There are songs which are called haunting melodies. These songs have a sort of emptiness to them and give you goose bumps; but in a good way. And then there are songs which are meant to give you the creeps and scare the hell out of you. These are the kind of songs which start playing in your mind instantly when you are alone and the lights suddenly go off, or you are going on a lonely road at night with no or little light. Oh yes, we are about to get spooky this time. Boo!
1. Kahin deep jale kahin dil – Bees Saal Baad (1962)
This song is sung by Lata Mangeshkar and is composed by Hemant Kumar while the lyrics are written by Shakeel Badayuni. Even the interludes of this song would stay in your mind and pop up when it is dark and you light a candle.
2. Aayega aanewala – Mahal (1949)
The movie dealt with the story of reincarnation (the very first in Indian cinema to do so). The song is composed by Khemchand Prakash, lyrics are by Nakshab and it is sung by Lata Mangeshkar. It is said that this song made people notice the talent of Lata Mangeshkar and then there was no looking back for this singer who went on to become a living legend. It features Ashok Kumar and Madhubala.
This song made me hate the swings.
3. Gumnaam hai koi – Gumnaam (1965)
It is a song that was made to haunt not just the audience but also the characters in the movie. Sung by Lata Mangeshkar and composed by Shankar-Jaikishan. This song can be called as the cover song of Charade by Henry Mancini (which was actually a sad, Parisian waltz).
4. Jhoom jhoom – Kohra (1964)
Featured on Waheeda Rehman, this song is sung by Lata Mangeshkar, composed by Hemant Kumar and lyrics by Kaifi Azmi. This song creeps and crawls like the long night and we feel like it is actually inching towards us little by little.
5. Sau baras – Haunted 3D (2011)
Now we come to the newer films and songs. This song is sung by Tia Bajpai and is composed by Chirantan Bhat while the lyrics are by Junaid Wasi.
6. Mere dholna sun (Aami je tomar) – Bhool Bhulaiyya (2007)
How can we forget the moment when Vidya Balan emerged on the screen in that ‘Monjulika’ get up! Her eyes, her messed up hair and her expressions made things worse for the already-scared viewer like me. This song is sung by Shreya Ghoshal and M.G. Sreekumar. The music is by Pritam and the lyrics are by Sameer.
7. Bhoot hai yahan koi – Bhoot (2003)
If we talk about ghosts and haunted houses then the name of Ram Gopal Varma has to come up. The album has many songs but they were not used in the film. This song is composed by Amar Mohile and sung by Asha Bhosle while the lyrics are by Jaideep Sahni. To tell you the truth, I couldn’t listen to this song entirely as it was very spooky. Sorry Ashaji, this is one song of yours which I think I would never listen to again.
8. Lautungi main – Ek Thi Dayan (2013)
Ok, the title says it all. This song is composed by Vishal Bharadwaj and lyrics are by Gulzar. It is sung by Rekha Bharadwaj.
9. Aaja gufaon mein aa – Aks (2001)
Many people would not consider this song as the one which can scare you, and we can partly blame that on the fact that it is shown as a dance number. But it has its moments which can give you a start, if not scare you. It is composed by Anu Malik, lyrics are by Gulzar and is sung by KK and Vasundhara Das.
10. So ja so ja – Pari (2018)
This song from the recently-released movie Pari is composed by Anupam Roy and lyrics are by Anvita Dutt. It is sung by Rekha Bharadwaj and features Anushka Sharma.
I had a scary time just listening to these songs for the article. There are some that I didn’t even listen to as they are already somewhere in a corner of my mind. There were some which I had buried deep down, never to listen again; but they came out! And now I know how my day is going to be; absolutely not thinking about the night.