Laxmikant-Pyarelal : Ascendancy in BINACA GEETMALA

Laxmikant-Pyarelal : Ascendancy in BINACA GEETMALA

Weekly Countdown programme called “Binaca Geetmala”, the most popular and famous musical radio programme of it’s time.  It’s first broadcast was in 1953 by Radio Ceylon and it’s host was the inimitable Ameen Sayani. The Binaca Geet Mala ranked the most popular Bollywood film songs according to sales in select shops in select cities. 

The program played a plethora of popular songs, flooding the airwaves of our childhood and youth. We would be waiting eagerly to every Wednesday, to tune in to what would be a non stop one hour feast of music fiesta, commencing at 8 PM.

The songs that get promoted on the basis of Listeners’ Preferences became a hit, invariably.

Apart from the songs, it is the voice of Ameen Sayani with his unique style of announcing that scintillated the listeners.

At the end of of the every year lists were compiled based on points earned by songs through the year, by airing it on weekly countdown programmes. These songs were the top hits of the year and we used to call it as Binaca Geetmala Final Songs. 

Binaca Geetmala  used to broadcast annual (Varshik) programme giving the orders of the top ‘Final Songs”  songs of the year, at the end of every year.

If we count the “Final Songs” of Binaca Geetmala, from 1953 to 1993 the “Final Songs” numbers comes to 1259, in 40 years. 

Among the music directors it is Laxmikant-Pyarelal have ascendancy in Binaca Geetmala. The performance of Laxmikant-Pyarelal, in Binaca Geetmala is being reviewed.

Top Five, ( singers, songwriters and music directors ) who dominates the show in Binaca Geetmala Finals. Numbers of the songs out of 1259 songs. In the bracket mentioned how many number ONE songs of the year as well the years of stay. 


1 Lata Mangeshkar   ::    Gigantic 320 songs ( 18 songs appearing on TOP, 1953 to 1993)

2 Mohammad Rafi         :: 220  songs ( 8 songs appearing on TOP, 1953 to 1981 )

3 Kishore Kumar            :: 217  songs ( 6 songs appearing on TOP, 1953 to 1988 )

4 Asha Bhosle                  :: 154   songs ( 4 songs appearing on TOP, 1953 to 1998 

5 Mukesh                          :: 59   songs (  5 songs appearing on TOP, 1953 to 1976 )


1 Anand Bakshi           ::  Mammoth 209 songs ( 8 songs appearing on TOP, 1963 to 1993 )

2 Majrooh Sultanpuri    :: 115  songs ( 7 songs appearing on TOP, 1953 to 1993 )

3 Hasrat Jaipuri              :: 75   songs ( 5 songs appearing on TOP, 1953 to 1988 )

4 Indeevar                        :: 65   songs ( Only 1 song appearing on TOP, 1953 to 1989 )

5 Shailendra                     :: 57    songs ( 2 songs appearing on TOP, 1953 to 1966 )


1 Laxmikant-Pyarelal :: Whopping 245 songs   ( 11 songs appearing on TOP. 1963 to 1993 )

2 Shankar-Jaikishan         :: 144   songs ( 6 songs appearing on TOP, 1953 to 1975 )

3 R D Burman                    :: 133    songs ( Only 1 song appearing on TOP, 1961 to 1993 )

4 Kalyanji-Anandji            :: 74    songs ( 5 songs appearing on TOP, 1959 to 1990 )

5 S D Burman                     ::  55     songs ( 3 songs appearing on TOP, 1953 to 1974 )

Indian Bollywood composer Pyarelal Sharma (R) {Laxmikant-Pyarelal} poses with Indian radio announcer Ameen Sayani during the music launch of his new music album. ‘

Laxmikant-Pyarelal :: Ascendancy In Binaca Geetmala:- 

1963  Hasta Hua Noorani Chehra “Parasmani” 


1993  Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai “Khalnayak 

Let us review / study about the long, record breaking as well as sustaining tanure of Music Directors Laxmikant-Pyarelal  in 30 years, in Binaca Geetmala. If we consider only “final songs” the number is figuring 245 songs. This is a the highest numbers of the songs among the music directors. 

In the third quarter of 1963, Laxmikant-Pyarelal first ever songs Hasta Hua Noorani Chehra form “Parasmani”  hit the “Binaca Geetmala”.  It appeared on Number 06 position in the finals. Number  15  also acquired by Woh Jab Yaad Aaye, from the same film.

“Dosti”, “Mr X In Bombay”, “Sant Gyaneshwar”, “Harishchandra Taramati”, “Lootera”, “Hum Sab Ustad Hain”  songs arose and bluster Binaca Geetmala in 1964 and 1965.  

1964 Number 06  Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi. 

In 1965 witnessed 6 final songs from Laxmikant-Pyarelal,  including 2 songs under TOP 4 

Number  04 Jyot Se Jyot Jagate .. Lata/Mukesh  “Sant Gyaneshwar”

Number  02  Chahunga Main Tujhe …Rafi “Dosti”.

1966 saw Laxmikant-Pyarelal superhit scores  from “Mere Lal” (Payal  Ki Jhankar Raste Raste), “Dillagi”, “Pyar Kiye Jaa”. 

After that Laxmikant-Pyarelal songs were regularly and prominently aired on “Binaca Geetmala”. There used to be sixteen songs in each of the weekly “Binaca Geetmala” programme, many times, more than half the numbers of the songs were of the duos.  There are certain weekly Binaca Geetmala programmes in which more than 13 out of 16 songs of Laxmikant-Pyarelal were broadcast when the duo were on right on top of their carrier. 

In annual (Varshik) Binaca Geetmala final songs, from mid-sixties onward, Laxmikant-Pyarelal  were having an upper hand. Not only that, on an average, there used to be at least more than 8 to 10  songs from the desk of the duos, that too covering about 50 % of the songs in between top to first ten positions.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal TOP songs of the year.  11 times on TOP,  including four times in a row in  1967, 1968, 1969 and 1970.  Refer below:- 

1967 — Sawan Ka Mahina .… Lata – Mukesh,  “Milan”           

1968 — Dil Vil Pyar Vyar …. Lata,   “Shagird”                 

1969 — Kaise Rahoon Chup …. Lata, “Intequam”          

1970 — Bindiya Chamkegi .. Lata, “Do Raaste”     

1975 — Mehangai Mar Gayi ..Lata Jani .”Roti Kapada Aur Makan”

1980 — Dafliwale Dafli Baja … Lata-Rafi, “Sargam” 

1984 — Tu Mera Janu Hai … Anuradha-Manhar  “Hero”

1986 — Yashoda Ka Nandlala …. Lata, “Sanjog”

1987 — Chitthi Aayi Hai ….Pankaj Udhas, “Naam”

1989 — My Name Is Lakhan …. M. Aziz, “Ram Lakhan”

1993 — Choli Ke Peeche ….Alka Yagnik-Ila Arun “Khalnayak”

In the year 1967, Laxmikant-Pyarelal musical hit  “Milan” songs storms the nation. Weekly programmes 5 songs from “Milan”  were aired and 3 songs found the place in yearly countdown ‘final songs’. Totally 9 songs appeared in “Binaca Geetmala” finals, including the TOP song of the year, from “Milan”.  ‘Sawan Ka Mahina’ 

1968  Laxmikant-Pyarelal had 8 final songs with TOP song of the year from “Shagird” , ‘Dil Vil Pyar Vyar’.

In the years 1969 and 1970,  witnessing 11 and 10  Final Songs, respectively and also acquiring number one TOP songs of the year, from “Intequam” ‘Kaise Rahoon Chup’ as well as ‘Bindiya Chamkegi’ from “Do Raaste”.

1967 onwards, Laxmikant-Pyarelal dominating trend for highest numbers of ‘final songs’ continued with consistent output,  till late eighties.

Raj Kapoor’s “Bobby” songs continued to play in Binaca Geetmala for two successive years, 1973 – 1974. 

1975 Laxmikant-Pyarelal have as many as 9 final songs with First 2 songs on TOP position. Both from “Roti Kapda Aur Makan”

Number  02  Hi Hi Yeh Majboori..  Lata.

Number  01   Mehangai Maar Gayi..Lata-Mukesh-Chanchal-Jani Babu.

In 1977  have 12 finals songs of Laxmikant-Pyarelal with  4 songs among the top 6. 

Number  06  Satyam Shivam ..Lata..”Satyam Shivam Sundaram”

Number  05 Aap Ke Anurodh Pe...Kishore..”Anurodh”

Number  03  O Meri Mehabooba..Rafi..”Dharmveer”

Number  02 Parda Hai Parda ..Rafi..”Amar Akbar Anthony”

1978, 1979  also had highest numbers of final songs averaging 9 to 10 songs.

In 1980 12 final songs of Laxmikant-Pyarelal with  first three top songs belongs to the duo.

Number   03   Sheesha Ho Ya Dil..Lata.”Asha”

Number   02   Om Shanti Om..Kishore..”Karz”

Number    01  Dafliwale Dafli Baja..Lata-Rafi..”Sargam”

1981 flooded with 13 ‘final songs’ from Laxmikant-Pyarelal with as many as 7 songs appearing in the top ten. 

Number  10   John Johny Janardhan..Rafi,.”Naseeb”

Number  08  Mere Jeevan Sathi..SPB-Anuradha..”Ek Duje Ke Liye”

Number  07   Mar Gayi Mujhe ..Kishore-Asha..”Judai”

Number  06 Chana Jor Garam..Kishore, Rafi,, N Mukesh.”Kranti” 

Number  05 Tere Mere Beech Mein ..Lata/SPB..”Ek Duje Ke Liye”

Number  03  Chal Chal Mere Bhai..Rafi, Amitabh..”Naseeb”

Number  02   Zindagi Ki Na Tute Ladi..Lata-N Mukesh..”Kranti”

The same trend, the highest numbers of ‘final songs’,  continued for Laxmikant-Pyarelal in 1984, 1985. In 1986 as many as 16 final songs of the duo (covering almost 50%  songs of the year) with 5 songs in top Ten . Once again the first three TOP songs were from  the duo. 

Number  03  Har Karam Apna Kare Kavitha-Mohammad Aziz..”Karma” 

Number  02  Duniya Mein Kitna Gham Hai..Mohammad Aziz..”Amrit”

Number   01  Yashoda Ka Nandlala...Lata Mangeshkar…”Sanjog”

The year 1987 brings out as many as 11 final songs for Laxmikant-Pyarelal. 4 songs appearing in top 5 including the number 1 song, 

Number   05 Tune Bechain Itna Kiya..Mohammad Aziz..”Nagina”

Number   04  Main Teri Dushman...Lata….”Nagina”

Number   03  Na Jaiyo Pardes..Kavitha..”Karma”

Number   01   Chitthi Aayi Hai ..Pankaj Udhas ..”Naam”

The year 1988 was flooded with as many as 10 songs from the duo. 

In the year 1989 Laxmikant-Pyarelal as many as 8 final songs, 6 songs appearing in top 10, including the number 1 song. 

Number  10    Muze Tumse Hai …Manhar Udhas-Anuradha “Ram Lakhan”

Number  08   So Gaya Ye Jahan..Nitin Mukesh, Alka, Shabbier “Tezaab”

Number  07 Tere Lakhan Ne Bada ..Lata Mangeshkar..”Ram Lakhan”

Number  06   Kehdo Ke Tum Ho ..Anuradha-Amit Kumar..”Tezaab”

Number  04   Hum Tumhe Itan Pyar .Anuradha- M. Aziz…”Bees Saal Baad”

Number   01 One Two Ka Four..Mohammad Aziz..”Ram Lakhan”

From 1990 to 1992 saw some marvelous as well as prominent songs from “Chaalbaaz” “Hum”, “Khuda Gawah”, “Saudagar”, “Narsinha”. 

Once again 1993 rocked the nation through Laxmikant-Pyarelal  one song that remained top in final songs. 

Number  01   Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai …Alka Yagnik-Ila Arun “Khalnayak”.

There are many songs after 1993 to 1998 but then Binaca Geetmala discontinued, to be aired from Radio Sri Lanka. 

Would like to highlight FIVE BEST Songs of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. These songs gained the TOP, Number – 01 positions, storm the nation as well as still popular. 

1967 TOP Song 

Sawan Ka Mahina …”Milan”

(Lyricist Anand Bakshi  / Singers Lata Mangeshkar & Mukesh)
Beautiful DHOLAK rhythm with orchestrated with  MANDOLIN, FLUTE, SYMPHONY style VIOLINS, in the “interludes” 

1968 TOP Song

Dil Vil Pyar Vyar 

(Lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri  / Singer Lata Mangeshkar)
Fast DHOLAK rhythm. NADASWARAM  is awesomely orchestrated. 

1970 TOP Song

Bindiya Chamkegi

(Lyricist Anand Bakshi  / Singers Lata Mangeshkar )
This “Punjabi” folkish style, sweet and melodious  song, with euphonic DHOLAK ‘rhythm’ is completely decorated with the glimpses of SANTOOR and FLUTE. 

1980 TOP Song

Dafliwale Dafli Baja

(Lyricist Anand Bakshi  / Singers Lata Mangeshkar – Mohammad Rafi )
Mind-Boggling orchestra arrangements. Mellifluous composition.

1987 TOP Song

Chitthi Aayi Hai 

(Lyricist Anand Bakshi  / Singer Pankaj Udhas )

Ajay Poundarik

Atlanta (Georgia)


By Ajay Poundarik

I am a Mechanical Engineering Graduate. Boiler Proficiency Engineer. Deeply In Love With Hindi Film Music When I Was Eight Years Of Age, Since 1963. I Have A Liking For All Contemporary Music Directors Compositions. I Am A Fan Of Laxmikant-Pyarelal Music. I Have Grown-Up By Listening To Laxmikant-Pyarelal Music. I Like Test Cricket Only. Worked In The Capacity Of General Manager For The Fields Of Project Implementation, Facility Management, Construction Management and Plant Maintenance In INDIA, NIGERIA for Twenty Years & AFGHANISTAN One Year.


  1. Being a fan of Laxmikant Pyarelal I have Compiled an album ‘Dil Vil Pyar Wyar’ Hits of Laxmikant Pyarelal. It was released by Saregama India Ltd. In 2004 (Now available on Saregama Online Music Store).


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