Bollywood songs appear in Hindi films. They are also known as Hindi Geet or filmi songs. Bollywood songs, along with dance, are a typical theme of Hindi cinema that lends it to ongoing popular appeal, cultural significance, and context. They are derived from the song-and-dance routines prominent in Indian films. Hindi film songs are a major part of Indian pop music, drawing inspiration from both classical and contemporary sources.
Gauhar Jaan’s debut song was recorded in India in 1902, was the first Bollywood song, produced by Saregama, India’s oldest music label, which is owned by the RP Sanjiv Goenka Group. Bollywood songs tend to use vernacular Hindustani, which is mutually understandable to self-identified Hindi and Urdu speakers. Modern Bollywood songs are progressively integrating Hinglish features.
Urdu poetry and the ghazal tradition have had a particularly strong influence on Bollywood songs, with lyrics largely influenced by Urdu poetry and the ghazal tradition. Punjabi is also used in Bollywood songs from time to time.
Bollywood soundtracks dominate the Indian music industry, accounting for roughly 80% of the country’s total music earnings. Cassette cassettes dominated the industry throughout the 1980s and 1990s, before shifting to online streaming in the 2000s (bypassing CD and digital downloads). With over 170 million subscribers as of 2021, T-Series is the most subscribed Youtube channel of India.
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