The Best of AR Rahman

AR Rahman can easily be credited to create the most distinct sound of this generation! He ensured that Bollywood film music does not go listless after it lost Pancham rather suddenly, and after Pancham had composed his brilliant 1942-A love story! It is also somewhat coincidental that Rahman started almost at the same time when Pancham stopped, and its hard to think that its been 25 years of Roja already, that we looked back at a few months ago! Today, we look back at some of the best albums that Rahman has composed in his quarter decade of work, again restricting it what was created or recreated in Hindi only for this discussion. It is not hard to guess through his body of work that some of the best music of Rahman in Hindi cinema has been composed for Imtiaz Ali, Ashutosh Gowarikar and Mani Ratnam and its natural then that they will feature more often than the others in this list.

So here are the #Top20Albums of #ARRahman ranked based on their wholesome goodness quotient, celebrating #25YearsOfRahman. These are albums where almost all / most of the songs leave a mark, but I will also list down my favorite tracks from the album too…

#20. TAMASHA – Uneven, with some good tracks!
Agar Tum Saath Ho / Heer to Badi Sad Hain

#19 JAANE TU YA JAANE NA – Young at heart!
Kahin to Hogi Woh / Nazrein Milana

#18 1947 EARTH – Earthy, Rustic!
Dheemi Dheemi / Rut Aa Gayi Re

#17 JODHA AKBAR – Royal & Grand!
Man Mohana / Kehne to Jashne Bahara Hain

#16 HIGHWAY – Its got a zing to it!
Maahi Ve / Heera

#15 YUVA – Very quirky, Very fresh!
Kabhi Neem Neem / Baadal / Fanaa

#14 WATER – An underrated masterpiece
Naina Neer Bahaye / Shyam Rang Rang Doon

#13 ZUBEIDAA – Another lesser known classic
Hain Na / Dheeme Dheeme Gaoon

#12 ROCKSTAR – Terrific Songs in a not so terrific film!
Kun Faya Kun / Nadaan Parinde

#11 GURU – Efficient and Effective soundtrack like the lead!
Jaage Hain Der Tak / Aye Hairathe Ashiqui

#10 BOMBAY – Background score is also brilliant!
Tu Hi Re / Kehna Hi Kya / Kuchh Bhi Na Socho

#09 DELHI-6 – Brilliant Album wasted in a messed up film
Arziyaan / Sasural Genda Phool

#08 LAGAAN – Rage of the Nation
O Paalanhare / Mitwa / Ghanana Ghanana

#07 TAAL – Justifies the name!
Nahi Saamne Tu / Ni Main Samajh Gayi / Kariye Na

#06 RAANJHANA – Uniquely Different, Uniquely Lovely
Banarasiya / Tum Tak / Piya Milenge / Aye Sakhi

#05 DIL SE – Rahman’s playback debut, and how!
Satrangi Re / Aye Ajnabi / Dil Se Re

#04 SAATHIYA – Young Fresh Romance & Soundtrack!
Mera Yaar Mila De / Aye Udi Udi Udi / Chhalka Chhalka Re

#03 RANG DE BASANTI – Lovely Youth Beats loaded with Patriotism
Lukka Chhuppi / Tu Bin Bataye / Khoon Chala / Roobaroo

#02 SWADES – Pure Gold just like the film
Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera / Pal Pal Hain Bhari / Yeh Tara Woh Tara / Saawariya

#01 ROJA – First and the Best, Still fresh as a Rose
Dil Hain Chhota Sa / Roja Jaaneman / Bharat Humko / Yeh Haseen Waadiya


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