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20 Inspiring Bollywood Songs That Will Fire You Up With Motivation

In order to move ahead and lead a successful life we all should be inflated with energy and the passion to change this world for good. But sometimes I have seen amongst the young crowd the lack of motivation, tiredness and limited energy. What do you think after a tiresome day or a week can pump up your spirits to gear you up for the next phase? Yes, it is definitely good food but other than that? Yep, good songs! There are days when just getting out of the bed can be a difficult job let alone surviving the day and for days like these, music and rhythm can be a true friend in disguise. Motivational songs have the power to turn over our mood instantly. There are few Bollywood songs that have inspired me in so many ways and I thought of sharing it with you. 

Here’s a list of 20 inspiring Bollywood songs that I think will surely light the flame of motivation within you!

  1. Kholo Kholo from Taare Zameen Par.

Kholo Kholo is a song from the gem of a movie ‘Taare Zameen Par’. With the film’s inspiring message for every student and parents out there, this song made it to the top of my list. This beautiful song sung by Raman Mahadevan is a gentle reminder to me to  unleash my dreams and to paint the world with my own colours!

2. Ruk Jana Nahi Tu Kahi Haar Ke from Imtihaan.

This evergreen song from 1974 is a blessing to our playlist. Sung by the legend Kishore Kumar for the film Imtihaan, this song promises to lift you up, no matter how bad the situation is, “ruk jana nahi tu kahi haar ke.”

3. Aashayein from Iqbal.

“Har koshish mein ho waar waar kare dariyao ko aar paar ashayein …” This beautiful song reminds me that nothing is impossible if you move forward with hope, hard work and determination. Sung by KK and Salim Merchant for the film Iqbal, Aashayein is surely a gem!

4. Lakshya-Title Track 

“Roke tujhko aandhiyaan, ya zameen aur aasmaan, paayega jo lakshya hai tera”
Sung by Shankar Mahadevan this title track from the film Lakshya lifts up our spirits and tells us to follow the path which leads to our goals(lakshya) because no matter what, we need to achieve our dreams! 

5. Badal pe paon hai from Chak De India

Sung by Hema Sardesai this to me is an all-time motivational song that tells us to have faith in our dreams. With Indian Women’s Hockey team’s journey in the background, hands down, this song will surely motivate you!

6. Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire

Jai Ho is an Academy award winning song sung by A.R Rahman, featuring Sukhwinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalaxmi Iyer and Vijay Prakas for the film Slumdog Millionaire.
This worldly popular, powerful and energetic song pushes you towards your goals and asks you to follow your dreams!

7. Ek Jindagi Meri from Hindi Medium

A must listen song ! This song is all about not giving up easily! Sung by the young Tanishkaa Sanghvi for the movie ‘Hindi Medium’ Ek jindari meri is not letting the world tell you what to do rather you should move on with your goals! With lyrics like, “Maine Harna Nahi Hai Chahe Kuch Bhi Kahe Duniya”, this song has given me a much needed motivation during my school days!

8. Khoon Chala Song from Rang De Basanti

Another motivational song Khoon chala is sung by A. R. Rahman and Mohit Chauhan from the film Rang De Basanti. This song is all about fighting for what is right and we should all stand against the wrong.

9. Zinda from Bhag Milkha Bhag

One of the best motivational Bollywood songs, Zinda from the biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag will ignite the fire of passion within you to achieve something. Add this song to your workout playlist and see the magic!

10. Yeh Haunsla Kaise Jhuke from Dor

“Raah Pe Kante Bikhre Agar, Us Pe Toh Chalna Hi Hai…” This inspirational song from the movie ‘Dor’ tells you that the road to success might be full of pebbles and thorns but one must keep moving. 

11. Besabriyaan from M.S.DHONI – THE UNTOLD STORY.

‘M.S.DHONI – THE UNTOLD STORY’ is another inspirational biopic, with a soul touching soundtrack. Besabriyaan, sung by Armaan Malik encourages you to pursue your dreams and reminds you that with constant hard work the world will be at your feet.

12. Teri Baari from Mary Kom.

This extremely motivational song written by Prashant Ingole is sung by Mohit Chauhan for the biopic Mary Kom. With Mary Kom’s journey full of struggles in the background this song tells you to break your limits and to work hard. It is all about focusing, believing in self and you will be unstoppable!

13. Ziddi dil from Mary Kom

“Hawa ke kaanon mein jaake kahe, Kismat piddi hai, Dil ye ziddi hai”. Another song from the inspiring biopic Mary Kom is Ziddi dil! Sung by Vishal Dadlani this song pumps you up with its lyrics that tells you to be stubborn and determined in order to achieve your dreams.

14. Kar Har Maidan Fateh from Sanju.

This energetic song from the movie ‘Sanju’ is all about hope and courage. Sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Shreya Ghoshal, it really encourages me to win over all our problems which we are capable of! 

15. Zinda Hoon Yaar from Lootera

Amit Trivedi’s song Zinda hoon yaar from the movie Lootera is a beautiful rendition that echoes the under-appreciated thought that it is fine that all you did today is just to survive!

16. Dangal- Title Track

“Dhadkane chhaati mein jab dubak jaati hain, peeth thap thapa unko phir jaaga baat ban jaati hai”. This upbeat title track from Dangal is a must for your workout list! Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and sung by Daler Mehndi this song moves you to the core and beats up your spirits. 

17. Chale chalo from Lagaan. 

“Mit jaave jo takraave, chale chalo, Bhale ghor andhera chha ave, Chale chalo, chale chalo”. This powerful track is definitely one of the best Bollywood motivational songs that are all about standing head-strong and united in the battle of life. This song and the movie will leave a significant impact in your life.

18. Sultan- Title track. 

Another song that will perfectly fit your workout playlist! Sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Shadab Faridi this inspiring Bollywood song tells you that no matter what fate brings to you, you can succeed with hard work and nothing is impossible if you are determined. “Kismat jo aave saamne tu mod de uska panja re”.

19. Chak Lein De from Chandni Chowk To China.

In order to pursue our dreams we all need to build up the much-needed courage and go beyond the limits. This motivational song sung from the movie Chandni Chowk to China by Kailash Kher is all about that.

20. Roobaroo – Rang De Basanti

“Abhi abhi huaa yakeen ki aag hai mujh mein kahi”. Another incredible composition from Rang de Basanti, Roobaroo is all about discovering yourself and vibing with it. 

And why not let’s all be roobaroo!