Unforgettable AR Rahman Songs

When we first heard the sound track of Roja, we knew that the winds of change are blowing by. And they took the Indian music scene by storm. It’s been over two decades since then and AR Rahman has never failed to bring out impressive and mesmerizing music tracks. He has created a distinct style of music and has been enthralling people the world over with his brand of music and is rightly and fondly called the Mozart of Madras. He has redefined contemporary Indian film music and has put Indian music on the global map.

Today we bring to you some of his greatest hit numbers… Sit back and enjoy the medley of Unforgettable AR Rahman Songs…

  1. Roja Jaaneman – Roja (1992)

Roja marked the entry of A R Rahman in the Hindi music scene, and what a entry it was! The songs of Roja are soulful and romantic and  continue to haunt lovers!  Sung by SP Balasubrahmanyam and Sujatha, Roja Jaaneman is one of the romantic hits of A R Rahman!

  1. Sadda Haq – Rockstar (2011)

This song has a powerful set of lyrics with a rebellious tone and has become the anthem of the youth. Sung by Mohit Chauhan, Clinton Cerejo and Orianthi on Guitars, this wonderful song is penned by Irshad Kamil and picturized on Ranbir Kapoor.

  1. Ishq Bina Kya Jeena – Taal – (1999)

All the songs of Taal, right from the title track, Ishq Bina or Kahi Aag Lage have been hit which made this Aishwarya Rai, Anil Kapoor, Akshay Khanna -starrer a musical hit too. Ishq Bina Kya Jeena is sung by Anuradha Sriram, Sujatha, Sonu Nigam, A R Rahman and the lyrics are penned by Anand Bakshi.

  1. Jai Ho – Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Jai Ho was originally composed for Subhash Ghai’s film Yuvvraaj, starring Salman Khan, but the director felt the song to be “too subtle and soft” for inclusion in the film. And his loss was Danny Boyle’s gain. Jai Ho received an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 81st Academy Awards on 22 February 2009. It also received a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture during the 52nd Grammy Awards on 31 February 2010. The song features vocals from Sukhvinder Singh, Mahalaxmi Iyer and Vijay Prakash in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.

  1. Yeh Jo Des Hai – Swades (2004)

This is one song that will you give you goosebumps. Sung by A R Rahman himself, it’s a beautiful and emotionally charged patriotic song featuring  Shah Rukh Khan.

  1. Masakali – Delhi-6 (2009)

Delhi 6 has one of the best ever soundtracks from A R Rahman.  Dilli-6 is the title song of the movie which is über cool. Masakali  is an incredibly amazing song composed by A R Rahman with magnificent singing by Mohit Chauhan and lyrics penned by Prasoon Joshi.The song got overwhelming positive responses and won five Mirchi Music Awards including the Best Song of the Year Award.

  1. Roobaroo – Rang De Basanti (2006)

It is said that A R Rahman worked hard for almost 3 years to compose soulful music for this cult film.  All the songs like Paathshaala, Tu Bin Bataye, Khalbali, Luka Chupi, Roobaroo and the Rang De Basanti title track have topped the charts at that time. Sung by Naresh Iyer and Rahman himself, Roobaroo is a beautiful youthful song. Check it out here…

  1. Kehna Hi Kya – Bombay (1995)

The soundtrack of Bombay has received critical acclaim both nationally and internationally. In 2007, the soundtrack was included in The Guardian’s “1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die” list and Kehna Hi Kya, was included in their “1000 Songs Everyone Must Hear” list in 2009. Kehna Hi Kya  is a song that will make you fall in love. This love anthem is crooned by Chitra in her melodious voice.

  1. Kabhi Kabhi Aditi – Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008)

The song Kabhi Kabhi Aditi enjoyed immense popularity and success since it was introduced to the audiences. The soundtrack held the number one spot on the music charts for several consecutive weeks. This youthful romantic song was sung by Rashid Ali with lyrics written by Javed Akhtar.

  1. Chhaiyan Chhaiyan – Dil Se (1998)

The song Chaiyya Chaiyya garnered great response and was featured as one of the top 10 songs of all-time in an international poll conducted by BBC World Service. The song was composed by A R Rahman, written by Gulzar, and sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi. It quickly became popular upon release and its music video gained the same status, partly because it was filmed on a moving train

Of course, this is not a comprehensive list and we will keep editing/adding it. Which are your favourite Unforgettable AR Rahman Songs? Do share in the comment section!

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