Sonu Nigam is a voice that has easily stayed with us the longest over the last three decades or so, and has delivered some of the best soulful songs of the recent past that play in abundance in our playlists. After Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar, one can say that it has been Sonu’s voice where we have felt the most of pathos and emotions, and it is that personal touch that makes his songs very intimate and long lasting.
On his birthday today, here is an attempt to create a playlist of the Best of Sonu Nigam songs. These are my personal Top 20 Songs of him in no particular order and includes both solos and duets. Let us then celebrate Sonu in the best way we can – musically!
01. Abhi mujh me kahin | Agneepath (2012) | Ajay Atul | Amitabh Bhattacharya
02. Deewana tera | Deewana (1999) | Sajin Wajid | Faiz Anwar
03. Mujhe raat din | Sangharsh (1999) | Jatin Lalit | Sameer
04. Satrangi re | Dil Se (1998) | A R Rahman | Gulzar
05. Tanhayee | Dil Chahta Hai (2001) | Shankar Ehsaan Loy| Javed Akhtar
06. Yeh bekhudi deewangi | Tumko Na Bhool Payenge (2002) | Sajid Wajid | Jalees Sherwani
07. Humein jab se mohobbat | Border (1997) | Anu Malik | Javed Akhtar
08. Tumko bhi hain khabar | Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (2006) | Shankar Ehsaan Loy | Javed Akhtar
09. Jaane nahi denge tujhe | 3 Idiots (2009) | Shantanu Moitra | Swanand Kirkire
10. Tumse milke dil ka hai jo | Main Hoon Na (2004) | Anu Malik | Javed Akhtar
11. Soona soona mann ka aangan | Parineeta (2005) | Shantanu Moitra | Swanand Kirkire
12. Kyon hawaa aaj yun | Veer Zaara (2004) | Madan Mohan (recreated by Sanjeev Kohli) | Javed Akhtar
13. Dheera Jalna | Paheli (2005) | M M Kreem | Gulzar
14. Saathiya saathiya | Saathiya (2002) | A R Rahman | Gulzar
15. O re paakhi | Khoya Khoya Chaand (2007) | Shantanu Moitra | Swanand Kirkire
16. Main agar kahoon | Om Shanti Om (2009) | Vishal Shekhar | Javed Akhtar
17. Aisa lagta hain | Refugee (2000) | Anu Malik | Javed Akhtar
18. Shukran Allah | Kurbaan (2009) | Salim Sulaiman | Niranjan Iyengar
19. In lamhon ke daaman me | Jodha Akbar (2008) | A R Rahman | Javed Akhtar
20. Har ghadi badal rahi hai | Kal Ho Na Ho (2003) | Shankar Ehsaan Loy | Javed Akhtar
Happy Birthday Sonu Nigam once again! And thank you for so many musical years and memories! We await to listen more to you in years to come.
What are your favorite songs of this soulful singer? Please share and happy listening.
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