Monsoon is coming! The designated season of love and companionship and… and great music! The rains bring with them purity and romance as well as memories of heartbreaks and tears. Here is a list of 16 Bollywood rain songs that you need to equip your playlist with to welcome the monsoon in style.
1. Rimjhim Gire Saawan
Though Amitabh Bachchan and Moushumi Chatterjee feature in the song, the star of the show would be none other than the city of Bombay. Amitabh and Moushumi stroll the streets of Bombay in the pouring rain as Lata Mangeshkar’s voice plays in the background bubbling with lighthearted romance. The music to this classic song from the 1979 movie Manzil was composed by R.D. Burman.
2. Aaoge Jab Tum
Sandesh Sandilya composed this song for the movie Jab We Met, featuring Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. The song speaks of hope for a happier future. Ustad Rashid Khan’s voice melts in our ears as we also witness onscreen Geet (Kareena’s character) withdraw into a shell after getting her heart broken. This is one of the best Bollywood rain songs.
3. Aaj Rapat Jaaye
Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle lent their voices to this mischievous track from Namak Halaal featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Smita Patil. Kishore Kumar in his characteristic voice makes us laugh as we appreciate Anjaan’s lyrics in Bappi Lahiri’s music. Amitabh Bachchan and Smita Patil’s expressions and dance in the rain make it a complete beautiful package.
4. Dum Dum Deega Deega
Dum Dum Deega Deega from Chhalia features Raj Kapoor in the video. He dances in the rain to this frivolous song voiced by Mukesh. The song composed by Kalyanji Anandji is considered one of the best Bollywood rain songs of all time to this day.
5. I love you- Kaate Nahin Kaat Te
Sridevi’s sensual dance in a saree as Anil Kapoor watches her in this song from Mr. India is impossible to be forgotten by anyone who has had the privilege to watch it once. Kishore Kumar sang this evergreen song with Alisha Chinai, before she had become the famous 90s popstar. Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music and Javed Akhtar’s lyrics have made this song a divine gift.
6. Ab Ke Sajan Sawan Mein
Sharmila Tagore communicates with Dharmendra while fooling the rest of the family in this beautiful romantic song in S.D. Burman’s music from the movie Chupke Chupke. The song is sung by Lata Mangeshkar’s voice, and the naughty “issh” and “tch tch” would make you laugh out loud and appreciate the genius of the nightingale of India.
7. Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si
Majrooh Sultanpuri, the brilliant lyricist, wrote this song from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, with music from S.D. Burman. The tune is well ahead of its time, and Kishore Kumar’s voice is, as usual, inimitable and beautiful. Onscreen, Kishore Kumar sings for the gorgeous Madhubala as she moves about in drenched clothes. It is one of the best Bollywood rain songs.
8. Rimjhim Rimjhim
This cult song from 1942: A Love Story was composed by R.D. Burman and sung by Kumar Sanu and Kavita Krishnamurthy. It is a melodious song exuding pure, intimate romance. The song features Anil Kapoor and Manisha Koirala as they enjoy the patter of the raindrops while also singing about their love.
9. Tip Tip Barsa Paani
The dream song of every 90’s kid, Tip Tip Barsa Paani from Mohra was a phenomenon at the time, with Raveena Tandon and Akshay Kumar engaging in a sensual dance number while getting drenched in the rain. However, Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan’s voices don’t get drowned out in the famous video. They create magic in Viju Shah’s music as they mesmerise us with their voices.
10. Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua
The song from Shree 420 in the voices of Manna Dey and Lata Mangeshkar work like magic on a monsoon evening as you think about your beloved. Raj Kapoor and Nargis’ expressions are beyond perfect. A moment’s appearance of the little Rishi Kapoor with his siblings as Lata Mangeshkar’s voice sings “Main naa rahungi, tum na rahoge, phir bhi rahe nishaaniyan” will give you goosebumps with the sheer beauty of the melody by Shankar Jaikishan. This is surely deserving of a spot in the list of the best Bollywood rain songs of all time.
11. Ghanan Ghanan
Ghanan Ghanan from Lagaan features farmers celebrating in anticipation of the gray clouds blessing them with rain after a long-drawn drought that ruined their livelihood. The song is composed by the maestro A.R. Rahman and has the voices of singers like Sukhwinder Singh, Shankar Mahadevan, Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, and Shaan, among others, to boast of. It’s a beautiful song with a video showing us the part of our population for whom a rainy day is reason enough to celebrate, because it actually means life and death to them.
12. Bhage Re Man
In one of the finest performances of her career, Kareena Kapoor stars in this lovely song from Chameli, voiced by Sunidhi Chauhan. Sandesh Shandilya’s music and Irshad Kamil’s lyrics make the song exude positive vibes, forcing us to concentrate on Kareena’s smiling face as she dances in the rain. This amazing song is one of the best Bollywood rain songs.
13. Barso Re
A young Shreya Ghoshal sang her heart out in this song from Guru, with music composed by A.R. Rahman. The variations, the fast notes makes this an incredible song. Aishwarya Rai performed it onscreen, dancing around in the rain, feeling the happiness drench her skin. This is one of the best Bollywood rain songs.
14. Cham Cham
Meet Bros gave the music to this song from Baaghi sung by Meet Bros and Monali Thakur. The song also features an English rap written and performed by Meet Bros themselves. The song features Shraddha Kapoor and Tiger Shroff dancing gracefully and carefreely in the rain at a railway station.
This song from Yaariyan garnered a huge amount of public attention when it first released in 2014. The song was sung by one of the finest vocalists of our generation, Mohd. Irfan, and Gajendra Verma. Himansh Kohli and Rakul Preet Singh feature in a sad sequence as the girl gets her heart broken and they cry, their tears mixing in the rain while the melodious song plays in the background.
16. Saawan Aaya Hai
Perhaps Tony Kakkar’s most celebrated song, Saawan Aaya Hai from Creature 3D sung by Arijit Singh is a love song featuring Bipasha Basu and Imran Abbas Naqvi. The protagonists dance in the rain in this beautiful song. This is one of the best Bollywood songs to play during the monsoon.
Are you with your partner, or heartbroken, or happily single? No matter what your mood is, these songs will bring with it a whiff of petrichor and monsoon melodies. Tell us in the comments your favourite Bollywood rain songs that are your go-to when the season finally arrives.