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Kishore Kumar, Yodel-ay-ee-oooo Songs, A List

*Updated with corrections pointed out by Bart Plantenga, author of some incredible book on Yodeling including Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo: The Secret History of Yodeling Around the World.


Kishore Kumar's brother Anoop Kumar, who we basically know for the line 'O manu tera toh hua ab mera kya hoga', used to own lots of Austrian music records. And from these records, Kishore Kumar picked up the art of Yodel singing, an art perfected in bathroom and then introduced by him to the world of Hindi film music. According to his biography 'Kishore Kumar: method in madness‎ ' by Derek Bose, "Kishore was a fan of the Swiss singer Tex Norton [* Tex Morton, an Australian cowboy born in New Zealand who sang  in the gene autry / Jimmie Rodgers style] and the Australian Jimmy Rogers [*Jimmie Rodgers, perhaps the most American and one of the most famous yodelers in the world, famous for his blue yodels] as well."

Although most of these songs by Kishore Kumar are thought to be 'fun' songs (well, he was a funny guy. Lata Mangeshkar actually called him Danny Kaye of India for his antics), 'Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana', yes, but then there's the haunting yodel at the beginning of  'Tum Bin Jaoon Kahan', or the morning refresh Yodel from 'Thandi Hawa Yeh Chandni Suhani', or the brooding yodel from 'Nakhrewaali'.

Here's a collection of Kishore Yodels from various songs taken from films spanning a period of 1950s to 1980s. Enjoy!


Kishore Kumar was a prolific singer so this may well not be a comprehensive list, still: Yodel songs of Kishore Kumar in the order in which they appear in this mix.

  1. 'Main Hoon Jhum Jhum Jhum Jhum Jhumroo' from Jhumroo (1961)
  2. 'Thandi Hawa Yeh Chandni Suhani' from Jhumroo (1961)
  3. 'Hich Hich Hichaki Aaye Re' from Begunah (1957)
  4. 'Aye Bhola Bhola Man Mera'  from Jhumroo (1961)
  5. 'Panch Rupaiya Barah Aana' from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)
  6. 'Haal Kaisa Hai Janab Ka' from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)
  7. 'Piya Piya Piya Mora Jiya Pukare'  from Baap Re Baap(1955)
  8. 'Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi' from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)
  9. 'Nakhrewaali Nakhrewaali' from New Delhi (1956)
  10. 'Surma Mera Nirala' from Kabhi Andhera Kabhi (1958) *
  11.  'Chala Jata Hoon' from Mere Jeevan Saathi (1972)*
  12. "Kitne Sapne Kitne Arman" from Mere Jeevan Saathi (1972)
  13. 'Dekha na jaaye socha na' from Bombay to Goa (1972)
  14. 'Ga Ga Gussa Itna Haseen Hai Toh' from Maryada (1971)*
  15. 'Bhor Aaayee Gaya Andhiyaara' [Good Morning, Good Morning] from Bawarchi (1972)
  16. 'Hum wo hain jo do aur do panch bana de' from Do Aur Do Paanch (1980)
  17. 'Thodi Si Jo Pi Lee Hai' from Namak Halal (1982)
  18. 'Ye dil, na hotaa bechara' from Jewel Thief (1967)
  19. 'Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana' from Andaz (1971)
  20. 'Khawab Ho Tum ya koi Haqeeqat' from "Teen Deviyan" [1965]
  21. 'Yeh Shaam Mastani' from Kati Patang (1970)
  22. 'Aise Na Mujhe Tum Dekho' from Darling Darling (1977)
  23. 'Tum Bin Jaoon Kahan' from Pyar Ka Mausam [1969]
Other sounds used from songs:
*'Panch Rupaiya Barah Aana' from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)
* 'woh ek nigah kya mili' Half Ticket (1962)
*'bindu re bindu' Padosan (1968)
*'Michael hai to cycle hai' from  Bewaqoof (1960)
* 'Kuen Mein KoodkeMar Jaana Yaar Tum Shaadi Mat Karna' from Parivar (1956)
* 'Raat Hai Baat Hai' from Aaj Ki Taza Khabar (1973)


  1. Came across two more songs that had Kishore Yodeling :
    'Typewriter Tip, Tip, Tip' from Bombay Talkie (1970)
    'My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves' from Amar Akbar Anthony (1977).

  2. one more : a gujarati song "hu amdavad no rikshawalo"
    you tube link :

  3. Great find! Seems a fun song. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Another song:
    'aankhen tumhari do jahaan, aanchal tumhaara aasmaan' from Zameen Aasman (1972).

  5. one more:
    'haal chaal theek thaak hai sab kuchh theek thaak hai' from Mere Apne (1971)

  6. one more song:
    Song: Phoolon ke dere hain

  7. Kishore Kumar Did not introduced Yodeling in Hindi Film Music as written in the article above. But the Yodeling was first introduced in Hindi songs by Mohammed Rafi in the songs "Unse Rippy Tippy Ho Gayee" from the movie "Agra Road" (1957) and "Hello Sweet Seventeen from the movie "Dr. Z" (1959). There are also few other songs in which Rafi had yodelled.

  8. Ah! the Great Rafi VS Kishore debate.

    I did come across Rafi's 'Unse Rippy Tippy Ho Gayee' while writing this post. Fine yodelling by the great man. But i have mention Kishore's yodelling song 'Hich Hich Hichaki Aaye Re' from year 1957 film Begunah. That would mean both greats started yodelling professionally the same year.

  9. One more song: 'Mai Husna Ka Hoon Diwana' from Tumhari Kasam (1978)

  10. Two songs added by Vikas Zutshi:

    'aatii hai yaada​ hamako Janwary Fabwary' from Muqaddara (1950)
    from Adhikar (1954)

  11. thank you very much for the list. its very helpfull. i wish u could share the download tinks as well.


  12. Yodelling is also prsent in the concluding bars of "Tune Abhi Dekha nahin" from Do Aur Do Panch ,Music Dir: Rajesh Roshan.

  13. As always great effort VInayak , massive respect for you. In awe

  14. Rafi saab fans you need not bring the rivalry which never existed between the two maestros in every field. For your information the first proper yodel I can think of is “Aati hai yaad humko January February” from Muqaddar (1950) sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle, which happened to be their first duet together as well. Even “Ekdo teen char” from the same movie has some yodeling. But in Kaneez (1949), Kishoreda did yodel in the song “Duniya mein ameeron ko” which was primarily sung by Md. Rafi and SD Batish. The dates are way ahead of the dates in which Rafi saab did yodel.


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