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Top 14 Indian Patriotic Songs You Will Love To Listen

During Republic Day on January 26th and Independence Day on August 15th, India resonates with patriotic songs played through loudspeakers. Whether at public events, residential areas, homes, or even on mobile phones across the country and among the Indian diaspora worldwide, these songs evoke a deep joy and celebration for our ancient and sacred land. They foster a feeling of shared identity and remind us of our responsibilities as citizens and children of this nation.

Indian Patriotic Songs

You will find immense enjoyment, appreciation, and reverence for the Indian heroes who fought for our nation’s independence. Whether they are esteemed public figures or the revered armed forces personnel who sacrificed their lives for the future of our great nation, their contributions are cherished. These songs remind us of our glorious history, vibrant cultural heritage, and the unparalleled sacrifices made by our ancestors. Make sure to scroll down to the end to discover the finest ones.

Songs from Bollywood

The Bollywood or Indian Hindi film industry has produced and portrayed numerous popular songs expressing patriotism in movies. The following list is presented without any specific order, allowing you to listen to/watch them and appreciate their significance.

1. Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawanon Ka – Naya Daur

One of my favorite patriotic songs, set to the lively tune of Bhangra and accompanied by vibrant dance moves, fills me with immense pride for being born in India. It is a powerful source of motivation, inspiring me to take action for the betterment of our nation. This song features the talented lead actors Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala, with music composed by O. P. Nayyar and lyrics penned by Sahir Ludhianvi. The soulful voices of Mohammed Rafi and Balbir bring this positive and encouraging song to life.

2. Jahan Daal Daal Par Sone Ke Chidiya – Sikandar E Azam (1965)

This song beautifully captures the essence of India’s glorious past, the one we have only read about or heard stories of. As I witness fragments of ancient India scattered around me, this song serves as a potent reminder to strive toward restoring that golden era. Sung by the legendary Mohd. Rafi and composed by music director Hansraj Behl, with poignant lyrics by Rajendra Krishan, evoke longing and determination. The song features a stellar cast, including Dara Singh, Mumtaz, Prithviraj Kapoor, Veena, Prem Chopra, Vijayalakshmi, Helen, and Prem Nath, under the direction of Kedar Kapoor.

3. Bharat Ka Rahnewala Hoon – Purab Aur Paschim (1970)

I vividly remember watching this song on every national holiday during the Chitrahar program on Doordarshan. It holds a special place in my heart as it encapsulates the very essence of India. This song stands out for its rare depiction of India’s scientific and mathematical genius, its reverence for rivers, and its acknowledgment that the world has progressed beyond us. Yet, we continue to strive for further prosperity.

Sung by the talented Mahendra Kapoor, composed by the renowned duo Kalyanji-Anandji, and penned by the insightful lyricist Indeevar, this song carries a profound message. It features a stellar cast, including Manoj Kumar, Saira Banu, Ashok Kumar, Pran, Prem Chopra, Nirupa Roy, Vinod Khanna, Bharati, Manmohan, and Kamini Kaushal, under the direction of Manoj Kumar.

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4. I Love My India – Pardes (1997)

This song fills one with joy and a deep love for India. It’s the kind of song that people happily sing along to, even though they may not pay much attention to its lyrics, which hold significant meaning.

With the soulful voice of Kavita Krishnamurthy and composed by the talented duo Nadeem-Shravan, this song showcases the stellar performances of Shahrukh Khan, Amrish Puri, Mahima Chaudhry, Apoorva Agnihotri, Alok Nath, Himani Shivpuri, and Aditya Narayan. It was brought to life under the direction and production of the esteemed Subhash Ghai.

5. Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000)

This song holds a special place in my heart as it beautifully captures the dichotomies of us Indians, showcasing our ability to embrace the good and not-so-good aspects of our identity easily. What I particularly enjoy about this song is its lighthearted and fun nature, which brings a smile to my face in a reflective way. It offers a refreshing perspective, as most patriotic songs are more serious.

With the melodious voice of Udit Narayan, meaningful lyrics penned by Javed Akhtar, and music composed by the talented duo Jatin-Lalit, this song features the delightful performances of Juhi Chawla and Shah Rukh Khan.

6. Mere Desh Ki Dharti – Upkar (1967)

This song carries deep roots within the agrarian society that India still embodies. It pays homage to the farmer and the soldier, highlighting their importance when this film was released.

With the powerful vocals of Mahendra Kapoor, music composed by the talented duo Kalyanji-Anandji, and evocative lyrics penned by Gulshan Bawra, this song features the notable performances of Asha Parekh and Manoj Kumar. Directed and produced by the esteemed Manoj Kumar, it captures the essence of the film’s themes.

7. Aao Bachhon Tumhe Dikhaye – Jagriti (1954)

This children’s song holds a special place in my heart as we performed it on stage during my school days. Now, as I listen to it, I perceive it as a travel song, igniting a desire to write someday a similar composition showcasing the splendor of my homeland.

Originally featured in the 1954 movie “Jagriti,” starring Abhi Bhattacharya, Pranoti Ghosh, Bipin Gupta, and Rattan Kumar, this song resonates with the soulful voice of Kavi Pradeep. With music composed by Hemant Kumar and lyrics penned by Kavi Pradeep himself, it encapsulates the film’s essence. The film’s director is Satyen Bose, adding to its charm and significance.

8. Nanha Munna Rahi Hun – Son of India (1962)

This nostalgic song from childhood holds a special place in our hearts, as we used to sing it in school with dreams of serving our country as soldiers. Although our priorities may have shifted as we grew older, this song never fails to remind us of that innocent childhood dream.

With the enchanting voice of Shanti Mathur, this song captures the essence of those early aspirations and the spirit of patriotism that filled our hearts. It is a beautiful reminder of the dreams and hopes we held dear during our formative years.

9. Ae Watan Tere Liye – Karma (1986)

Once again, a song from my childhood that never failed to give us goosebumps.

This song stands out from the movie “Karma,” resonating with Mohammad Aziz’s and Kavita Krishnamurthy’s powerful vocals. Composed by the renowned duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal, it captures the essence of the film’s emotions and narrative. The song comes under the direction and production of the esteemed Subhash Ghai, who adds his creative touch to its impact.

10. Teri Mitti – Kesari (2019)

This heartfelt song is the latest addition to the collection of patriotic melodies. With its soul-stirring lyrics and beautiful rendition, it evokes a sense of nostalgia for the land renowned for its courageous sons, accompanied by a touch of Punjabi essence.

Sung by the talented B Praak, composed by Arko, and with meaningful lyrics penned by Manoj Muntashir, this song features the captivating performances of Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra. It is part of a movie directed by Anurag Singh, where their talent shines through.

11. Sandese Aate Hai – Border (1997)

This poignant song beautifully portrays the yearning of a soldier stationed on the borders, far from their loved ones, with letters and memories being their only connection. It provides a heartfelt glimpse into the sacrifices they make and emphasizes the deep respect they deserve.

With the soulful voices of Sonu Nigam and Roop Kumar Rathod, lyrics penned by the renowned Javed Akhtar, and music composed by Anu Malik, this song captures the essence of the soldier’s emotions and the profound longing they experience. It is part of a film directed by J.P. Dutta, who masterfully brings the narrative to life.

12. Mere Rang De Basanti Chola – The Legend Of Bhagat Singh (2002)

This powerful song transports you back to the days of the independence struggle when brave individuals like Bhagat Singh selflessly sacrificed their lives for the nation’s freedom. It serves as a poignant reminder of the immense enthusiasm that these young men possessed to witness their country gain independence. Listening to such songs prompts introspection, making us contemplate whether we are living up to their sacrifices, particularly for those born after independence.

With the soulful voices of Sonu Nigam and Manmohan Waris, music composed by the renowned A.R. Rahman, and evocative lyrics penned by Sameer, this song captures the essence of the era and the deep emotions it evokes. It is part of a film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, who skillfully brings forth historical significance and patriotic fervor through his direction.

13. Des Mere Des – The Legend Of Bhagat Singh (2002)

Another song from the pre-independence era that is full of love for India.

Sung by A.R. Rahman & Sukhwinder Singh.

14. Aye Mere Pyare Watan – Kabuliwala (1961)

Aye Mere Pyare Watan – legendary singer Manna Dey sings the song—lyrics by Prem Dhawan.


India celebrates Independence Day with patriotic songs played through loudspeakers, fostering a sense of joy and celebration for its ancient and sacred land. These songs remind us of the Indian heroes who fought for our nation’s independence, their contributions, and the sacrifices made by our ancestors. Popular songs from Bollywood, such as Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawanon Ka, Jahan Daal Daal Par Sone Ke Chidiya, Bharat Ka Rahnewala Hoon, and I Love My India, evoke a deep sense of pride and celebration for India’s rich history and cultural heritage.

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