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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  • first of all i wanna reply to the person who said who is KK… bro u dnt knw anythng about music.. u just a crazy fan of some singer.. its lik people alwz praise sachin and forgets rahul.. respect all singers.. nw about KK.. if u checkout his songs.. he has given more number of chartbusters than the great sonu nigam.. with due respect sonu nigam is a damn gud singer but when versatility comes KK is one step above.. he is a underated singer thats people lik u dont knw abt this vocal.. well i cnt compare him with sonu.. coz sonu sir is god in classical singing.. but tht doesnt keep KK out of this league.. thing wht matters is whether he has touched million hearts or not.. rahat is a too gud singer in his genere.. mika too.. neeraj too.. KK nd mohit got variety.. thts keeps them versatile.. mohit nt tht much.. but stil he hs variety.. ;-)

  • dont compare kishore nd KK with anyone.bcoz they had no initial training.they could or can sing all songs like romantic,sad,rock…KK is the best rocker in the world.he sings with his soul.he is hit factory..yaaron,pyar k pal,tadap tadap,tu aurhiquin hai,awarapan banjarapan,maine dil se kaha,sohniye,zara sa,zara sa power ballad,bas ek pal,beete lamhe,meri tamanna,ajab si,alvida,o meri jaan,main khuda,mere bina,ha tu hain,kya mujhe pyar hai,aksar,tujhe soochta hoon,pooch ta hai maan ye tera (red alert,)

  • abhi abhi,tum ho mera pyar,javeedan hai is much great than any song of 1920 evil returns.laapata,are are are,khabon khabon..guzaris,zhareli raatein,make some noise,rafta rafta nd hit rock kaffir andhere.kya mujhe pyar hai is the 3rd most downloaded song of this september.1st lata ji ka gana.KK is KK .his songs love most of the people bt they dont know his name.

  • K.K IS , WAS , ND WILL B THE BEST N GREATEST SINGER EVER…..

    IF PPL SAY TAT SONU Z A VRY GUD CLASSICAL SINGER ….THEN WAT THEY SAY Z CORRECT……ND K.K MYT NOT B GUD AT CLASSICAL …….BUT ASK SONU TO SING ROCK…..HANDS DOWN HE CANT…..WHICH K.K CAN EASILY CROON COZ HE HAS HIS ROOTS IN ROCK………
    IF U TALK BOUT VERSATILITY K.K HAS SUNG EVERYTHING…..BE IT ROCK,CLASSICAL,JAZZ, GHAZAL,FOLK,HIP HOP,LATINO STYLE,COUNTRY ETC ETC……..U CAN SAY HE HAS THE BEST FALSETTO AFTER THE LEGEND KISHORE KUMAR(K.K)……WHOM HE CONSIDERS HIS IDOL….. K.K is underrated coz “Aajkal party walon ka, marketing walon ka zamana hai”……..

    My love for K.K

    The way you treat your admirers is amazing and we all love you so much and never will be able to say Thank You enough! When I hear your sweet, melodious, velvety voice, I forget everything else in the world. I feel that your singing is going to my heart directly and flowing through my bloodstream in every vein. I wish I could hear your “Awaarapan Banjaarapan” while leaving this world. When I think of you most of the time during leisure hours, my friends get cheesed off. But I can’t help it. I wish at least in the next birth, I would be your son and hear your voice straight from the heart resting my head on your “Dil”

    .Despite being such a major star, you possess an extremely humble nature and refined personality. Your renditions are never tinged or corrupted by those telltale tones of the arrogance that creeps into some of the worlds most accomplished performers who cannot help flaunting their accomplishments in their performing style. Your singing style is never exhibitionistic. The spirit of one-upmanship is refreshingly absent in your attitude. Such is the luster of your repertoire that you have the gift of making us feel each song has been sung for us. It’s no wonder that we stand faithfully by you side and literally worship you! I know that you feel that the biggest award and reward is our love and adulation.

    I would like to conclude by jotting down the celebrities who consider you as their favorite singer.They are Richa Sharma, Parthiv Gohil, Mitali Chaudhary, Usha Uthup, Roop Kumar Rathod, Onir, Aditi Singh Sharma, Priyanka Chopra, Bhupen Hazarika, Dr.Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Hrithik Roshan, Emraan Hashmi, Pritam Chakraborthy, Nouman Javaid, Javed Ali, Sunidhi Chauhan, Kunal Ganjawala, Leslie Lewis, Ismail Darbar, Mahesh Bhatt, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosale,Kumar Sanu etc . The list is very long and I can continue till the end. All your songs are a part of me but Zara Si is what I can listen in repeats everyday 24/7 without any gap. It’s strange that I get Goose pimples whenever I hear to this particular number of yours always. Love you very much and keep entertaining us forever.

  • pahele rahat ji 1st possition me the.ab KK ki pari.12 pm to 6pm KK is growing .nd rahat ali is decreasing.pehele o 1st the bcoz humara KKthemesimerizer group ka logone ye nehi jante the.ab jan gae.to suru hua kayamat

  • KK is simply matchless. No any other singer can sing as high notes as KK can. He is the king of Indian music. He is a living legend. I wish to hear his new songs more often. KK rocks!!

  • KK is Out of d World…
    What a Crystle Clear Voice.
    No1 can taken his plce…
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  • This note is specially for those who are not fans of KK n for those who dont know KK. KK(Krishna Kumar Kunnath)
    – The Best Singer Of Bollywood
    Always ROcKs!
    Really u hv forgotten his all awesome songs??
    Here is my current playlist of}KK{-sOnGs sorted by my feelings in my phone. If u listen these all songs of KK, then dafenately u ll be crazy abt him. Just give attention on his singing one time, if u hv a little sense of music n singing, dafenately u ll become his fan. KK -The Singing Sansational
    My current playlist of}KK{-sOnGs excepting hissome other awsm sngs is given below- -Kaafir Andhere
    -Ishq Main Tere Bina
    -Kahaani(Male)
    -Laapata
    -Abhi Abhi(Jism2)
    – Jannatein Jahaan
    – Tujhe Sochta Hoon
    – Tum Kahaan Ho
    – Abhi Abhi Dil Toota Hai
    – Tu Mujhe Soch Kabhi
    – Ae Bekhabar
    – Guzaarish
    – Bas Ek Pal
    – Mujhe Kuchh Kehna Hai
    – Tadap Tadap Ke
    – Maine Dil Se Kahaa
    – Bheege Naina
    – Tere Is Jahaan Mein
    – Deewangee
    – Awarapan
    – Barham Hain Hum
    – Alvida
    – Duniya Ne Dil Toda
    – Dil Ibaadat Kar Raha Hai
    – O Meri Jaan
    – Allah Beli
    – Chalte Jaana Hai
    – Allah Hafiz
    – Aashaayen
    – Aap Ki Dua
    – Cineraria
    – Tu Hi Meri Shab
    – Mere Brother ki Dulhan
    – Luk Chhup Jana
    – Humko Pyaar Hua
    – Aksar
    – Shukriya
    – Zara Sa
    – Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar
    – I Am In Love
    – Tum Ho Mera Pyaar
    – Khuda Jaane
    – Ishq Hothon Se
    – Tere Naam Se
    – Aankhon Mein Teri
    – Zindagi Do Pal Ki
    – O Saathiya
    – Soniye
    – Tu Ashiqi Hai
    – Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai
    Kaun kehta hai ki KK sir ke songs sun ke neend aati hai??
    mai jab unke songs sunta hu toh mujhe toh neend hi nahi aati hai Lol.. kyun ki mai paagal hone lagta hu unki singing pe.. Fir dimaag me ek sawaal aane lagta hai ki KYA BANAYA HAI TU NE BHAGWAAN IS INSAAN KO?? Just Amazing,
    He is Awesome, Mindblowing, Great,Best, The Mesmerizer,
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  • One of my heart breaker singer..KK KK IS the best..his voice is unique can be call as voice of GOD. He can put any sng in high pitch where other singer could nt..

  • K.K IS , WAS , ND WILL B THE BEST N GREATEST SINGER EVER…..

    IF PPL SAY TAT SONU Z A VRY GUD CLASSICAL SINGER ….THEN WAT THEY SAY Z CORRECT……ND K.K MYT NOT B GUD AT CLASSICAL …….BUT ASK SONU TO SING ROCK…..HANDS DOWN HE CANT…..WHICH K.K CAN EASILY CROON COZ HE HAS HIS ROOTS IN ROCK………
    IF U TALK BOUT VERSATILITY K.K HAS SUNG EVERYTHING…..BE IT ROCK,CLASSICAL,JAZZ, GHAZAL,FOLK,HIP HOP,LATINO STYLE,COUNTRY ETC ETC……..U CAN SAY HE HAS THE BEST FALSETTO AFTER THE LEGEND KISHORE KUMAR(K.K)……WHOM HE CONSIDERS HIS IDOL….. K.K is underrated coz “NOWADAYZ ITS MARKETING N PR WHICH CLICKS THE MOST”……..

    My love for K.K

    The way you treat your admirers is amazing and we all love you so much and never will be able to say Thank You enough! When I hear your sweet, melodious, velvety voice, I forget everything else in the world. I feel that your singing is going to my heart directly and flowing through my bloodstream in every vein. I wish I could hear your “Awaarapan Banjaarapan” while leaving this world. When I think of you most of the time during leisure hours, my friends get cheesed off. But I can’t help it. I wish at least in the next birth, I would be your son and hear your voice straight from the heart resting my head on your “Dil”

    .Despite being such a major star, you possess an extremely humble nature and refined personality. Your renditions are never tinged or corrupted by those telltale tones of the arrogance that creeps into some of the worlds most accomplished performers who cannot help flaunting their accomplishments in their performing style. Your singing style is never exhibitionistic. The spirit of one-upmanship is refreshingly absent in your attitude. Such is the luster of your repertoire that you have the gift of making us feel each song has been sung for us. It’s no wonder that we stand faithfully by you side and literally worship you! I know that you feel that the biggest award and reward is our love and adulation.

    I would like to conclude by jotting down the celebrities who consider you as their favorite singer.They are Richa Sharma, Parthiv Gohil, Mitali Chaudhary, Usha Uthup, Roop Kumar Rathod, Onir, Aditi Singh Sharma, Priyanka Chopra, Bhupen Hazarika, Dr.Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Hrithik Roshan, Emraan Hashmi, Pritam Chakraborthy, Nouman Javaid, Javed Ali, Sunidhi Chauhan, Kunal Ganjawala, Leslie Lewis, Ismail Darbar, Mahesh Bhatt, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosale,Kumar Sanu etc . The list is very long and I can continue till the end. All your songs are a part of me but Zara Si is what I can listen in repeats everyday 24/7 without any gap. It’s strange that I get Goose pimples whenever I hear to this particular number of yours always. Love you very much and keep entertaining us forever.

  • Only KK…
    sonu shaan atif rahat etc are just sing one type song only..
    KK is best than all other singers.. KK has awesome clear fresh soulful voice..
    KK Rules..!!

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