Sar Jo Tera Chakraye from Pyaasa (1957)
This is such a classic Johnny Walker song. In this song he plays a barber who walks through the streets looking for his next customer. He calls to them saying aaja pyaare and reassures them stating kahe ghabraye kahe ghabraye? This song is light hearted and funny without any over-the-top antics. I used to hear this song on a radio all the time when I was younger. When I actually watched the video, I just had to smile.
Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu from Howrah Bridge (1958)
This is Helen's first song and she is amazing. I used to love this song as a kid and still do. The lyrics of this song are so cute. They tell the story of a certain Ms. Chin Chin Chu who hails from China. I love this song because it is so carefree and flirty!
Shola Jo Bhadke from Albela (1951)
I love the Hawaiian flavor this song has! Geeta Bali is so graceful and adorable while Bhagwan is hilarious. His expressions and style remind me of Govinda. This is another song I grew up listening to playing on the radio.
Jaane Kahan Mera Jigar Gaya Ji from Mr. & Mrs. '55 (1955)
Another Johnny Walker classic. Re-watching this song makes me realize that Johnny Walker was such a natural at comedy. I'm note sure who the actress in this is. She matches Johnny's performance perfectly!
Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai from Anaadi (1959)
This is another one of Raj Kapoor's classic songs. This song is all about life and the ways a person can overcome all the problems that life throws at them. I like the simplicity of the song as well as the message that it shares with the audience.
Hawa Mein Udta Jaye from Barsaat (1959)
This song is so simple and sweet. That's what I like about it. A girl sings about her dupatta and how it flutters in the wind. What surprised me about this song was that Lata Mangeshkar has provided the vocals for this song. I did not recognize her voice the first time I heard this song.
Do Sitaron Ka Zameen Par from Kohinoor (1960)
The lyrics of this song are so poetic. They describe the feelings that lover feel for each other so beautifully. Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari are graceful and elegant in this song. I grew up listening to this song and could not understand all the collective aahs and waahs that this song would prompt. Now I do.
Mana Janaab Ne Pukara Nahi from Paying Guest (1957)
This song is another Dev Anand and Nutan classic. I love the chedkani that Kishore Kumar brings to this song with his voice and I love the way Dev Anand interprets it with his acting.
Tumsa Nahi Dekha from Tumsa Nahi Dekha (1957)
Shammi Kapoor - that says it all!
Zarurat Hai from Man Mauji (1962)
Kishore Kumar is the only reason why this song is on my list of Retro Classics. He is amazing in this song. He adds masti and a sufficient dose of chedkani. Watching this song brings a smile to my face.
Waqt Ne Kiya from Kagaz Ke Phool (1959)
This song is classic Guru Dutt song. I still remember the first time I saw this song. I was mesmerized by the way it was filmed. It is just so haunting. The lyrics of this song describe how a relationship has changes over time so beautifully. Waheeda Rehman is graceful as ever and portrays the emotions in Geeta Dutt's voice on screen perfectly.
Mujhe Kitna Pyar Hai from Dil Tera Deewana (1962)
The charming Shammi Kapoor strikes again. Only this time he is supported by the beautiful and graceful Mala Sinha.
Aayega Aane Wala from Mahal (1949)
This song has a haunting quality about it. There is a strong underlying tadap in this song. Lata Mangeshkar sings this song beautifully and adds so much to the song. The video of this song features Ashok Kumar walking around a huge palatial house and checking it when he hears the singing.
Thandi Hawa Kali Ghata from Mr. & Mrs. '55 (1955)
The lovely Madhubala stars in this song. The video of this song reminds me of Main Chali from Padosan. The song is about a girl and her friends singing and having a good time. They sing about how the thandi hawa and the kaali ghata make them feel.