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The A-Z guide of Kishore Kumar's best songs

From ‘50s to ‘80s, Kishore Kumar in his three-decade long career wore several hats of that of an actor, producer and director. But it is his music that made him one of the most popular stars in the country.

On the occasion of legendary singer Kishore Kumar's birth anniversary, we give you the ultimate A-Z guide of his music in no particular order.



AA dekhe zara kismain kitna hain dum

Kishore Kumar born as Abhas Kumar Ganguly became changed his name to become an actor, as Ashok Kumar, his elder brother, did not think he could make it as singer.

Babu samjho ishare

This song from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi is one of his early songs which went on to become a hit. The song features Kishore Kumar with two brothers Anoop Kumar and Ashok Kumar.

Chalte chalte ye geet yaad rakhna

This is a Bappi Lahiri composition from Chalte Chalte (1976)

Dil kya kare

Kishore Kumar has sung many romantic numbers in his three decade long career and “Dil kya kare jab kisi ko kisi se pyar ho jaye” can easily be placed top in the chart.

Ek ladki bheegi bhagi si

The song is not only remarkable for the composition but also for star cast. The song shows a young Kishore singing the song with the gorgeous Madubala who later married him.

Ghungroo Ki Tarah Bajta Hi Raha

Few singers could express themselves the way he did, specially the way he expressed gloom. This is one of the many such songs.

Hum dono do premi duniya chod chale

Another hit with his timeless voice.

Is modh jaate hain:

This critically acclaimed movie directed by Gulzar, there are two more duets by Kishore-Lata - Tere bina zindagi… and Tum aagaye ho - all beautiful and delectable.

Janu meri Jaan , arey mera tu meri jaane

With this, Kishore and Mohammad Rafi, two of the top singers of that era came together.

Kora kagaz tha ye maan mera

Kishore Kumar and S.D. Burman together have given many gems and this is one of them. The voice, music, not to forget lyrics takes us over. Kishore Kumar has also given his use for Rajesh Khanna for many songs, most of them went on to become chartbusters.

Lehron Ki Tarah Yaadein

Kishore wins with his emotional rendition of this beautiful number.

Musafir hun yaro

Another soulful song by dynamic duo Kisore-R.D. Burman. The song from Parichay features young Jeetendra.

Neele neele ambar par chand jab aye

This new age romantic song is one of his last songs towards the end of the career.

O majhi re - Khushboo

Another R.D. Burman-Kishore classic, this is also remarkable for the lyrics penned by none other than Gulzar. The movie also directed by Gulzar features Jeetendra and the gorgeous Hema Malini.

Phir wahi raat hain

A song from Rekha-Vinod Mehra starrer Ghar is the ultimate romantic number. All the songs from the movie, composed by R.D. Burman, are simply beautiful.

Qayamat- Mere Mehboob Qayamat hogi

Although the song doesn’t start with ‘Q’, it went on to become popular as Qayamat.

Raat kali ek khawab main aye aur gale ka haar hiu

Sama hain se suhana suhana

Tera mujhse hain pehle ka nata koi

From Aa Gale Lag Jaa , this is one of the romantic songs we can't have enough off

Uuljhan hazar koi dale

Wada karo nahi chodoge

Ye jo mohabbat hain

Zindagi ka safar hain ye kaisa safar

This soulful composition by Kalanji-Anandji brought out the best of Kishore Kumar

An earlier version of this article wrongly mentioned that today is Kishore Kumar's death anniversary. It is his birth anniversary. The error is regretted.

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