Five ‘hit’ songs with totally nonsensical lyrics

Five ‘hit’ songs with totally nonsensical lyrics

Admit it or not, we all love a fresh, peppy Bollywood tune. It is hard to not hum along when a new song is on TV or on the radio. Come to think of it, the lyrics of most popular Hindi songs make absolutely no sense but we can’t seem to get over them. Remember ‘Jab tak rahega samose mein alu, tera rahunga o meri Shalu’? Of course you do. You just sang it under your breath.

Crazy lyrics are the best part of the new Bollywood hit number formula. Today we’re taking a look at popular songs of recent times – songs that technically have terrible lyrics but somehow manage to get stuck in your head for days.

‘Badtameez Dil’ – Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani

Lyricist:  Amitabh Bhattacharya

‘Paan main pudeena dekha, naak ka nageena dekha, chikni chameli dekhi, chikna kameena dekha, chaand ne cheater ho ke cheat kia toh saare taare bole gilli gilli akha.’

We’re sorry, is it just us or does everyone fall in love with whatever Ranbir Kapoor dances to? No one’s ever seen the moon do more than orbit the Earth; neither have the stars ever hooted in pure Mumbaiyya street lingo. But the real question is: who cares? So long as a song is catchy, it will be sung. Memorable nonsense is gold, especially when Ranbir is involved.

‘Dreamum Wakeupum’ – Aiyyaa

Lyricist: Amitabh Bhattacharya

‘Thighsum thunderum downum underum. Sizeum matterum thinkum wonderum. Jumpingum, pumpingum.’

Let us first tell you this; it isn’t a coincidence that Donna Summer, who was known for her seductive songs, died the same year as Aiyyaa came out. ‘Dreamum Wakeupum’ is the death of all things seductive.


Even though ‘Dreamum Wakeupum’ makes little sense, it is crystal clear what it’s about. We’ll spare you the birds-and-bees talk, but you get it. The ‘-ums’ are not helping anyone. If anything, the faux South Indian touch makes the song more B-grade than it could have been. As PG-rated and absurd the lyrics are, ‘Dreamum Wakeupum’ was received quite well. Even with a less graceful side of Rani, the song is the saving grace of a film that’s otherwise a flop.

‘Balam Pichkari’ – Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani

Lyricist:  Amitabh Bhattacharya

‘Jeans pehen ke jo tu ne maara thumka, toh lattoo padosan ki bhaabi hogayi.’


‘Balam Pichkari’ is undoubtedly one heck of a tune and will be played in dholkis, Holi functions and desi parties for decades to come. That said, we still don’t quite understand why the neighbour’s bhaabi turned into a spinning lattoo upon seeing a girl dance in a pair of jeans. Then again, we don’t know what we’d to if a jeans-clad Deepika thumka’d in front of us, either, so we’re in no position to judge.

‘Second-hand Jawaani’ – Cocktail

Lyricist: Amitabh Bhattacharya

‘Bhanwaron ke college ka main professor hoon, baby. Ayyashi ke computer ka processor hoon, baby’


By now it is an established fact that Amitabh Bhattacharya is the king of silly lyrics and it totally works for him. Although we don’t know what ‘second-hand jawaani’ or ‘banned jawaani’ mean either, the above mentioned lines perplex us the most. It seems as though random words were written on several paper chits, tossed in a jar, and picked by a blindfolded Bhattacharya, who then pieced them together to create this melodic trash…and it worked.

‘Caller Tune’ – Humshakals

Lyricist: Sameer Anjaan

‘Mujhe apni bana le caller tune, soniye. Every time I see you, I’m over the moon, soniye’


Here’s a new release that keeps the horrible lyrics trend alive, and it is definitely a strong contender. Perhaps if the boy’s photo was this soniye’s wallpaper, or his voice her ringtone, this song would still make sense, but caller tune? Number one, the girl will never get to hear it so it is useless for the relationship. Number two, if her parents call her and are greeted by a sleazy boyfriend’s voice instead of a dial tone, she might get into trouble. Number three, the aforementioned points are irrelevant because, hello, lyrics clearly don’t matter anymore. Get with the programme, uncle ji. Prepare yourself for more of these. Trash lyrics are the future.

Five ‘hit’ songs with totally nonsensical lyrics