14 Best Tamil Songs Of A R Rahman You Must Listen Right Now

14 Best Tamil Songs Of A R Rahman You Must Listen Right Now

26 Nov 18 @ 1:07 PM

Who hasn’t been mesmerized by the magical tunes of musical maestro A R Rahman? Described as one of the worlds most prominent and prolific film composer, his works being prominent for incorporating Eastern classical music with electronic music sounds, world music genres, and traditional orchestral arrangements. Here’s a look at some of his best award winning Tamil compositions till date that will leave you spellbound.

  • Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018)

    Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is one more proof that Mani-Rahman combo is easily the best Indian Cinema has ever seen. Despite the album not having the song of the highest class, Rahman is known for, the mass and intense numbers nevertheless worthy of praise. A. R. Rahman once and for all proved that, even while he were sleepwalking, he could compose the best music for Mani Ratnam films. Kalla Kalavaani and Bhoomi Bhoomi stand out among the rest.

  • Kaatru Veliyidai (2017)

    Kaatru Veliyidai is one more feather in A. R. Rahman's already busy cap. The A. R. Rahman's yet another combination with Mani Ratnam produced one more master-class of soulful music. Especially the song Azhagiyey takes you back in time to the time when A. R. Rahman was in his youthful best. The energetic number Jungi and the beautiful melody Nallai Allai deserve to be on the everyday playlist. Such an evergreen album by Rahman after a bit of gap. But it will surely remain a favorite for many in the time to come as even its background score has become highly successful.  

  • Kadal (2013)

    The Tamil crime drama film by Mani Ratnam features debutantes Gautham Karthik and Thulasi Nair, with Arjun and Aravind Swamy. A. R. Rahman composed the songs as well as the background score for the film. The lyrics of three songs were penned by Vairamuthu, Madhan Karky and rapper Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam. It topped the Indian music charts and iTunes India. Rahman went on to win Filmfare and Vijay awards for music even though the film was a failure.

  • Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa

    This Tamil romantic drama film by Gautham Menon features Silambarasan and Trisha Krishnan in the lead roles. The soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman who won the Filmfare for music direction. The audio received an overwhelming response and was marked as No. 1 in Asia and ranked among the best musicals of 2011. The lyrics are penned by Thamarai along with Kalyani Menon and Kaithapram.

  • Gentleman (1993)

    ‘Gentleman’ is a Tamil film directed by S. Shankar marking his debut starring Arjun and Madhoo in the lead roles. The score and soundtrack of the movie were composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics penned by Vairamuthu and Vaali. The soundtrack became a chartbuster upon release. ‘Gentleman’ marked the beginning of a famed collaboration between A. R. Rahman and director S. Shankar. The acclaimed soundtrack earned A. R. Rahman, his second Filmfare Best Music Director Award of the year 1993 and theTamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director for his work.

  • Maryan (2013)

    The Tamil action thriller film directed by Bharat Bala stars Dhanush alongside Parvathi. The film has music and background score composed by A R Rahman. The track "Nenjae Ezhu" topped all the charts with over one crore online listeners. The soundtrack album was entitled as "Tamil Album of the Year" in iTunes’ Best of 2013 as Rahman bagged the Filmfare award for best music, yet again.
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  • Silunu Oru Kadhal (2006)

    The Tamil romantic film by director N. Krishna stars Suriya, Jyothika and Bhumika Chawla. The film's score and soundtrack were composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by the Indian poet Vaali. The music was highly appreciated with songs "Munbe Vaa" and "New York Nagaram" becoming chart toppers on the Tamil music channels and radio. Rahman won the Filmfare Best Music Director Award for the soundtrack.
  • Sangamam (1999)

    This Tamil film directed by Suresh Krishna featured Rahman and newcomer Vindhya in the lead roles. The film's music was composed by A. R. Rahman and the soundtrack won awards and rave reviews even though the film was a commercial flop. The music album of this also made news for the first time collaboration of the veteran musician M. S. Viswanathan with A. R. Rahman. The soundtracks also boast of prominent singers like S. Janaki, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan, etc. with lyrics by Vairamuthu. The soundtrack received critical acclaim and Rahman won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director for the soundtrack he composed.
  • Jeans (1998)

    Jeans is a 1998 Indian Tamil romantic comedy film written and directed by Shankar. The film was produced by Ashok Amritraj and Murali Manohar, with Prashanth, Aishwarya Rai and Nassar in the lead roles. The film features a soundtrack by A. R. Rahman which led him to win the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil.
  • Minsaara Kanavu (1997)

    This Tamil musical film was written and directed by Rajiv Menon. The film features Arvind Swamy, Prabhu Deva and Kajol in the lead roles. The soundtrack and background score for the film was composed by A. R. Rahman. The film garnered four National Film Awards, three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, and a Filmfare Award South. The soundtrack features 6 songs composed by A. R. Rahman with lyrics by Vairamuthu.
  • Kadhal Desam (1996)

    The Tamil romance film directed by Kathir and produced by K. T. Kunjumon starred Vineeth, Abbas, and Tabu in the lead roles. The soundtrack for the film was composed by A.R. Rahman with lyrics penned by Vaali. Rahman won his fourth Filmfare Award for Best Music Director (Tamil) for the film.
  • Kadhalan (1994)

    The Tamil film by directed S. Shankar starred Prabhu Deva and Nagma. The acclaimed soundtrack earned Rahman his consecutively third Filmfare Best Music Director Award. It features 9 songs composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics penned by Vairamuthu, Vaali, Shankar and Thirikudarasappa Kavirayar and includes the famous “Urvasi Urvasi” song which has been dubbed many a times.
  • Roja (1992)

    This Tamil language Indian Romantic thriller film co-written and directed by Mani Ratnam starred Arvind Swamy and Madhoo in the lead roles. ‘Roja’ is regarded as a milestone that changed the face of Tamil film music and subsequently contemporary Indian music. Rahman is credited to introduce orchestral melodies in Indian film soundtracks. Noted ghazal singer Hariharan made his Tamil debut through this album. A. R. Rahman won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction, the first time ever by a debutant. Rahman also earned Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director and Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Tamil) for his work.
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