12. Chal Chal Chal Mere Haathi from Haathi Mere Saathi (1971). No kids in what is most surely a car song, but as much a kid song to me. A memorable tune from one of the first films I remember seeing, courtesy Laxmikant-Pyarelal, lyrics by Anand Bakshi, and vocals by Kishore Kumar.
11. Yaadon Ki Baaraat from Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973). Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri, music by R. D. Burman, and vocals by Lata Mangeshkar, Padmini Kolhapure and Shivangi Kolapure. I remember listening to (and liking) this song as a child. Somehow, I've managed to avoid Aamir Khan's debut film (he's the youngest kid in the video), but I have it, and am looking forward to seeing Zeenat Aman and Neetu Singh!
10. Sun Lo Sunaata Hoon from Andaz (1971) starring Shammi Kapoor, with music by Shankar-Jaikishan, lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri and vocals by Mohammad Rafi. I contemplated mentioning it in the car songs post (which had another fantastic tune by the Rafi-Shammi duo), but it's more relevant here.
9. Duniya Mein Hum Aaye Hain from Mother India (1957). I like Nagri Nagri more, but this has got to be one of the most iconic images in the history of film, and for that alone, it is worth a mention. Music by Naushad, lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni, and vocals by Lata Mangeshkar.
8. Phoolon Ka Taaron Ka from Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1972), directed by Dev Anand. A very cute song involving siblings. Lyrics by Anand Bakhshi, music by R. D. Burman, and vocals by Lata Mangeshkar and Burman.
7. Hawaa Hawaaii from Mr. India (1987), music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal, lyrics by Javed Akhtar, and (this is unverified, I'm relying on my ear, so if you know it's incorrect, please point it out) vocals by Kavita Krishnamurthy. The theme is hardly relevant here. There are no kids in this song either, but the movie (and other songs) involved several. I laugh when I see this now (that first minute is such a waste), but dear oh dear was this catchy and hip back in the late 1980s or what! It's a song I fell in love with as a kid, from a movie I fell in love with as a kid. And I didn't need to see that song with Sridevi in a blue saree (which my parents always fast-forwarded through) to tell me she was among my earliest favorites; at the time right next to Neelam, Amrita Singh and Sangeeta Bijlani. Then came Juhi Chawla and Bhagyashree, but that's another story ;)
6. Cheel Cheel Cheelake from Half Ticket (1962), with lyrics by Shailendra, music by Salil Choudhary, and vocals by Kishore Kumar. I haven't seen the film, but this song makes me want to. Not sure when I first listened to it, what is for certain is that it has never ceased to entertain.
5. Yun Hi Kat Jaayega Safar from Hum Hain Raahi Pyaar Ke (1993). Speaking of Juhi Chawla (in #7), here's a fine song from a fine film. Also doubles a car song. Lyrics by Sameer, music by Nadeem-Shravan, and vocals by Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik. Excuse the heroine worship for a second (more, for life!), but...awwwwww...this is so picture perfect! Haaye Allah!
4. Yeh Taara Woh Taara from Swades (2004). If you've read this review, you know what I think of the film (and a scene involving a child). (Aside: As suggested here, if you haven't seen it, try seeing it and Rang De Basanti (2006) before seeing the upcoming Delhi-6 (2009)). This is a magnificent song, with lyrics by Javed Akhtar, music by A. R. Rahman, and vocals by Udit Narayan and several child artists. The symbolism is fantastic. The scenes leading up to it include #11 above.
Aside: Mitwaa from Lagaan (2001) -- the film that has it all -- also starred a kid, albeit for a short enough duration for me to not list it here (it's among my two favorite songs of all time, and of course it deserves to be mentioned :P).
3. Eechak Dana Beechak Dana from Shree 420 (1955). Lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri, music by Shankar-Jaikishan, and vocals by Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh. A delightful song from a delightful film, and Nargis and Raj Kapoor in fine form. And a drawing of an anaar (pomegranate) -- the fruit of the heavens -- on that blackboard to top it all off! Definitely check out Sita-ji's fantastic post comprising it, which also includes some of her brilliant artwork.
1. Bum Bum Bole from Taare Zameen Par (2007). We'd might as well compile a top five list with songs from this film (Mera Jahaan, for instance). Added bonus for Bum Bum Bole, Masti Mein Dole being among the first sentences my two year old nephew will ever have uttered. That's my sweet revenge for him being the only person who can break my eyeglasses, laugh, and not face any consequences (he's done it, more than once; and yes, I still dislike contacts).
1. Lakdi Ki Kaathi from Masoom (1983). Lyrics by Gulzar, music by R. D. Burman, and vocals by Gauri Bapat, Gurpreet Kaur, and Vanita Mishra. The child artists in the video are Urmila Matondkar, Jugal Hansraj, and Aradhna. This is an easy one too, and (please correct me if I'm wrong) most 1980s kids have only very, very fond memories associated with it!
Honorable mention: Akele Hum Akele Tum from the 1995 film with the same title. And O Saathi Re from Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978), with lyrics by Prakash Mehra (here's the translation), music by Kalyanji-Anandji, and vocals by Asha Bhosle. There are few songs that can be used in a film twice and in their entirety, and still be so well incorporated.
No honorable mention to Yash-Raj for wasting an abundance of talent (and cinematographic potential, this is well shot!) in recycling a tune from Hum Tum (2004) in Fanaa (2007).
I figured this might be an appropriate setting for it -- here's me lounging around back in the day, trying to dance to a song no one seems to remember. My theory is it's some combination of this, this, and this (truth is, Parveen Babi came before Sridevi ;), but these songs and more will make their way with other party tracks some day!
Okay, my thinking cap's obviously off, your turn! Please share your favorites, or any others you can think of.