With the Hollywood musical La La Land bagging multiple Oscar Awards at the 89th Academy Awards, one cannot underestimate the power of music to connect with audiences. There was a time when Bollywood made films with 6-10 songs in it that either served as an integral part of the plot development or were just for the sake of entertainment. We have come a long way from those olden days and now the films are not loaded as much with music and dance. But there is no turning away from the fact that good music can make a film eternal in the minds of audiences. Time and again, Bollywood has been blessed with such soulful musicals that still have to power to sway our attention at all times.

The extra-musical tadka is a typical Bollywood specialty and we have seen movies that became box office successes only because of their exceptional music albums.

Here is a compilation of the best Bollywood musicals that never fail to delight music lovers.

Aashiqui (1990)
Music Director: Nadeem Saifi & Shravan Rathod
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One of the musical gems of the 90s, Aashiqui, directed by Mahesh Bhatt, has some of the most romantic numbers. With songs like Dheere Dheere and Saason Ki Zarurat, Aashiqui will always remain fresh in our minds.

Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! (1994)
Music Director: Vijay Patil
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A big fat Indian wedding – that’s what the movie is all about. With 14 songs all narrating the cultural aspects of Indian weddings, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, starring Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit was destined to become one of the top-selling albums that year.

Dil Toh Pagal Hai (1997)
Music Director: Uttam Singh

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Remember the instrumental, Envy Dance or the mesmerizing kathak dance track? Uttam Singh’s music in Yash Chopra’s musical love story was fresh, youthful and immediately stuck a chord with the young audiences.

Taal (1999)
Music Director: A. R. Rahman
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The magic of A. R. Rahman is evident throughout this film, directed by Subhash Ghai and starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anil Kapoor and Akshaye Khanna in the lead. You just cannot stop appreciating the genius of the gifted artist. The instrumental, Beat of Passion, with nuances of Afro music, has to be one of the best tracks in the film. 

Rock On (2008)
Composer: Shankar Ehsaan Loy

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Rock On was Farhan Akhtar’s singing debut and it couldn’t have been more awesome. With powerful guitar strumming interspersed with rock music elements, the numbers Socha HaiZehreelay and Pichle Saat Dino Me made the entire country sing along to the film’s tunes. The film also had some soulful tracks with soothing music like Ye Tumhaari Meri Baatein. With music for everyone, this passionate story has to be one of the best Bollywood musicals.

We know you have a lot to add to this list. So without any hesitation, let us know in the comment below which is your favorite Bollywood musical.