No matter how messy or wet, we love monsoons! And nowhere is the season more welcome than in India, where a shower can almost feel divine after a scorching summer. Don’t know about you, but from where we sit, the rainy weather is signalling a perfect opportunity to sit back, plug in the earphones, and lose ourselves in the melody of these all-time monsoon favourites.
- Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhagi Si: Who can forget the iconic serenading of Madhubala by Kishore Kumar in this quirky but fun rain song, voiced by Kumar himself. This song is a typical Bollywood singin’-in-the-rain musical in every sense of the word, where the hero tries to solve the mystery behind a strange, lone and dripping heroine in the middle of the night with a broken-down car, all the while trying to repair it too, as well as sing and dance. It’s no small feat.
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- Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua Hai: You cannot compile a list of the best rain songs of all time and not include the legendary ‘Pyaar Hua Iqrar Hua Hai’ by Manna Dey. In fact, not only is it a must-include, it is also an all-time top-ranker. One of the best features of this brilliant piece of art, apart from its amazing musical composition and the evergreen Raj Kapoor and Nargi's duo, is its superb picturization of a howling rain in the night.
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- Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein: The sizzling chemistry between Zeenat Aman and Rajesh Khanna in this Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar song, the picture of Aman and Khanna dancing and romancing in the rain is an enduring reminder of how a song can combine sensuality, romance and fun elegantly.
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- Rimjhim Gire Saawan: No matter how many artistes try to recreate this iconic song, the spell that was first cast by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar in the 1979 movie Manzil, with the sight of rain-soaked Amitabh Bachchan and Moushumi roaming the city of Mumbai, just as rain-soaked as them, is something that no other has truly been able to replicate. This song was, and remains, so popular that this film, in spite of an average run at the box-office, is known only because of this song.
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- Aaj Rapat Jaaye: Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle composed Aaj Rapat Jayein is a song that has Monsoon fun and frolic at its core. The lyrics and the melody, coupled with Amitabh Bachchan and Smita Patil romancin’ in red and white, are so much fun, that anyone would echo Bachchan’s line “If I fall today, don’t pick me up” when the song ends.
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- Rimjhim Rimjhim: Every once in a while you get a Bollywood film which is not just a treat to watch, but a melodious musical box that never stops spinning. ‘1942, A Love Story’ was one such film; so ripe with beautiful compositions and melodies and voices, you never want the album to finish. The song ‘Rimjhim Rimjhim’, sung by Kumar Sanu and Kavita Krishnamurthy, is a singular gem of the entire album. Probably because it is the point where Anil Kapoor and Manisha Koirala’s character profess their love for each other.
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- Chak Dum Dum: ‘Ghode Jaisi Chaal, Haathi jaisi dum’; the most cryptic beginning to a song that can ever be, this song by Udit Narayan and Asha Bhosle, that has become synonymous with rain appropriate dance. The fun-filled lyrics of this song combined with amazing dance steps by Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit can move even the most stoic person to dance their heart out.
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So what are you waiting for? Grab your phone, get these songs and prepare for a musical interlude of the best rain-appropriate songs of Bollywood. For those who have had a sudden dose of motivation to cover these enduring classics, just log into www.hindikaraokeshop.com, and prepare to be amazed. We have professional quality Karaoke tracks of all these songs listed above, at affordable prices, and easily downloadable too. Or if you just wish to dance, then get down straight down to it!