Patriotic songs have always been an integral part of Bollywood films over the years. These inspiring songs have shown the sacrifices done by our freedom fighters and the brave soldiers for the country and motivate us to do something for our beloved country. For the past few decades, whenever filmmakers have tried their hands in Patriotic films, their main attention always goes through the songs because songs are the only medium to hit at people’s heart deeply.
Many stalwart singers of Hindi film industry have crooned their voice to so many popular inspiring songs. Whether it is singing nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar to new age singers like Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu, Ulka Yagnik Sonu Nigam and A.R. Rehman, all of these hugely talented singers have given some steal out patriotic songs which have touched our hearts. Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon, Maa Tujhe Salaam, Vande Matram are some of the best all time patriotic Bollywood songs liked by the listeners.
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Here we have come up with the list of Top 20 all time Bollywood inspiring & patriotic songs hope you enjoy watching these motivational songs and feel energetic and giving for our motherland.
1- Vande Matram (Anand Math)
Vande Matram was the first official and oldest patriotic song of Hindi films. The song is from Hemen Gupta’s 1952 patriotic-historical film Anand Math starring Prithviraj Kapoor and Geeta Bali. Vande Matram was taken from a popular inspiring poem from Bankim Chandra Chaattopadhyay’s 1882 novel Anandmath. Singing Goddess of India Lata Mangeshkar was given her iconic voice to this song that was composed by Hemant Kumar Mukhopadyaya.
2- Ye Desh Hai Veer Jawaano Ka (Naya Daur)
This is another enthusiastic and inspiring patriotic song dedicated to the brave Indian soldiers who were securing our Borders from enemies. This song was from superhit film Naya Daur (1957) directed by legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra. Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala were played the main leads in the film. Sung by Mohammad Rafi and written by Sahir Ludhianvi, this song is still heard on various occasions like Independence Day or Republic Day.
3- Chodo Kal Ki Batein, Kal Ki Baat Purani (Hum Hindustani)
Chodo Kal Ki Batein was a very beautiful patriotic song symbolizing the youth of the country and their new and modern ideologies. The song was from 1960 film Hum Hindustani which gave the message of the unity and togetherness of the Indians. Sunil Dutt and Asha Parekh was the leading star cast in the film and this song was voiced by Mukesh and the music was composed by Usha Khanna.
4- Aye Mere Pyare Watan (Kabuliwala)
Ae Mere Pyare Watan is an emotional patriotic song from the film Kabuliwala (1957). Sung by Manna Dey and composed by Salil Chowdary, this song is picturized on Balraj Sahni were stranded in Kabul and remembering his nation. Directed by Hemen Gupta, the film was become a big hit and this song was among favorite inspiring songs of all time.
5- Mere Desh Ki Dharti (Upkaar)
Upkaar (1967) is considered as one of the most popular and motivational film of Hindi Cinema. Directed and acted by Manoj Kumar, who was reckoned as the father of patriotic films, dedicate this film to the Indian farmers. This song Mere Desh Ki Dharti was specially written for the farmers and become famous among every household. Written by Gulshan Bawra, Mahendra Kapoor had given his voice to this immensely motivated song of the decade.
6- Mera Karma Tu Mera Dharma Tu (Karma)
This inspiring and enthusiastic song was from Subhash Ghai’s directorial patriotic film Karma (1986) featuring ensemble star cast including Dilip Kumar, Nutan, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Sridevi and Anupam Kher. The song, which was sung by Mohammad Aziz and Kavita Krishnamurthy was so devotional and motivational to arise the feeling of love and giving for the country. This song is still played on various occasions to fill the spirit of patriotism.
7- harat Humko Jaan Se Pyara Hai (Roja)
Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyara Hai is another very heart touching and emotional track from Hindi film Roja directed by Mani Ratnam. Sung by the relentless voice of Hariharan, this song showcases what is the meaning of love for the country. This song has been picturised on the South Indian actor Arvind Swamy.
8- Sandese Aate Hain (Border)
This J.P. Dutta’s film Border was based on 1971 Indo-Pak war and showed how brave soldiers sacrificed their lives to secure our Borders from enemies from cross border enemies. Among the various patriotic songs from the album, Sandese Aate Hain is the most popular track among the people showcasing the life of a soldier and tells you how he selflessly serve the country from being away from his home and family. The beautiful lyrics of Javed Akhtar were crooned by the voice of Sonu Nigam and Roop Kumar Rathore. Anu Malik was composed the sound track.
9- East Or West India is the Best (Judwaa)
East or West India is the Best was the first patriotic song showcasing the qualities of our nation from every aspect of our culture from politics, sports and entertainment. This song is from Judwaa (1997) featuring Salman Khan was become very popular among the youth. Anu Malik was crooned this song with his electric voice.
10- Suno Gaur Se Dunia Walo (Dus)
Suno Gaur Se Dunia Walo is the most energetic and motivational patriotic song that has always charged every Indian whenever they heard this powerful track from the film Dus (1997). Unfortunately due the untimely demise of director Mukul.S. Anand, Dus was not able to get into the theatres but this song that was picturized on Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt felt every Indian so proud of our country. Shankar Mahadevan and Udit Narayan have given their magical voice to the track which is still among the best inspiring Bollywood songs.
11- I Love My India (Pardes)
Subhash Ghai’s directorial Pardes (1997) has this magnificent patriotic song I Love My India featuring Amrish Puri and Mahima Chaudhry. Hariharan and Kavita Krishnamurthy have given their voice to this wonderful song which gets deep into the heart of every true Indian.
12- Zindagi Maut Na Ban Jaye (Sarfarosh)
As the name suggests, Sarfarosh was 1999 released action thriller featuring Aamir Khan in the main lead as an IPS officer. The film was based on cross-border terrorism and the courage of a Police Officer towards the nation. Sung by Roop Kumar Rathore and Sonu Nigam, this song was become really encouraging and shows the sacrifices of our brave soldiers and police officers.
13- Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani)
This fun filled but so much encouraging song featuring Shah Rukh Khan is from the film Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2002). Sung by Udit Narayan and composed by Jatin-Lalit, the song was become so popular among the people and encourages the feeling of love for the country.
14- Mera Rang De Basanti (The Legend of Bhagat Singh)
The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) is a biographical film based on the life of Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh and showcased how this young son of motherland sacrificed his life for the country. Ajay Devgn played the role of Bhagat Singh. Although, entire album of the film is filled with mindblowing tracks, but Mera Rang De Basanti is the ultimate track. Sung by Sonu Nigam and Manmohan Waris, this song shows the journey of three brave souls of the country goes for hanging and sacrifices their life for the freedom of the nation.
15- Kandhon Se Milte Hain Kandhe (Lakshaya)
This is another very soulful and inspiring track from war based film Lakshya (2004) featuring Hrithik Roshan in the main lead. The song, which is crooned by the voice of Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Nigam, Hariharan, Roop Kumar Rathore, Kunal Ganjawala and Vijay Prakash, is a motivational song for the Indian Army and the soldiers who are ready for the war against the enemies.
16- adam Kadam Badhaye Jaa (Bose-The Forgotten Hero)
Kadam Kadam Badhaye Jaa was another beautiful song on Nationalism from 2004 film Bose- (The Forgotten Hero) which was based on the life of popular Indian Independence leader Subhash Chandra Bose. Sung by Vijay Prakash, Kadam Kadam was a motivational song originally written down by Pt. Vanshidhar Shukla for Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army. Earlier, it was banned in India due to its seditious nature by British colonial but after 1947, ban was lifted and it was inducted into the list of patriotic songs of the country.
17- Aisa Des Hai Mera (Veer-Zara)
This is one more beautiful song from Yash Chopra’s directorial superhit Indian romantic-drama Veer Zara (2004) showcasing the vast and historic Indian culture of Village and its lively atmosphere. Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta are featuring in this wonderful song sung by Udit Narayan.
18- Ye Jo Des Hai Tera (A.R. Rahman)
A.R. Rahman, who is the music maestro of Indian cinema, have also given various patriotic songs through his unique voice. Ye Jo Des Hai Tera is also one of those iconic creations by this man from 2004 film Swades featuring Shah Rukh Khan in the main lead. Despite its slowness, this song is very calm and gives relief to the listeners, offcourse the reason is the feeling of love for the country is incurred in it. Without any doubt, the song is a deserving one for this list of patriotic songs.
19- Rang De Basanti (Rang De Basanti)
Sung by the powerful vocals of Daler Mehendi, Rang De Basanti is a fullon enthusiastic patriotic song from the young age film Rang De Basanti (2006) featuring Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi and R. Madhavan. Just like the film became blockbuster at the box office, the song was also become remembered as the memorable one for the country lovers.
20- Chak De (Chak De! India)
Chak De! India (2007) was a sports-drama directed by Shimit Amin featuring Shah Rukh Khan as the coach of Indian Women Hockey Team.
This title song Chak De from the album is one of the most inspiring songs till date and always goose bumped every time puts on our ear. Sukhwinder Singh has crooned this song with his powerful and crunchy voice. Every time, India National team of any sports won the tournament for the country, this song has always been the perfect choice to play and motivate the sportsperson.