Sonu Nigam, arguably one of the best playback singers India has ever seen since Kishore Kumar, turns 40 today. Let us have a look at the top 10 songs of Sonu Nigam, which fetched him popularity and critical acclaim.
Sandese Aate Hai (1997)
Nigam sang the patriotic song from "Border" along with Roop Kumar Rathod. Anu Malik composed the music and Javed Akhtar wrote the lyrics. The song is about the pain a soldier feels while staying away from home. Nigam won several awards for the song, including Zee Cine Award. The song was a crazy hit of the year.
Ishq Bina (1999)
A. R. Rehman composed the song from "Taal" while Anand Bakshi wrote the lyrics. Nigam sang the song along with A. R. Rehman, Anuradha Sriram and Sujatha. The song depicts the indispensability of love in one's life.
This song is from a path-breaking movie called "Dil Chahta Hai". Javed Akhtar wrote the lyrics and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy composed the music for the song that says about the loneliness of the protagonist.
Suraj Hua Maddham (2001)
Written by Anil Pandey and composed by Sandesh Shandilya, this song from "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham" directed by Karan Johar was a super hit. Nigam sang this love song along with Alka Yagnik.
Penned by the legendary Indian poet Gulzar and composed by A. R. Rehman, this song from the movie "Saathiya" was an instant hit. Nigam sang the song along with Dominique Cerejo and Clinton Cerejo. A young man describes the uniqueness of his lady love in the song.
Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
Sonu Nigam won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for this song. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy composed the mesmerizing tune as veteran poet Javed Akhtar penned the song. Shah Rukh Khan is seen lip syncing the song in the film with the same name.
Do Pal Ruka (2004)
The song from "Veer-Zaara" was originally composed by Madan Mohan years back. Javed Akhtar penned the lyrics as Nigam sang along with the legendary Lata Mangeshkar.
Dheere Jalna (2005)
Music by M. M. Kreem and lyrics by Gulzar, the song is from "Paheli" directed by Amol Palekar. Shreya Ghosal sang this melodious number along with Nigam.
Main Agar Kahoon (2007)
This beautiful song from the blockbuster "Om Shanti Om", was composed by Vishal-Shekhar while the lyrics were written by Javed Akhtar. Nigam sang with Shreya Ghoshal to create this magical masterpiece where a young man tells his lady love how unique she is.
Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin (2012)
The song is from the recent blockbuster "Agneepath". Ajay-Atul is the composer and Amitabh Bhattacharya is the lyricist. This is considered to be Nigam's comeback masterpiece, as he became irregular in Bollywood music industry these days.