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Best Songs of Kishore Kumar - A list

Based on a list created by renowned film music historian Nalin Shah for 'Playback and Fast Forward' magazine (November, 1987) in memory of  Kishore Kumar who had passed away only a month ago. [retrieved via]

The songs are in order of year.

What's wonderful about this list (filled with some rare, obscure and not oft heard tracks) is that one gets to hear the voice of Kishore Kumar as it evolved - coming out of an early 'KL Sehgal - Talat Mahmood' influence and matured into that signature Kishore Kumar sound that we all know ( and that FM stations often play in their retro mood.)

 Song list:
  • 'Marne ki duaen kyon mangu' - Film: Ziddi  (1948)   Music: Khemchand Prakash  
  • 'Yeh kaun aaya re,karke ye solah singar(with Lata)' - again from Ziddi
  • 'Jhagmag Jhagmag karta nikla,chand poonam ka pyar' - Film: Rimjhm (1949)   Music:  Khemchand Prakash
  • 'Mohabbat ka chhotasa ek ashiana' - Film:  Pyar (1950) Music: S D Burman 
  • 'O bewafa ye to bata loota chaman kyon pyar ka' (with Geeta Roy)  again from Pyar   
  • 'Woh meri taraf yun chale aa rahe hai' - Film: Kafila (1952)    Music: Husnalal-Bhagatram
  • 'Husna bhi hai udas udas, ishq bhi gham se choor hai' Film: Fareb(1953) Music: Anil Biswas  
  • 'Mere sukh dukh ka sansar'  from Fareb
  • 'Aa mohabbat ki basti basayenge  hum' (with Lata) again from Fareb
  • 'Tere jahan se chal diye' (with Asha)  - Film   Rukhsana (1955)    Music:  Sajjad  
  • 'Meri neendom men tum' (with Shamshad)  - Film   Naya Andaj (1956)   Music:  O P Nayyar
  • 'Dukhi man mere, sun mera kahena'   - Film:  Fantoosh (1956)   Music: S D Burden 
  • 'Aaj rona pada to samjhe'     Film - Girl Friend (1960)  Music:  Hemant Kumar
  • 'Kashti ka khmosh safar hai' (with Sudha Malhotra)  again from Girl Friend
  • 'Mere mehboob Qayamat  hogi' from  Film:  Mr X In Bombay (1964) Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal 
  • 'Koi lauta de mere beete huve din' - Film: Door Gagan ki Chhaon Men (1964)  Music: Kishore Kumar  
  • 'Tum bin jaoon kahan' - Film: Pyar ka Mausam (1969)   Music:  R D Burman
  • 'Panthi hoon mein'  - Film:  Door Ka Rahi (1971)  Music:  Kishore Kumar
  • 'Beqarar dil tu gayeja' (with Sulakshana) - aain from Door Ka Rahi
  • 'Jivan se bhari teri aankhen'  - Film: Safar (1970) Music: Kalyanji-Anandji  
  • 'Zindgi ka safar ye kaisa safar'   again from film Safar
  • 'Geet gata hoon main gun gunata hoon main' Film: Lal Patthar (1971) Music: Shanker -Jaikishan    
  • 'Dil aaj shair hai, gham aaj naghma' - Film: Gambler (1971) Music: S D Burman
  • 'Khilte hain gul yahan' - Film: Sharmili (1971) Music: S D Burman    
  • 'Zindagi ek safar hai suhana'(with Lata) Film: Andaz Music: Shanker -Jaikishan
  • 'Kuchh to log kahenge' Film: Amar Prem (1971) Music: R D Burman
  • 'Chingari koi bhadke' from Amar Prem 
  • 'Meet na milare man ka' from Abhiman(1973) Music: S D Burman  
  • 'Pal pal dil ke pass tum raheti ho'  from Blackmail (1973) Music: Kalyanji-Anandji     1973
  • 'Tere bina zindagi se koi shiqwa to nahin' (with Lata) from Aandhi (1974)    Music: R D Burman
  • 'Is mod pe jate hain'(with Lata) again from Aandhi
  • 'Mera jivan kora kaghaz kora hi rah gaya' from Kora Kaghaz (1974)     Music: Kalyanji-Anandji   
  • 'Badi sooni sooni hai zindgi'  from Mili (1975) Music: S D Burman
  • 'Mere naina sawan bhadon,phir bhi mera man pyasa'(with Lata) - Film Mehbooba (1976) Music: R D Burma
  • 'Hamari thodisi bewafai' (with Lata) from Thodi Si Bewafai (1976)  Music: Khayyam
Missing tracks:
'Mohabbat ka chhotasa ek ashiana' and 'O bewafa ye to bata loota chaman kyon pyar ka' from Pyar (1950)


  1. "Kashti ka khamosh safar hai" & "Tum bin jaaoon kahan" are, for me, the most incredibly, insanely & wonderfully romantic songs *EVER*! Another favourite (not in this list) is "samaa hai suhana suhana" from the 1970 film Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani.
    Great list, V.

  2. Tum bin jaaoon kahan: Lip-sync by Bharat Bhushan (he was a genius at it ...remember his act in Zindagi bhar nahin bhoolegi woh barsaat ki raat)
    Samaa hai suhana suhana: Lip-sync by Jalal agha

    These offered hope to lot of people :)

  3. Great list! I've gotta add that every tune from "Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi" is, for me, quintessentially Kishore Kumar. His sense of humour was second to none :-)

  4. Every sound in that film is a classic...even the antics of Kishore kumar in the credit track.

  5. My dear friends, I have been searching the two songs sung by Kishore Kumar in the film Pyar 1950Can anybody upload the songs to my e-mail I will be really grateful. The two songs are :

    1) Mohabbat ka chota sa ek ashiana 2) Oh bewafa ye to bata loota

    My advance thanks!!

  6. those two songs seem to be really rare. Hope someone finds them!

  7. Heya frnds u can find all dis songs any many more den dis on dats it.... i downloaded many.... may b it help u guys... :)

  8. Add "Amanush" - Dil aisa kisine mera thoda

  9. i am missing legend of indian music. .
    thanx. .

  10. Watch Lovely Kishore Kumar song Hame Tumse Pyar Kitna checkout here

  11. was finding such collection from many days. finally i have got it. thank you very much

  12. thankuuuuuuu dada for ol the songs wich u sang for us i'll nvr forget ur voice miss uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
    dada ..........
    from D.R Aradhana singh

  13. I am big fan of kishor da. he was great singer

  14. Kishore kumar songs are unbeatable and magic of his voice still enthralls generations. Love you Kishore da..!!


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