Top Ten Ghazal Singers

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

Undoubtedly Jagjit Singh is the number one Ghazal singer of all time. Range and depth of his voice is incomparable to anyone. Ghazals sung by him are timeless. I miss listing to him live.

Jagjit is cut above the rest in ghazal singing. His intonation, voice modulation and selection of ghazals make him a living legend. When you listen to his ghazals you feel like words are coming out from your heart oozing pain. Riaz Qureshi

Prominent Indian Ghazal singer, songwriter and musician. Known as the "Ghazal King", he gained acclaim together with his wife, another renowned Indian ghazal singer Chitra Singh in the 1970s and 1980s. Their combination album comprising music from the films, Arth and Saath Saath is the HMV's largest selling combination album of all time.

2 Mehdi Hassan

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.

Top ghazal singer of world is Mehdi hassan without any doubt. Listen to him quietly deeply and you will understand why he is the best. He sings classical which touches to your heart even if you don't know classical ragas. Above all he sung superb shayar''s extraordinary ghazals.

Mehdi Hassan is the definition for the word ghazal. It begins and ends with him. The survey asks for the top ten ghazal singers, well mehdi hassan is 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, and 10. Then you can name the rest. Jagit Singh nice voice but he couldn't carry mehdi hassans harmonium. Even jagit Singh admitted that much.

Gazal singing and Mehdi Hassan sahab are synonyms of each other. Variations, murkias, sargam, Sur each and every thing were in their best places when he present a gazal. The god gifted baritone he had is ineqitable. Though I hadn't gotany chance to meet him but still Mehdi Hassan sahab played great role in my development asa gazal singer!

3 Ghulam 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.

Considered as one of the best ghazal singers of his era. His style and variations in singing Ghazals has been noted as unique, as he blended Hindustani classical music with ghazals, unlike any other Ghazal singer. Many of his hit ghazals have been used in Bollywood movies.

Both Jagjit Singh and Ghulam Ali are legendary Ghazal singers but my vote for Ustaad Ghulam Ali Khan because his songs are my personal favorite.

He is great. People should be honest before voting anyone else and should kill racist inside of them.

4 Hariharan Hariharan 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 more.

Indian playback singer who has sung for Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Bhojpuri and Telugu films, an established ghazal singer, and one of the pioneers of Indian fusion music. His melody is strongly appreciated by the film fraternity. In 2004, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India and is a two-time National Award winner.

His songs are amazing and versatile. He sings very well in number of different languages.

Magical magnetic, soothing, mesmerizing, melodious and romantic voice.

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

5 Pankaj Udhas

Jagjit Singh, Ghulam Ali,Hariharan and everybody else are brilliant, no doubt about it. But he has the best control over his voice. His voice is so soothing,relaxing and melodious. I think that the level of talent which he has is practically impossible to match.

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.

He sounds like a gal at times!

Awesome song

6 Anup 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.

He is best his pronounsiation is great. He sings ghazals with heart. I like him very much. I pray him long health life. My request please sings more beautiful ghazals for his lovers. Abid

Sound that comes from the soul

7 Talat Aziz

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.

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

He have a unique voice and also a handsome singer.

Talat Aziz is an authentic ghazal singer.

8 Adithya Srinivasan

One of India's best ghazal singers and arguably the youngest ghazal singer in the world. His recent work 'Gham-e-Duniya' was download extensively on Apple iTunes and topped many world music charts. Considered to be one of the most soothing voices in the music fraternity by his fans.

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.

Undoubtedly a prodigy. His taans are more intricate and accurate than more seasoned singers. Adithya definitely has a long way to go...

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

9 Shishir Parkhie

He easily understands the mood of audience and selects his Gazalz beautifully. He has a melodious voice and sings with heart and emotions instead of making singing a grammatical show. That is probably the reason why he is so much liked by the audience.

Shishir ji has been singing ghazals throughout the period when ghazals are not that popular among the masses as they used to be in 70s & 80s. All the legends we have are from that golden period only. Though he was nominated twice for GiMA awards, wonderful compositions from his albums have not been promoted well even by big music labels else his popularity would have been at a different level. Perfect voice sutaible for ghazals, soulful singing & wonderful compositions.!

Shishir ji was nominated for the prestegious GiMA Awards in the best Ghazal album category in 2012 for his album Roomaniyat along with legendary Jagjit Singh ji. He was nominated again for Siyahat with the albums of Hariharan-Ustad Zakir Hussain & Shreya Ghoshal. Both these albums are treat for Ghazal lovers. I also like his albums Once More & Qurbat. Great Ghazal singer & composer.

Shishir has been in a grave medical condition and his sheer will power to live life as it comes has made him sail through this bitter and hard period.
His struggle is reflected in his voice and gives deep meaning to it and makes his gazals all the more special

10 Lily Chakraborty

Best female ghazal singer of this time

The Contenders
11 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was a Pakistani vocalist, primarily a singer of Qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis. Widely considered one of the greatest voices ever recorded, he possessed an extraordinary range of vocal abilities and could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours.

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.

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

He along with his team produced magics.

How is he one 10 on voting? Fix him on 1st.

12 Runa Laila

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.

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

Such a lovely voice she got.

I love you with respect

13 Begum Akhtar

Hiii, I think begum akhtar was the greatest ghazal singer of all time I think she should be on number 1 because she was the first to spread ghazals in india... Jagjit singh pankaj udhas and all others are below her because the difficulties which she face no one faced because they came after her... If you like my point please vote

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 was a great ghazal singer ilike very much her voice & style

14 Chandan Dass

Magical Golden silken Voice. God's gifted singer.
One among his millions of admirer - Dinesh Jaju

Very sweet voice and emotional itonation

One of the best,wonderful voice

15 Mohammed Rafi Mohammed Rafi was an Indian playback singer and one of the most popular and successful singers of the Hindi film industry. Rafi is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential singers of the Indian subcontinent.

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

Without him people wont find bolywood so melodious.

Best of all time

Best of the beat

16 Pervez Mehdi

Maestro parvaiz mehdi sab is the only singer who sings from innermost core of the heart. He can be called as "soul khan saab" title or "pt aatma raam jiji" title. If you listen him for a week you will come to know what he is.

Shreya ghoshla

17 Asad Amanat Ali Khan

Beautiful singer..

18 Abida Parveen

She is one of the best ghazal maestro of modern era...

Very powerful voice...& great woman singer👍

19 Ashok Khosla
20 Jaspreet 'Jazim' Sharma

He is one of the best Ghazal singer his voice gives so much relaxation to d ears

She sings so calmly that every one wants to listen him one more time

He is one of the best Young Ghazal singers world has today

He is the Youth Ambassador for Ghazal

21 Yateesh Acharya

Yateesh Is definitely one of the versatile singer in current generation. He has an amazing voice quality.

Yateesh has very good voice. He has great passion about Gazzal and devoted most of his time in practicing towards perfection.

He is very good composer and having very good experience. Yateesh's voice is like young mehdi hasan's voice.One of the best Ghazal Singer in India.

His voice and compositions touches the heart, he also has a unique style of singing which has impressions of Mehndi Hassan Sahib and Jagjit Ji.

22 Talat Mahmood

He is the one and only all time great Talat Mahmood who at first introduced semi-classical songs in hindi films on early '50. Apart from his very popular movie songs like Jayen to jayen kaha, Chal Udd Ja Re Panchi, Jalte Hay Jiske Liye, Ham Dard Ke Maro, Meri Yaad Mein Tum Na, Bechain Nazar Betab Jigaar etc. on his distinguished velvet voice...he has a vast collection of private gazals that he sang in a very classical mood that's one of the reasons he is truly termed as the " King of Gazal"

He should be on the list. "The King of Ghazals".

23 Sonu Nigam Sonu Nigam is an Indian playback singer, live performer, host and actor. He sings in Hindi and Kannada language films.

No one can catch the level of singing, he is peerless

He sings gazal really well... such as: rang aur noor ki barat 😍

24 Arijit Singh Arijit Singh is an Indian playback singer and music programmer from West Bengal who sings Bengali and Hindi songs.
25 Chitra Singh

She is one of the most best gazal singer in india... I love her voice.and I just want to listen her live.
"Best gazal is humko dushman ki nigaahon se na dekha kijiye"
and second was
"Mera dil bhi shouk se todo"
Such great voice

Excellent duo with Ghazal Master Jagjit Singh

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