Best Female Singers in Bollywood: Top 5

It would not be wrong to state that the history of Bollywood Female Playback singing has been scripted mostly because of two legendary sisters – Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle. Both have mesmerized millions with their melodious voice in their singing careers spanning over six decades. Lata held the Guinness Books of World Record for the Most Recorded artist in the music industry which was overtaken by Asha in 2011. 80s and 90s saw the dominance of Alka Yagnik, Anuradha Paudwal, Kavitha Krishnamurthy and Sadhana Sargam. Alka continued to be the leading female playback winning 7 out of a record 35 nominations of Filmfare Awards in her illustrious career. Alisha Chinoy managed a successful playback singing career along with her simultaneous pop album releases.

There are few talented voices today that are carrying the legacy of Bollywood Female Playback singing forward. Here goes my list of top 5 singers who are worthy contenders of the most popular female playback voice today:

Shreya Ghoshal1. Shreya Ghoshal: The girl with the golden voice, Shreya Ghoshal’s career began when she won the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contest as an adult. Sanjay Leela Bhansali spotted her and made her the voice of Aishwarya Rai in Devdas. Since then there is no looking back for this girl, who is now amongst the cream of Bollywood Music Industry. Her voice is extremely melodious, soothing to ears and soft as silk. Her best songs are Bairi Piya, Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai, Teri Ore, Piyu Bole, Barso Re, Pal Pal Har Pal, Ye Ishq Haaye, Agar Tum Mil Jao, Noor E Khuda, Teri Meri Prem Kahani and the sensual Ooh La La.

 

2. Sunidhi Chauhan: Sunidhi Chauhan, much like Ghoshal, won recognition through a television singing contest Meri Aawaz Suno. Her Sunidhi Chauhanbreakthrough was Ram Gopal Varma’s film Mast, in which she sang the hit song Ruki Ruki Si Zindagi. Since then Sunidhi has turned into a HIT machine with almost all her songs becoming chartbusters. Going by the success of her fast paced songs, she has been labeled as the Queen of Item Numbers. But she showed her versatility in Kaisi Paheli from Parineeta. Amongst a wide catalog of smash hits, the prominent ones remain Mehboob Mere, Deedaar De, Dhoom Title Track, Dance Pe Chance, Beedi Jalayi Le, Challiya, Aisa Jaadoo, Chor Bazaari, Crazy Kiya Re, Mere Haath Mein, Ainvayi Ainvayi, Sheila Ki Jawani and the recent Ishq Sufiyana.

 

Rekha Bhardwaj3. Rekha Bhardwaj: Rekha Bhardwaj is known for her distinctive style of singing. Rekha is not a regular Bollywood Playback singer and that is pretty evident from her body of work. Acclaimed Director Vishal Bhardwaj’s wife, she got her due recognition with the song ‘Namak Ishq Ka’ from Omkara. She has a great voice and her power to emote through her voice is immense. We don’t get to listen to her more often as much as we would like to, but she always comes up with brilliant, Soul Soothing songs. Her best numbers are Genda Phool, Ranjha Ranjha, Darling, Raat Ke Dhai Baje and Badi Dheere Jaali.

 

Richa Sharma4. Richa Sharma:Richa is a devotional singer as well along with Bollywood playback singer and hence she brings the authentic Sufi touch to her renditions. She sings from her heart and it can be felt in all her numbers. She got recognition with Ni Main samajh gayi from Taal but her first biggest hit was ‘Maahi Ve’ from Kaante. Her ‘Sajda’ from My Name is Khan fetched her lot of acclaim. Her other famous songs are Baghban, Dil Mile Bina, Billo Rani, Zor Ka Jhatka and Kal Ho Na Ho(sad).

 

Anushka Manchanda5. Anushka Manchanda: Anushka gained popularity when she emerged as a winner of the Indian television talent show, Coke [V] Popstars in 2002, and formed the first Indian pop girl band, named Viva. After that she got to work as VJ for Channel V. Sassy, Spunky and Sexy – that would pretty much sum up the personality of this Rock star and it shows in her songs also. Her First Big song was ‘Golmaal’ from the film by the same name and that song became the soul of the film. She has been delivering foot tapping numbers one after the other. The only thing is that she needs to experiment and present herself as a versatile singer. Her top songs are Tu Saala, Naughty Naughty, Apna Har Din, Dum Maaro Dum and Ek Main aur Ek Tu.

So tell us, who’s the most popular voice of today. Vote Now!

Article by Abhishek Sharma

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  • In my views,1.sunidhi,2.shreya3.silpa rao,4.monali thakur,5.rekha bharadwaz….we sholudnt compare sunidhi with any one as she is a singer of a unique style..lataji has also considered her as the best.




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  • Sunidhi has a voice of his own kind which suits for both slow and pop song..no singer can sing sila ki jawani like her..but many singer can sing like sreya eg-tulsi kumar,monali thakur….so sunidhi is unique…the legendry lataji also told her as the best singer of this time..she is best no doubts..




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  • Sreya is swtest singer whose voice is so cute..bt voice of sunidhi is too energetic,stylis and unique..so she has her own kind of singing..he can sing slow song also like bhage re man,mere hath mein,ishq sufiyana,bin tere,te amo…but i thing sreya singing matches 2 all the playback singer of bollywood like anuradha paduwal…but sunidhi is best in his own styl,so ma vote goes 2 sunidhi.,




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  • aji sherya ji ke aage to saare fike hai i love sherya ji
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    sherya sherya sherya sherya I love Your Voice…………




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  • All of them have unique voice…
    My most fav songs are:
    1) Sunidhi C – Mast, Chor bazari, ishq sufiyana, dance pe chance, aa khusi se khut khusi karle, disco deewane, hottie naughty, bin tere, race and the list goes on…she is my most fav!!
    2) shreya G – Teri ore, radha, bahara, lejja lejja re, saathiya and many more
    3)Neha Bhasin – Dhunkiii, kuch khas, dil ki hai tamanna, ishq risk remix
    4)Shilpa Rao – Jazba, Nain parindey, khuda jaane…
    5)Kavita Seth – Tumhi ho bandu and Iktara
    6)Anushka M – Apna har din, by the way, tu shala
    7) Monali thakur – khwab dekhe, anjaana anjaani, zara zara, touch me..

    Also Rekha V, Richa Sharma, munni badnam singer, Tulsi kumar, palak munchal, Neeti mohan, Harshdeep kaur, and many more




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  • I think shreya is continuing the generation of lataji,kavita,anuradha,alka,but sunidhi is best in her own singing….silpa is also a wonderful singer….




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  • SUNIDHI CHAUHAN IS THE ROCK & POP SINGER & I ALSO BECOME GROWN UP SINGER LIKE SUNIDHI CHAUHAN I HOPE MAIN EK DIN SINGER JARUR BANUNGY.




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  • No Sunidhi, no palak, no shilpa, no richa… One and only SHREYA GHOSHAL…. She has a suprb and sweetst voice quality… No one is able to match her voice… Every one of the list is besuri… But nt shreya… She is the lata of this tym… Sunidhi is very besuri singer… She has no voice uniqueness… Always sings rocking typ songs…. Palak muchhal,sunidhi chauhan antra mitra, richa, shilpa rao, shalmili, who r these singers… Singers or nt… They r nt singers… Jst entertainer… Shreya ghoshal only deserves to be the best female playback singer… East or west shreya ghoshal is the best…




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  • Shreya is the best

    It would not be wrong to state that the history of Bollywood Female Playback singing has been scripted mostly because of two legendary sisters – Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle. Both have mesmerized millions with their melodious voice in their singing careers spanning over six decades. Lata held the Guinness Books of World Record for the Most Recorded artist in the music industry which was overtaken by Asha in 2011. 80s and 90s saw the dominance of Alka Yagnik, Anuradha Paudwal, Kavitha Krishnamurthy and Sadhana Sargam. Alka continued to be the leading female playback winning 7 out of a record 35 nominations of Filmfare Awards in her illustrious career. Alisha Chinoy managed a successful playback singing career along with her simultaneous pop album releases.

    There are few talented voices today that are carrying the legacy of Bollywood Female Playback singing forward. Here goes my list of top 5 singers who are worthy contenders of the most popular female playback voice today:

    1. Shreya Ghoshal: The girl with the golden voice, Shreya Ghoshal’s career began when she won the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contest as an adult. Sanjay Leela Bhansali spotted her and made her the voice of Aishwarya Rai in Devdas. Since then there is no looking back for this girl, who is now amongst the cream of Bollywood Music Industry. Her voice is extremely melodious, soothing to ears and soft as silk. Her best songs are Bairi Piya, Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai, Teri Ore, Piyu Bole, Barso Re, Pal Pal Har Pal, Ye Ishq Haaye, Agar Tum Mil Jao, Noor E Khuda, Teri Meri Prem Kahani and the sensual Ooh La La.




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