Our prestigious Hindi Film Music industry has an unbeatable record of churning out innumerable songs from a variety of genres suiting our different moods and emotions. You might be all gloomy and sad wanting to listen to a full comedy song or you might be in the mood for romantic songs, songs on friendship, patriotic songs etc. Whichever theme comes to your mind, you’ll find a suitable track every occasion.
Here we’ll talk about a few theme-based songs in Bollywood.
Friendship is a bond cherished and celebrated by all. Hindi Film Music doesn’t stay behind when it comes to friendship. We have plenty of soulful, soothing, foot tapping, catchy numbers on ‘Friendship’ in the treasure house of Bollywood music. The most famous one being the highly popular song from the hit movie Sholay starring Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra ‘Ye Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge’. Then again the song ‘Tere Jaisa Yaar Kaha’ from the Rajesh Roshan directed 1981 movie starring Amitabh Bachchan and Amjad Khan brings back the memories of a great friendship.
The ‘Dil Chahta Hai Title track’ from ‘Dil Chahta Hai 2001’ depicts the real meaning of friendship in an Urban setting. The chartbuster track from the quite recent ‘3 Idiots’ ‘Jaane Nahin Denge Tujhe’ came in as a heart rending song on friendship showing how two friends save their third friend who tries committing suicide. The most well-loved song on friendship ‘Yaaron Dosti Badi Hi Haseen Hai’ composed by the phenomenal Shankar Ehsaan Loy and sung by our favorite K.K and Lesle Lewis released as a separate music video from the children's movie ‘Rockford’ teaching us the deeper meaning of friendship from a child's perspective.
So whenever we get reminded of our old friends or feel like valuing the special bond of friendship that we share with our buddies we can lighten up our mood listening to the above-mentioned melodies.
Romance is the most sought after category amongst the Hindi Film Music lovers and has the maximum number of fans. If you are an avid listener of Bollywood romantic music, then you'd know that these romantic songs are classified into a huge number of genres, starting from Pop to Soft Rock, Sufi, R&B, Classical etc. Some of the most well loved romantic songs from different decades produced by the Hindi Film Music industry are ‘Pyar Hua Ikrar Hua’ the evergreen romantic number from the 1955 film 'Shree 420' starring Raj Kapoor and Nargis. The innumerable Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey, Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar and R.D Burman songs ‘Kora Kagaz’, ‘Ahsaan Tera Hoga Mujh Par’, ‘Lag Ja Gale’ etc. Well, It’s a bit hard to mention the endless number of romantic tracks from innumerable movies released every week but some of the more recent favourites are the songs from movies like 'Jab We Met', 'Aashiqui 2', 'Rustom', 'Baar Baar Dekho', 'Tamasha', 'Jab Harry Met Sejal' etc.
Bollywood isn’t any far behind when it comes to boosting your motivation levels through some inspirational numbers. Songs like ‘Kuch Kariye Kuch Kariye Nas Nas Meri Kholiye’ from the Hockey centric movie ‘Chak De India’, ‘Aashayein’ from the movie ‘Iqbal’ revolving around a physically challenged aspiring cricketer, The ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Title Track’, ‘Baar Baar Haan’ from Oscar winning ‘Lagaan’, ‘Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana’ sung by our Legendary Kishore Kumar from the 1971 movie ‘Andaaz’, The ‘Mary Kom title track’ are a few examples of songs which would definitely double up your confidence levels and make you believe in yourself more than ever. Besides these songs, we also have some beautiful inspirational poetry about life and living in movies like ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ written by the famous lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar. Whenever you feel low or beaten up just don’t lose hope, instead, you can listen to these inspirational tracks and get encouraged.
Independence Day isn’t far away. For us Indians, the love for our motherland is an inherent part and parcel of our nature. We love our country over everything else. Hindi Film Music has an unsurpassable record of patriotic songs. We have some of the most mellifluous patriotic songs, instilled with the love for our country. ‘Mere Watan Ke Logon’ sung by Lata Mangeshkar, written by Kavi Pradeep during the Sino Indian War, is a classic track loved by the entire nation, ‘Ye Jo Desh Hai Tera’ from the super-hit movie 'Swadesh', The A.R Rehman song ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam’, ‘Aisa Desh Hai Mera’ the ‘Veer Zara’ track, where Shahrukh Khan plays the role of an Indian guy whereas Preity Zinta plays the role of a Pakistani girl and they sing about the similarities between their two countries. The much popular 'Rang De Basanti title song' , The brand new 'Vande Mataram' song from the Remo ‘D'Souza directed ‘ABCD 2’ and the cult ‘Made In India’ track sung by Alisha Chinai way back in 1995 are some of the most well-loved patriotic songs played around the country on special national occasions.
We are all fond of comedy as a musical genre but in regards to comedy, Old Hindi Cinema had a much better collection of songs than today's Hindi Cinema. We even had acting cum singing cum comedy sensations like Kishore Kumar. Some of the most amusing and delightful comedy tracks that Bollywood has produced till date are ‘My Name is Anthony Gonzalves’ put to tune by Kishore Kumar from the 1977 film ‘Amar Akbar Antony’ starring Amitabh Bachchan, The phenomenal, hugely loved song ‘Mera Joota Hai Japani’ from the 1955 ‘Shree 420’ starring Raj Kapoor, ‘Jai Jai Shiv Shankar’ composed by our cherished composer RDBurman from the 1976 movie ‘Aap Ki Kasam’ showing a newly married couple in a temple all intoxicated by Bhang or Cannabis leaves, The much famous Kishore Kumar track ‘Ek Chatur Naar’ from ‘Padosan’ and ‘Sar Jo Tera Chakraye’ sung by the master singer Mohammad Rafi made more prominent because of Johnny Walker's comic act. Walker playing a barber puts on the funny act along with the song to attract more clients. You’ll undoubtedly find plenty more fun-filled, tummy tickling comic numbers in the storehouse of Hindi Film Music.
We mentioned a few famous numbers which have carved out a niche for themselves in the pages of Hindi Film Music. As soon as you name a particular theme, some of these popular cult songs from each category pop up into your mind, but there might be many more songs from the above-mentioned genres that must have made to your favorite track list. Whatever the case be, to listen to all your favorite songs visit