It seems like 2008 was just a few years ago, yet a full decade has gone by since Bollywood had one of its most successful musical years in its history. From the super regal soundtrack of “Jodhaa Akbar” to the beautifully romantic tunes of “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi,” 2008 had Bollywood songs for everyone.
Here’s a list of 25 Bollywood songs from that year that still get our hearts stirring and toes tapping. Do you feel old yet?
Haule Haule – “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”
This was Anushka Sharma’s Bollywood debut! Who would’ve known how quickly she would take up Bollywood by a storm? 10 years later, she is still one of Bollywood’s best actresses, and she even runs her own production company! What a badass.
Desi Girl – “Dostana”
Jashn-E-Bahaara – “Jodhaa Akbar”
This movie faced a ban in Ambala, India, since many Rajput members believed Jodha was Akbar’s daughter-in-law, rather than his wife. As a result, director Ashutosh Gowarikar hired historians from Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, and Lucknow to help him depict the film’s story in the most accurate manner. Lucky for him, he didn’t face the same uproar Sanjay Leela Bhansali and team continues to face with “Padmaavat” (formerly known as “Padmavati”).
Lazy Lamhe – “Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic”
Pappu Can’t Dance – “Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na”
This movie introduced to us the super cute Imran Khan, nephew of Aamir Khan. Even better, Aamir Khan also worked as producer of this film.
Teri Ore – “Singh Is Kinng”
Bachna Ae Haseeno – “Bachna Ae Haseeno”
Did you know: Katrina Kaif, Preity Zinta, and Amrita Rao were considered for the female leads in this film!
Kabhi Kabhi Aditi – “Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na”
Jee Karda – “Singh Is Kinng”
Throwback to Snoop Dogg featuring in a music video in this film.
Bakhuda Tumhi Ho – “Kismat Konnection”
Dil Dance Maare – “Tashan”
The lyrics of this songs are just… WOW… Seems like 2008 really did have songs for everyone.
Maa Da Ladlaa – “Dostana”
Zara Zara Touch Me – “Race”
Katrina Kaif had a big year in 2008 with three major releases, two of them being box-office hits. And this song really cemented her danceability, before the juggernaut that was “Sheila Ki Jawaani” in 2010, of course.
Khuda Jaane – “Bachna Ae Haseeno”
Move Your Body Now – “Kismat Konnection”
We do think maybe Shahid Kapoor could have danced more in the film version of this song, but who can hate a catchy tune featuring Hard Kaur?!
Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai – “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”
Guzarish – “Ghajini”
Is it still a little jarring for anyone else to see Aamir Khan with this intense of a six-pack?
Pehli Nazar Mein – “Race”
Tu Muskura – “Yuvvraaj”
Does anyone still remember this movie? At least the music is still beautiful! So thanks for that, A.R. Rahman.
Falak Tak – “Tashan”
Mar Jawan – “Fashion”
Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut hit it so far out of the park with their performances in this movie. It’s no wonder they are still two of the biggest and most talented of Bollywood’s stars to this day.
Jogi Mahi – “Bachna Ae Haseeno”
Rock On – “Rock On!!”
This movie brought us the Bollywood acting debut of the one and only Farhan Akhtar, after his successful stint as director of films like “Dil Chahta Hai” and “Don.” As a result of this movie, our enormous crushes on Akhtar officially began.
Soniye Ve – “Kismat Konnection”
In Lamhon Ke Daaman Mein – “Jodhaa Akbar”
This movie still features one of Hrithik Roshan’s best performances of the last decade. This also applies for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
It’s going to be hard to top the musically great year that was 2008, yet films like “Padmaavat,” “Race 3,” and “Veere Di Wedding” releasing this year give us hope that we’ll have some equally amazing soundtracks to listen to for ten more years.
What Bollywood songs from 2008 do you still listen to? Comment below!