The Indian film industry is known for making the most melodious music in the world. Irrespective of the script or cast, many movies fared well at the box office because of their super hit music albums. While we do credit the music director for this success, it’s the singers who lend their voice to turn a song into a soulful melody. In a country with thousands of singers and performers, these 20 people made into the list of ‘Best Singers in India’.
With their magical voice and ability to convey emotions through music, these popular Indian singers are master vocalists!
Top 20 Best Singers in India 2023:
Let us get to know who the top 20 singers in India are, in male and female categories:
Most Handsome Singers in India Male-
1. Amit Mishra:
Amit Mishra is one of the leading Indian singers who earned huge popularity after the song “Bulleya” from Ae Dil He Mushkil for which he won a Filmfare award. Born in 1989, Amit Mishra started his career as a solo performer in private albums. He is a trained Carnatic vocalist and a music composer as well. His super hit songs include “Galti Se Mistake” from Jagga Jasoos, “Manma Emotion Jaage” from Diwale, “SeedhaSaadha” from Commando 2.
2. Arijit Singh:
The best way to introduce Arijit Singh is to call him “Tum Hi Ho” singer from the movie Aashiqui 2. His career took a huge leap after the release of Aashiqui 2’s music album, in which he sang another hit song “Chahun Mai Yaa Naa” in 2013. Critics call him the “King of playback singing” for his soothing natural voice and soulful renditions. Arijit has won 6 Filmfare awards and is currently one of the most sought-after male singers in India.
3. Sachet Tandon:
Sachet Tandon is one of the leading male playback singers of India. He tasted immense success after the superhit song “Bekhayali” from Kabir Singh. Sachet is married to Parampara Thakur, who is a famous singer and works closely with her as the ‘Sachet-Parampara’ duo. Some of his popular songs include “PyschoSayyan” from Sahoo, “Subah Ki Train” from Toilet: Ek Prem Katha etc.
4. Mohit Chauhan:
Mohit Chauhan is one of the most famous singers in India who comes from an Indi-Pop background. He was a part of the Silk route band before beginning his career as a film singer. Legendary music director, A.R.Rahman noticed his talent and signed him for the sing “KhoonChala” from Rang De Basanti. His other superhit songs include “Tum Se Hi” from Jab We Met, “KuchKhaas Hai” from Fashion etc.
5. Yo-Yo Honey Singh:
Hirdesh Singh, known well as YoYo Singh, is one of the highest-paid Indian Punjabi singers who charged a whopping 70 lakhs for singing a single track in the filmMastan. The “Lungi Dance” singer is also a music composer, lyricist and an excellent rapper. His career started with making Punjabi albums and desi hip-hop songs. Later, he entered the Hindi film industry and worked in films like Cocktail, Boss, Chennai Express etc.
6. Vijay Prakash:
Born in Karnataka, Vijay Prakash did not just confine his singing talents to the southern film industry. He is a versatile singer who earned immense popularity even in Bollywood, a rare feat for South Indian artists. He earned immense fame for being one of the four artists who sang the Oscar-winning song “Jai Ho”. Vijay sang many superhit songs in multiple languages like Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu Marathi, Malayalam etc.
7. Jubin Nautiyal:
Jubin Nautiyal is one of the upcoming singing sensations of India who sang in many Hindi films. He is best known for singing the song “ZindagiKuchToh Bata” from “BhajrangiBhaijaan”. Apart from Hindi, Jubin also sang in many other Indian languages like Bengali, Telugu etc. Some of his best songs include “Meherbani” from The Shaukeens, “Bandeya” Jazbaa, “The Humma Song” etc.
8. Javed Ali:
Javed Ali is a Delhi-born singer who made to the list of India’s famous playback singers with his singing prowess. His career took a leap when the legendary Ghazal singer Ghulam Ali noticed his talent and showcased his talent through live concerts. Javed Ali is best known for singing superhit songs like “Jashn-E-Bahaaran” from Jodha Akbar, “NagadaNagada” from Jab We Met etc.
9. Sonu Nigam:
Indian music lovers need no special introduction to Sonu Nigam! He comes from a family of singers and started performing at an early age of 4 years. Sonu made his debut in 1993 and continues to reign the Hindi music industry even today. He is known as a perfectionist in the music industry for his ability to capture even minor details in his songs. With such a stead-high career graph, he is unarguably one of the best singers that India has produced!
10. Sid Sriram:
With a soothing voice that can calm even a raging storm, Sid Sriram is one of India’s most-followed singers! He is an Indian-American who is born in Tamilnadu. Though Sid predominantly works in the South film industry, he has a massive fan following across the country and the globe. He sang many super hit songs in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada. However, he has not had a chance to work in Hindi films yet!
India’s Most Famous Female Singers:
11. Shreya Ghoshal:
ShreyGoshal is one of the top female singers in India who sang in multiple Indian languages. Her crystal clear voice and fine grip on classical music earned her recognition from top music directors like A.R.Rehman, M.M.Kreem etc. Shreya pays close attention to getting the diction right irrespective of the language. She made her Bollywood singing debut in 2002 with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s blockbuster movie “Devdas”. It’s quite difficult to pinpoint just one or two best songs of Shreya as 90% of her tracks earned massive popularity.
12. Neha Kakkar:
Neha Kakkar is currently India’s no. 1 female singer who is known for her high-pitched voice and fast beat numbers. She made her Bollywood singing debut as a chorus singer and rose to a female lead singer in no time. Neha is renowned for singing many party songs like “London Tumakda” from Queen, “Second Hand Jawani” from Cocktail, “Sunny Sunny ” from Yaarian.. etc. The 32 year old singer also appeared as a judge in popular TV reality show “Indian Idol” in which she was eliminated in the first round as a contestant.
13. K.S. Chitra:
K.S. Chitra is a legendary Indian female singer who had sung more than 25,000 songs in various Indian Languages. The “Queen Of Melody” is a trained Karnatic musician and comes from Trivandrum, Kerala. Her career as a playback singer began in 1979 with a Malayalam movie. She collaborated with iconic musicians like Jesudas, S.P. Balasubramaniam, A.R Rehman, Ilayaraja, etc. Chitra won 6 national film awards, 11 Nandi awards, 8 Filmfare awards South, and was even awarded Padmabhushan in 2021.
14. Sunidhi Chauhan:
Sunidhi Chauhan is an Indian singing sensation who made her career debut in 1996 at a tender age of 12 years. She received praise from several established singers like Lata Mangeshkar for her ability to sing almost any type of a song. Some of her famous numbers are “RukiRuskisiZindagi” from Mast, “Mehboob Mere” from Fiza, “DhoomMachale” from Dhoom etc., Sunidhi sang more than 2000 songs in various Indian languages including Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam etc.,
15. Dhvani Bhanushali:
Dhvani Bhanushali is a famous Youtube singing star who started her Bollywood debut in 2017 with “Humsafar Acoustic” from Badrinath keDulhaniyan. In a very short period she made it to the list of India’s top female playback singers by delivering back to back hits like “Dilbar”, “Vaaste” etc., Her song “IshareTere” which she song alongside of Guru Randhawa went viral among the youth
16. Asees Kaur:
Asees Kaur is a recent addition to the list of India’s famous female singers. She was a prodigy at music and her singing career started at a tender age of 5 years. Initially, she focused on Gurbani, a type of rendition that involves singing compositions by Sikh Gurus. Her talent was recognized by many music composers and gave her opportunities in Bollywood. Some of her famous tracks are “Bolna”, “Baarish” (Asees Kaur Version), “Tere Bin” etc.
17. Chinmayi Sripada:
ChinmayiSripada is a popular South Indian female playback singer and dubbing artist. Chinmayi is a trained Carnatic singer and was introduced to A.R.Rahman after taking part in a Tamil singing reality show. Since then, her career took a leap and the tamil track “OruDheivamThantaPove” earned her instant recognition. Though her mother tongue is Tamil, Chinmayi is well-versed with other Indian languages like tamil, Malayalam, Marathi etc. She won several awards including Nandi awards, Filmfare and International Music Awards
18. Tulsi Kumar:
Tulsi Kumar is the daughter of Late Gulshan Kumar, the founder of T-Series Label. She started her Bollywood singing career in 2006 and worked in several films like “ChupChupKe”, “Aksar”, “Humko Deewana Kar Gaye” etc. Apart from film songs, Tulsi also released many private albums which made into Spotify’s most-streamed tracks. She won several awards including the International Indian Film Academy award for Best Play Singer in 2017. Some of her famous songs are “Soch Na Sake”, “Sanam Re” etc.
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19. Palak Muchhal:
Palak Mucchal is one of the leading female playback singers of India who made her Bollywood entry in 2011. Palak’s singing career started after her decision to sing in charity shows to raise money for poor children. She raised millions of rupees for people through her voice and entered the Guinness Book of World Records and Limca Book of Records for her social work. Palak sang many superhit songs in movies like “Aashiqui 2”, “Ek tha Tiger”, “Bahubali: The Beginning” (Hindi).
20. Antara Mitra:
Antara Mitra is another singing prodigy coming from Indian Idol, India’s biggest singing reality show. Born and brought up in West Bengal, Antara has a private Youtube channel and holds the record for having the fastest 1 million views for a Bengali video track. Though Antara got eliminated in the Top 5 round of Indian Idol, she received appreciation from top musicians like Pritam, Anu Malik etc. Some of her best songs are “Gerua”, “Janam Janam”, etc.