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Remembering The Revolutionary, R D Burman With His 20 Greatest Hits Of All Time!

Search engine Google on Monday celebrated legendary music composer R.D. Burman’s 77th birth anniversary with a doodle on its India homepage. “Bringing in influences from all over the world, from disco, to funk, to cabaret, R.D. Burman revolutionised Bollywood,” it said.

RD Burman. This name brings back an era full of romance, pain, anger, despair, heartbreak, masti, flirting and breakthrough dancing. While every song of Rahul Dev Burman was magical, here are 20 of them that easily classify to be called his evergreen hits. 

#1. Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko…

The play of eyes and hearts is an old one. RD Burman, Zeenat Aman and this song, the strings and the atmosphere, the feeling of holding on to the love of your life, the feeling of being the controller and of possession, is what drives this song and makes it stay in your mind, even long after you stop listening to it.

#2. Raat Kali Ek Khwab Mein… 

The supernatural aspect of love has to be covered in Bollywood and this song captures the feeling of divine love with an addictive yet engrossing score, which is soft as well as soothing and happy. Again, Kishore Kumar has given the song his amazing voice. Set in the film ‘Buddha Mil Gaya’, this one is the song of love, even today!

#3. Tumne Mujhe Dekha…

Another one of his magical songs and this one will make you want to sing it to your beloved. The lyrics are beautiful and as always, a touch of Pancham Da’s brilliance and the song becomes flawless. The music makes you feel the beauty of love, the wonder and the excitement of one single look from the person you love. Listening to this song is like taking a whiff of love.

#4. Chadhti Jawani…

This song is for the girls! An infectious number, the song cannot be truer. Expressing the flamboyancy of a young girl and how everyone perceives it! Part of the film ‘Caravan’, that features Jeetendra and Aruna Irani; the choreography for the song, along with the miraculous voices of Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi, makes the listener feel young, every time!

#5. Saagar Kinare…

Have you ever thought how meditation would feel? Where you do not have to talk or do things? Where your soul only feels and only tries to cry and laugh for everything that it has ever felt? This song does the same, breaking through the barriers that we create; the song speaks a language so pure that it touches your soul. Lata Mangeshkar’s voice carries you far away and the music serves as the medium. Simply a treat!

#6. Dum Maaro Dum…

Dum Maaro Dum is sexy. There is no other way to describe it. Be it the brilliant rhythm or the sizzling hot Zeenat Aman; the song will set you on fire! Featured as the title track of ‘Hare Krishna Hare Ram’, Asha Bhosle’s youthful and bold makes the song even more awesome! One of the best by Burman.

#7. Yeh Shaam Mastani

The song of love, with voice of Kishore Kumar, is euphonious and magical. This song, featured in the movie ‘Kati Patang’, is smooth, serene and sensual and can take you to a completely different place entirely.

#8. Dilbar Mere Kab Tak Mujhe

Dilbar mere kab tak mujhe is playful and sad, all at the same time; it has the feeling of victory, of the ability of winning over someone’s heart and to what limits does love tests us. The charm and presence of Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini, along with the melodious voice of Kishore Kumar, makes the song a permanent favourite.

#9. Zindagi Ke Safar Mein Guzar Jaate Hai…

 

The lyrics by Anand Bakshi and the music by RD Burman make for a magical combination. A song which speaks for itself and the song which speaks directly to a person’s heart, evoking questions and memories is again in the mesmerizing voice of Kishor Kumar, filmed on Rajesh Khanna, in the movie Aap Ki Kasam .

#10. Rim Jhim Rim Jhim…

Another one of his magical songs and this one will make you want to sing it to your beloved. The lyrics are beautiful and as always, a touch of Pancham Da’s brilliance and the song becomes flawless. The music makes you feel the beauty of love, the wonder and the excitement of one single look from the person you love. Listening to this song is like taking a whiff of love.

#11. Bahon Mein Chale Aao…

Another sizzling composition. Lata Mangeshkar’s perfect voice sets the tone, and Pancham Da’s music gives the song the sparkle it deserves! This song, featuring Jaya Bahaduri and Sanjeev Kumar, in ‘Anamika’, is one seductive yet romantic number; and a few musicians will be able to pull off such songs but RD Burman, obviously, does it with complete perfection and absolute grace.

#12. Piya Tu Ab To Aaja…

 

The credit for this song needs to go the ravishing & hot Helen, and her fantabolous dance! Monica.. Oh My Darling! – the famous phrase is also a part of this song. RD Burman’s & Asha Bhosle’s sexy chemistry ensures the song blows away the mind of the listeners; forcing them to get their hips moving, all the same time!

 #13. Pyaar Hume Kis Mod Pe Le Aaya…

 

Pyaar Hume Kiss Mod Pe Le Aaya brings two legendary voices RD Burman and Kishore Kumar in one song! The perfect blend of despair, love, longing and the feel of being lost are captured in this evergreen number. While the movie ‘Satte Pe Satta’ was in itself amazing, this song gave the movie a strong emotional character.

#14. Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si…

Tears and this song can’t be separated. The title track for the movie ‘Anamika’, featuring Jaya Bahaduri and Sanjeev Kumar, sung by the best singer of all times, Kishore Kumar, is about the longing of love, and revolves around the pain attached to that longing. The music is simply brilliant, and the song is heart wrenching.

#15. Tere Bina Zindagi…

Ever feared losing a loved one? How life would be without them? Pancham Da’s music and the voice of Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar, make the song an evergreen number. From the film ‘Andhi’, that starred Sanjeev Kumar and Suchitra Sen.

#16. Gulabi Aankhen…

Anyone who has ever been in love will get this song. The song, sung by Burman himself, strikes a beautiful chord and the lyrics are so wonderful that put all of that together, and the song is an irresistible one.

#17. O Haseena Zulfon Wali Jaane Jahan…

 

Rafi and Asha do it again. ‘Teesri Manzil’, all the mysteries attached to it, with Shammi Kapoor dancing on the floor, Rafi’s melodious voice doing its magic and Asha’s bold and addictive voice really spices it all up, but the final touch is given to it by RD Burman’s sense of how this entire song feels and makes others feel. It is a dance number, it is peppy, it is romantic yet mysterious. Awesome!

 #18. Kuch Na Kaho….

‘1942 – A Love Story’ was also the last movie for Pancham Da. This song holds beauty, creation, longing, sadness, love, joy, freedom and worship all together. This single creation has the power to make a person feel strong, and only a great artist like RD Burman could have created something so beautiful.

#19. Jai Jai Shiv Shankar…

This song combines love and God’s name. The song stresses on Lord Shankar’s name, suggests everything that happens in God’s hands; as lovers express their feeling of being content with each other. The music is peppy, romantic and joyous, all at once! This song, from ‘Aap Ki Kasam’, with Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz, is sure to get you in good spirits.

#20. Tujse Naaraz Nahi Zindagi…

The music of Tujhse Naaraz Nahi Zindagi is so beautiful that it puts the listener in a trance-like state and singing it is magical. The music is comforting and intriguing at the same time. This is from the film ‘Masoom’.

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