Note: As I was writing the post, I kept discovering Mukesh songs that I really like that I haven’t heard in a long time. So the list below isn’t really complete. But these are the songs I listen to first if I want to listen to Mukesh songs. End Note.

I’ve been listening to a lot of remixed songs (Hindi) lately. Not one of those, “I’m going to remix my own song that I made 15 minutes ago” songs. But songs that are very very old, 15+ years old.

In either case, I’ve gone back to listening to the real oldies. So when I feel I’m in the mood for Mukesh, I listen to:

Song Name – Film Name

  1. Kahi Door Jab Din – Anand [Listen] [Watch]

Favourite song ever? perhaps. has to be one of the top ones. Maybe the top one. Very possible.

part of the song I enjoy the most:

kabhi yunhin jab huyi bojhal saansen
bhar aayi baithe baithe jab yuhin aankhen
tabhi machal ke, pyaar se chal ke
chhuye koyi mujhe par nazar na aaye, nazar na aaye

“chhuye koyi mujhe par nazar na aaye”, wow. beautiful. best line in hindi movie songs. I doubt I’ll find something better.

Yes, I have this song memorized.

  1. Main Pal Do Pal – Khabhi Khabi [Listen] [Watch]

part of the song I enjoy the most:

kal koi mujhko yaad kare,
kyon koi mujhko yaad kare?
masaroof zamaana mere liye
kyon waqt apna barbaad kare?

Another song committed to memory.

  1. Suhani Chandni Raatien – Mukti [Listen] [Watch]

part of the song I enjoy the most:

kahee ayesaa na ho lag jaaye
dil mein aag paani se
badal le raasataa apanaa
ghataayen meharbaanee se
ke yaadon kee ye barsaatein
humein sonay naheen daytee

It actually took me a while to understand the poetic nature of that stanza.

yes, another memorized song.

  1. Kahi Karti Hogi – Phir Kab Milogi [Listen]

part of the song I enjoy the most:

anything that Mukesh sings in the song. I love the rhythm and the flow of this song. I only have the Mukesh bits of the song memorized.

Not that memorizing a song is an accomplishment, but these are Hindi songs after all…