Music plays a very critical role in shaping our memories and we have a playlist for every occasion, be it wedding, birthday party, engagement ceremony, festivals or journey! Music adds emotions and pace to a journey and therefore, soundtracks become as important as a travel kit and route map for a traveler. As you gaze through the windshield of a car, train or flight humming ‘hum jo chalne lage, chalne lage hai ye raste…’ you are transported to a world of dreams with soft music playing in the background!
Here is a list of evergreen Bollywood songs that would make your journey more melodious. I have compiled some of the best old and new Hindi songs for your travel playlist.
Aao Milo Chale (Jab We Met)
Even the roughest road becomes so much fun to travel when you have someone special to accompany you. This song describes a traveler’s love for journey and surely the journey becomes more beautiful than destination when you have someone to hold your hands. ‘Manjil se behtar lagne lage hai ye raste’.
Ilahi (Ye Jawani Hai Deewani)
Bunny of Ye Jawani hai Deewani became every traveler’s idol and does any dialogue describes your love for travel better than “Main udna chahta hoon, daudna chahta hoon, girna bhi chahta hoon bus rukhna nahi chahta”? Stung by wanderlust, a traveler never wants to settle, all he wants is movement and pace; the rhythm, the music and the earthiness of Mohit Chauhan’s captivating voice transports every traveler to his dream world. I’m sure this one’s already embedded in your travel playlist.
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Phir Se Ud Chala (Rockstar)
This song unfolds the joy of travelling unknown roads heading towards unknown destination. This, indeed is the best song for solo trips as it takes you high on the seventh cloud and brings you down to the land. Even when I am not travelling, this song takes me down the memory lane and sets me free. It is the same freedom that one feels while travelling solo.
Patakha Guddi (Highway)
This song from Highway is sung by Nooran sisters and it delivers tremendous energy. Filmed on a road trip, this song is a must for your playlist. Just turn up the volume and enjoy the smooth roads leading to fascinating places and picturesque sights.
Yu Hi Chala Chal Raahi (Swades)
This energetic song fills your heart with joy and enthusiasm and motivates you to keep going. Stuck in a jam? Tune this one on your travel playlist and turn it on loud to keep your spirits high and sing along…“ye rasta hai keh rha ab mujse, milne ko hai koi kahi ab tujse…” and you might just find someone on the way, you never know!
Khwabon Ke Parinde (Zindgi Na Milegi Dobara)
While the movie is a must watch for every traveler, this song will add melody, beauty and charm to your trip. Who doesn’t wish to go on a long trip with a bunch of buddies? “Ude, khule aasaman mein khwabon ke parindey…Oho, ab toh, jo bhi ho so ho.”
Dil Chahta Hai (Title Track)
“…Kabhi Na Beete Chamkeele Din.” And the most glittery days in any traveler’s life are the days spent on roads.
Musafir Hoon Yaro (Parichay)
This 70’s song defines the wanderlust better than any other Bollywood song for sure. A soul of a traveler is always gypsy and keeps on wandering. “Na ghar hai na thikana, mujhe chalte jana hai.” The enigmatic voice of Kishor Kumar will surely slow you down.
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Hum Kis Gali Ja Rahe Hain
From the album “Doorie”, this track by Atif Aslam is for those who love to take unknown roads heading towards unknown destination. Planned trips could be fun but unplanned trips are adventurous…much like life!
Ek Raasta Hai Jindgi (Kaala Pathar)
To all those motorcycle trips and lush green view, this song is for free birds on your travel playlist. There is a striking similarity between life and travel “jo tham gaye to kuch nahi.”. This song will make you pack your bags and go on a motorcycle trip all alone ignoring the voice of your lady love asking you to take her along “humka bhi sang liye jane piya jab jana.” because you know that some roads are more fun when traveled alone.
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Kabira (Ye Jawani Hai Deewani)
And, the more they try to stop you, the more you want to be free. This song will surely take you to the blues of separation and yet keep your determination strong enough to keep you going. I usually prefer to play these soft songs during night time when everything around me is calm and quiet and my heart is shouting out loud. A must on your travel playlist.
Suhana Safar Aur Ye Mausam Hasi (Madhumati)
Pleasant weather makes your day especially when you are on a trip it becomes a mood booster. You surely have chances to wander through memory lanes but remember “all those who wander are not lost.”
Chala Jata Hoon (Mere Jeevan Saathi)
“Dhadakte Dil Ke Taraane Liye…” Sing along! “old is gold” is not just a saying but reality and it is these songs which keep the phrase alive! You cannot not move as you sing this song and your next best move could be a trip to less explored destinations in your own whim!
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Dekha Hai Aise Bhi
Lucky Ali’s songs have the soul to take you places. Just pack your bags without a second thought and go live your dreams and leave all the worries behind.
Hairat (Anjana Anjani)
“Dheemi dheemi roshni si beh rhi hai in hawao me…” When on a trip with your beloved do not forget to play this song because every moment becomes beautiful when you are with them!
Ahista Ahista (Bachna Ae Haseeno)
This soft melodious song is too good to be kept out of your travel playlist for sometimes you do wish to slow down and go “aahista aahista”.
Aaj Kal Jindagi (Wake Up Sid)
We all are searching for something in life and this life is surely very new to each one of us! There is a lot that we can explore, there are many more trips to take and a lot many experiences that life has in store for us so what are you waiting for “likhde hawao pe koi nayi dastaan”.
Main to Chala Jidhar Chale Rasta (Dharkan)
A beautiful 70’s song is for everyone who loves to meet new faces, new people! And who doesn’t? There is surely a joy in exploring new places and making new friends. Step out of your home and start walking with absolutely no plans and you will surely get a memorable experience if not an excellent trip!
Geet Gata Chal (Title Track)
That’s right! Keep singing for songs make the trip more memorable and happier. Bring a smile on every face you see and laugh out loud under the wide blue sky, this world is beautiful.
Raah Bani Khud Manjil (Kohra)
Journey will surely become destination as you will leave all your problems behind. Play this song and you will feel lighter and better, imagine all your problems flying away and now when you are on a new path, it is a new journey heading towards a new destination!
Ye Waadiya Ye Fizaye Bula Rahi Hai Tumhe (Aur aaj Kal)
This track is for all those who enjoy old songs on their trips and this one will surely encourage you to plan a trip for all the hills and valleys are calling out to you. This song elicits the thoughts of being on road and how could you afford to keep the legendry Mohammad Rafi out of your playlist?
Which songs do you love to have on your travel playlist? Share your favorite soundtracks with us in the comment box below. We love to hear from you.