Top 35 Hindi Guitar Songs of All Time: Bollywood Specials!!

Are your first guitar lessons finally underway?

Do you want to start strumming to some Hindi Guitar songs?

Are you simply looking for some romantic guitar tracks?

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If your requirements are one of these, you are at the right place! We have curated a list of the best guitar-based Hindi tracks of all time!

The tracks have been selected based on how interesting or listenable the compositions are and not necessarily how technically difficult they are to execute on the instrument.

However, this does not mean that all the songs on this list are easy to play.

This list includes some challenging tracks that even intermediate players might struggle with. This is why we have also assigned a difficulty level to each song as an indicator of the same.

But before we jump to the list, let’s get to know how the guitar has influenced Indian music (especially Bollywood) over the years.

How American Blues, Jazz, and Rock n’ Roll have influenced Bollywood Music?

The popularity of guitar peaked in America after the 60s. Every decade belonged to a different group of virtuosic guitar players who shaped American pop music in their own way. It did not take long for Bollywood to catch up either.

In fact, guitar has always been a part of modern Indian music in one way or another.

The earliest genres to throw guitar into the limelight were Blues and Jazz. Famous Blues artists like Lightning Hopkins, Robert Johnson, B.B. King, Albert King, and others had given new meaning to how emotion was portrayed through guitar.

On the other hand, Jazz players like Django Reinhart and Wes Montegomery showed the world how far the capabilities of this instrument could be pushed.

In the subsequent years, Blues gave birth to countless genres like Rock n’ Roll, Hard Rock, Metal, Grunge etc. During the era of Rock n’ Roll, the influence of American Pop spread across the globe. This was the golden era of guitar driven music.

In India, Bollywood music directors like R.D. Burman and Laxmikanth-Pyarelaal drew a lot of influence, both in terms of song structure, use of harmony and how the ar was employed as a lead instrument.

The use of guitar in Bollywood has continued till date by composers like A.R. Rahman, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Amit Trivedi, Salim Suleiman and Pritam to name a few.

Guitar in Indian Pop Music

Indian music, in essence, is primarily influenced by Indian Classical Music. Both Hindustani and Carnatic music are melody driven. This means that a composition does not move across different keys and instead sticks to one particular scale.

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This is where Indian Classical differs from Western Classical Music which roams around is different keys and is harmony driven.

Guitar, just like Piano, is one of the few instruments that can play both melody and harmony. Thus, it is easy to fit guitar into any kind of music.

Moreover, Indian Pop Music also tries to fuse elements of western harmony with the complex and beautiful melodic lines inspired by Indian Classical. Hence, guitar finds a lot of application in Indian pop.

So, why is Guitar so popular in India as compared to other Western instruments?

The reasons are three fold – versatility, availability and affordability.

As mentioned earlier, the guitar can be used for playing both harmony and melody. Not a lot of instruments can do that. Thus, it can be used across many different genres making it very versatile.

Guitar is also one of the most widely available instruments. Almost every city or town has a music shop where you can get hold of a guitar and start learning. Since it is a portable instrument, it can be carried anywhere easily, be it on gigs, holidays or campfire sessions.

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In terms of affordability, an acoustic guitar is available in various price ranges.

While there are many expensive guitars on the market, beginners can spend just a couple of thousand Rupees to get their hands on a decent guitar.

Best Hindi Guitar Songs (Old & New)

Check out this comprehensive Hindi Guitar Songs List:

#35 Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai

Music Director/Composer: Pritam

Film/Album: Gangster

Difficulty:Easy

One of the many hits from Pritam, this hindi guitar song for beginners has some lovely guitar parts that are easy enough for novices.

#34 Khuda Haafiz(Unplugged)

Music Director/Composer: Mithoon

Film/Album: Khuda Hafiz

Difficulty:Medium

Guitar based songs are really rare in the age of Hip Hop and EDM. However, once in a while you get a nice guitar-based track that feels just like a breath of fresh air.

#33 Aadat

Music Director/Composer: Pritam (Original – Jal)

Film/Album: Zeher

Difficulty: Easy

I guess this song needs no introduction for guitarists. The catchy tune combined with the intoxicating voice of Atif Aslam makes for a great song.

#32 O Oh Jane Jana

Music Director/Composer: Jatin-Lalit

Film/Album: Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya

Difficulty:Hard

Another one of Bollywood’s weird attempts to portray a rock-star (never mind the Electric guitar without cables!), this is one song you will be requested to play by your friends.

Make no mistake, however, it’s one tough song for a beginner, especially the solo in the middle.

#31 Phir Dekhiye

Music Director/Composer: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Film/Album: Rock On

Difficulty:Easy

This song, along with Yeh Tumhari Meri Baatein, stands out from the rest of the songs in the album as a soothing ballad. The chords choices by SEL are very intriguing as always but easy enough for beginners to strum along.

#30 Kabira

Music Director/Composer: Pritam

Film/Album: Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani

Difficulty:Easy

Another good composition by Pritam, this song sits perfectly on the acoustic guitar. This is a great song for campfire sessions or some casual jamming.

#29 Wake Up Sid

Music Director/Composer: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Film/Album: Wake Up Sid

Difficulty:Medium

The title song of Wake Up Sid is a great song to learn on the acoustic guitar with its catchy riff and fillers.

#28 Shukaran Allah

Music Director/Composer: Salim-Suleiman

Film/Album: Kurbaan

Difficulty:Medium

A soothing and romantic number, this song has a pretty sweet guitar fills and a nice acoustic solo as the interlude.

#27 Pichle Saat Dino Mein

Music Director/Composer: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Film/Album: Rock On

Difficulty:Hard

In some ways, Rock On is the Indian equivalent of the movie “Crossroads”. Many were inspired to take up the guitar after watching it. This song features a crazy guitar solo at the end!

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#26 Kabhi Kabhi Aditi

Music Director/Composer: A.R. Rahman

Film/Album: Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na

Difficulty:Easy

This song is really uncharacteristic of A.R. Rahman but is a groovy, rhythm based guitar song nonetheless. You will have lots of fun getting this one down!.

#25 Galliyan(Unplugged)

Music Director/Composer: Ankit Tiwari

Film/Album: Ek Villain

Difficulty:Easy

One of the best works of Amit Trivedi, this song really pushes the boundaries of what a Bollywood number can be.

#24 Zinda

Music Director/Composer: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Film/Album: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Difficulty:Hard

Bring out you overdrive pedals and electric guitar for this rocking track!

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#23 Neele Neele Ambar Par

Music Director/Composer: Kalyanji and Anandji

Film/Album: Kalaakaar

Difficulty:Hard

This happy-go-lucky tune is amongst the most popular songs sung by Kishore Kumar. One of the first Bollywood tracks to feature a killer guitar solo, this song is also full of beautiful riffs and fillers.

Beware though, the solo is no cakewalk for a beginner guitarist!!

#22 Jal Jal Ke Dhuan

Music Director/Composer: Pritam

Film/Album:  Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena

Difficulty:Hard

This is a great sensual number from Pritam. The soulful voice of Sonu Nigam over the flamenco based guitar parts is a recipe for a hit! Although, you will definitely break a sweat trying to learn to the solo.

#21 Bheegi Bheegi Si He Raate

Music Director/Composer: Pritam

Film/Album: Gangster

Difficulty:Hard

This song is one of the many acts of plagiarism committed by Pritam. It was originally composed by the Legendary Bengali band Mohiner Ghoraguli (Prithibi ta Naki).

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Pritam’s version features a zitar (electric sitar) solo at the end which is really difficult, but not impossible, to get down on a fretted instrument like guitar.

#20 Maa

Music Director/Composer: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Film/Album: Taare Zameen Par

Difficulty:Easy

A soulful song that depicts the pain and sadness of a child who is separated from his mother. The melodic but easy to play guitar solo is a must-learn for any beginner.

#19 Sadda Haq

Music Director/Composer: A.R. Rahman

Film/Album: Rockstar

Difficulty:Hard

A great heavy metal track with a strong message, the guitar parts in Sadda Haq were actually played by none other than Orianthi (Michael Jackson’s guitarist).

#18 Emotional Atyachar (Rock Version)

Music Director/Composer: Amit Trivedi

Film/Album: Dev-D

Difficulty:Hard

One of the best works of Amit Trivedi, this song really pushes the boundaries of what a Bollywood number can be.

#17 Dil Chahta Hai

Music Director/Composer: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Film/Album: Dil Chahta Hai

Difficulty:Medium

Both the movie and the album were path breaking for the time. The title track of Dil Chahta Hai not only features cool guitar riffs and solos but also a groovy bassline!

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#16 Roobaroo

Music Director/Composer: A.R. Rahman

Film/Album: Rang De Basanti

Difficulty:Easy

Roobaroo is an example of what a simple composition with powerful lyrics can achieve. The chords are simple and easy to hold but the strumming pattern could be a bit hard to get for beginners. Nevertheless, it is really fun to play on the acoustic.

#15 Khaabon Ke Parindey

Music Director/Composer: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Film/Album: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Difficulty:Easy

This song is great addition to the playlist on a road trip. As usual, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy comes up with unique but tasty chord progressions that are fun to learn on the guitar.

#14 Iktara

Music Director/Composer: Amit Trivedi

Film/Album: Wake Up Sid

Difficulty:Medium

You could listen to this track on loop for hours and not get tired. It is primarily an acoustic guitar-based song.

#13 Give Me Some Sunshine

Music Director/Composer: Shantanu Moitra

Film/Album: 3-Idiots

Difficulty:Easy

The perfect guitar song for a beginner with an easy 1-4-5 chord progression and a relatively simple guitar solo played on an electric guitar.

#12 Dard-e-Dil

Music Director/Composer: Laxmikant-Pyarelaal

Film/Album: Karz

Difficulty:Medium

Dard-e-Dil is a good example of how American Funk music had influenced Bollywood. Although the song starts with a melodic run on the violin, it quickly transitions into a groovy and funky number.

This song sounds just as good when played on the acoustic. It’s perfect for beginners who want to practice singing and playing guitar at the same time.

#11 Ambar Sariya

Music Director/Composer: Ram Sampath

Film/Album: Fukrey

Difficulty:Medium

Rich and colourful chords with peppy lyrics, this one’s a classic from Ram Sampath. This song is groovy and fun to play with all those stops and fretting hand muting techniques.

#10 Bol Na Halke Halke

Music Director/Composer: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Film/Album: Jhoom Barabar Jhoom

Difficulty:Medium

A perfect blend between Sufi and Indian Classical, this song is one of the best works by this power trio. But what is even more amazing is how well a Blues guitar solo fits into all of this!

#9 Pani Da Rang

Music Director/Composer: Ayushman Khurana

Film/Album: Vicky Donor

Difficulty:Easy

A melodious composition from the multi-talented Ayushman Khurana, this song features a very recognizable and memorable guitar riff at the beginning of the track.

#8 D.K. Bose

Music Director/Composer: Ram Sampath

Film/Album: Delhi Belly

Difficulty:Hard

If Led Zeppelin ever played Flamenco, this is what it would sound like. Watch out for the blistering solo at the end!

#7 Alvida

Music Director/Composer: Pritam

Film/Album: Life in a Metro

Difficulty:Medium

This track is kind of similar to Oh Meri Jaan but it’s guitar solo is a little harder to play especially because of the bends. The key change in the pre-chorus is also pretty tricky but makes the composition even more interesting.

#6 Agar Main Kahoon

Music Director/Composer: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Film/Album: Lakshya

Difficulty:Medium

Before the arrival of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, who would have thought that a Bollywood song could start with a Blues riff? Have fun learning this song on guitar because it’s groovy as hell!

#5 Ek Haseena Thi

Music Director/Composer: Laxmikant-Pyarelaal

Film/Album: Karz

Difficulty:Easy

Every Indian guitarist has tried their hands at this tune during one point or another. Ek Haseena Thi is probably the most recognized Bollywood guitar song from that era.

#4 Oh Meri Jaan

Music Director/Composer: Pritam

Film/Album: Life in a Metro

Difficulty:Medium

This track is reminiscent of the classic rock era. It has everything that a guitarist needs from a song – a melodious intro, an acoustic interlude and a killer solo on the electric! On top of everything, it has the soothing but powerful voice of K.K.

#3 Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko

Music Director/Composer: R.D. Burman

Film/Album: Yaadon Ki Baarat

Difficulty:Easy

This iconic song featuring the voices of Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle never gets old. The song can be instantly recognized by the guitar intro. It’s catchy but easy to learn at the same time.

#2 Kholo Kholo Darwaze

Music Director/Composer: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Film/Album: Taare Zameen Par

Difficulty:Medium

This is a must-learn acoustic guitar song for any aspiring guitarist in India. Although the original track layers two guitars over each other, it can also be made to sound good on a single guitar if you have the skills.

#1 Sinbad the Sailor

Music Director/Composer: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Film/Album: Rock On

Difficulty:Medium

This is out and out a guitar player’s song with the amazing riff and the mesmerizing solo in between.

The live version of this song at the end of the movie is even better but there are some improvised but complicated guitar works in the solo which beginners will find difficult to learn.

So, what do you think about our list of Top 35 Hindi Guitar Songs?

Which song do you think deserved a place on this list and why? Comment below…

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