When we talk of male playback singing in the 90s, only one man comes to mind – the outstanding Kumar Sanu. His association with Nadeem-Shravan turned out to be a deadly combo as they gave some of the most popular and memorable songs of the 90s.
Today in 2013, even after so many years, we still find Hindi music lovers listening to evergreen Kumar Sanu songs from ‘Aashiqui’, ‘Saajan’, ‘Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahin’ or ‘Phir Teri Kahaani Yaad Aayi’ all around the world. There is a dearth of such nostalgic songs today and the focus has shifted to big item numbers like Munni, Sheila, Dhinka Chika, Chikni Chameli or Fevicol.
Quite understandably music sales have also declined considerably as compared to 90s. Of course, Internet explosion has led to privacy, but there has also been a steady decline in quality of music this decade.
Enjoy the Top 10 List of Best Kumar Sany song below.
1)Dheere Dheere Se Meri: ‘Aashiqui’ is arguably one of the best musical movies of Indian Cinema. Kumar Sanu single handedly carried the male playback section of this most successful musical album. All the songs of the movie are melodious compositions. Although Sanu bagged his first filmfare for the song ‘Ab Tere Bin’, my favorite song from this movie is ‘Dheere Dheere Se Meri’. This romantic melody makes you hum the song whenever you listen to it.
2)Tu Mile Dil Khile: This song from ‘Criminal’ is the best composition of M.M. Kreem till date. If the song is so pleasant to your ears, who cares that the instrumental at the beginning of the track is inspired from Enigma’s 1990 debut album MCMXC a.D. Kumar Sanu definitely had something in him during those days that he delivered everytime he sang.
3)Mera Dil Bhi Kitna: Sanu mesmerizes you with his sensational voice in this melody from ‘Saajan’ as he brings in the sense of longing and desire in this song. Sameer in lyrics and Nadeem-Sharavan in music department are completely in top form. Kumar Sanu won his second filmfare for this classic gem picturized on Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit.
4)Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (Title Song): So similar and traditional, yet so melodious. This title song of ‘Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahi’ is brilliantly rendered by Kumar Sanu and Anuradha Paudwal. The song is still able to create the magic with music lovers.
5)Tumhei Apna Banane Ki: ‘Sadak’ is yet another feather in the cap of Kumar Sanu and Nadeem Shravan who were the Kings of the pack during their golden years. This romantic tune excels well with Sameer’s lyrics and Kumar Sanu infused ever-lasting life to this song with his amazing vocals.
6)Ek Ladki To Dekha To: Sweet voice of Kumar Sanu, brilliant musical instrumentation of R.D.Burman and a feel good melody – what else you need in a song? Sanu received his record 5th Filmfare Award for this number from ‘1942 A Love Story’.
7)Oo Jaana Na Jaana: This infectious tune is composed by Jatin-Latin for ‘Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai’. The yoddling interlude vocals by Kumar Sanu, who is assisted by legendary Lata Mangeshkar, are addictive. The track is as beautiful as it is melodious and as romantic as it is nostalgic.
8)Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain: Nadeem-Shravan and Kumar Sanu came together for the nth time in 1997 for Pardes and created magic again. A very well composed mellow romantic song with just acoustic guitar playing throughout along with Sanu’s brilliant vocals.
9)The Chura Ke Dil Mera: This amazing composition from Anu Malik is one of the very few songs which manage to mix the melody and pop is appropriate proportions. Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik sang this super-hit song from ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ which is picturised brilliantly on Akshay Kumar and Shilpa Shetty.
10)Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyan: This mellow, melodious and semi-classical number from ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ is composed by talented ‘Ismail Darbar’. Kumar Sanu and Kavitha Krishnamoorthy convey a plethora of emotions through their vocals in this track filmed on Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai.
The list of Kumar Sanu’s memorable songs is endless and the above Top 10 list is just a small preview. Other notable numbers are Sochenge Tumhei Pyaar (Deewana, Filmfare), Ye Kaali Kaali (Baazigar, Filmfare), Tujhe Dekha To (DDLJ), Tere Dar Par Sanam (Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayi), Humko Sirf Tumse (Barsaat), Chuda Ke Daaman (Imtihaan), Ladki Badi Anjaani (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai), Kitna Pyaar Tumhei (Ek Ladka Ek Ladki), Dil Kehta Hai (Akele Hum Akele Tum), Tu Dharti Mei (Jeet), Ek Din Aap (Yes Boss), Jab Koi Baat (Jurm), Tujhe Na Dekhoon (Rang) and many more..
Do let us know about your favorite Kumar Sanu’s songs in the comments sections below.
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Abhishek Sharma tweets @abhu_sharma