Love, Loss, and Heartbreak: Analyzing Some of the Best of Bollywood Heartbreak Songs

Heartbreaks are a part and parcel of life. Bollywood is not an exception. Bollywood has innumerable sad, heartbreaking songs that can fill your heart with longing and pain. The pain of heartbreak does not last forever. Today, we’ll talk about some of the most popular heartbreaking songs from different decades that have made people fall in love with Bollywood music. These songs have become the heart and soul of Bollywood.


Woh Shaam Kuch Ajeeb Thi (1969)

Movie: Khamoshi

Singers: Kishore Kumar

Music: Hemant Kumar

Lyrics: Gulzar

This is a sad melody that will make you swoon., “Woh Shaam Kuch Ajeeb Thi” is sung by a person remembering his better half’s love for him. He wonders whether she still feels the same for him. They are shown traveling in a boat as they show their love and think about each other. There is heartache, love and longing in this song. Hemant Kumar’s compositions were like pure gold in those days. Gulzar wrote beautiful songs and Kishore Kumar sang the best. The song is still loved by millions.

Tere Bina Zindagi Se (1975)

Movie: Aandhi

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar

Music: R.D Burman

Lyrics: Gulzar


We have discussed this sweet song in many of our previous Gaana Pehchaana blogs. It is an all-time classic that we can’t do without, especially when we are talking about heartbreak songs. Shot around spectacular forts and temples. The song is a story of heartbreak and how life becomes difficult without your better half. R.D Burman, Gulzar, Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar won various awards for their composition, lyrics and class apart singing. Enjoy this classic on YouTube, if you haven’t heard it yet.

Tujhe Yaad Na Meri Aayi (1998)

Movie: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Singers: Alka Yagnik, Manpreet Akhtar

Music: Jatin-Lalit

Lyrics: Sameer

This one is a masterpiece from “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”. These classics are etched in the minds of millions of Indians for decades. Shahrukh and Kajol made an unbeatable pair. They expressed their remorse and grief so beautifully. The lyrics by Sameer, the music by Jatin-Lalit, as well as Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik and Manpreet Akhtar’s singing, have made this song a super duper hit. Every generation, the baby boomers, gen x, millennials and generation y loves this brilliant track. It surpasses time or decade. It’s an all-time favourite.


Aaoge Jab Tum O Saajna (2007)

Movie: Jab We Met

Singers: Ustad Rashid Khan

Music: Sandesh Sandilya

Lyrics: Faiz Anwar

An all-time favorite heartbreak number, this track was never lost with time. It was always a top favorite. You’ll fall in love with it every time you listen to it. If you haven’t yet been charmed by this song starring Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor that was beautifully written by Faiz Anwar, composed by Sandesh Sandilya and sung by Ustad Rashid Khan, do give it a try. The video for this song was shot in some spectacular locales of Shimla. The best part is that the song is also used in many of the GaanaPehchaana games.


Kahin To (2008)

Movie: Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na

Singers: Rashid Ali, Vasundhara Das

Music: A.R Rahman

Lyrics: Abbas Tyrewala

This is again a masterpiece composition by A.R Rahman from the 2008 film ” Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na”. These songs have become classics that cannot be forgotten. The tune and lyrics by A.R Rahman and Abbas Tyrewala are highly catchy. You’ll surely fall in love with it every time you listen to it. Rashid Ali and Vasundhara Das have done their best at singing this. It’s an epic melody that will surely make you think of the world that they are talking about in the song.

Agar Tum Sath Ho (2015)

Movie: Tamasha

Singers: Alka Yagnik, Arijeet Singh

Music: A.R Rehman

Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

“Agar Tum Sath Ho” starring Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor, became a sensation. It was an overnight hit. It is another sad song that revolves around love and the deep yearning to not part. It’s a special song from Hindi cinema. A.R. Rehman’s composition is the best. He’s the master composer. Irshad Kamil’s words are deep and Alka Yagnik sings wonderfully along with Arijit Singh. She came back as a playback singer after a long time with this track, and she did an awesome job.

Hamari Adhuri Kahani (2015)

Movie: Hamari Adhuri Kahani

Singers: Arijit Singh

Music: Jeet Gannguli

Lyrics: Rashmi Singh, Virag Mishra

This is the title track of the film with the same name. It was composed by Jeet Gannguli and sung by our very own Arijit Singh. Rashmi Singh and Virag Mishra penned down the lyrics. The music video shows two lovers parting as the man has to join his team on their mission. It features the gorgeous Vidya Balan and the charming Emraan Hashmi. The film’s story was written by Mahesh Bhatt. He got the idea for it from his parents’ love story. The bond between Vidya and Emraan is depicted beautifully along with some great visuals from Chattisgarh. Go watch the video and listen to the song and you’ll surely fall in love with it.


We’ll talk about many such songs from various decades in our upcoming blogs. Till then, you and your teammates at the office can all get together and celebrate a Fun Friday with the Gaana Pehchaana Bollywood music games. You can also try playing them with your friends and family or all by yourself on any occasion.

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