Helen - The Item Number Queen of Bollywood
Helen - The Item Number Queen of Bollywood

Bollywood has changed a lot with time and so has its trends. One such trend that took its toll with changing times is Item songs. Item songs is a term given to a musical piece in a movie which has got little to do with the track of the film. It is catchy and helps in the marketing and promotion of the film. While there was a time when Item girls were side heroines like Helen, Bindu, Shakeela, Nadira, now is the time when top heroines like Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif dance to the tunes of item songs with much ease and demand. From raunchy lyrics to skimpy clothes Item Numbers has covered it all. Why not revisit this raunchiness with top 10 item songs of Bollywood.

Top 10 item songs of Bollywood All Time

Babuji Dheere Chalna (Aar Paar 1954):

It was OP Nayyar’s brilliant music, Geeta Dutt’s soothing voice and elegant moves of Shakeela that made this song a complete winner.

Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu (Howrah Bridge 1958):

It was this song that gave us the most popular item girl of all times, Helen. Once again OP Nayyar and Geeta Dutt collaboration gave us a memorable dance number.

Piya Tu Ab To Aaja (Caravan 1971):

It was a quintessential cabaret item number where the vamp of the movie danced to make the female lead jealous. Sung by Asha Bhosle and composed by RD Burman this song was sexy in its own way. The breathing orgasmic sounds made by Bhosle definitely helped this song to stand apart from the others.

Mehbooba Mehbooba (Sholay 1975):

Helen’s seductive dance moves and RD Burman’s distinctive voice in the midst of the jungles of Rampur were a perfect reason to seduce Gabbar. A song which brought Pancham Da his only Filmfare Award nomination for playback singing is extensively anthologized, remixed, and recreated till date.

Ye Mera Dil Pyar ka Deewana (Don 1978):

It seemed that Helen will never stop. She would give the female leads of the movies a run for their money if she was to perform in one of the songs. And this sexy number was no exception. Such was the craze of this Asha Bhosle number that it was remade and performed again by Kareena Kapoor in remake of Don.

Choli Ke Peeche (Khalnayak 1993):

Provocative dance moves, controversial lyrics  and Madhuri Dixit dancing is all it takes to make a song a superhit. Ila Arun’s heavy voice blaming Madhuri Dixit and Alka Yagnik melodious voice defending her choli and its secrets did the magic and this song became favorite of one and all.

Chamma Chamma (China Gate 1998):

Who would not love a song where sultry Urmila Matondkar seduces 11 old retired army men with oodles of sex appeal? Composed by Anu Malik and sung by Alka Yagnik, this song became a favorite for the girls participating in Ladies Sangeet at marriage functions.

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Chaiyya Chaiyya (Dil Se 1998):

Moving train, energetic Shahrukh Khan and Malaika Arora Khan in backless lehnga. This song is a cult for its different direction, music and singing and dancing style. AR Rahman, Sukhwinder Singh and Farah Khan received Filmfare awards for music playback and choreography respectively. Need we say anymore?

Kajrare (Bunty aur Babli 2005):

Calling it a family song would not be an exaggeration!! Daddy Bachchan, Sonny Bachchan and Bahu Bachchan sizzled together on-screen. Watching Aishwarya Rai Bachchan following Amitabh instead of Abhishek was fun. Moreover sung by Alisha Chinoy, Shankar Mahadevan and Javed Ali this song was voted as the best of 2005 overwhelmingly by listeners of three radio stations catering for South African Indians.

Munni Badnaam (Dabangg 2010):

The trend of using product names Fevicol and names like Sheila, Bably and Jalebi Bai started with this song only. Malaika Arora Khan exploded the screen with her moves. To add to this we had Salman Bhai who grooved with Bhabhi Khan with utmost naughtiness and fun.

Sheila ki Jawani (Tees Maar Khan 2010):

Calling this song as the only saving disgrace for this movie would not be wrong at all. Katrina’s Belly dancing and Sunidhi Chauhan’s peppy voice made this song too hot to handle. The immense popularity of this song prompted many comparisons between Sheila and Munni and gave us Katrina Kaif’s dancing skills which were later seen in Agneepath, Dhoom 3 and Jab Tak hai Jaan.

Baby Doll (Ragini MMS 2 2014):

Anything that Sunny Leone does is sure shot head turner and this song was no exception. This song grabbed eye balls when the adult star moved seductively and attracted not only men but ghosts too. This song became a chartbuster and opened several more opportunity gates for Sunny. (Pink Lips for instance)

Well, this is our list of top 10 item songs of Bollywood.We may have missed few. You are welcomed to add your choices also. Share your thoughts and comments with us.

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