The most celebrated music composer and singer A.R. Rahman needs no introduction. He started his own musical studio in the 1980s and bagged the Academy Award for best soundtrack for Slumdog Millionaire in 2008. His songs are indeed marvellous. Today, we will be looking back at some of his best works over the years.
1. URVASI URVASI
Let’s not forget that he also composed Tamil Songs. ‘Urvasi Urvasi’ is one of the most famous tamil soulful songs which became a chartbuster in contemporary Tamil music. The immense popularity of this song lead to the dubbed versions in Hindi.
2. DIL SE RE
“Dil Se Re’’ a song from the movie DIL SE… is composed by A.R. Rahman, penned by Gulzar and sung by A.R. Rahman, Anuradha Sriram and Anupama in chorus. This song is an absolute favourite. The kind of energy this song produce is unthinkable. This masterpiece not only got the 1999 Filmfare Award for The Best Music Director but was also awarded International Viewer’s Choice Award. We can see the reason why.
3. JAI HO
No list of Rahman songs would be complete without this outstanding song. The music gives you goosebumps. This 2008 hit song also won Rahman The Academy Award for Best Original Song. Below is the link to this powerful song sung by A.R. Rahman himself, Sukhwinder Singh, Vijay Shah and many others.
4. KEHNA HI KYA
This title track proves that A.R. Rahman is a living legend of music. K.S. Chitra’s sweet voice has done justice to the song and thus making it a hit. This is where Rahman distinguishes from his fellow composers.
5. HUMMA HUMMA
This is another unforgettable song from the movie Bombay. Though some of us don’t approve the remake of this song,but the old one has really some magic in its music. The magic of his tunes actually never fades away with time.
6. ROJA JAANEMAN
Sung by S.P. Balsubrahmanyam and Sujatha and obviously composed by A.R. Rahman “Roja Jaaneman” is an amazing song which will never get old.Old is Gold. The soothing music is enough to make anyone fall in love with the music he creates. Rahman here proves that he can create magic without using heavy instruments. Listen to it.
7. CHOTTI SI ASHA
From the movie ROJA this soundtrack won numerous prizes when released and was honored by TIME MAGAZINE in 2005 as one of the best soundtracks of all time.This song is quite inspiring. Thanks to Minmin’s soulful voice and Rahman’s brilliant composition.
8. CHAIYYA CHAIYYA
Does this song needs any introduction? Sung by Sapna Awasthi and Sukhwinder Singh this song is enjoyed by all the generations. The Tamil version of this song is ‘Thaiyaa Thaiyaa’. According to the BBC, people from 155 countries voted “ chaiyya chaiyya’ ninth in the top 10 songs. Isn’t this Great?
This song by A.R. Rahman and Naresh Iyer bagged IFFA Award for Best Male Playback Singer. This song will make anyone recall their best youthful days and holds a special place in our hearts. So,let’s relive the moment.
10. RANG DE BASANTI
Packed with Daler Mehndi and K.S. Chithra’s voice and composed by none other than the God of music A.R. Rahman, this song takes music on another level. The music provides a positive energy to anyone who listens to it.
11. MAA TUJHE SALAM
A.R. Rahman’s voice is so powerful that it still gives you goosebumps when you hear it. This has won the International Viewer’s Choice For MTV India. This song is enough to arouse the patriotism in you.
12. REHNA TU
Another memorable song by A.R. Rahman, Benny Dayal and Tanvi Shah. This is a smoothly flowing,romantic number. The music in the end is so soothing. Here’s the link to this amazing song.
13. TERE BINA
The soundtrack from 2007 Guru is an all time favourite song. This is a love ballad composed in Sufi style of music. Surely, Rahman knows how to mix all kinds of music to create magic in the hearts of the audience.
14. KUN FAYA KUN
A.R. Rahman, Javed Ali and Mohit Chauhan created an astounding song. The track won the Mirchi Music Awards for Song Representing Sufi Tradition. With the lyrics touching your soul,this song of A.R. Rahman can never grow old.
15. MAAHI VE
Another outstanding creation by him is so loved by youths today. The music and the lyrics will sooth your heart.
Rahman has always made his presence felt in the industry. It was quite difficult to make the list because every song by him is a favourite. These are some memorable songs. Obviously, there are many more hits by him. Please use the common section below and let us know which one is your favourite. Share your Views!
It is an outstanding writing and for me the most favourite songs are Tere Bina and Kehna hi Kiya these are most soothing songs and Maahi Be adds to the list as well because of the lyrics.
My most all time fav track is Tere bina from Guru!!!! Indeed A.R Rahman is an evergreen master piece in his genre
Quite good selection of Songs
Keep it up and bring on with some more like this
All the songs are beautiful
Thanks a lot ☺️
Best topic. Well written. My favourite song is Dil se re and maahi ve
Kehna hi kya is one my most favourite song .. A.R. Rahman’s music is completely out of the world.. it touches your soul❤.. Thank you for putting up such a beautiful article
Thank you so much. Means a lot to me. Indeed his songs are great
These are some of the songs which are in my ‘most favourite’ list and reading about them is as wonderful as listening to them!… Really liked the way you have brought them up together to make it an awesome read for all of us!😘♥️…..Keep it up!
Thank you so much Aditi. Much love. 🥰
A R Rehman is undoubtedly the best of the best as far as Bollywood songs are concerned.
Really loved how you managed to mention most of his great works in a brief yet a descriptive manner. Keep writing. Proud of you.
Thanks. Means a lot