Top 50 Bollywood Songs of R. D. Burman – Kishore Kumar combination

R. D. Burman & Kishore Kumar – two great geniuses associated with Bollywood cinema. In the year 1969 and a couple of years followed by, the duo changed the course of flow of Bollywood music, and in a discussion of Hindi cinema of 1970s can never be moved forward without taking these two big names. Names of R. D. Burman & Kishore Kumar are synchronous to the era of 1970s, and when they joined hands with lyricist Anand Bakshi, many evergreen hits belonging to romantic, philosophic, emotional and fast & breezy genres were born, and most of their tracks have been remixed multiple times and remained popular among youngsters as well.

A brief note on the friendship of R. D. Burman and Kishore Kumar

Pancham and Kishore remained thick friends since their struggling years of early 1950s. But no one predicted then, the duo is to bring storm to Bollywood music with some sensational songs, mostly youth oriented. Along with O. P. Nayyar and Madan Mohan, R. D. Burman was blamed for westernizing Indian film tunes in the era when Bollywood music was dominated by classical and semi-classical tunes and orchestra provided by Indian traditional instruments most. But if we look into the era of 1960s and 1970s in today’s scenario Bollywood music fans may disagree with the opinion of film critics of that time, and most of the tunes by these great composers have already entered the category of evergreen classics. After giving the chartbuster hit songs through Padosan, the duo later worked together for Aradhana in 1969 for the songs originally composed by Pancham da’s father S. D. Rest is, as say goes, it’s history! Pyar Hua Hai Jab Se of Abhilasha is one of the early hits of the duo, and one among the first hit songs of Kishore Kumar when he turned the ghost voice of an actor other than Dev Anand (mostly in association with S. D. Burman).

Story of Aradhana’s music and how it’s connected to the professional career of Kishore da and Pancham da

Though father Burman reserved two special solo songs for Mohammed Rafi, he fell ill and the work was later completed by his son, who recorded those two songs in Kishore’s voice. It’s rumoured that Pancham da ghost composed one or both (Mere Sapnon Ki Rani & Kora Kaagaz), though credits have been given to his father. (It happened with iconic ‘Sar Jo Tere’ from Pyasa and many more songs where S. D gave a final touch to rough tunes of R. D.) But film’s director Shakti Samanta certifies that every tune of the movie was composed by Sachin Dev Burman himself before he went ill, and RD only worked on orchestration. Every piece of instrument to be used was also decided by Sachin Dev Burman and RD followed his instructions only. Rafi was out of India for a world tour for a long time, and Kishore’s name was suggested to Pancham da by director himself.

Roop Tera Mastana and Mere Sapnon Ki Rani became two landmark songs of Bollywood and it catapulted Rajesh Khanna into mega stardom. The film’s music was such a big hit that its film director Shakti Samanta produced next five films only from the music sale of Aradhana!

A new combination was born as early in 1970s – Rajesh Khanna as hero with Kishore da’s voice and Anand Bakshi’s poems composed by Pancham, and they fully dominated Bollywood scene for many years. The combination was repeated in many Hindi movies of the era, and it proved successful. Apart from Rajesh Khanna, the duo has worked for many Bollywood heroes like Dev Anand, Rishi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan etc. Yet the lion share of R. D. Burman – Kishore Kumar combination songs belongs to Rajesh Khanna. R. D. Burman gave maximum hits and his finest compositions to Kishore and Asha, which include both solos and duets. Now it’s time to list 50 of the best songs of R. D. Burman – Kishore Kumar combination and hope you will like it.

1. Mere Samnewale Khidki Mein from PadosanI would like to begin this list of 50 songs with chartbuster solo of Kishore sung for the movie, Padosan, which 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 the 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.

It’s one of the rarest movies of Kishore Kumar’s career, where he got opportunity to sing for his character onscreen with tunes composed by R. D. Burman. Mehmood’s songs were recorded in Manna Dey’s voice. It’s an interesting fact behind the star cast of the film. Actually Pancham da was to play Mehmood’s iconic character onscreen. Read here: How this role went to Mehboob. All the songs were memorable including the famous Bindu song and Chatur Naar sung by Kishore, apart from a couple of Lata songs. 

2. Kehna Hai Kehna Hai from Padosan – One of the top romantic tracks of R. D – Kishore combination in the 1960s, the song also featured Kishore Kumar 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. As an actor it’s one of the finest works of Kishore da, and his comic timing for the film was an instant hit.

3. Agar Tum Na Hote from Agar Tum Na Hote – The title track had several versions used as theme song. Apart from a solo sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar individually, it had a duet version too sung by them. Music was composed by Rahul Dev Burman and 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.

4. Chingari Koi from Amar Prem – A very popular song of the magic quadrumvirate in the era of 1970 musicals – Burman-Kishore-Khanna and Anand Bakshi, the group of 4 has gained a lot of attention since Aradhana got released in 1969. This composition is a quick reply to those who criticized R. D for influences of western styles and music arrangement in Bollywood music. Most of its compositions were raga based, and R. D. used to work from 9 pm to 9 am in his room to compose the film’s songs. Definitely Amar Prem is one among the 5 best works of R. D.

This emotional song featuring the ‘Aradhana’ pair can never miss our list of Kishore’s best solos. This song based on Raga Bhairavi was at 5th position on Binaca Geetmala annual list 1972. Kishore Kumar earned a Filmfare nomination for the same.

5. Kuch To Log Kahenge from Amar Prem – This philosophical song was tuned in Raga Khamaj. Though Kishore is seen as a live and funny person with eccentric behavior, and many of his chartbusters too belong to the same genre, the singer proved to be a genius by singing many philosophical songs in a serious note, but with ease. His rendition of such songs is really touching and feels like Kishore was indeed living through those songs. That’s the reason why such songs easily get connected with our hearts.

6. Yeh Kya Hua from Amar Prem – Yet another solo track sung by Kishore da featuring Rajesh Khanna, all songs were beautifully filmed, including this one inspired from Raga Kalavati. The song reached the 9th position at the annual list of Binaca Geetmala. The movie included a couple of melodious solos sung by Lata Mangeshkar – Raina Beeti Jaayi and Bada Natkhat Hai, featuring Sharmila Tagore. After the huge success of songs of Kati Patang and Amar Prem in 1971, both composed by R. D, Kishore Kumar established as the supreme male voice of Bollywood music and almost brought the sailing career of Mohammed Rafi to a halt. For the movie, Pancham da also managed to bring his father to sing for the melodious – “Doli Mein Bithai Ke“.

7. O Hansini from Zehreela Insaan – This highly romantic song featured Rishi Kapoor aside Neetu Singh. The movie was a huge flop. However 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.

8. Karvatein Badalti Rahe from Aap Ki Kasam – This duet of Kishore and Lata is widely regarded as one of the top romantic tracks 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. It’s the remake of Malayalam cult classic, Valvemaayam. Also read: Bollywood remakes of Mollywood films. R. D earned a Filmfare nomination for its compositions. 

9. Jai Jai Shiv Shankar from Aap Ki Kasam – This extremely popular dance track composed by R. D. Burman and penned by Anand Bakshi featured Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz, who remained one of the top pairs of 1970s. This extremely popular song was listed at #2 on Binaca Geetmala annual list 1974. Lata Mangeshkar sang this duet aside Kishore.

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10. Zindagi Ke Safar from Aap Ki Kasam – This thoughtful song can never miss our list, and never should be. This Rajesh Khanna song featured different stages of human life and not easily forgotten. Anand Bakshi’s lyrics too did a commendable job.

11. Ek Ajnabee Haseena Se of Ajnabee – The title track of the movie stars Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman. Ajnabee was the first film where both the actors worked together. The song picturization makes us remember the popular ‘Khilte Hain Gul Yahan’ track of Sharmilee, that one too, a popular solo of Kishore Kumar. Once again lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi. So once again, it’s a successful association of quadrumvirate of 1970s.

12. Hum Dono Do Premi from Ajnabee – The first Bollywood song to be fully shot on the top of the train, as told above, it was the first film of the lead pair too. It’s one of the popular romantic tracks of the film, and featured Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman. Lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.

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13. Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein from Ajnabee – This highly romantic monsoon song featuring Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman is extremely popular among youngsters as well, since its remixed version came out. The duo was paired for the first time in this thriller, and the movie is still remembered for this sizzling track. 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. Also read: Top 10 duets of Kishore and Lata all time.

14. Musafir Hoon Yaaro from Parichay – This track can be listed under a travel song. Lyrics were penned by Gulzar. The song featured actor Jeetendra. Sare Se Saare Gaama – is a popular duet from the album which Kishore sang aside Asha Bhosle.

15. Dilbar Mere of Satte Pe Satta – Though Amitabh Bachchan is the most popular star of Bollywood cinema, he is less-linked to romantic films and songs. This particular song is definitely an exception. What a lovely song of Kishore da, and how beautifully Amitabh expressed it on screen! As usual, music was composed by R. D. Burman and Gulshan Bawra penned the lyrics.

16. Phoolon Ka Taron Ka from Hare Rama Hare Krishna – The song had two versions and both are still popular. Dev Anand’s version was sung by Kishore Kumar and included in film’s climax sequences. The child version of this popular ‘Bahna’ song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar. This evergreen song was written by Anand Bakshi who gave several memorable tracks to Bollywood fans, in association with R. D. Burman. All the songs composed by R. D. Burman were extremely popular, and the movie included the very popular ‘Dum Maro Dum’ of Asha Bhosle which well-established her career and also a duet, Kaanchi Re Kaanchi sung by Kishore and Lata.

17. Aisa Na Mujhe Tum Dekho from Darling Darling – This popular peppy number featured Dev Anand and Zeenat Aman in a romantic ada. S. D. Burman regularly used Kishore Kumar’s voice for Dev Anand since 1950s long before Kishore da turned a star; songs of Guide, Teen Deviyan,Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and Jewel Thief to mention a few. Also read: Top 16 albums where S. D used Kishore’s voice. One of the best songs of Kishore da for Dev Anand, remixed version of Aisa Na Mujhe Tum Dekho by Vikas Bhalla became popular in the mid-2000s. Lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi. Also read: Top 10 romantic tracks of Dev Anand.

18. Panna Ki Tamanna Hai Ki from Heera Panna – Zeenat Aman and Dev Anand made a lovely pair onscreen in the 1970s, and they also appeared as siblings in Hare Rama Hare Krishna. Lata Mangeshkar sang this popular duet aside Kishore and Anand Bakshi penned its very popular romantic lyrics.

19. Tere Bina Zindagi Se from Aandhi – 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 included the favourite songs – playlist of many, including film celebrities. No doubt, Aandhi is a masterpiece work of the composer. The movie faced a ban soon after its theatric release, following the Emergency period of 1975. Lyrics were penned by Gulzar, who directed this film as well.

20. Tum Aa Gaye Ho from Aandhi – The song composed by R. D. Burman and written by Gulzar featured Bengali’s iconic actress Suchitra Sen aside Sanjeev Kumar. The movie included three duets of Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, and the third one is – Is Mod Se Jate Hain, and it’s not easy to choose just one or two tracks.

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21. Chala Jaata Hoon from Mere Jeevan Saathi – When the trio R.D-Rajesh Khanna-Kishore Kumar works together for a single song, they set screen on fire. The song penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri also had Kishore da’s signature yodeling. Click here to read the best 15 yodelling tracks sung by Kishore da. The song also featured actress Tanuja alongside Rajesh Khanna. In the 1960s and 1970s, it was a trend to film at least one song in car, jeep or train, and Chala Jaata Hoon is one of the best songs belonging to this category.

22. O Mere Dil Ka Chein from Mere Jeevan Saati – This evergreen song featured Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja in a romantic mood. The film was a super hit and songs composed by R. D. Burman played a significant role in film’s success. Diwana Leke Aaya Hai is yet another popular Kishore solo. The song was penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

23. Chehra Hai Ya Chand Khila from Saagar – This title track from Saagar is one of the best romantic songs of Kishore Kumar in the 1980s. By that time, the era of Burman-Kishore combination magic has already started shaking. The song composed by R. D. Burman was pictured on Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia. It was after a long time, ‘Bobby’ pair worked together and the musical hit was directed by Ramesh Sippy. Lyrics for all its 7 tracks were authored by Javed Akhtar.

24. Sagar Kinare from Saagar – 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. The movie also included a sizzling duet featuring Rishi and Dimple, Jaane Do Naa sung by Shailendra Singh and Asha Bhosle.

25. Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si from Anamika – A very popular sad solo of Kishore Kumar featuring Sanjeev Kumar, it’s the title track of the film as well. Composed by R. D and penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri, Jaya Bhaduri was also featured in the song. It’s the single Kishore da song in the album consisting of 5 solos. It’s quite interesting there are no duets in this top class music album. The movie also included Lata Mangeshkar’s very popular solo, Baahon Mein Chali Aa.

26. Hum Bewafa Harghiz Na from Shalimar – Dev Anand starrer was a huge flop 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. In the 1990s, Instant Karma’s remixed version also made the song popular among youngsters. 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 is also popular for yet another reason. It recorded the last Mohammed Rafi song for Shammi Kapoor. Also read: Top peppy numbers sung by Rafi for Shammi Kapoor.

27. Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai from Rocky – 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. 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 Lata.

28. Aanewala Pal from Golmaal – This song from 1979 comedy film is absolutely classic and my most favourite song of this duo. It’s not the case of just me or you, Aanewala Pal is a favourite of many who love wonderful 1970s and R. D. Burman tunes. I often feel this solo track sung by Kishore da is haunting. Also read: Top 50 Solos of Kishore Kumar. The song featured Amol Palekar and Bindiya Goswami, and its lyrics were penned by Gulzar, and what an amazing composition by Burman da. R. D. Gulzar received Filmfare awards for penning its lyrics.

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29. Gum Hai Kise Ke Pyar Mein from Rampur Ke Laxman – A beautiful and highly romantic duet sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, it got noticed for its beautiful frames and the leading pair, Randhir Kapoor and Rekha. Its beautiful lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. No doubt, the song is just amazing! Kishore Kumar sang some of the amazing songs for Randhir Kapoor like Jawani Diwani, Kal Aaj Aur Kal, and songs of Rampur Ke Laxman can never be missed.

30. Hamein Tumse Pyar Kitna from Khudrat This evergreen romantic song had two versions and both were indeed popular. The song featuring Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini was composed by R. D. Burman, and 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. Also read: Movies on incarnation with thread similar to Madhumati.

31. Tera Mujhse Hai of Aa Gale Lag Jaa – The lyrics penned by Sahir Ludhianvi was later used to coin a blockbuster movie of 2000s which launched Aamir Khan’s nephew. Poornima, as a child artist sang this duet with Kishore Kumar. The song also had another popular solo version sung by Kishore Kumar.

32. Wada Karo from Aa Gale Lag Jaa – The songs of the film composed by R. D. Burman were instant chartbusters. This romantic track starred Sharmila Tagore and Shashi Kapoor, and lyrics were penned by Sahir Ludhianvi. Lata Mangeshkar sang this duet aside Kishore Kumar. 

33. Bachna Ae Haseeno from Hum Kise Se Kam Nahi – This dance number was filmed with Rishi Kapoor as a performer on stage, and the song one of the huge chartbusters of 1977. Exactly 30 years later, his son Ranbir Kapoor performed for the same song and the movie’s title was also coined from it. Bachna Ae Haseeno too repeated success at box office. Majrooh Sultanpuri penned the lyrics of this song. R. D earned a Filmfare nomination for its compositions, though he couldn’t win the award.

34. Mere Nayana from Mehbooba – Though the movie received critics’ appreciation, the film was a box office flop. But the music by R. D. Burman is still popular, particularly this Kishore solo. Yet another top song of quadrumvirate of 1970s (RD-Kishore-Khanna-Bakshi), Kishore’s version is more popular than Lata’s. The song based on Raga Shivranjani played an important role in the sequence continuity of the film. The song featured Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini in different versions. The song didn’t have duet version. The movie also included a popular duet – Parbat Ke Peeche, sung by Kishore and Lata. R. D earned a Filmfare nomination for its compositions.


35. Nahi Nahi Abhi Nahi from Jawani Diwani – 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 the lyrics for R. D. Burman’s tune. The song’s remixed version with original voices by D J Aqeel was an instant chartbuster. The remixed version had the original voices of the lead singers, and featured Ayesha Takia and Keith Sequeira. Also read: 70+ Indi Pop songs featuring Bollywood stars.

36. Jaane Jaa Doondta from Jawani Diwani – This evergreen track composed by R. D. Burman is widely regarded as one of the best duets of Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle. Also read: Top duets of Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle all time. All the songs were smash hits. The song featured Randhir Kapoor and Jaya Bhaduri, and the actress was seen in an extra-glamorous avatar in the film throughout. 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. 

37. Pyar Deewana Hota Hai from Katti Patang Aradhana and Katti Patang were female oriented films both directed by Shakti Samanta, and the lead heroines bagged their single Filmfare award for best actress in their life time for respective movies. Yet Rajesh Khanna stole the show in both these movies, through his mesmerizing ‘ada’ and romantic style. 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. Lyrics of all its songs were penned by Anand Bakshi.

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The director later certified that the assignment of Katti Patang was already given to R. D long before Aradhana’s super success happened, though there is a misconception that music of Khanna’s film, Katti Patang was given to R. D soon after songs of Aradhana became a trendsetter. Music of Katti Patang too followed the suit.

38. Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai from Katti Patang – R. D. Burman used Kishore’s voice to record three solos, and all of them are timeless. I couldn’t avoid anyone of them, and have included all the three in this list of best 50 solo hits of Kishore Kumar. Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai is an emotional sad song featuring Khanna and Kishore Kumar received a Filmfare nomination for this song.

39. Yeh Shyaam Mastani from Katti Patang – The song featuring Asha Parekh and Rajesh Khanna is one of the top romantic songs of early 1970s. R. D. Burman used Kishore Kumar’s voice to record all Khanna songs except Jis Gali Mein Tera Ghar. Only in a few cases, Mukesh has sung for Rajesh Khanna. Also read: Rajesh Khanna – Mukesh – One of the lest experimented pairs of Bollywood music. Kishore Kumar incorporated his signature yodelling style in this highly eccentric romantic track.

kati patang songs

40. Pyar Mein Dil Pe from Mahaan – This R. D. Burman track featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Zeenat Aman was a huge chartbuster. It was one of the rarest films where Zeenat Aman and Parveen Babi worked together aside Amitabh Bachchan, the actresses known for their uncanny resemblance. Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar sang this duet penned by Anjaan.

41. Rhim Jhim Gire Sawan from Manzil The movie is best known for this chartbuster song sung in two versions – Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, and I should say, Kishore Kumar’s version became more popular. Music was composed by R. D. Burman, and lyrics penned by Yogesh. The song featured Moushumi Chatterjee and Amitabh Bachchan.

42. Phir Wahi Raat Hai from Ghar – Ghar is best known for the amazing screen chemistry between the lead pair – Vinod Mehra and Rekha and the evergreen songs composed by R. D. Burman. Gulzar authored lyrics for all its songs. The movie also included a couple of popular solos sung by Lata Mangeshkar and filmed on Rekha. This particular song was filmed on its lead pair and sung by Kishore Kumar.

43. Aap Ki Aakhon Mein from Ghar – R. D. Burman’s music was the USP of the film, and Aap Ki Aakhon Mein featuring Rekha and Vinod Mehra was the single duet of the album. The song was sung by Kishore da and Lata Mangeshkar, and Gulzar penned the lyrics.

44. Tum Bin Jaon Kaha from Pyar Ka Mausam – Very few songs in Bollywood has two versions in Rafi and Kishore’s voice, and Tum Bin is one such very popular track. Rafi’s version got released first and well received as well. Rafi’s voice was used for Shashi Kapoor’s version two times. Kishore’s version featuring Bharat Bhushan was released later, and this one had an upper hand over Rafi’s simply because of the yodeling Kishore incorporated in the song while recording. Rajesh Khanna’s superstardom in the early 1970s also made Kishore’s version most popular. But to be honest, I loved both versions and I strongly believe legends should never be compared. Majrooh Sultanpuri penned the lyrics for this Nasir Hussain movie as usual and our Pancham da made his screen presence through a brief comic role in this movie. Read more.

45. Kehdo Tumhe from Deewaar – One of the popular songs featuring Shashi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, most recently its remixed version was used in movie, Badshaho. The song has been successfully remixed several times before. R. D used the voices of Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar to record this duet and the song penned by Sahir Ludhianvi was an instant chartbuster.

46. Kitne Bhi Tu Karle Sitam from Sanam Teri Kasam – 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.  R. D also recorded a duet aside his wife Asha, Jane Jaan O Meri Jane Jaan which was the top song of the album.

47. O Meri Soni Meri Tamanna from Yadon Ki Baaraat – R. D. Burman’s music played a magnificent role in the super success of this film. 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 movie had two duets in Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar’s voice and O Meri Soni Meri Tamanna is definitely the best. The song featured Zeenat Aman and Vijay Arora. Vijay though appeared in a few movies in 1970s, he is still known for the movie, Yadon Ki Baaraat and its Chura Liya Hai song. This particular R. D. Burman track sung by Kishore and Asha has been remixed and revived several times since late 1990s.

48. Tu Tu Hai Wohi from Yeh Waada Raha – One of the finest compositions of R. D. Burman ever, the song is extremely popular even after 35 years, and youngsters have always loved it. The song featured Rishi Kapoor, Tina Munim and Poonam Dhillion and sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle. Gulshan Bawra penned the lyrics. The song was used for more than one occasion. The movie had some of the finest duets like Ishq Mera Bandagi Hai sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle. 

yeh wada raha songs

49. Ek Mein Aur Ek from Khel Khel Mein – The song featuring the real-life couple, Neetu Singh and Rishi Kapoor was a very huge chartbuster once it got released, and its dance moves were well appreciated. R.D. Burman earned a Filmfare nomination for its compositions. Its songs exclusively belong to Gulshan Bawra. Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle sang three duets for the film. Khullam Khulla Pyaar Karenge and Aye Lo Pyaar Ke Din were the rest two duets. The movie also included the extremely popular duet sung by Asha and Pancham da, Sapna Mera Toot Gaya featuring Aruna Irani.

50. O Majhi Re Apna Kinara from Khushboo – I would like to conclude my list of top 50 songs of R.D – Kishore combination with this philosophical song from Khushboo. Lyrics were penned by Gulzar, who directed this critically acclaimed movie too. The song got noticed for its intense lyrics as well as powerful rendition. The song featuring Jeetendra owns a few glimpses of his very popular ‘Musafir’ song from Parichay, and R. D. composed its music score too.

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