Bollywood today has become one of the highly rated industries both in films and music. The industry has given Indians singers an avenue to be heard and to showcase their talents at global level. Bollywood has many singers with superb music capabilities and the most enchanting voices in the world and filtering among them who rules in terms of greatness it’s not an easy task. However awards, achievements, number of songs can be the best judge on evaluation who really fits in the….
list of top 10 greatest famous and best Bollywood singers of all time.
10. Atif Aslam
Among the best singers that we have today who have made a mark in Bollywood is Atif Aslam. He started his career performing at restaurants and colleges where together with Goher Muntaz made a band called “Jal”. His first song was “Aadat” which was a huge success in Pakistani music websites. Other hit songs that have made Aslam a household name are “Ankhon Sey”, “Bheegi Yaadein”, “Mahi Ve” among albums such as Meri Kahani and Doorie .some of the awards Aslam has received for being a great musician are Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Distinction) from government of Pakistan, 2015 Most Popular Male Artist (International), 2014 Best Male Artist of Pakistan, lux style awards 2017 Best Playback Singer (Male) among others.
9. Alka Yagnik
the best playback singer there is in India and one of the best in the globe is Alka Yagnik. She is a holder of seven awards related to best female playback award from Filmfare awards and has been nominated in the awards thirty four times. She has also be awarded two National Film awards and other awards from Zee cine awards, IIFA awards, Star screen awards among others. Some of her songs that have made her a star are “Ek Do Teen” from the film Tezaab (1988), “Taal Se Taal Mila” from the film Taal, “Choli Ke Peeche” from the film Khalnayak , among other dozens of songs.
8. Kumar Sanu
Do you know that this man hold the record in Guinness Book World Record of recording the most songs in a day and to be specific 28 in number? He is one of the best Indian playback singers and his accolades bring the prowess of his talent. For five years he was awarded the best the best male playback singer award in the Filmfare awards, and also due to his achievements the government of India awarded him with Padma Shri.to listen to his voice watch the film Dhadkan (2000) you will hear “Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hai Dilse”, other are Dil Ka Rishta (2002) “Dil Ka Rishta”, Takkar (1995) “Aakhon Main Base ho Tum”, Dil Kya Kare (1999) “Dil kya kare”.
7. Asha Bhosle
Another well-known name is the Hindi cinema is Asha Bhosle sister to the all-time great singer Lata Mangeshkar . She is one of the recognized playback singer a career that has spanned for six decades.to understand why she is in this list she has done playback singing for over 1000+ Bollywood movies and recorded several private albums of her own. She has sung in over 20 languages and in addition she is the most recorded artist in music history a recognition by Guinness Book of Records. All through her career she has won 7 Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards, honoured with Padma Vibhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Award by the government of India among other numerous awards.
6. Udit Narayan
You can get his songs mostly featured in Bollywood movies. He is one of the best Bollywood playback singers in history. Due to his achievements and prowess in film industry the government of India has awarded his with Padma Shri in 2009, Padma Bhushan 2016 among other awards. The man has sung over 30,000 songs in over 36 languages.
5. Shreya Ghoshal
Another legendry playback singer of Indian cinema to date is Shreya Ghoshal who is the first Indian singer her figure in wax form is found in Madame Tussauds Museum. Ghoshal career in music started at a tender age of four and today that love for music has earned her 6 Filmfare Awards, 9 Filmfare Awards South for Best Female Playback Singer, 4 National Film Awards among other major awards. Apart from Indian recognition she has also been recognised by House of Commons of the United Kingdom, and US state of Ohio. Some of her music albums are Krishna Bina Ache Ke (2007), Mukhor Porag (2000). She is also in 2017 list of Forbes top 100 celebrities in India
4. Kishore Kumar
Though he is no longer on the face of the earth Kishore Kumar was among the most successful Indian playback singers in the Hindi film industry. He was also an actor, lyricist and a screen writer. Before his death in 1987 Kumar has won 8 Filmfare Awards for Best Male Playback Singer a record he holds to date in that category. He was too good in his talent that he received “Lata Mangeshkar Award” and an award was also established under his name called “Kishore Kumar Award”.
3. Sonu Nigam
Sonu Nigam is a singer and an actor as well. He is among the highly paid Indian singers and one of the most popular. Most of his songs are featured in Kannada and Hindi. Most of the songs he has recorded are romantic songs, patriotic songs, pop, rock and sad songs. Some of his songs are “Cheluve Yeke Bande”, “Titanic Heroine nee nanna cheluve”, “Kannale Kannale”, “Trini Ladki”, “I Wanna Go”, “Indian Levels” among others. His most recent awards are 2017 Haryana Gaurav Samman by Haryana Government, Government of India, 2016 Lions Gold Award for Favourite Evergreen Singer jal best, 2015 Socialathon Person of the Year among others. His best film that made him popular is Mungaru Male (2006).
2. Lata Mangeshkar
She is one of the most respected, highly admired, and honoured Indian playback singers. She is also a music composer. Lata has sung songs for over a thousand movies and in over 36 Indian and foreign languages. The Guinness Book of Records has stated that Lata is the most recorded artist in music history with over 11000 solo songs in over 20 Indian languages. Most notable awards Lata Mangeshkar has been awarded are Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, among others.
1. Mohammad Rafi
Although he is no longer alive he was the most popular playback singer in Hindi film industry. He is a legend and an icon who will be remembered for his voice and versatility. Mohammad sung over 7000 songs and not only in Hindi languages but also in English, Dutch, Arabic, Farsi among others. Before his death he had received Padma Shri and 6 Filmfare Awards. Some of the most popular singers today such as Sonu Nigam, Udit Narayan, Mahendra Kapoor, Shreya Ghoshal among others were all influenced by Mohammad Rafi.
The above singers are the legends and the most notable icons who have made a mark in Bollywood history. They have earned these positions because the records, the achievements and the awards speak much about their legacies. As an upcoming artist learn from the above people and emulate them and one day your name might be stricken down as a legend in the hall of Fame just like these women and men.