Top iconic item songs of Bollywood

Bollywood item songs that are still popular


Before even the Sheilas and Munnis, our Bollywood had some iconic item songs that are still popular and are danced on in all parties.  Now it’s become kind of mandatory for all movies to have an item song, latest being Priyanka’s number for Ram Leela. But such over use of the concept ‘item song’ has only made it lose its charm. Let’s take you down the memory lane revisiting those hit chartbuster which still bring out the dancer in you!

Mehbooba Mehbooba – Sholay

Helen was considered the queen of dance numbers, doing everything from Cha Cha Cha to Cabaret to complete Bollywood. While she has many iconic songs to her name, we have picked out this classic number from Sholay that set the trend of item songs.

Tamma Tamma – Thanedar

Madhuri is known for her dance moves and has featured in many iconic songs. But we believe this song truly focused on her dancing skills and the surprise element was definitely Sanjay Dutt. Who knew Munnabhai could dance!

Baby Baby Mujhe Log Bole – Khuddar

The original version had the lyrics ‘Sexy Sexy mujhe log bole’ but since the term ‘sexy’ was a taboo in the 90s, the censor board asked the makers to change it to ‘Baby Baby’. Well, sexy or baby, Karisma looks hot in this song!

Koi Jaaye Toh Le Aaye – Ghatak

Ah, those were the glorious days of Mamta Kulkarni. This item song from Sunny Deol’s Ghatak became a rage in its time and it still a catchy number.

Sheher Ki Ladki – Rakshak

Nobody expected a Sunil Shetty movie to have such a popular chartbuster. But here it is, Anna and the ravishing Raveena who plays Sheher ki Ladki

Main Aayi Hoon U.P Bihar Lootne – Shool

You can’t forget Shilpa Shetty’s sultry moves from this song! I know many men who drooled over her and overall danced their hearts out on this song

Chamma Chamma – China Gate

Urmila is generally a good dancer but this song was clearly her best.

Bachke Tu Rehna – Company

Isha Koppikar forayed into Bollywood with this epic dance number from Company and managed to make a name for herself

Babuji Zara Dheere Chalo – Dum

Yana Gupta sizzled in this song and soon the song became popular for more than one reason! The best thing I like about this song that it has joined two versions of the same song, one being your regular song and other a club number. In both versions, Yana rocked it!

Ishq Kameena – Shakti

This was Aishwarya Rai’s first item number on screen for the movie Shakti. Paired with Shahrukh Khan, needless to say the two did a marvelous job

Chhaiyya Chhaiyya – Dil Se

Another SRK song but this time with Malaika Arora Khan. And that too on top of a train! With A R Rehman’s music and Farah Khan’s choreography the song had to be a hit

Seekh Le – Munnabhai M.B.B.S

This song from Munnabhai saw Mumaith Khan flaunt her dance moves to a ‘soon-to-be-dying’ Jimmy Shergill in the movie. Truly can be included in top 10 things to do before you die!

Kajra Re – Bunty Aur Babli

And finally the iconic song Kajra Re from Bunty Aur Babli. With a combination of Aishwarya, Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan the song became the party theme and saw many ape the classic moves.

Which is your favorite item song? Any particular that I have missed? Please let us know in the comments below!


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