International Hit Indian Songs
Music or any other art form has no boundaries and language barriers. Today, technology has mended the geographical gap and connected every one of us with each other’s culture, traditions and art forms. With this bridge, we have access to different languages, music, movies, dance forms, fashion, culture and what not!
Just like Spanish, English, French and German music, Indian music has also garnered praise and gained immense popularity all around the world. Even before the internet, Indian songs have travelled wide and far and garnered praise.
Below is a list of some of the best Indian songs that became international hits-
Entammede Jimikki Kammal - Velipadinte Pusthakam (2017)
Music Director: Shaan Rahman
Singers: Vineeth Sreenivasan and Renjith Unni
Lyrics: Anil Panachooran
Entammede Jimikki Kammal or simply known as Jimikki Kammal became a viral hit acquiring national and international fame. It became the first Malayalam song to become one of the international hit Indian songs. Jimmiki Kammal found a fan in the famous American chat show host Jimmy Kimmel, which made the already viral song grow in popularity. It garnered millions of views on YouTube and grabbed the spot of most-watched Malayalam song ever. People all over the world now enjoy the playful tune of the song and dance to it. Jimmiki Kammal is truly one of the best Indian songs that became international hits.
Listen to Entammede Jimikki Kammal:
Why This Kolaveri Di - 3 (2011)
Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander
Why This Kolaveri Di released in 2011 became an overnight success. Sung and written by Dhanush, it is one of the Indian songs that became international hits and reached more than 125 million views. Why This Kolaveri Di is a slow-beat track with catchy, non-literary lyrics that contributed to its wide acclaim. One of the international hit Indian songs, it was voted the Top song by CNN in 2012 and stood third in the global music list giving a tough time to Lady Gaga.
Listen to Why This Kolaveri Di:
Jai Ho - Slumdog Millionaire (2009)
Music Director: A.R. Rahman
Singers: A.R. Rahman, Sukhwinder Singh, Tanvi, Mahalakshmi Iyer and Vijay Prakash
Lyrics: Gulzar and Tanvi
The Jai Ho song from the movie Slumdog Millionaire is a magnum opus. Intense and energetic, you would never want it to end. One of the best Indian songs that became international hits, A.R. Rahman won the Academic Award for Best Song with this Latin-infused dance track. People all over the world loved the Jai Ho song for its powerful tune and added it to their playlist to not exit for years. This song is rightly termed as one of the must-listen international hit Indian songs.
Listen to Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire):
Tunak Tunak Tun - Tunak Tunak Tun Album (1998)
Music Director: Ravi Pawar
Singer: Daler Mehndi
Lyrics: Daler Mehndi, Sanjeev Anand, Shahab Allahabadi
Daler Mehndi’s Tunak Tunak Tun is an iconic song that built a cult following over the years. One of the best international hit Indian songs, that became a rage amongst youngsters all around the world from Korea to Germany. Even today, Tunak Tunak Tun is regularly enjoyed by millions at parties and weddings. Megastar and world-famous martial artist Jackie Chan shook a leg on the regional song at the 17th Shanghai Film Festival. Daler Mehndi’s Tunak Tunak Tun is definitely one of the best Indian songs that became international hits.
Listen to Tunak Tunak Tun:
I Am A Disco Dancer - Disco Dancer (1982)
Music Director: Bappi Lahiri
Singer: Vijay Benedict
The movie Disco Dancer released in 1982 ruled the popularity charts due to its high-tempo and electronic soundtrack album in India, the Soviet Union and China. I Am A Disco Dancer in particular from the soundtrack album became a huge hit nationally as well as internationally. One of the greatest Bollywood songs famous internationally, its upbeat tunes resonated at Russian summer resorts throughout the 80s. I Am A Disco Dancer made Mithun Chakraborty an upcoming next-gen Indian actor. The song was shot in three days at Natraj Studio, featuring all of Chakraborty’s signature moves that left a huge mark on the dancing industry and is undoubtedly one of the best Indian songs that became international hits.
Listen to I Am A Disco Dancer:
Mera Joota Hai Japani - Shree 420 (1955)
Music Director: Shankar - Jaikishan
Mera Joota Hai Japani from the highest-grossing Indian movie of 1955, Shree 420, is one of the earliest Indian songs that became international hits. Picturised on “The Show Man” Raj Kapoor, it became an international sensation due to the movie’s release and success in the Soviet Union, Israel and Romania. One of the exceptional Bollywood songs famous internationally, Mera Joota Hai Japani remains a patriotic favourite among many Indians till today. The song was also included in an acceptance speech at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2006 by Bengali author Mahasweta Devi.
Listen to Mera Joota Hai Japani:
Ichak Dana Bichak Dana - Shree 420 (1955)
Music Director: Shankar - Jaikishan
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri
Ichak Dana Bichak Dana is one of the earliest Bollywood songs that gained fame internationally. Owing to the immense popularity and love of the actor Raj Kapoor in Israel, the song is transliterated as “Ichikidana” in the language and also sung by the local singer Nail Rajuan. One of the best Indian songs that became international hits, the song is an amalgamation of riddles set in a playful tune. Apart from Israel, Ichak Dana Bichak Dana is also popular in the Soviet Union and Romania.
Listen to one of the Bollywood songs famous internationally, Ichak Dana Bichak Dana: