Top 75 Hindi Songs of 1950s

Updated on March 7, 2020
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Aarav is a longtime freelance writer who loves writing about classic music form Bollywood movies.

I listened these songs on a radio set like this one. And now on YouTube
I listened these songs on a radio set like this one. And now on YouTube | Source

When Bollywood Was Just Indian Cinema

The term "Bollywood" was invented sometime in the 1970s. Before that, Indian films were simply known as Indian cinema. The 1950s were the golden years for Indian movies. That was when movies were black and white. By the end of the decade, technicolor was making its way into the industry.

My love for old Hindi songs started way back in my college days. Somehow, I stumbled upon a radio show that featured only old songs. Today, there are radio channels dedicated only to retro music.

Back then, the singers sang from their hearts. Lyricists wrote deep, meaningful lines. Music directors collaborated with many musicians to create wonderful compositions. It's not that today's artists don't make complicated songs, it was just more common back then.

This was a period when Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, and Lata started their careers. At this time, Talat Mahmood, Hemant Kumar, and Geeta Dutt were already amongst the best, and Shamshad Begum was a legend.

Here you'll find the best Bollywood songs of the 1950s. You'll also find some videos that will likely bring back fond memories. This list takes a deep dive into the industry's past. So, dance and have fun listening to these incredible songs!

Songs From the Golden Era (1950—1959)

Song titles are in "quotes" and film titles are in italics.

  • "Aaja Re Ab Mera Dil Pukara"—Aah
  • "Aaja Re Pardesi"—Madhumati
  • "Aaja Sanam"—Chori Chori
  • "Achcha Ji Main Haari Chalo Maan Jaao"—Kala Pani
  • "Adha Hai Chandrama"—Navrang
  • "Ae Mere Dil Kahin Aur Chal"—Daag
  • "Ae Meri Topi Palat Ke Aa"—Funtoosh
  • "Aye Dil Mujhe Bata De"—Bhai Bhai

  • "Ai Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahaan"—C.I.D.

"Aaiye Meherbaan" Howrah Bridge

  • "Ankhon Hi Ankhon Mein Ishara Ho Gaya"—C.I.D.
  • "Awaara Hoon"—Awara
  • "Aye Maalik Tere Bande Hum"—Do Aankhen Barah Haath
  • "Babu Samjho Ishare"—Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi
  • "Babuji Dheere Chalna"—Aar Paar
  • "Badi Der Bhai"—Basant Bahar
  • "Bholi Soorat Dil Ke Khote"—Albela
  • "Cat Mane Billi"—Dilli Ka Thug
  • "Chhod Do Aanchal Zamana Kya Kahe Ga"—Paying Guest
  • "De Di Hamein Aazadi"—Jagriti
  • "Denewala Jab Bhi Deta"—Funtoosh
  • "Dil Deke Dekho"—Title Song

"Dil Ka Haal Sune Dilwaala" Shree 420

  • "Dil Ka Khilona Hai Toot Gaya"—Goonj Uthi Shehnai
  • "Dukh Bhare Din Beete Re"—Mother India
  • "Dukhi Mann Mere"—Funtoosh
  • "Duniya Ke Rakhwale"—Baiju Bawra
  • "Duniya Mein Hum Aaye Hain"—Mother India
  • "Dil Mein Chhupake Pyar Le Chale"—Aan
  • "Eena Mina Dika"—Aasha
  • "Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si"—Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi
  • "Ek Pardesi Mera Dil Le Gaya"—Phagun
  • "Gore Gore O Banke Chore"—Samadhi
  • "Haal Kaisa Hai Janaab Ka"—Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi
  • "Ham Aapki Aankhon Me"—Pyaasa

"Hue Hum Jinke Liye Barbad" Deedar

"Leke Pahela Pahela Pyar" C.I.D.

  • "Hum Aap Ki Ankhon Mein"—Pyaasa
  • "Hum Laaye Hain Toofan Se Kashti Nikaal Ke"—Jagriti
  • "Hum The Woh Thi"—Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi
  • "Hum To Mohabbat Karega"—Dilli Ka Thug
  • "Hum Tujhse Mohabbat Kar Ke"—Awara
  • "Ichak Dana Beechak Dana"—Shree 420
  • "Jata Kaha Hai Deewane"—C.I.D.
  • "Jaane Kya Tune Kahi"—Pyaasa
  • "Jaane Woh Kaise Log"—Pyaasa
  • "Jab Aane Wale Aate Hain"—Madhosh
  • "Kadam Kadam Badhaye Jaa"—Samadhi
  • "Kahin Pe Nigahen Kahin Pe Nishana"—C.I.D.
  • "Kisi Ki Muskurahaton Pe"—Anari
  • "Kitna Badal Gaya Insaan"—Nastik
  • "Kusoor Aapka Huzoor"—Bahar

  • "Man Dole Mera Tan Dole"—Nagin
  • "Mera Juta Hai Japani"—Shree 420
  • "Milte Hi Nazar"—New Delhi
  • "Mudh Mudh Ke Na Dekh"—Shree 420
  • "Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu"—Howrah Bridge
  • "Nakhrewali"—New Delhi
  • "Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua"—Shree 420
  • "Ramaiya Vastavaiya"—Shree 420
  • "Reshmi Shalwar Kurta"—Naya Daur
  • "Sab Kuchh Seekha Hamne"—Anari

Sab Kuchh Seekha Hamne

— Lyricist Shailendra penned this wonderful song for the movie Anari
  • "Saathi Haath Badhana"—Naya Daur
  • "Shaam Dhale Khidki Tale"—Albela
  • "Saiyan Dil Mein Aana Re"—Bahar
  • "Sar Jo Tera Chakraye"—Pyaasa

"Shola Jo Bhadke" Albela

  • "Sun Sun Sun Sun Zaalima"—Aar Paar
  • "Tadbeer Se Bigdi Hui Taqdeer Bana Le"—Baazi
  • "Tu Ganga Ki Mauj"—Baiju Bawra
  • "Tu Hindu Banega Na Musalman Banega"—Dhool Ka Phool
  • "Tu Pyar Ka Sagar Hai"—Seema
  • "Tum Jiyo Hazaaron Saal"—Sujata
  • "Tum Sang Preet Lagai Rasiya"—New Delhi
  • "Tumsa Nahin Dekha"—Title Song
  • "Ye Lo Main Haari Piya"—Aar Paar
  • "Yeh Desh Hai Veer"—Naya Daur
  • "Yeh Mera Diwanapan Hai"—Yahudi
  • "Yaad Aane Wale Phir Yaad Aa Rahe Hai"—Anmol Ratan
  • "Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi"—Chori Chori

"Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni" Jaal

I compiled this list over the years while listening to hundreds of songs.

Still, I may have missed out on including rare gem. Please, feel free to suggest a song that is not listed here and I will add it to the list. I'll keep making this page more inclusive.

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A Quiz: Test Your Knowledge!

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Questions & Answers

  • Do you know of a historical book about stories and incidents of the early Indian cinematic period from 1940 to 1960?

    No, I haven't heard or was able to find a book through my research for the period you have mentioned. Although, there are several books on the history of Indian cinema as a whole. Some of the interesting books that I found are:

    1) History of Indian Cinema - Renu Saran

    2) Deep Focus: Reflection on Cinema - Satyajit Ray

    3) Light of Asia: Indian Silent Cinema - 1912 - 1934

  • Where can we get the meaning of the lyrics of the great songs from your list?

    There are hundreds of websites where you can find lyrics of these songs. I won't point you to any specific one, as no one website has every song. You'll have to search for each song via a search engine.

© 2017 Aarav


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      Arun Ojha 

      10 months ago

      Why no song from film Madhumati Features in the list?

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      14 months ago

      very nice

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      17 months ago

      You missed the song Mujhse pehli si mohabbat mere mehboob na mang by noor jaan

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      20 months ago

      I want to download all these songs. Where I can easily ?

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      21 months ago

      My question unanswered I want the meaning of the lyrics ie where can we get the meaning (not the lyrics) of the lyrics of at least some of the Top 75 songs of the 1950s Those not so conversant with Hindi language seek meaning so that the nuances express themselves. I subscribe to BollyMeaning ie BollyMeaning - Hindi Lyrics Meaning, English Translations.Its great but it does not have the old songs when if I am allowed to quote you "Bollywood was just Indian Cinema" So please direct me to sites that deal with the meaning of the lyrics.You have either not understood my question or misread it.

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      suresh shah 

      21 months ago

      nice and usefull information to make own cd

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      Dushyant kumar 

      2 years ago

      Very Good

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      2 years ago

      so nice


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      rakesh Shukla 

      2 years ago

      Good n best song jo mood banana de

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      Kapil Kumar mahato 

      2 years ago

      Very cool song

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      sahil singh 

      2 years ago

      Nice song


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