The music has played a vital role in any of the movie-making processes. It will not be an exaggeration to say that the soul of the movie is actually controlled by its music and the background score. If a scene is well written and the visuals are captured beautifully, fantastic music or a background score adds so much value! While we’ve had many chartbusters in Telugu movies over the years, we have handpicked the best Telugu movie soundtracks of all time in this article, specifically for music lovers.


Directed by Ashok Kumar and featuring Karthik and Shobana in lead roles, Abhinandana was released in the year 1988. The music and background score were composed by the maestro Ilaiyaraaja and all the songs were chartbusters at the time. This evergreen album was and still is a huge hit till date. Hum Aapke Hain Koun was loosely based on Abhinandana.

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Yet another classic from director K. Viswanath, this movie features Kamal Haasan and Radhika in lead roles. The music and background score are composed by maestro Ilaiyaraaja and the movie was released in the year 1986.  The songs were sung by virtuoso singers like S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela, S. Janaki and S. P. Sailaja.

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Krishna Vamsi’s debut directorial Gulabi was produced by Ram Gopal Varma and the music was composed by Shashi Preetham. Released in the year 1995, the movie features J. D.  Chakravarthy and Maheshwari in lead roles. The musical album is a feast to music lovers and every song in the movie will refresh your senses and melt your heart.

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Released in the year 1983, Abhilasha features Megastar Chiranjeevi and Radhika in lead roles and is directed by A. Kodandarami Reddy. The movie’s music and background score are composed by maestro Ilaiyaraaja, again.

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Starring Karthik and Bhanupriya, Anveshana was released in the year 1985 and is directed by Vamsy. The music and background score for this thriller movie was composed by maestro Illaiyaraja. The songs in the movie include Keeravani, Ekantha Vela, Edalo Laya and Illalo and all the songs were chartbusters.

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Directed by Dasarath and featuring Nagarjuna, Gracy Singh, Shreya and Prabhu Deva in lead roles, Santosham is a feel-good musical love story released in the year 2002. The music was composed by R. P. Patnaik and the album include super hit songs like Nuvvante Naakishtamani, So Much to Say, Devude Dhigivachina, Ne Tholisariga, Emaindho Emo Naalo, Diri Diri Diridee and Dhimdhinaktari Nakithom.

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Released in the year 2001, Murari features Mahesh Babu and Sonali Bendre in lead roles and is directed by Krishna Vamsi. The music is composed by Mani Sharma and all the songs were loved by the audience.

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