The Ultimate Lata Mangeshkar Hit Songs List

The Hindi music industry is eternally grateful to Lata Mangeshkar. The queen of innumerable soulful melodies has become a national icon for her dedication to the art of music. She’s also been (aptly) christened the Nightingale of India. Her immense contribution to the Indian music industry is indisputable. With a repertoire of over 25,000 songs to her credit, Lata Mangeshkar’s career began in the ’40s, and continues to this date. With songs in blockbuster films like Mahal, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, and Jab Jab Phool Khile, Lata Mangeshkar has enthralled listeners of all ages with her beautiful voice.

It’s not easy to pick out just a handful of Lata’s best songs. But it would be wrong to miss out on any chance to enjoy her melodious voice. So here’s a list of just a few of Lata Mangeshkar’s biggest hits.

Ajib Dastan Hai Yeh” from Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai

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Meena Kumari’s grace and Lata Mangeshkar’s seductive voice still reverberate in every beat of this song. Against Shankar-Jaikishan‘s Hawaiian-themed score and Shailendra’s heartfelt lyrics, “Ajib Dastan Hai Yeh” tells the tale of a broken heart wishing her lover happiness with someone else. The track is both a mourning and celebration of love. It’s become the go-to tune of many lovers.

Lag Ja Gale Ke Phir” from Woh Kaun Thi

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Sung in Lata Mangeshkar’s melodious voice, “Lag Ja Gale Ke Phir” may have been released 54 years ago, but Madan Mohan’s composition is still considered to be a brilliantly developed masterpiece. Filmed on Manoj Kumar and Sadhana, this song expresses the longing of two lovers who want to give their all to each other, lest tomorrow never comes. Lata’s voice echoes in the heart long after the song is over; in fact, the legendary singer herself considers this to be among her favorite songs of all time.

Bahon Mein Chale Aao” from Anamika

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Composed by the inimitable R.D. Burman for the 1973 suspense thriller film Anamika, “Bahon Mein Chale Aao” showcases Lata Mangeshkar’s versatility as a singer. Prior to this, she was known for singing soft romantic songs, but this melody, which has Mangeshkar’s velvety and husky voice conveying the intimacy between lovers, showed us her other side. The flirtatious track ask lovers to shed their shyness and come closer, as the night is young and so are they!

Tere Bina Zindagi Se” from Aandhi

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Pictured on Sanjeev Kumar and Suchitra Sen, “Tere Bina Zindagi Se” is yet another collaboration between Lata and Kishore Kumar with R.D. Burman. Written by Gulzar, this song from the 1975 film Aandhi addresses the sorrow of separation and will pull at your heartstrings. The soulful piano and the higher notes Lata Mangeshkar hits breathe life into this masterpiece.

Rimjhim Gire Sawan” from Manzil

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The 1979 romantic film Manzil showcases Amitabh Bachchan’s journey as an ambitious young man madly in love with a woman who is above his societal status. The song, “Rimjhim Gire Sawan” is a confession of love — the ember set ablaze by love cannot be fought and, in the tinkle of rains, it’s difficult to contain the heart’s crazy desires. Mangeshkar’s harmonious voice works like a charm for this confession.     

Mere Khwabon Mein” from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

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Mere Khwabon Meinfrom DDLJ characterizes the emotions of teenage girls who won’t stop talking and thinking about the guys of their dreams. Lata’s playful voice and Anand Bakshi’s music made for the perfect combination. Picturized on Kajol in the ’90s, the super-hit track showcases her dancing in the rain, calling out to her mystery man. 

Tere Liye” from Veer-Zaara

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Featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta, Veer-Zaara is considered to be the epitome of love. The song, “Tere Liye,” was penned by Javed Akhtar and brought to life by Lata Mangeshkar and Roop Kumar Rathod. This heartbreaking tune perfectly captures the love of two people, who were forced to stayed away from each other but have never forgotten one another. The makers of the film used the untouched compositions of late Madan Mohan for this track, which worked beautifully even in 2004.

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