Top 10 Best South Indian Singers

The Top Ten
1 K. S. Chithra Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra, often credited as K. S. Chithra or simply Chithra, is an Indian playback singer from Kerala. Chithra also sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music.

K.S. Chithra crosses genres from classical to musical theatre to pop and beyond. "Chithra is undoubtedly THE greatest singer of all time. Her voice is so diverse! The ultimate Angel of Music! Chithra's vocal tone is unrivaled in beauty. Her passionate and insightful interpretations in all types of music, including classical, jazz, musicals, folk, pop, and classical crossover, transport the listener into a dreamscape of intoxicating beauty and have won her the most devoted fanbase imaginable. She is officially the biggest selling soprano in human history and beloved by those whose hearts are ravished by the unique voice of the Angel of Music. Chithra is the no. 1 singer of all time. The rest aren't fit to lace her boots. She has the most beautiful voice in the whole world! I have never in my life heard a voice as wonderful as hers. How many singers can boast a 3-decade career that's still going strong and can sing anything from classical to musical theatre to pop with ease? Chithra is a great inspiration.

Chithra's voice is unrivaled by anyone in the history, the present day, or the future of our planet's history. Her indescribable beauty accompanies her vocal range and musical adaptations with pristine greatness. Many people look up to her for inspiration, and her voice eliminates the stress and frustration in their lives. The Angel of Music is real, and she is here on Earth, treating us with her divine presence from Heaven. A famous comedian once said, "This man has 'NO PEER'" (Referring to Fred Astaire). Well, this applies to K.S. Chithra. Her voice can lift you up to the heavens and beyond. Fantastic, adaptable voice - like no one else! Yes, very intriguing, so breathy, yet with such expressiveness. She sounds like an angel. She is the greatest singer ever, as she is so versatile and puts so much passion and emotion into her songs! Love you, Chithra! She is the best! Wonderful performance. You can never compare Chithra to anyone else! To make this short... more

2 K. J. Yesudas

The celestial singer Yesudas is the greatest singer. Yesudas is the God of Music. He has the voice of God. Although a Carnatic music expert, Yesudas is the only male singer who has completed 50 years in playback singing successfully in India.

Divine voice, melodious singing, deep knowledge, humble and down to earth... Yesudas is one of the best. Definitely, other greats like Mohd. Rafi, Kishore Kumar, & SP Balasubramanyam are also as great as Yesudas. But no one has such a superior voice...

No words to describe his voice. Excellent voice. It just seems like honey flowing in our ears when he sings, so melodious, so wonderful.

3 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 Shri by the Government of India and is a two-time National Award winner (5 National Award nominations)... read more

He is a versatile genius. He dominated South India from 1995 to 2005. During this period, he sang a maximum number of super hit songs in every genre. After 2005, the mentality of listeners totally changed. No dominant singer has emerged. Most songs have been recorded by various new singers. Nowadays, the voice of the singer is not considered very much. Anyone can sing any song. Lyrics have become the major factor in determining whether a song is a hit or not.

He is the most versatile singer. He has been an unbreakable singer not only in South India but also in North India. His voice and singing styles are very unique. He brings songs to the top level with his soulful renditions. Recently, he doesn't sing too many songs. But whatever songs he sings are magical and soothing to music lovers. We are awaiting to hear more songs from Hariji's voice.

4 S. Janaki

Janaki is the best singer I have ever seen. Her voice modulation abilities, expressions, dynamics, fluency in language and notes, breath control, and clear base voice are the proofs. She is the only singer who can sing all types of songs. She respects co-singers. All music directors composed different complex notes for her. Her uniqueness towards her work is unbeatable. In duets, she often sings better than her co-singers. There are no arguments. She is the best. Unbeatable too.

She is the most versatile singer India has ever produced. She can sing for any age group. Melodies, club songs, light music, pathos, semi-classical, folk songs, disco, devotionals, lullabies, and many more. She does perfect justice to any genre of song. Lataji, Susheelaji are all good, but they cannot sing all varieties of songs. One more important ability of Janakiamma is her breath control. Just listen to this Kannada song 'Omme ninnanu kanthumba'. Any other singers would take breath many times to sing the paragraphs. S. Janaki is the top female singer in Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu.

5 S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

Balu! What to say about this legend? He has a completely unique voice which we all want to imitate. So sweet and much expressive. There's no doubt in saying that he is the only one who gives the right amount of expression to a song. He completely justifies the song and makes us laugh, feel happy, cry, feel romantic, and everything else with his voice. Just an excellent singer and has great regard for his language. I think no one can sing as expressively as him. When he sings a duet, his voice completely dominates the female. He sings that expressively. But, I personally feel the great legend K.S. Chitra is the only one who can compete with him. They have recorded the maximum number of duets together, but it is practically impossible to compete with that expressive voice.

He has a more versatile voice than anyone else in the field of male singers in South India, and once in North India. I personally feel he is greater than Gantasala Garu and Yesudas Garu because of the way he sings and presents the songs, which is just amazing. His vocal ability is greater than anyone else's.

Gantasala Garu, Yesudas Garu, and the rest of the singers can only sing in a particular style and cannot change the pitch or vocal quality of their voices according to the song. Only the great Balu can do that. I'm sure Balu can sing the songs of Yesudas and Gantasala perfectly, maybe not in a similar voice, but he can present himself in a perfect way that none of the other singers can.

He is a unique talent in the film industry, one of a kind.

6 Shreya Ghoshal Shreya Ghoshal is an Indian playback singer. She has received twelve National Film Awards, twenty Filmfare Awards and eight Filmfare Awards South to date.

I just love her voice. I am reminded of Swarnalatha's voice. In my opinion, she is an amazing singer. I wish that in the next generation she would be born as my sister. Sis, you rock every time!

I don't know how to express my love for her voice. She is the best singer with a saccharine voice. She has sung in almost 17 languages with perfect diction. I like all her Malayalam songs, but I don't know Malayalam.

Shreya is the best singer in the world, and my best wishes are always with her. Shreya, just rock the world.

7 Vijay Prakash

He is overlooked by the rest of the Indian community, but his songs are at least to Kannadigas.

A very good singer in India. His songs are very nice.

Superb voice and the best singer in India.

8 Ghantasala

He is the greatest ever playback singer born - a versatile music director and playback singer. Whatever he sang was just perfect. His voice had good depth and a range extending to 3 octaves. He ruled the film industry for nearly three decades for his entire life without any competition, thanks to his genius skills and melodious voice. He passed away in 1974 but still enjoys huge popularity. Many of his statues have been installed in Andhra Pradesh. No other cine singer enjoys such popularity 37 years after passing away.

Ghantasala is the only singer who can sing Carnatic as well as Hindustani music flawlessly. He learned Hindustani from none other than Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan. When you compare the quality of his voice, no other singer can come anywhere near him. Bhupen Hazarika's voice quality can match it to some extent. When you see the range of pitch, Mohammad Rafi and Yesudas can come somewhat close to him. I have not come across another male singer in India till now who can match Ghantasala's skills. He remains the one and only complete singer to date.

9 P. Suseela

Oh, what a sweet voice! What sweet singing and expression! What wisdom! She is the melody queen, not only of India but of the whole world. However, only South Indians are lucky enough to hear her. Pity for the others!

The best female singer ever! Unique voice! Versatile singing. She is the best.

The only singer to rule first in all South Indian cinema industries. Greatest and fit to occupy the first position.

10 Vani Jayaram

She is a versatile singer and has perfect diction.

Just great. Nothing short of the greatest!

She is the best singer for Carnatic classical songs. No one can beat her in classical. She is undoubtedly number one in this genre.

The Contenders
11 Sadhana Sargam

Her voice most suits that of the legendary versatile singer Hariharan...
This combination has been producing the greatest duet songs for the last 21 years consecutively...
This is the best duet combination ever...
All the songs have proven to be super hits...
They create magic!

She is the only North Indian singer who has received a National Award for a Tamil song. She dominated South India from the late '90s to the mid-2000s.

Her voice is so sweet.
She is one of the Melody Queens.
All of her songs are super hits.

12 Unni Krishnan

A superb singer... He sung the song without hurting words...

He is able to sing melodiously both in high and low pitches. Further, his pronunciation is also too good.

My favorite singer, touches my heart, I am flying in the sky.

13 P. Jayachandran

A distinct voice... His command over the language is too good. With Ilayaraja's music, his songs are evergreen.

Great voice in India... Magical voice.

His throat is amazing.

14 T. M. Soundararajan

Any type of song is fully safe in the hands of TMS. The most versatile singer in India, he excelled in pure Carnatic, semi-classical, emotional, melancholy, romantic, peppy, comical, melody, and more. He had a unique voice adaptable to any genre. He should be the number one top singer in Asia. The BBC Radio Director commented that he was Asia's number one singer.

The only Tamil-born legendary singer to have such a versatile and 'electronic' voice. Even popular Bollywood playback singers Mr. Mohammed Rafi and Mrs. Lata Mangeshkar knew him. It is noted that Mr. Rafi was an ardent fan of Mr. Soundararajan when he sang at a function in North India.

Well said! He was the most versatile singer in the Tamil industry. Even though born in a Sourashtra family, he pronounced Tamil excellently. Hats off to the legendary singer!

15 Sujatha

She has a very sweet voice. She is undoubtedly the best from 1990 to 2010 in Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu. She has also recorded many songs in Hindi films... Great singer.

Sujatha needs to be in the top 10. She is one of the greatest playback singers in South India.

Sujatha completed more than 35 years in her career... Hats off...

She has a very sweet voice. She is undoubtedly the best, only second to K. S. Chithra in the '90s and 2000s in Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu. She has recorded more songs than any other singer except K. S. Chithra in these three languages.

She is a very beautiful singer. She has a very sweet voice and is a great singer also. Sujatha needs to be in the top 10.

16 Nithyasree Mahadevan

She is the only woman who can flawlessly sing Carnatic songs, I guess. I feel like I'm melting somewhere while listening to her. Thank you.

God's gift voice.

17 Ilaiyaraaja

His voice is also good.

18 Saindhavi

Her voice is superb, equal to Harini's. She is superb in singing, her voice resembling that of a cuckoo. May she be successful in this generation and the next. Continue to rock, Saindhavi.

Congratulations on becoming a great and the best ever playback singer. Ag, asmp your lovely fans.

Saindhavi has a lovely voice!

19 L. R. Eswari

So many youngsters sing to emulate the voices of famous singers, but no one has been able to touch L. R. Eswari's voice till now. I pray to God for her long life.

An awesome singer from old songs to the latest songs. She maintains her voice even at an older age.

What a great voice.

20 Harini

She is just a queen of voice, and we thank her for the most amazing songs delivered to us. Also, thanks to Mr. A. R. Rahman for introducing her to the industry at the age of 13.

21 Pragathi Guruprasad
22 Rajesh Krishnan

He maintains a diverse repertoire including old songs, rock songs, devotional songs, and various other types. Rajesh sir's voice is equal to SPB sir's voice. He has completed 27 years in the industry and celebrates the silver jubilee. Another name for him is the MELODY KING.

Rajesh Krishnan sir is an excellent singer and melody king in Karnataka...

A good singer in South India. Melody king.

23 Swarnalatha

She is my soul, unique, no one like her. Such a great singer. She is really unique with her divine voice. Swarnalatha's voice was a fresh feeling to most of us.

I really miss you. Whenever I think of you, I feel like crying. I hope you may physically live somewhere in the world, and virtually you live in our hearts.

Can't digest it... Swarnam is nothing but gold. Her golden voice lives as long as Tamil lives. She has not passed away. She lives forever in the hearts of people like me. I love her and her voice. I salute her for her service to Tamil. Why did God fail to save her? Is there no God?

A very talented singer. A good human being with a kind heart. She collaborated with all music directors and singers and became famous very quickly.

She has a unique voice, a very high-quality voice. She is the humming queen of India and a well-talented singer. She won three awards for one song, Poralle Ponnuthai - the State Award, National Award, and Kalaimamani Award.

24 Chinmayi

She has a magic in her voice!

Nice voice, very soulful.

Chinmayi is my favorite.

25 Vijay Joseph Vijay, better known mononymously as Vijay, is an Indian film actor and playback singer who works in Tamil cinema and his films dubbed into Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and Mandarin Chinese. He is one of the highest paid actors in Tamil cinema.

He is as cute and talented a singer as he is an actor. I like his voice too much. He should be in the top 10 list.

A wonderful singer.. No words to describe his talents.

Cute Vijay Anna. Your voice and Rashi Khanna's voice are cute and the best.

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