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From retro to recent: Here’s a quintessential Bollywood Holi playlist

Rekha’s ‘Rang Barse’ to Shah Rukh’s ‘Soni Soni’ and Alia's ‘Badri Ki Dulhania,’ here’s a song list for all ages for a smashing Holi party

Aatreyee Mohanta | Published 17.03.22, 05:01 PM
From the timeless ‘Rang Barse’ to the viral ‘Chaka Chak,’ this year’s Holi party has a smashing playlist

From the timeless ‘Rang Barse’ to the viral ‘Chaka Chak,’ this year’s Holi party has a smashing playlist


No Holi party is ever complete without dancing your heart away to everyone’s favourite hits, and a house party with friends and family is no different. 

All that one needs to make a good party a great one is one fantastic playlist, that will have everyone from Dida to bonji grooving. Here’s a nifty list of must-play songs for your Holi special playlist. So get those speakers set up, because we’re bringing the dance party to you.  


The retro goldies

Rang Barse from Silsila 

There hasn’t been a Holi shindig since 1981 that didn’t play this masterpiece. Big B’s charismatic voice plus the playful lyrics (which we know you have learnt by heart) make this the best song to start the party with.

Jai Jai Shiv Shankar from Aap Ki Kasam 

“Ek ke do, do ke char mujhko toh dikhte hain!” — if you truly feel those sentiments by the end of the party, it was probably a good one! This Lata-Kishore duet featuring Rajesh Khanna is a forever favourite and no matter what age, everyone will surely dance to the beat of this one. 

Holi Ke Din Dil Khil Jate Hain from Sholay

Jai and Veeru’s Holi song with Dhanno is a hit with all the uncles and aunties at parties. And despite any protests, you’ll find the millennials and Gen Z  bobbing along to the rhythm of this Pancham Da song. 

Aaj Na Chodenge from Kati Patang 

When it’s time to get the grandparents on to the stage, this Rajesh Khanna and R.D. Burman classic works well. This Lata Mangeshkar song is a sweet addition to your playlist that will be appreciated by all who love a walk down memory lane.

Are Ja Re Hat Natkhat from Navrang 

If you’re still to convince Dida or Thamma to shake a leg, go a little further back to the Asha Bhosle-Mahendra Kapoor number featuring Sandhya Santaram’s unique dance moves. With a catchy beat that is not too fast paced and an old-world charm, this song is a fun way to bring back the nostalgia.

The ‘90s and 2000s nostalgia

Do Me A Favour Lets Play Holi from Waqt - The Race Against Time

If you’re a millennial who has lived through Bollywood’s ‘90s-2000s music, you have been waiting for this Anu Malik number to play. This flirtatious song might make you cringe or laugh, but it will surely get the thumkas going.

Soni Soni from Mohabbatein

Who can resist a Holi number with SRK in it? This song is true Yash Raj grandeur and if you are a Bollywood buff, you are sure to enjoy this one.

Ang Se Ang Lagana from Darr

Another SRK number from another decade, this 1993 song ticks all the requisites of a fun Bollywood Holi number from the beats of the dhol to the flirty lyrics. This is a good one to groove to before jumping into the newer tunes.

The groovy new sound

Balam Pichkari from Yeh Jawaani Hai

Though almost a decade old, this YJHD song has become somewhat of a Holi anthem. Since its release, it has been in attendance at all great Holi dance parties, and almost everyone knows the hook step and enjoys dancing to it every time.

Chann ke Mohalla from Action Replayy

This Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer is another example of Bollywood’s upbeat and fun dance number perfect for Holi. The beat is quirky and fast, making sure you can get to show off all your dance moves. 

Jai Jai Shivshankar from War 

This song has it all — a peppy beat that gets stuck in your head, catchy lyrics, and Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff’s mind blowing dance moves. Bust out your fancy moves and dance like there’s no tomorrow with all your buddies.

Badri Ki Dulhania from Badrinath Ki Dulhania

This hugely popular Alia Bhatt-Varun Dhawan starrer might be a top pick on all wedding and sangeet playlist, but it is a Holi song. With the wedding season having just come to a close, if you have any newlyweds celebrating their first Holi or those with nuptials coming up, drag them on to the dance floor for an encore.


Khadke Glassy from Jabariya Jodi

The movie might not have made many maves, but this song is a perfect festive pick, after all what’s a party if you haven’t danced to a Honey Singh number. With fast-paced fusion beats and a perfect festive setting, this is the one where you grab your glasses of thandai and groove.

Radhe Radhe from Dream Girl

Ayushmann Khurrana’s special brand of films always have a peppy number that will keep playing on a loop in your mind and this one is no different. It’s a celebration song that will go well with the mood of the festivities and the casual, harmless flirting that often comes about with this festival.

Chaka Chak from Atrangi Re

This viral number might not be a quintessential Holi song but this Rahman number has been topping all the dance party playlists recently. Since colour, fun and flirtation is the vibe of the festivities, this groovy number fits the bill perfectly. You know you have a sassy friend in mind who will have the best moves for this one.

Last updated on 17.03.22, 05:03 PM

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