What Are Some Well-Known Old Indian Songs?


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Indian cinema serves as a good source of old Indian songs, and some well-known old Hindi songs from Indian cinema include "Awaara Hoon" from "Awaara," "Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai" from "Guide," "Dum Maro Dum" from "Hare Raama Hare Krishna," "Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein" from "Kabhie Kabhie" and "Aap Jaisa Koi" from "Qurbani," notes TimeOut.com. These songs were released before 1981. More recent popular Indian songs include "Chaar Bottle Vodka" from "Ragini MMS2," "Badtameez Dil" from "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" and "Kal Ho Naa Ho" from "Kal Ho Naa Ho."

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The song "Awaara Hoon" was first featured in the film "Awaara" in 1951. In the song, the singer sings about being a drifter during the Partition of 1947, which resulted in the displacement of about 10 million people. "Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai" is from the 1965 film "Guide" and is a joyful song about living a carefree life without responsibility. The song and film were considered ahead of their time for featuring a couple living out of wedlock, notes TimeOut.com.

The 1971 song "Dum Maro Dum" was sung in "Hare Raama Hare Krishna" as an homage to Indian hippies. The song was composed in the psychedelic, funky style of the time. Five years later, the song "Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein" appeared in "Kabhie Kabhie." This beautiful but sad love song is sung by Pooja on her wedding night as she describes what she might have had with the man she really loved. "Aap Jaiso Koi" is a 1980 disco song from India. It was sung by Nazia Hassan when she was 15.

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