My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-Y

“Where’s X?”

Well, you know I didn’t do X, there’s no X in the Rafian alphabet, like no L in Japanese or no F or V in Korean and no H in Russian, because I couldn’t find any of his songs starting with X, and even Japanese and Korean, well, many languages, have no X, but Chinese and Vietnamese do. Every language has a letter it doesn’t have, like my French teacher said every teacher has a class he/she doesn’t have. And when it came to X, sunheriyaadein and bollyviewer inserted some songs that didn’t even really start with X, as if it were a blank space, but I feel those songs should really belong to whatever letter they really begin with. I really feel X is no place for a Rafi song.

So that’s why I’m leaving out X and skipping to Y.

Yeh Mera Prem Patra Padh Kar-Sangam(1964): “Read this love letter of mine, and don’t get mad, you are my life, you are my prayer…” Rajendra Kumar writes Vyjayantimala a love letter and tries to cheer her up and not get mad(“naraaz na hona”) with this dreamy Shankar-Jaikishan track. And Rafi songs, especially this one, really feel like love letters, for his voice is so rich, smooth, soft, dreamy, calm, ambient, and moreover, charming, just like hot chocolate or custard pudding or marshmallows. So much sweetness and cuteness overload in his voice. Love this song too much. It has to be on the top of this list. One of my favorite songs, one of the best songs ever sung. Because of this love letter(prem patra), it feels like an ideal song for Valentine’s Day. Had there been no L in Rafi’s alphabet, there wouldn’t have been any love letters, especially this one. This song will really keep you calm and satisfied, so don’t get mad when listening or even singing this song. So lesson learned, keep calm and don’t get mad! Stay cool!

Yunhi Tum Mujhse Baat Karti Ho-Sachcha Jhoota(1970): Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz go on a boat ride in this cute, flavorful Rafi-Lata duet from Kalyanji-Anandji. Reminds me of the Little Mermaid, where Ariel and Eric go on a ride on the land. Plus, it’s another of my favorite songs.

Yeh Parbaton Ke Dayere-Vaasna(1968): Biswajeet and Kumud Chhugani gaze around the garden with this rarity of Chitragupt. Kinda reminds me of “Jaag Dil-E-Deewana”.

Yaadon Ki Baraat-Yaadon Ki Baraat(1973): What a rocking bromantic duet picturized on Tariq Khan and Vijay Arora, with R. D. Burman’s booming score.

Yamma Yamma-Shaan(1980): Another masterpiece of Panchamda, where he sings this Arabian flair song for Amitabh Bachchan with his loud, heavy metal voice, and Rafi’s soft unicorn voice on Shashi Kapoor.

Yeh Reshmi Zulfein-Do Raaste(1969): A bearded Rajesh Khanna compliments Mumtaz’s looks, especially her hair and eyes, with this lovely solo love song from Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s direction. I remember Swarit singing this song in the Rafi episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs.

Yeh Aansoo Mere Dil Ki Zubaan Hai-Hamrahi(1963): Very poignant song from Shankar-Jaikishan’s score and picturized on a lonely, brooding Rajendra Kumar, that reminds me of that late, cool channel Rafiology, who got killed due to so many copyright issues blindly taken by other channels, like Filmi Gaane and Gaane Sune Ansune. I cry for that channel every night and day and in my sleep, even more than an ice cream or a chocolate bar. RIP Rafiology!

Yaad Mein Teri-Mere Mehboob(1963): This lightly classical duet, based on raga Darbari, feels like a fairytale, with Naushad’s sheer magic, picturized on Rajendra Kumar and Sadhana. Reminds me of Beauty and the Beast and the Hunchback of Notre Dame scenes. I love Mere Mehboob songs very much, so irresistible. Naushad made such epic, classical soundtracks, like also Mughal-E-Azam, Palki, Leader, and many. Gives me memories.

Yeh Dil Deewana Hai-Ishq Par Zor Nahin(1970): Dharmendra and Sadhana sing this sensual duet with S. D. Burman behind the scenes.

Yeh Maana Meri Jaan-Hanste Zakhm(1973): Feisty qawwali song, under Madan Mohan’s direction, with Navin Nischal as the lead singer on screen there.

Yeh Jo Chilman Hai-Mehboob Ki Mehndi(1971): Rajesh Khanna charms Leena Chandavarkar with this Laxmikant-Pyarelal fairytale.

Yeh Na Thi Hamari Kismat-Non-filmi song: This is a classical rendering of a Mirza Ghalib ghazal.

Yahoo-Junglee(1961): Shammi Kapoor insanely yells out the yahoo in this Shankar-Jaikishan earthquake in the heroine Saira Banu’s debut. Feels like a nuclear explosion. This was my favorite in my later elementary school days. And I have a joke: What’s Shammi’s favorite search engine? YAHOOOOOOOO!!!!! But that was just a joke, and there was not really any Internet during Rafi’s time.

Yaad Na Jaye-Dil Ek Mandir(1963): Another sentimental song composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and picturized on Rajendra Kumar. Even if time flies, memories shouldn’t go and thus should be preserved, like those photo albums and scrapbooks. There are really a lot of things that disappear over time, but some we can’t forget. If life had a rewind button, I wish we could get to that stuff more, like the Pany Pang website, the virtual Potter Puppet Pals scene maker, the Mouse’s Sorting Hat, and of course, our beloved channel Rafiology.

Yeh Teri Saadgi-Shabnam(1964): Mehmood serenades Vijayalaxmi in this rare gem of Usha Khanna.

Yehi Hai Tamanna-Aap Ki Parchhaiyan(1964): Jolly love song picturized on Dharmendra serenading Supriya in Madan Mohan’s composition.

Yeh Raat Yeh Fizayein-Batwara(1961): This rare gem of rare musician S. Madan lights up a dark night. Feels like a moist chocolate cake.

Yehi Hai Woh Sanjh Aur Savera-Sanjh Aur Savera(1964): Tragedy stars Guru Dutt and Meena Kumari get touched in this light duet of Shankar-Jaikishan.

Yeh Desh Hai Veer-Naya Daur(1957): Dilip Kumar leads this very patriotic song of O. P. Nayyar. So proud to be an Indian, and a Rafian too!

Yamma Yamma-China Town(1962): Very peppy duet in Ravi’s score, featuring Shammi and Helen.

Yeh Tera Husn Nasha-Non-filmi song: This Madan Mohan ghazal is so soft and lovely that it soothes me like a cup of tea…

Yeh Raat Hai Pyaasi Pyaasi-Chhoti Bahu(1971): Rajesh Khanna sings this Kalyanji-Anandji bedtime song to Sharmila Tagore.

Yeh Duniya Yeh Mehfil-Heer Ranjha(1970): Raaj Kumar feels so lost and lonely in those deserted places as he wanders around with this soulful Madan Mohan classic.

Yeh Chand Sa Roshan Chehra-Kashmir Ki Kali(1964): Why S. H. Bihari’s lyrics are talking about a blonde, blue-eyed girl, while Shammi is really serenading this peppy O. P. Nayyar classic to a raven-haired, black-eyed Sharmila Tagore in her prime?! The lyrics don’t even match the picturization! LOL! And I even had a funny dream where Patrick watched this song on Squidward’s TV and turned it off.

Yun Rootho Na Haseena-Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare(1966): Shashi charms Nanda in this light, effortless love song of Madan Mohan. But I wish Madan sahab had made more scores for Shashiji.

Yun Bekhudi Se Kaam-Non-filmi song: This rare ghazal, based on raga Malkauns, feels like an angel’s prayer…

Yeh Hawa Yeh Mastana-Akeli Mat Jaiyo(1963): Rajendra Kumar and Meena Kumari go on a sleigh ride with this blissful Madan Mohan number with some Japanese flair. Reminds me of a fairytale forest adventure.

Yeh Rang Bhare Badal-Tu Nahin Aur Sahi(1960): Pradeep Kumar and Nishi enjoy the train ride with this blissful Ravi track.

Yeh Vaada Raha Dilruba-Professor Pyarelal(1982): Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman snuggle this Kalyanji-Anandji duet like a love story. Reminds me of “Kya Dekhte Ho”.

Yeh Wadiyan Yeh Fizayein-Aaj Aur Kal(1963): Sunil Dutt looks at the open nature with this Ravi track.

Yahan Main Ajnabee Hoon-Jab Jab Phool Khile(1965): Shashi states in this soft piano track of Kalyanji-Anandji that he is a foreigner here.

Yeh Zulf Agar Khul Ke-Kaajal(1965): Helen plays a courtesan dancer in this Ravi composition, and a drunk Raaj Kumar praises her beauty in Rafi’s rich, soft, warm voice, just like milk tea.

Yeh Dil Tum Bin Kahin Lagta Nahin-Izzat(1968): Dharmendra and Tanuja try to find each other’s love in the open hills with this light duet of Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Yeh Parda Hata Do-Ek Phool Do Mali(1969): Sanjay Khan and Sadhana tease each other in this peppy Ravi ched-chad song.

Yeh Ishq Ishq-Barsaat Ki Raat(1960): Feisty, party jolly qawwali from Roshan’s composition on raga Kalavati, featuring Bharat Bhushan.

Yeh Raat Bahut Rangeen-Shagoon(1964): Waheeda Rehman’s real-life hubby Kamaljeet renders this haunting Khayyam ghazal.

Yeh Ladka Haye Allah-Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin(1977): This superhit booming song is picturized on the rare actors Kajal Kiran and Tariq Khan. They fall in love in the garden, and when Kajal flies with the balloons, like in the Disney movie Up, that’s the funniest part. And I’m actually loving Asha’s voice here, so cute, sweet, and juicy like an orange, nothing like a chipmunk here, unlike her earlier songs, like “Bahut Shukriya,” etc. And of course, Rafi sahab’s voice is like a glossy finishing touch, like a sugar glaze in a donut. Music by Panchamda.

Yeh Gotedar Lehnga-Dharam Kanta(1982): Rajesh Khanna and Reena Roy go on a train ride in this jolly, peppy, catchy dance number composed by none other than Naushad sahab, usually known for his epic, classical songs, like “Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya,” “Sawan Aaye Ya Na Aaye,” “Ek Shahenshah Ne,” and many, but this one is different and gives a new genre.

Sorting these songs by letter is as fun as sorting Disney characters into Hogwarts houses, that it makes a useful tool for that singing game called antakshari, where the next song should start with the last letter of the previous, and that was the original point that gave me the idea of sorting these songs, even if they aren’t all Rafi songs. But still, I’d like to acknowledge sunheriyaadein, bollyviewer, and also Achal Rangaswamy for inspiring and influencing me to do my own Rafi alphabets.


My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-W

So U and V were short, but this one’s gonna get a little longer.

Wadiyan Mera Daaman-Abhilasha(1968): Sanjay Khan goes crazy in love for Nanda with this R. D. Burman track.

Woh Hai Zara Khafa Khafa-Shagird(1967): The charming pair of Joy Mukherjee and Saira Banu flirt in the garden with this light Laxmikant-Pyarelal duet.

Woh Jab Yaad Aaye-Parasmani(1963): That’s true, when I remember something, so many things come to my head. And this sentimental classic duet is one of Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s first songs, picturized on Mahipal and Geetanjali in an enchanted fairytale setting, colored from that magic pixie dust in “Hansta Hua Noorani Chehra”. Rafi sahab’s voice is something so rich, smooth, warm, liquid, frothy, and foamy…

Woh Teer Dil Pe Chala-Aarti(1962): Comical duet from Roshan, featuring our beloved comedian Mehmood and Shashikala.

Woh Din Yaad Karo-Hamrahi(1963): Nice duet from Shankar-Jaikishan, picturized on Rajendra Kumar and Jamuna in the patio.

Watan Pe Jo Fida Hoga-Phool Baney Angarey(1963): Very emotional patriotic song and dynamic voice, under Kalyanji-Anandji’s direction.

Waqt Se Din Aur Raat-Waqt(1965): Time flies with this soulful Ravi composition, when things go and people lose lives, day and night, today and tomorrow. Kahin beetein na yeh raatein, kahin beete na yeh din.

Woh Hum Na The-Cha Cha Cha(1964): Helen, playing the heroine in this movie, listens to this soft, smooth, suave, liquid number from Iqbal Qureshi’s score on the radio, rendered by Chandrashekhar on screen.

For days, I’ve been working in a world full of Rafi songs, and his voice is so wonderful, so rich, smooth, liquid, soft, suave, and mellifluous, that listing so many of his songs by letter felt like so much wonder! Rafi sahab was one of the best singers in the world! Doesn’t it feel like a wonderland?!

My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-V

OK, but when it comes to Hindi songs, especially Mohammed Rafi’s songs, V must be a tricky letter, that I can just think of these few songs.

Vaada Karle Sajna-Hath Ki Safai(1974): Vinod Khanna and Simi Garewal stroll in the park with this classic duet of Kalyanji-Anandji, and this is the song that many think of at this part.

Vaada Bhool Na Jaana-Jalte Badan(1973): What a lovely, blissful, breezy duet, where Kumkum and Kiran Kumar roll in the wildflowers in this rare gem of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. And Rafi’s voice sounds so rich, neon, warm, and booming here. And even the picturization looks so colorful, vivid, and neon, sounds so blissful like cherry blossoms, soft rose petals, love blooms, and puppy love. Rafi’s charming voice really suits this song and complements with Lata’s honey-sweet voice in this lovely duet. Reminds me of those Kim Possible stories.  That’s what I call a real, legitimate love song. Can’t resist this one.

Vallah Kya Baat Hai-Vallah Kya Baat Hai(1962): Shammi Kapoor rocks and rolls through this jazzy, O. P. Nayyar-style beat by Roshan, usually known for his classical-based numbers.

Vatan Ka Kya Hoga-Aadmi Aur Insaan(1968): Very patriotic one from Ravi, featuring Johnny Walker.

And that felt like another short one, that I don’t have much to say about this list. But this gentleman was a very talented singer with versatility, richness, and charm overload in his voice, and so many songs and creations, well, millions of them. He had a versatile, vibrant, vivid voice.

My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-U

I was listening to some Rafi tracks. Dad burst into my room and said, “That ugly voice?!”

Ugly voice?! Noooo! Rafi had a charming voice!

Phew, but it was just a nightmare. Like me, Dad really loves Rafi songs, and his voice too, for he too finds it a charming one.

So one day, Dad was watching “Abhi Na Jao Chod Kar”, and to make clear of my nightmare, I asked him, “You don’t like Rafi’s voice?”

“No, I like it,” he said. So he really liked Rafi’s voice. But the voices he really found ugly were of Spongebob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, and all those Spongebob characters. He doesn’t even like Atif Aslam’s voice, for he thinks Atif is a flat singer, except he doesn’t say Atif ugly. But I do like Atif myself.

But remember, the main topic is Rafi sahab, so let’s focus on his songs more.

Ude Jab Jab Zulfein Teri-Naya Daur(1957): Vyjayantimala and Dilip Kumar praise each other’s looks in this shaky, feisty O. P. Nayyar classic. But even Asha’s voice sounds so cute in here.

Udhar Tum Haseen Ho-Mr. and Mrs. 55(1955): Guru Dutt and Madhubala waltz together in this snappy, jazzy Rafi-Geeta duet, also from O. P. Nayyar.

Uth Neend Se Mirzya-Pratigya(1975): Dharmendra and Hema Malini star in this Laxmikant-Pyarelal rendering of a classic Punjabi legend. The tune reminds me of Jad Mukhda Vekhiya Yaar Da and Palash Sen’s Maeri.

Unke Khayal Aaye To-Lal Patthar(1971): Rafi’s rich, liquid, chocolatey voice proves that it’s a charming one. And do you know the actor lip-synching to this charming voice? It’s none other than his senior G. M. Durrani, who taught him to sing so smoothly. And this classical Shankar-Jaikishan masterpiece, based on raga Gaara(not Naruto’s Gaara), has to be the best song of the movie, love it even more than Manna and Asha’s classical duet “Re Man Sur Mein Ga”, that I had on my cassette.

Uff Yeh Jawani Yeh Ada-Mehmaan(1973): Biswajeet serenades Rekha in this fun, colorful, peppy solo from Ravi.

But that felt so short and sweet, even way shorter than that huge, giant, long, mega list of T songs. And U is not for ugly, that’s just a nightmare, but unique, that Rafi’s voice felt so unique with its distinctive richness that it could not be replaced. U even means unicorn, that colorful, magical creature, and Rafi had a really cool, magical, charming, unforgettable, unimaginable voice that you couldn’t even resist.

And also, undisputed, as in the undisputed king of Indian singing.

My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-T

Calling all Rafi lovers! Let’s put our hands and make an alphabet of his songs!

It all started when I came across a page called The A to Z of Mohammed Rafi, an alphabet consisting exclusively of his songs, by sunheriyaadein. That page was so cool and inspiring that I wanted to make my own, but the toughest part was picking just one song per letter, so I decided to stretch out every song I could think of, and there are too many songs to think of from this letter, well, trillions. But sunheriyaadein wasn’t the only one who made such an alphabet, bollyviewer and Achal Rangaswamy made theirs too, and now I want to follow them and do my own version. Not only does it dedicate to our beloved singer, but it even makes a useful tool for that singing game called antakshari, where the next song should start with the last letter of the previous, and it’s such a fun, lovable game.

And the first time I played antakshari with my family, we were stuck on T, that we needed to search such songs and increase our vocabulary in songs, but I already had too many songs stored in my memory, like “Tu Hi Tu”, “Tunak Tunak Tun”, “Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai”, “Tadap Tadap”, and many, but remember, this is a Rafi territory(like in the show Emperor’s New School, Yzma said in her song, “This is an Yzma territory”), so I’m totally limiting to this charming gentleman’s songs, be it a solo or duet, black and white or color, regardless of actor, music director, mood, year, etc., well, any Rafi song can work, as long as it starts with a T for true love, temptations, and treasures.

Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho-Hanste Zakhm(1973): This superhit, booming, blasting classic has to be on the top of the list, because it’s one of my most favorites, with Madan Mohan’s magic picturized on a bright, neon, colorful scene of Navin Nischal and Priya Rajvansh going on a car ride on a rainy evening to the beach. With Kaifi Azmi’s passionate lyrics, it speaks of Navin getting lost and trying to search for Priya(“ek bhatke hue raahi ko, caravan mil gaya”). What a neon, booming, liquid voice Rafi has, like a piping hot chocolate. I also remember its covers from Debojit in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005, Aneek in Ek Se Badhkar Ek, and Parthiv in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge. Like them, I too love singing these songs, especially this one. I tend to follow those contestants and get their influence too, like Ron Weasley(from Harry Potter) says, “Follow the butterflies.” Every time I dream of this song, it comes on the radio. It has been so popular that it has to be a gem, a beauty, a heaven, a chartbuster, a blast, and true love of a song. This is one of the best songs ever sung on the planet. Makes me wanna feel good and hum along. So much to say about this song…

Tu Mere Saamne Hai-Suhagan(1964): Another irresistible piece of chocolate from Madan Mohan, where Guru Dutt compliments Mala Sinha’s beauty, especially her hairstyle, in Rafi’s rich, smooth, soft, warm, suave, melty, chocolatey voice in this black and white classic. This is another beauty and another of the best songs ever sung. Feels like a surprise gift. Reminds me of my mid-high school days. I can’t resist this one either, the way DW, from the show Arthur, plays the song “Crazy Bus” repeatedly, except I love this song even more than “Crazy Bus,” well, there are too many of these addicting songs, this is one of them.

Tere Mere Sapne-Guide(1965): Dev Anand tries to still show his love on Waheeda Rehman, but she cries. But why? What happened? Maybe it’s the end of their love story, that their love is deteriorating and splitting, like look at that cute, jolly song “Gaata Rahe Mera Dil”, where they used to love each other. But this song, from S. D. Burman’s score, is a poignant, emotional one, yet so addictive and irresistible, that it’s a touching one. And besides, this song is based on raga Gaara(nope, not a namesake of Naruto’s Gaara), like “Aise To Na Dekho”, “Kabhi Khud Pe”, and “Mohe Panghat Pe”.

Tumne Mujhe Dekha-Teesri Manzil(1966): Like “Tere Mere Sapne”, this feels like another poignant song, but now it’s Shammi Kapoor singing and making Asha Parekh cry in this R. D. Burman classic with Majrooh Sultanpuri’s mesmerizing lyrics. And look at her tears dropping on her paper, like a light rain.

Tu Ganga Ki Mauj Main Jamuna Ka Dhara-Baiju Bawra(1952): In this vintage Naushad composition on raga Bhairavi, seems like the folks, especially Bharat Bhushan and Meena Kumari, are enjoying their time in the riverside.

Tumse O Haseena-Farz(1967): Very surprising to see Babita do a classical-type dance, like Vyjayantimala or Padmini, with Jeetendra’s jazzy dance in this jolly duet from Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Teri Bindiya Re-Abhimaan(1973): Amitabh Bachchan compliments wife Jaya Bachchan’s beauty with this lovely bunch of flowers in Sachinda’s composition based on classical roots probably from raga Gaara. It has to be a fairy tale of a song. It is a real beauty and a pleasure for sore ears. I even remember the Rajasthani singers Dilshad and Priyanka singing this beautiful duet in the S. D. Burman episode of the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge show.

Teri Galiyon Mein Na-Hawas(1974): Scored by Usha Khanna, Anil Dhawan is emotional about his love and flashbacks about Neetu Singh. And look at that nerd, and that aging Pradeep Kumar. And what a soft, charming voice Rafi has, just like a unicorn. Ayushman Khurrana sang this song in the Andhadhun movie.

Teri Pyari Pyari Surat Ko-Sasural(1961): Rajendra Kumar tries to compliment an innocent B. Saroja Devi’s beauty with this light love solo from Shankar-Jaikishan’s sheer magic. Rafi has sung this song with pure love in his voice. And when I try to sing this song, I act as if I’m looking at something super cute, like my two pet squirrels Misu and Risu(nope, they aren’t real squirrels, they’re just carved out of wood into one sculpture). Really a song of cuteness overload, like a Pany Pang or a piece of chocolate cake. And Hasrat Jaipuri’s lyrics “kisi ki nazar na lage chashme baddoor” mean to keep the evil eyes far far away, which is analogous to seeing no evil, or even speaking or hearing no evil, as said by the three wise monkeys, or even referenced in the Rafi song “Bura Mat Suno” from Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke. Really a sight for sore eyes. So blind your eyes from those monsters and aliens, and focus your eyes on the flowers, butterflies, glitters, nature, and such beauties! Don’t stare at the dark side, just look at the bright side!

Tumse Izhaar-E-Haal Kar Baithe-Mere Mehboob(1963): Now it’s time for Raju to praise Sadhana in Naushad’s score. Shakeel Badayuni’s lyrics speak of doing wonders and achievements, and hard work pays off. Like the more songs you collect, the bigger your stock grows. Based on raga Yaman, the tune reminds me of “Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi” from Raja Hindustani. And this movie, Mere Mehboob, had one of the most epic soundtracks for its irresistible, unforgettable songs, like “Mere Mehboob Tujhe” and “Yaad Mein Teri.” I love those songs so much that I can’t resist them either. They are really wonderful songs. Naushad sahab really did a wonder in this movie.

Tasveer Teri Dil Mein-Maya(1961): Mala Sinha and Dev Anand sing this cute duet from Salil Choudhury.

Tere Paas Aake Mera Waqt-Neela Akash(1965): Dharmendra and Mala Sinha wander around the Pinjore Gardens with this light, flirty Madan Mohan duet. Reminds me of the Sleeping Beauty song “Once Upon a Dream.”

Tujhe Jeevan Ki Dor Se-Asli Naqli(1962): I used to listen to this lovely Rafi-Lata duet, picturized on Dev and Sadhana, on tape in my elementary school memories. Feels so magical as a fairytale. This is even one of Dad’s favorite songs. Even Dharmendra and Jaya Bachchan sang this charming song in Guddi. And the lyrics mean, “I have tied you with the string of life.”

Tum Mujhe Yun Bhula Na Paoge-Pagla Kahin Ka(1970): This is an ideal song to pay tribute to Rafiji on his death anniversary, that’s July 31st, ever since 1980. It felt a bit too early for him to leave the world like that, but he had a severe dard-e-dil at just 55 years. But it was just a natural, intrinsic cause. BTW, this song was made way before his passing, with Shankar-Jaikishan’s composition on raga Jhinjhoti, picturized on Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh.

Teri Ankhon Ke Siva-Chirag(1969): Another root from raga Jhinjhoti, Sunil Dutt praises Asha Parekh’s lovely eyes under Madan Mohan’s direction. Asha later gets blinded at a mystery incident in the middle of this movie, due to her inability to bear a baby, that she sings it back to Sunil.

Tum Bin Jaoon Kahan-Pyar Ka Mausam(1969): Now it’s time for the charming Shashi Kapoor to praise Asha Parekh with this rocking R. D. Burman track. There is also a Kishore version of this song, picturized on Bharat Bhushan.

Tujhe Pyar Karte Hain-April Fool(1964): Biswajeet and Saira Banu wish upon a star in the twilight with this love duet from Shankar-Jaikishan. Feels like Cinderella and Prince Charming waltzing at the garden in the ball.

Tu Hi Woh Haseen Hai-Khwab(1980): Mithun Chakraborty was one lucky actor in the newer generation to have Rafi sahab singing for him, complimenting Rajneeta’s beauty in blind musician Ravindra Jain’s score. And some say Rafi sahab sounds like Yesudas in the beginning. Many of you would have wondered that if Rafi lived longer, he would have sung for even newer actors, like Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar, and many, but they have had newer singers like Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Abhijeet, Sonu Nigam, KK, Shaan, etc. And now there are rappers like Yo Yo Honey Singh and Badshah, that many complain that music is deteriorating nowadays. Time flies. Kahin beetein na yeh raatein, kahin beete na yeh din.

Tumne Pukara Aur Hum Chale Aaye-Rajkumar(1964): Shammi and Sadhana gaze around the enchanted forest in this Shankar-Jaikishan fairytale. I guess it sounds like raga Darbari.

Tujhe Dekha Tujhe Chaha-Chhoti Si Mulaqat(1967): Uttam Kumar and Vyjayantimala romance in the wintry scene in this lovely, light duet from Shankar-Jaikishan’s score. But Vyjayantimala looks chubby in that orange vest, so I’m putting her purple sweater instead.

Teri Zulfon Se Judai-Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai(1961): Dev sahab sings at the court that he didn’t want to detach from Asha Parekh. Score by Shankar-Jaikishan and lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri. And Dev sahab feels so faulty in here, that this song even reminds me of the song “Tadap Tadap” from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, where a lonely Salman Khan feels guilty for his wrongdoings.

Tik Tik Tik-Humjoli(1970): Brilliant cabaret song on Jeetendra and Mumtaz with score by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Tere Bin Soone Nain Hamare-Meri Surat Teri Ankhen(1963): Ashok Kumar plays a nice guy who looks like a beggar and a beast, like the Beast from Beauty and the Beast, or Shrek. But unlike the Beast or Shrek, his character is a talented classical singer, like see “Poocho Na Kaise Maine” and “Nache Man Mora Magan”. That is, a hideous character with a charming voice. Don’t always judge people by their looks, rather their expressions and personalities.

Tere Ghar Ke Saamne-Tere Ghar Ke Saamne(1963): Dev Anand sees Nutan in his glass in this titular song of Sachinda’s score. It looks really cool to see Nutan in a glass, and that ice cube sure gave her those chills. It even reminds me of the Chinese story Cup Bow Snake Reflection, a story I read in a site called Starfall, when I was in elementary school, and also the book The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks, where a girl saw a boy in a glass of water, she said, “I wouldn’t want to see you in a glass of water,” and he said, “Ditto to you!” So like in Cup Bow Snake Reflection, Dev is Wang Gung, and Nutan is the snake.

Tere Sang Jeena Tere Sang Marna-Nach Uthe Sansar(1976): Shashi Kapoor and Hema Malini unite in this Laxmikant-Pyarelal gem. And Rafi’s voice really feels so soft and smooth as pudding in here…

Tere Ishq Ka Mujh Pe-Nagin(1976): What a sensual duet picturized on Sunil Dutt and Rekha, scored by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Rafi’s voice sounds really charming as a fairytale, and Asha’s voice is so cute, sweet, and juicy as an orange, nothing like a chipmunk here, unlike “Aaiye Meharbaan,” “Bahut Shukriya,” etc.

Tumhari Zulf Ke Saaye Mein-Naunihal(1967): Sanjeev Kumar sways around his love Indrani Mukherjee in this soft, smooth, silky Madan Mohan ghazal.

Tu Kahan Yeh Bata-Tere Ghar Ke Saamne(1963): Dev Anand wanders around the streets in this Sachinda classic. I remember Swarit singing this song in an episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs in 2009.

Tujhe Kya Sunaoon Main Dilruba-Aakhri Dao(1958): Madan Mohan got inspired by the tune of Talat Mehmood’s song “Yeh Hawa Yeh Raat,” taken from Sangdil, composed by Sajjad Hussain, and picturized on the charming Dilip Kumar. But this song is picturized on Nutan and the lesser-known Shekhar.

Talkhi-E-Maye Mein Zara-Non-filmi song: This ghazal from Taj Ahmed Khan feels like waking up with a warm cup of tea.

Tu Hai Mera Prem Devta-Kalpana(1960): In this classical Rafi-Manna duet, Padmini and Ragini are dancing classically and devoting to God with O. P. Nayyar’s composition on raga Lalit. An epic one, like a firefly light in a dark, enchanted forest.

Tumse Acchha Kaun Hai-Janwar(1965): I first heard this song when Paresh sang it in the 2005 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge. Shammi falls in the lake with Shankar-Jaikishan’s peppy beats.

Tayyab Ali Pyar Ka Dushman-Amar Akbar Anthony(1974): Rishi Kapoor and company sing this jolly Islamic prayer song of Laxmikant-Pyarelal on the sunny streets. Better than that remix from Once Upon a Time in Mumbai 2.

Tum Chali Jaogi-Shagoon(1964): This soft Khayyam ghazal is picturized on real-life jodi Kamaljeet and Waheeda Rehman strolling through the woods.

Teri Neeli Neeli Ankhon Ke-Jane Anjane(1971): Shammi and Leena Chandavarkar hang out at the beach with this Shankar-Jaikishan bliss. Really a blissful song to me.

Tere Nain Nashe De Pyale-Gora Aur Kala(1972): Rajendra Kumar, dressed as a Sultan, compliments Hema’s beauty in the palace, like an Aladdin story. Score by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Tukde Hain Mere Dil Ke-Mere Sanam(1965): Heartbreaking lyrics from Majrooh Sultanpuri, but this O. P. Nayyar piece wakes me up like a warm cup of coffee. Picturized on Biswajeet and Asha Parekh.

Thehriye Hosh Mein Aa Loon-Mohabbat Isko Kehte Hain(1965): Light duet from Khayyam, featuring the charming jodi of Shashi Kapoor and Nanda. Suman sounds like Asha B. at the humming part.

Tum Jo Hue Mere Humsafar-12 O’Clock(1957): Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman flirt at the orchards with this O. P. Nayyar classic.

Tere Husn Ki Kya Tareef Karoon-Leader(1964): Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala converse at the patio in the garden with this light, lovely duet from Naushad. Dilip sahab’s tie reminds me of Harry Potter. And look at Vyjayantimala doing the moves from different countries.

Tum Meri Ho Mere Siva-Aan Ban(1972): Super cute duet from Shankar-Jaikishan, picturized on Rajendra Kumar and Rakhee Gulzar at the garden. Like “Teri Pyari Pyari Surat Ko”, this is another song of cuteness overload. Even Lata didi’s voice is sounding so cute and sweet as a strawberry dipped in chocolate. Kawaii!

Tum Apni Saheli Ko-Samaj Ko Badal Dalo(1970): Prem Chopra is usually known to play the bad guy in many of his movies, but he’s playing the hero here, and I bet the heroine is Kanchan of Andhra Pradesh. Music by Ravi.

Tere Mere Yaraane Ho-Nagin(1976): Feroz Khan and Mumtaz go around the enchanted fairytale land with this Laxmikant-Pyarelal track.

Tumse Kahoon Ek Baat-Dastak(1970): Sanjeev Kumar renders this love song of Madan Mohan to Rehana Sultan in Rafi’s soft, whispery voice like an autumn breeze or a waterfall.

Toote Hue Khwabon Ne-Madhumati(1958): Dilip Kumar broods around with this memorable Salil Choudhry composition. Rafi’s voice is so rich and thick as honey in this song.

Tumhe Dekha Hai-Chandan Ka Palna(1967): Dharmendra blesses Meena Kumari on her wedding in this R. D. Burman piece of gold.

Teri Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi-Suhaag(1979): Bhangra song featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Parveen Babi, and Rekha. Composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. You can see in the end of the song that Amitabh’s beard is fake.

Tumhare Bin Guzare Hai-Aatmaram(1977): Based on raga Bhimpalasi, this song reminds me of “Nainon Mein Badra Chhaye.” But composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and picturized on Shatrughan Sinha and Vidya Sinha in a castle setting that reminds me of the Hogwarts corridor halls.

Taare Taare Kitne Neel Gagan Pe Taare-Aap Aaye Bahaar Aayi(1971): Like “Baar Baar Din Yeh Aaye”, this is a jolly birthday song of Laxmikant-Pyarelal, but picturized on Rajendra Kumar and Sadhana. What a jubilee party song it is, not like Yo Yo Honey Singh’s “Party All Night!”

Tu Mera Main Teri-Pyar Hi Pyar(1969): Dharmendra disguises as a blind musician here, but tries to show love to an angry Vyjayantimala on her birthday in this rock-and-roll Shankar-Jaikishan track. Didn’t like the ending, where Vyjayantimala punched Dharmendra. Reminds me of my eighth grade year. But wish they made more movies together. What a pity…

Tumhare Pyar Mein-Shikar(1968): Dharmendra and Asha Parekh go jeep riding with this Shankar-Jaikishan track.

Tu Is Tarah Se Meri Zindagi-Aap To Aise Na The(1980): Jolly party song from Usha Khanna’s score. Two other versions are there, a romantic one by Manhar Udhas and a sentimental one by Hemlata. But too bad my dad doesn’t like this song. I remember one day in the car, this song was playing on the radio, and Dad turned it off, probably because of the voice. But I’m sure he does like Rafi’s voice in general, in the earlier times, like on Dev Anand or Guru Dutt, etc. But the voices he really can’t stand are of Spongebob, Patrick, and Atif Aslam. But I do like those voices. We have different tastes, you know.

Tera Jalwa Tauba Hai-Aap Ke Deewane(1980): While I was searching for the funny song “Tauba Tera Jalwa” from Dev D on YouTube, this song came in the query, and it’s a Rafi-Kishore duet picturized on Rakesh Roshan and Rishi Kapoor, respectively, in a party setting, at the occassion of Tina Munim’s birthday party. And Rakesh says, “Chand ho, ya aftab ho, jo bhi ho tum khuda ki kasam, lajawab ho,” like the titular song of Chaudhavin Ka Chand.

Tum Akele To Kabhi-Aao Pyar Karein(1964): Playful duet from Usha Khanna’s score, picturized on Joy Mukherjee and Saira Banu. Very lovely song in the courtyard.

Tumhein Main Agar Apna-Shatranj(1969): Rajendra Kumar and Waheeda Rehman roam around the open nature with this breezy Shankar-Jaikishan track.

Teri Meharbani Hogi-Raaka(1965): Feisty qawwali song from Dattaram, featuring Roopesh Kumar and qawwali queen Shakeela Bano Bhopali. Also starring Dara Singh and Mumtaz. Reminds me of my eighth grade days, when I first listened to this song.

Teri Neeli Neeli Jacket-Taxi Driver(1973): A rare song picturized on the rare actors Vishal Anand and Anupama. Look at how Rafi sahab pronounces the word jacket to rhyme with pocket. Feels like an R. D. Burman-type song, but you’ll be surprised to find out that the song was really composed by Nayyar sahab. And Anupama kinda looks like Hema Malini in here.

Tu Jangal Ki Morni-Raja Saab(1969): A snappy tune by Kalyanji-Anandji, where Shashi and Nanda dance to the summer vibes. Makes me want to dance too, like a jello.

Tera Sheeshe Ka Samaan-Chacha Bhatija(1977): Ahoy mateys, Dharmendra and Hema Malini set sail on the pirate ship with this LP duet. Aaaarrrrrrrgggghhhh!

Tere Dar Pe Aaya Hoon-Laila Majnu(1976): A terrorized Rishi Kapoor haunts through this Madan Mohan air.

Tumhari Nazar Kyon Khafa-Do Kaliyan(1968): Biswajeet and Mala Sinha jazz up this ched-chad love duet from Ravi’s score.

Tere Nain-Rakhwala(1971): Dharmendra and Leena swing through this playful duet in Kalyanji-Anandji’s composition.

Tum Hi Tum Ho-Ek Dil Sau Afsane(1963): Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman waltz through this golden Shankar-Jaikishan silk.

Tumhe Husn Deke Khuda Ne-Jab Se Tumhe Dekha Hai(1963): Shammi and Shashi get to be there together, with Kumkum and Shyama in this battle-of-the-sexes qawwali composed by Dattaram in raga Kedar.

Tere Naam Ka Deewana-Chand Aur Suraj(1973): Sanjeev Kumar comes in Bindu’s dreams in this Laxmikant-Pyarelal fairytale.

Tu Jo Nahin Koi Mera-Darinda(1977): Rafi’s voice echoes in this haunting rare gem as Parveen Babi walks through the darkness.

Teri Awaaz Ki Jadugari Se-Teri Talash Mein(1968): Another haunting one, an unseen melody with music by Sapan Jagmohan.

Tum Bin Sajan Barse Nayan-Gaban(1966): Sunil Dutt and Sadhana are apart from each other in this sentimental duet of Shankar-Jaikishan.

Tu Raat Khadi Thi Chhat Pe-Himalay Ki Godmein(1965): Superb bhangra duet song of Kalyanji-Anandji, picturized on Manoj Kumar and Mala Sinha.

Tu Kahin Aas Paas Hai Dost-Aas Paas(1981): This is Rafi’s swan song, in other words, his last song recorded before his untimely passing, that many wish he had lived longer. Composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and picturized on a lonely Dharmendra lost in the rocks.

Rafi sahab had a tender, tempting voice that would stay true and thoughtful to the heart. Temptations…

And that felt like a huge, giant, colossal collection with trillions of songs, that one might feel tired after reading this whole post, BUT, the series isn’t over yet, so stay tuned for more Rafi alphabets!

My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-S

Strictly speaking of Mohammed Rafi, our beloved chocolate-voiced gentleman, I’ve come across a post of his songs in an alphabet. It was so cool that I wanted to do mine, but which one song to pick per letter, that was the toughest part, so I decided to jot down every song I could think of, but it sure felt like lifting up a heavy weight or managing a lot of work in one day, or basically…putting as many songs as I could in each one post per letter, even more than that page. They too wanted to list every possible song, but they felt it too much, but I felt I could. Like that Arthur song says, “everybody that you meet has an original point of view”, like sunheriyaadein decided to set up rules for their songs, but under my point of view, I had too many songs stored in my memory that I couldn’t think of choosing any rules or one song per letter, so that’s why I listed the possible songs under no boundaries. Super challenging, but super fun.

Suhani Raat Dhal Chuki-Dulari(1949): This has to be one of Rafi sir’s most favorite songs, with his rich, natural, thick, buttery, caramel, honey, chocolate voice in his prime in Naushad’s score, picturized on a lonely Suresh, in the dark, abandoned forest, singing for his love Madhubala.

Sar Jo Tera Chakraye-Pyaasa(1957): “Malish! Tel malish! Champi!” There he goes again, Johnny Walker singing in Rafi’s comical, cartoonish, Bugs Bunny-type voice behind S. D. Burman’s score. I even remember Swarit singing this song in the first episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs in the summer between my fifth and sixth grade years. Very funny song it is, reminds me of my middle school friend Nat’s stories.

Sau Saal Pehle-Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai(1961): I used to listen to this lovely, jubilant duet in my cassette in my elementary school days, where Dev Anand and Asha Parekh converse at the park, with score given by Shankar-Jaikishan.

Sawan Aaye Ya Na Aaye-Dil Diya Dard Liya(1966): Another one from my cassette days, this is a lovely, classical duet composed by Naushad on raga Brindabani Sarang(no, I’m NOT talking about the Korean word for love) and picturized on Dilip Kumar and Waheeda Rehman. I also liked Parthiv and Prachi’s cover of this song in the Naushad episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge, one of my favorite shows.

Shaher Mein Charcha Hai-Aas Paas(1981): Jolly bhangra Laxmikant-Pyarelal song picturized on the charming pair of Dharmendra and Hema Malini, and little Hrithik Roshan too. This seems to be Rafi’s last movie, with his swan song before his untimely demise.

Saathiya Nahin Jaana-Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke(1969): Light duet from Laxmikant-Pyarelal, picturized on Dharmendra and Asha Parekh romancing in the gardens.

Saare Shaher Mein-Bairaag(1976): Dilip Kumar and Leena Chandavarkar go canoeing in this light, yet flavorful Kalyanji-Anandji track.

Sa Re Ga Ma-Chupke Chupke(1975): Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra team up with this fun male duet with Sachinda’s score.

Sun Sun Sun Zalima-Aar Paar(1954): Guru Dutt and Shyama flirt together in this ched-chad duet from O. P. Nayyar’s score.

Saathi Na Koi Manzil-Bombay Ka Babu(1960): A lonely Dev Anand wanders around with this cup of coffee from S. D. Burman. It starts out slow, but speeds up by the end.

Suno Suno Miss Chatterjee-Baharen Phir Bhi Aayegi(1966): Johnny Walker goes on his motorbike and meets Madhavi as he sings this darling O. P. Nayyar composition.

Sau Baar Janam Lenge-Ustadon Ke Ustad(1963): Haunting song from Ravi, picturized on Pradeep Kumar and Shakeela. Makes me want to follow my worst nightmares.

Saamne Aa Parda Hata Do-Ek Din Aadhi Raat(1971): This is an exceptional qawwali, where the characters are singing it in a garden instead of the hall. I guess it’s composed by Dattaram on raga Kalavati, like “Hai Agar Dushman”.

Sar Pe Topi Lal-Tumsa Nahin Dekha(1957): Another classic I used to listen on my cassette, where Shammi Kapoor and newcomer Ameeta jive along in this desi O. P. Nayyar jitterbug. This song was featured in “Rock and Roll Soniye” from Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna.

Sajna Saath Nibhana-Doli(1969): Babita calls for her love Rajesh Khanna in the garden with this light song from Ravi’s score.

Saathi Hath Badhana-Naya Daur(1957): Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala join hands with the whole society in this friendship song from O. P. Nayyar’s conduction.

Saqi Ke Har Nigaah Pe-Non-filmi song: This ghazal feels so classical and vintage…

Saari Khushiyan Hai-Suhana Safar(1970): Shashi Kapoor wanders around the enchanted forest with this lovely Laxmikant-Pyarelal number. Can’t resist this one…

Saaz Ho Tum Awaaz Hoon Main-Saaz Aur Awaaz(1966): Joy Mukherjee sings as Saira Banu shakes her groove thing to this raga Patdeep composition by Naushad.

Sach Kehta Hoon-Jaali Note(1960): “I’m telling you the truth, you’re so cutie pie!” And yes, I really agree with Dev sahab, that Madhubala is indeed a cutie pie. And BTW, O. P. Nayyar loved doing those clip-clopped horsecart songs, but it was really Naushad who first came up with that genre.

Sadiyon Purani-Shehnai(1964): Biswajeet and Rajshree explore the nature with this light duet from Ravi, and in some of the song, Rajshree looks like Little Red Riding Hood.

Sochta Hoon Ke-Raaz(1967): Rajesh Khanna and Babita whisper to each other with this soft, dreamy Kalyanji-Anandji duet in the enchanted forest.

Saj Rahi Gali Meri Maa-Kunwara Baap(1974): Very funny song from Rajesh Roshan. Though not much to worry about that nakey guy or those men in drag, but Mehmood spices and boosts it up. Reminds me of Nat’s stories too.

Shauq Har Rang Raqeeb-Non-filmi song: Another classical ghazal…

Sanam Apni Palkon Mein-Pooja Ke Phool(1964): Dharmendra promenades with a blind Nimmi in this light Madan Mohan track.

Subha Na Aayi Shaam Na Aayi-Cha Cha Cha(1964): Lightly classical composition from Iqbal Qureshi, and Helen, known for her cabaret roles, is playing the lead heroine in here.

Shaam-E-Baharan Subh-E-Chaman-Aaja Sanam(1975): This is a 1975 movie, but has some 60’s feel, even Feroz Khan’s hairstyle doesn’t look 1975-ish in here, look at him in Dharmatma, especially “Kya Khoob Lagti Ho”, he looked so different there, his hair was a tad longer there. Score by Usha Khanna here.

So Jaa Sanam-Rocky Mera Naam(1972): Sanjeev Kumar croons this rare lullaby from Sapan Jagmohan to Nivedita, AKA Libi Rana.

Shola Ulfat Ka-Aurat(1967): Rajesh Khanna and Nazima stroll in the park with this merry Ravi duet.

Sajan Sajan Pukaroon-Sajan(1969): Manoj Kumar serenades Asha Parekh’s beauty in the outdoors with this jolly Laxmikant-Pyarelal number.

Sun Sun Sun O Gulabi Kali-Sawan Bhadon(1970): This is from the debut film of both Navin Nischal and the real Rekha, as they tease each other in this ched chad duet from Sonik-Omi. Remember, in “Lehnga Khisak Jayega”, if you haven’t read my earlier posts, Rekha was getting annoyed by Navin.

Sharma Ke Na Jaa-Shehnai(1964): Johnny Walker bursts out this peppy, snappy song from Ravi’s hands.

Sang Basanti Ang Basanti-Raja Aur Rank(1967): Sanjeev Kumar and Nazima jive in front of the castle in this feisty, peppy dance song from Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Sholay Sholay Meri Jawani-Locket(1985): LOL, Rafi sounds like Sonu Nigam in this jolly dandiya song, for he sounds like a young guy in here. But this is a 1985 movie, and the song was recorded in 1979, a delayed release!

Saqiya Itni Pila De-Jai Jwala(1972): This classical song is picturized on a drunk Sujit Kumar.

Sang Sang Rahenge Tumhare-Mulzim(1963): Pradeep Kumar and Shakeela promenade in the garden with this Ravi flavor.

Saccha Hai Agar Pyar Mera Sanam-Jhuk Gaya Aasman(1968): Rajendra Kumar sings this light Shankar-Jaikishan melody to Saira Banu.

Saat Ajoobe Is Duniya Mein-Dharamveer(1977): Friendship song of Dharmendra and Jeetendra with Laxmikant-Pyarelal behind the scenes.

Sharma Ke Yun Na Dekh-Neel Kamal(1968): Waheeda Rehman gracefully boogies to this classical song from Ravi’s score, as Raaj Kumar describes her moves.

Simti Hui Yeh Ghadiyan-Chambal Ki Kasam(1979): I used to listen to this lovely Rafi-Lata duet on my cassette, picturized on Raaj Kumar and Moushmi Chatterjee with Khayyam’s melody.

Shukriya Shukriya-Aamne Saamne(1967): Directed by Kalyanji-Anandji and picturized on Shashi, this is the last song that the late channel Rafiology used to post before their inactivity, and they got killed few months ago due to so many copyright problems. I cry for that channel so much every night and day. It was such an elephant channel with hundreds of jewels that it felt like a Great Depression and severe loss to me. RIP Rafiology! May your songs rest in paradise!

Smooth, soft, silky, suave, sweet, savory, subtle, sublime, shiny, sparkling, striking, sensational, and scintillating, it’s been a spectacular idea to sort the songs by letter, that even makes a useful tool for that singing game antakshari, where you sing the next song starting with the last letter of the previous.

I’d like to thank sunheriyaadein for infulencing me in making these alphabets, and the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa crew(including Swarit, Parthiv, and Prachi) for giving me those memories. Had it not been for y’all, I wouldn’t have done this stuff.

And hope you guys enjoyed this stupendous list of songs. Thanks for reading!

My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-R

Let the magic recharge with R for Rafi!(Like that show K for Kishore) But had it been J-Pop or K-Pop, I would have skipped L and come here instead, like wandering in the sea like Odysseus in the Odyssey or falling in Wonderland like Alice, due to the fact that the Japanese have no L in their alphabet and thus turn it into R, because they are facing difficulty in saying L, and the Koreans do have L in their alphabet, but they use the same character for R and L, like it sounds more like R in initial and L in final, like ramyeon and hangeul. And both the Japanese and Koreans say lemon as remon and Lebanon as Rebanon. But if you do this in Rafi’s world, that would be ridiculous. But look at the magic of the letter R, begins so many magical words, such as refresh, revitalize, recharge, reborn, renaissance, rejuvenate, return, and reverse, and can be pronounced differently in different languages, like Rafi could change the tone of his voice depending on the mood, genre, and actor of the song, like a chameleon could change its color depending on its place, or even Aladdin’s Genie could change his form and character. So refresh yourselves with these rocking, ravishing tracks!

Rukh Se Zara Naqab-Mere Huzoor(1968): Jeetendra serenades Mala Sinha’s beauty amd attitude in the train with Rafi’s rich, soft, suave voice and Shankar-Jaikishan’s soothing tunes. And see that burkha on Mala.

Rimjhim Ke Geet Sawan-Anjana(1969): Rajendra Kumar and Babita romance in the rain with this sparkly, glittery Laxmikant-Pyarelal thunderstorm.

Rut Hai Milan Ki-Mela(1971): Sanjay Khan and Mumtaz romance this jolly R. D. Burman aura in the magical, shimmery, mist.

Raahi Manwa Dukh Ki Chinta-Dosti(1964): There goes blind Sudhir Kumar again, expressing his thoughts and worries with this reasonable, philosophical Laxmikant-Pyarelal track. And Rafi’s voice is so clear and liquid as water.

Ramaiya Vastavaiya-Shree 420(1956): One of the greatest classics I used to listen on my cassette in my early childhood days. Feisty, jolly Shankar-Jaikishan spice from the roots of raga Bhairavi.

Radhike Tune Bansuri-Beti Bete(1964): Another classic from those cassette days. Sunil Dutt conducts this jolly, magical, classical, devotional song based on raga Adana by Shankar-Jaikishan, and also acts out that Krishna-Radha scene with B. Saroja Devi. Feels like an opera-type song. But don’t even confuse the bansuri with the Korean pansori, a type of classical music. But see the similarities between those words?

Rut Beqarar Hai-Maa Aur Mamta(1971): Jeetendra and Mumtaz romance in the garden with this lovely, soft, light Laxmikant-Pyarelal beauty. Reminds me of a song of a K-Drama love story, for that soft, sensational love. This duet is so lovely that I can’t even cover my ears from it or leave the page. Feels like a bed of roses glazed with bits of gold foil.

Raha Gardishon Mein Hardam-Do Badan(1966): Blind Manoj Kumar is detached from Asha Parekh, who wants to marry him but is married to Pran instead as ordered by her dad, as he croons this serious Ravi composition on raga Darbari in such a critical condition.

Roshan Tumhi Se Duniya-Parasmani(1963): Mahipal gets impressed by Geetanjali’s dancing in this jolly, classical song from the debut of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. So rich, smooth, soft, suave, liquid voice, just like hot chocolate or custard pudding.

Rehne Do Gile Shikwe-Rakhwala(1971): Dharmendra and Leena Chandavarkar flirt in this lightly classical duet from Kalyanji-Anandji.

Rang Aur Noor Ki Baraat-Ghazal(1964): Sunil Dutt tries to express his love and desires as much as he can as Meena Kumari has lost her voice, like Ariel in the Little Mermaid when she sang for Ursula, with this soothing Madan Mohan beauty.

Rang Rang Ke Phool Khile-Aan Milo Sajna(1970): Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh enjoy the harvest of this Laxmikant-Pyarelal nature. Similar to Matwala Jiya Dole Piya.

Raat Ke Humsafar-An Evening in Paris(1967): Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore promenade the lit streets of Paris in the lovely night, as the title says, with Shankar-Jaikishan as the music directors.

Raat Suhani Jaag Rahi Hai-Jigri Dost(1969): Jeetendra and Mumtaz waltz together in this soft, fairytale dream sequence of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. What a lovely, irresistible duet it is…

Reshma Jawan Ho Gayi-Mome Ki Gudiya(1972): This song, a peppy one picturized on Ratan Kumar serenading Tanuja in the garden with Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s score, is bound to be an exception, since the first verse is “Ladki Punjab ki, mauj chinab ki…”, you can sing this “R” song when given L in antakshari. And that R/L issue isn’t just Japanese or Korean, even in Latin, there come many adjectives ending with -al and -ar, like classical, musical, and whimsical, but solar, lunar, stellar. R and L seem to be close almost everywhere. Fascinating.

Raaz-E-Dil Unse Chhupaya Na Gaya-Apna Banake Dekho(1962): This light, lifting Ravi composition is meant to depict Manoj Kumar and Asha Parekh in a garden laden with flowers or something, but too bad the movie got lost or something, that it can never be seen, but still heard.

Roothe Rab Ko Manana-Majboor(1974): Amitabh Bachchan and Parveen Babi get on the beach and hear this jolly Laxmikant-Pyarelal qawwali.

Rimjhim Ke Tarane Leke Aayi Barsaat-Kala Bazaar(1960): Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman walk in the rain with this S. D. Burman umbrella, like “Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua”.

Ram Tu Sab Ka Rakhwala-Chhota Bhai(1966): “God, you’re the protector of everything!” Speaking of gods, this Laxmikant-Pyarelal bhajan reminds me of Greek gods especially, like Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon, and I feel Rafi sir to be a Greek god, well, Greek god of Indian singing, because of his rich, powerful, epic, dynamic, heroic, booming voice. Reminds me of Percy Jackson too. And I really saw a video of him singing this song live.

Raat Bhar Ka Hai Mehman Andhera-Sone Ki Chidiya(1958): This is a poignant, haunting song, from O. P. Nayyar’s score, that creeps me out with those ghosts, ghouls, monsters, aliens, and all that stuff, makes me want to follow my nightmares. Feels like a Halloween-type song, like Goosebumps or Hotel Transylvania, or even anything Gothic.

Ruk Jaa O Sajnu-Dupatta(1969): This is a jolly Punjabi song that reminds me of “Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai”.

Rajeshwari O Parmeshwari-Dil Ka Raja(1972): Raaj Kumar and Leena Chandavarkar swoon in the waterfall with this light, refreshing Panchamda track. Feels like an aquarium trip or something.

Rekha O Rekha Jab Se Tumhe Dekha-Adhikar(1971): Nope, the heroine of this peppy Panchamda treat isn’t Rekha herself but Tabassum, and the guy is Brahmachari. They’re side characters cycling in the park, but Rafi’s voice has made it popular.

Raju Ka Tha Ek Khwab-Raja Saab(1969): The charming Shashi Kapoor broods around with this Kalyanji-Anandji track.

Rabba Ve Teriyan Beparvaiyan-Kankan De Ohle(1971): This Punjabi song is another poignant one, to face the toughest situations of life…

Raaton Ka Raja Hoon Main-Raaton Ka Raja(1971): What a rocking Panchamda track with some Latino flair, where Dheeraj Kumar, the raaton ka raja, sings his song in the nightclub. I remember seeing him in “Ka Karoon Sajni”.

Resham Ki Dori-Sajan(1969): Manoj Kumar and Asha Parekh hang out in the gardens with this romantic duet from Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Rahen Na Rahen Hum-Mamta(1966): One of the greatest classics from Roshan, picturized on Dharmendra and Suchitra Sen, and it’s a philosophical one. Go get a life!

Raaton Ki Siyahi Hai Aur Din Ka Ujala Hai-Raat Andheri Thi(1967): Feroz Khan speaks of the dark night and bright day in this Usha Khanna score. Opposites, huh? Like “Tu Mere Saamne Hai”, “Jaag Dil-E-Deewana”, “Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho”, and many others I can’t resist, but there are a few songs I really can’t stand, but I won’t mention their names. Or kinda like Yin Yang.

Raqqasa Mera Naam-The Great Gambler(1979): Panchamda’s cabaret song featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Zeenat Aman, with some Arabian flair.

Re Mamma Re Mamma Re-Andaz(1971): I remember listening to this playful Shankar-Jaikishan song on my cassette in my early elementary school days. And Shammi Kapoor insists that little girl that they would go shopping and buy some goodies. Now, I feel like going to H-Mart and buying some noodles, cake, jelly straws, ramune, and such cool stuff.

Rani Nacho-Love in Bombay(1973): What a jolly, rambunctious, Arabian Shankar-Jaikishan melody of dancing with the stars, especially Joy Mukherjee and Waheeda Rehman in the lead. This movie was not quite released then, but it was discovered a year after Joy’s demise in 2012.

Roka Kai Baar Maine-Mere Sanam(1965): Biswajeet and Asha Parekh romance in the open nature with this lightly classical duet from O. P. Nayyar.

Ruk Ruk Chamke-Pehli Raat(1959): Jolly, shaky Ravi spice featuring Johnny Walker.

Raat Jhoomti Dil Ko Choomti-Reporter Raju(1962): What a fairytale song of Feroz Khan and Jeevan Kala in the play!

Rome Ki Wadiyon Se-Spy in Rome(1968): “Rome, roaming in Rome!” Feels like Shankar-Jaikishan-type song, but it’s actually from Laxmikant-Pyarelal, but the tune reminds me of “Yeh Sama Sama Hai” from Jab Jab Phool Khile.

Rangat Teri Surat Si-Tumse Acchha Kaun Hai(1969): Shammi and Babita romance in the twilight drizzle with this soft, light duet from Shankar-Jaikishan.

Ramji Ki Nikli Sawari-Sargam(1979): Jive into this feisty dandiya bhajan from Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s magic with Rishi Kapoor!

But can you guess what the R in Rafi also stands for? That is, richness, just like milk, cream, butter, chocolate, caramel, custard, silk, tea, you name it. But can also be rambunctious at times, like peppy, shaky, and neon colors. And also a Romeo, like from Romeo and Juliet, for his charming, loving, irresistible, yet epic, heroic, dynamic voice. Even a rocking voice that we would love to hear. R stands for respect, that we love his voice and his songs and compliment with love and kindness, and pay tribute in many different forms and ways. And it really felt challenging, for I decided to list down as many songs as I could think of, instead of limiting to just one, unlike the others, including sunheriyaadein, bollyviewer, and Achal Rangaswamy. But I’d still like to credit them for giving me ideas and inspiring and influencing me to make my alphabets, yet listing a lot of songs per letter feels like a growth mindset, an infinite garden, a magical world, like Hogwarts, Narnia, Wonderland, you name it. And hope you guys enjoyed reading this epic post, thanks for reading!