Bollywood is known for its vibrant and eclectic music. There’s a song for every situation, from the high-octane dance numbers to slow romantic melodies. These have, for decades, captured the heart of audiences worldwide and continue to do so with some of the finest musicians, composers, and singers.
These soundtracks represent, in essence, the country’s rich, immensely diverse culture. We have shortlisted some recent movies with the best Bollywood music albums so you can revisit and maybe update your playlists a little bit!
9 Best Bollywood Music Albums From The
Latest Movies 2022-23
Besides its storyline and commendable acting, Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy was known for its catchy and memorable music album. With over 50 contributors for the 18 songs the movie had, it was also the first to bring together Hip-Hop and Bollywood. Written by some of the most talented people from the Indian hip-hop scene, the songs are real, the music upbeat, and resonate with young people.
The movie has won multiple awards for its music, including best lyrics for the most popular track, “Apna Time Ayega”. Tracks like “Doori” and “Gully Mein” were particularly known for their amazing lyrics and the underlying social connotations. It’s probably now a good time to go back and replay the album; I mean, name something better than mainstream Bollywood meeting Indian hip-hop!
The songs in Dil Bechara are composed by A.R. Rahman and are known for their soulful music and heartfelt lyrics. The album has songs for almost every mood – “taare ginn” for a peppy one, “main tumhara” when you’re feeling romantic – sung by some of the most loved singers in the industry. Released during the lockdown, the album of this movie has managed to conquer many hearts and win several awards.
As A.R. Rahman suggested, the entire album symbolizes life, its many ups and downs, love, friendship, companionship, and much more, and of course, is a tribute to the main lead Late Sushant Singh Rajput.
Although the movie had a rather unconventional storyline, the music was composed by Pritam and sung by some of the industry’s legends, including Jubin Nautiyal, Arijit Singh, and Shilpa Rao. The magical voice and wholesome lyrics in “Aabad Barbaad”, “Hardum Humdum”, and “Meri Tum Ho” made them chartbusters and won praises from the audience as well as critical acclaim.
The soundtrack got multiple nominations and bagged the Best Music Director of the Year award. If you want to update your Bollywood Romance playlist, listen to this amazing album from 2020.
Released in August ’21, the soundtrack was the biggest of the year and crossed a billion streams across different music platforms. While the song “Jai Hind Ki Sena” was a perfect patriotic track that complemented the movie’s theme and became rather popular during the same year’s Independence Day celebrations.
“Raatan Lambiyan” and “Raanjha” were amongst the most popular tracks of the year and rightfully took over social media – people swaying to its melody. These songs made it to the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Billboard Global 200, with millions of fans falling in love with the lyrics and the tune!
“Khairiyat” is hands down one of the most memorable romantic tracks of the Decade, even special with Arijit Singh’s voice. The lyrics just hit the right chords and leave you in awe. The album will make you smile with just the different emotions the songs bring out.
If you want to go down memory lane and feel nostalgic, “Woh Din” and “Kal Ki Hi Baat Hai” are just the right choices. The movie captured some coming-of-age stories of friendship and romance, and the songs do not fail to resonate the same feelings.
Composed by some of the most loved ones in the industry, including Raftaar and Amit Trivedi, all seven songs in the movie are catchy, memorable, and just something you could hum about all day. Voiced by Amit Trivedi, the song “Naina Da Kya Kasur” became one of the fan favourites of the year and is a wholesome song to listen to.
The beautiful “Laila Laila” sung by Arijit Singh and the Jazzy “Aap se Milkar” left a lasting impression on the audience indeed and are a must for any music lover.
The soundtrack perfectly captures the essence of an old time that the period drama attempts to paint. “Ghar more Pardesiya” and the title track are especially memorable and resonate with the listeners. Voiced by Arijit Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, Javed Ali, Jonita Gandhi, and many such legends, the album remains one of the best from the previous decades. It is a must-listen for anyone who loves Hindi music.
The album got immense praise and a bunch of nominations, with Arijit Singh winning the Best Male Playback Singer of the Year.
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Being one of the first LGBTQ+ movies in mainstream Bollywood, the songs in SMZD set quite a standard for the upcoming movies of the Decade. A beautiful mix of upbeat dance music and soulful romantic tracks, the entire album is wholesome and must-listen.
“Gabru” and “Arey Pyar Kar Le” are some of the best blends of the Old and New, with inputs from both contemporary singers and ones from the last millennia. “Raakh” and “Mere Liye Tum Kaafi Ho” are some of the most beautiful and romantic tracks – Arijit Singh and Ayushmann Khurrana’s voices are just the cherry on top!
Amidst many remakes and mashups, the music album of Badhai Do is a breath of fresh air. Released in 2022, these are romantic, fun, entertaining, and more. With voices like Arijit Singh, Ankit Tiwari, Nakash Aziz, Nikhita Gandhi, and many more, the songs have a lasting impact on music enthusiasts.
Apart from the tune, the lyrics of “Atak Gaya” and “Hum rang hain” are especially remarkable, with layered meanings, complementing the visuals from the movie. You should check out the album if you are a Varun Grover’s lyricism fan!