AR Rahman top Tamil songs you should have on your playlist.
AR Rahman made his national award-winning composing debut with Mani Ratnam’s Roja, rejuvenated the industry. Here are some of AR Rahman Top Tamil songs:
- Pettai Rap
Rahman’s ability to churn out folk compositions is immeasurable, he delivered a smashing regional track in Pettai Rap for the movie Kadhalan and silenced his critics. Surprisingly, the song’s utterly colloquial lyrics are penned by director Shankar.
- Anjali Anjali
In his first collaboration with the late legendary director K Balachander for the film Duet, Rahman brought to a successful conclusion an Original Soundtrack (OST) centered majorly on the saxophone. The delectable vocals of SPB and his pitch-perfect wizardry combined with Rahman’s enchanting tune make Anjali Anjali one of the most captivating melodies of all-time.
- Kadhal Rojave
Roja is a soul-soothing melody with the ever-gorgeous vocals of veteran singers SP Balasubrahmanyam (SPB) and Sujatha Mohan. The aching lonesomeness of the protagonist, who yearns to see his wife, is beautifully conveyed with Vairamuthu’s lyrics and Rahman’s mellifluous tune.
- Veerapandi Kottaiyile
This song remains one of Rahman’s most eclectic compositions ever. Be it the majestic arrangement of instruments or the energetic vocals of Mano, Chithra, and Unni Menon, Veerapandi Kottaiyile from Thiruda Thiruda is a standout achievement of Rahman’s extraordinary skill for rhythm progression.
- Mustafa Mustafa
No annual cultural festival or farewell addresses in the colleges of Tamil Nadu can escape the awesomeness of Mustafa Mustafa from the film Kadhal Desam. Sung by Rahman himself, the track has been a regular entry in Rahman’s concerts. The song is an ode to friendship and continues to be the anthem of college students even today and a favorite with us.
- Strawberry Kanne
Rahman was honored with his second national award for the film Minsara Kanavu. The song Strawberry Kanne, sung by Kay Kay and Febi Mani, has to be one of the most engaging tracks Rahman has ever composed. He employed to fabulous use of a motley assortment of instruments in the song that drove the story forward in the movie.
- Thaiyya Thaiyya
Rahman was in top-notch form by the time the album of Mani Ratnam’s Uyire hit the racks. With this OST, he pushed his boundaries like never before and demonstrated his proficiency to conceive innovative soundscapes. Thaiyya Thaiyya set a benchmark for voice modulation and Palakkad Sriram rose to overnight fame with the track, which went on to be listed in BBC World Service’s international poll for top 10 songs of all-time. The Hindi version made Shah Rukh Khan and Malaika Arora overnight stars as well.
- Vidai Kodu Engal Naade
Vidai Kodu Engal Naade is a stirring composition by AR Rahman for the film Kannathil Muthamittal and it fittingly garnered his fourth national award for Best Music Direction. The rich meaningful lyrics of Vairamuthu and Rahman’s soulful tune set to the haunting vocals of MS Viswananthan, Manikka Vinayagam and others perfectly depicted the agony of Sri Lankan Tamils during the civil war.
- New York Nagaram
Rahman signed on the dotted line for a debutant director to compose music for Suriya’s Sillunu Oru Kaadhal. The delightful vocals and pleasing tune of Rahman made the song a clean chart-buster. Once the film hit screens, audiences insanely fell in love with the song thanks to the exciting visual style adopted by editor Anthony.
- Uyire Uyire
The album of Bombay fetched Rahman’s global recognition that was long due. It made it to The Guardian’s list of ‘1000 Albums To Hear Before You Die’. Uyire Uyire, which comes at a crucial juncture of the film, blew away music connoisseurs with Rahman’s simplistic harmonics. The song also added a new dimension to Hariharan, who was, hitherto, weighed as a flawless ghazal singer.