11 of the Best Hindi Songs For the Monsoon
Yashica Dutt · June 26, 2018 · 3 Minute Read
Got caught in unexpected rain? There’s a song for that. Lonely and stuck in traffic while it’s pouring? There’s a playlist for that. Can’t get enough of those gloomy yet strangely beautiful clouds? There is a perfect track for that too. Since it’s wet weather season and you’re probably experiencing a lot of rain-related feelings, we have the best songs to listen to as you process them.
1942 A Love Story is a classic for several reasons. Beyond its stunning cinematography and powerful screenplay, it was also the last movie featuring legendary music composer R.D. Burman’s work. This particular song captures a unique old-timey feel that seemed nostalgic even in the early ’90s. Listen to it for a happy rain time.
There is a reason you’ve seen this song performed countless times. The image of Raj Kapoor in ankle length trousers and a bowler hat and Nargis in a sari huddled under one umbrella in pouring rain has become a mainstay at award shows and dance competitions. It is one of the most iconic rain songs of all time, and likely the original inspiration for Bollywood leads sharing a romantic scene in the rain.
Another R.D. Burman composition from Aradhana, it features Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore feverishly stepping around a roaring fire as rain falls outside. The lyrics don’t focus on the weather, instead focusing on the lovers’ desire for each other. Tagore’s sultry makeshift sari and Khanna’s soaking wet hair in the sequence suggest the rain is the source of her passion.
This particular song from Fanaa is especially poetic because Kajol’s character, a visually impaired woman in the first half of the movie, stands outside in heavy rain taking in every sound and raindrop as Aamir Khan’s character watches her transfixed from inside. The perfect song for revealing your feelings to your crush.
Aishwarya Rai, who danced her heels off for the entire duration of this film, is especially great in this song as she practices kathak dressed in all white, against the hazy backdrop of rain-soaked hills. Not to mention A.R. Rahman’s music, which skillfully recreates the sounds of rain with matkas, taals and ghunghroos.
In Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit get caught in the rain. But instead of launching into a passionate romantic sequence they join a bunch of kids frolicking in the weather to sing and dance to probably one of the most playful rain songs of recent memory.
In this classic from the 1958 release Dilli Ka Thug, Majrooh Sultanpuri’s lyrics linger on the beautiful nights and the playful cool breeze that’s familiar to anyone who has experienced monsoons. The magic of Ravi’s music and Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle’s vocals is that you can almost feel the breeze on your face each time you listen to their track.
Apart from all things that make it so enduring, including Arijit Singh’s melodic vocals, this song’s extreme popularity is tied to its romantic rain sequence. In the scene, Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur sneak a kiss under a black leather jacket as an ode to the original ’90s version.
We’re all still struggling with Sridevi’s tragic and untimely death, so this beautiful number deserves to be on your monsoon playlist. Unlike other rain songs, this one is decidedly melancholic, with a glum Vinod Khanna pining for his deceased ex-wife as Sridevi dances in the rain wearing a yellow sari – easily her most iconic look to date.
Even while playing on the familiar trope of an escort with a heart of gold, this number offers something fresh. In the scene, Chameli bursts with a child-like joy at the sight of rains. Kareena Kapoor Khan does an excellent job of portraying a varied range of emotions with which the audience can’t help but empathize.
This song is an absolute classic. It’s from the scene where Raveena Tandon’s character shows true romantic agency, a rarity for a Hindi movie heroine. She orchestrates a tryst to seduce Akshay Kumar while wearing a wispy yellow sari in the rain. It is inarguably one of the most popular rain songs of our generation, which is no surprise based on the sizzling chemistry between the lead pair.