Check out the list of these phenomenal Holi Songs 2019 that express the culture, tradition and joy of this amazing festival:
- Khelo Rang Humare Sang- Aan (1953)
This colorful Holi Song is taken from India’s first Technicolor film and has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Shamshad Begum. This song efficiently portrays the playfulness of this festival as the lead actress is playing Holi and throws away her color smeared scarf into the air.
- Holi Aayi Pyaari Pyaari Bhar Pichkari- Pooja (1954)
This is a very melodious song sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi and composed by Shankar Jaikishan. Pictured on the lead actors Purnima and Bharat Bhushan, this song is set in a rustic background and takes you to that very setting while you are listening to this beautiful song.
- Mat Maaro Shyam Pichkari- Durgesh Nandini (1956)
This dripping with romance Holi song has been composed by Hemant Kumar and sung by none other than Lata Mangeshkar. Pictured on the ever elegant Bina Rai and Pradeep Kumar, this composition with its hint of classical music will tug at your heart strings surely.
- Holi Aayi Re Kanhai Rang Barse- Mother India (1958)
This lively Holi song sung by Shamshad Begum was aired in India’s iconic film that was the first of its kind to be shortlisted for the Academy Awards in 1958. Pictured on the actors Nargis and Raaj Kumar, this song captures the time when they are free from worries and happy with their lives before being captured by poverty.
- Are Jare Natkhat- Navrang (1959)
This song has been sung by Asha Bhosle and Mahendra Kapoor. This song is one of Bollywood’s best solo dance sequences based on a backdrop of Holi and features Sandhya who plays both the wife and the imaginary muse of Mahipal in the film.
- Tan Rang Lo Ji Aaj Man Rang Lo- Kohinoor (1960)
This is a Holi song set in a royal backdrop where the actors Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari play a prince and a princess to joyously celebrate this fun festival of colors. This song is composed by one of Bollywood’s most influential composers Naushad and sung by Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar.
- Holi Khelat Nandlal- Godaan (1963)
This film was a critically acclaimed piece of work and this song was the touch of Holi in it. This song gives the essence of folk music of rural India composed by the sitar maestro none other than Pandit Ravi Shankar and sung by Mohammad Rafi. Pictured on only men and no woman, this song still holds a golden place in every heart.
- Aaj Na Chhodenge-Kati Patang (1970)
Anand Bakshi’s lyrics, Kishore Kumar’s naughty voice and R D Burman’s music all adds to the mood and light heartedness of the song which stars Asha Parekh and Rajesh Khanna. Here, the actor is teasing the actress and pursuing her to play Holi while using the catchy phrase “Bura Na Maano Holi Hai” which became popular after this song.
- Holi Re Holi Rango Ki Holi- Paraya Dhan (1971)
Composed by Rahul Dev Burman and sung by Manna Dey, this song is set in a backdrop of rural India starring Hema Malini. This song showcases a scene where the people of the village are chasing her to throw colors on her in the spirit of the festival.
- Holi Ke Din- Sholay (1975)
One of the most iconic Bollywood films ‘Sholay” had this immensely vibrant and colorful Holi song starring Dharmendra, Amitabh Bacchan, Hema Malini and Jaya Bhaduri. Composed by the outstanding R.D. Burman and sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, this song shows Holi essentials like “Gulal” and “Pichkiris” being sprayed into the air while the people of the village tance to the energetic tune.
- Holi Aayee Re Mastano Ki Toli- Zakhmee (1975)
This Holi song is not of a happy and joyous mood but has a rather dark and sombre mood. This song composed by Ravindra Jain and sung by Jaspal Singh, Suresh Wadkar and Hemlata, features the lead actor of the film Sunil Dutt beat his ‘dafli’ and takes an oath to take revenge on all those who has done wrong with him.
- Rang Barse Bheegi Chunarwali- Silsila (1981)
This is without any doubt one of the most famous Holi songs of all time and captures the essence of the tradition of drinking ‘Bhang’ and going tipsy on this day. This song is composed by Shiv Hari and sung by Amitabh Bacchan himself as he becomes tipsy and flirts with old lover Rekha as his wife and Rekha’s husband are standing shocked.
- Holi Aayi, Holi Aayi- Mashaal (1984)
This holi song is set in the lower middle class ‘bastis’ and ‘chawls’ of aamchi Mumbai as Anil Kapoor tries very hard to impress Rati Agnihotri on this fun and colorful occasion. Sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Mahendra Kapoor and composed by Hridayanath Mangeshkar, this song is one of our absolute favorites.
- Ang Se Ang Lagana- Darr (1993)
Underneath all the colors and excitement, there’s an underlying fear and creepiness as the stalker Shahrukh Khan camouflages to get near to Juhi Chawla. Nonetheless, it’s an enjoyable holi number composed by Shiv Hari and sung by Alka Yagnik and Vinod Rathore.
- Soni Soni- Mohabbatein (2000)
A hit song of the 2000’s, composed by Jatin Lalit and sung by an array of singers, it revolves around three young couples as their mentor Shahrukh Khan help them to get out of their strict school and come to the town to celebrate Holi with their love interest.
- Holi Khele Raghuveera Awadh Mein- Baghban (2003)
In this song, Amitabh Bacchan, Hema Malini along with their four onscreen sons get together at their family house to celebrate this festival of color with great pomp and splendor. Composed by the very talented Aadesh Srivastav, it’s sung by Amitabh Bacchan, Alka Yagnik, Sukhwinder Singh and Udit Narayan.
- Dekho Aayi Holi- Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)
Composed by the music maestro A.R. Rahman and sung by multiple singers, this song is set in a colorful, rustic, historical background where Amir Khan playing the role of Mangal Pandey plays Holi with his love interest Rani Mukherjee and the rest of the villagers.
- Do Me A Favor Let’s Play Holi- Waqt: A Race Against Time (2005)
Quite an extravagant and grand affair, this song shot Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra in hues of pink gulaal. This song has a romantic yet mischievous essence and is sung by Anu Malik and Sunidhi Chauhan.
- Balam Pichkari- Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
This song has the perfect fast and peppy beats coupled with the rocking voice of Vishal Dadlani and Shalmali Kholgade. Composed by Pritam, this song speaks out Holi in loud volumes.
- Lahu Munh Lag Gaya- Ram Leela (2014)
Set in the backdrop of the festivity atmosphere of Gujrat, this sensual yet vibrant number is pictured on Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone smearing color on their self, imagining it to be other person. Composed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and sung by Shail Hada, this song has occupied its place on the Holi playlists every year.