15 Timeless Bollywood Songs To Groove To Nostalgia's Beat

Rekindle old memories with these 15 evergreen Bollywood songs.

Published On Dec 06, 2023 | Updated On Feb 23, 2024

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The Best Bollywood songs of the 90s and 2000s are an extensive list. While there are catchy songs we like and groove to all the time, there are always some songs associated with some good old part of our lives. Romance becomes wholesome with songs like ‘Pehla Nasha’ or ‘Ek Din Aap’ and irrespective of whether it's the 1970s Hindi hit songs or the old 80s Hindi songs, some of these musical compositions are timeless. They bind us together and strike a musical note like no contemporary song could ever do. So here is a list of 15  best old Bollywood songs to help you revisit those forgotten lanes of love, friendship, dreams, and colour.

Bollywood numbers that’ll make you feel nostalgic

One of the best Bollywood songs of the 90s and 2000s, ‘Chale Jaise Hawayein’ from the 2004 blockbuster Main Hoon Na, is a timeless upbeat song that can instantly fill you with life and optimism. Starring the gorgeous Amrita Rao, this song is all about the carefree days of college life that make us feel limitless and content. Perfect for the single-girl-ready-to-rock-the-world phase, 'Chale Jaise Hawayein' is just a perfect party starter!

A marvellous creation in AR Rahman’s magical voice and Gulzar’s powerful words, ‘Dil Se Re’ is a song that gives us goosebumps even after 25 years. A song about passion and profound love, with a lively beat and just the perfect music, 'Dil Se Re' has us hooked to the steaming romance of Shah Rukh Khan and Manisha Koirala. The song is still popular today and is undoubtedly one of the best old Bollywood songs ever made!

All old romantic songs Hindi lists feature this classic song from the 1992 box office hit Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander. In the heartwarming voice of Udit Narayan and Sadhana Sargam, ‘Pehla Nasha’ beautifully describes first loves and the butterflies they give. This song continues to be one of the first romantic songs we think of when we talk about the magical emotion that loves it.

KK may not be amidst us today, but the golden voice will continue to bless our ears for a long long time. The best song to describe friendship, nostalgia, good memories and love, ‘Yaaron’ by KK just never gets old. The song makes us want to leave everything we are doing and just go hug our friends and tell them how much we love them. A true musical masterpiece in the voice of KK, ‘Yaaron’ is also one of the best karaoke songs in Hindi old, in case you’re looking for farewell songs.

College times are one of the fondest memories for a lot of us, and Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na featuring Imran Khan and Genelia D’Souza was one such film about college friendships and romance. The song 'Pappu Can’t Dance Saala'  features at the farewell party of six close-knit college friends in the movie and we just can’t get over how vibrant and energetic the song is! This song easily makes it to the list of best old Bollywood songs.

The 2007 Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan starrer, Jab We Met is a movie on our permanent watchlist. The story and Geet’s character are love, but so are the songs of the movie. ‘Tum Se Hi’ is one such hit song from the movie in the soothing voice of Mohit Chauhan. One of the finest songs to add to your old romantic songs Hindi list, ‘Tum Se Hi’ is the definition of musical perfection.

Yet another hit from the list of best old Bollywood songs, ‘Desi Girl’ from Dostana is the perfect party song to groove to in a Sangeet event or literally any party. Written by Kumaar and sung by the powerful duo Vishal-Shekhar, ‘Desi Girl’ shows us Priyanka Chopra in the toned girl era. This song is the reason why so many girls love to flaunt their saree thumkas. A lively and fun song, ‘Desi Girl’ is a must-play at every Bollywood-themed party!

In the magical voice of the talented actor and singer Ayushmann Khurrana, ‘Pani Da Rang’ from Vicky Donor is a heart-winning song. Soothing and hopeful, this song is written entirely in Punjabi and is composed by Khurrana himself. The song features in the movie when Ayushmann’s character is romancing Yami Gautam’s character after their marriage and somehow it beautifully fits into the picture, making us all yearn for a bond so pure that transcends all boundaries.

Yet another party song that no Indian can skip,Subah Hone Na De’ from Desi Boyz is the perfect song to keep you grooving all night long. Full of life and an epitome of the joyful spirit of youth, ‘Subah Hone Na De’ has ruled our party playlists since 2011!

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is one movie we can watch on a loop and not be bored of. After all, who hasn't adored the carefree character of Bunny in the movie!? ‘Badtameez Dil’ is a party song that gives us a first glimpse of the grown-up Bunny who has returned to India to attend the wedding of his best friend Aditi. The song shows us vibrant scenes of Deepika flaunting her chiselled figure in a royal blue saree and Ranbir Kapoor in a black suit, and we can’t keep ourselves from dancing with them as they move to the beats of this super energetic dance number!

Dil Chahta Hai was released in 2001 and redefined Hindi cinema for us. From its extraordinary story and brilliant cast to its cool location and relatable songs, everything about the movie echoes perfection. ‘Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe' is a much-loved and evergreen song from Dil Chahta Hai presented to us in the combination of the magical voices of KK, Shaan, and Shankar Mahadevan. A must-mention in the list of best old Bollywood songs, ‘Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe’ is perfect to describe friendship, living in the moment and being one’s own master.

A 2014 song making it to the old romantic songs Hindi list, ‘Samjhawan’ from the Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt starrer, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, speaks to our souls every time there is a heartbreak. The perfect song on love, misunderstandings in love, and the heart-aching longing for a loved one, 'Samjhawan' strikes a different chord, and beautifully resonates with all those in love!

A musical masterpiece from the 2012 romantic comedy, Cocktail, ‘Tum Hi Ho Bandhu’ is an upbeat song that makes us want to hit the dance floor every time it's played. In the wonderful duet by Kavita Seth and Neeraj Shridhar, the song aptly describes friendship and its sweetness.

A deeply sensual and passionate song from the 2001 movie Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, ‘Zara Zara’ is perfect for all those candlelight-dinner evenings or long romantic drives. In the voice of Bombay Jayashri, ‘Zara Zara’ makes us crave the presence of the one we love and is one of the best old Bollywood songs today.

A romantic song in the voice of the exceptional singer, Atif Aslam, ‘Pehli Nazar Mein,’ from the 2008 movie Race, continues to be one of the most played songs of this genre. It takes us back to the old-school romance from the 2000s and leaves us feeling nostalgic and happy.


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