Amitabh Bachchan has given many big hits in a career spanning over five decades. His deep baritone voice packed a solid punch whenever he spoke his dialogues on screen. Although his voice and acting skills set him apart from the crowd, Amitabh Bachchan’s name is also synonymous with several hit songs that have achieved cult status in Bollywood. Any playlist of Amitabh Bachchan songs offers something for every fan – whether it’s the allure of the 60s, the foot-tapping rhythms of the 70s that set the dance floor on fire even today, or the 80s. Be the romance of the decade.
While some of his songs beautifully explained love, others, with their Indo-Western sounds and fast-paced, became trendsetters. Though the space is too small to pick only the 10 best songs of Amitabh Bachchan’s career, we have curated the songs that immediately come to mind. here you go:
Sometimes (Sometimes, 1976)
Kabhi Kabhie’s album will always be an adornment of great music. The title song of the Yash Chopra classic – featured on Amitabh Bachchan and Rakhi – was sung by Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar, and is arguably one of the most romantic songs ever. The film also defined Amitabh as a romantic hero. By then he was known for his “angry young man” image. The song has some of the best lyrics from that time, with the line “Tu ab se kehle se sitaran mein bas rahi thi kahin, tujhe zameen pe bulaya hai mere liye” being the highlight.
Chukar my mind (Yarana, 1981)
This is one of the most favorite singles of Amitabh Bachchan-Kishore Kumar. The song also features Neetu Singh with lyrics by Anjaan and music by Rajesh Roshan. According to us, the best line is “You say life throughout your life, for you I will go on writing the song, in the song Tere Bolon Pe”. Such is the recall value of the song, that even 25 years after the film’s release, Aamir Khan was heard singing “Su Kar Kere Mann Ko” in Rang De Basanti (2006), trying to woo British actress Alice Patton. was doing, whose character is called prosecuting. Click here to watch or listen to the song.
Tere Mere Milan Ki Yeh Raina (Pride, 1973)
Featuring Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, this hit number is capable of making the listener goosebumps. In the film, it comes to a poignant point when the couple decides to reconcile after a brief separation due to Amitabh Bachchan’s character improving their ego. The melodious singing by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar is taken to a highly emotional level by the two actors, who deliver top notch work with their expressions. Composed by SD Burman, the song was also inspired by Tagore’s duo Taare Nai Chini Go Sheki.
Dekha Ek Khwaab (Silsila, 1981)
Amitabh Bachchan and Kishore Kumar create magic once again in this iconic song from the Yash Chopra classic. This is one of the best Kishore-Lata duet songs with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. The magnetic duo of Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha bring to life the colorful Tulip Garden in Keukenhof, Netherlands in this song. Apart from the heartwarming tunes, the film is also synonymous with chiffon saris, Swiss Alps, the pain of separation and insecurities in love.
Everyone comes crying (Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, 1978)
The song is a cult classic and featured Amitabh Bachchan riding a bike triumphantly and singing with gay abandon – the ultimate alpha male, would you say? It is the title song of the film and is sung by Kishore Kumar. Millions of youth riding bikes must have sung this song imitating Amitabh.
Pag Ghungroo (Namak Halal, 1982)
Another evergreen song from the Amitabh Bachchan-Kishore Kumar combo, the music was composed by Bappi Lahiri, and the lyrics were by Anjaan. Amitabh has been shown his entertaining best in the song. Hearing this hilarious number is enough to make anyone happy. Kishore Kumar’s spirited performance and Amitabh Bachchan’s comic timing make this song a perfect audio-visual treat. Here you can watch and listen to the song.
O Saathi Re Tere Bina Bhi Kya Jeena (Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, 1978)
In this evergreen song, Amitabh is seen singing in a packed auditorium. As the song progresses, we gaze at her from afar and have flashbacks to her childhood. Kishore Kumar’s unmatched voice and Amitabh Bachchan’s strong screen presence make this song special!
Rang Barse (Silsila, 1981)
No Holi is complete till date without this iconic song picturized on Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha. The lyrics of ‘Rang Barse’ were penned by the superstar’s father Harivansh Rai Bachchan, with music composed by Shiv-Hari. It was sung by Amitabh Bachchan himself in his unique style, which is still copied by many singers.
Khaike Paan Banaraswala (Don, 1978)
The song became a chartbuster after the release of the film. In the song, Amitabh has consumed cannabis one after the other. Composed by Kalyanji-Anandji with the lyrics of Anjaan, it is said that Khaike Paan Banaraswala was not initially meant to be a part of the film. It was added later after wrapping up the entire film. In fact, In a tweet in 2018Amitabh himself had said so. He had tweeted, “Ek thought, that idea became.. The song ‘Khaike Paan Banaras Wala’ was done after the completion of the film Don..”.
Mere Angne Mein (Unclaimed, 1981)
This is a tickling song which is sung by Amitabh Bachchan. Written by Anjaan and composed by the legendary duo of Kalyanji-Anandji, it was remade in drag by the actor. The lyrics of the song are hilarious and the voice of the actor makes it more fun.
It is always a treat to listen to Amitabh Bachchan songs, especially when it is his birthday. Don’t you agree? So, this is our top 10 list. Share your playlist with us in the comments below.