The voice of Lata Mangeshkar represents supreme and pristine quality of Indian music. She is undoubtedly the greatest playback singer in the Hindi film industry. She has sung all forms of music like ghazals, songs, bhajans and even folk songs. In her lifetime, she has recorded no less than 50,000 songs. Lata Mangeshkar has also rendered her voice in other regional languages like Tamil, Bengali, and Malayalam etc. It is said that she has sung in more than twenty regional languages and over a thousand Hindi movies.

Lata Mangeshkar has recorded duets with all the top most singers. From legends of yesteryear like Manna Dey, Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh, Hemant Kumar, Mahendra Kapoor and Kishore Kumar to stars of current crop like Kumar Shanu, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Kunal Ganjawala etc, Lata has sung with all of them with same comfort and excellence.

It is no less than impossible to think of listing all the hit songs of Lata Mangeshkar. She came into prominence with Aayega Aanewaala from the movie Mahal (1949). She has given thousand of hits in every era since 40s to first decade of the new millennium. Her initial hits were songs like,

  • Mohabbat aisi dhadkan hai,
  • Yeh zindagi usiki hai,
  • Jaag dard ishq jaag,
  • O aasman waale
  • Aplam chaplam,
  • Radha na bole na bole,
  • Kitna haseen hai mausam,
  • Dheere se aaja ri akhiyan mein,
  • Shola jo bhadke,
  • Bholi soorat dil ke khote,
  • Dil dhadke nazar sharmaaye,
  • Mere dil ki ghadi kare etc

She followed her initial hits with songs like

  • Gore gore o baanke chore,
  • Mehfil mein jal uthi shama,
  • Dil ki duniya basake sanwariya,
  • Mere man ka baawra panchi,
  • Balma anadi man bhaaye
  • Jiya bekaraar hai,
  • Rasik Balma,
  • Gumnaam hai koi,
  • Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya,
  • Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh.