The '60s, '70s and '80 are still known as the golden eras of Indian music. Even if we talk about world music, some of the best music and musicians belong to those eras. So, if you're planning a Bollywood theme Sangeet, we suggest go retro! Bring back the elegance of the '60s, the foot-tapping rhythm of the '70s, and the romance of the '80s into one single playlist. Retro songs for dance are somethings that hardly go wrong, ever!
So get yourselves some sultry retro hairstyles, sport those bell-bottoms, and set the floor on fire with evergreen R.D.Burman numbers! Take a look at our carefully curated list of songs for every mood and you won't be able to stop yourself from shaking a leg!
Ladies Sangeet Special Retro Songs
Let's take a look at some retro songs for dance exclusively for Mehndi:
Ye Galiyan Ye Chaubara (Prem Rog)
Looking for some old-school Ladies Sangeet music? This Laxmikant-Pyarelal composition is always a good choice to play on your homey Sangeet or a Mehndi. Watch the video for some traditional Indian dance steps. Get your Dholki with spoons to keep up with the vibes. Take inspiration from Padmni Kohlapure's pink lehenga with silver jewellery.
Ae Dil Mujhe Bata De (Bhai Bhai)
Now here's your chance to try some experimental dance steps to this one. This is one of those retro songs for dance that has the perfect balance of quirk and melody! With help from your wedding choreographer, this Geeta Dutt number could be your superhit bridal solo performance!
Thandi Hawa Kaali Ghata (Mr. & Mrs. 55)
Take direct inspiration from this cute video for your bride and bridesmaids' performance. Dress up in coordinated salwar kameez and carry beautiful colourful umbrellas as your dancing props.
In Ankhon Ki Masti Ke (Umrao Jaan)
Recreate the iconic Mujra performance by Rekha on your Sangeet for an electric performance. Learn the moves and expression from the diva herself. Sport a white Anarkali suit with Passa jewellery and Haath phool for the perfect look.
Le Gayi Le Gayi (Dil Toh Pagal Hai)
Now let's dial the Ladies Sangeet pace up a notch! Play this '90s hot dance song to bring some energy on the dance floor. This is one of those retro songs for dance that nobody will be able to resist. Sport some smart western outfits to groove to this western dance number.
Romantic Retro Songs
From slow couple dance to upbeat love songs, here's a list of retro songs for dance exclusively for couples:
Pyar Hua Ikrar Hua (Shree 420)
Who can forget this eternal love song of Raj Kapoor and Nargis? And if you're organising a retro theme Sangeet, you must add this romantic Bollywood song to your playlist. Dress in black and white saree, get your Sangeet stage decked up in retro style, and don't forget the black umbrella!
O Haseena Zulfon Wali (Teesri Manzil)
Shake it like Shammi in one of this super peppy retro songs for dance from the '70s. Huge opportunity to showcase your dance prowess in retro style! Take dance tutorials from Helen and Shammi Kapoor and steal the show with your couple dance!
Gulaabi Ankhein (The Train)
Another gem from R.D.Burman's classics, you just can't stop your groove when you hear this retro song. Wear a short kurta with churidaar and just surrender to the jazzy music.
Yaar Bina Chain Kahan Re (Saheb)
Put on your Disco Dancing shoes and boogie your hearts out to this Bappi Lahiri's foot-tapping song from the '80s. Go for a disco theme for your stage decoration.
Churake Dil Mera (Main Khiladi Tu Anari)
Here comes the '90s and you get yourself those Kumar Sanu-Alka Yagnik superhit numbers to dance to! Simply go crazy with the '90s Bollywood music for an explosive couple performance.
Men Only Retro Songs
Now it's the Desi Boys' turn to groove! Check out retro songs for dance for all the men in the house:
Hum They Woh Thi (Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi)
One of those retro songs for dance that would become an instant favourite for men across ages! Get a full-blown choreographed performance for groomsmen group performance. You can be sure to receive loads of fun and accolades!
Khaike Paan Banaras Wala (Don)
How can we not include a Big B song in our retro songs for dance list? A perfect song for any wedding event with a retro theme. You can also dance to this song on a Cocktail/Mehndi party with special Bhaang and Banarasi paan on your menu!
Ole Ole Ole (Ye Dillagi)
This one is an ideal Bachelor's party song that you must add to your retro songs for dance playlist. When you play this song at your party, everyone is sure to take to the dance floor!
The Finale Dance Retro Songs
After all the performances are over, it's time for everyone to hit the dance floor! So let's have a look at the retro songs for dance for everyone to join the finale:
Aao Twist Karen (Bhoot Bangla)
Thanks to Mehmood who actually taught Bollywood to twist in style and made it look so cool! So when he says, "Aao twist karein", we say, why not?
Jahan Teri Ye Nazar Hai (Kaliya)
Definitely one of the Retro songs that everyone loves to dance to. So you must add this Amitabh number for the final dance party!
Koi Yahan Nache Nache (Disco Dancer)
Once the crowd gets into the dancing mode, there has to be an '80s disco song!
Ruk Ja O Dil Deewane (DDLJ)
Romantic, yet a little teasing- that's the signature style of an SRK song. Play this one for the nostalgia...for all the people in love!
Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast (Mohra)
You just need ot play this superhit Akki number and watch the magic! Every guest will be even mouthing the lyrics of the whole song while replicating the iconic dance moves!
Every decade has its own magic when it comes to music. Add retro songs for dance to your playlist keeping the guests, event and taste of the crowd in mind. But the best part about choosing retro songs is, you need not worry too much about offensive lyrics or harsh songs. Because that kind of songs barely existed in those eras. Customise your wedding decoration as per your retro theme. Request your guests to wear apt outfits to go with the theme. And simply enjoy swaying and grooving to the golden musical eras!
Do you have any favourite retro dance songs that we missed? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.