Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is one of the most prominent singers, musicians and playback singers in the Asian region. Critics and fans consider him to be the one person who single-handedly brought back  singing styles like Qawaali and genres like Sufi music to the new generation. While Fateh Ali Khan has a body of work, he gained prominence in India during the reign of the music channels, when several Indian music companies signed him up to make music for them. This resulted in several audio cds of the work of Khan making it to Indian shores.

Here is a list of the top 5 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Songs:

  • Ishq ka Rutba:

Ishq ka Rutba is a Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan classic. It came to us in the Sanjay Dutt Manisha Koirala movie Kartoos. It’s criminally underrated. Probably because the movie it was in didn’t do that well at the box office. But Khan is at his very best in this song. Khan is popular for deeply meaningful lyrics that quickly change from giving flowery aspects about love to the pain and pine of losing loved ones.

  • Sanu Bhool

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was most popular for a spectacular hold on the lyrics and the tune. He could hold any tune and sway it the way he thought would get the lyrics out. Most of Khan’s fans would come for the music and stay fro the lyrics. Sanu Ek Pal Bhool Na Paau is another of Khan’s classics that made its way to Bollywood and we never got anything like this – not before not after.

  • Kaisa Ikrar Hai

This is one of the rare Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan songs that’s peppy and has foo-tapping music, instead of his signature long tunes and high notes. This also made its way into Bollywood as a celebration song that featured Bobby Deol and Aishwarya Rai from the movie Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya.

More Popular Khan Songs

  •  Teri Yaad

Teri Yaad Ayee is a Fateh Ali Khan classic and is an excellent example of him holding a tune and taking it much higher than many of his contemporaries could. This song is from the Sanjay Dutt starrer Kartoos, which again didn’t do well at the box office.

  • Yeh Jo Halka Suroor Hai

Yeh Jo Halka Halka Suroor Hai is another Nusrat classic that captured the audience’s imagination from the time it began running on our music channels.  The song plays prominently in Fanney Khan, one of the current movies that stars Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai and others.

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