Do you know Bappi Lahiri's real name is Alokesh Lahiri? Well, that's the best introduction one can read in an article about all things Bappi Lahiri and his compositions. The legendary singer-composer turned 67 years today. He has been credited for revolutionising disco music in India with Disco Dancer. There is hardly anyone who doesn't remember this film or the magic of its music. Rishi Kapoor Wishes ‘Happy Dhanteras’ with Bappi Lahiri Pic
Bappi Lahiri in his career has earned a lot of monikers. When he made disco the most trending music in the 80s, he was called the Disco King. But he soon became more popular as Gold Man for wearing a lot of gold jewellery. His fascination for this shiny metal is legendary. The man has even collaborated with international names like Lady Gaga, Akon and others. We know a lot of Gen-Z people are not aware of the genius called Bappi Lahiri. So only for that lot, we have 11 Baapi da ka gaan right here...
Naino Mei Sapna, Himmatwala
Irrespective of how crass the movie and its remake was, Naino Mei Sapna is still one of the most beloved tracks of the composer. It's really difficult not to think yourself to be Sridevi and Jeetendra when the music begins.
Dil Mei Ho Tum, Satyamev Jayate
A re-creation of his Bengali hit Sangee, this track is pure love!
Tamma Tamma Loge, Thanedar
Who hasn't danced to do this number and not tried the complicated hook step? All thanks to the Gold Man Bappi Lahiri. His voice was retained in the remix of the song in Badrinath Ki Dulhania because there is only one Bappi Lahiri.
I am a Disco Dancer, Disco Dancer
Ah...Mithun Chakraborty made disco such a wondrous thing. Without Lahiri disco jigs, it would have been a no-show!
Bombay Se Aaya Mera Dost - Aaap Ki Khatir
This one just never gets old. It's quirky, fun and extremely entertaining.
Yaar Bina Chain Kaha Re -Saheb
A dreamy dream sequence with Anil Kapoor and Amrita Singh showing off some killer moves. Interesting.
Raat Baaki - Namak Halal
The Gen-Z must have heard the recreation of this lilting and haunting melody in Ittefaq, but the original still wins.
Aaj Rapat Jaaye - Namak Halal
This is one of the most sensuous songs of those time with Amitabh Bachchan and Smita Patil dancing in the rain.
Inteha ho gayi - Sharaabi
Longing has never been so beautifully and poetically put together in any movie as it was done in this song from Sharaabi. Now you know why everytime someone waits for some one else or something, sings this song!
Oh La La - Dirty Picture
This is not his composition but is sung by Lahiri. Apart from Vidya Balan, the reason this song became a chart-buster is because of Bappi da's vocals! Unusual and one-of-a-kind.
Tune maari entriyaan - Gunday
Yet again Bappi Lahiri sang for another composer and made it count. This has been part of many sangeet playlists. Bappi Lahiri has been used sparsely here but you will manage to hear him clearly.
Bappi Lahiri's songs with Lady Gaga and Akon are still not out yet or they would have been a part of this list as well. Till that happens enjoy these!