Happy Birthday Kishore Kumar: The Legendary Singer’s Top 10 Songs

On the occasion of Kishore Kumar’s 88th birth anniversary, SpotboyE.com brings you top 10 tracks by the legend. Catch Kishore Kumar’s classic tracks all day on 9X Jalwa

Kishore Kumar, born as Abhas Ganguly on August 4, 1929, was the youngest of four siblings. He had three older siblings Ashok (the eldest), Sati Devi, and Anoop. Ashok Kumar was already a film star while Kishore was still young. With the help of Ashok, Anoop too ventured into films. While spending time with brothers, Kumar became interested in films and music. He took up acting for a while, but singing was always his inner calling.

the legendary singer kishore kumar
The Legendary Singer Kishore Kumar

Kumar’s first break in singing came in the form of Chhota Sa Ghar Hoga (Naukri, 1954). Post that, he acted in many films but made sure he never compromised on music. Kishore starred in New Delhi (1957), Aasha (1957), Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Half Ticket (1962), Ganga Ki Lehren and Padosan (1968) among others. Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), his home production, had the three Ganguly brothers and Madhubala in lead roles.

In Half Ticket, for one of the songs - Aake Seedhi Lagi Dil Pe - the music director Salil Chowdhary had a duet in mind and wanted Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar to sing the song. However, since Lata Mangeshkar was not in town and Salil Chowdhury had to record that song before she could return; Kishore Kumar solved the problem by singing both the male and female parts of the song himself. The duet is actually for Pran and Kishore Kumar on screen dressed as a woman.

Though Kishore Kumar passed away at a relatively young age (58), he is labelled as one of the 5 pillars of Bollywood music. He is still remembered as a complete entertainer who could leave you in splits, or could get your eyes welled up.

Today, on his 88th birth anniversary, we look back at 10 of Kishore’s most melodious numbers. Check them out:

Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si (Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, 1958)


Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi is a fine example to prove that Kishore Kumar could leave you in splits. The song went on to become one of the most memorable tracks by the legend. 

Mere Sapno Ki Rani (Aradhana, 1970)




Kishore Kumar’s vocals have always complemented Rajesh Khanna’s characters. The song from Aradhana is one of the best examples of the duo teaming up to create a hit melody.

Roop Tera Mastana (Aradhana, 1970)


Kishore Kumar faced a lean period for a few years, but this song marked his comeback as a playback singer. In one of the interviews, his son, Amit Kumar had revealed that Kishore had suggested RD Burman to use the Bengali version of this song.


Zindagi Ek Safar (Andaz,1971)


This peppy number is relevant even today. Starring Hema Malini and Rajesh Khanna, the song urges you to live every minute of your life to the fullest. The yodelling is the highlight of the track. 

Musafir Hoon Yaaron (Parichay, 1972)

 Panchamda and Kishore Kumar’s collaboration has always resulted in memorable melodies like this one. The composition is simple but the vocals of Kishore Kumar take the song to another level.


Mera Jeevan Kora Kagaz (Kora Kagaz, 1974)

 The melancholic number from Kora Kagaz surely gives you goosebumps. Only Kishore Kumar could have pulled off the track with such ease.

Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi Shikwa (Aandhi, 1975)


Crooned by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, the song from Aandhi (1975), strums the right chords and is soulful. Gulzar’s lyrics prove to be an icing on the cake. 

Dil Aisa Kisi Ne Mera (Amanush, 1976)


Kishore Kumar brought out the emotions of a broken heart in the song. Composed by Shyamal Mitra, the song number Kishore Kumar a Filmfare Award.


Khaike Paan Banaras Wala (Don, 1979)

The tunes of the song became so popular that the number was recreated in Don (2006) and SRK shook a leg in it after 27 years. 

Dekha Ek Khwaab Toh Yeh Silsile Hue (Silsila 1980)

Shot in the locales of Switzerland, the song is one of the most soothing, romantic numbers sung by the legends, Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar.


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