Main hoon, raasta hai, woh ho ya na ho….

The best road songs!

You get in the car or get ready to board a plane and there is this flashback moment. You hurriedly search for just the right song to play on your iPOD as you travel! Here are some of my favorites:

Pukarta chala hoon main (Mere Sanam)! Forget that Biswajit is just a footnote in Hindi film history now, this is THE quintessential road song, an avenue of tall trees (poplars?), the girls on bikes, the guy in an open jeep:


How about the guy walking on a road and trying his best to obstruct the way of a bevy of beauties in a car? Only Dev Anand could carry off this song, singing and walking in his signature loping walk with a big white plastic fish dangling on the line! And Tanuja was cute as a button – unforgettable in this film.

Next up are two phenomenal road songs with a similar graph – the girl is on a train and the guys on cars and there is ample romance and nok jhonk between the two. In Jab Pyaar Kise se Hota Hai we have Dev romancing Asha Parekh on the train. Rafi’s singing is divine and Shakar JaiKishen are unforgettable here:

No doubt this was the inspiration for Shakti Samanta and the SD Burman/RD Burman duo as they spun this most famous number between Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore in Aradhna:

Pride of place in train songs has to belong to Chaiyya Chaiyya! Not satisfied with dance and romance in a train or on the road, here the romance is near dead – “Duniya ki sabse choti prem kahani”, as the girl is gone! And the hero is on the rooftop of a train in an exuberant number as he details the qualities of love. Gulzaar, AR Rahman, and Farah Khan combined to make this Shahrukh Khan and Malaika Arora number one for the history books.

Then there is this unusual road song, part patriotic, part self-discovery, sung while driving a motorhome – again AR Rahman combines with Ashutosh Gowarikar and Javed Akhtar to bring this Shahrukh Khan and Makarand Deshpande song to us.

I want to end with a bicycle song – from Padosan! The one and only Saira Banu and her gang on sakhiyaan, singing while they take to the road on bicycles!

Happy trails! List you favorites…..

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  1. […] How about the guy walking on a road and trying his best to obstruct the way of a bevy of beauties in a car? Only Dev Anand could carry off this song, singing and walking in his signature loping walk with a big white plastic fish dangling on the line! And Tanuja was cute as a button – unforgettable in this film. watch?v=itV1mH930uE Read more at PakhiPakhi […]

  2. Nice ones. 🙂 Yun hi chala & Pukarta chala are my fav too. will come up with my list later.

    The songs mentioned above are all happy ones 🙂 Does Yeh dil deewana (Pardes)qualify as a road song?

  3. Aankhon mein sapne liye
    Ghar se hum chal to diye
    Jaane yeh raahein ab le jaayengi kahan
    Mitti ki khushboo aaye
    Palkon pe aansu laaye
    Palkon pe reh jaayega yaadon ke jahan
    Manzil nayi hai anjaana hai kaarvaan
    Chalna akele hai yahan

    Tanha dil, tanha safar
    Dhoonde tujhe phir kyoon nazar

  4. Another one from Parichay

    Musafir Hoon Yaaron Na Ghar Hai Na Tikhana
    Mujhe Chalte Jaana Hai Bas Chalte Jaana

    Love the song but not the picturisation…may be due to Jeetendra

  5. Do Mastaane chale zindagi banane from AAA

    Dil Chahta Hai from DCH

    So gaya yeh jahaan from Teezab

  6. How can i forget this song from Rajput 😦

    “Akela gaya tha main…. haan main….. na aaya akela
    Mere sang-sang aaya teri yaadon ka mela”

    This easily tops my list

  7. This song is a must in my ipod whenever I travel

    Rukhi rukhi si yeh hawa
    aur sukhe patte ki tarah
    shehar ki,sadko pe main
    lawaris, udta hua
    sau raste
    par teri rah nahi.eeee

    Sau dard hain,sau rahatein
    sab mila dilnashin
    ek tuhi nahieeeeee

  8. Enough for today. Now let me get back to work 🙂


  9. Rote huye aate hai Sab – MKS

  10. Thanks Shetty Bhai and RKS for some beautiful choices. I have to search for others that I do not have!

  11. Nazrein Milana – Jaane Tu

  12. Aao milo from jab we met is one of the best road songs in recent times .

    good list pakhi , shettybhai .

  13. I sometimes dislike the extra sweetness in Shaan’s voice.

    I like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25YDJuKJ6h4 from same movie

  14. RKs – extra sweet shreya and kareena spoils that song for me .

    actually i usually listen to only 3 songs from jab we met nagara nagara , aao milo chalein and tum se hi . i really dislike yeh ishq hai .

  15. Enjoy this :

    Translation will be provided, if needed. The very first song sung by the Legend himself.

  16. Please – translation de deejiye.

  17. Let me transalate it into hindi

    “Meri bhains ko danda kyun maara , wo khet mein chaara charti thi tere baap ka woh kya karti thi…”

  18. In Angrezi

    I am alone
    I know I’m lost
    Weight of depression
    The brewery shut down
    On the next problem and I’m supposed
    to make it right
    I just don’t give a fuck
    I don’t care what you say
    This road’s a lie
    I know it well
    Wheels of Confusion
    I’m out of my head

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