne Sach Hue from Barsaat Ki Ek Raat (1981)- Lata Mangeshkar
147. Jaane Kaise Kab Kahan from Shakti (1982) – Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar
148. Phir Se Aaiyo Badra Bidesi from Namkeen (1982) – Asha Bhosle
149. Jeevan Ke Din from Bade Dilwale (1983) – Kishore Kumar
150. Kahin Na Jaa from Bade Dilwale (1983) – Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar
151. Do Naina Aur Ek Kahani from Masoom (1983) – Aarti Mukherjee
152. Pyar Mein Dil Pe from Mahaan (1983) – Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar
153. Jab Hum Jawan Honge from Betaab (1983) – Shabbir Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar
154. Hai Mubarak Aaj Ka Din from Boxer (1984) – Kavita Krishnamurthy & Hariharan
155. Chehra Hai Ya Chand Khila from Saagar (1985) – Kishore Kumar
156. Jaane Do Naa from Saagar (1985) – Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle
157. Rhim Jhim Rhim Jhim from 1942: A Love Story (1994) – Kumar Sanu & Kavita Krishnamurthy
158. Root Na Jaana from 1942: A Love Story (1994) – Kumar Sanu
My Top 25 favourites of R. D. Burman
1. Aanewala Pal from Golmaal
2. Kya Janoo Sajan from Baharon Ke Sapne
3. Aaja Piya Tohe from Baharon Ke Sapne
4. Hum Dono Do Premi from Ajnabee
5. O Mere Dil Ke Chain from Mere Jeevan Saathi
6. Wada Karo Nahi from Aa Gale Lag Jaa
7. Kehna Hai Kehna Hai from Padosan
8. Tumne Mujhe Dekha from Teesri Manzil
9. Chura Liya Hai from Yadon Ki Baaraat
10. Pyar Hua Chupke Se from 1942: A Love Story
11. Roz Roz Aakhon Tale from Jeeva
12. Agar Tum Na Hote from Agar Tum Na Hote
13. Kya Yahi Pyar Hai from Rocky
14. Nahi Nahi from Jawani Diwani
15. Chingari from Amar Prem
16. Dilbar Mere of Satte Pe Satta
17. Dilbar Dil Se Pyare of Caravan
18. Baahom Mein Chali from Anamika
19. Yeh Shyam Mastani from Katti Patang
20. Pyar Deewana Hota Hai from Katti Patang
21. Hamein Tumse Pyar Kitna from Khudrat
22. Tere Bina Jiya Laage Na from Ghar
23. Do Lafzon Ki Hai Dil Ki Kahaani from The Great Gambler
24. Khamosh Sa Afsana from Libaas
25. Na Jaa O Mere Humdum from Teesri Manzil
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