Music is language itself. It should not have any barriers of caste, creed, language or anything. Music is one, only cultures are different. Music is the language of languages. It is the ultimate mother of languages.
With his matchless compositions and passion, A. R. Rahman has never failed to create music that touches us all like a wild fresh breeze full of raw emotions. Be it ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya‘ from Dil Se or ‘Jai Ho‘ from Slumdog Millionaire, he has broken all barriers of language and charmed countless people across the globe.
With humble beginnings, he started his career by composing scores for documentaries and jingles for advertisements which became very successful during those times. In 1992, Mani Ratnam’s Roja was a game changer for him and the film’s score was critically and commercially successful in its original and dubbed versions. Ever since then he has produced several songs and has won two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South.
Let’s take a look at his best Hindi songs till date which carved this beautiful journey:
1. Yeh Haseen Vaadiyan – Roja (1992)
Music of Roja is considered as a milestone in Indian music industry and it marked the start of a new era. It was also listed in Time magazine’s “10 Best Soundtracks” of all time.
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2. Muqabla Muqabla – Humse Hai Muqabla (1994)
The song “Muqabla” was plagiarised by so many others that it earned “Muqabla” and Rahman a place in the Limca Book of Records. This acclaimed soundtrack also earned Rahman his consecutive third Filmfare Best Music Director Award.
3. Kehna Hi Kya- Bombay (1995)
With unprecedented sales of 12 million records, Bombay became the largest selling Indian album of all time. This song was included in The Guardian’s “1000 Songs Everyone Must Hear” list.
4. Chaiyya Chaiyya – Dil Se (1998)
One of the most famous songs of Rahman and Shah Rukh Khan, Chaiyya Chaiyya is also the opening song of the Hollywood movie Inside Man (2006) starring Denzel Washington and Clive Owen.
5. Nahin Saamne- Taal (1999)
The soundtrack became a tremendous success and more than 1850,000 units were sold within a month of its release. Any song of the movie will transport you back to the 90s with sweet nostalgia.
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6. Chupke Se – Saathiya (2002)
One of the strongest points of the movie was its great music. A. R. Rahman received a Filmfare, IIFA and a Zee Cine Award for this movie in the category of Best Music Director.
Source: YRF Music
7. Luka Chuppi – Rang De Basanti (2006)
The soundtrack won the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. Luka Chuppi was also considered for an Academy Award for Best Original Song nomination.
8. Jai Ho- Slumdog Millionaire (2011)
The whole world was tapping feet to Jai Ho when it released in 2011. The song received an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture.
9. Kun Faya Kun- Rockstar (2011)
The entire album topped the iTunes world charts 2011 and continued its legacy until early 2012. The Indian Express has termed the film’s soundtrack ‘A Milestone for Bollywood’. Rahman won several awards for this song.
10. Maa Tujhe Salaam – Vande Mataram (1997)
The largest selling Indian non-film album to date, this album touched every Indian’s heart. The song ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam‘ will leave you with goosebumps and eternal love for India.