1) Chaudhvin ka chand–Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960)
The song is up there as one of the most romantic songs ever. Ravi, and not Guru Dutt regular SD Burman composed the song. Shakeel Baduyani’s sublime lyrics described one’s beloved as the full moon but it was Rafi’s drunk on honey voice that brought out all the wonder of the words. Interestingly, it’s said Guru Dutt made the choice of shooting the title song in colour while the rest of the film was in black and white.
2) Chashme buddoor–Sasural (1961)
This was a melodramatic social with music by Shankar-Jaikishan. The present song was written by Hasrat Jaipuri. It was a lighthearted song where the hero lovingly teases the heroine and Rafi sang it with just the right romantic cadence.
3) Chahunga main tujhe sanjh savere–Dosti (1964)
This Majrooj Sultanpuri song epitomises friendship and Rafi really brought out the the ethos of the song in his dulcet voice. Dosti won for Laxmikant-Pyarelal their first Filmfare Award as composers and brought them the much needed limelight.
4) Baharon phool barsao mere mehboob aaya hai–Suraj (1966)
Hasrat Jaipuri wrote the lyrics while Shankar-Jaikishan composed the music of this melodious song. The film was a swashbuckling romance and the music had an old world charm to it. The soft number had the hero requesting nature to deck up his beloved and Rafi’s voice had just the right tilt, the right attitude.
5) Dilke jharoke mein tujhko bithake–Brahmachari (1968)
Shankar-Jaikishan and Hasrat Jaipuri collaborated once again on this pathos-filled song. Rafi sang it in high pitch and his high octave vocals coupled with some haunting piano work never fails to give you goosebumps.
6) Kya hua tera vada–Hum Kisise Kum Nahin
His star had faded by then. The phenomenon called Kishore Kumar had become the uncrowned king of the playback pantheon. But with Kya hua tera wada, Rafi showed the world that he still remained a lion. RD Burman composed the music while Majrooh Sultanpuri wrote the lyrics of the song which was about lost love. Rafi, as usual, was true to his brief and brought out the angst perfectly.