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Sonu Nigam: His Top 10 Best Songs

Updated on November 14, 2021
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Aarav is a longtime freelance writer who loves writing about classic music form Bollywood movies.


The Best of Sonu Nigam

This article presents the best of Sonu Nigam, a brilliant singer and entertainer. Across his career, this great singer has entertained millions. These are the best songs of an amazing list of great performances by Sonu Nigam.

10: Pehli Pehli Baar Baliye – Sangharsh

This song is from a film that never got great reviews, and neither did it garner enough money at the box office. But this song is extremely good, with music composed by Jatin-Lalit and lyrics by Sameer. Sometimes a great song can come from a movie that is not considered very great itself. You just never know!

The song also marks sort of a turning point in the film and starts the love affair between Akshay and Preity.

Facts About Sonu Nigam

It was mid-1995, when the Bollywood industry recognized Sonu Nigam's talent, as he sang the famous song "Acha Sila Diya" for Bewafa Sanam. Before this achievement, Sonu Nigam struggled, as he worked singing Mohammad Rafi songs for the T-Series album, Rafi Ki Yaadein, in his early days.

Let's dive further and see what made Sonu, Sonu Nigam.

23rd September 1991, was the day when he came to Mumbai in search of making it big in Bollywood. His career went through many changes and occupations in Bollywood. From singing "Kya Hua Tera Wada" on stage with his father at the age of three, he was recognized as a voice to reckon with. Then the teenage years saw him participating in various music competitions, later acting in various films as a child artist, then hosting the Zee TV show Sa Re Ga Ma.

The show Sa Re Ga Ma was probably the most important landmark in Sonu's career. Had it not been for the show, he possibly would not have got the opportunity as a playback singer in Bewafa Sanam.

After this, slowly and steadily, offers started to come, and from a "Rafi clone" he became a true versatile singer, with songs such as "Sandeshe Aate Hai" to the more recent Kal Ho Na Ho title song.

Let us look at the top 10 best songs by Sonu Nigam.

9: Acha Sila Diya – Bewafa Sanam

This is an amazing song that has achieved cult status and is a must-have song for every heart-broken lover's collection. The movie this song is from was a medium-sized hit and some songs that were chart-toppers.

This song was a landmark achievement and marked a tremendous achievement in Sonu Nigam's career.

8: Zindagi Maut Na Ban Jaye - Sarfarosh

Sonu has also sung a good number of patriotic songs. Some of the best and most well-received include "Sandeshe Aate Hai" of Border and "Zindagi Maut Na Ban Jaye" from Sarfarosh.

I was confused as to which song should I feature as far as patriotic songs go, I selected this one at the last-minute for no certain reason.

7: Pehli Pehli Baar Hai – Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai

For some reason that is mysterious to me, the film was a dud at the box office. The movie does a good job of keeping the audience together till the climax, and songs complement well, but the movie could not get enough audience when it was released.

All the songs of the film are well-composed and this song from Sonu is my favorite form the movie.

List of other songs from the movie : -

  • Aashiq Hoon Pagal Hoon
  • Chahaton Ki Duniya
  • Dil Ki Nazar Main - Male
  • Dil Ki Nazar Main - Female
  • Dil Pe Chaane Laga
  • Meri Tarha Tumbhi Kabhi
  • Main Pyaar Churane Aaya Hoon
  • Tujhe Dekh Ker Jeeta

6: Bijoria – Mausam Album

When there was a storm of pop albums in Bollywood, and the style became all the rage for the music-buying public, Sonu Nigam also came up with few albums of his own. There was a time when Indi-pop singers like Jassi, Taz (Stereo Nation), and Neeraj Sridhar (Bombay Vikings) were doing great, Sonu was not far away.

This song from the album Mausam is a fast-paced ultimate dance number.

5: Ab Mujhe Raat Din – Deewana Album

Another melodious album in the early days of Indi-pop culture was Deewana. It was released in 1999, and it is amazing to say that it still feels so fresh today.

I truly believe that the very best song on th e album is "Ab Mujhe Raat Din." It came with a beautiful video, and goes to show that he is the modern-day Mohammad Rafi.

4: Ishq Bina – Taal

Though the film did not got much attention in India, but did excellent collection abroad. The music composed by A. R. Rahman was a blockbuster and ruled the charts for many days.

What else you expect of A.R. Rahman?

"Isqh Bina Kya Jeena" is at the fourth position. Enjoy this video song, Aishwarya looks great in this song.

03| Tanhayee -– Dil Chahta Hai

Another song for heart-broken lovers to keep in their collection. This song has many reasons that it is one of the best songs ever:

  • One of the best song of Aamir Khan's career.
  • One of the best song of Sonu Nigam's career.
  • One of the best song of Shankar Mahadevan's career.
  • One of the best song of the decade.
  • One of the best sad songs ever recorded.

2: Suraj Hua Madham – Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham

The most melodious, romantic, lovely song of the lot. I love the melody and the way the song brings about feelings of romance by the beautiful tune and the passion that you can hear in the voice.

Do not forget to enjoy the video, one of the best dramatized songs I have ever seen.

What a great pair they make, Shahrukh with Kajol and Sonu with Alka.

1: Kal Ho Naa Ho – Kal Ho Naa Ho

What can you say about a song so perfect and listenable? The title song of the movie Kal Ho Na Ho tops the list. I could easily listen this one all day, all night. There is something about the power and the melody of this greatest song that makes it so listenable for me.

I Hope You Enjoyed This List of Sonu Nigam's Top 10 Songs!

This great singer has so many great songs, and it was hard to decide which ones I wanted to include! I hope you enjoyed thinking about all of these songs. If you have an opinion of your own, please let us know in the poll!

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© 2011 Kannan


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