Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Top 10 all time Male Indian Singers

Greatest Male Indian Singers

Music has worked as the lifeline of Indian movies. Since the Emergence of Bollywood, Musical movies are made more often than any other Genre. In fact the success of a movie in India largely depends on the music of the film. It was once said that if songs of a particular movie are hit then the movie would also be a big hit, No matter how weak its plot or acting is. There are numerous examples to support this fact. Earlier Bollywood featured patriotic songs but later on moved to romantic songs, a trend which is followed even today. Thousands of singers tried their hands in singing but only few saw national success and stardom. Here is a list of 10 Most popular Male Indian singers:

  1. . Mohammed Raffi:

Md. Rafi - Top 10 Male Indian Singers
Mohammed Rafi
Calling Mohammed Rafi ‘the face of Indian Music’ won’t be exaggeration. Rafi debuted in Indian Film Industry in 1945 and in his long career of more than three and a half decade, he has given voice to more than 4500 filmy songs. Though Rafi has claimed to sang more than 28000 songs. Rafi mostly gave voice to classical, romantic and patriotic songs. However he was also loved for his qawaalis and Bhajans. During his career of more than 35 years Rafi worked with almost all the music composers and playback singers famous in the industry at the time. He won numerous awards including filmfare awards and National Film award. Some Very Popular Songs of Mohammed Rafi are:
  • Kya hua tera wada from Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin (Won National Award for this song)
  • Chaudavi ka Chand ho from Chaudavi ka Chand
  • Mere Mehboob tujhe from Mere Mehboob
  • Baharo Phool barsao from Suraj
  • Dil Ke Jahrokhe me tujko from Barahmachari
  • Khilona Jaan Kar from Khilona
  • Aane se Uske aye bahaar from Jeene Ki Raah
  • Dard e Dil from Karz
  • Maine Pucha chand se from Abdullah

2. Kishore Kumar:

Kishore Kumar - Top 10 Male Indian Singers
Kishore Kumar
Kishore Kumar was not just a brilliant Playback singer but also a multi talented person who showed his talents in penning lyrics, composing songs, directing and producing movies and in acting too. He also wrote screenplay for few movies. Personally he is my favorite singer. His trademark Yodeling is now often imitated (but never duplicated) by other singers. Kishore never thought of becoming a singer but after his big Brother Ashok kumar become a popular actor, he gave Kishore a chance in singing. Kishore debuted as a singer in 1951 film Bahaar and soon became a cult favorite singer. Kishore lent voice to many actors most notably Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan. Every song featuring Rajesh Khanna and Kishore kumar become a classic hit and is popular even now. He was also famous for singing duet songs with other popular singers like Rafi Ji, Mukesh Ji at the time. Kishore never won a National Film award for best Singer but he holds record for winning most (8) filmfare awards for best Singer. Here are few of his most famous Hindi songs:
  • Roop tera Mastana from Aradhana
  • Zindagi ek Safar from Andaaj
  • Khaike Paan Banaras Wala from Don
  • Pag Ghungru baandh from Namak Halaal
  • Humen aur jeene ki from Agar tum na hote
  • Saagar Kinare from Saagar

3. Udit Narayan:

Udit narayan - Top 10 Male Indian Singers
Udit Narayan
Though Udit Narayan was born in Nepal yet his contribution to Indian music could not be neglected. Udit dominated the male playback singing in 90s and his songs are cult classic. His melodious voice and style of singing is often imitated by fellow singers. Udit is a versatile singer and has sung songs in varied local Indian languages including Bengali, Ooriya, Tamil, Telugu and Sindhi. Since his debut in 1986, Udit collaborated with many music composers and gave voice to several timeless classic songs. Accept it or not but in 90s, Udit’s music was main reason behind the success of several blockbuster movies.Udit worked with all three khans, Specially with Aamir and Shahrukh. His voice is cited as one of the reasons behind the romantic look of the two actors. Here is list of few of his most popular Hindi songs:
  • Pehla Nasha from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander
  • Chaand chupa Baadal mein from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
  • Mitwa from Lagaan
  • Papa kehte hai from Qayamat se Qayamat tak
  • Aaye ho meri jindagi me from Raja Hindustani

4. S. P. Balasubrahmanyam:

S.P. Balasubharmanyam - Top 10 Male Indian Singers
S.P. Balasubharmanyam
Balasubramanyam’s energetic and melodious voice has been entertaining audience since the last 40 years. Affectionately called as Bala, S.P. has sung over 40,000 songs in various Indian languages including Hindi, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Malyalam and Bengali. Bala has won several awards including Filmfare awards and National film Award (for 4 different languages). Though Bala sung few songs for Bollywood movies, Yet he has gained cult following among the Bollywood film fans too. Mostly he sung songs for Salman Khan. His baritone voice was perfectly suited for the actor. Hum Aapke hai Kaun, Andaaj apna apna and Ek duje ke liye are few of his famous Hindi moives. Here is list of Hindi Songs by Bala:
  • Mere Jeevan Saathi from Ek Duje ke Liye
  • Ek Duje ke Liye from Ek Duje ke Liye
  • Hum Bane tum Bane from Ek Duje ke Liye
  • Pehla Pehla pyaar from Hum aapke Hai Kaun
  • Mujse Juda Hokar from Hum aapke Hai Kaun
  • Ye raat or ye duri from Andaaj Apna Apna

5. Sonu Nigam:

Sonu nigam - Top 10 Male Indian Singers
Sonu Nigam
Ask the Indian teenagers about their favorite singer today and most of them will name Sonu Nigam. Born to singer Agam Kumar Nigam, Sonu initially sung cover of Md. Rafi and Kishore kumar’s songs. However when he took serious training under the guidance of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, he developed his own singing style. Since debuting in the early 90s, Sonu gained a huge fan following specially of younger audience. He have very good control over his vocal abilities and has often mimicked several other popular singers perfectly. Apart from being Singer, Sonu is also a talented actor. Sonu has sung songs in almost all Indian languages. He is recipient of National film award and won 2 filmfare awards. Here are some of his very popular songs:
  • Kal ho Naa Ho from Kal ho Naa Ho
  • Suraj Hua Madham from Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham
  • Mohabbat kabhi mene
  • Do Pal from Veer Zara
  • Saathiya from Saathiya
  • Ishq bina from Taal

6. Kumar Sanu:

Kumar Sanu - Top 10 Male Indian Singers
Kumar Sanu
Kumar sanu could be called as King of Hindi Romantic Songs. He gave voice to some of the very popular romantic hindi songs. Kumar Sanu was trained by his father who himself was a vocalist. Kumar began his career at an early age of 22, however is was not until 1987 that he got his big break. Initially Sanu struggled for success but as soon as he got offers to sing romantic songs, he soon became fan favorite. In the 90s he dominated the male playback singing. Only Udit narayan was able to gave him competition. Like Udit, His music too played a vital role in the success of film. Sanu is a big fan of Kishore Kumar. Here is the list of Popular songs of Kumar Sanu:
  • Tujhe dekha to from DDLJ
  • Do dil mil rahe hai from Pardes
  • Mera dil bhi from Saajan
  • Ek ladki ko dekha from 1942: A Love Story
  • Sochege tumhe Pyaar from Deewana
  • Yeh Kali Kali ankhen from Baazigar

7. Mukesh:

Mukesh - Top 10 Male Indian Singers
Among the Classic Indian singers, Mukesh will always be cited as the legend. He was among those legendary singers who changed the face of Indian music in the 60s and 70s. Mukesh never thought of becoming a singer. However, he liked singing and tried hands in singing. He sang just for his passion and when he was given a chance to sing song in feature film he accepted it. His songs soon become popular among Indian audience. Though Mukesh worked in the industry for more than 3 decades, He sang only 1600 songs. His fellow singers Kishore Kumar and Rafi ji collectively sang more than 50000 songs. Mukesh specifically sang songs for Raj Kapoor, the Showman of India. Here is list of Popular songs of Mukesh:
  • Kabhi Kabhi mere dil me from Kabhi kabhi
  • Kai baar yuhi dekha from Rajnigandha
  • Bas Yahi Apraadh from Pehchaan
  • Ek pyaar ka nagma from Shor
  • Jai bolo from Be Imaan

8. Sukhwinder Singh:

Sukhwinder Singh - Top 10 Male Indian Singers
Sukhwinder Singh
Sukhwinder singh is probably best known to International audience for his academy award and Grammy award winning song ‘Jai Ho’ from Danny boyle’s Film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. Sukhwinder was already popular among Indian audience for giving energetic dance songs and few romance numbers. Sukhwinder initially started his career from the cult classic film Karma in 1986. However, he felt that his voice is still not up to the level. So he trained himself and learned different forms of music. Sukhwinder returned to Bollywood few years later and got his big break when A.R. rahman called him to sing song for Mani ratnam’s Dil Se. The song was a hit and soon Sukhwinder became the leading singer in Indian film industry. Here are some of his very popular songs:
  • Chak De India from Chak de India
  • Chaiya Chaiya from Dil Se (Won Filmfare Award)
  • Jai ho from Slumdog Millionaire
  • Dhan Ta Na from Kaminey
  • Haule Haule from Rab ne Bana di Jodi

9. KK:

KK - Top 10 Male Indian Singers
Krishnakumar Kunnath or popularly known as KK is leading Bollywood singer since the mid 90s. However, the stardom he is having now wasn’t achieved so easily. Unlike other singers on the list, KK struggled a lot. He sang 3500 Jingles before he was given a break in Bollywood. KK has not only lent his voice in Hindi songs but also sang Tamil, Telugu and Kannada songs. Some of the very popular songs of KK are:
  • Chod aaye hum from Maachis
  • Beetein Lamhe from The Train
  • Tadap tadap ke from Hum dil De Chuke Sanam
  • Zara sa from Jannat
  • Haan tu hain from Jannat

10. Shaan:

Shaan - Top 10 Male Indian Singers

Shantanu Mukherjee or Shaan’s music is as cheerful as the nger himself. His melodious voice is suited for romantic and soft rock songs. Shaan is one of those rare Indian artists who collaborated with the International artists such as Blue and Michael Learns to rock. Shaan is also a talented music composer and Lyricist and has penned and gave music to his own albums. He collaborated with the band Blue for the hit song “One Love”. Here is list of Shaan’s popular Hindi songs:
  • Tanha Dil
  • Woh Pehli Baar
  • Musu Mu suhasi
  • Chaand Sifarish from Fanna

 We also want to mention the Singers who didn’t made to the list but had huge impact on Indian pop culture and music of India. They are: Mahendra Kapoor, Manna Dey, Pankaj Udhas, Jagjit Singh.

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