It seems that the 80s went by really fast, but the decade came up with many top-rated Bollywood songs that stole countless hearts. Heroes like Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and heroines like Sridevi, Meenakshi Seshadri and Jayaprada captured our screens and were the topic of discussion for most Bollywood lovers. What was it about the 80s Hindi Film melodies that made them so popular? Why do we get to hear their remixes even now? Is it hard to find musicians, singers and lyricists like the 80s in the 2020s?
Let us find out in today’s blog.
Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum (1981)
Singers: Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar
Music: Shiv- Hari
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar, Rajendra Krishan, Nida Fazli, Hassan Kamal and Harivansh Rai Bachchan
What can be better than enjoying this smashing love song during the rainy season? With endless rain pouring outside our windows, we can tune in to the beats of this passionate song starring Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan.
Shiv- Hari, the composer duo comprises Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, a renowned Santoor exponent and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, an equally celebrated flutist. The duo are experts with classical touches and have composed a few of the best film scores, like this one.
A group of the greatest poets and lyricists wrote the lyrics for the songs in this movie. These included Javed Akhtar, Rajendra Krishan, Nida Fazli, Hassan Kamal and Harivansh Rai Bachchan. Javed Akhtar penned this melody that begins with the actor thinking what would happen if the heroine would be there with him, and all of a sudden they are together. Amitabh Bachchan’s poetry recitation in this amazing song forms a perfect blend with the tuneful singing by melody queen Lata Mangeshkar herself.
Dilbar Mere (1982)
Movie: Satte Pe Satta
Singers: Kishore Kumar, Annette Pinto
Music: R.D Burman
Lyrics: Gulshan Bawra
Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini made fans crazy with their superb performance in this song. Their pair won lots of accolades for “Satte Pe Satta”. Gulshan Kumar Mehta, popularly known as Gulshan Bawra is the person behind the lyrics. The song is sung for a sweetheart who does not confess her feelings. Who else other than R.D. Burman could have composed this masterpiece? Kishore Kumar sang it along with the Goan singer and actress Annette Pinto, who was famous for her gargle. She was trained for opera and was one of R.D. Burman’s favorite singers.
Tu Tu Hai Wahi (1982)
Movie: Yeh Vaada Raha
Singers: Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle
Music: R.D Burman
Lyrics: Gulshan Bawra
R.D. Burman was a genius. He got inspired by folk music, western classical, jazz, blues and various other genres. He has been blamed for plagiarism, but just 2 or 3 songs of his were completely plagiarized. His inspiration came all of a sudden. “Tu Tu Hai Wahi”, is one of those rare and exquisite compositions that has been an all-time favorite. It’s a precious gem that has carved a special place in the pages of Hindi Film Music. Gulshan Bawra took a good amount of time to pen down the beautiful lyrics that make you relate to the song. Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle sang their best for our romantic pair Rishi Kapoor and Tina Munim in the film. The duo look great in the music video. Tina Munim’s salwar suits are a special attraction.
Har Kisiko Nahin Milta (1986)
Singers: Manhar Udhas, Sadhana
Music: Kalyanji- Anandji
We have all heard different versions of this number, but this one from the epic film “Janbaaz”, with Sridevi coming for a cameo appearance in this song has been everyone’s favorite since 1986.
Shyamlal Babu Rai, professionally known as Indeevar, who wrote more than 1000 songs for the Hindi film industry, penned down this peppy track that talks about some real truths of life and love. Kalyanji-Anandji, the popular composers for films like Don, Bairaag, Saraswatichandra, Qurbani etc composed the enjoyable, fast-paced track.
Even the remix released in 2013 is awesome. Sai Baba Bhajan singers, Manhar Udhas and Sadhana Sargam are the talented singers behind this track. It is considered to be one of the finest 80s Bollywood songs.
Gazab Ka Hai Din (1988)
Movie: Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
Singers: Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
This one is from the 1988 film “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak”. Majrooh Sultanpuri draws a spectacular picture through his beautiful words as he describes the magnificent day, and its beautiful aura. As no one is around Amir Khan and Juhi Chawla can enjoy the beauty of the weather while strolling through the forest. Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan’s incredible voices make the atmosphere more fun. Anand and Milind Srivastava were born to composer Chitragupt and they composed music for more than 200 Bollywood films. ‘Gazab Ka Hai Din’ is one of their most popular and highly acclaimed compositions.
Tumse Milke (1989)
Singers: Suresh Wadkar, Asha Bhosle
Music: R.D Burman
Lyrics: Khursheed Hallauri
Suresh Wadkar, the popular Hindi and Marathi playback singer teamed up with our nightingale, Asha Bhosle. Both of them sang this magical song composed by our favorite composer, R.D Burman.
You can find elements of Latin and Oriental music in this song, as Burman was influenced by these styles.
Khursheed Hallauri, the popular Urdu poet from Uttar Pradesh, penned down the heartfelt lyrics that express how Anil Kapoor, the lead hero, feels on his dreams being fulfilled after meeting Madhuri Dixit, the lead actress. It’s an all-time romantic favorite that will make you go weak in the knees. The scenes from the song, the picturization etc were awesome.
Gaana Pehchaana for corporate events
The Gaana Pehchaana games have all the above-mentioned songs. You can listen, guess and have fun. The games are slowly becoming a great source of entertainment for corporate events. Most human resources departments look for team-building games and activities that can bring team members together and make them interact or enjoy with each other. GaanaP is perfect for that. Employees can play the games every week and maintain their scores. The games can be played individually as well as by different teams competing against each other. To experience Gaana Pehchaana, install the app from PlayStore or AppStore.