Nostalgia is a funny feeling and it has a whole new meaning, especially if you are a kid who has grown up listening to Bollywood and indie pop music of the 90s. Unlike today, when you have five to six singers performing to crazy lyrics, Bollywood back then saw one singer being the voice of many superstars.
One such sensational singer was Kumar Sanu aka Kedarnath Bhattacharya, who sang songs for almost all the leading heroes of the 90s, right from Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan to Akshay Kumar. His melodious singing gave words to feelings of madly-in-love couples, obsessed lovers, shy lovers, roadside Romeos and more. With almost 8000 songs, Kumar Sanu also made a place for himself in the Guinness Book of World Records for singing the largest number of songs in a single day.
His popularity in the 90s can be gauged from the fact that he won 5 consecutive Film Fare Awards and was the sole voice everyone wanted to sign for their next song. His duet performances with the leading female singers of the time like Alka Yagnik, Sadhana Sargam, and Kavita Krishnamurthy will take you down the lane of love filled with both nostalgia and the innocence of those times.
Here are some of the most viewed Kumar Sanu songs on YouTube that boast of a million views. Travel back in time to that wonderful era when music was soothing, divine, and always euphonious.
#12. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha from 1947: A Love Story
5 million views
RD Burman’s last project, the music of 1947: A Love Story had to go down in history as one of his best works. And Kumar Sanu has a large role to play here. His divine voice singing praises in this song for Manisha Koirala’s ethereal beauty is the perfect explanation why music is the best thing to have happened to the world.
#11. Ae Kash Ke Hum from Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
11 million views
Probably giving us one of Shah Rukh Khan’s best characters,Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naahad many memorable numbers. This song will make you see the untainted beauty of simplicity.
#10. Tujhe Dekha Toh from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
14 million views
The iconic scene where Shah Rukh Khan is standing with outstretched arms is a sight to behold and it wouldn’t have been so powerful if not for the voice of Kumar Sanu in the background. One of his biggest successes, you have to hear this one.
#9. This Album – Tera Mera Pyar
16 million views
Indie music of the 90s was as popular as Bollywood. This album featuring the beautiful Nimrat Kaur has none other than Kumar Sanu in the recording room.
#8. Sason Ki Zarurat Hai Jaise from Aashiqui
19 million views
Don't confuse this with the one you hear at dandiya concerts. Hear the original song here and experience melody in its purest forms.
#7. Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyan from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
23 million views
#6. Pehli Pehli Bar Mohabbat Ki Hai from Sirf Tum
We are not sure how many of you would even remember this movie but the song is sure to bring nostalgic memories buried deep down in your heart.
#5. Chura Ke Dil Mera from Main Khiladi Tu Anari
24 million views
The song not just fueled rumors of Bollywood’s Khiladi and Shilpa Shetty dating, but also proved to one of the highlights of Akshay’s career. Who other than Kumar Sanu could have done justice to this peppy romantic number?
#4. Dard Karara from Dum Lagake Haisha
32 million views
His latest song with all the required 90s elements, Dard Karara from Dum Lagake Haisha, was a comeback for the singer. His voice has not seemed to age a bit.
#3. Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Pagal from Saajan
The wonderfully penned down lyrics in this one is sure to make you fall in love even more with the song. And no one else could have done it better than Kumar Sanu.
#2. Ladki Badi Anjani Hai from Kuch Kuch Hota Hain
58 million views
The one film everyone loved at some point in their teenage days. Kumar Sanu, with his youthful voice made Shah Rukh look even more endearing in the number.
#1. Jeeta Tha Jiske Liye from Dilwale
70 million views
Now this is an unbelievable feat! This gem of a song featuring Ajay Devgn is sure to trickle down tears with just the power of Kumar Sanu's extraordinary singing.
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