Best Male Singers in Bollywood: Top 5

The trend of male playback singing has changed quite significantly over the years. Gone are the days when singers were known as the voices of actors on screen. Kishore Kumar for Rajesh Khanna and Dev Anand, Mukesh for Raj Kapoor, Mohd Rafi for Shammi Kapoor, Dharmendra and so on.

It was history when every second Bollywood popular song was sung by either Kumar Sanu or Udit Narayan. With the evolution of internet, the music industry was adversely impacted as the demand for music cassettes or CDs declined drastically.

As a result, music directors are trying out new voices today with huge success. The long race horse is very difficult to determine but there are quite a few who have managed to grab the attention of avid listeners. Quality masters Sonu Nigam and Shaan have understandably become selective about their work. Also we get to hear voices of multi-talented guys like A.R. Rahman, Himesh Reshammiya, Farhan Akhtar, Vishal Dadlani, Adnan Sami, Lucky Ali, Daler Mehandi, Wajid and Shankar Mahadevan mostly in their own albums (movies) only. Atif Aslam, Benny Dayal, Kunal Ganjawala, Shahid Mallya, Shafqat Amanat Ali and Ash King have also been impressive in their outings and have shown a lot of promise.

Here goes my list of the Top 5 singers who are worthy contenders for the most popular male playback voice today:

1. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan:

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Trained by his legendary uncle, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat debuted with a masterpiece ‘Laagi tumse mann ki lagan’ from the movie Paap. There was no looking back since, as he has sung a number of unbelievably sweet renditions over the last few years. Some of my personal favorites are Main Jahaan Rahoon, Jiya Dhadak Dhadak, Jag Soona Soona Laage, Bol Na Halke Halke, Teri Ore, Tere Mast Mast Do Nain, Surili Akhiyon Wale, Teri Meri Prem Kahani and the list goes on. The songs have been loved, acclaimed and appreciated by one and all. He is, arguably, the most popular and loved voice of the generation. Hope to see a lot more of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in the near future.

2. Mohit Chauhan:

Mohit Chauhan

Mohit Chauhan

Mohit Chauhan created waves in the Indipop music with ‘Dooba Dooba’ of Silk Route band way back in 1998. It took him 9 years to wait for his mainstream Bollywood success with Tum Se Hi from Jab We Met. Since then his unique ‘dard bhari aawaaz’ has been heard in many famous romantic ballads. His chartbuster songs are Massakali, Pee Loon, Tujhe Bhula Diya, Kahin Na laage mann, Ye Dooriyan, Tune Jo Na kaha, Pehli Baar Mohabbat Ki hai, Phir Se Ud Chala, Sadda Haq and the most recent Saiyaara. The magic is expected to continue as he has some very exciting projects in the pipeline.

3. K K:

K K

K K

KK has got arguably the most versatile voice amongst all the singers of this age. Just imagine, the voice of most recent ‘Laapata’ from Ek Tha Tiger is the same voice which we heard almost 13 years ago in ‘Tadap Tadap’ from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. He has given his silken touch to many classic and popular numbers like Sach Keh Raha hai Deewana, Tu Aashiqui hai, It’s the time to disco, Bas Ek Pal, Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai, Alvida, Aankhon mein teri ajab si, Khuda Jaane, Dil Ibadat, Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai, Zindagi Do Pal Ki and many more. The freshness of the voice has remained the same during all these years. Commendable!

4. Mika Singh:

Mika Singh

Mika Singh

With his unique, entertaining and energetic voice, Mika has belted out many chartbusters in Bollywood movies. His listeners are always dancing to his tracks irrespective of their age and nationality. Amongst a wide catalog of smash hits, the prominent ones remain Singh Is King , Mauja Hi Mauja, Ibn-e-Batuta, Dhanno, Dhin Chika, Desi Beat, Subah Hone Na De Pungi , Ganpat, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Dil Mein Baji Guitaar, Jugni, Ban Gaya Kutta and the recent hit Chinta ta Chita Chita. His success has made him one of the most sought after singers today.

5. Neeraj Shridhar:

Neeraj Shridhar

Neeraj Shridhar

He is the lead vocalist of the rock group Bombay Vikings and became an household name with remix hits like Kya Soorat Hai, Woh Chali and Chod Do Aanchal. The super success of Hare Rama Hare Krishna from the movie Bhool Bhulaiyaa in 2007 made him one of the hottest male playback singers in the industry. Since then he has given many hit dance numbers most of them composed by Pritam Chakraborty. His superhit numbers include Race Saanson ki, Love Mera Hit Hit, Aai Paapi, Soniyo, Chor Bazaari, Aahun Aahun, Twist, Character Dheela, Pappa Jag Jaayega, Pappa to Band Bajaye, Jhak Maar ke, Prem Ki Naiyya and the most recent Tumhi Ho Bandhu from Cocktail.

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353 Comments

  • Hi Indicine , great to c a posting on Playback Singers. U guys have the best understanding about nerves of public than any other bolly sites. Kudos

    I have a question- Despite the immense popularity and talent of Sonu Nigam, why he doesn’t get the songs and why these Music Directors degrade the quality of songs by using ‘CHALTAU’ singers. What has happened to music industry.

    For me Sonu Nigam is the best any day and like millions of fan of him.. would like to listen him much more. We wish if you can do something. Thanks.




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  • KK is best there is no comparison.. no one can make variation as he makes in his singing,,he can sing any kind of medley with his majestic voice..he becomes too melancholic in sad songs and he brings a lot of power in rock songs as well..,




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  • its a shame ,,, sonu nigam was, is and will be no 1 singer of bollywood for a long time..
    its so surprising not to see sonu nigam in the list..its sucks… though sonu is singing very few songs these days.. his one song surpasses 100 songs of so called rahat, mohit mika
    sonu nigam rocks . the most versatile singer of bollywood




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  • I think KK is not only the best among these 5 singers, but also better than Sonu Nigam and Shaan. He vocal range is infinity, he is king of all scales. He can easily sing lowest of lowest and highest of highest notes. Now a days he is doing a lot of concerts, but he still is underrated. He is not very popular that’s why doesn’t have many fans, but he is the most versatile singer, India has ever had. He is best singer of 21st century.

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  • You rock KK Sir. You’re the best singer in the universe. Hope to hear more of your songs in the near future. Among your recent songs, I love Abhi Abhi (jism 2) and Tujhe sochta hoon (Jannat 2). Your latest song Jaavedaan Hai is also superb!




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