Janmashtami or Gokul Ashtami is one of the most loved and popular festivals in India. It is celebrated to commemorate Lord Krishna’s birthday. More popularly known as Dahi Handi, devotees try to enact Lord Krishna robbing dahi from a handi. This is one of the most auspicious days as per Hindu tradition. Lord Krishna images are placed in cradles in various temples and homes. Devotees love to sing and dance at various tunes and Bollywood has contributed to some of the best songs for Janmashtami.
10. Radha On The Dance Floor
Movie: Student Of The Year
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZqH9Kfv6BI&feature=youtu.be
This is a very peppy dance number that has been popular on Janmashtami ever since the movie released. This is a new, trendy and vibrant song that falls under the Radha-Krishna category. It is loved by all the ‘Govindas’ who get pumped and aim at breaking the handi. The song is sung by Udit Narayan and Shreya Ghosal.
9. Go Go Go Govinda
Movie: OMG – Oh My God
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9ySOP8PYEI
While breaking the Dahi Handi was a tradition that only men followed in the early days, women too take part in attempting it these days. Sonakshi Sinha was the first ever Indian Actress to attempt doing it on screen and she sure was an inspiration to a number of women. This is a very fast number that gets people in the festive spirit and encourages them to shake a leg too. This song is sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Aman Trikha.
8. Wo Kisna Hai
Movie: Kisna – The Warrior Poet
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ_dCvRFmRE
Kisna – The Warrior Poet was one of the most loved musical movies that released in 2005. The song ‘Wo Kisna Hai’ is considered one of the best commemorative songs for Lord Krishna. The song features Vivek Oberoi and Isha Sharvani. It was sung by the talented duo of Unit Narayan and Madhu Shree. The fusion of divine and classical touch of this song makes it perfect for Janmashtami.
7. Radha Kaise na Jale
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNnvL0ztJhA
This is a semi classical Dahi Handi song that has grown to be one of the most popular songs that you will hear on Janmashtami. The song is very melodic and pleasing to hear. While it is not a very fast number, it is one of those songs that people love to hear on the festival. This soulful number was sung by the talented duo of Asha Bhonsle and Udit Narayan and features Amir Khan and Gracy Singh.
6. Maiya Yashoda Ye Tera Kanhaiya
Movie: Hum Saath Saath Hai
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-Ttv7H5ijI
This amazing song about Lord Krishna was from the epic family drama of 1999 – Hum Saath Saath Hai. The song was sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik and Anuradha Paudwal. This song perfectly depicts Radha’s love for Krishna and captures his naughtiness. It is one of the most melodious songs to be played on Janmashtami.
5. Chandi Ki Daal
Movie: Hello Brother
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnnLHaOZ91o
This is a fast paced and catchy number that is a must have on Janmashtami. ‘Govindas’ get very pumped up when this number plays and they even request for it while forming the human pyramid. This song features the popular Salman Khan who is one of the most loved actors in India.
4. Mach Gaya Shor
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjNR8jkGFz0
This has to be one of the best and the most popular songs to be played on Janmashtami. This song featured Amitabh Bachchan and till date remains the first choice to play on this auspicious day. The song was sung by the great Kishore Kumar and the talented Lata Mangeshkar. This is a vibrant track that has remained top of the charts for many years.
3. Yashomati Maiyya Se
Movie: Satyam Shivam Sundaram
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm6Ny_Hryh4
This is a devotional song that is one of the most popular songs on Janmashtami. It is a soothing song that devotees love to hear on the occasion. It featured the beautiful Zeenat Aman and Shashi Kapoor and was sung by Lata Mangeshkar. The song also features Padmani Kolhapure who potrays the role of a little Krishna devotee praying.
2. Bada Natkhat Hai Re
Movie: Amar Prem
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uhPePg1oNQ
This is one of the most popular Lord Krishna songs. The song was sung by the nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar and was composed by the talented SD Burman. It remains a melodious and classic song in commemoration of Lord Krishna.
1. Govinda Aala Re
Movie: Bluff Master
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z60TE_JDsJE
Who can forget Shammi Kapoor’s classic moves on this amazing Janmashtami song? This song was composed by the great Kalyanji Anandji and is one of the most energetic songs of all times. The song was sung by the great Mohammad Rafi.