Top Ten Ghazal Singers

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This list quotes the top ten ghazal singers of all time. They are ranked based on their work, popularity and recognition.

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1Jagjit Singh

Listening him from my school days.His voice feels like God is speaking.His diction of Urdu is unbelievably amazing.His songs are so soothing and having such pain that gives Ghazals a real meaning.He is not just maestro he is God of Ghazals himself. - sumitsinha2000

The delivery and "card" in his voice is incomparable

I think jagjit singh is better than ghulam ali and ghulam ali is also not greater than mehdi hassan

Soothing soulful voice... Best Ghazal composer ever..

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2HariharanHariharan is an Indian playback singer who has sung for Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Gujarati and Rajasthani films, an established and foremost ghazal singer and composer, and one of the pioneers of Indian fusion music . In 2004, he was honoured with the Padma ...read more.

When he take ghazal in his own way it seems magical.

The versatile genius, the perfect singer.

One of the grate singer in India

The most versatile maestro. Heart touching voice.

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3Ghulam Ali

The kind singing he has done, no one would ever be able to reach nearer to them, he is singer of style and variety, he inspires me to always go for harder path, he is the Dare-Devil as well as Michael Anglo of singing.

He is my favourite singer. I like his singing!

He is a best singer I love his singing

He is the best!

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4Mehdi Hassan

The softness of his voice intermingles with the sad poetry to create a very soulful experience.

He was the best of all time. No one can compete his voice. Best voice I have ever heard.

The softness of his voice as well as the perfect singing definitely makes him the top choice for a singer. His ghazals sure touch the heart. While jagjit singh made ghazals famous among the present generation, he can not be classified as a better "singer" than Mehdi Hassan or Ghulam Ali for that matter.

He is definition of ghazal. Please don't compare him with any one. He is beyond all that

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5Adithya Srinivasan

This boy is a revolution. He sounds like he's been singing for decades though he's just little over 2 decades old. A legend in the making.

I just watched this young lad on YouTube, oh my god! He sounds so good and looks so nice!

He is the future of Indian music. such a sooting voice.

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6Pankaj Udhas

Indian singer, credited in the Indian music industry, along with other musicians like Jagjit Singh and Talat Aziz, with bringing the Ghazal style to the realm of popular music. He rose to fame for singing in the 1986 film Naam, in which his song "Chitthi Aayee Hai" became an instant hit. - rebecabonham

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7Runa Laila

She's way to old to perform any more. Used to sing well in her yester years!

Bangladeshi singer who started her career from Pakistan film industry and sings in Ghazals also. She made a pair with singer Ahmed Rushdi after replacing Mala. She also has done playbacks for movies in Bangladesh, India and Pakistani film industries during late 60s, 70s, and the early 80's. Her best known number is Dama Dam Mast Qalandar. - rebecabonham

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8Talat Aziz

Why is he even on this list? He sings like some old hag!

He is a singer who is no more in the race.

Popular ghazal singer from Hyderabad, India. His first major performance was in Hyderabad at a place called King Kothi. He sang before a crowd of over 5, 000. He sang Kaise Sukoon Paoon and some ghazals by noted shaayars of Hyderabad. Though he was nervous at his first performance in front of audience yet he performed well. - rebecabonham

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9Anup Jalota

Anup jalota is the only modern Indian singer who really sings ghazals in ghazal style. He applies different classical music surs. I can compare him with ghulam ali and mehdi hasan. Other popular singers like jagjit and pankaj simply sing the ghazals like ordinary dongs. They don't qualify as ghazal singers.

Best known for his performances in the Hindu devotional music bhajan and the Urdu form of poetry, ghazal.
He is popularly known as the "Bhajan Samraat" (Emperor of Bhajans). Padma Shri for 2012 has been conferred upon him in the field of Art-Indian Classical Music- Vocal by Government of India. - rebecabonham

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10Begum Akhtar

She is the best in my opinion, she has sung different ghazals in different manner. With a soulful, classical voice of hers even those songs have become alive which sound dead flat in the voice of other singers.

She must be placed at second number. After mehdi hassan she is the best

She is best as a Thumri singer, Her voice is very painful, Hearttouch.

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The Contenders

11Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

He was my best.. No one can take his place ever... I have no words for him.. He is the master of masters

He is the best singer of all times

Father of all kinds of ghajal music tunes. Inspired the whole world. Heavenly voices. Master of his days. One of the top chart in all time.

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12Lily Chakraborty

Best female ghazal singer of this time

13Chandan Dass
14Mohammed Rafi

People tend to forget that Rafi Sahab was also a great ghazal singer.

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15Abida ParveenV2 Comments
16Asad Amanat Ali Khan V1 Comment
17Jaspreet 'Jazim' Sharma

He is the Youth Ambassador for Ghazal

18Pervez Mehdi
19Ashok Khosla
20Yateesh Acharya

One of the finest artist continuing the legacy of Ustad Mehdi Hassan.

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