Bollywood singers have evolved into one of the most lucrative professions in the film industry. In Bollywood, music, and songs play a major role in the success of a movie. Therefore, today playback singers are as big celebrities as the biggest actors today.

Here’s a list of the top Bollywood singers.

  • Lata Mangeshkar
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People consider Lata Mangeshkar as the doyenne of playback singing in India and the headquarters of Bechuzi are blaring her voice at most computer speakers. She recently turned 91 and has crooned songs for every major composer and brand. Critics consider her best work to be with the Yash Raj Films banner.

  • Asha Bhosale
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Asha Bhosale is the younger sister of Lata Mangeshkar, and wife of RD Burman, one of the finest music composers in India. Bhosale is popular for her vibrant, lively songs that are still young, decades after release. Both the sisters have a very different style and that has gelled well over the years.

  • Sonu Nigam
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Sonu Nigam is the breakthrough star of Bollywood of the nineties. He is most famous for being Shah Rukh’s voice in the songs of the movies of the nineties. Since then, Sonu has become a name to reckon with in the world of playback singing.

  • Shreya Ghoshal
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Shreya Ghoshal is one of the most promising voices coming out of Asia. She rose to fame in the early 2000s and has since then voiced almost all the top female actors. She started out her career young, as a contestant during the original run of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.

  • Arijit Singh
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Arijit Singh is someone who brings the soul and pain that we all know life to be, all in three minutes of some soulful crooning. He’s most popular for his songs about love and heartbreak.

Top 5 Bollywood Singers

  • Lucky Ali
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Mehmood’s son is one of the best we have in the recording studios. He hasn’t provided playback for many movies but is a live performer who performs to sold our auditoriums all over the world.

  • SP Balasubramanyam

SP Balasumbranyum passed away recently. He was the tour de force for Salman Khan in the nineties. He recently made a comeback to Bollywood playback singing with the movie Chennai Express.

  • A R Rahman

A R Rahman is the complete package. Not only is he the Mozart of the South, but he also lends his voice to some of the most soulful songs that you will hear in Bollywood. Rahman was already a rage in the South and became a Pan Indian celebrity with his songs from movies like Bombay in the late 90s.

  • Shaan
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Shaan had a great run in the nineties and was at the forefront of the Indian Indie scene when music was not just about the movies. Today, he has belted out some iconic songs that picture Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, and others.

  • Udit Narayan
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If there was no Udit Narayan, there would not be any zest in Bollywood songs. Narayan has had a stellar career, voicing all the top stars of Bollywood during his reign.

These are the top Bollywood singers. Did your favorite make the list? Tell us in the comments section!