"Tum Pyaar Se Pyaari Ho, Tum Jaan Hamari Ho"
Love and music are two integral pillars of Bollywood films.
Many soulful 1970s albums had love songs, which were either situational or in some kind of dream sequence. The 70s was the gramophone era, where music enthusiasts listened to their favourite tracks on a record.
Some of the key themes in these tracks are seductively romantic, poetic and musical.
When one listens to a song today, they are time-warped back into that fantasising era where fairy-tale love existed.
Here is a list of the top 10 best Bollywood love songs of the 1970s!
1. O Mere Dil Ke Chain ~ Kishore Kumar: Mere Jeevan Saathi (1972)
Vijay Lokapally of The Hindu has established this Bollywood love song to be Kishore Kumar’s “liveliest.”
He notes: “It commands plenty of nostalgic appeal even today.”
This RD Burman hit number repeats the word ‘chain’ which means solace – conveying how a man can get peace after seeing his beloved.
Here, you can see a coy Tanuja smitten by the love and sincerity of Rajesh Khanna!
2. Chura Liya ~ Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle: Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973)
From the first glass clinks, the listener instantly recognises this heart-warming RD Burman track.
This is the beauty about Pancham Da. Creating musical magic through natural sounds!
Zeenat Aman in a simple yet stunning white dress, playing the guitar. Through Ashaji’s melodious vocals, Zeenat expresses how Vijay Arora has stolen her heart and changed her life – for the better. Of course, Mohammad Rafi saab takes the song to a whole new level!
Commenting about the Bollywood love track on YouTube Mohit Rajurkar said: “Damn. When Rafi saab starts singing…. goes straight into the heart.”
3. Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas ~ Kishore Kumar: Blackmail (1973)
Listener Aashish Thakur comments: “Immortal, evergreen, incomparable Kishore.”
When it comes to romance or music, Kishore Da’s name first springs to mind and he does it again with ‘Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas.’ This truly is an evergreen Kalyanji-Anandji song.
One can see the amour brewing between Raakhee and Dharmendra via a dream sequence. The lyrics of the Bollywood love song are reflected through love letters, addressed to Asha (Raakhee).
The heart-touching line here is: “Main Saans Leta Hoon, Toh Teri Khushboo Aati Hai.” How romantic is this?!
4. Bahon Mein Chale Aao ~ Lata Mangeshkar: Anamika (1973)
While it’s normally the female protagonist who is shy and nervous – this time it’s the man.
A chirpy Jaya Bachchan tries to express love for Sanjeev Kumar, but he shies away from it!
RD Burman combines enigma with amour for this suspense song… And it works wonders. Plus, Lataji’s soft vocals perfectly compliment the song’s tone!
On YouTube, Dhananjay Rawat responds:
“What a song, Lataji’s voice is so beautiful. She sang a song in a lighter voice according to film’s situation, therefore, she is not only a singer but also a good actor.”
Listen to our full playlist of Top Bollywood Love Songs from the 1970s here:
5. Kya Khoob Lagti Ho ~ Mukesh, Kanchan: Dharmatma (1975)
It’s not often you see Hema Malini and Feroz Khan share screen space. This Bollywood love song emphasises on a partner praising the beauty of their love, which makes them feel on cloud nine.
Shahid Khan of Planet Bollywood writes:
“She (Kanchan) expresses the heartfelt desire very well, capturing the nuances of emotional joy without accidentally venturing onto the pitch of dard. Mukesh glides through the playful number terrifically.”
The words: “Tum Pyaar Se Pyaari Ho, Tum Jaan Hamari Ho” (you’re beautiful than love, you’re my life) aesthetically summarises this romantic song, which has been penned by Indeevar!
6. Dil Kya Kare Jab Kisi Se ~ Kishore Kumar: Julie (1975)
One of Rajesh Roshan’s best compositions. The song is Desi at heart, but the musical arrangement has a western feel to it.
We can see Lakshmi Narayan and Vikram Makandar romance in the woods – away from the limitations of society.
The track simply raises the question: ‘What does the heart do when one falls in love with someone?’
Enjoying the song, YouTube listener Kulbhushan Raj comments: “Was a super hit song in its times in the 70s & is equally liked even after 40 + years. What a music & what romance/longing in Kishore’s voice!!”
7. Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein ~ Mukesh: Kabhi Kabhie (1976)
Khayyam’s music for Yash Chopra’s films is nothing less than mesmerising.
Raakhee and Amitabh Bachchan sitting by a tree in a snowy forest. He questions whether Raakhee has truly been made for him in the movie.
Despite its melodious tone, this intense song unfolds emotional love, especially during the female version – sung by Lata Mangeshkar.
This is because Raakhee is married to Shashi Kapoor when she really loved Amitabh Bachchan.
Writer Ziya Us Salam pens how the film ‘changed the way people romanced.’ He says: “It changed the way people dreamt of love. It changed love itself.”
8. Nazron Se Keh Do ~ Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar: Doosra Aadmi (1977)
Being a Yash Chopra production, ‘Nazron Se Keh Do’ is quintessentially depicted in Switzerland.
Neetu Singh and Rishi Kapoor joyfully dance, singing how it is the season to unite… In other words, ‘milne ka mausam aa gaya.’
Rajesh Roshan’s music is also very hummable and encapsulates the true essence of romance.
Watching the video on YouTube, Habib Kasarkar applauds: “Most beautiful on and off screen pair Rishi-Neetu lovely song.”
9. Title Track ~ Hemlata: Akhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (1978)
Set in a Valley, where Ranjeeta emotes how she watches her beloved through the window of her eyes. That’s when we see a smiling Sachin .
Truly, this is soothing and depicts reverence in love. Definitely Ravindra Jain’s finest.
The song has received a staggering 30,246,310 views on YouTube. Hence, the essence of true romance is certainly applicable today.
A YouTube user named ‘Juno Goddess’ writes: “The actress Ranjeeta Kaur really looks so cute, innocent and lovely… And Sachin is simply awesome! Both makes a perfect chemistry!!!”
10. Aaja Re ~ Nitin Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar: Noorie (1979)
If you thought Bend It Like Beckham‘s version was amazing, you’ll be enthralled by Nitin and Lataji’s original track!
Noorie (Poonam Dhillon), the damsel, has descended on the picturesque valleys of Jammu and Kashmir, calling out for her ‘dilbar’ (beloved). Doing the same is our hero Yusuf (Farooq Sheikh), who dreams to pursue Noorie.
You must listen out for the line when Noorie says: “Door Nahin Main, Tujhse Saathi, Main Toh Sada Se Tere.” Jan Nisar Akhtar’s majestic words and Khayyam’s fervent music will sweep you off your feet!
Enjoying the song on YouTube, Shiroole N. Yasin commented: “Noorie. Poonam…lovely….very nice mountain scenes… Nice movie with an interesting storyline. A sweet song that melts the heart.”
Overall, these are just 10 Bollywood love songs from the 1970s. With notable omissions like “Aise Na Mujhe Tum Dekho” (Darling Darling: 1977), “O Saathi Re” (Muqaddar Ka Sikandar: 1978), and “Do Lafzon Ki Kahaani” (The Great Gambler: 1979), these evergreen songs remain close to our hearts!