Top 15 National Songs That Capture the Spirit of Independence

Music and in particular patriotic songs, have the ability to sum up a nation’s mood, its feeling and its sentiments in catchy melodies. Historic patriotic songs like those during the 60s boosted the army’s morale in the war with India and rallied the nation. Years later, songs became the driving force behind Pakistan’s sports campaigns in Hockey, Cricket and Squash championships.

Today, we bring to you the top patriotic songs which truly capture the spirit of independence. While the list is extensive, we had to leave out many famous ones, since space is limited but songs aplenty.

Mera Inaam Pakistan

Main bhi Pakistan Hon

Tera Pakistan Hay Yeh Mera Pakistan Hay

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Aye Watan Pyare Watan

Lab Pai Aati Hai

Written by our national poet, Allama Iqbal, “Lab Pai Aaati Hai” is a poem that’s been sung by children for decades in their morning assemblies. Sung after the national anthem, it has been often called the alternate national anthem of Pakistan. Kids, throughout the country, have learnt this poem by heart bringing patriotism to them from a young age.

Dil Dil Pakistan

Released by Vital Signs in 1987 and a part of their first album in 1989, Dil Dil Pakistan is often hailed as an the unofficial national song of Pakistan. It’s known to nearly every child and adult in the country and brings out one’s love for Pakistan. This song was listed as the third most popular in the world by BBC and was copied by an Indian movie song titled “Dil Dil Hindustan”.

Jazba-e-Junoon

Released in 1996, Janoon band’s song “Jazba-e-Janoon”, from the album Inquilaab, became a huge hit. Despite being the band’s first hit song, it managed to secure the position of signature song in the 1996 Cricket World Cup. It is called the greatest rock hit in Pakistan music’s history.

Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan

One of the oldest and famous patriotic anthems in Pakistan, Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan was released in 1965 at the time of Pakistan-India war. The song was written by Nawabzada Mirza Jamiluddin Ahmed Khan.

Yai Watan Tumhara Hai

Sung by the legendary Mehdi Hasaan, “Yai Watan Tumhara Hai” has received a lot of love from Paksitanis ever since its launch in 1962. Truly one the most legendary songs sung by him.

Sohni Dharti

Sohni Dharti was released after the Pak-Indo war in 1965. It is more of a prayer that may Allah keep Pakistan united and safe. It was sung by Shehnaz Begum, a Bangladeshi singer before the split up and then by Mehdi Hassan. R

Recently, Coke Studio relaunched the song with new voices.

Ham Zinda Qaum Hain

This song has received many voices over the years. Since, its launch in 1973, most famous singers have sung it at least once in their careers.

Is Parcham K Saye Talay

This song is a proof that Pakistan holds great importance not only for Muslims but for other minorities living in the country. It was sung by Benjamin Sisters (Nerissa, Beena and Shabana), often referred to as s phenomenon in Pakistan and North India. They belonged to a Christian family and used chorus performances in their singing.

Hamara Parcham

Hamara Parcham was sung by Naheed Akhtar. It is another song dedicated to the love for Pakistani flag which has gained popularity over the past few decades.

Naya Pakistan

Naya Pakistan is one the latest efforts by Salman Ahmed (former Junoon band member) and Junaid Jamshed. The song envisions a new Pakistan free of all the problems it faces at the moment.  The song was released in 2013.

Aye Rah-e-Haq Ke Shaheedo

This song was originally sung by Naseem Begum in the war of 1965. Later on Noor Jahan and many other playback singers gave the song their voice. Recently, Amjad Sabri used his voice to give the patriotic song a new color.

Tell us about your favorite patriotic songs in the comments section below.

He is the Editor at ProPakistani.


  • Humaid Merchant

    You missed the MCB Bank supported “Mera Pegham Pakistan” by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM-HcsEaxnM

    • Leo

      Isnt this the 1st on the list ?

      • Humaid Merchant

        You are right :( My mistake!

  • Arsalan Ali

    we haven’t been able to produce a single song that would last a year, in recent times. All these are old ones and ever green..and today’s singers are always gonna remix or remake these which is why these songs are gonna live forever..

  • Overall , nice collection.

    • Faheem Asghar

      Except Naya Pakistan

  • KMQ

    Lolz, Naya Pakistan doesn’t deserve to be in this list. Instead Nusrat sahab’s Pakistan Pakistan should make to the list. Let me remind you we are talking about all time greats for Pakistan.

    • Faheem Asghar

      Yeah

    • Ishtiaq

      whenever i listen to national songs i become so emotional and feel like crying. Pakistan is the only reason we’re enjoying the free and better life today. Salute to Pakistan.

      • Shahid Saleem

        What a joke. If you were born 5000 miles away you wouldn’t consider Pakistan life a better life.

        • Ishtiaq

          Sir, I’m better in my own country, you can enjoy the rest. Good luck.

          • Shahid Saleem

            I hope you have no relatives or friends who have moved outside Pakistan for whatever reason (education, better life, job etc). Because your attitude is pathetic to them.

  • Jahangir

    For me the best of the best songs are “Ye Watan Tumhara Hai” and “Tum Hi Se Hai Mujahido…” by Alamgir.

  • Yasir Mahmood

    Ae Watan Pyare watan,
    One of the Best national song ,just ignored

    • Shurjil Butt

      totally agree dude .. one of the best indeed !

    • Jazz Khan

      Yes! One of the Best!

  • Faheem Asghar

    Aj tu office ma Mera Paigham Pakistan sponsored by MCB sun k kan pak gaey hain…..

    • Ishtiaq

      National songs sun k terey kaan pak gaye hain? Tou tu kia bhajan sun’na chahta tha sara din?

      • Faheem Asghar

        Office ma kam karna hota ha, National Songs tu ap ghar ma bhi sun sakty ha

  • Usamah

    Im sorry this is a very lame list
    There is no … Main bhi Pakistan hoon Tu bhi pakistan hai
    yeh mera pakistan hai … yeh tera pakistan hai .. iss per dil qurban . is pay jaan bhi qurban hai .
    aye watan pyarae watan paak watan … Amanat Ali khan ..
    Chaand Meri zameen phool mera watan … Amanat Ali Khan
    Aye Pakwatan tujhay mera salam .. by Alamgeer

  • Usamah

    And the one from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan … Mera Inaam Pakistan