Apart from giving us musical gems like Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik and more, 80s & 90s are also credited with giving us some of the most popular Superstars who drive the nation crazy till date! Here we look at the famous triad of Khans who set off the new era of romantic cinema.

Aamir Khan

Mr. Perfectionist started his career as a child artist in Nasir Hussain’s movie ‘Yaadon Ki Baraat’ (1973). With the Blockbuster ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ (1988), Aamir became the heartthrob of the nation. To maintain the quality of his work, Aamir acts only in 1 or 2 movies in a year. He has donned different hats of film making and acting with sublime ease and has tasted immense success. Some of the best songs of 80s and 90s from his movies are:

Papa kehte hain (Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, 1988)

Hum Pyaar Karne Wale (Dil, 1990)

Title song (Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, 1991)

Pehla Nasha  (Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar, 1992)

Raja ko Rani se pyaar ho gaya (Akele Hum Akele Tum, 1995)

Salman Khan

Before venturing into films Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan appeared in the Limca ad in the 80s and looked like a breath of fresh air. When we watched this ad for the first time, we could hardly believe our eyes.

After his debut in a supporting role in ‘Biwi Ho To Aisi’ (1988), he made his mark as the perfect boyfriend with the mega-hit ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ (1989). 1995 was the year when for the first time he flashed his chiseled, bare chested avatar in ‘Veergati’ (1995), and it has since become a signature for all his movies. His run at the box-office has been prolific and his presence in any movie is a seal of success. The characters Prem and Amar in ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ (1994) donned by him and Aamir respectively, set a rib-tickling roller-coaster ride.

Top 5 magical music tracks from his movies of that era are:

Mere rang mein rangne waali (Maine Pyar Kiya, 1989)

Pehla pehla pyar hai (Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, 1994)

Mera dil bhi kitna pagal hai (Saajan, 1991)

Saathiya tune kya kiya (Love, 1991)

Madhosh dil ki dhadkan (Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai, 1998)

Shah Rukh Khan

Khan made his silver screen debut with Deewana (1992).  It was the beginning of a new era of Hindi cinema when romance became the imagination of an entire generation. He delivered exceptional performances in negative roles with great panache when none other would dare to do so. Then came 1994, when Shah Rukh worked his boyish charm in ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ with the gorgeous Kajol, to make everyone fall in love. The movie established him as the romantic hero whom every girl wanted to date. He has since ruled the box-office.

5 of his top songs during this period would list:

Tujhe dekha to (DDLJ, 1994)

Main Koi Aisa Geet (Yes Boss, 1997)

Title Track (Dil To Pagal Hai, 1997)

Title Track (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, 1998)

Koi na koi chahiye (Deewana, 1991)