With the pitter-patter of raindrops, the monsoon here brings to you a feeling of happiness with a pinch of love, music, and the ever-so-green surroundings.
Expressing Indian cinema’s larger-than-life aspect, we must say that monsoon in Bollywood portrayed drama, romance, passion, and intensity and yes, rain is one of the most-picked props of storytelling in Bollywood since so many songs and popular scenes have been made constructive using this amalgamation.
A cosy corner at home, a cup of hot tea served with pakoras and some evergreen soulful melodies are so far the best combination to soothe yourself on a rainy day.
Though music has different genres, we here have handpicked some of the Top 20 Hindi Rain songs to make perfect use of the weather.
1. Tip Tip Barsa Pani, Mohra(1994)
This sizzling track from the 90s with Raveena Tandon dressed in a scorching yellow saree and Akshay Kumar all drenched is still widely remembered for its amazing rhythmic beats and Viju Shah’s music coupled with Anand Bakshi’s lyrics and melodious voices of Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan makes it an addictive rainy song.
2. Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua, Shree 420(1955)
This major classic starring the legendary Raj Kapoor and Nargis rose to become an epitome of love and confession during its time.
The simplicity of the song with the actors walking together under one umbrella with the soothing view of their Polka dot, Charlie Chaplinesque era outfits made the song more appealing.
This eternal black and white romance depicting song were composed by music directors Shankar-Jaikishan, sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey in the beautiful words given by Shailendra.
3. Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si, Chalti Ka Naam Gadi(1958)
This song depicts a beautiful scenario where a car breaks down due to heavy rains and a damsel in distress (Madhubala) steps out.
Kishore Kumar is at his flirty best with bantering and wit. This magical song is composed by SD Burman in the beautiful words of Majrooh Sultanpuri.
4. Dum Dum Diga Diga, Chhalia(1960)
This evergreen number starring Raj Kapoor and Nutan totally depict the joy of first rains when you see this eternal song in black and white sung by Mukesh Ji.
5. Aaj Rapat Jaayein, Namak Halal (1982)
A sizzling monsoon number, showcasing a saree tussle between the jaunty Amitabh Bachhan and the sombre Smita Patil is sung by Bappi Lahiri in the words given by Anjaan.
6. Rimjhim Rimjhim, 1942-A Love Story(1994)
Manisha Koirala and Anil Kapoor’s prim and soft romance is perfectly depicted in this rain melody sung by Kumar Sanu and Kavita Krishnamurthy and composed by none other than RD Burman who also won a Filmfare award that year for it.
7. Ab Ke Saawan, Shubha Magdal(1999)
Though not from a film, this rain number in Shubha Nagdal’s zingy voice is simply the icing on the cake.
8. Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein, Ajnabee(1974)
The unflinching canoodling coupled with reminiscent lyrics best describes Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman’s sizzling wet rendezvous on the terrace.
This song full of sensuality and seduction is composed by RD Burman and in the words of Anand Bakshi.
9. Rimjhim Gire Saawan, Manzil(1979)
Composed by Pancham Da and lyrics by Yogesh, this melody is a stroll down the wet lanes and corners of Bombay. The roads, taxis, and major landmarks of the city before its transformation is a typical throwback to ancient Bombay.
This song sung by Lata Mangeshkar stars Amitabh Bachhan and Moushumi Chatterjee walking down the water-logged streets of Bombay in the heavy downpour.
10. Lagi Aaj Saawan, Chandni(1989)
This a beautiful melody is sung by Suresh Wadkar and Anupama Deshpande starring Vinod Khanna feeling all nostalgic about his late wife and Sridevi looking charmingly graceful soaked in a yellow saree.
This song is composed by Shiv Hari in the beautiful words of Anand Bakshi.
11. Koi Ladki Hai, Dil To Pagal Hai(1997)
This fun number starring Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit and few dozen kids around them dancing with an outstanding direction by Yash Chopra and Shiamak Davar’s choreography brings our inner child alive as we playfully go Chak Dhoom Dhoom!
12. Ghanan Ghanan, Lagaan(2001)
This is a gem music number from the movie Lagaan which led India’s entry to the Oscar’s in 2001 and was set in a village in western India where drought-stricken farmers appeal to the rain gods for downpours.
This song from Ashutosh Gowarikar’s period drama is a musical masterpiece with A.R. Rahman’s composition and Javed Akhtar’s lyrics. This tune brings hope in the hearts of Indian villages.
13. Bhaage Re Mann, Chameli(2003)
This film depicts an unusual story of an encounter of an investment banker and a prostitute stuck in each others company due to heavy rains.
Chameli (Kareena Kapoor) dances her heart out in the mellifluent voice of Sunidhi Chauhan despite all circumstances with such reckless abandon that it makes the viewer want to enjoy the rains like her.
14. Barso Re Megha Megha, Guru(2007)
Aishwarya Rai Bachhan with her childlike innocence and agility through her dance moves and expressions has added to the beautiful voices, music, lyrics, and the location it has been shot in.
The clouds, waterfall, dark clouds set the ambience of a real rainy day.
15. Tum Se Hi, Jab We Met(2007)
This romantic track from the movie Jab We Met starring Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor was a heartthrob catalyst, then and even now. The magic of this song is that it makes you look at things in a positive way in life.
16. Tum Hi Ho, Aashiqui 2(2013)
Though the lyrics of this song are not related to rain but Bollywood came up as a complete package with choreography, picturization, etc which makes this song a super-duper hit where Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor are seen displaying their intense love and passion.
This song is definitely Arijit Singh’s forte.
17. Kabhi Jo Baadal Barse, Jackpot(2013)
With romance being the flavour of this song and Arijit Singh’s soulful voice making it more meaningful and deep, this love number depicts desire, aspirations, and declaration of love which makes you drift into day-dreaming.
18. Baarish, Yaariyan(2014)
This song was the greatest romantic hit of that year, with its striking lyrics depicting immense love between Himaansh Kohli and Rakul Preet Singh in the lovely rains on the hills.
19. Chamm Chamm, Baaghi(2016)
This song starring the graceful Shraddha Kapoor in a beautiful Patiala suit with her charismatic moves and innocent looks dancing in the rain on the railway platform will just steal your heart away.
20. Baarish, Half Girlfriend(2017)
This latest blockbuster from the list starring the gorgeous Shraddha Kapoor and the handsome Arjun Kapoor depicts the love angle between a boy who has fallen in love with the most stunning girl of the college and how he adores his lady love getting soaked in the downpour.
Bollywood songs are worth hearing on a rainy day. Who would ever mind spending some quality time with their loved one at home listening to some evergreen classics when it’s pouring outside.
You can always count on these tracks to make your day worth spending at home.
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