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Top 10 Best Indian Singers of All Time

India has been the singing capital of the world for a long time. Here, we present to you the best Indian singers’ list. Learn more about the best Bollywood singers of India.

top 10 best Indian singers of all time
List of top 10 best Indian singers of all time

India is a rich culture country, and as a result, it has a wide range of music interests and addicts. We’ve gathered a list of well-known male and female playback singers.

We must recognize that music influences all aspects of our lives. It can uplift our emotions or make us feel each word. And by God’s grace, these talented singers have always been there for us. Music lovers in our country have various genres and a wide variety of music interests, and according to their taste list, it depends. But these best Indian singers of all ages were all-time favorites for most people.

List of Top 10 Best Indian Singers of All Time

  1. Lata Mangeshkar
  2. Mohammad Rafi
  3. Sonu Nigam
  4. Udit Narayan
  5. Asha Bhosle
  6. Shreya Ghoshal
  7. Kishor Kumar
  8. Kumar Sanu
  9. Shamshad Begum
  10. Geeta Dutt

Top 10 Best Singers in India

1. Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar best singer of India
Lata Mangeshkar is considered the best Indian singer of all time by Indians across

Lata Mangeshkar was born on 28 September 1929 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, and grew to become the most well-known playback singer in Bollywood. Her father passed away when she was 13 years old. She started singing at age five and began her career with Rang Manch. Lata Ji recorded Ayega Anewala in the Mahal film, which gave her first break as a playback singer. She became the most recorded voice in history after compiling more than 30,000 songs in 20 Indian languages. She made albums of different genres and sang for actresses for over 50 years. Due to multiple organ failures, she passed away on February 6, 2022, at 92.

List of popular Awards

  • 1969 – Padma Bhushan
  • 1989 – Dada Saheb Phalke Award
  • 1993 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1997 – Rajiv Gandhi Award
  • 1999 – Padma Vibhushan & Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • 2001 – Bharat Ratna; Maharashtra Ratna & Maharashtra Bhusan
  • 2010 – Pride of India – Kala Saraswathi
  • 2010 – GIMA Award for Best Devotional Album for “Shree Hanuman Chalisa”.

2. Mohammad Rafi

Mohammad Rafi best hindi singer
Mohammad Rafi is a legendary Indian singer of the Hindi language

Mohammad Rafi, whose voice brought to life hundreds of melodies, was born on 24th December 1924, and his family belongs to the Kotla Sultan Singh, a village near Amritsar. He is considered one of the greatest and most influential playback singers. Rafi was known for his versatility and range of voice. He is offered an opportunity in the 1946 film Pehle AAP by singer Naushad. From 1944 until 1978, Mohammad Rafi sang more than 28000 Songs. He died at the age of 55 on 31 July 1980.

List of popular Awards

  • 1960 – Filmfare Awards (Chaudhvin Ka Chand Ho)
  • 1966 – Filmfare Awards (Baharo Phool Barsao) 
  • 1967 – Padma Shri 
  • 1968 – Filmfare Awards (Dil Ke Jharoke Mein)
  • 1977 – National Film Award (Kya Hua Tera Wada)
  • 2001 – Best Singer of the Millennium

3. Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam most famous Bollywood singer
Sonu Nigam is among the most famous Indian singers of the 21st century

Sonu Nigam was born on 30 July 1973 in Faridabad, Haryana. At the age of 4, he joined his father, Agam Kumar Nigam, on stage to perform the song “Kya Hua Tera Wada”. One of the best Indian singers of all time, Sonu Nigam has mastered the skill of playback singing from an early age as well as playing with a wide range of music genres with ease.  He has performed more than 2000 songs in 10 different languages.

List of popular Awards

  • 2003 – 2004 – Filmfare
  • 2005 – National Film
  • 2009 – Ita Award
  • 2016 – Gima Award
  • 2022 – Padma Shri

4. Udit Narayan

Udit Narayan best Bihari singer
Udit Narayan is one of the best Indian singers, who has performed in several languages

Udit Narayan Jha was born on 1 December 1955  in a Maithil Brahmin family. In the 1980s, his performance of the song “Papa Kehte Hain” won him his first Filmfare Award and helped him make a name for himself in Bollywood playback singing. He is the only male vocalist to have received a Filmfare Award for over three decades.

List of popular Awards

  • 1989, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2022 – Filmfare
  • 1997 – Star Screen Award 
  • 2001 – Gorkha Dakshina Bahu
  • 2009 – Padma Shri
  • 2016 – Padma Bhushan

5. Asha Bhosle

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Asha Bhosle is the sister of Lata Mangeshkar and has been a legendary singer in India

Asha Bhosle, one of the best Indian singers, was born in Sangli, Maharashtra, on September 8, 1933. She learned to sing from his father, Dina Nath Mangeshkar, at 9. Asha Ji began her career in 1943 and has continued for more than seven decades as a playback singer. She performed in more than a thousand films and recorded 12,000 songs. She sang in more than 14 languages, such as Marathi, Hindi, Urdu, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Nepali, Malayalam, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, and many more, and won 7 Filmfare awards.

List of popular Awards

  • 1996 –  Special Award (Rangeela)
  • 1981, 1986 – National Film Awards
  • 1997 – 39th Grammy Awards
  • 2001 – Dadasaheb Phalke
  • 2001 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2002 – IIFA Award  (Radha Kaisa Na Jale)
  • 2006 – 48th Grammy Awards
  • 2008-Padma Vibhushan

6. Shreya Ghoshal

Shreya Ghoshal india's best singer
Shreya Ghoshal is known for her sweet voice loaded with a classical touch

Shreya Ghoshal was born on March 12, 1984, in Murshidabad, West Bengal, to a Bengali family. At the age of four, Shreya started taking music lessons, and at the age of six, she started receiving a rigorous classical music education. She made her Bollywood singing debut by giving her voice to the song for Devdas (movie of 2002). She recorded more than 2405 songs in over 20 different languages, with more than 1100 songs in Hindi.

List of popular Awards

  • 2002 – National Film Awards (Bari Piya)
  • 2003 – Filmfare Awards (Dola re Dola)
  • 2003 – Filmfare RD Burman Award
  • 2004 – Filmfare Awards (Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai)
  • 2005 – Anandalok Puraskar
  • 2009 – Filmfare Awards (Teri Or)
  • 2021 – RMIM Sammaan

7. Kishor Kumar

Kishor Kumar best singer in india
Kishor Kumar is counted among the best Indian singers of all time

Kishore Kumar( Abhas Kumar Ganguly) was born on 4 August 1929, in a Bengali Brahmin Ganguly family in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. He set a milestone in the music industry by performing in 91 films for a single actor, Rajesh Khanna.  In his career, Kishore performed 131 songs for Amitabh, 202 for Jeetendra, 119 for Dev Anand, and 245 for Rajesh Khanna. He was the Best Male Playback Singer and won 8 Filmfare Awards.

List of popular Awards

  • 1970 – Filmfare Awards (Roop Tera Mastana)
  • 1976 – Filmfare Awards (Dil Aisa Kisi Ne Mera)
  • 1979 – Filmfare Awards (Khaike Paan Banaras Wala)
  • 1981 – Filmfare Awards (Hazaar Raahen Mudke Dekheen)
  • 1983 – Filmfare Awards (Pag Ghungroo Baandh)
  • 1984 – Filmfare Awards (Agar Tum Na Hote)
  • 1985 – Filmfare Awards Manzilein Apni Jagah Hain)
  • 1986 – Filmfare Awards (Saagar Kinaare)

8. Kumar Sanu

Kumar Sanu a youth icon singer
Kumar Sanu has been a youth icon singer for over a decade

Kedarnath Bhattacharya, aka Kuman Sanu, was born on October 20, 1957 . Singer Kishore Kumar has a significant impact on both his voice and singing style. He is well known for singing numerous Bollywood and Hindi songs. He set the Guinness Book of World Records for the most songs performed in a single day – 28.

List of popular Awards

  • 1991–1995 – Filmfare awards
  • 1995 – Screen award for Best Male Playback
  • 1999 – Zee Gold Awards for (Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyaan)
  • 2009 – Padma Shri

9. Shamshad Begum

Shamshad Begum the best singer of bollywood
Shamshad Begum was one of India’s singing legend and among the best Indian singer

Shamshad Begum was an Indian singer born on April 14, 1919. During her first year of primary school in 1924, Begum’s principal first noticed her talent. She performed over 6,000 songs in Hindustani, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, and Punjabi, 1287 of which were for Hindi films. At the age of 94, Begum passed away on the evening of April 23, 2013, at her residence in Mumbai.

List of popular Awards

  • 2009 – Padma Bhushan

10. Geeta Dutt

Geeta Dutt best bengali singer of india
Geeta Dutt was a masterpiece in Indian cinema and the wife of Guru Dutt

Geeta Ghosh Roy Chowdhuri, better known by her stage name Geeta Dutt, was among the best Indian singers. She was a stunning playback singer from a rich Bengali family. She is regarded as a classical singer who succeeded in Hindi movies and recorded numerous modern Bengali songs for films and recordings. At age 16, Dutt sang two lines in her first movie. Because of this, she rapidly became well-known and went on to sing in more than 1,200 movies.

She passed away on July 20, 1972, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, at the age of 41 due to liver cirrhosis. Dutt received government recognition when India Post released stamps in 2013 and 2016 that featured her.

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