10 Lata Mangeshkar Songs That Should Be On Your Playlist!


Today is Lata aai’s 86th birthday. Lata Mangeshkar has given voice to our emotions, helped us realize our pain, express our love and enjoy our solitude. She has lent her voice to actresses from Waheeda Rehman to Konkana Sen Sharma. From black and white to HD films, Lata Mangeshkar has sung in all.

Fondly called the “nightingale of India”, Lata aai has been part of our nation’s collective consciousness for more than six decades. Our national festivals are incomplete without her patriotic renditions, our lazy evenings are monotonous without a chirpy Lata number, our rainy days are not as fun without a Lata love song- she is a truly never-before and never-again artist of India.

So, here are 10 of the very best Lata songs that you should have on your device-

1. Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh

Picturised on: Meena Kumari

Lyrics: Shailendra

Music: Shankar-Jaikishen

Film: Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai (1960)

This light composition has great lyrics and a soft rendition by Lata ji.


2. Aapki Nazron Ne Samjha Pyaar Ke Kaabil Mujhe

Picturised on: Mala Sinha

Lyrics: Raja Mehdi Ali Khan

Music: Madan Mohan

Film: Anpadh (1962)

Haunting music by Madan Mohan ji, this song won Lata ji the Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer (female).


3. Lag Jaa Gale Ke Phir Ye Haseen Raat Ho Na Ho

Picturised on: Sadhana

Lyrics: Raja Mehdi Ali Khan

Music: Madan Mohan

Film: Woh Kaun Thi (1964)

“This is the perfect song- in terms of composition, picturisation & rendition.” – Lata Mangeshkar.


4. Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai, Aaj Phir Marne Ka Irada Hai

Picturised on: Waheeda Rehman

Lyrics: Shailendra

Music: S D Burman

Film: Guide (1965)

An evergreen song and a unique composition (with the antara preceding the mukhra of the song), it is a must listen for all.


5. Pani Pani Re

Picturised on: Tabu

Lyrics: Gulzar

Music: Vishal Bharadwaj

Film: Maachis (1996)

A sombre song that will help you feel solitude and its pain.


6. Aaj Kal Paon Zameen Par Nahin Padte Mere

Picturised on: Rekha

Lyrics: Gulzar

Music: R D Burman

Film: Ghar(1978)

A happy song that is full of positive energy and optimism.


7. Tere Liye

Picturised on: Preity Zinta

Lyrics: Javed Akhtar

Music: Late Madan Mohan

Film: Veer-Zaara (2004)

This composition was unused since Madan Mohan’s death in 1975. His son requested Lata ji to sing it for Veer-Zaara as she was Madan Mohan’s favourite singer. Lata ji was in tears after the recording of this song was over.


8. Chalte Chalte Yunhi Koi Mil Gaya Tha

Picturised on: Meena Kumari

Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi

Music: Ghulam Mohammed

Film: Pakeezah (1972)

Written by the stalwart Kaifi Azmi, this is a typical courtesan song that has been rendered beautifully by Lata ji.


9. Kitne Ajeeb Rishtey Hain Yahan Pe

Picturised on: Konkana Sen Sharma & Tara Sharma

Lyrics: Ajay Jhingran & Sandeep Nath

Music: Shamir Tandon

Film: Page 3 (2005)

These are the lyrics that will make you introspect and a rendition that is equally soulful.


10. Ae Mere Vatan Ke Logon

Lyrics: Kavi Pradeep

Music: C. Ramchandra

Ae mere vatan ke logon is the classic, captivating patriotic rendition that will surely leave you teary-eyed.


Let’s pray for Lata Mangeshkar’s health, long life and may she continue to bless us with her voice.

Please share your own favourite Lata songs in the comments section below!


Shashi Shekhar Misra

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