Top 10 Romantic Songs of the 21st Century



Times they are a changing! 21st century brings with it many new developments…many new changes…but some things remain timeless and unchanged…like Romance and Love. Bollywood captures that essence of romance for us and what better way than through songs!  Here’s the list of top 10 Romantic songs of 21st century, Bollywood.

10. Jaane kya chahe mann baawara (Pyaar Ke Side Effects

A beautiful blend of Western and Indian classical, Jaane kya chahe mann baawara is among the best romantic songs of this century. With English lyrics interspersed in between, the song is a soulful rendition by Zubeen Garg.  His emotional voice comes with a touch of classical undertones.  Mayur Puri’s lyrics in ‘Khadi boli’ add to the pathos of the song.  Not for nothing is it said, that the sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest songs…this is one such touching number you can listen to over and over again.  Picturized on Rahul Bose and Mallika Sherawat in Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Jaane kya chahe mann is sure to touch an emotional chord within you!


9. Jiya dhadak Kalyug

This soft pop number from Kalyug became a chartbuster. Sung by the legendary Rahet Fateh Ali Khan, this beautiful romantic number is indeed a very soulful song. Composed by Anu Malik, the song has a Pakistani-pop feel to it.  Lyrics by Asin Raza are very compelling and quite sentimental.  Picturized on newcomer Kunal Kemu and Smiley Suri, the song captures their love beautifully.  For years now, the audiences have come to expect a certain class of music from the Bhatts and in this movie too, they deliver a successful musical album.  One of the most romantic songs in recent times, it may remind you of the “Laagi tumse mann ki lagan” from Paap.


8. Zara sa dil mein (Jannat)

This soft-rock number from Jannat composed by the great Pritam is yet another very hummable track. Sung to perfection by KK, Zara sa dil mein de jagah tu…is a beautiful love ballad.  The song became a big chartbuster and KK was even nominated for the Filmfare Best Male Playback Singer Award that year.  Picturized on the handsome Emraan Hashmi and beautiful Sonal Chauhan, the song is one of the best romantic songs in the last few years.  Sayed Quadri’s lyrics are simple and soulful in a typical ‘shayari’ style.  Having a great ‘lounge feel’ this number played over and over again over all radio and TV channels.  Another winner from the Mukesh Bhatt’ stables, this is bound to captivate you!


7. Dil kyun yeh mera shor kare (Kites)

Tugging at our heartstrings, Dil kyun yeh mera shor kare from Kites is among the most romantic numbers of recent times. Rajesh Roshan weaves his magic yet again for this soulful and melodious composition. Nasir Faraaz’s lyrics are simple yet effective in conveying a whole gamut of emotions…KK does the playback for Hrithik Roshan and the depth of the feelings conveyed by his voice are indeed flawless. Moving from a soft pitch to high pitch with equal ease, KK’s rendering is pitch-perfect. This is one song, which you may want to hear on a loop while on a long drive!  A must-hear number, conveying emotions of love with a touch of sadness, this song is bound to strike a chord within you!


6. Bheege hont tere (Murder)

True to modern times, Bheege hont tere expresses love and intimacy in no cloaked terms! Quite bold in its picturization too, this romantic number from Murder had Emraan Hashmi and Mallika Sherawat literally burning up the screen!  Anu Malik’s composition is brilliant as he adds a bit of R&B (Rhythm and Blues) feel to the song.  Sayed Quadri’s lyrics are simple yet elegant as they declare the intention of love without going over the top or being vulgar.  Kunal Ganjawala’s vocals make this romantic number one of the most romantic songs in recent times.  A huge chartbuster, this romantic song is among the top 10 in recent times.


5. Tere Liye (Veer Zaara)

Capturing the essence of love like no other recent song, Tere liye from Veer Zaara will indeed stand the test of time and will continue to be counted among the most romantic songs. Yash Chopra known as the King of Romance always ensured very good music in his movies.  For this movie he uses hitherto unused musical arrangements of Late Madan Mohan taking the help of his son Sanjeev Kohli.  Roop Kumar Rathod and the legendary Lata Mangeshkar lend their voices to the on-screen lovers Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta.  Lyrics by Javed Akhtar do enough and more justice to the legendary Madan Mohan’s compositions.  Picturized equally beautifully, this romantic number will continue to haunt us long after it has stopped playing.


4. Tera hone laga hoon (Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani)

The soft romantic song from Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is among the best romantic songs in recent times.  Starting with English lyrics, “Shining in the setting Sun like a pearl upon the ocean”…Tera hone laga hoon was indeed a chartbuster number. The combination of the English and Hindi lyrics is wonderful.  Shot in picturesque Istanbul, it had Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif as the on-screen pair.  Pritam’s composition and lyrics by Irshaad Kamil and Ashish Pandit combine to deliver a brilliant romantic number.  Playback by Atif Aslam, Joi Barua and Alisha Chinoy is mesmerizing.  Tere hone loga hoon had us all humming it over and over again.


3. Ishq Sufiana (The Dirty Picture)

This melodious song from The Dirty Picture is an inspirational number. The Vishal-Shekar composition is rendered flawlessly by Kamal Khan.  The female version by Sunidhi Chauhan is equally mesmerizing.  The Sufi inflected love song, is indeed one of the most romantic songs in recent times.  With Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi acting as on-screen lovers, Ishq Sufiana appears to come straight from the heart.  The lyrics by Rajat Arora are indeed melodious and seem timeless.  The song became a chartbuster as it slowly grew on the public and is played frequently on all radio channels.  The Sufi style music only lifts the vocalists’ incredible flexibility and depth as they sing this romantic number.

Poster of The Dirty Picture movie
Poster of The Dirty Picture movie

2. Teri meri prem kahani (Bodyguard)

With the legendary Rahat Fateh Ali Khan lending his voice to Salman Khan and singing along with Shreya Ghoshal, can Teri meri prem kahani be anything but magical?! The haunting number from Bodyguard is among the best romantic songs. The inspiring music by Himesh Rashammiya and touching lyrics by Neelesh Mishra and Shabbir Ahmed make the song what it is!  The haunting voice of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan oozes the pain and pathos depicted with equal conviction by Salman Khan on screen.  Kareena Kapoor and her incredible acting also contribute in making the song one of the most popular romantic numbers.


1. Pani da rang (Vicky Donor)

The most popular song in recent times, Pani da rang vekh ke, from Vicky Donor tops the list. There’s something about Ayushman Khurrana’s lyrics (written along with Rochak Kohli) and voice which makes you want to listen to it again and again. The song plays as a background score, as the young lovers Vicky Arora (Ayushman Khurrana) and Ashmita Roy (Yami Gautam) play out their love.  The song expresses love and longing like no other song in modern times.  No wonder then, that Ayushman Khurrana walked away with the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer in the 58th Filmfare Awards.  The female version sung by Sukanya Purkayastha is equally haunting if not more.  Pani da rang from Vicky Donor is definitely the best romantic song this century and is on top of the charts.



Whatever be the era and time, the songs that touch you are the ones which ring true.  These top 10 romantic songs of 21st century are bound to stay with you long after they’ve stopped playing.  These songs have beautiful lyrics, melodious music and soulful renditions…Enjoy this list, for now…as more follow!



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