Just like the different and unique culture of India the music and musicians are also very different and unique from anywhere else in the world. In this rapidly changing music industry, Bollywood is the home of some of the most talented artists in the world, be it actors, singers, music directors, writers or directors. The Hindi film industry has given the world some of the best singers, who will always be remembered for their melodious voice and immense talent. They are known for their best work in both the Bollywood and Classical Indian Music.
Here is the list of top 15 melodious singers of India ever
1. Lata Mangeshkar
Topping the list of the most melodious singers in Bollywood ever is the Queen of Melody, none other than the legendary Lata Mangeshkar. Born on 28th September, 1929, this great singer has been contributing to the industry for decades and can still give her voice to some of the youngest actresses till now. She has been honored with national honors like Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan, besides being the most commercially successful Bollywood singer ever.
2. Mohammad Rafi
This great singer was born on 24th December, 1924 and has made an unforgettable impact on Bollywood, giving some timeless melodies like Baharon Phool Barsao and Likhe jo Khat Tujhe. He has voiced over for almost all actors during the sixties and seventies, till he died in 1980.
3. Kishore Kumar
Next on the list of most melodious singers in Bollywood ever is the versatile singer Kishore Kumar, who was also a well known actor. He will always be remembered for songs like Kuch to Log Kahenge, Ek Ajnabrr si Haseena and Mere Sapno ki Rani. This talented singer with a touching voice died on 13th October, 1987.
4. Asha Bhosale
Featuring next on this list is another talented singer Asha Bhosale, who is the sister of Lata Mangeshkar, who was born on 8th September, 1933. Besides giving some of the most sensuous songs in Bollywood, Asha has also given some highly successful music albums. She was married to the hit music director R D Burman.
5. Sonu Nigam
One of the most successful male playback singers in Bollywood is Sonu Nigam, who was born on 30th July 1973. He has given some of the biggest hits to Bollywood, including Kal Ho Na Ho, Suraj Hua Madham, etc, in addition to making some hit albums of his own.
Another Bollywood singer, known for his melodious voice is Mukesh, whose forte was sad songs. Still, he was a versatile singer, who gained immense popularity in Bollywood on account of his distinctive voice. This singer reached great heights during the seventies.
7. Alka Yagnik
One of the most well known faces on the Bollywood playback singing scene is that of the melodious singer Alka Yagnik. Born on 20th March 1966, this talented and naturally blessed singer gave some big hits in the nineties, paired with Kumar Sanu and Udit Naryan.
8. Mahendra Kapoor
Mahendra Kapoor, the man with the golden voice, ruled the hearts of thousands of Bollywood fans because of his great voice, which bore a close resemblance to that of Rafi. Bur it was unfortunate for him to be categorized as a high pitched singer only. However, he got great recognition for his memorial songs.
9. Udit Narayan
Featuring next on the list is the ever smiling singer Udit Narayan, who was amongst the most popular singers during the nineties. He gave tough competition to Kumar Sanu and was known for his silken voice as well as great versatility.
10. Shreya Ghoshal
Currently, Shreya Ghoshal is ruling the Hindi film industry with her melodious voice and great versatility. She is a brilliant singer, who has given some of the biggest hit songs of the present times.
11. Kumar Sanu
In the year 1993, by recording 28 songs in a day, Kumar Sanu broke the Gunniess World Record of recording the most songs in a day. He is one of the most popular singers from 90’s who is also known as India’s leading playback singer. Kumar Sanu has also able to show the world that he is the best after receiving the Filmfare Awards for Best Playback Singer (Male) continuously for the five times. Some of this most popular songs are “Ab Tere Bin Jee Lenge Hum,” “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh,” “Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen,” and “Tujhe Dekha To Yeh Jaana Sanam.”
12. K. J. Yesudas
Known for his work as a leading playback singer and a classical Indian Musician Kattassery Joseph Yesudas (K. J. Yesudas) has recorded more than 41000 songs in his career. His voice suits the best for the classic songs, and he has songs in many different languages including Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Oriya, Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi, Russian, Tulu, Arabic, Latin, and English as well. The only language that he didn’t try singing is Assamese and Kashmiri. He started his career in early 60’s as a leading playback singer in Kollywood. Though by the mid of 70’s he was able to make a breakthrough in the Bollywood.
He started his career by performing in concerts and TV. To make his name in the industry in sang for several TV shows and also recorded a successful ghazal album. Abshaar-e-Ghazal is one of the most popular Gazal album by Hariharan that recorded with Asha Bhonsle. The album went to hit the double Platinum sale and also helped the Hariharan receive the Diva Award for the Best Album of the Year in 1994.
14. K.S. Chithra
Born into a family of musicians on July 27, 1963, Chithra started his practice to become one of the best singers at an early age. Her father, the late Krishnan Nair was her mentor and first teacher. In 1978 she was selected for the National Talent Search Scholarship that was offered by the Central Government. During this time she becomes the part of playback singing in Malayalam. M.G. Radhakrishnan was the one to introduce her to the Malayalam Playback Singing in 1979. She first made to the Tamil film industry and received the fame. After that, she becomes what she always wanted to become, one of the best singers in India.
15. Anuradha Paudwal
Born on 1952 in Karwar in the state of Karnataka, India, Anuradha Paudwal is one of the most successful playback singers of Bollywood in 1990’s. She received her first Filmfare award when she was unmarried in 1986, after that she listed her name in the history by receiving the award for the best singer for three years continuously. She started her career at the age of 19 by singing a Sanskrit shloka in movie Abhimaan.