Lata Mangeshkar celebrated her 91st birthday on 28th September 2020.

From adversities to legacy, Lataji has made not only a career but created art that has moved the hearts of millions of Indians. But do you have any of her songs in your playlist? Discover best of Lata Mangeshkar that brings a truckload of overwhelming feelings with her pure voice.

Hema Mangeshkar (the name Lata Mangeshkar was given at birth) was on 28th September 1929 and went to become a part of Indian cinema and Indians for almost eight decades. Yes, she was just 13 years of age when she started her career to support her family post her father’s demise.

Lata’s personal life was always melodious, but her genes like her sisters, Meena, Asha, Usha, and Hridaynath, all accomplished singers and musicians, made her the iconic legend she became. With thousands of songs in over thirty-six regional Indian languages and foreign languages, there is no other competitor to Lataji.

And if you are a fan of classic Hindi songs or a millennial, you would have experienced her the magic she creates growing up. And if you still haven’t discovered Lataji’s legacy, here is best of Lata Mangeshkar for your playlist 2020:


Even the most ardent fans of English songs and new-age Indian songs cannot avoid being struck with tons of emotions hearing Lataji’s voice in the black and white movie Who Kaun Thi? Composed by Madan Mohan, the melody was picturised on Sadhana and Manoj Kumar. It is indeed best of Lata Mangeshkar as it resists its charm even after 56 years and is indeed a phenomenally rare gem India has.


Pakeezah, a movie with heartbreaking story of-screen, as Director Kamal Amrohi’s tribute to his late wife Meena Kumari and her last film. The movie is remembered for actress’s performance and an out of the world melodies by legends like Ghulam Mohammed and Naushad. Chalte Chalte is one song that pipes the several timeless melodies this movie had sung none the eldest Mangeshkar sister.

Ae mere Watan Ke Logon #3 BEST OF LATA MANGESHKAR

Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner of 1989 by Government of India, Lataji’s one song that every Indian has listened to, Ae mere Watan Ke Logon, hits one right in the heart as she creates magic with singing powerful and hard-hitting words by Kavi Pradeep. Lataji’s mellifluous voice transcends one to feel the sacrifice of the soldiers laying down their lives on the border and there is no way one does not get teary-eyed, not even Prime Minister. Yes, the song has famously moved India’s First Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru to tears.

Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tammanna #3 BEST OF LATA MANGESHKAR

The guide is a movie that still brings tears by just its title to many veterans who have seen the movie growing up. A movie director’s look up to, with Vijay Anand’s direction and S.D. Burman’s music, Lataji’s voice in the song picturised on the superstar Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman, playing the Guide Raju and Rosie characters based on RK Narayan’s novel of the same name.

 Tujhe Dekha Toh Ye Jana Sanam #5 BEST OF LATA MANGESHKAR

You cannot talk about nostalgia as 90’s Indian kids as not talk about DDLJ or Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol’s hit Jodi. And certainly, the iconic movie has an iconic song, by none other than the playback singer who already ruled the industry for decades. This song from mainstream Bollywood of the ’90s is just another example of why Lataji is the queen of duets which is as beautifully sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Kumar Sanu as it is picturised in the evergreen piece of cinematic art.

Aapki Nazro Ne Samjha #6 BEST OF LATA MANGESHKAR

A song that could have not been given justice to beside Lataji’s voice, written by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, Aapki Nazo Ne Samjha from the 1962 film Anpadh. Amidst much musical partnership she has had in her career spanning 80 years, this song was a solely sung one. This song is evident of the pure talent and music that  was made in Bollywood back in the day and is indeed melody that has to be the part of best of Lata Mangeshkar list.


Lataji’s golden voice is to be appreciated not only for one day but a lifetime as her evergreen songs capture the imagination. Her heavenly voice and wide range of delicate expressions for every song she has sung have made her a choice of the majority of Indians when it comes to picking a female voice to listen to.

The songs covered are synonymous of the tip of the iceberg of best of Lata Mangeshkar, as there are hundreds of them including eh zindagi usi ki hai… (Anarkali), Woh chup rahe to… (Jahan Ara), Nainon mein badra… (Mera Saya), Hawa mein udta… (Barsaat), Nagma oh sher ki… (Ghazal), Suno sajnaa… (Aaye Din Bahaar Ke), Rasik balmaa… (Chori Chori), Aaaj phir jeene ki… (Guide), Baahon mein chale aao… (Anamika), Aaap ki nazron ne samjhaa… (Anapdh), Bahaaron mera… (Aakhri Khat), Ye dil aur unki… (Prem Parbat), Ruk jaa raat… (Dil Ek Mandir), Bindiyaa chamkegi… (Do Raaste), Allah tero naam… (Hum Dono), Mora gora ang… (Bandini), Tum na jaane is jagah… (Sazaa), Megha chhaye aadhi raat… (Sharmeelee), (Naina barse… (Who Kaun Thi), Piya tose naina… (Guide), Ajeeb daastaan hai… (Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai), Hum ne dekhi hai.. (Khamoshi), Dheere dheere machal… (Anupama), Chupke chupke chal re… (Chupke Chupke), Hothon mein aisi baat… (Jewel Theif).

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