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From Rang Barse to Jai Jai Shivshankar, Songs to Get You in Festive Mood

The festival of colours is right around the corner, and with it, preparations for celebrations are at an all-time high. Though the pandemic may have put a damper on social gatherings, nothing can dampen the festive feelings when it comes to festivals in India. Especially a festival as joyous as Holi. Though in its most traditional roots, it’s a day to welcome spring, and the Choti Holi or Holika Dahan is a day where honesty prevails over dishonesty. But in the la-la-land of Bollywood, Holi has been synonymous with love, romance, and flirtations.

Whether you are planning a grand Holi party or keeping it low-key on account of the coronavirus pandemic, you will still need music i.e. a killer Holi playlist to liven up the mood.

Here are seven Bollywood Holi songs that you must have in your playlist from various decades.

1. Aaj Na Chodenge- 1971

Let’s get the playlist started with something retro (Holi songs ruled in the 70s and 80s). Voiced by music legends Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar, this song from the movie Kati Patang will pump-up the Holi vibes immensely.

2. Jai Jai Shivshankar- 2019

Let’s fast forward to the 21st century with living dance legend Hrithik Roshan grooving effortlessly to the killer beats of this fast-paced dance number from War. Strong vocals by Vishal Dadlani, Benny Dayal and upbeat music by Vishal and Shekhar.

3. Arey Ja Re Hat Natkhat- 1959

Time travel to an innocent time with this adorable Holi song from the movie Navrang sung by Asha Bhosle and Mahendra Kapoor.

4. Ang Se Ang Lagana- 1993

If flirty innuendos are what you want, then this is the perfect song from the movie Darr to be on your playlist. Juhi Chawla and Sunny Deol’s flirtatious dance voiced by Alka Yagnik, Sudhesh Bhosle, Vinod Rathod, Devki Pandit.


5. Jogi Ji Dheere Dheere-1982

Love affairs don’t always need to be steamy. It can be adorable and cute and full of innocence; like this number featuring a very young and cute Sachin Pilgaonkar and Sadhana Singh in the film Nadiya Ke Paar.

6. Balam Pichkari- 2013

Dance, flirt, enjoy with friends, and crack NSFW jokes—if that’s your Holi vibe then this is a must have song on your playlist. An instant, modern classic by Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade.

7. Rang Barse- 1981

It would be a cardinal sin to have a Holi playlist without this song from Silsila that is basically Bollywood’s anthem for the festival for the last four decades.

Amitabh Bachchan’s unforgettable performance voiced by the star himself!

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