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List of Hindi Songs To Improve your listening + Some Bonus

Hey there! My name is Mudit and I listen to songs in four languages. English, Hindi (My native), Punjabi and Spanish (aprendiendo español).

As I am a native speaker of Hindi, I want to share my list of song recommendation for beginner to intermediate Hindi learners. I would also say that you should really listen to old Hindi songs as they are slow, meaningful and people in India still love them a lot.

Now a good thing for you is that nowadays many songs have some English lines too in between.


One thing that you should acknowledge is that Bollywood music has 90% songs concentrated on LOVE only. Here are some:

• Pehli Nazar Mein (by Atif Aslam) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BadBAMnPX0I This is a romantic song from the 2000s and you’ll love the lyrics. A few lines are in English too to help you get the feeling.

• Baaton ko Teri (by Arijit Singh) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixdov26hzr4 This is a slow song with an after breakup story. The music is good however.

• Teri Deewani (Kailash Kher) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZasH6qkn8M A well known classic. Deep meaningful words and great music.

• Soniyo (Sonu Nigam) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owJQROW35Ow You can’t forget Sonu Nigam when making a list of good songs.

• Soch Na Sake (Arijit Singh) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRtRcTfszjY Emotional and yet another song dedicated to your crushes.

• Main Bola Hey (Karthik Rao) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zoD2FNvCIo This is a teenage love song from the web series ‘Kota Factory’. Words are very simple and you will understand the most of it. You are guaranteed to blush if you understand the lyrics. ;)

• Kabhi Kabhi Aditi Zindigi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIbzXaBdwZw Guy trying to make his girl happy.

• Hoton Se Chu Lo Tum (Jagjit Singh) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDO9ZRSNB9s An old classic song. Highly appreciable music and a meaningful song. Slow lyrics makes it easy for you to grab the essence with soothing music.


Songs based on other topics: (From the 80s/90s)

• Suhana Safar Aur Ye Mousam Hasi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSU74fpWsfQ This old song is about travelling.

• Hum Tere Shehar Me Aaye Hai https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKrabG7TAwo It’s a Gazal about moving to a new city where your lover lives.

• Yeh toh sach hai ki bhagwan Hai https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzFLuXzU5eU A song describing the affection and care by our parents.


Now If you like Rap and Hiphop (Might be a lil difficult to understand though):

• Farak (Divine) – it is a song where Divine is expressing his love for his mother.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqn0cxi2d0A

• You can go on exploring songs by Divine, but I can’t list them here as his other songs won’t be easy for most people.


Bonus:

• Many Hindi Rap songs go hand in hand with Punjabi. By artists like Honey Singh for example.

• Voice of the street (Divine’s Heart pumping English Song) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSvQoA17eRs

• Some party songs (You can search on youtube) :

So these are the stereotypical party songs that remind you of Bollywood:

Birthday Bash and Dil Chori Sada Ho Gaya (Honey Singh)

Ghoongro Toot Gaye

Lat Lag Gayi

Dilliwaali Girlfriend

Tu Meri (Bang Bang Movie)

If you know some Spanish, this is a perfect song for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN9wBRwYeR8

There are a ton of great Hindi songs, but I took my time to handpick only those which will be relatively easy to understand. :)

March 30, 2020

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrennaDP

Thank you! I look forward to listening through these. धन्यवाद!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robb2112

Bahut Acha, Very cool! Shukria!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EuriU

Will listen to them for sure! Thanks!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BakosJuci

Ohh, thank you! Its a good idea! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tobias61075

Thanks! I made a Spotify Playlist (sometimes I didn't find the exact song, but I think close enough. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2HDZH0i5iSd6Iz1nelM2dd?si=QcJidHNfRI2bbSoIotFDxQ


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ParanoidAn9

Although listening to songs is a good method how to spice up language learning, it can also be very tricky and maybe unnecessarily difficult from the beginning. Because song lyrics generally follow rules of poetry, not of common speech - with different word order, idiomatic expressions and sophisticated vocabulary. I completed both Hindi from English and the reverse tree on Duolingo and I must tell you - I don't understand anything from the songs you posted. Maybe a word here or there, but not the meaning for sure... Not to be mistaken - it was Bollywood movies and songs that prompted me to learn Hindi, but I realize I still have a long way ahead of me...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/muditjhawar

Didn't you look up for English translations? Found some new words to use? Tried to relate with any previous knowledge?

And regarding poetry, it is in all other language songs too, I started listening to Spanish music only when I felt confident enough. I can surely relate with you.

Maybe try speaking to people more first and then come to songs.

Many people want a reason for learning a new language and strongly believe that exploring its art is one of the most motivational.

In the end, it also depends on person to person. Thanks for checking out the songs.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JerryCurry3

I kind of used it the other way around. I used music to tune my ear to the sounds of the language, long before I could translate even simple straightforward stuff like "बिल्ली कुत्ते के ऊपर सोती है" and "हम सब्ज़ियाँ नहीं हैं".

But I agree with you. Music is a poor way to learn grammar and core vocabulary.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JerryCurry3

By the end of the week, I'll have listened to all of the above. Thanks!! Worth 5 lingots. :-)

Some of my favorites:

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