100 Best Bollywood Songs of the ‘80s

Updated on June 28, 2019
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The ‘80s were a defining moment for the music industry in India (Bollywood in particular). The emergence of studios equipped with sophisticated sound and recording equipment shaped new musical directions for songs in Hindi films. Aside from love songs, dance songs also gained huge momentum during this decade. The song and dance trend continued to mesmerize fans, sending album sales to new heights. A number of recording companies started releasing compilations of Bollywood songs during this decade, as well.

The list below showcases a diverse number of Bollywood songs from the ‘80s. If you are a Bollywood buff, you'll definitely have something to say. Feel free to express yourself in the comments section.

Top 10 Best Bollywood Songs of the ‘80s

  1. “Ae Mere Humsafar”—Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
  2. “Mere Rang Mein Rangane Wali”—Maine Pyar Kiya
  3. “Aap Jaisa Koi”—Qurbani
  4. “Sheesha Ho Ya Dil Ho”—Aasha
  5. “Chehra Hai Ya”—Saagar
  6. “Humein Tumese Pyaar Kitna”- Kudrat
  7. “Gali Gali Mein Phirta Hain”—Tridev
  8. "Har Kisi Ko Nahi Milta”—Jaanbaz
  9. “Chhookar Mere Man Ko Kiya Toone Kya Ishaara”—Yaarana
  10. “Om Shanti Om”—Karz

The Indian Music Market in the ‘80s

While the music industry in the ‘80s witnessed steady growth in record sales, the industry also had to deal with a major piracy market that was hard to curb. Pirated audio cassettes and VHS tapes emerged in the music market. Bollywood love songs with poetic lyrics became excessively popular in the ‘80s. The modern sound of the Hindi film industry emerged in this decade and paved the way for new musical explorations in the years ahead. The choice to combine traditional Indian beats with diverse western influences gave a new dimension to these songs and helped to spread the genre around the globe.

Best Bollywood Songs of the ‘80s #11-20

11. “Papa Kehte Hai”—Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak

12. “Aaja Shaam Hone Aayee”—Maine Pyar Kiya

13. “Tera Naam Liya”—Ram Lakhan

14. “Sach Mere Yaar Hain”—Saagar

15. “Dil Deewana”—Maine Pyar Kiya

16. “Akele Hain To Kya Gum Hai—Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak

17. “Neele Neele Ambar Par”—Kalakaar

18. “Ek Do Teen”—Teezab

19. “Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja”—Disco Dancer

20. “Jab Hum Jawan Honge”—Betaab

Songwriting in Hindi Films in the ‘80s

A new form of songwriting emerged in the ‘80s. A number of songs with lyrics pertaining to Urdu poetry became hugely popular in this decade. Lyricists and music director duos worked together to bring to life a surreal mix of songs that became cultural anthems. While Bollywood love songs reigned supreme, disco-inspired dance songs became massive hits in this decade.

Best Bollywood Songs of the ‘80s #21-40

21. “Tirche Topiwale”—Tridev

22. “Saagar Kinare”—Saagar

23. “Kate Nahin Kat Te”—Mr. India

24. “Gazab Ka Hai Din”—Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak

25. “Tujhse Naraz Nahin Zindagi”—Masoom

26. “Yamma Yamma”—Shaan

27. “Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate”—Maine Pyar Kiya

28. “Dilbar Mere”—Satte Pe Satta

29. “Maine Pyar Kiya”—Maine Pyar Kiya

30. “Jaane Do Na”—Saagar

31. “Aap Ke Aa Jaane Se”—Khudgarz

32. “Tere Mere Beech Mein”—Ek Duuje Ke Liye

33. “Dekha Ek Khwab”—Silsila

34. “Tum Ko Dekha To Yeh Khayal”—Saath Saath

35. “Ek Haseena Thi”—Karz

36. “Laila Ho Laila”—Qurbani

37. “Kya Yahi Pyar Hai”—Rocky

38. “I Am A Disco Dancer”—Disco Dancer

39. “Dekho Maine Dekha Hai Ek Sapna”—Love Story

40. “Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho”—Arth

Popularity of Non-Mainstream Genres

While Qawwali, a devotional form of Sufi music was popular in Hindi films, the genre did not have a great deal of mainstream success in this decade. In the same vein, Ghazals, a form of amatory poetry expressing the pain associated with love, suffering, and separation, found their way into Bollywood movies in the form of songs. That said, they failed to garner mainstream success. However, both Qawwali songs and Gazhal songs gained cult followings in non-mainstream Bollywood circles.

Best Bollywood Songs of the ‘80s #41-60

41. “Aye Zindagi Gale Lagaa Le”—Sadma

42. “Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahan”—Yaarana

43. “Agar Tum Na Hote”—Agar Tum Na Hote

44. “Zooby Zooby”—Dance Dance

45. “In Aankhon Ki Masti”—Umrao Jaan

46. “Aaj Rapat Jaya To”—Namak Halaal

47. “Gajar Ne Kiya Hai Ishara (Oye Oye)”—Tridev

48. “Raat Baaki Baat Baaki”—Namak Halaal

49. “Hum Bane Tum Bane”—Ek Duuje Ke Liye

50. “Disco Station Disco”—Haathkadi

51. “So Gaya Yeh Jahan”—Teezab

52. “De De Pyaar De”—Sharaabi

53. “Sun Sahiba Sun”—Ram Teri Ganga Maili Ho Gayee

54. “Jawani Jan-E- Man”—Namak Halaal

55. “Mere Haathon Mein”—Chandni

56. “Zindagi Har Kadam”—Meri Jung

57. “Yeh Kahaan Aa Gaye Hum”—Silsila

58. “Tu Mera Hero Hain”—Hero

59. “Aa Dekhen Zara”—Rocky

60. “Jab Chaye Mera Jadoo”—Lootmaar

Sentiments Expressed in Bollywood Songs

Bollywood songs that expressed love, romance, hope, happiness, despair, separation, guilt, loneliness, and the pain of breaking up struck the right chords with young listeners. Songs about rain, literally or metaphorically, were also trendy during this decade. Slow and sad songs about heartbreak became hugely popular with listeners. The glitz and glamour of this decade paved the way for modern-day Bollywood. And, while this glitzy decade is long gone, it leaves behind a legacy of catchy songs that remain etched in our memories forever.

Best Bollywood Songs of the ‘80s #61-80

61. “Mausam Mastana”—Satte Pe Satta

62. “Kya Dekhte Ho”—Qurbani

63. “Saath Jiyenge”—Laila

64. “Kabootar Ja Ja Ja”—Maine Pyar Kiya

65. “Mera Kuchh Saamaan”—Ijaazat

66. “Jaane Do Jaane Do Mujhe Jaana Hai”—Shahenshah

67. “Na Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai”—Chaalbaaz

68. “Kisi Nazar Ko Tera Intezar Aaj Bhi”—Aitbaar

69. “Who Kagaz Ki Kashti (Part 1)”—Aaj

70. “Sun Sun Sun Didi”—Khoobsurat

71. “Disco 82”—Khud-Daar

72. “Tumse Milkar Na Jaane—Pyar Jhukta Nahin

73. “Main Teri Dushman, Dushman Tu Mera”—Nagina

74. “Jaanu Meri Jaan”—Shaan

75. “Aur Is Dil Mein”—Imaandar

76. “Dekho Dekho Yeh Hai Jalwa”—Jalwa

77. “Apni To Jaise Taise”—Laawaris

78. “Hothon Se Chhu Lo Tum”—Prem Geet

79. “Teri Yaad Aa Rahi Hai”—Love Story

80. “Lakdi Ki Kathi”—Masoom

Best Bollywood Songs of the ‘80s #81-100

81. “Jahan Teri Yeh Nazar Hai”—Kalia

82. “Inteha Ho Gayi Intezaar Ki”—Sharaabi

83. “Bachke Rehna Re Baba”—Pukar

84. “Aaya Mausam Dosit Ka”—Maine Pyar Kiya

85. “Shayad Meri Shaadi Ka Khayal”—Souten

86. “Raah Pe Rahte Hain”—Namkeen

87. “Tumse Milke”—Parinda

88. “Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar”—Saath Saath

89. “Naino Mein Sapna”—Himmatwala

90. “Yaad Aa Raha Hai”—Disco Dancer

91. “Chandni O Meri Chandni”—Chandni

92. “Doston Ko Salaam”—Rocky

93. “Yaar Bina Chain Kahan Re”—Saaheb

94. “Hawa Hawaii”—Mr.India

95. “Mere Naseeb Mein”—Naseeb

96. “Pyaar Karne Waale”—Shaan

97. “Tera Saath Hai Kitna Pyara”—Janbaaz

98. “Main Teri Hoon Jaanam”—Khoon Bhari Maang

99. “Sari Duniya Ka Bhoj Hum Uthate Hain”—Coolie

100. “Chithi Aayi Hai”—Naam

Other Notable Bollywood Songs of the ‘80s

  • “My Name Is Lakhan”—Ram Lakhan
  • “Oh Maria”—Saagar
  • “Dard-E-Dil”—Karz
  • “Lambi Judaa”—Hero
  • “Sara Zamana”—Yaarana
  • “Keh Do Ki Tum”—Teezab
  • “Meri Qismit Mein Tu Nahin Shayad”—Prem Rog
  • “Badal Yun Garajta Hai”—Betaab
  • “Yoon Hi Gaate Raho”—Saagar
  • “Kahe Sataye”—Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
  • “Aaj Phir Tum Pe”—Dayavan
  • “Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo”—Jaanbaz
  • “Ding Dong”—Hero
  • “Kya Ghazab Karte Ho Ji”—Love Story
  • “Mach Gaya Shor”—Khud-Daar
  • “Koi Yeh Kaise Bataye”—Arth
  • “Mard Tangewala”—Mard
  • “Hanste Hanste Kat Jaayen Raaste”—Khoon Bhari Maang
  • “Salamat Rahe Dostana”—Dostana
  • “Feeling Hot Hot Hot”—Jalwa
  • “Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar”—Arth
  • “Bol Baby Bol Rock N Roll”—Meri Jung
  • “Mera Karma Tu”—Karma
  • “Hum Tumhain Chahte Hain”—Qurbani
  • “Jiska Koi Nahin”—Laawaris
  • “Mohabbat Hai Kya Cheez”—Prem Rog

  • “Chal Mere Bhai”—Naseeb
  • “Dunk Mare Bichuda”—Jalwa
  • “Solah Baras Ki Baali Umar”—Ek Duuje Ke Liye
  • “Hum Tumhein Itna Pyar Karenge”—Bees Saal Baad
  • “John Johnny Janardan”—Naseeb
  • “Mere Paas Aaoge Mere Saath Nachoge”—Adventures of Tarzan
  • “Log Aurat Ko”—Insaf Ka Tarazu
  • “Pyar Kiya Hai Pyar Karenge”—Pyar Kiya Hai Pyar Karenge
  • “Tune Abhi Dekha Nahin”—Do Aur Do Paanch
  • “Andheri Raton Main”—Shahenshah
  • “Tu Ne Bechain Itna Ziada Kiya”—Chandni
  • “Kya Khabar Kya Pata”—Saaheb
  • “Pyar Humara Amar Rahega”—Muddat
  • “Sun Rubia Tumse Pyar Ho Gaya”—Mard
  • “Accident Ho Gaya”—Coolie
  • “Phool Gulab Ka”—Biwi Ho To Aisi
  • “Halwa Wala Aa Gaya”—Dance Dance
  • “Chalo Bulava Aaya Hai”—Avataar
  • “Super Dancer”—Dance Dance
  • “Pyar Hamein Kis Mod Pe”—Satte Pe Satta
  • “I Love You”—Khud-Daar
  • “Aanchal Udaya Maine”—Teri Meherbaniyan
  • “Behke Ye Jazbaat”—Aap Ke Saath
  • “Yeh Ladki Zarasi Diwani Lagati Hai”—Love Story
  • “Tarzan My Tarzan”—Adventures of Tarzan
  • “Phir Chiddi Raat”—Bazaar

  • “Dushman Na Kare Dost Ne Wo Kaam”—Aakhir Kyon
  • “Aye Dil-E-Nadan”—Razia Sultan
  • “Dil Cheez Ky Hai”—Umrao Jaan
  • “Tu Is Tarah Se Mere Zindagi Mein”—Aap To Aise Na The
  • “Aaj Ka Yeh Din Kal Ban Jaayega”—Nastik
  • “Pyar Mein Dil Pe Maar De Goli”—Mahaan
  • “Silli Hawa Chhoo Gayi”—Libaas
  • “Chandha Dekhe Chandha”—Jhoothi
  • “Abhimanyu Chakravyuh Mein Phans Gaya Hai Tu”—Inquilaab
  • “Thodi Si Jo Pee Li Hai”—Namak Halaal
  • “Kitni Khoobsurat Yeh Tasveer Hai”—Bemisaal
  • “Chhodenge Na Hum Tera Saath”—Marte Dum Tak
  • “Aaj Kal Yaad Kuch Aur Rehta Nahin”—Nagina
  • “Lagi Aaj Sawan Ki”—Chandni
  • “Samundar Mein Nahake”—Pukar
  • “Kitne Bhi Tu Karle Sitam”—Sanam Teri Kasam
  • “Pyar Mujh Se Jo Kiya Tumne”—Saath Saath
  • “Tumhe Apna Saathi Banane Se Pehle”—Pyar Jhukta Nahin
  • “Tum Saath Ho Jab Apne”—Kaalia
  • “Rote Rote Hansna Seekho”—Andhaa Kanoon
  • “Jane Kaise Kab Kahan”—Shakti
  • “Dil Bekraar Tha Dil Bekraar Hai”—Teri Meherbaniyan
  • “Kahan Se Aaye Badra”—Chashme Buddoor
  • “Aye Watan Tere Liye”—Karma
  • “Geeton Ka Sargam”—Laila
  • “Main Teri Mohabbat Mein”—Tridev
  • “Apne Pyar Ke”—Barsaat Ki Ek Raat

  • “Pag Ghungroo Baandh”—Namak Halaal
  • “Aashaon Ke Sawan Mein”—Aasha
  • “Khamosh Sa Afsana”—Libaas
  • “Duniya Mein Kitna Gham Hai”—Amrit
  • “Mere Jeevan Saathi”—Ek Duuje Ke Liye
  • “Ladki Pasand Ki”—Ram Balram
  • “Itni Shakti Tu Hamein Dena Data”—Ankush
  • “Huzoor is Kadar”—Masoom
  • “Chhoti Si Kahani Se”—Ijaazat
  • “Mujhe Naulakha Manga De Re”—Sharaabi
  • “Tere Mere Hoton Pe”—Chandni
  • “Mere Pyar Ki Umar Ko Itani Sanam”—Waaris
  • “Ae Ri Pawan”—Bemisal
  • “Tere Khushboo Mein Base Khat”—Arth
  • “Pyar Kabhi Kam Nahi Karna”—Prem Pratigyaa
  • “Hairan Hoon Mein”—Jawab Hum Denge
  • “Jind Le Gaya”—Aap Ke Saath
  • “Tere Liye Palkon Ki Jhalar”—Harjee
  • “Jeena Hai Pyar Mein Jeena”—Love Love Love
  • “Zindagi Ki Yahi Reet Hai”—Mr.India
  • “Aao Mere Yaaro Aao”—Rocky
  • “Dikhai Diye Yun”—Bazaar
  • “Nindya Se Jaagi Baahar”—Hero
  • “Kab Ke Bichde Hue Hum Aaj”—Laawaris
  • “Zindagi Pyar Ka Geet Hai”—Souten
  • “Aaj Nahi Toh Kal”—Akhri Adaalat

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