My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-Y

“Where’s X?”

Well, 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 lucky me, I try to put those songs in 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 bonding…” 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, and moreover, charming, just like hot chocolate or custard pudding.

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. 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. 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. There’s a Telugu version of this song(“Gumma Gumma”), and also “Baar Baar Dekho”(“Enthavaru Gani”), from the Telugu movie Bhale Thammudu, also by Rafi sahab, with P. Susheela, but didn’t like it as much as Hindi, not my cup of tea. Sorry guys, Hindi version is best. Asha sang it way better than P. Susheela. And even Rafi sounds way better in Hindi than Telugu. His Hindi voice is cute, soft, sweet, charming, mild, kind as a unicorn, but he sounds kinda loud, aggressive, and overreactive as a dragon in Telugu.

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.

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.

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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 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.

Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho-Hanste Zakhm(1973): This superhit, booming 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 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, 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.

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 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 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): I remember listening to this vintage Naushad composition on raga Bhairavi on my cassette in my elementary school days, seems like the folks, especially Bharat Bhushan and Meena Kumari, are enjoying their time in those eponymous rivers.

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 from Sachinda to classical roots probably from raga Gaara. I even remember the Rajasthani team of Raja, 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…

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. 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.

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, like when I looked at other Rafi alphabets, the authors picked only one song per letter, but me, I’ve been trying to list down as many songs as I could think of per letter, and whew, that felt even more challenging than just one. But that even boosts my song vocabulary. Based on raga Yaman, tune reminds me of “Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi” from Raja Hindustani.

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

Tere Paas Aake Mera Waqt-Neela Akash(1965): Dharmendra and Mala Sinha wander around the Pinjore Gardens with this light, flirty Madan Mohan duet.

Tujhe Jeevan Ki Dor Se-Asli Naqli(1962): I used to listen to this lovely Rafi-Lata duet on Dev and Sadhana in my cassette 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.

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. 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 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.

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 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 guy with a charming voice.

Tere Ghar Ke Saamne-Tere Ghar Ke Saamne(1963): Dev Anand sees Nutan in his glass in this titular song of Sachinda.

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.

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 the streets in this Sachinda classic.

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.

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 spice.

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.

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 with this light, lovely duet from Naushad. And look at Vyjayantimala doing the moves from different countries.

Tum Meri Ho Mere Siva-Aan Ban(1972): Cute duet from Shankar-Jaikishan, depicting Rajendra Kumar and Rakhee Gulzar at the garden. 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.

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. 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. 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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, 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-L

If this were J-Pop or K-Pop, I would probably skip this part and go to R instead, due to the fact that Japanese has no L whatsoever in their alphabet, and Koreans do have L, but they just don’t use it at the beginning of words, thus they both tend to replace it with R, like they say lemon as remon, and Lebanon as Rebanon. But it’s their accent, and that’s just natural. And there’s that site called Asian Ryrics, where they replace ALL the L’s with R’s in just the English songs, like “…KLM…” became not “…KM…” but “…KRM…”, and Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez became Mirey Cyrus and Serena Gomez. But if they had a Hindi one where they turned all the L’s into R’s, like “Lag Ja Gale” would become “Rag Ja Gare”, that would become a nightmare for me. So face it, if there were no L in Rafi’s alphabet, there would be no love listening to his songs, thus no L means no love, and also no life or luck. Without L, the feeling would be just sour and dry and not too inspiring, so that’s why L is a very important, essential, necessary letter in many alphabets, especially Rafi’s alphabet. So let’s listen to some lovely songs in this lovely collection.

Lakhon Hain Nigahon Mein-Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon(1963): What a very jolly, merry, catchy, snappy O. P. Nayyar number where the jubilant Joy Mukherjee strolls through so many attractions in the park. Feels like a Disney World-type experience, especially Alice’s wonderland. I first watched this song from a Zee TV ad called “Musical Moments” or something, back when I was in the middle of third grade. The only other movie I remember in that ad was Aap Aaye Bahaar Aayi, forgot the others. Gives me memories…

Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe-Kanyadan(1969): The charming Shashi Kapoor serenades the lovely Asha Parekh with this breezy Shankar-Jaikishan classic.

Lehra Ke Aaya Hai-Waris(1969): Jeetendra and Hema Malini dance in the pool and gardens with this snappy R. D. Burman composition. When I heard “Babli Badmaash” for the first time, the tune really reminded me of this song.

Lagi Chute Na-Kali Topi Lal Rumal(1958): Classic, vintage black-and-white duet composed by Chitragupta, featuring Shakeela. There is a Himesh Reshammiya song with the same title, but not in the same tune.

Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar-CID(1956): I remember listening to this O. P. Nayyar classic on my cassette in my early elementary days. Feels it’s got a bit of a qawwali touch. And nope, I’m not talking about the remix, just the original, unremixed, undistorted version, because this is a Rafi-oriented post, remember?

Le Gayi Dil Gudiya Japan Ki-Love in Tokyo(1966): This is an L song, and there’s no L in Japanese, how ironic! Rafi was so lucky to have L in his alphabet, that you sure will love his songs! And if Japanese needs L in their language, hence the title Love in Tokyo! Composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and picturized on Joy Mukherjee swooning over Asha Parekh. But look at those lights! That’s why the Japanese need L in their alphabet!

Lagta Nahin Hai Dil Mera-Lal Qilla(1960): What a poignant, yet meaningful ghazal based on raga Yaman by Bahadur Shah Zafar. Poignant as Rafiology’s termination due to copyright problems. I miss that channel so much that I feel like crying everyday.

Love Ka Matlab Hai Pyar-Love in Simla(1960): This is the debut film of both Joy Mukherjee and Sadhana with Iqbal Qureshi’s score. It’s funny how they spell L-O-V-E and B-O-R-E.

Lijiye Dil Ka Nazrana-Naya Kanoon(1965): Bharat Bhushan and Vyjayantimala render this snappy, shaky Madan Mohan spice for days.

Lo Hum Chale-Meri Bhabhi(1969): What an emotional song, especially with Sunil and Waheeda, makes me think of being away from my elementary, middle, and high school friends and memories, and also the things I want to do myself, almost forgetting the time I’m in right now.

Le De Saiya Odhni-Pavitra Papi(1971): What a jolly song at the fair, with Prem Dhawan’s blast and some Punjabi bhangra flair.

Leke Main To Champa Chameli Babu-Rut Rangeeli Aayi(1972): What a funny, whimsical Ratandeep Hemraj number as Jayashree T. and Brahmachari set on their play. Reminds me of Pany Pang pumping Jjokkojjong.

Lehnga Khisak Jayega-Woh Main Nahin(1974): A naughty, annoyed Rekha tries to get rid of Navin Nischal in the forest with this fiery, raunchy Sonik-Omi track. But Rafi’s cool, nice, jolly, bubbly, ramune-type voice on Navin’s fun, nice personality really spices it up.

Lut Gaya Dil Lut Gaya-Lahoo Pukarega(1980): Feroz Khan and Saira Banu meet in the garden with this romantic Sonik-Omi number, feels like a more modern style. This is a 1980 song, but it feels like approaching the 90s. I think this song is based on raga Shivaranjani, for it reminds me of “Tere Chehre Mein Woh Jadoo Hai” and that Sonu Nigam song “Tu Bula Le”.

Log Kehte Hain-Bahu Begum(1967): Let’s travel back to the classic 60s with this great combo of Roshan, Pradeep Kumar, and Meena Kumari.

Lo Bhor Hui Panchi Nikle-Awaaz(1956): What an emotional number through the streets, with music by Salil Chowdhury.

Lagi Lag Jaye-Poonam(1981): What high pitch and pathos Rafi sahab has in his voice in this emotional bidaai number, featuring Raj Babbar and Poonam Dhillon. So surprised to find out that music was by Anu Malik. Always thought Usha Khanna or Ravindra Jain or something…

Logon Ka Dil Agar-Manpasand(1980): Dev Anand and Tina Munim get on the train with this peppy Rajesh Roshan track.

Lo Hum Aaye Dulha Bhaiyya-Aan Ban(1971): Jolly wedding song featuring the Jubilee King Rajendra Kumar with Shankar-Jaikishan’s pixie dust.

Lo Chehra Surkh Sharab-Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya(1966): Dharmendra tries to chase Nutan with this light Sonik-Omi number.

Lal Chadi Maidan Khadi-Janwar(1965): Shammi Kapoor serenades Rajshree in the park with this peppy Shankar-Jaikishan track.

Lelo Lelo Duayein Maa Baap Ke-Maa Baap(1960): What an emotional song when remembering your parents. Music by Chitragupt, and look at that desperate Rajendra Kumar…

Lene Se Inkaar Nahin-Amardeep(1958): Dev Anand jiggles and wiggles to this snappy, catchy C. Ramachandra number.

Lagoon Main Kaise-Tipu Sultan(1958): Rare, vintage duet with S. D. Burman’s magic.

Ladki Pasand Ki-Ram Balram(1980): Sensual duet with Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman in Viju Shah’s charisma.

Likh Kar Tera Naam-Laila Majnu(1976): A deserted Rishi Kapoor tries to search for his love Rajneeta in this epic Madan Mohan love letter.

Apart from love and that no L in Japanese and thus being mistaken for R, L also means liquid, and Rafi had a liquid voice that could melt, pour, flow, and take form of any container, like milk, water, honey, cream, hot chocolate, candle wax, lava, you name it. And oh, L and R are both liquid consonants, in terms of phonetics, such that they are pronounced smoothly without any stop. L even means legendary, such that we name such songs to be so legendary, that they are memorable and unforgettable. And legitimate as well, like a real, pure voice. So if L stands for some of the most essential things, that’s why L is an essential letter, so Rafi is love, Rafi is life…

My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-K

If you don’t know the taste of piping hot chocolate, then you probably aren’t familiar with Mohammed Rafi’s voice. Rich, smooth, warm, sweet, soft, kind, liquid, milky, creamy, bubbly, nutty, buttery, melty, luscious, mellifluous, just like that frothy treat. His voice is so irresistible, and so are his songs. My original plan was to make an alphabet of his songs, using only one song per letter, like sunheriyaadein and bollyviewer, but there were too many songs coming to my mind and I wasn’t sure which rules or criteria to set for the songs, so I decided to jot down every possible song in my head and put them into playlists. And making those playlists of these songs sorted by letter is so fun and even more fun than choosing only one song or sticking to any rule, it’s even a useful tool for that game called antakshari, where the next song should begin with the last letter of the previous song, and if you were asked to sing a song with K, here are your options!

Kya Hua Tera Wada-Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin(1977): This is a superhit, booming, rocking song picturized on the underappreciated actor Tariq Khan and composed by R. D. Burman. It simply speaks of not wanting to forget your love or promises. I used to listen to this song on my cassette when I was very little.

Kabhi Khud Pe-Hum Dono(1961): Dev Anand mourns the absence of his clone with this light, somber Jaidev composition based on raga Gaara(no, not that Naruto character, but that includes songs like “Aise To Na Dekho”, “Mohe Panghat Pe”, “Aap Aaye To Khayale”, “Jeevan Mein Piya”, etc.). Reminds me of my senior year of high school, where I felt very sentimental then.

Koyal Kyon Gaaye-Aap Aaye Bahaar Aayi(1971): I remember watching this song for the first time back in winter break of third grade, where Rajendra Kumar and Sadhana dance in the enchanted forest as they hear a cuckoo singing, as the name says, with Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s magic. Rafi really had a cuckoo voice, for its sweet, high-pitched, melodious sound, and you know many would label Lata as the nightingale voice, for the same reasons and traits.

Kaise Samjhaoon-Suraj(1966): I remember listening to this song a lot on my cassette in my third and fourth grade days. I really feel Rafi outshines Asha out of this world with his really rich, smooth, warm, sweet, liquid, soft, pearly, silky, creamy, milky, chocolatey voice(hers sounds like a mean alien) in this classical Shankar-Jaikishan composition based on raga Bhairavi and picturized on Rajendra Kumar and Vyjayantimala doing a jugalbandi in the castle. The cuteness overload in Rafi’s voice is what I love the most about this song, just like a piece of chocolate cake or a Pany Pang or Smitten Kitten.

Kitna Pyara Wada-Caravan(1971): Jeetendra and Asha Parekh dance together in the misty nature with this jubilant R. D. Burman track.

Kuch Kehta Hai Yeh Sawan-Mera Gaon Mera Desh(1971): Dharmendra and Asha Parekh enjoy the open nature with this jolly Laxmikant-Pyarelal mist.

Koi Sagar Dil Ko-Dil Diya Dard Liya(1966): Another memory from the cassette era, where Dilip Kumar broods with this lovely Naushad gem and proves with Shakeel Badayuni’s lyrics that he is not a stone but a human(“Main koi patthar nahin, insaan hoon”).

Kya Se Kya Ho Gaya-Guide(1965): It’s time Dev Anand feels lonely from his breakup with Waheeda Rehman, so he sings this S. D. Burman gem to show his sentiment.

Kabhi Tera Daaman-Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare(1966): Shashi and Nanda take a bliss in the park with this jolly, light qawwali-type Madan Mohan duet. Reminds me of my eighth grade days.

Kabhi Raat Din Hum Door The-Aamne Saamne(1967): There goes Shashi again, hanging out with Sharmila in the open nature with this light Kalyanji-Anandji duet. Reminds me of my junior year of high school.

Kuhu Kuhu Bole Koyaliya-Suvarna Sundari(1958): I remember listening to this classical duet on my cassette in my elementary days, based on multiple ragas, like Sohni, Miyan Malhar, Jaunpuri, and Yaman, by Aditya Narayan Rao. Like “Koyal Kyon Gaye”, it speaks of a cuckoo singing. This song is so popular that I have heard many versions of it on the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa shows, like Poonam, Anamika, Prateeksha, and Parthiv and Vaishali, in my late elementary(fourth and fifth) to early middle school(sixth grade) days. And I later found out that there were Tamil and Telugu versions of this song.

Khoya Khoya Chand-Kala Bazaar(1960): Dev Anand dances in the open sky with this blissful S. D. Burman track.

Kabhi Kabhi Aisa Bhi-Waris(1969): Jeetendra and Hema Malini go on a car ride in the twilight with this blissful love duet from R. D. Burman. I love going on car rides in the twilight. Not too short, but not too long either. Just medium length, like the middle path, as Buddha says.

Kal Raat Zindagi Se-Palki(1967): Rajendra Kumar sings out his little bible with this serious, classical Naushad track.

Kahan Chal Diye-Jhuk Gaya Aasman(1968): A rambunctious one, as Rajendra Kumar chases a naughty Saira Banu in the park with this uplifting Shankar-Jaikishan track.

Kisi Na Kisi Se-Kashmir Ki Kali(1964): Shammi rides his car all alone in the hills like a Turner Falls ride with this O. P. Nayyar track.

Kaise Kategi Zindagi Tere Baghair-Non-filmi song: This is a well-known non-filmi song, with Madan Mohan’s magic, and it speaks of the sorrows of the world(“saara jahaan udaas hai”).

Kaan Mein Jhumka-Sawan Bhadon(1970): This is the debut film of both Navin Nischal and Rekha, with music given by Sonik-Omi.

Kya Miliye Aise Logon Se-Izzat(1968): Dharmendra renders this emotional Laxmikant-Pyarelal number with Rafi’s smooth, dynamic, liquid voice.

Kal Raat Wali Mulaqat Kijiye-Raja Saab(1969): Shashi and Nanda get on this Kalyanji-Anandji boat ride and romance in the gardens.

Kya Mil Gaya Kya Kho Gaya-Sasural(1961): Rajendra Kumar and B. Saroja Devi romance with this light, blissful Shankar-Jaikishan duet.

Karke Jiska Intezar-Hamrahi(1963): Here come Rajendra Kumar and Shankar-Jaikishan again, serenading with Jamuna.

Kaun Hai Jo Sapnon Mein Aaya-Jhuk Gaya Aasman(1968): The great combo of Rajendra Kumar and Shankar-Jaikishan again, going on a jeep ride.

Kahan Ja Raha Hai-Seema(1955): What an emotional, heart-touching composition of Shankar-Jaikishan. I guess that’s Balraj Sahni on the piano.

Kya Kar Diya Bata To Zara-Rani Aur Jaani(1972): Anil Dhawan and Bindu flirt in the open nature with this rare gem composed by the lesser-known Satyam.

Koi Deewana Tumhe Chahega-Teri Talash Mein(probably 1965 or 1968): Lesser-known Rafi-Asha duet, but the film was never picturized, though the cast is said to have consisted of Sailesh Kumar and Kumkum. Music by Sapan Jagmohan. Reminds me of “Tu Hi Woh Haseen Hai” from Khwab.

Khuli Palak Mein Jhoota Gussa-Professor(1962): Shammi serenades the lovely Kalpana with this light Shankar-Jaikishan number.

Kitni Rahat Hai Dil Toot Jaane Ke Baad-Non-filmi song: Rafi’s voice feels like a spicy nacho cheese sauce in this classical Taj Ahmed Khan ghazal, sounds like rich, smooth, and warm, yet explosive, dynamic and kicking. Yet the lyrics speak of relieving after a broken heart. Even after mourning the loss of that cool channel Rafiology, I feel that…it’s nacho, nacho, nacho time, nacho as can be!

Khudaya Khair-Aaye Din Bahaar Ke(1966): Dharmendra sways this jubilant Laxmikant-Pyarelal solo track to Asha Parekh.

Keh Do Koi Na Kare Yahan Pyar-Goonj Uthi Shehnai(1959): Another memory from those cassette days. So roller coaster voice, Rafi sings so dynamically for Rajendra Kumar in this Vasant Desai composition.

Khilona Jaan Kar Tum To-Khilona(1970): An imprisoned Sanjeev Kumar expresses his feelings through Rafi’s soulful voice and Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s sheer magic.

Kar Chale Hum Fida Jaan-O-Tan Saathiyo-Haqeeqat(1964): Very popular patriotic song composed by Madan Mohan, speaks of the Indo-Chinese war, and because the Chinese were involved there, it even reminds me of Mulan.

Kahin Ek Masoom Nazuk Si Ladki-Shankar Hussain(1977): I know this Khayyam gem is from a 1977 movie, but Rafi’s voice, picturized on Kanwaljit Singh in his prime, sounds so cute, young, soft, quiet, juvenile, and pastel as the 60s, and so charming as a fairytale, like a unicorn, or even Prince Charming describing his princess. So if Rafi were Prince Charming, who would be his princess? Snow White? Cinderella? Sleeping Beauty? Belle? Rapunzel? Well, there are so many princesses around, not necessarily just Disney princesses, but there can only be one prince charming, so that’s why there can never be another Mohammed Rafi. So speechless song. And Kanwaljit used to appear in the 90’s show Family No. 1, at the time of Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, etc.

Kahe Itna Ghuman Goriye-Bharosa(1963): What a thrilling Ravi composition as Guru Dutt and Asha Parekh dance around at the fair that wouldn’t last forever!

Khud To Badnaam Hue-Chanda Aur Bijli(1969): So classical duet with Shankar-Jaikishan’s magic, rendered on Sanjeev Kumar and Padmini. I’m guessing it’s based on raga Kalavati.

Kahe Ko Bulaya-Humshakal(1974): Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja romance on with this light R. D. Burman track.

Koyal Boli Duniya Doli-Sargam(1979): This dreamy Laxmikant-Pyarelal song speaks of a bird chirping.

Kehdo Kehdo-April Fool(1964): Biswajeet and Saira Banu go on a boat ride on a sunny day with this Shankar-Jaikishan track.

Koi Jab Raah Na Paye-Dosti(1964): Here comes blind Sudhir Kumar again, singing this Laxmi-Pyare classic to the people in the public.

Kitna Rangeen Hai Yeh-Picnic(unreleased): Wished Guru Dutt and Sadhana had made more movies together, but too bad Guru hung himself in his prime way too soon in 1964, so this seems to have been filmed in the early 60s or so. Like, take the movie Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi, his last movie as a director. He was going to play the lead role, but he eventually got replaced with Dharmendra, and the songs, that were planned to be done by S. D. Burman, were finally given by O. P. Nayyar. But this song is composed by N. Dutta, a duet beautifully rendered by Rafi and Asha.

Koi Pyar Ki Dekhe Jadugari-Kohinoor(1960): Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari go horse riding with this crazy Naushad track.

Kya Kehne Masha Allah-Jee Chahta Hai(1964): Rare classical Rafi-Suman duet with Kalyanji-Anandji’s magic, picturized on Joy Mukherjee and Rajshree. And see that Rafiology label? I miss that channel very much. They got killed due to so many copyright problems. They used to be very inactive during their last few years, not posting anything then.

Kajre Ki Kasam-Ram Kasam(1978): Rekha does a snake dance in this Sonik-Omi snake charm.

Kisko Pyar Karoon-Tumse Acchha Kaun Hai(1969): Shammi rocks and rolls in this booming Shankar-Jaikishan track with Rafi’s wild, rambunctious voice, holding so many phones. Tanmay brought me here.

Koi Bata De Dil Hai Jahan-Main Chup Rahoongi(1962): What a sweet, adorable Rafi-Lata duet composed by Chitragupt, picturized on Meena Kumari and Sunil Dutt swinging in the lovely garden. I just love this jodi of singing, their voices pair really well like chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Kaise Jeet Lete Hain-Sajan Bina Suhagan(1978): Vinod Mehra lip-synchs to Rafi’s soft voice in the enchanted forest with this Usha Khanna composition.

Kya Hua Maine Agar Ishq Ka Izhaar Kiya-Yeh Dil Kisko Doon(1963): Shashi and Ragini party along with the masses with this rare, yet snappy Iqbal Qureshi gem.

Khanke To Khanke-Vallah Kya Baat Hai(1962): Music by Roshan, but doesn’t feel like him, rather more like O. P. Nayyar’s style, picturized on Shammi Kapoor and Bina Rai.

Koi Bole Ram Ram-Guru Manyo Granth(1977): So enchanting and charming, even more than the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan version, which has more of a qawwali background. But Rafi has a smooth, soft, pudding-type voice, and his rendering of this song is such a fairytale bhajan-type song. This one is Punjabi, while others are Hindi.

Karam Nahin Bikta-Kaun Saccha Kaun Jhoota(1977): Feels like a disco party background song, but it’s actually picturized in a desert setting with the guy on his horse. Strange.

Ki Aaja Teri Yaad Aayi-Charas(1976): Dharmendra and Hema Malini roam around the streets with this Laxmikant-Pyarelal number.

Kya Tumne Dil Liya Nahin-Non-filmi song: Rare, speechless, classical ghazal…

Kitni Haseen Ho Tum-Yeh Dil Kisko Doon(1963): Shashi and Ragini go on a carriage-type ride with this soft, light Iqbal Qureshi number.

Kitni Jawan Hai Zindagi-Shehnai(1964): Here it comes again, Rafi singing for both Johnny Walker and Biswajeet in the garden, like “Bagh Mein Phool Kisne” from Night in London, except that is a duet composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal, and this is a “solo” composed by Ravi.

Kya Dekhte Ho-Qurbani(1980): What a chic, summery duet picturized on Zeenat Aman and Feroz Khan, composed by Kalyanji-Anandji. And when I listen to this song on my headphones, it gives me a funny feeling where Asha is singing in my left ear and Rafi in right, LOL!

Kya Kya Rang Dikhaye Zindagi-Badi Didi(1969): Poignant, situational Ravi song as Nanda broods and cries on her chair in the living room. Probably sounds like raga Shivaranjani.

Khush Rahe Tu Sada-Khilona(1970): What an emotional bidaai song with a rich, liquid voice in Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s pixie dust, reminds me of “Babul Ki Duayein” very much.

Kaisi Haseen Aaj-Aadmi(1968): This Naushad duet, picturized on Dilip Kumar and Manoj Kumar, has two versions, both with Rafi singing for Dilip. The original version had Talat Mehmood singing for Manoj, but Manoj felt it didn’t suit him, so Talat was replaced by Mahendra Kapoor in the final version.

Kabhi Ithla Ke Chalte Ho-Aap Ki Parchhaiyan(1964): Dharmendra compliments Supriya’s moves with this snappy, blissful duet by Madan Mohan behind the woods.

Kya Kya Na Sahe-Mere Huzoor(1968): What a top-knotch, clappy qawwali song composed by Shankar-Jaikishan with picturization in Jeetendra and Mala Sinha…

And it’s been a long, huge kilo collection of songs. Feels like a Rafi kingdom. Thanks for reading!

My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-J

ABC memes are really fun to make, especially with songs, like I’ve done mine with K-Pop and Disney songs, but when it comes to Hindi songs, particularly of Mohammed Rafi, that’s where the challenge starts. It becomes difficult to choose only one song per letter, for there are too many of his songs coming to my head, so I wrote down as many songs as I could think of, sorted by letter.

Jhilmil Sitaron Ka-Jeevan Mrityu(1970): Rafi’s rich, smooth, liquid voice and Lata’s cute, sweet, fruity voice perfectly pair like chocolate-dipped strawberries in this summery Laxmikant-Pyarelal track respectively picturized on Dharmendra and Rakhee Gulzar.

Jaan Pehchaan Ho-Gumnaam(1965): This is Rafi singing for Herman Benjamin in this Shankar-Jaikishan rock-and-roll number, with the lovely Laxmi Chhaya, in gold, dancing all around.

Jaag Dil-E-Deewana-Oonche Log(1965): This has to be one of Rafi’s best tracks, here singing for Feroz Khan in his prime. What a voice so rich, smooth, warm, and liquid as hot chocolate, I feel like having this frothy Chitragupt treat on a snowy, wintry day in the lovely nature. Takes me back to my junior year of high school. It’s so irresistible and so magical that I can’t stop playing it. So refreshing and taking me down to memory lane. So dreamy. I feel too speechless about this song, too many things to say. One of the best songs ever sung…

Jo Wada Kiya-Taj Mahal(1963): Pradeep Kumar and Bina Rai try to comfort each other with this lovely Roshan composition.

Jis Din Se Maine Tumko Dekha Hai-Parwana(1971): Navin Nischal and Yogita Bali start the day off and journey along with this light love song of Madan Mohan.

Jaanu Meri Jaan-Shaan(1980): Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Parveen Babi, and Bindu get along with this superhit booming, blasting, volcano song of R. D. Burman.

Jeevan Mein Piya Tera Saath Rahe-Goonj Uthi Shehnai(1959): Rajendra Kumar and Ameeta flirt in this fun, yet lightly classical duet composed by Vasant Desai.

Jaane Kahan Mera Jigar Gaya Jee-Mr. and Mrs. 55(1955): Another flirty number, where Johnny Walker and Yasmin chat on the phone through O. P. Nayyar’s comical masterpiece.

Jaan-E-Chaman Shola Badan-Gumnaam(1965): Manoj Kumar and Nanda get drenched in the rainy night with this sensual Shankar-Jaikishan track. And Sharda’s voice, though the masses don’t like it, I myself find it a cute one.

Jab Aati Hogi Yaad Meri-Phansi(1978): Rare gem on the charming Shashi as he strolls through the park with Sulakshana.

Jaanu Kya Mera Dil-Ziddi(1964): Joy Mukherjee sings this flirty S. D Burman composition to Asha Parekh in the garden.

Jab Se Tumhe Dekha Hai-Gharana(1961): Rajendra Kumar and Asha Parekh wander around the lovely garden with this blooming Ravi composition.

Jo Baat Tujh Mein Hai-Taj Mahal(1963): What beauty Pradeep Kumar serenades with Roshan’s magic…

Jaan-E-Bahaar Husn-Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya(1963): Shammi sings this dreamy Ravi song to the lovely B. Saroja Devi, based on raga Malkauns, like “Man Tarpat Hari Darshan”, “Adha Hai Chandrama”, “Cham Cham Ghungroo Bole”, etc.

Jawaniyan Yeh Mast Mast Bin Piye-Tumsa Nahin Dekha(1957): Here comes Shammi again, snapping this peppy O. P. Nayyar track.

Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai-Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai(1961): Dev Anand and Asha Parekh go on a train ride with this blissful Shankar-Jaikishan track.

Jawan Ho, Masha Allah Tum Jawan Ho-Yeh Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai(1966): Joy Mukherjee and Saira Banu go on a trip to Paris with this light, jolly Ravi composition. Reminds me of my later middle school days.

Jab Bhi Yeh Dil Udaas Hota Hai-Seema(1971): This is one of Rafi’s greatest sad songs, with his incredible, dynamic voice, with Shankar-Jaikishan’s sheer magic. There goes Simi Garewal singing along in Sharda’s voice, and the camera sometimes cuts back and forth to a lonely Kabir Bedi wandering around the mountains.

Jitni Haseen Ho Tum-Mangu Dada(1970): A light, blissful C. Arjun treat picturized on Sujit Kumar, known for his evil, diabolical roles.

Jidhar Bhi Main Dekhoon-Tu Hi Meri Zindagi(1965): You might think it sounds like an O. P. Nayyar-type composition, but instead, it’s really Rono Mukherjee who directed this rare, yet snappy gem, and the movie too. I guess he was a one-movie wonder. Picturized on Deb Mukherjee(in his sailor outfit) and Nivedita(AKA Libi Rana, in her flamenco style).

Jeene Ka Raaz Maine-Non-filmi song: What a rare, unseen ghazal composed by Shyam Sagar. So rich, smooth, charming, soft, melty, clear, sheer, liquid, well, speechless voice, and so classical, so irresistible that I can’t stop playing it.

Jangal Mein Mor Nacha-Madhumati(1958): Comical Salil Choudhry song featuring the optimistic Johnny Walker.

Jaane Walon Zara-Dosti(1964): The blind Sudhir Kumar sings this Laxmikant-Pyarelal track to the people on the streets.

Jo Ijazzat Ho To-Baat Ek Raat Ki(1962): Dev and Waheeda flirt and romance in the rain with this S. D. Burman songbird.

Jahan Tu Hai Wahan-Aao Pyar Karen(1964): So lovely dream sequence song composed by Usha Khanna, set in the prince’s castle, and picturized on Joy Mukherjee serenading Saira Banu. Rafi’s voice feels like a pink hot chocolate to me here, for it feels so rich, smooth, warm, and liquid, yet sweet, charming, loving. What a fairytale song it is…

Jalwa Waqt Zarf-E-Nazar-Non-filmi song: What a neon voice Rafi has, so dynamic and classical…

Janam Janam Ka Saath Hai-Tumse Acchha Kaun Hai(1969): Shammi chases Babita with this peppy Shankar-Jaikishan track.

Janam Janam Ka Saath Hai-Bheegi Palkein(1982): Very light, refreshing duet. Surprised to see Raj Babbar there.

Jiske Liye Sab Ko Choda-Sajan Ki Saheli(1981): What a booming party song of Usha Khanna’s magic, featuring Vinod Mehra and Rekha. Reminds me very much of “Khushiyan Hi Khushiyan” from Dulhan Wohi Jo Piya Man Bhaye.

Jinhe Naaz Hai Hind Par-Pyaasa(1957): Guru Dutt sings this dark, somber S. D. Burman song to express the social crisis.

Jo Guzar Rahi Hai Mujh Par-Mere Huzoor(1968): Raaj Kumar renders this soft, smooth Shankar-Jaikishan song on the piano to show his sentiments.

Jo Unki Tamanna-Inteqam(1969): Another piano song, where Sanjay Khan sings this Laxmikant-Pyarelal beauty to the lovely Sadhana.

Jeena To Hai Usika-Adhikar(1971): Snappy qawwali song featuring Pran and composed by none other than R. D. Burman.

Jhoole Mein Pawan Ke Aayi Bahaar-Baiju Bawra(1952): This classical Naushad number, based on raga Pilu, is a coming-of-age song, which shows the timeframes of Bharat Bhushan and Meena Kumari’s characters as they grow older, swinging in the lovely flower garden for years.

Jaane Hum Sadak Ke Logon Se-Aasha(1980): Jeetu sings this Laxmikant-Pyarelal track to commercial to the people in the crowd.

Making one alphabet of Rafi’s songs with only one song per letter is difficult and needs a lot of brainstorming, but making these many playlists of these many songs is like writing book series, like Harry Potter, Junie B. Jones, Katie Kazoo, Middle School, Percy Jackson, Dork Diaries, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and many such series. The more stuff you have in your head, the bigger your series.

And hope you had the joy in reading this story. Thanks for reading!