Which are the best Hindi movie songs

While we may have chosen 100 of the best Bollywood movies, with over six decades of popular Hindi cinema, it's nearly impossible to choose just 11 of the best Bollywood songs. So instead, we've picked just a taster of the world of Bollywood music, selecting 11 of the most memorable and important songs.

With films dating from 1951 to 2014, this list will give you a glimpse into just how much Bollywood has changed over the last 60 years, while providing you with some absolute bangers you'll want to add to your playlists, too. 

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The best Bollywood songs

‘Chaar Bottle Vodka’

‘Badtameez Dil’

Film: ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ (2013)

A song dedicated to mischief and being a player, with superstar-in-waiting Ranbir Kapoor – featured in our list of the ten best Bollywood actors – popping, locking and hip-thrusting through a salsa and reggaeton-flavoured party track. It sports a catchy chorus, as well as a jaunty sing-along melody and the immortal lyrics, ‘Bollywood, Bollywood, very, very jolly good’. This is huge, as 50 Cent might say, ‘in da club’.

‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’

Film: ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ (2003)

An example of a song recurring throughout a film, the flute intro from the title track of ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ haunts this massively successful early noughties film. Sonu Nigam’s rich, textured voice dreamily animates exquisite, poetic lyrics by Javed Akhtar (of screen-writing duo Salim-Javed, responsible for ‘Sholay’ and ‘Deewaar’), and soundtracks a love triangle with a terminal-illness twist.

The entire soundtrack – by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – is brilliant and the phat hip hop production of Mahe Vee reflects twenty-first century Bollywood absorbing ‘outernational’ influences.