A few days back A.R. Rahman denied the citizenship of Canada when he was offered to settle down in the North-American nation by the Mayor of Toronto Mr. John Torry after concluding a concert.
This proves that Rahman did not become Rahman only for his talent. He became Rahman because he has not forgotten his roots despite the phenomenal rise in his career.
Calling him an ace musician is a huge modest representation of the truth. Known as the Mozart of Madras, Rahman has two Academy Awards, a BAFTA Award, two Grammy Awards, four National Film Awards, a Golden Globe, 15 Filmfare Awards and 13 Filmfare Awards South in his kitty and is a veritable powerhouse of music.
Here is a list of top 10 best songs of A.R. Rahman which he has composed throughout his career. ( The list contains only hindi songs)
10) Maahi Ve (Highway): The song which is sung and composed by the maestro himself clenched second position on iTunes India single charts upon its release. The song remains one of the most brilliant songs composed by Rahman in recent times.
9) Rang De Basanti ( Rang De Basanti) : The song was praised by Nilanjana Bhattacharjya, a professor of music at Colorado College. He stated that Rahman integrated traditional Punjabi cultural elements within his music for this soundtrack. The song was sung by Diler Mehndi is extremely energetic.
8) Patakha Guddi (Highway): Sung by Nooran sisters (Jyoti & Sultana Nooran) the song remains the soul of the feature film and its a perfect blend of sufi and bollywood style of music. The lyrics are inspired from the punjabi sufi kalams.
7) Bharat Humko Jaan Se bhi pyaara hai(Roja): The soundtrack is considered to have reversed the trends that prevailed till then in the field of Indian Cinema. Rahman is said to be the first to introduce orchestral melodies in Indian film soundtracks, which till then was based on a few traditional Indian instruments through this soundtrack.
6) Kehna Hi Kya (Bombay): The song was featured in The Guardian's "1000 songs Everyone Must Hear" list in the year 2009" . The song was also sampled by Ciara for her 2009 song "Turntables", featuring Chris Brown.
5) Kun Faya Kun(Rockstar): Probably the best composition of A.R. Rahman in this decade. The music of the song is considered to be a milestone in the Indian cinema. The lyrics are very powerful and are inspired from the verses of Baba Bulleh Shah.
4) Tu Hi Re ( Bombay) : The song which has the capability to stop the time for the listener. The song which is having the potential to take you to "EL Dorado". It is simple yet extremely melodious and without any argument remains as one of the most iconic songs of A.R. Rahman.
3) Ye Jo Desh Hai Tera( Swades: We the People): One of the most impact-full melodies ever composed by A.R. Rahman. The song hits the chord of all the listeners and it remains as one of the most patriotic songs of bollywood.
2) Dil Se Re (Dil se): Our squad member Mr. Samkit quoted A.R.Rahman as 'The Magician' and this song is a true testimony to what he said. It was a chart topper of the year 1998 and this song’s lyrics is said to be one of the finest and predominantly in Urdu. Its picturisation too got noticed. The song has now achieved a cult status. Guy Pratt, Pink Floyd bass guitarist for post Roger Waters albums Delicate Sound of Thunder, The Division Bell and Pulse played bass on this song. The song remains as the best song ever composed. So just sit back and relax with your eyes closed and just go for a journey of fabulous riffs coupled with out of the world music and divine lyrics.
1) Chaiyan Chaiyan (Dil Se): Unarguably the best composition of A.R. Rahman and probably the best composition of any music composer in the history of Indian cinema. It was featured as one of the top 10 songs of all-time in an international poll conducted by BBC World Service. The song has been featured in the film Inside Man, in the musical Bombay Dreams, and in the television shows Smith and CSI: Miami. The lyrics are penned down by Gulzar and has taken inspiration from the original versus of Baba Bulleh Shah’s kalam.
To add to the nostalgia, we all can summarize all our childhood through this song as almost each and every one of us must have had those made in china Kid's Toy Mobile Phones which used to play this song. 😛
Moreover one of our squad members used to dance on this song when she was a kid.
Mr. A.R. Rahman is a gem of India and is truly a Magician as he does not creates music, he creates magic.
Please tell us what you feel about these songs in the comment section and also tell us if we have missed any important song which should have been there in the list.