List of 20 Best Indian (Hindi) Playback Singers of All Time

Bollywood is often considered India’s biggest entertainment industry. Hindi singing talent is abundant in this region.

Bollywood has seen them all, from the past R.D Burman and Kishor Kumar to the present Shreya Ganohal, Armaan Malik, and so on.

Let’s take an in-depth look at the 20 greatest Hindi-singing performers of all time. Credit: Bollywood

Kishore Kumar


Kishore Kumar (also known as Abhash K Ganguly) was born in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, on 4th August 1929. He switched to singing after that. His brother Ashok was his next step in the career ladder. He sang for Dev Anand and Amitabh.

His acting, scriptwriting and direction are well-known, but his singing is what people will remember the most. Even though he died unexpectedly in 1987 from a heart attack, his songs remain his legacy.

Lata Mangeshkar


Lata Mangeshkar was also known as the “Nightingale of India” and was born in Indore, September 1929. She is often regarded as one of the most influential female playback singers in Bollywood history.

Guinness Book of World Records holder. She has recorded more than 40,000 songs solo, duet and chorus-backed in 20 languages. This was a significant improvement over the nasal voice singing she used to sing in her day.

Jagjit Singh


Hindi singing is a speciality. His timeless ghazals are his most famous, but he also contributes his voice to many incredible movies such as Veer-Zaara or Khal Nayak.

He was married to Chintra Singh. He was well-known for his amazing duets until a personal tragedy (the loss of their only child), forced Chitra Singh from singing. It was shocking for everyone. His songs still resonate with his fans and patrons today.

Manna Dey 


Prabodh Chandra Dey (or Manna Dey) was born May 1, 1919 in Calcutta, British India. Dey is often called the “fab 4” male playback singing sensations from the 1940s. He sings almost every genre, including pop.

Dey passed away on 18 January 2012 after a long battle with cancer.

Mohammad Rafi 


Mohammad Rafi was born in Amritsar (Punjab), 24 December 1924. He was first known as a Punjabi duet vocalist with Zeenat Begum, in the song “Soniye Ni Heeriye Ni.” Rafi had an unmatched voice. Movietone’s Homi wadi introduced Rafi in Hindi to mainstream films with Sharbati Annkhein span>

Rafi was a unique combination of classical and playing vocalist qualities that made him stand out from the rest. He died 31 July 1980 after suffering a massive heart attack. Music lost a great musician.

Asha Bhosle 


Lata Bhosle’s younger sister is Asha Mangeshkar. Chunaria made her Bollywood debut with mainstream playback singing.

She struggled to establish herself as a playback singer because of her competition with Geeta Dott and Shamshad Begum. Asha Bhoole continues to make songs people love that they can recall for a long time.

Geeta dutt


Geeta Roy or Geeta Dutt is the name for which she is most famous. She was born in Faridpur, East Bengal, on 23 November 1930. Her first film in Mumbai was “Do Bhai”. This made her the most popular playback singer in Mumbai.

Dutt is well-known for her bhajans. Her trademark was her weeping, melancholic voice. Baazi was her first film and revealed her true voice.



Mukesh Chand Mathur (or simply Mukesh) is an extraordinary voice. Born in Delhi, July 22nd 1923, his voice has been compared to those of Manna Dey and Mohammad Rafi. He was also known by the nickname “The Man With the Golden Voice” and is still considered to be one of the most important playback singers in Bollywood. His contributions to movies like Mera Naam Joker, Andaz and Mera Karam Karam were household names. Many years later, his songs continue to touch hearts.

Hemanta Mukherjee 


Hemanta Mokhopadhyay or Hemant Kumar was born in Banaras, June 16, 1920. Hemant Kumar won National Awards for the best male singer category.

His voice could be heard in many of the most important films of his time, such as Nagin, Bees Saal Baad and Kohra. He died in September 1989 from a heart attack.

Mahendra Kapoor 


Mahendra Kapoor is one of Bollywood’s most famous singers. He was born in Amritsar, January 9, 1934.

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Shreya Ghoshal


Shreya Ghoshal was born in Rawatbhata, Rajasthan (Rajasthan), 12 March 1984. Five of these awards are for Best Female Playback song.

Ghoshal started her musical journey when she was 4 years old. She began learning classical music at 6 years old.

Sonu Nigam


Sonu Nigam or Sonu Nigam as he is commonly called, was born in Faridabad, Haryana, on 30 July 1973. Nigam has been regarded as one the most skilled male playback singers of Bollywood.

Nigam is the brother of Nikita Nigam (b. Nevaan, a son of the couple (b. 2007).

Alka Yagnik

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Alka Yagnik was born to Gujarati parents in Kolkata, 20 March 1966.

1988 was her biggest year. She had no regrets after that and made a name for herself in Bollywood playback singing.

Sunidhi Chauhan 



Sunidhi Chauhan is another well-known singer. To fulfill her dreams, she took up singing to make a living.

She got her first break at 13 singing “Ladki Dekho” as a duet in a duet with Udit Nayana. In 1999, she was nominated to win the Best Female Playback Song award for “Ruki Ruki Si Zindagi.” Chauhan is a strong female singer with a voice that is rarely heard in females.

Shankar Mahadevan


Shankar Mahadevan was born in Chembur (Mumbai), March 3, 1967. This song does not have a verse, break or breath.

He was also given a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Siddharth Mahadevan (his son) is also a playback singer.

Arijit Singh


Arijit Singh was born 25 April 1987 in Jiaganj Murshidabad (West Bengal). He reached the top 6 in 2005 and has been a magnet to music lovers across the country.

Armaan Malik


Armaan Malik is a young musician. He was born in Mumbai 22 July 1995. He is the son of Daboo Malik. Malik started his career as a participant on a music reality show – Zee Tv’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lilil Champs. Based on public votes, he reached the eighth place.




Shantanu Mukherjee or Shaan as he is more commonly known was born in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, on the 30th September 1972. His grandfather, Jahar Mukherjee, the great lyricist and his father Manas Mukherjee was the late music director. Sagarika, his sister, is a singer.

His first public appearance was in a remix of R.D. Burman’s Roop Tera Mastana with his sibling. It was released almost immediately. Housefull 2 Fanaa, Welcome, Taare Zameen Par. Ta Ra Rum Pum, Jab We Met.

Udit Narayan


Udit Narayan Jha, also known as Udit Narayana, was born in Supaul, Nepal, on the 1st December 1955. He was a singer in the 80s, 90s and 00s. This is a testament to how important he was in those times. He started his career as a Maithili folk singer for Radio Nepal in 1970. Rajesh Roshan discovered him in the 1980s, when he made his Bollywood debut.

His soulful and mesmerizing voice has won hearts all over the world.





Krishnakumar Kunnath (or KK) was born in Delhi, India on 23 August 1970. KK’s career started singing jingles and it took him 3,500 days to break into Bollywood. KK is distinctive because he never received formal training in music.

He got his first Bollywood hit with ‘Tadap Tadap’, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. The most famous songs he wrote are -Khuda and Maine Dil Se Kaha.

Neha Kakkar


Neha Kakkar is best known for her participation in Indian Idol season 2, 2006. Tony Kakkar and Sonu Kakkar are her siblings. The former is a singer, while the latter is a performer on the playback side.

Kakkar has done many associative acts with singers like Iraj, Yo Honey Singh and Bilal Seeed throughout her career.

Monali Thakur 


Thakur is part of a singing family. Her father, Shakti Thakur is a Bengali singer. Mehuli Thakur, a playback singer, was trained in Hindustani Classical Music at the age of 14. She was awarded her first Playback Singer Award. It was her stint in Indian Idol 2 that made her famous. She managed to rank 9.

She struggled to get noticed in the music industry.

Ankit Tiwari 


Ankit Tiwari is an Indian playback singer. He was born in Kanpur, March 6, 1986. This was his first step into Bollywood.

Tiwari is a big fan of Ricky Martin and KK.

Amit Trivedi


Amit Trivedi started his career as a singer and composer of music for non-film albums. His work in Dev.D. was a huge success. His work in Dev.D. was admired by many.

His most well-known songs are: Nayan Tarse, Dev.D, Zinda (Lootera), Yeh Fitoor Mera(Fitoor), Ishaqzaade [Ishaqzaade], Shaam Shandaar/Shaandaar], Gal Mitthi Mitthi and Love You Zindagi.

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