"Tere Liye, Hi Jiya Main. Khud Ko Jo Yoon De Diya Hai"
12 years ago, Arijit Singh walked onto the stage of reality show Fame Gurukul. Since that day, the Indian music fraternity has found a gem of a singer.
Whilst Arijit lost in the finals of that show, he emerged triumphant in 10 Ke 10 Le Gaye Dil.
After winning the show, he invested the amount prize in building a recording setup of his own, beginning his journey with music programming.
It was in his recording studio where he started composing music and sang for advertisements, news channels and radio-stations.
Since the chartbuster ‘Tum Hi Ho,’ Singh has become the number one Indian male singer. In fact, within a span of 4-5 years Arijit has won a grand total of approximately 28 awards across various prestigious award ceremonies.
Whether it’s the solemn ‘Duaa’ from Shanghai (2012) or the upbeat ‘Palat’ from Main Tera Hero (2014), Arijit Singh can pull off songs of various genres.
DESIblitz presents 10 best soul-stirring, romantic numbers which will either make you weep with nostalgia or make you want to embrace your beloved!
Tum Hi Ho ~ Aashiqui 2 (2013)
This is the track which got Arijit’s career going and the song which redefined Bollywood romance. Undoubtedly, the best composition ever by Mithoon.
‘Tum Hi Ho’ is an legendary song as it, firstly, showcases the iconic ‘Aashiqui’ pose where Aditya Roy Kapoor hangs his coat over Shraddha Kapoor on a rainy night.
This is truly touching to watch on screen.
Arijit’s vocals are so sincere, that you feel the love through his singing. Furthermore, the line “Tere Liye, Hi Jiya Main. Khud Ko Jo Yoon De Diya Hai”, signifies immense love.
Kabira (Encore) ~ Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
We, firstly, must applaud Tochi Raina for his tremendous vocals in the original track. However, in this encore version, Arijit steals the show.
Backed by dholaks, shehnai and Harshdeep Kaur’s Punjabi lines – Pritam encapsulates the correct atmosphere for an Indian wedding song.
Deepika Padukone as Naina and Ranbir Kapoor as Bunny staring at each other as Kalki Koechlin gets married. In the video, it’s the body language and eyes that do the talking.
The song has won many hearts of many listeners and critics, including Times of India: “You would want to hear the song again and again for the way Arijit has sung it.”
Laal Ishq ~ Ram Leela (2013)
When two virtuosos from music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Arijit Singh collaborate, you know there’ll be magic.
Critic Mohar Basu praises this track as ‘sheer beauty.’ She also states that: “Arijit Singh makes Laal Ishq soulful.”
The picturisation of this track exhibits Ram (Ranveer Singh) as he cries in a drunkard state for his Leela (Deepika Padukone).
‘Laal Ishq’ stands out because of its Indian classical touch. As such, Arijit’s raag and he even sings in various tones. This track will mesmerise and give you goosebumps at the same time!
Humdard ~ Ek Villain (2014)
Rediff states that Arijit “makes an instant impression with his vocals” in this soulful Mithoon track and rightly so!
In the video, we see the stone-hearted Guru (Sidharth Malhotra) looking after his wife Ayesha (Shraddha Kapoor) as she gets an operation.
Like how she supported him, he has also become her ‘Humdard’.
The lyrics, “Teri Muskurahatein Hai Taaqat Meri. Khwahishein Teri Ab Duaaein Meri”, conveys that love gives hope. This is very touching!
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Samjhawan ~ Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014)
Arijit croons Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s original track from the film ‘Virsa’ and he does a phenomenal job.
Depicted on Kavya (Alia Bhatt) and Humpty Sharma (Varun Dhawan), it shows Kavya checking up on Humpty after being beaten up.
She also has flashbacks of endearing moments that were spent with Humpty, despite the fact that she is marrying Angad (Sidharth Shukla).
While Arijit’s voice is excellent, one can’t forget Shreya Ghoshal. From the moment she sings, “Ve Changa Naiyo Kita Biba”, we realise how deep the love is between both Kavya and Humpty.
Judaai ~ Badlapur (2015)
Considered to be one of Varun Dhawan’s favourite songs, ‘Judaai’ can even make the stone-hearted tear up.
Undoubtedly, this is one of the best compositions by Sachin-Jigar.
Sung in a duet with Rekha Bhardwaj, Arijit’s velvety voice is nothing less than haunting.
The line, “Jaane Kaise Koi Sehta Judaaiyaan”, shows that separation is incredibly hard, but is nonetheless a pivotal aspect of romance.
Agar Tum Saath Ho ~ Tamasha (2015)
When the star singer Arijit Singh shares his voice with legendary Alka Yagnik, sparks are bound to fly.
It is such an innovative combination two diverse singers in one song, which is composed by maestro AR Rahman.
The amazing thing about this song is the dialogue between the two protagonists – Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) and Tara (Deepika Padukone).
One on hand, Alkaji sings: “Bin Bole Baatein, Tumse Karoon, Agar Tum Saath Ho.” On the other hand, Arijit sings: “Tum Saath Ho, Ya Na Ho, Kya Farq Hai?” These lyrics highlight the differences between Ved and Tara.
Title Song ~ Sanam Re (2016)
“Bheegi Bheegi Sadkon Pe Mein, Tera Intezaar Karoon.”
These first initial lines convey that this song is all about unconditional love.
Post ‘Tum Hi Ho,’ this is another chartbuster romance from the team of Mithoon and Arijit.
Picturised on the gorgeous Yami Gautam and Pulkit Samrat, this close proximity of the two actors conveys how intimate their love is within the film.
Channa Mereya ~ Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)
For this emotional song, Arijit Singh was awarded the Stardust ‘Best Playback (Male)’ for his soulful voice. Pritam shines again!
Ranbir Kapoor as Ayaan sings at the wedding of his beloved Alizeh (Anushka Sharma). This Karan Johar film really pulls your heartstrings.
Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics, “Andhera Tera, Maine Le Liya. Mera Ujhla Sitara Tere Naam Kiya”, highlights the theme of unconditional love.
In fact, for these poignant lyrics, Bhattacharya also won the Mirchi Music Award under ‘Lyricist of The Year’ category.
Enna Sona ~ Ok Jaanu (2017)
The song which has got everyone talking in 2017. This spellbinding AR Rahman song encompasses the true essence of love.
The lyrics fully in Punjabi, Arijit’s soothing voice is backed by soft guitar notes and drum beats.
Furthermore, the chorus: “Enna Sona Kyun Rab Ne Banaya. Aava Jaava Te Main Yaara Nu Manaava”, exhibits Aditya Roy Kapoor imagining a happy married life with Shraddha Kapoor, whilst she’s away in the movie.
This reinforces that we really cannot stay away from our beloved!
Overall, Arijit Singh has taught the world ‘Aashiqui’ through his heart-touching singing.
Whilst these are our top 10, we must also acknowledge the following songs, that have won the hearts of millions across the world: Phir Le Aaya Dil (Barfi: 2012), Muskurane (CityLights: 2014), Title Song (Hamari Adhuri Kahani: 2015), Aayat (Bajirao Mastani: 2015), Soch Na Sake (Airlift: 2016), Zaalima (Raees: 2017) and Lambiyaan Si Judaiyaan (Raabta: 2017).Of course, there are many more!