Her Campus Logo Her Campus Logo


Do the Ghazals by Jagjit Singh or the melodious voice of Lata Mangeshkar just captivate you, and you can’t seem to resist yourself from listening to more and more of it?

Well here are a few song recommendations from the 20th century that you would most certainly enjoy if the music that touches your heart appeases you.

(Since the list is just too big these are just some songs that make you fall in love with love)

  1. Mere Saamne Vaali Khidki Mei Ek Chaand Ka Tukda Rehta Hai

Singer- Kishore Kumar 

Lyrics- Rajendra Krishan 

Music- R.D Burman 

This song from the film “Padosan” released in 1968 is just too mesmerizing. Its lyrics are so good especially for a healthy flirting that you just wanna time travel to that era so here it is for you to read and listen. 

“Barsaat bhi aakar chali gayi  

Even the rain came and left

Baadal bhi garaj kar baras gaye

Even the clouds thundered and rained

Par uski ek jhalak ko hum

But for one glimpse of her

Ae husn ke maalik taras gaye

I kept yearning, o god of beauty

Kab pyaas bujhegi aankhon ki

When will the thirst of my eyes quench

Din-raat ye dukhda rehta hai

Day and night this worry remains

Mere saamne waali khidki mein

In the window across from me

Ek chaand ka tukda rehta hai

A piece of the moon lives

Afsos ye hai ke vo hamse

The problem is that

Kuchh ukhda ukhda rehta hai

She stays somewhat detached from me

Mere saamne waali khidki mein

In the window across from me

Ek chaand ka tukda rehta hai

A piece of the moon lives”

(lyrics translated from – https://www.filmyquotes.com/songs/1725 )

This song is definitely one of those which you will play on repeat.

Link for the song – Mere Samne Wali Khidki Mein – Padosan – Saira Banu, Sunil Dutt & Kishore Kumar – Old Hindi Songs

  1. Lag Jaa Gale

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

Lyricist(s): Raja Mehdi Ali Khan

Composer(s): Madan Mohan

From the film “Woh Kaun Thi?”  released in 1964, this is perhaps one of the most popular songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Even the present youngsters are an ardent fan of it. Be it the euphonious voice of the singer or the spellbinding lyrics, this song in all the ways rules over hearts.

With these lyrics, one surely can’t stop themselves from listening to it:-

“Lag Ja Gale Ke Phir Yeh, Haseen Rat Ho Na Ho,

Embrace me, dear, who knows whether or not this beautiful night will ever come again.

Shayad Phir Is Janam Mein, Mulaqat Ho Na Ho,

In this life, we may or may never meet again.

Humko Mili Hain Aaj Yeh, Ghadiyan Naseeb Se,
I was lucky enough to get these moments today.
Jee Bhar Ke Dekh Leejiye, Humko Qareeb Se,
Look at me closely, sweetheart.

Phir Aapke Naseeb Mein, Yeh Bat Ho Na Ho,
Shayad Phir Is Janam Mein, Mulaqat Ho Na Ho,

Who knows, if this situation will be posed again by destiny.
We may or may never meet again in this life.

Lag Ja Gale Ae Ae,
Embrace me, dear.”

Lyrics translated from – (https://lyricsraag.com/lag-ja-gale-lyrics-english-translation-lata-mangeshkar/ )

Link for the song- Lag Jaa Gale – Sadhana, Lata Mangeshkar, Woh Kaun Thi Romantic Song

  1. Khwaab Ho Tum Ya Koi Haqeeqat

Singer – Kishore Kumar

Music – SD Burman

Lyricist – Majrooh Sultanpuri

This song from the film “Teen Deviyaan” released in 1965 centers around  the divine beauty of women wherein, the comparison is made with a dream, signifying so enchanting to be true.

A stanza of its heartwarming lyrics :-

“Dhadakano ne suni, ek sadaa paao ki

Heartbeats felt the sound of approaching soft foots walking

Aur dil pe laharaai, aanchal ki chhaao si

And heart felt like your scarf fall on him

Aur dil pe laharaai, aanchal ki chhaao si

And heart felt like your scarf fall on him

Khwab ho tum yaa koi haqiqat

Are you a dream or are you for true, a reality

Kaun ho tum batalaao

Who are you? Tell me

Der se kitani dur khadi ho

You are standing away so long from so much time

Aur karib AA jaao

Come close near to me”

(Lyrics translated from – https://www.realityviews.in/2014/04/lyrics-with-english-translation-of-song_23.html )

(Link for song – Khwaab Ho Tum Ya Koi | Teen Deviyan | Dev Anand | Romantic Old Hindi Songs | Kishore Kumar )

  1. Hum Tere Shahar Mein Aaye Hai Musafir Ki Tarah

Artist: Ghulam Ali

Poet : Qaiser ul Jafri

A part of the album “tere shahar mein” released in 1996, this ghazal showcases the pain and sufferings of a lover to see his beloved, he asks her to meet him just once before he leaves, and lastly questions her why did she even give him hope if this had to be their end. Portraying heartbreak,this ghazal makes one realize the beauty and depth of love, the sensitivity of one’s emotions.

“Bhuulanaa thaa to ye iqaraar kiyaa hii kyuun thaa

If you had to forget me, why did you accept me at first?

Bevafaa tuune mujhe pyaar kiyaa hii kyuun thaa

My unfaithful one! why did you ever love me?

Sirf do-chaar savaalaat kaa mauqaa de de

Give me a chance for just a couple of questions

Ham tere shahar mein aaye hain musaafir kii tarah

I have arrived in your town as a traveler”

Lyrics translated from – (http://impression-first.blogspot.com/2012/10/ham-tere-shahar-mein-aaye-with-english.html )

Link for the ghazal – (https://youtu.be/7yLBNUKqbLs )

Hopefully, these recommendations are useful and you will listen to them if you haven’t already:)

Shreya Mishra

Delhi South '24

Shreya Mishra is a Sociology Honours student at Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi.