Bollywood has a certain quality with which we connect. It doesn’t matter if Christopher Nolan releases a new movie or Ed Sheeran comes with a new album; none can trump the essence of our industry.
What makes Bollywood songs so special is its mellifluous songs and eye-pleasing dance performance. Let’s go back in time and have a look at our most memorable songs our favourite stars. Here are the best Bollywood songs of 90s and 2000s
1.) Tu – Kismat (1998)
This was Sonu Nigam in his youth. The then 24-year old Sonu rocked our hearts with this upbeat song which featured a still unknown but beautiful Bipasha Basu. Penned by Dev Kohli, Biddu, Timon Singh and Sonu himself, the song enthralled us with the story of a young man in love with a young girl who is out of his reach. This was a time when Nigam was famous for his boyish charms and songs and not for his controversial tweets.
Sonu Nigam has been one of the most legendary artists in India. It is quite interesting to watch the young Sonu who at that time might have never imagined so much success performing and just enjoying.
2.) Silsila Ye Chahat Ka – Devdas (2002)
Devdas was a glamorous movie which had even more glamorous songs. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has always been known for his soothing and magnificent songs and this was no exception. Sung by Bengali beauty and debutant Shreya Ghoshal, who was handpicked by Bhansali himself after being thoroughly flabbergasted by her voice, Silsila Ye Chahat Ka augmented her career and there was no looking back.
Featuring one of most beautiful women on this planet, Aishwarya Rai’s innate beauty, brilliantly coordinated dancers and soul-crushing lighting; Bhansali’s artistic bent haunted us with its beauteousness. A woman longing for her beloved, a woman crying out loud for them to meet once again, Paro and Dev – the unbreakable bond; every emotional chord was struck by the song.
Silsila Ye Chahat Ka will always melt our hearts.
3.) Pehla Nasha – Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992)
We all have had our first crush. We all have had our first love. The world seems to have come to a halt. Everything turns into soul-soothing music and beauty. Life is perfect.
This is what every boy and girl in the nighties felt after listening to this simplistic yet masterful song. Sung by our beloved Udit Narayan and Sadhana Sargam, Pehla Nasha has seasoned like wine. Aamir Khan’s character Sanju falls in love with Devika essayed by Pooja Bedi and Ayesha Jhulka as Anjali falls in love with Sanju. The song perfectly captures the aspects of love with the beautiful green-fields and colourful flowers. What makes the song even more heart-numbingly aesthetic is the cinematographer’s technique of capturing the whole video in slow motion.
4.) Suraj Hua Maddham – Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001)
“Dosti ke alava bhi kuch rishtey hote hai … kuch rishtey joh hum samajhte nahi … kuch rishtey joh hum samajhna nahi chahte … kuch rishtey jinka koi naam nahi hota, sirf ehsaas hota hai … kuch rishtey jinki koi deewar nahi hoti, sarhad nahi hoti … aaise rishtey joh dil ke rishtey hote hai, pyar ke rishtey hote hai, mohabbat ke rishtey hote hai”
K3G has one of the most iconic soundtracks of all time. Composed by Jatin Lalit, Suraj Hua Maddham became the song of pure passionate love. Another masterful piece sung by Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik, this song was shot in Egypt which simply provided even more passion. Starring the most ravishing on-screen couple of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, Suraj Hua Maddham has achieved the iconic status in every aspect.
5.) Pyaar Ki Kashti Mein – Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (2000)
How many times have you wanted to escape the world and achieve something beyond materialism? Pyaar Ki Kashti Mein paints that picture. Sung by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik, the song was just pure fun and sweet. Performed by debutants Hrithik Roshan and Ameesha Patel, Pyaar Ki Kashti Mein was the threshold of Rohit’s and Sonia’s love saga.
Set in a cruise, the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. All are clad in the picture perfect bright summer outfits and the breeze fiddling with the mood, Pyaar Ki Kashti Mein can’t get any better.
6.) Lift Karadey – Always Yours (2000)
“Mujhko bhi toh lift karadey” is a phrase which speaks to millions. Adnan Sami’s 2000 song brought a smile to the common man. Who doesn’t pray for a “barsaat” of money?
Featuring the ever-fun Govinda, Lift Karadey proved that Adnan Sami could sing any kind of song, be it classical, jazz or pop.
7.) Oh Oh Jane Jaana – Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya (1998)
When was the last time Salman Khan looked loveable and cute and not the scary-beefed protein-drinking guy? Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya is the answer.
Oh Oh Jane Jaana was a 1995 debut single by Kamaal Khan which earned the “Platinum” status in UK and was then featured in Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna. Girls swooned over Sallu Bhai’s shirtless performance and charming looks.
It wasn’t the best in “musical” aspects but made our feet tap and fingers play to the beat to the cool electronic guitar and Kamaal Khan’s voice.
8.) Aankhon Mein – Aryans (1999)
Another song about love, Aankhon Mein had something which made the song so adorable. Starring the young Shahid Kapoor and Hrishitaa Bhatt, everyone just loved the innocence of it.
Shahid was the young boy who falls in love with a rich girl. He was the boy who sacrificed his dream bat for a dress for the girl. He was the boy who dreamt of them being together despite the fact that she loved someone else. What can be more innocent?
9.) Tanha Dil – Tanha Dil (2000)
Shaan’s second album gained instant popularity and cemented Shaan as one of India’s leading singers. It essayed every man’s will to dream, a dream to achieve.
The lyrics was a statement on the that if one want’s to achieve something, it can only be achieved by his will to walk on the assiduous path on his own.”Tanha dil, tanha safar”
10.) Bumbro – Mission Kashmir (2002)
Bumbro – Mission Kashmir (2002)
Mission Kashmir was a movie which won the hearts in all aspects. With music composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Bumbro is a cultural fest. Sung by Sunidhi Chauhan, it is a eho festival comprised of a brilliant performance by Preity Zinta and Hrithik Roshan.
There is nothing to say about this song, just listen to it and smile.
Beautiful…isn’t it ?
By Rhiteek Chatterjee