90’s was the best decade ever, period! There I said it. It was the time of India’s globalization and with newly introduced economic reforms India was learning to adjust to the thinking of the west. India achieved so much in the 90’s which laid the foundation of the growing India we see now. New economic policies were introduced in 1991, we won the Kargil war, we won back to back Miss India and Miss Universe crowns in the same year i.e ’94, Pokhran test was conducted in ’98, we got two of the most beloved movies of all time in the form of Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, we got the greatest comedy movie in the form of Andaaz Apna Apna, we had amazing memories of our collector’s addition from our childhood from water bottles to big fun cards. And the music, wow! I am not talking about the typical Bollywood film music which comprised of the trashy songs like “Baarah Aana De” and “Sarkai lo khatiya” but the new wave of Indi-Pop music which took over the India music industry by a storm for over a decade and suddenly it disappeared. Singers like Shaan and Sonu Nigam who were at the forefront of this new wave thought that singing in Bollywood movies might be good for them and the music companies thought that the music in Bollywood movies fetches them higher returns. Also with a new wave of mobile phones, releasing albums became irrelevant as people started downloading them from various sites. The quality and writing of 90’s and early 2000’s Indipop songs were so good that you can still enjoy them wherever you want and maybe 10-20 years from now they might still find a place in your playlist. Even though there are a number of articles on various sites with a list of 90’s songs, there’s always a song which you might forget to add to your playlist. So I decided to create an ultimate list of IndiPop songs from the 80’s to 90’s all the way to early ‘2000s which every 90’s kid will cherish. So here you go(in no particular order):
- Disco Deewane by Nazia Hassan:
- Boom Boom by Biddu
- Hawa Hawa by Hasan Jahangir:
- Made In India by Alisha Chinai
- Aankhon Mein Tera Hi Chehra by Aryans
- Tanha Dil by Shaan:
Still, the best song to listen to when you are alone on the road and have no idea where you wanna go or maybe you have left home.
- Chandni Raatein by Shamsa Kanwal
- Dil Dhadke by Baba Sehgal
- Maaeri Yaad Woh by Euphoria
- Ohh Meri Munni by Remo Fernandes
- Pari Hoon Main by Sunita Rao
- Ho Gayi Hai Mohabbat Tumse by Aslam
- Oh Sanam by Lucky Ali
- Janam Samjha Karo by Asha Bhosle
- Kya Surat Hai by Bombay Vikings
- Kabhi Aana Tu Meri Galli by Euphoria
- Sayonee by Junoon
- Jaane Kisne by Shiamak Davar
- Deewana by Sonu Nigam
- Maahi Ve by Fakhir Mantra
- Chuimui Si Tum Lagti Ho by Milind Ingle
- Gori Naal Ishq Mitha by Bally Sagoo & Malkit Singh
- Mera Laung Gavacha by Bally Sagoo
- Aaja Nachle by Bally Sagoo
- Purani Jeans by Ali Haider
- Duur by Strings
- Yaaron by KK
- Pal by KK
- Aapki Dua by KK
- Deewane Toh Deewane Hain by Shweta Shetty
- Johnny Joker by Shweta Shetty
- Dole Dole by Suchitra
- Tere Bin Jeena Nahin by Bali Brahmabhatt
- Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi by Falguni Pathak
- Maine Payal Hai Chhankai by Falguni Pathak
- Meri Chunar Udh Udh Jaye by Falguni Pathak
- Sa Ni Dha Pa by Colonial Cousins
- Ye Hawa Kehti Hai Kya by Aryans
- Woh Kaun Thi by Jojo
- Roop Tere Mastana by Shaan
- Dooba Dooba Rehta Hoon by Silk Route
- Leja Leja Re by Shreya Ghoshal & Ustad Sultan Khan
- Meri Neend Udh Gayi Hai by A Band Of Boys
- Piya Basanti Re by Ustad Sultan Khan & Chitra
- Gori Teri Aankhein Kahein by Lucky Ali & Kavita Krishnamurthy
- Kabhi Aisa Lagta Hai by Lucky Ali
- Dhoom Pichak Dhoom by Euphoria
- Bijuria by Sonu Nigam
- Is Kadar Pyaar Hai by Sonu Nigam
- Deewane Hoke Hum by Sonu Nigam
- Mohabbat Maine Ki Toh Nahi Thi by Sonu Nigam
- Channa Ve Ghar Aa Ja by Kunal Ganjawala
- Sochta Hoon Uska Dil by Babul Supriyo
- Bulla Ki Jaana Main Kaun by Rabbi Shergill
- Dhaani by Strings
- Hum Kis Gali Ja Rahe Hain by Atif Aslam
- Chanda Ki Doli Mein by Sonu Nigam
- Sar Kiye Ye Pahar by Strings
- Doorie by Atif Aslam
- Chandi Jaisa Rang Hai Tera by Pankaj Udhas
- Ehsaas by Atif Aslam
- Mora Piya Mose Bole Na by Fuzon
- Aur Ahista Kije Baatein by Pankaj Udhas
- Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein by Adnan Saami
- Teri Deewani by Kailash Kher
- Koi Lauta De Woh Pyare Pyare Din by Abhijeet
- Jab Saamne Tum Aa Jaate Ho by Asha Bhosale Feat. Jagjit Singh
- Dil Keh Raha Hai Dil Se by Adnan Sami
- Ab Mujhe Raat Din by Sonu Nigam
- Kuch Is Tarah by Atif Aslam
- Lafzon Mein Keh Na Sako by Abhijeet Sawant
- Abke Baras Woh Haal Hai by Sunita Rao
- Breathless by Shankar Mahadevan
- Afreen Afreen by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
- Aadat by Jal
- Mujhe Mil Jo Jaaye Thoda Paisa by Agosh
- Bolo Tara Rara by Daler Mehendi
- Tunak Tun by Daler Mehendi
- Tere Mere Saath Jo Hota Hai by Lucky Ali
- Dekha Hai Teri Aakhon Ko by Aryans
- Kabhi Toh Nazar Milao by Adnan Sami
- Nachange Saari Raat by Stereo Nation
- Ab Ke Saawan by Shubha Mudgal
- Ali More Angana by Shubha Mudgal
- Ae Sanam by Abbey
- Dekha Hai Aise Bhi by Lucky Ali
- Bhool Ja by Shaan
- Meri Kahani by Atif
- Woh Lamhe by Jal
- Sajni by Jal
- Sajania by Ali Zafar
- Don’t Break My Heart by Stereo Nation
- Suno Toh Diwana Dil by Kamal Khan
- Mohabbat Kabhi Maine Ki To Nahi Thi by Sonu Nigam
- Rangilo Maro Dholna by Shubha Mudgal
- Duniya by Raageshwari
- Kesariya Hai Roop Maro by Sunita Rao
- Piya Se Milke Aaye Nain by Hema Sardesai
- Piya Re Piya Re by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
- Chupke Chupke by Pankaj Udhas
- Kahin Karta Hoga by Anamika
The song and the collaboration which actually started the trend of IndiPop across South Asia and paved the way for non-filmi albums to be sold in India.
Disco Deewane was produced by Biddu, the pioneer of Indi-Pop music and maybe if he wouldn’t be there, the Pop music might not have flourished in India.
Nazia Hassan became a household name across Asia and the album became the best-selling album Asian pop album which is still a record waiting to be broken.
Year’s later Karan Johar used the remixed version of the song in his movie Student Of The Year.
Trivia: Biddu produced “Kung Fu Fighting” is still one of the best-selling songs. Biddu was behind “Made in India”, helped Alisha Chinai rise, he discovered Shaan & Sagarika.
But it all started when Biddu collaborated with Nazia Hassan for Qurbani and in 1981 launched them with album Disco Deewane.
After the success of Disco Deewane, the collaboration of Nazia Hassan-Zoheb Hassan – Biddu struck gold again very next year with Boom Boom. It was another success for the trio and
cemented Biddu’s status as the pioneer of Disco.
Nazia Hassan version:
Biddu Remix version:
Years later Biddu released the remix version of his 1981 hit, which starred the darling of music videos and immortal beauty, Anupama Verma.
Hasan Jahangir released his only and only big hit Hawa Hawa in the late 80’s and hasn’t released a hit since then. Nonetheless, Hawa Hawa was a massive hit back in the day which paved the way for more such songs in the future. It went onto sold more than 15 million copies in India alone.
The Album which started it all. The biggest selling IndiPop album of all time. It became the first album to sell 3 million copies in India and was the first pop album whose sales were comparable to the Hindi films.
It also marked the beginning of large-scale music videos and Milind Soman became the dream man of every Indian girl.
Shahid Kapoor’s first foray with popularity and Aryan’s breakout hit. And video brings some old memories. Where are you Aryans?
Best song for the people with log distance relationship never gets old. If you are in a long distance relationship, send this song to your partner right now and see the magic.
India’s first Rapper, Baba Sehgal. Period!
Maaeri was the breakout hit of Euphoria’s second album Phir Dhoom released in 2000. Maaeri also helped in launching Rimi Sen’s career.
The one and only Pop album from Remo Fernandes which went onto be Platinum Certified.
The best song for the teenage girls, ever. The video was way ahead of its time and may be addressed fantasy of every teenage girl.
One of the best songs for the first time lovers. The video with all its vibes is too good and Shibani Kashyap as the heroine of the video who herself became established singer later on. Never got to know what was the lead singer Aslam’s later songs were though.
Lucky Ali’s debut song and album. Still one of the most original voice. I still can’t believe he is nearing 60 years now. Trivia: Sunoh the album stayed in top 3 in MTV Asia chart for 60 weeks.
Asha Bhosle’s first Indi-Pop album in collaboration with the pioneer of Indi-Pop Lesle Lewis. Asha Bhosle won 1997 MTV Award for the album and also it started the blue eyed boy Indi-Pop albums, Milin Soman.
Although it is basically a remix of the popular Hindi movie, Kya Surat Hai is still remembered as being one of the pioneers of Remixes. The song is primarily in English with basically few lines in Hindi. Most of the Indian music companies rejected the idea of using English as the main language of the song. Finally, Sony BMG produced the album without any changes. The album was an instant success and it still is hugely popular. The video of the song starred Prabhu Deva’s brother Raju Sundaram who is himself a National Award winning choreographer in South along with Malini Sharma who went on to star in Raaz 3 years later.
Euphoria’s third album and Vidya Balan’s breakout hit.
One of the pioneer’s of the Sufi Rock music in the world and one of the biggest band’s in the world with popularity all over the globe. I still remember as a kid when the Zee invited Junoon along with Whigfield to perform at their very first Zee Cine Awards in 1998 and they sang Sayonee, the whole performance was electric. After that, they released Azadi the album containing Sayonee and my Dad bought the full album. We still have that.
Shiamak Davar’s debut album and you might not believe that he was the first time singer. The whole vibe of the song is on another level and will transfer you to another world.
I didn’t know that this was Sonu Nigam’s 14th Album, not the debut one. But most of his earlier albums were forgettable. It was a big hit in its time and it still is enjoyable.
I recently rediscovered this song again and have been listening to it non-stop ever since. And I can’t believe it came 12 years back because it is still refreshing as hell.
This whole album “Ye Hai Prem” was a huge hit in 1998 with Chuimui Si Tum Lagti Ho as the lead single. The video’s of the song made the tiny bunny which you can stick to your shirts hugely popular among the college going kids. It also made Priti Jhangiani and Abbas the popular South Indian actor a household name. The videos were directed by Kunal Kohli which why you can understand that the quality was good.
Bally Sagoo moved from Birmingham to Bombay in the early and found success remixing songs of Asha Bhosle. But his biggest success came in the form of original Punjabi track Gori Naal Ishq Mitha
which starred then supermodels’ Jas Arora and Malaika Arora. Both of them became hugely popular after the video came out.
This was the remix of the original Anu Malik composition from the little-known movie Nagmani but nevertheless became quite popular. This one too featured Jas Arora along with Deepti Bhatnagar.
Another hit song from Bally Sagoo a perfect song for Baarat or a Party. Still my jam.
The best songs ever about college life. I bet you can’t help but remember your college moments while listening to this song. Also, it starred the then unknown(or even now) Kim Sharma.
Do you know, Ali Haider is now an RJ for a Radio Channel based out of Houston Texas.
The song which made us fall in love with Strings. The song was refreshing and will surely make you miss your loved one when you are in a long distance relationship. Duur was Strings comeback album
9 years after they broke up. You know, they were doing their jobs and were fathers when they decided to give up their jobs and make a comeback. Inspiring!
The best song ever about friendship, Period! Is there any song which perfectly captures the essence and ups and downs of a friendship. KK’s debut album was a big hit all over India and its still one of the best Album’s ever with hits like Yaaron, Pal & Aap Ki Dua becoming massive hits.
KK still considers Pal as his best song.
Shweta Shetty’s music and their videos were different and way ahead of their time. 20 years later, they still feel like you are something new for the first time. Both her albums Johnny Joker and Deewane were big hits
at the time.
Starring the cute multi-talented actress, singer, writer, painter Suchitra in her debut album, Dole Dole was an experimental album from Suchitra after finding success in films such as Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na.
After giving hits in the early 90’s such as “Amma Dekh”, Bali Brahmabhatt gave a heartfelt melody of a romantic song in “Tere Bin Jeena Nahin”. And this one once again stars Anupama Verma, the queen of
Who can Falguni Pathak’s debut album. Every Indian girl used to watch Falguni Pathak’s music videos and used to dream about that fairy tale love story. Ever since her first album, Falguni Pathak
became synonymous with Garba and her pop songs. The video also featured then unknown Riya Sen in one of her first roles.
Colonial Cousins was formed when Lesle Lewis invited Hariharan to sing a jingle for a commercial ad. Since the lyrics of the song were coming late, Lesle started strumming on his guitar out of boredom. Looking
at him, Hariharan started jamming with him with an Alaap and the idea for colonial cousins was conceived. The duo sold platinum sales in India with their debut album, of which Sa Ni Dha Pa and Krishna were big hits.
Aryans struck again with this breezy song. Also featuring Shayan Munshi before he got stuck in Jessica Lal murder case.
Jojo’s second album starring Jimmy Shergill in his first music video. Perfect song for the stalker kind and the girls who try to hide themselves.
It’s basically a remix of “Roop Tera Mastana” from Aradhna but it’s sung so beautifully by Shaan and its video is so music video is so good that I couldn’t stop myself from putting it here. Also, it features Choreographer Geeta Kapoor as the maid dancing inside the house when the boss is not around.
The music video of this song won the best video award at the MTV Asia Music Awards. It’s one of the rare videos or may be the only one which is shot underwater for the most part. Silk Route’s
breakout album was one of the best albums ever with Dooba Dooba Rehta Hoon a perfect song for a heartbreak (way better than Channa Mereya, believe me, Millenials)
This awesome album, Ustad & the Divas brought together Ustad Sultan Khan and three of the most talented singers of their generation Sunidhi, Chitra & Shreya Ghoshal. Shreya was supposed to sing 2 songs with Ustad but due to some limitations, she had to sing only one song. Ironically that song became its most famous song, Leja Leja Re.
A great concept since we never had Boy Bands in India, A Band Of Boys was conceived by Lesle Lewis with the mix of singers and models. Later on, they broke and went their separate ways, doing modeling and acting.
But Meri Neend is still fresh in our memories.
Probably the sweetest song from one of the sweetest voices in the world Chitra. A rare collaboration between Chitra and Ustad Sultan Khan, the album was huge success upon release so much so that it won International viewers choice award at MTV Awards.
Another rare combination of Lucky Ali and Kavita Krishnamurthy, Gori Teri Aankhein Kahain is one of those rare songs which are hard to dislike. It’s instantly likable music and lyrics made it a huge success upon release.
The song from the fourth album from Lucky Ali was a experimental song with different styles mixed into one. It flows smoothly and will make you fall in love with Lucky Ali again and again and again.
The song and the music video which launched Euphoria way back in 1998 to commercial success. The song was an instant success which paved the way for Hindi Rock and the music video was a huge
hit too on MTV.
Released in 1999, the song was a big hit and the music video paid homage to the Michael Jackson’s Thriller with its use of horror setting.
Featuring Sonu Nigam’s biggest album till date, Iss Kadar Pyaar Hai was a part of the album Deewana released in 1999 which also contained hit songs like Deewana and Ab Mujhe Raat Din. The music video featured
always reliable for a video, Mr Milind Soman in a cute love story.
Another soulful love song from Sonu Nigam’s album Jaan. The song too was a big hit and cemented Sonu Nigam’s status as the lead singer.
Another melodious track by Sonu Nigam from his hit album Yaad in 2001 which completed his Hattrick of hit albums, other two being Deewana and Jaan.
Kunal Ganjawala’s only track in this list, which is surprising given his track record in Hindi movies. Nevertheless, the song was a big hit and still makes people dance in the clubs.
Another talented singer having only one sing in this list. Bahut Naainsaafi hai. Regardless of that, the song was a hit with the audiences and the music video too was appreciated.
The song was an instant hit all over India and gave Rabbi Shergill a perfect platform to launch his unique talent. The song is actually based on a famous poem by poet Bulleh Shah and has been covered by various artists from India and Pakistan but we still remember this is a Rabbi Shergill song.
After the stupendous success of Duur, strings came back with another soulful hit Dhaani. Another hit from the same album “Naa Jaane Kyun” was included in the soundtrack of Hollywood superhero movie
Spiderman 2(2004). Now that says something about the quality of Strings music.
One of the best songs for people who don’t what they are doing in their life and what they want become. The song which belonged to the Blockbuster album from Aatif, Doorie, still leaves the same
impact and one of the best Hindi Rock songs ever.
The frigging 18th album from Sonu Nigam came after a long gap of 4 years and was awarded best Pop album by MTV Awards.
The very first album from Strings launched way back in 1991, was an instant success while they were still in college and soon disbanded to focus on their further studies only to return 9 years later on with
Duur. Trivia: Do you know, after leaving the band Bilal Maksood started working as Creative Director at an Advertising agency whereas Faizal Kapadia went to US to continue Business Studies only to realise
later on that they can’t live without music.
The first single from the Blockbuster album from Atif, Doorie was a super success upon release and gave a glimpse of what to expect from the album.
The song for the lovers after getting 2 pegs down. Pankaj Udhas have been integral part of the Indian music industry be it films or albums and no one can deny the impact of this song.
Another Pop Chartbuster from Doorie by Atif. Ehsaas is one of those rare songs which will take you to another world if you listen to its soulful lyrics carefully.
One of those rare combination of classical, sufi and pop music, this song can be enjoyed by anyone from any age group. The music video for the song is the homage to the classical movies of the 50’s & 60’s and bears close resemblance
to Guru Dutt’s classic Kaagaz Ke Phool.
This melodious track launched the career of Sameera Reddy and gave us another beautiful track from Pankaj Udhas. Its still refreshing as it was 18 years ago.
Adnan Sami’s breakout song from the album Always Yours, Bheegi Bheegi Raaton mein was a Blockbuster success and was the top selling music album at that time with sales in excess of 4 million copies.
Do check out below mentioned songs as they might not be as popular as above songs but they are totally part of the IndiPop wave of 90’s: