By Lopa Patel (July 2009)
Listing my top ten favourite Bollywood dance songs is a tall order, so what I've done is choose mine on the basis that either they make me want to dance or the dance choreography is stunning. Two honourable mentions first: 'Inhi Logon Ne' from the 1971 classic film 'Pakeezah' didn't quite make it into the top ten. Meena Kumari's dancing is divine and the song is superb - just not really a major dance number, unless you are a trained dancer. Similarly, 'Shava Shava' from 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham'  is a fantastic dance number, but perhaps requires too little dance instruction to master - the consequence being that we think we can all dance to it, badly! Anyway, here are my Top 10 favourite Bollywood dance songs, listed in alphabetical order by song title.
1. 'Chaiyya Chaiyya' from Dil Se 
Comments: The dance sequence featuring Shah Rukh Khan is filmed atop a moving train and was choreographed by Farah Khan. The sequence was immortalised in Andrew Lloyd Webber's theatrical musical 'Bombay Dreams'
Music: A. R. Rahman, Lyricist : Gulzar, Tejpal Kaur,
Choreographer: Farah Khan, Pappu Khanna
Playback Singer: Sukhwinder Singh, Sapna Awasthi, A. R. Rahman, Anuradha Paudwal, Udit Narayan, Lata Mangeshkar, Sonu Nigam, Kavita Krishnamurthy
2. Choli Ke Peeche from 'Khalnayak' 
Comments: Who can forget the sensation created by the award winning number 'Choli ke Peeche'. With melodies to rock the music industry and audiences alike, Khalnayak brought back crowds to Indian cinema halls, worldwide. The song was originally banned in India as the lyrics were thought to be a little racy and Madhuri Dixit's saucy little dance did nothing to dispel this idea. This is really sexy stuff!
Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Lyricist : Anand Bakshi
Choreographer: Saroj Khan
Playback Singer: Alka Yagnik, Mohammad Aziz, Ila Arun, Vinod Rathod, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Jagjit Singh