Best Music Directors In India


The Top Ten

1 A.R. Rehman

No doubts Ilayaraja, RD Burman, MSV, Nadeem Shravan are great musicians but limited to particular region or language. But A. R Rahman, he unified India by music, and taking to the universe as well. He is amazing wonder of music world.
He is International competitor, he is in top 3 in any part of India, I would agree the rating for Bollywood. When it comes to all India, he should be number 1.
Listen to his first mesmerizing music of Roja(1992), anybody will understand how strong influence it created into the Indian Music. Most Bollywood audience listen to his music by 1993 or 1994, and hence the musicians got influenced by his music partnered the innovation & trend setting.

Being a south Indian, I don't know about musics of RD Burman or Nadeem Shrawan. I would say Ilayaraja is musical genius without any comparision. But his music is limited to the region as similar to RD buramn or any other regional musicians. But Rahman, he is unique. He proved his skill all over the world. I would rank him second or third any language, but he is the musician of the world. Every human will be mesmerized of his music, every one will rate him as one of the best. He is the only musician can be compared to any musical genius regardless of language, and country. His success in Kollywood, Bolywood, and Hollywood with highest awards in these Industry proved his excellence. One may be the best in the industry or language or region. But he is one of the best everywhere. If you through out your ego, every one who listened to his music accept.

I love you A. Are as well as your music. You are the king of music no one can beat you because your music gives the feel as well as soul.

Pride of India

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2 Ilaiyaraaja

Layaraja the worlds best music composer. When the presentation of his music very critical. He is the proud of india. He perform 100 present pure music. He will touch use his music all language people. I will hope he is the best in india and all over the world. We will not remember his presenting time. At the time technology less time. He is not believe the technology. A.R. rahman only use the computer music. But ilayaraja present the pure and new tune and use real instruments. He will compose 900above films. Any composers will not touch his achievements. Ilayaraja is the god of music. He is the inspiration of all indian composers A.R. rahman also. He will not get the oscer award so, ilayaraja is the oscer man. He will grow with his achievements the height of himalaya. He is the god of music. He will perform the languages of tamil, hindi, marati, malayalam, telugu, kannada. He is score top back round score. He is the best composer. Other A.R. rahman, msv, laxmikant pyarilal also the ...more

Ilayaraja is a greatest... Soul touch musician in the world.

He is a trend setter in the India Music especially in South Indian Languages... When entire south was listening to Hindi songs for the most of the time during 1970's. A man who turned all the listeners to listen their native language songs... There are many music directors in Indian film industry... But ilaiyaraja is the only composer who does all the works done by him alone... He composed for 950+ movies in 5 languages... Who has won 3 National Awards(Songs) & 1 National Award for Background Score... And I can say he is the fastest composer of tunes in this world... He is the 1st Indian who performed symphony... He handles Guitar, Violin and Flute very well which we can see on his scores...

Ilayaraja is always 1st

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3 RD. Burman

Most innovative music director in bollywood. Just see the variation in his music. Each score is so much different than other. Comparing him with LP, Kalyanji Anandji, SJ, Salil Choudary etc at least makes sense, but it is really sad to see that people are comparing this maestro with Nadeem-Shravan, A.R. rehman etc.

Best music director ever in India. Modern music directors make remixes of his songs. An award known as RD Burman award is given in filmfare. From here it's clear that how great is he?

Rd. Burman the janak of music! He is the samrat of music

Panchamda introduced a new sound, which was unheard of before. Although we associate him more with Western style tunes, we forget that he was the one who had created classical gems like "Ghar Aaja Ghir Ayee", "Raina Beeti Jaay", "Jamuna Kinare Aaja", "Gori Teri Paijaniya" and "Naam Gum Jaayega".
Has any other music director been so comfortable in the entire gamut from eternally soulful "Yeh Kya Hua" to the ever peppy "Piya Tu Ab To Aaja" to the ethereal Ghazal "Mera Kuch Saaman".
RD introduced us to world music at a time when there was no digital download and finding a record was hard. The best thing of his music is the seamless amalgamation of music from every corner of the world into Hindi Film Music which prior to him was heavily soaked in Hindustani Classical Music.
His music seems ever fresh and refreshing.
Opinions may vary, but going by the shelf life of his music, he is miles ahead of any music director, present or past.

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4 Yuvan Shankar Raja Yuvan Shankar Raja Yuvan Shankar Raja is an Indian singer-songwriter, film score and soundtrack composer, and occasional lyricist from Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

He deserves a place in the top 3, opportunities and exposure plays a vital role
If his music is heard by the north indians then they will get addicted to his soulful music
Oru naalil song from pudhupettai is a classical example for his latent talent, just here it once

Really yuvan touches my soul... His best album is "Pudupettai"... One of the Most talented music directors but he is not good in choosing good movies.. He must concentrate the story and should give the best albums... From the few years his magical soulful music missing a lot... He needs a comeback...

He is best but, many more big projects working with rahman sir then how to prove himself, he is only give the emotional into music related the situation
He is only after illayaraja sir, rahman sir always good but recently not well because these are not big project he give best music in his big project only,


Yuvan best music director

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5 Nadeem Shravan

He is the best music director ever in India. If you have doubt then search his film list in which he has composed the music. He was unbeatable from 90s to nearly 2005 & now also he is producing mind blowing compositions.

There is no any word need to tell about these great musician. But as a formality there are greater than great. Since composed "Aashiqui" till now, there is no any single song / musician beat them.

He should be at number 1. AR Rehman is never comparable to Nadeem Shravan. If you have doubt then just search the songs ^^ films in which he has worked as music director. Maximum biggest hits from 90s to till now is of Nadeem Shravan. Please vote for him. Except RD Burman no one is even comparable to him.

Melody And Only Melody

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6 Rabindranath Tagore Rabindranath Tagore Rabindranath Tagore FRAS, also written Ravīndranātha Thākura, sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

No one yet has composed even national anthem which he did

He is evergreen great composer

He is the legend.. Father of music. No one compose wht he have done. During his era todays composer can't even think that type of melody. We salute THE TAGORE.

Legendary Rabindranath Thakur

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7 Himesh Reshamiya

He gave 36 Hit songs back to back in just 6 months.. He is the best music director of India.. The man with never give up attitude.. He is not only music director - singer but he is also an actor, story writer, lyricist..

His tunes are amazing. He is innovative. I know there are many others in the industry who holds few of the best compositions of their times, but what is best abt HR is that he never lets his stake holders go with their albums less than mediocre. He delivers what is needed. Thumbs up Himesh... You Rock.

But in recent times, I personally feel that other things have distracted him a lot. Those songs which he has sung, if were sung by other singers, they would have done wonders. Reason for saying so is that, not everyone can hear same sound again and again. There needs to be a limit. If he aligns his skills rightly, there will be a Tsunami of Music... Yeah 36 hits in 6 months is a testimony

Himesh is the one and only Indian rockstar, I'm really mad when I listen himesh songs, his best quality is one song difrent when compare to another, he s the first indian who performed in wembly arena and many more...

Himesh sir best music dayrectur

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8 Laxmikant Pyarelal

They show the Indian melody and all round music quality for the Indian population

See the results and you will find

Music directors par excellence. No other music director has given so many hit songs in the history of Indian cinema. They ruled the film industry for almost 40 years.


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9 Devi Sri Prasad

The best and most happening music director. With loads of talent he is undoubtedly god gifted. His songs are awesome, sweet, classic etc etc.

Best music director. Never copy any Tune from anyone. His tunes are always loaded with full energy and also he is a Great singer, Lyricist too.
He Doesn't have any flop album till now.

Best music director. Never copy any Tune from anyone. His tunes are always loaded with full energy and also he is a Great singer, Lyricist too.

He Doesn't have any flop album till now. he is only can give any type of music in the world

His music is awesome and of course goosebumping.
No words to describe his mass backgrounds

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10 Sachin Dev Burman

Best ever composer of melodious songs

Those who haven't rated him as the best may not have ever heard his songs or don't know what music really is..

He is the greatest, the best

Higher musician

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The Contenders

11 Rajesh Roshan

Rajesh roshan was good earlier, but now his music is older and not interesting

Rajesh Roshan is best music director and udit is best voice singer

I Think Should be First Rating.

Very great music director

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12 Anand Milind

A complete music director for melodies

Great composer melody song...

Best music directors

"He has created fabulous music of 90's era, I think they should comeback with their melodies"
"Producers and directors should give them a break in big banner."

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13 Jatin Lalit

The duo were best for melody song... Those melody are hard to get in modern music

Jatin-Lalit duo are eminent for their melodious songs. No music composer has composed more melodious songs than them. They were rulers of music industry once.

They deserve much more respect as compared to other music directors in India.

Get to know more about them and their work, you would surely become their fan.

Has offered the most successful songs so far

Best and greatest composers of all time...

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14 Harris Jayaraj

Harris is more efficient than yuvan

The king Maker of Tamil music ever

Harris is the best composer, his music is so soothing, excellent and mind blowing. His songs have both great feel and technology

Super, unbelievable,amazing, duper, awesome music

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15 Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Dude, this list is just meaningless

I place Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy after A.R.Rahman.

They should at least be in top 3!

After saaho movie is going to top

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16 Shankar Jaikishan

The best! Some of the ones who made it to the top 10 are there only because the present generation participates in polls of these type. The best Hindi film music was in the period 1950-1970 and only 1 or 2 of the M D s who started in the late 60s have made it. S D Burman may have made it more due to the voters having heard of him due to the R D connection.

What! This is not the place he deserves... He should be number 1 Music director... I am born in 80's and Shankar-Jaikishan belong to late 50's, 60's and 70's. But still I can find freshness in their music. They were trend setters, introduced western Jazz to Indian Music, Music of theirs was popular world wide. Many Hollywood movies used their music. King of experimental music. What else should I tell of them. Guys. Listen to their songs first... They didn't get the recognition, they should have got... Many great music directors are fan of these two... Laxmikanth pyarelal, Nadeem Shravan... Mohd Rafi is also a great fan of these two... Please just listen to his songs. I am sure everyone would agree to what I state...

One of the best music directors. Gave out tons of hit with singers like Mohd Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and even Kishore Kumar

They were the emperor of film music. Today's generation can not rate their quality because they do not know much about music and lyrics.

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17 M. S. Viswanathan

Uncomparable music composer by nature and yet to replace him by any one.

MSV is the most versatile music director the world had ever seen. Innovations were maximum introduced by him and his songs live for ever. He had been appreciated and admired by great music directors including Maestro Ilayaraja & Naushadji. He had scored music for more than 1500 films and 80% of his songs are still alive. Unfortunately he had not reached a wider audience inspite of his unfathomable talent. He should be Number 1 for India. Unfortunately internet is not majorly utilised by people who grew up & lived with his music and he is not going to be voted here. I will try to post this in fb and see whether I could improve numbers. Having said that, people who know his music know his music and he doesn't really need this recognition. But it hurts to see him under so many other musicians!

Voting him 17th in the list? Unjustified. A terrific and very fast music composer. No match for him in the music industry!

Excellent composer in earlier days when there were less technical help.

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18 Anirudh Ravichander

He deserves to be in the top ten list, because he is the only one who has been giving best songs, best themes, best background music

He will be in top 3 soon...haters don't have a genuine reason to hate him, rumours about him may come and go but he has never failed to give his happens that when one is listening to his music or any song for the first time one may feel that there is nothing so special about the song...but then the same song will be stuck in your mind forever and be on loop...even his haters will have at least 2-3 songs of his in their playlists...he creates magic every time he composes a song...he is the best and THE BEST

Kolaveri Di...!... Yes.. He is one of the emerging music directors in tamil Cinema... His music reaches all kinds of people...

One of my favorites

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19 Anu Malik

He is the best and the most talented music director of Bollywood, anu Malik has prove it he is full of melody, Anu Malik is a record six-time winner from a record of 42 nominations of the best music director which includes 14-time nominee for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. Anu sir am your biggest fan ever. If you know what is melody and talented call, then for sure you will be a fan of anu Malik.

He is one of the biggest plagiarists. He deserves a place way below this rank

Biggest copy cat of Pakistani music in the days where copyright wasn't a thing and there was no YouTube. Call this guy out man

Hello sir I am sunil I love you sir aap india ki shan ho ye sub jante he sir mujhe bhi music se bhut pyar he sir next indian idal me me bhi a rha hu bus sir apka asirwad chiye 🙏🙏

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20 Viju Shah

There is no doubt about of this person. Because he is extraordinarily genius. Above from someone but not less than anyone.

Best music composer ever seen

One of the best

He is the best one we ever get but due to biased industry he lost somewhere.

He is creater/developer like Rehman.
Rehman and Viju shouod be in same place.

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21 G. V. Prakash Kumar

On best in Tamil

G V is the best singer too what a voice what a composition

Nobody can replace him when it comes to theme and background scores. His best ever I would tell is 'Aayirathil oruvan' Epic background music!

Is my favourite hero and one man social army

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22 Salim-Sulaiman

Rab Ne Banadi Jodi Songs is my favourite. It makes every one to fall in love

Best composers of India

They are THE best best best

They are the best

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23 Vishal Sekhar

Amazing music that touches everyone's hearts. That's why I think they should me number one. They don't deserve anything below. :-)

Shekhar is my most favourite singer, he and vishal should be number one

I like all songs of Vishal-Shekhar

Vishal Shekhar best
No word
M speechless
Can't describe them they are enough good

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24 Madan Mohan

A great composer of Indian film industry with whom LATA MANGESHKAR gave her the best.

He is one of the greatest music composer ever in India. He is the one of best. I had heard his all songs.

I'm born in 80s, but recognized him so late. He didn't have any training of music, but it was his soul, which created so many untouchable arts that you can't even imagine. It is so painful seeing him at no. 24. He is uncrowned king of Indian music industry.

One of the best music director hindi cinema has ever seen. he was a true talent, it is sad to see his position so much below. He was truly an uncrowned king of music industry and every music director, singer and artist know his value. His music tells his greatness and you should listen to his music and famous songs at least once in your lifetime.

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25 K. V. Mahadevan

K.V. Mahadevan, a trend setter in Carnatic music, an authority on folk music and his versatileness in giving different kind of melodies, providing music for more than 700 films from his early beginings, he is to be top listed above other music directors. In Telugu, he was number 1 till his end.

Those who are born in 70's and 80's, and listening to radio before going to school and on Sunday will definitely know how mesmerizing his melodies are. Those melodies will stand forever because they are focused on voice and ragam that stamps into our minds.
Those who are in top in this list are copycats like DSP, instrument crowded songs, people not even remember their songs for not more than 1 or 2 years.

This is the worst website! Kv mahadevan is legend! Where is ghatsAla, pendyala!

26 Naushad

I completely agree with the earlier comment. How come musician like Nausha saab is below on 19 when I think he should have been in the first 3. Its an unjustified list. Anyway I think people should listen music of Naushad saab, Madan Mohan Ji, O P Nair Saab, Laksmikant Payarelal Ji ( many more to name, sorry if I have missed some great names ) and then start commenting and voting.Nausad Saab is the one who brought the best of Rafi saab.

I am surprised to see the list. Some useless music directors are above the genius Naushad. Probably many people of today do not know the true music.

The great composer of India. His name should be in the top three list.

Naushad is the best

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27 Kalyanji Anandji

Great composer give number of hits in 1960 and 70

They should be in top 5 as they have scored very good music in 300 Bollywood movies.
These days most of there songs are copied and remixed by new upcoming Music Directors.
No one can beat Music Maestros Brothers Kalyanji Anandji Fames Music..

Its awesome to listen them

28 Salil Chowdhury

Salil Chowdhury was an Indian music composer, who mainly composed for Bengali, Hindi, and Malayalam films. He was also a poet and a playwright. He is affectionately called Salilda by his admirers.

One of the best Composer in India...

At first listen to the music of whole world if possible ( at list European and African music since 1600 A.D. ), then compare Salil Chowdhury with the rest of Indian Composers and others. R D Burman is no more, but you can Go to Mr. Ilayaraja, and ask him whether I have written wrong, with due respect to the other composers.

Top five composer like this--- Salil Chowdhury, SJ, LP, SD Burman and RD Burman

29 Hamsalekha

People, please listen to Legendary Hamsalekha sir songs. He writes the lyrics himself for all his songs. Music and Lyrics are mind blowing. He deserves to be in Top 5. If not for the rating, even otherwise do listen to his songs, they are Just too good.

I think People should listen all the tunes composed by Hamsalekha Sir.
People should learn to understand what really the music is. Even though He composed music only to south Indian languages but the tunes he composed heaven.

The best of best in my opinion...a true composer and lyricist...has many records like composing music without any instrument, with only single instrument all time favorite..

He is the unique music director in india who scoresmusic along with lyrics

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30 Adnan Sami

Good melodies he compose and his voice too is good. :-)

31 Sajid Wajid

Sir I am your biggest fan in the world. I like your all music composed by you. It will be a honour to me if you replay me. Thank you sir.

I like all songs& music

I like your style

Best music Drictor...

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32 Amit Trivedi

King of contemporary music... A competition to Rehman ji.. I mean in terms of pricing and all :P

Best. In terms of unique music and voice.

Amit trivedi is arguably the best music composer India has at the moment... He revived Indian music with a western touch... His music is simply awesome...


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33 Vijay Antony

He is 1 of the best music director in Tamil I like to...

Different types of music

Your good sir but do more movies and score good sir vvr waiting for u music please come in Tamil cinema

He is the new msv

34 Johnson

A Master and an ace who composed his melodies effortlessly. His greatest achievement was his casual attitude towards his stardom and his humility in general with respect to everybody. His songs have stood the test of time and his music in general elates every single soul who listens to it. Apart from his Music, Mr Johnson is a fantastic human being who nurtured a wonderful family and his legacy lives through his talented daughter, Shan Johnson.

Johnson Master - Winner of 2 National Awards, 6 State Award and many other awards and recognition... Most of all, Winner of a million hearts ho love your Music! Proud to vote for you... I am your greatest fan! You live forever through your evergreen melodies which you have left behind for us! YOU ARE THE BEST! Thank you for the Music in it's pure magical form..

Very very Great personality. Humble dedicated talented. Songs and compositions cannot be forgotten. Best music director. Simple personality. Very serious about his work. Great respect for him. Wishing Shan Johnson a bright future in musical ocean. God Bless the family.

Johnson master is aunthetic in both kanatic and western forms of music. He had innovated a natural highly soothed music in malayalam film industry. his perspective towards music is entirely different. He had effortessly composed a colossial number of songs. His melodies are halted in our heart, day by day his soul of the music is melted our ears and heart. He had also composed a numerous background scores which is outstanding. He has an ablity to use different musical instruments in a particular bgm. the bgm of manichithrathazu is the eg of that, which is highly haunted by the presence of classical instruments like veena & thabala. The spectators identifies this musical genius after his obituaries.

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35 Ajay Atul

Ajay Atul are the best music director in future
Sir I want to meet you.
i want to became a music director like you

Though down in the list now.. There are going to beat rehman in upcoming few years.. Mark my words..

He is best music director now in India

They are just underrated..Just listen their songs, will come to know their class.

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36 Mani Sharma

The best Music Director according to me. I feel there is no one who can even come close to him. Yuvan Shankar Raja is someone who I see second to him. Unfortunately, he has not got the recognition that he deserves.

He is the best of best in all music directors he is so special. and his music is amazing awesome etc so the Mani Sharma is best music director...

He is the best... His music is ever green. Unfortunately the kind of recognition he deserved, he hasn't got.

He is a teacher and guru of Indian music kingmakers like AR Rahman,DSP, thaman,and many more music directors,he has more melody's and he not copy any tunes and he gave a chartbusters to star heros he deserve the best place sadly he didn't get the good recognition...but he is in every heart of many hearts.. manisharma is a magic of Indian cinema

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37 Raveendran

He is not famous only because he is from malayalam industry. His music is divine.

Class cult of malayalam film world.. driven the movies purely out of his music

Hee needed to be in the second place


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38 Bappi Lahiri

Only one disco king of this India.

The most versatile Composer and singer on earth

Please compose a real disco music

Super duper... Ever green... Songs.. Indias best composer

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39 O. P. Nayyar

An fantastic composer ever...

Undoubtedly greatest of all

The best ever

In my opinion he is no 2 behind shankar-jaikishan.
All the new ones have made it after these two left the scene.

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40 Hemant Kumar

Outstanding Music Director in Bengali and Hindi film as well as basic disc in bengali.

One of the best music director of all time... Of classic golden era... He had a unparalleled manly voice which have very deep feeling... When I hear Hemant Kumar Ji... The environment becomes charming beautiful

What a pleasant music given by dada

Great nagin movie songs also legend music director

41 Pritam Chakraborty

Pritam is the best music composer of Bollywood now...

What the hell this list is?... Pritam is one of best compose ever in the world... If he is not even no. 1... This list is worst man!... Pritam's music is hottest and coolest music in the world... He is a born to compose music director...

Pritam the is the God of music!
List is nothing because at the end of the day, people listen his music everytym the most and goes to sleep...

Pritam is best. He has more hits than anyone above in this list.

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42 M. M. Keeravani

Not many people realise. but he is true genius

He is the best music director of India.

He is a wonderful and the best music director in India after Ilayaraja Sir.

He is the all time best music director in Telugu. Known for his fabulous back ground score too. His album named "Allari Priyudu" is always fresh to listen.

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43 Honey Singh Honey Singh Hirdesh Singh, known by this professional name, Yo Yo Honey Singh or Honey Singh, is an Indian music producer, Indi-pop singer and film actor.

Honey singh is one of the top most rapper these days...
No one has given the maximum no. Of raps & back to back songs he deserves to be on top 10

I wonder how he's even qualified as a music director. His rap makes me wanna cry.

He deserves to. Be the best in all

Love you mere YOYO

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44 D. Imman

Best music director in Tamil

Few songs unforgettable.. , Great man.. ,

My favourite


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45 Anand Raj Anand

Just listen to kaante's music

He is a good music director of India.if you don't believe so, listen pyar kiya to nibhana from movie major shab.I love this song so by a r anand.

46 Ravi

Only music director whose many movies had all tracks very popular. His songs for children, marriage, poverty, philosophy, bhakti, hope, romance, despair are still popular among old songs of 50's, 60's, 70's. He has given music to some of Malayalam films also by the name of Bombay Ravi and won awards but his contribution was never recognized at national level.


47 S. Thaman

He is number 1 copy cat music director...

Best, new music director

Promising Music director in recent times...

Top 10 music director

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48 Santhosh Narayanan

The word 'Simply superb' suits for him only.

Your music is different in the industry

He make the feelings to feel...


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49 M.M. Keeravaani

What about him only average for me

50 Raghu Dixit

He is just awesome. He gives a superb blend of folk and rock music. AWESOME BRILLIANT!

Awesome music composer in India..

His compositions are awesome.

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