Best Music Directors In India

The Top Ten
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.

AR Rehman sir the best. His composition is like the god has come come down for music composition. we respect a lot him treat like god of music

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.

He is not a music director nor composer, only he is the sound engineer. Now a days he couldn't direct the music with the instruments. Eventhough, he can't direct the music without electronic and computer technologies. a real music director means he want to know play the all music instruments or giving instructions to play the instruments to the players. In the height of the discussions, we are discussed about the cine music particularly. So that, a real music director will do his job in the film, he must complete the stipulated time in the whole production of the film. But, this man did his job in every film, he will take the long time for after completion the whole film. that time extend to month to month, and years to years. Because, he is not the capable person for the film industry. Single word in Tamil " Sarakku illai"

Ilaiyaraaja

Speed king. During his peak he used to constantly compose for 30 films and above on an average. The King of rerecording. I think there is none left after Iliaraja to compose music live by giving instant musical notes to the orchestra.has composed within a few hrs for many films.

He is one of best and all time favorite of south Indian people . Each song of him are unique and melodious which are loved not only by all Indians, all over the world

Ilayaraja is the greatest in the world as no other music director has so varied tunes with unimaginable melody. His music is always lingering in mind and ears. Indeed super human. What imagination he has. 🗺

Simply the best music genius who touches the hearts of people. His music is not something which will stay for one or two months and then forgotten (like those done in present times by other music directors), these will be heard by people repeatedly for very long time to come. His is a class of pure music--- a pure music which deserves a lot of respect and it cannot be compared to the cut copy paste music directors of this generation. Lots of so called hits (composed by other music directors now a days) are a bits and pieces which are cut, copied and pasted from some other remote part of the world.

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 top 2 in this list!
What a genius composer you could ever come across with so much of soul stirring songs and bgms which will hit you straight on your heart

Killer voice
He composes emotions more than music
This is what a music must do
Delivering the emotions
So If I hear Yuvan's music I'm always emotionally attached
Now he is getting few films
He wanna work with big directors to show his real strength
He is evergreen like his father
Expecting Tonnes more from him

All the best for your next international project WOOLFELL

And of course he deserves top 5 places

He has done many masterpieces like Pudhipettai and Tamil MA

His main strength is bgm...
But he s not getting what he deserves

We Yuvan fans will always support him

Its Not easy to Create your Own Style while your father is a legend he has his Own style music which is u can't Find his new Songs...his melodies Bgm are the main I became addict to his music he never worried about trying new era in Tamil industry...Yuvan's Voice is just wav a perfect match for dark solo nights n a party days stunner... v v

I'm a music lover...heared most Song But u1 song is Like a Friend or lover Those r d only song gave mi special Feeling which is blended With mi Soul... Heals my pain Regaons My magna... Always luking For your victory... he has one who first started d era Of Remix, hip pop, modern folk and tried lot n insperied lot n lot of new comers started using his songs... ysr rocks win or lose we always behind u...

He is one of the music directors who has done all kind of movies in Tamil cinema such as village, don, commercial, masala. He can bring you people to the movie only because of his music, such is the fan base for him. Even after some of his recent works were not able to connect with general audience, the amount of people likes him is the same. I won't say U1 will come back, his music will touch all hearts soon and you will feel the same vintage U1 soon.

RD. Burman

If someone says that RD Burman is just a regional music director or limited to only particular region, please check his legacy which goes way back from 60s.. He was ahead of time.. Just ageless creator of music.. His creations inspired not only Indians but budding stars from all over the world, which includes US, UK, Russia, French, Germans as well as Koreans too.. You would find lots of resemblance in their later music with those created by him long back.. Also he used nature to create music.. Nowadays, fusion and techno effects are quite easily controlled and used rather than his time.. Just imagine who would have thought of using a comb or a bottle or gargling as a source of music for one prominent scores!

His vision was unparallel. He was a creative genius. Even A R Rahman has been influenced by him like any other current bollywood music director. Rahman also used combs, glass, asbestos, utensils like things to create music like Burmanda did. He is miles ahead than anybody else even now. Without even technology his experiment with rhythms, gurgles, breathes like unconventional source of music is still unimaginable. He gains more admiration with each passing day. His music can only be more popular in the future as people understand maestros like him long after his death just like other maestros like mozart, bach et al.

RD Burman Best Music Director ever...Its really sad to see how imbecile,dimwit peopleof today's generation giving preference to AR Rahman,Nadeem-Shrava, Himesh Reshmiya etc etc..They should be ashamed..This clearly indicates social & mental deterioration of India...

He is vast and prolific in his repertoire and brought in huge conceptual rhythms, chords, patterns, scale and octave polyphonic sounds way back when nobody even dreamt of it. Be it classical, folk, jazz, pop, fusion, his versatility and expertise is almost unfathomable and critics and experts are still working on it. He never compromised on melody even with the jazziest numbers and is the most remixed composer ever. His music still enthralls and has a timeless tag which makes him one of the very finest of all times.

Nadeem Shravan

Only one line describes NS. beside a.r rahman, NS should be on top of the list. After trash songs of disco from bappi laheri in 80s, NS brought back entire music genre, entire indian music universe, back in track. And not only ashique and saajan, but after 2000 they gave tremendously melodious music in industry. Its very unfortunate that nowadays all music mafia, tanishq bagchi are rebooting their old time hit song, and no one gives them a true credit and recognition. One thing is for sure after 100 years NS song will always always been remember by new generation and kids. No one can forget these all time gems

Nadeem Shravan is the melody makers of India. Each and every song is a proof for this. No other music director can come close. Nadeem Shravan gave hit after hit. Most of the movies of 90s run because of Nadeem Shravan music.

The best music director and the best music composer of all time! Not even AR Rahman can match the level of these legends! I really miss them and want Nadeem to come back to India !

Nadeem Shravan has the most albums with chartbuster songs. Not just 1 or 2r songs , but the whole album will be a blockbuster with Nadeem shravan Music.

Himesh Reshamiya

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

HR is one of the longest sustaining music directors of Bollywood with a career of 18 years and still counting (and still 'hit'). He is the one who introduced actors like Om Puri, Kulbhushan Kharbanda etc in Television at his age of 16. He aired two (if not more) serials as a producer and composer and made Kumar Sanu sing his serials' title songs at that age! He is the one who introduced the concept of Remix Versions of songs in Bollywood which every music producing company still uses. He introduced Medley which is currently known as MashUp and is everywhere in Bollywood. He is the first Indian to perform at Wembley Arena, London. He is the one with the record of having produced the Highest Selling Music Album in India which nobody has been able to beat in last 10 years!

He is the best in current days music means according to story and actor he makes music. So some noise music also come. And some of the people don't like that. If you will compare past days movies, many are love and romantic movies. According to that music was also like that. If you will compare then himesh also made such slow and beautiful music like "Terenam", "etraz", "Pyar kya toh darna kya" and many more.

He is the only man who has it what it takes to be successful as a musician globally. Although India feels proud of Rehman to be know a little bit Globally but it is a fact that his work internationally or nationally for that matter has been mediocre off late. We only have one hope in Himesh Reshamiya.

Anand Milind

After NS I give 2nd position to Anand-milind and anu malik both. There is jo doubt anand milind are the first composer duo who brough some sweet, cute naughtiness, and comedy+humour with melody. They both really desevre second chance.

"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."

A complete music director for melodies

Great composer melody song...

Devi Sri Prasad

Haiii devi sri garu... Bagunnara... I m a very big faan of U.. I see every film of you compose film... I saw your music direaction is extraordinary... From the bigining devi film was an a supper hit pic of your music direaction... And the pournami film was an extra ordinary classical picture in wich all songs r so good.. Specially the flit music was out standing... Then bunny, arya, arya-2, etc... In my mobile I put all songs of your music direaction.. I know that you ne3ver copy any tone... I think you r the level of the A.R. rehaman sir.. Your violin song was very nice.. I love you so much sir.. I hope that you will remain as the best music director in the telugu film industy... Thank you so much...

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

THE Devi Sri Prasad sir is a great music director. He not only compose for melody and mass songs, He compose for all types like classical, western, folk...and way of composing is unique. he is not only great musician but a kind hearted human being

Rajesh Roshan

Many people don't exactly know that many of the top romantic hits right from the 80s have been composede by Mr Rajesh Roshan... Which includes Dil kya kare from julie den ghar se nikalte hi in d 90s and songs from koyla and the list goes on and on...

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

Rakesh Rowan was the music director any body can not defeated him at music

Anirudh Ravichander

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 best...it 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

I hear each and every song of anirudh I bi hearted all of his songs. He is the best music director according to me. He is made for youth. Almost all of them r loving his music. The recent thangamey was sooper dooper. He composes for the youth because of his age and also according to the story. I'm a hearted fan of Anirudh, always love you and your songs.

Anirudh has worked really hard from the beginning of his career and it shows in all the albums and singles which he has released till now! He has a crazy fan following amongst the youth and to add on to this, he is a very humble and down to earth person!

With his two consecutive awards in SIIMA ( a south indian award ) he has captured the hearts of all tamil and malayalam youngsters. Surely to be placed in the top 10. His song was also appreciated by Skrillex ( music composer ). Has a good voice and can compose all types of music.

The Contenders
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.

I simply reject the list where AR Rehman tops the list, and Shankar Jaikishan's names are not mentioned even, and of course the greatest legend Rabindranath Tagore trickles down to no six! Why Naushad Ali has not been taken into reckoning at all. Indeed, ARR is a great composer, but has he excelled TAGORE, SD AND SJ OR NAUSHAD? I think young people who have done the list is not rooted to the past glory of Indian popular music at all. Indeed, it is sad but true.

He is the best poet, writer and musicians, he wrote the most beautiful love songs, his lyrics are so poetic and his tunes are so sooo beautiful, brings tears to eyes. I feel bad for people who doesn't understand Bengali, so they really can't feel the beauty of rabindra sangeet

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.

If there are 2 type of music composer in he world. Then one would be Rabindranath and other would be the apart for Rabindranath..

Sachin Dev Burman

Most creative composer India has ever produced. He left a legacy and treasure for generations to enjoy.
His music has always been fresh, melodious and haunting.

A great leader should also be judged by how many great leaders he leaves in his wake...same goes for a great musician or director...Madan Mohan, Jaidev, R D Burman and many more came to industry after assisting S D Burman...and as far as his music goes...Guide, Abhimaan, Aradhana, Kaala Paani, Jewel Thief...need I say more...

Current western generation knows what Beatles were famous for. But current Indian generation hardly knows contribution made by early Indian composers such great SD Burman.

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

Jatin Lalit

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.

Yes, I just love music of Jatin Lalit. They are just incredible. Some of my most favorite albums of their were Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Ghulam, Kuch kuch gota hai, Khamoshi, and Pyar to hona hi the.

Jatin lalit, hasn't much long filmography list but they gave really amazing music in 90s which cannot be forgotten.

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

Anu Malik

After NS I will give 2nd position to Anand-milind and anu malik both. If we search a composer in totally huge diversity and versatility in music, anu malik comes first. I think there will not any single genre ramained, which anu malik had not tried. He tried every single style of composing, every single style of instrument and brought totally diversity in every single song with maintaining melodies too. Unfortunately his mannerless, and sensles behaviour, in indian idol and in work field downgraded his name and fame.

Finest Music Director of 1990's. Biggest Victim of Paid-Media influenced by Competitors. His work speaks for itself. Those who blindly support media have grown up dancing & humming Anu-Malik's melodious songs & peppy numbers.

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.

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

Laxmikant Pyarelal

He composed music of all types, taste & of all edges. And on an above, they made it popular. So many movies runs successfully all over on their top charts. Not only they are topper on no of movies, no of songs composed but also topper in longest era of their music. In last 2 decades, non of MD can compete with them even after composing computerised tunes. In those days, almost 10-12 movies got released with hit parade. And today's MD finishing 3/4 movies in a year with some time only single song on their behalf. Even their background score was also rich as compared to others. Yes some selective MD's like Ilayaraja, SJ, RDB / SDB can compete with them.

Laxmikant Pyarelal deserves to be on top, they were the best among all the music directors. In my view, in terms of quality music and popular music no any other MD can stands in front of him. No.1 is always Laxmikant Pyarelal.

The Best music director of Indian cinema, highest no. of hits by LP alone than the hits by AR Rehman, RD, SJ, Rajesh Roshan altogether combined. They left no Indian and western musical instruments in their composition.

Laxmikant pyarelal should have been number one take all parameters and study the entire music scenario of hindi cinema you will know why L-P should be at the top they lasted longest 36 years 1963(parasmani) till 1999 ( jai hind) and remained at the top from 1966 (Aye din bahar ke ) till 1993 ( Khalnayak) almost 27 years which is remarkable 7 filmfare awards and a record of four consecutive awards plus maximum hit songs in weekly countdown, they hold a record of giving music in maximum number of films 635 still produced chartbusters year after year from romantic to sad indian folk to rock & jazz from classical to disco from pop fusion to qwali frrom deep patriotic songs to beutiful soothing bhajans from cabre to mujra from short lived funny hip hop songs to intense gazals they were the only one capable of giving all this at same time...there is much more I can go on writing about the lagends...

Harris Jayaraj

Harris sir are using lots of instruments such as trumpets and saxophone and etc.. "as much as others.." his music are unique.. "I feel he is a world class musician.."his light bass music gives feels like fantasy.." there are not enough words to express harris sir music.. "its out of world.."

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

Probably take at least no.3 Position all time and number 1 Currently because of his quality and sure hit machine, he is an allrounder and his bgm is the best ever in Indian cinema...

Harris sir the tuner of music. Harris Jayaraj never fails to attract with his every fresher's. Simply we call melody King. HJ Forever.

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

This is simply not fair to see this trio on number 16 in this list. 1st of all there can't be a comparison between the olds & new ones... Because of so many things, like old ones like R D Verman etc didn't have these advanced instruments so we should make 2 lists.

Then if you compare between the new ones then there is a very strong fight between A R Rehman & Shankar-Ehsan-Loy. Just leaving them on a 19-21 of almost equal score. you can't put himesh on no. 5! Don't just look at the hits... Look at the quality as well!

Absolutely right, I hope most of the vote is by ordinary listeners only.

Shankar Ehsaan Loy should be after ARR and Ilayaraja. No doubt on it. Quality music without copying. Evergreen.

S-E-L..are undoubtedly among top 5 all time best Indian composers.They changed the Hindi film music scene(just like rehman) with films like Dil chahta hai & rock on,also they are the only musicians who do do sound mixing on their own and have no team of assistants..!

They changed the sound of Indian films and are the greatest rivals to a r the man

Shankar Jaikishan

The current generation is unlucky that they do not know Shankar Jaikishan music. They were simply the best and most versatile ground breaking composers ever since their first film Barsat. They produced great songs in all genres and even beyond. They were the first Bollywood MD to produce Indian--Western fusion music with their album, Raga Jazz style, which is unique to this day. Many top name MDs followed them, eg Lakhmikant Pyarell, Usha Khanna, Kalyanji Anandji and many more. They only faded after the death of Jaikishan and their main Lyricist Shailendra. Their music is unforgettable and known interrnationally.

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...

They are Number 1 of all time hindi music. They are the synonym of Hindi Film Music. First listen to their compositions and compare. Their music spread across Russia, Italy, Europe, Arab countries and many other. They still listen Awara, shree 420 Songs. All RK films are hit because of music grandeur of SJ.

Definitely, it's Shankar-Jaikishan duo which must be rated as the all time great music director. Reason, they remained number 1 from 1949 (Barsaat) to1972 (Andaaz). Their music is timeless beauty. The present generation might like filthy and suggestive songs today, but the shouldn't ignore the duo of SJ as they topped the Indian film music for over two decades. To me, no doubt, SJ duo is always the best twosome when it comes to the greatest Indian music composers ever.

Vishal Sekhar

Vishal Shekhar Are Best In The world... They can't Be Numbered... From my point they are at the Top of the list

This duo along with Shanakr-Ehsaa-Loy & Himesh took indian music to next level. Please don't mention Pritam's name as we know most of his songs are nspired.
Going with Vishal-Sekhar for Bluffmaster.

They are greatest and superb music director
They are the king of songs of modern time

They are the best they have created history from om shanti om and they were won RD Burman award before Pritam.

G. V. Prakash Kumar

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

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

Is my favourite hero and one man social army

He is the best music director in India

S. Thaman

How crazy...
He is the only music composer who perfectly copes the tunes from others

He is the best awesome music composer cannot be him in India

Ss thaman his most talented for grabbing director

He is number 1 copy cat music director...

Viju Shah

Viju Shah is the best. Nobody can play keyboard like him. He is really a rockstar. Gupt, Mohra, vishwatma, all are the melodies forever. No director can be like Rajiv Rai and no music director can be like viju shah. Rajiv Rai and Viju Shah, they are a team. Every one says for Viju Shah's comeback but I will not say that because the melody of 70's, 80's, and 90's cannot come back. Now, at present music has loses the melody...

Very underrated composer...his work in Tere Mere Sapne is just brilliant! I do love the compositions of many of other composers listed above...Viju Shah deserves way better ranking than Himesh Reshamiya.

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

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.

Naushad

It is really shocking me to see this the number of Mr. Naushad who was the torch bearer of Indian Music (Shastria Sangeet). I think in any case, or any list, he should be at number 01. If we skipped Naushad and Muhammad Rafi, 99% Indian Music will finish.

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.

K. V. Mahadevan

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.

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.

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

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.

If he is in other language undoubtedly he would have been in top 1 or at least at top 10. Undoubtedly best music director in India

He is the best music director ever produced, next to ilayaraja...but he should be in top 3...his songs are very popular, karnataka peoples are watching and making hit, because of songs of Hamsalekha..he has great knowledge about music, because of non popular kannada industry he backed...if he is in tamil or telugu industry he wioulkd be in top 3..but listen to his songs...the youll agree

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