Think Hindi soulful and romantic songs, and chances are the name Arijit Singh instantly appears in your head. A giant of Bollywood, Singh has a huge catalogue of anthemic songs, such as the award-winning blockbuster Tum Hi Ho. With a fan base across all generations, it is therefore no surprise that Singh is the most streamed Indian artist ever. His songs are filled with heavy emotions – a voice that can turn your mood from a teary mess to a party all night vibe or get you blushing like crazy. A ray of inspiration for all aspiring singers, Singh celebrates his 34th birthday this week.
To celebrate BizAsiaLive.com looks back at some of his greatest songs.
Tum Hi Ho – ‘Aashiqui 2’ (2013)
A happy romantic number, it brings the story of a lover sharing his happiness with the world. While some critics call it a self-centred narration of a lover’s heart along with a darkness. The song has all the hallmarks of what we have come to associate Singh with; it’s soulful, extremely touching and of course it’s dripping with melody. The piano, strings, and beats are very effective in creating an eerie romantic atmosphere for the singer to transform the song and Singh does that magnificently.
Gerua – ‘Dilwale’ (2015)
It’s a case of love at first listen with this song, courtesy of a soothing composition. The flute in the beginning takes your heart away while Singh, who has perfected the art of rendering romantic numbers, only ends up raising the bar. Upon its release, the music video of the song garnered 1.6 million views on Facebook and YouTube in it’s first week alone.
Channa Mereya – ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ (2016)
Composed by Pritam and penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya, the lyrics with a Sufi touch brings out the emotions from a heart broken soul. The song was widely praised for being a melancholic piece sung with fervour which showcased Singh’s tonal control. After remaining in the charts for over five months, it was awarded the critic’s song of the year award at various prestigious award ceremonies.
Kalank – ‘Kalank’ (2018)
The music of ‘Kalank’ is magical as it is experimental and will stay with you. The instruments used for creating the sound of the title track are real and not computerised. These days, with the booming music industry, different ways are tried and tested to create the sound they need, but this film’s music certainly proves that old is gold. The real instruments have created music with a quality worth listening to and it does not go unnoticed.
Ve Maahi – ‘Kesari’ (2019)
A slow romantic number which takes the audience through the innocent love story of the characters of Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra as the soulful voice of Singh makes us forget everything. His voice does all the due justice to this beautiful ballad and manages to induce the true essence to each syllable that comes from his mouth. The song managed to notch up over 500 million view on it’s official upload to YouTube and was recognised as the Favourite Song of the Year at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards India.
Arijit Singh will be performing all his greatest hits in two special concerts in the UK this summer. Organised by Rock On Music, the concerts will be held in Birmingham on 17th July 2021 and in London on 18th July 2021. BizAsiaLive.com are the official digital partner for this tour.