Lata Mangeshkar Special: Happy Birthday Nightingale, Here Are Your 10 Best Songs

We could list a 100 memorable melodies sung by Lata Mangeshkar but on the icon’s 88th birthday here are her 10 best songs

She was just 13 when Lata Mangeshkar took up singing as a career after the untimely death of her father Deenanath Mangeshkar. Little did people know that the shy teenager would one day become a legend in the world of music.

She started by singing in Marathi films but in 1945, Lata’s family moved to Mumbai and she started taking lessons in Hindustani Classical Music from Ustad Aman Ali Khan of Bhendibazaar Gharana. She sang Paa Lagoon Kar Jori for the film Aap Ki Seva Mein (1946), which was composed by Datta Davjekar and then her mentor, music director Ghulam Haider, introduced her to producer Sashadhar Mukherjee, who was working then the movie Shaheed (1948). But the producer rejected her voice, saying it was too “thin”.

Lata Mangeshkar got her first break in 1948 with the song Dil Mera Toda from Majboor. The song was composed by her mentor Ghulam Haider. Initially, Mangeshkar is said to have imitated the acclaimed singer Noor Jehan, but later she developed her own style of singing.

Her singing career of seven decades saw her master every genre of music. She is the recipient of three National Film Awards, 12 Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards, four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards and many more. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award was bestowed on her in 1989 by the Government of India. She is also the second vocalist, after M. S. Subbulakshmi, to have been awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna. On the occasion of Lata Mangeshkar’s 88th birthday, SpotboyE.com brings you top 10 songs crooned by the music icon.

Ayega Aanewala- Mahal (1949)



Composed by Khemchandra Prakash, the track from Mahal was picturised on Madhubala and Ashok Kumar. The vocals of Lata Manegeshkar will send chills down your spine. The lip-syncing on screen by Madhubala added a special allure to the song.

Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua - Shree 420 (1955)



This is one of the most iconic numbers crooned by the legend. The song featured Raj Kapoor and Nargis and many films have tried to recreate the famous moment between the two legendary actors. The romantic song was penned by Shailendra and composed by Shankar- Jaikishan.

Tu Jahan Jahan Chalega- Mera Saaya (1966)



The soul-stirring number from Mera Saaya is known as one of the best songs by composer Madan Mohan. Featuring, Sadhana and Sunil Dutt, Lata very efficiently delivers the emotion of yearning. The song was penned by Raja Mehdi Ali.

Lag Jaa Gale - Woh Kaun Thi (1964)



Composed by Madan Mohan, the track from Woh Kaun Thi has a special place in the memories of all those who love Bollywood music. Lata Mangeshkar’s vocals express the lovelorn heroine’s emotions perfectly. The track is recreated even today by many young musicians.

Tere Bina Zindagi Se – Aandhi (1971)



Lata Mangeshkar and Gulzar teamed up for this melancholic number from Aandhi (1971). Composed by RD Burman, the emotional number is picturised on Sanjeev Kumar and Suchitra Sen.

Chalte Chalte- Pakeezah (1972)



Lata Mangeshkar once again proved her singing prowess by crooning the classical number from Pakeezah, with both pain and panache. The song was composed by Ghulam Mohammed and was penned by Kaifi Azmi.

Roz Shaam Aati Thi- Imtihan (1974)



Penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri, the song from Imtihan featured Tanuja and Vinod Khanna. The romantic track talks about the many shades of love and longing.

Yaara Seeli Seeli- Lekin (1991)



The legend walked away with a National Award for this song from Leekin (1991).Composed by Hridaynath Mangeshkar, the highlight of the song is the unusual lyrics which are so well sung by the Queen of Melody. The song was penned by Gulzar.

Tujhe Dekha- Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995



Shot in the picturesque locales of Switzerland, Tujhe Dekha from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge is one of the most romantic numbers crooned by Lata Mangeshkar. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was one of only three Hindi films in the reference book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, and was placed twelfth on the British Film Institute's list of top Indian films of all time.

Tere Liye- Veer Zaara (2004)



The romantic song from Veer Zaara expresses the turmoil which the lead pair, Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta, go through during their two-decade long separation. Crooned by Roop Kumar Rathod and Lata Mangeshkar, the track was composed by Madan Mohan.


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