First thing first – if you are a hardcore fan of A. R. Rahman, we are sure you will never agree with this list completely. You will either end up having an opinion that why didn’t the author include “this song from that movie” or you might have a different set of songs altogether. The truth is, one can’t justify his/her list of top 10 Rahman songs as there will always be more to add. Such is the repertoire of his songs. Here, we have purposely avoided the most celebrated albums such as Roja, Bombay, Gentleman, Indian, Alaipayuthey and so on. The reason being all the songs from these albums, by now, has become the default playlist of a Rahman fan. So we have tried to list down the 10 songs that are loved by everyone, but less celebrated when compared to the above-mentioned albums. Again, you might differ and we want you to, as chances are high that you might bring up some another gem of a song that we never noticed.
The maestro collaborated first time with late legendary director K Balachander for the movie Duet. And, when the captivating vocals of S. P. Balasubrahmanyam graced Rahman's alluring tunes – the song became one of the most loved melodies of all-time.
Yenna Solla Pogirai
The song's folksy tunes and Shankar Mahadevan's soulful voice touched our hearts and was a standout one from the album Kandukondain Kandukondain. Shankar also won his first National Award as Best Male Playback Singer.
It's a rare phenomenon where we feel like the lyrics are inscribed in our mind. Vairamuthu's poetic lyrics were one such. And when this title track's lyrics were sung by P. Jayachandran and Chinmayi Sripaada – the listeners were spellbound by one of the most emotionally powerful songs of Rahman.
The song from coming-of-age film Boys beautifully portrayed the yearning of 18-year-old boys for a girlfriend. All the tracks of the Boys are youth-centric and ever contemporary. We suggest you to listen all the songs and relive the young and carefree days of your life.
Reportedly, Rahman had composed New York Nagaram from Sillunu Oru Kaadhal in just an hour. The song is considered as one of the best work of his. Maybe, the maestro wasn't aware what was coming in his way. Now, these are the instances that make us believe in destiny.
The song from Sivaji is yet another example of how novel and unusual Rahman is in experimenting different variations in a single song. Once you listen to this song sung by him and Sayonara, we are sure that you will be playing it on loop for a while.
Shreya Ghoshal's heart-rending voice in Maanipaaya from Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa shot her to instant fame among the Tamil audience. The song perfectly complimented the beautiful lyrics by Thamarai and went on to become an instant hit within hours of its release. Statutory warning – The song will definitely grow on you and is difficult to forget.
We all love Rahman as a music composer and it's songs like Nenjae Ezhu from Maryan that makes us fall in love with him equally as a singer. Within two days after the release, the song topped all the charts with over 10 million online listeners.
Irumbile Oru Idhaiyam
Rahman is one of those rare composers who create music which is in sync with the theme of the story. Irumbile Oru Idhaiyam from Enthiran is a prime example of his ability to do the same. We are sure that you will be dumbfounded by seeing how proficiently he gives a metallic touch to the entire soundtrack and still shows the sign of a true-blue Carnatic in his work.
In the list of songs that defines Tamil culture, traditions, and achievements – we are sure that Aalaporaan Thamizhan from Mersal will top the charts. The song is now the anthem of sorts for all the Thamizhans across the globe. It has the signature style of Rahman and will leave you longing for more.
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