What makes a good Holi celebration? People you love, food you find delicious, bhaang, and music that can make you groove! You could probably do away with one of these aspects, but the music is irreplaceable! Bollywood has no shortage of great Holi-themed songs. The first ever song about the festival of colours dates way back to the 1930’s! The typical fast beats, playful lyrics, and vibrant visuals of these Holi songs leave an impression on the audience’s minds, making their way into real life celebrations.
We’re sure you saw this one coming a mile off! This hit Holi-themed song is from the Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor starrer Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani of the year 2013. Also featuring Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur, and sung by Vishal Dadlani and Shalmali Kholgade, this song was a super-hit when it first came out, and continues to hold the crown. With peppy lyrics, and an unforgettable beat, no Holi celebration is complete without Balam Pichkari!
Featuring the absolute legends of Bollywood- Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Jaya Bachchan, and Sanjeev Kumar, Rang Barse is from the iconic film Silsila, 1981. This is one of the most loved Holi songs,as the catchy tune and playful lyrics by none other than Amitabh Bachchan’s father and great poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan stood the test of time. Once there’s a little bhaang in your system, there’s no going back from the 80’s musical magic.
Iconic movies don’t always feature iconic songs, but that’s not the case when it comes to Sholay! Holi Ke Din Dil features legends Dharmendra and Hema Malini on screen, with the musical prowess of RD Burman and vocals by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. It would be an injustice to say this song is only popular among the older generation, because it is loved by young and old alike!
Having this hit number playing in the background as you indulge in boisterous Holi festivities is mood for a million years! Featuring superstars Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra, this fast paced song from the movie Waqt: The Race Against Time will ironically slow down time for you to kick back and chill from your daily routine! Do yourself a favor and add this to you Holi playlist!
This list would be incomplete without the quintessential Holi number from the movie Kati Patang, 1970. Asha Parekh and Rajesh Khanna bring to life the love, romance, and flirting associated with the festival of colours. This catchy song was composed by none other than R.D. Burman, and crooned by the legendary Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar!