Music providers including YouTube and Spotify work tirelessly to accumulate the best songs for you for every occasion and mood. But they usually are tailored to your tastes, and not everyone may enjoy them, especially on a group trip.
To formulate an appropriate playlist, filled with meaningful and even some guilty pleasure songs, we have prepared a list of 20 travel songs from Bollywood which you should consider adding to your travel playlist.
Best Travel Songs for Bollywood Lovers
1. Dil Chahta Hai- Title Track
Ever since its release in 2001, Dil Chahta Hai has been a staple movie for the 90s youth. Even if this 3-hour long movie isn’t as popular now as it was earlier, the soundtrack and especially this title track remains untouched and evergreen. A perfect match on rides with your gang.
2. Khaabon Ke Parindey, ZNMD
Rarely have we encountered both soulful and liberating song like this one, and coming from a movie like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, it seems even more fitting to be on the list for journey songs. This soothing track will have you lost in the clouds and the landscape in your journey, and it is completely understandable if you feel like playing it again right after it finishes.
3. Ilahi, Ye Jawani Hai Deewani
Arguably the Dil Chahta Hai for a generation that came next, Ye Jawani Hai Deewani and its entire soundtrack has found a place in the heart and minds of everyone who dreams of traveling and pursuing their dream-like Ranbir Kapoor’s character does. This cheerful song, backed with vocals by Arjit Singh, is a relaxing one to groove to on your way to places like Manali maybe.
4. Chala Jaata Hoon, Mere Jeevan Saathi
A retro song is a surprise being so high on the list, but there’s a reason such songs are called evergreen. The jolly tone of the song and the lively fun-filled voice of Kishore Kumar are perfect for a ride on a sunny day among the hills.
5. Pataka Kuddi, Highway
Other than the words, AR Rahman’s groovy score and Nooran Sister’s commanding vocals are enough for anyone to enjoy this song. The context of the movie it comes from, where a girl finds liberation on a journey after being abducted, itself is liberating during travels and so is the song’s video.
6. Sooraj Dooba Hai, Roy
Lying on the intersection of party songs and groovy songs for car rides, this song has found a place on both of these playlists as an absolute essential. One example out of many where the movie comes nowhere near as good as the soundtrack, Sooraj Dooba Hai is a staple for, well, when the sunsets.
7. Ye Dil Na Hota Bechara, Jewel Thief
Another evergreen classic was sung by Kishore Kumar to Dev Anand’s mesmerizing bachelor. You will find yourself humming to the tune and the words after listening to it, even if you’re traveling alone.
8. Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana, Andaaz
The words to this song suggest themselves be played on a ‘Safar’ and advice you to enjoy every moment as it comes. What better to heighten your spirits and embrace the positive vibes.
9. Yun Hi Chala Chal Rahi, Swades
Long drives can become too long at some point, but with good a playlist and clear roads, everything around you, like this song suggests, can become beautiful. Another AR Rahman composition on this list, the song is grounded with the home country in its lyrics and a cool fusion with the music.
10. Dil Dhadakne Do, ZNMD
Probably the most rebellious song from this movie, Farhan Akhtar really reaches for the soul with his strong vocals and brings out the adventurous spirit in you. Just like this movie’s entire soundtrack, this song too will never get too old.
11. Roobaro, Rang De Basanti
Sure, Masti Ki Paathshala was the most popular song from the movie, but the strangely elevated tune of Roobaro is something that strikes the most when you’re on the move. Especially for late-night drives, this song is meant for playing out loud.
12. Hum Jo Chalne Lage, Jab We Met
Once the excitement has settled, what better than a soothing tune to groove to. This song gives a calm feeling, mainly owing to Shaan’s vocals, and a sense of togetherness especially when traveling with friends.
13. Tanha Dil Tanha Safar
Back in time, Shaan’s voice did a number on the listeners and took them on journeys in their own minds. Even if the lyrics suggest otherwise, it is a great song to play on solo adventures and indulges you in discovering yourself on the trip.
14. Chodd Aaye Hum Wo Galiya, Maachis
Just like Tanha Dil, this song too will make you feel a strange mix of liberating emotions like it has been for two decades. Solo travels away from home can be overwhelming and while this song might not provide comfort, it certainly empowers you.
15. Kyon, Barfi
If soul-heavy and party songs aren’t your things while traveling, Barfi’s quaint soundtrack can accompany you with soothing and light-hearted songs. Sung by the melodious Papon, Kyon is a calm song with innocent lyrics about traveling on carefree.
16. Musafir Hoon Yaaro
The two primary lines of this song are probably the most sung compared to all others on this list. This cultural icon of a song and the image of the guy traveling on and on alone along beaten down paths has become a signature image of a ‘Musafir’. One can never think of Hindi songs about travel without this tune popping up at any time.
17. O Gujariya, Queen
Probably the wackiest and off-beat (not literally) song on the list, the context of the song in the movie too brings out the adventurous and daring spirit in you. It certainly is more of a party song, but a sing-a-long with your friends while on the road can make it a semi-party too.
18. Rang De Basanti, Rang De Basanti
Return to your desi roots with the title track from Aamir Khan’s runaway hit Rang De Basanti. AR Rahman reached out to indulging Punjabi music and cultural roots in making this contagiously groovy hit song.
19. Rock On, Rock On!
Farhan Akhtar makes another appearance on this list with his catchy rock song from his debut 2008 film Rock On!. While Socha Hai remains a cult icon with its distinct and catchy lyrics, the title track remains iconic and motivating too for someone aiming to pursue something. Arguably nostalgic for some listeners, following up with Socha Hai soon also seems appropriate.
20. Aaj Kal Zindagi, Wake Up Sid
While the movie offers a contemporary story about a guy figuring out college and works life, this particular song and its lyrics are also well-suited for a travel playlist. Just from the first verse in Shankar Mahadevan’s signature voice can give a feeling of independence and motivation for young travelers and especially the lone adventurers.
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The list is certainly not in order for playing since it depends on what kind of atmosphere you wish to set. Nevertheless, playing classic evergreens as the first song to start off your trip may not be as welcomed by your peers.