Item songs have become commonplace now with all the top actresses from Priyanka Chopra to Kareena Kapoor to Katrina Kaif to Deepika Padukone, trying their hand at it. Sometimes, the songs are hot, sometimes they are not. That said, even though item songs were not so frequent in the early years of Bollywood, they were still there. And some of them were so hot, it must have given the men of that era sleepless nights.

Let’s take a look.

Babuji dheere chalna

It’s an item song from the black and white era, and even though the video quality might interfere with your ability to appreciate it, the lyrics and the singing are enough to get you hot and heavy. Till date, it’s one of the most seductive songs in Bollywood.

Chadh Gayo Paapi Bichua

Again, the very fact that a scorpion has climbed up a woman’s body is extremely sexy. Obviously, there is no real scorpion, and it’s a metaphor for being turned on.

Honthon Pe Aisi Baat

Vyajanthimala is a trained Bharat Natyam dancer, and that makes sure that even when she is dancing to Bollywood numbers, there is a finesse about it. Again, the lyrics are not overtly raunchy (like today’s numbers) but suggestive.

Bheega Badan Jalne Laga

Zeenat Aman was a sex siren of her era, and even though this song is not very melodious (it’s bad), we had to include it because we just can’t stop staring at Zeenat Aman taking a bath while dancing in a red swimsuit.

The next three numbers are all Helen songs because well, nobody does item numbers better than her.

Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja

‘Monica, oh my darling!’ is something only RD Burman can give us, and this song about asking a lover to come soon is still considered as Bollywood’s evergreen classics.

Mehbooba Mehbooba

Sholay was remembered for a lot of reasons, and Mehbooba Mehbooba is one of them. Again, RD Burman weaves his magic and creates a number where Helen can show her best dance moves on some foot-tapping music.

Yeh Mera Dil

Kareena Kapoor paid a tribute to this song (and she did well, we think) in the Don remake, but there’s no denying the grace with which Helen has pulled this off. Asha Bhosle’s golden voice only adds to the heat that this song can generate.