Top 10 South Indian Singers

The Top Ten

1 KJ Yesudas

I don't know if there is god or not but if there is a god then KJY's voice must be god's own voice..he has such a magic in his soft at the same time a 'manly' voice. he has heavenly voice from Kerala which is god's own country they say.. His voice will make you to 'Glide' yourself to the heaven

Yesudas is cultural ambassador of Carnatic Music.
But he is also sing well Hindustani music.
Yesudas is most respected contemporary singer from South.

As like south He sang all most all languages in North India.
Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Hindi etc¦¦..

Yesudas achieved awards from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra, and Bengal for the best singer for their languages.

Yesudas achieved seven Awards In the national level that included Hindi,
Malayalam and Telugu.

In 1977, 1978, 1980 he was nominated to Film fare awards in Bollywood
and in 1980 he selected as best singer in Bollywood.

Yesudas also sang foreign languages like Russian, Arabic, Latin and English.

Ahimsa is one of the best international album in which he sings in Sanskrit, English and Latin.

In 2011, Yesudas completed 50 years in Film Industry as a playback singer.

My conclusion Yesudas is a complete Indian singer.

This is a fraud site totally. Ghantasala was on the top with 30% votes. How he suddenly became 2nd with less percentage votes? Yesudas and others were left way behind. Seems to be some politics here. Deliberately keeping Yesudas ahead after reworking the site. This is not correct at all.

The Celestial singer Yesudas is the Greatest singer. Yesudas is the God of Music. He has voice of God. Although a Carnatic music expertm Yesudas is the only male singer who completed 50 years in playback singing successfully in India.

2 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 ...read more.

He is a versatile genius. He has dominated the South India from 1995 to 2005. During this period he had sung maximum number of super hit songs in every genre. After 2005, mentality of the listeners has totally changed. There are not any dominant singer emerged. Most of the songs have been recorded by various new singers. Nowadays, voice of the singer has not been considered very much. Anybody can sing any song... Lyrics has been the major factor in determining the song whether hit or not.

Hariharan's voice is very very unique in film industry. Very sweet and soothing to listen. Hariharan always tries to completely justify the song with the talent he has. He has recorded max no.of songs under Rahman's composition which just mesmarises the listeners. He works very hard, this is the reason he was able to equalise with the high pitched voice of K.S.Chitra in the song Uyire Uyire, it is one and only Hariharan who has done it, even S.P.Balu could'nt give that high pitched voice in Anjali Anjali song, it is highly impossible to match with that lady's high pitched voice. It is one and only Hariharan who has proved it singing with her and bagged a state award for that high risky task. Hats off Hariharan ji.

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

When he has introduced to south, he has broken every legendary singers. Nobody was able to touch his fusion of singing and the voice. He has rendered huge percentage of super hit songs compare to others. But, nowadays South India seems to be ignoring him?... I don't know what the hell happened to them...

3 SP Balasubramaniam

Balu! What to say about this Legend, he has a complete unique voice which we all want to immitate. So sweet and much expressive. No doubt in saying that he is only one who gives right amount of expression to the song, he completely justifies the song and he makes us laugh, feel happy, cry, feel romantic and everything with his voice. Just an excellent singer and has great regard to his language. I think no one can sing that expressively with 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 and so recorded maximum number of duets with him, but it is practically impossible to compete with that expressive voice.

He got more versatile voice than any one else in the field of male singers in South India and once in North India. I personally feel he is more greater than Gantasala Garu and Yesudas Garu because the way he sings the way he presents the song is just amazing. His vocal ability is more greater than any one.

Gantasala Garu and Yesudas Garu and rest of the singers can sing only in a particular way of style they can't change the pitch/vocal of the voice as per the song only the great Balu can sing. I'm sure Balu can sing the songs of Yesudas and Gantasala in a perfect way might not be in a similar voice but still he can present himself in a perfection way but none of the singes can sing like him.

He is unique to Film Industry just only one.

I would like to say he is No. 1 - Even today still his voice is so sweet and still is been picked to sing melodious songs most importantly...

He is the greatest singer of all time, with out any knowledge of classical music he is entertaining us since 4 decades, its awesome...

4 S.Janaki

MELODY QUEEN S. Janaki for all time. Other singers can sing only in a particular way of style they can't change the pitch/vocal of the voice as per the song only the great S. Janaki can sing. I'm sure SJ can sing the songs of P. Susheela and K.S. chitra in a perfect way might not be in a similar voice but still she can present herself in a perfection way but none of the singes can sing like her. She treats other singers as her frineds (she used to tell K.S. chitra as her daughter) and respects others talents also. SJ rocks ever...

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 variety of songs. One more important ability of janakiamma is her reath 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.

S. Janaki, the melody queen of south india and she Renowned for her voice modulation abilities, she has sung in many Indian languages, most frequently in Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi. Throughout a career spanning more than five decades, she has won four National Film Awards and 35 different State Film Awards.

She sang with 5 different voices in a song like a 6 years child, 16 years girl, 40 years lady, 70 years lady and also a male old aged male voice. None of the male singers sang with Female voice. So she is greatest Playback Singer, never before and never after.

5 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 get the remembrance of Swarnalatha's voice.
According to me, She is An amazing singer. I Wish that at least in the next generation she should be born as my sister. Sis! You Rocks every time.

I don't know how to express my love towards her voice. She is the best singer with a saccharine voice. He sang in almost 17 languages th perfect diction. I like all her malayalam songs but I don't know malayalam

Your voice is amazing and it's so rocking... I wish u all the best for your career.. I love all the songs sung by u among all the playback singers you're the best always... By your favourite fan..

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

6 KS Chithra

K.S. chithra Crossing 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 is able to sing anything from classical to musical theatre to pop with ease. ...more

She is like my mother. Everyday I used to hear her songs. The perfection of the notes and the soul of the songs which she delivered is amazing. It is not possible to compare her with any other singer. She is legendary. I pray to god everyday for her healthy and long life.

She is melody queen in south India. His rendering is very good. Apart from the singing her humble and dedicated her work and kindness is the high quality of her character. I wish she would singing many more more years and blessing

I love her since my childhood. Her voice is so divine and the way she sings is so unique. She is my all time favourite and nothing would change it..

7 P.Suseela

Oh. What a sweet voice! What a sweet singing! What a sweet expression! What a wisdom! She is the melody queen of not only India but the whole world.. But only south Indians are the only lucky ones to hear her..Pity others!

She is Mother Of South Indian music Industry and even much better than Lata Mangeshkar ji..though Iam a fan of her...Susheela amma lifted south Indian talent to entire country by winning First National Award Although Lata mangeshkar had a great Fame at that time...Please if u gyzz don't know about this Legend please remove her from dis list..but don't insult her with your positions

The only singer to rule first all south indian cinema industry. Greatest anf fit to occupy first position.

Best female singer ever! Unique Voice! Versatile singing. She is the best.

8 Gantasala

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

The Greatest playback Singer ever born. He is the Master in any depth. He masterised the Telugu " Padyam". He will be remembered until the Telugu language lost.

Ghantasala is the greatest Telugu singer.Unfortunately, he suffered from many diseases and died at 52.The recital of the Gita and pushpa vilapam makes him apart from all other male singers.

Ghantasala is the only singer who can sing Carnatic as well as Hindustani music flawlessly. He learnt 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.Bupen Hazarika's voice quality can match ti 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 Ghantasal's skills. He remains the one and only one complete singer to date.

9 TM Sowntharajan

Any types of songs are fully safe in the hands of TMS. The most versatile singer in India from pure Carnatic, semi classical, emotional, melancholy, romantic, peppy, comical, melody and what not?.He had unique voice which was adoptable to any singer.He should be the number one top singer in Asia.The BBC radio Director commented that he was Asia 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. sounderarajan, when he sang at a function in north-India.

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

Greatest singer of all time

10 Sadhana Sargam

Her voice most suits with the legendary versatile singer Hariharan...
This combination has been working with the greatest duet songs for last 21 years consecutively...
This is the best duet combination ever...
All the songs are prove to be super hits...
They create magic!

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

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

She should be ranking first aptly!

The Contenders

11 Vijay Prakash

Actually his cross voice makes him to be a good singer and its nice to listen his songs,

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

I think vijay prakash the best male singer in south India

Amazing voice I will listen to his all songs each day am a big fan of Vijayawada sir

12 Vani Jayaram

She is the best singer for carnatic classical sons... No one can beat her in classical, ahe is number one in classical undoubtedly...

The way she sings the ending of each line it just goes straight into heart

She has a very beautiful voice... Whenever I hear her voice I just feel that my soul is flying in air... Her intoxicating voice can make anybofy as her fans..♥

I am nagaraj, from davanagere. Her accent and rendering are excellent. I am the greatest fan of vaniji. I listen her songs daily.

13 Karthik Murali Karthikeyan Muthuraman (born 13 September 1960), best known by stage name Karthik, is an Indian film actor, playback singer and politician. He is the son of actor R. Muthuraman. He has also appeared in some Telugu films. Karthik has been the recipient of the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and the ...read more.

Karthik is a versatile singer. He is known for his tender voice. I love his style and breezy smoothy voice.. He and his songs are sooo fresh.. It goes straight into the heart. His mannerism when his sings attracts the audience. A very genuine honest person. A great singer who stands strong in the music industry for more than 10 years. A proud singer introduced by the legend A.R.Rahman.. He deserves a lot :-)

He is one of the Childs of Music. Ever Voice of his Youthness and Magical Vocal. The Awesome singing Machine simply. His Singing range is Unbelievable and Mind blowing performer.

Love his voice a lot. His voice honeydrenched, soothing, melodious, peppy ohh! What not. Whatever may be the song whether classical or western he is at his best. Wish to hear him singing years and years... Continue your versatility

The profile and picture shared here is of Actor Karthik's. Please update with Singer Karthik's picture and profile. He is just an awesome singer.

14 Swarnalatha

She is my soul, unique, no one like him. 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 missed you. whenever I thought you, feels cry my self. Hope you may physically live somewhere in the world and virtually you lives in our heart.

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

SWARNALATHA mam the legendary queen of singing no one can replace her voice... singing style also.different voice from other singers...I love you mam lives in millions of heart..I request the god to return our queen I love you so much.heavenly mother..

She is a unique voice. Very high quality voice. She is humming queen of India. Well talented singer in India. She got one song three awards, poralle ponnuthai song - she won state award, National award and Kalaimamani award.

Very telented singer. Good human being and good character. Very helpful mind. She worked all music director and all singers. Very quick period famous singer.

15 PB Srinivasan

He is legendry singer all time

Pbs is an all yime great melody king

SRI P B SREENIVAS WAS BEST SINGER UNFORTUNATELY DID NOT GET NATIONAL AWARD HIS VOICE MOST POPULAR IN SINGING SANSKRIT SLOOKS THAN ANY OTHER SINGER IN India

16 P. Jayachandran

He is the melody King of the South...Such a refreshing voice

Great singer who was sidelined by other great

Complete singer who does justice to every aspects of music like, raga, bhava, shruthietc.

He is a great singer no doubt of that

17 Chinmayi

She is very talented singer in Tamil industry recently in kochadiyaan flim she sung one song idhayam outstanding. Other singers try chinmayi level but no one to rech high portion as well feel and tempo. Thanks to AR Rahman sir introudced such a multi talented singer in the industry

She has lovely voice... When ever I feel sad or lonely I listen to her song "Oru dheivam thandha poove" from "kannathil muthamittaal"... It is one of her best songs...
Not only this song, her courageous voice in many song gives piece to me...
I was asthonished by seeing her performance in"Sara sara sarakathu"song from "vaagai sooda va"...
Such a melodious voice

Superb voice chinmayi whenever we see samamtha we will obviously remember such a great voice u have.

The one with a voice that attracts everyone

18 Nithyasree Mahadevan

She is the only woman can able to song karnatic type songs flawlessly I guess. , I feel actually melting somewhere while listening to her. Thank you

Excellent karnatic singer... She is a best karnatic singer and very nice voice..

Gods gift voice

"KANNODU KANBATHELLEM"-CLASSIC, HIGH PITCH, WESTERTN & MELODY-- EVERYTHING THERE--- PHILIP, ADYAR

19 Unni Krishnan

He is able to sing melodiously both in high and low pitch. Further pronounciation is also too good.

He is my favourite because his voice make me to felt love

Superb Singer...He sung the song without hurting words...

My favorite singer, touch my heart, I am fly in sky.

20 Rajesh Krishnan

Rajesh is cute face and sweat voice. Has memorising voice. Rajesh sir sings in many languages like Kannada English Hindi Tamil Telugu Malayalam etc...Rajesh sir voice equal to SPB sir voice and Kannada legendary singer. NOORU JANMAKKU song was beutyfull singing and also USIRE USIRE song is superb singing. God bless u sir

He maintains all over songs like old songs and rocks songs and devotional songs and any type of songs. Rajesh sir voice is equal to SPB sir voice. He is completed in industry 27 years and celebrates the silver jubilee.and Another name like a MELODY KING

Your voice like spb sir voice...and over 3500 songs in kannada first singer rajesh sir

Rajesh sir voice like SPB sir and also kannada legendary singer and actors

21 Sujatha

Sujatha Ma Husky voices differentiates her from other singers. Lovely and romantic voice. Mainly her songs from Roja, Muthu, Pudhiya Mugam, Gentleman from Tamil , Annayya, okkadu, samarasimhareddy are excellent. Very good at humming and at high notes.

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

Sujatha needs to be in top 10. One of greatest playback singer in south India.

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

She has very sweet voice. She is undoubtly the best only after K S chithra in 90's and 2000's in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu. She has recorded more songs any other singer except K S chithra in these 3 languages

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

22 Rajkumar

Dr. Rajkumar is a legardary actor who could sing exceptionally well. He has sung all types of songs (even classical) and was honoured with National award for singing in 1992. Started his singing career at the age of 46 years, became an instant success.
Most of the viewers may not agree with me that Dr. Rajkumar could have been on par with singers like PB Srinivas/SP Balsubramniam, had he sung in other South Indian languages.
I rate Dr. Rajkumar below some of the greats in the musical world, at 7th Best singer in India.

Annavru, the greatest talent & personality in Indian cinema. He acted & sung only in Kannada movies. That's the reason less people's know him I guess. Apart from singing & acting he was a great yoga practitioner. Miss u sir...

Dr Rajkumar is better than Srinivas and SPB. Because Rajkumar has sung lot of classical songs unlike PB srinivas OR SPB. Best part is legendary Dr Rajkumar has lent his voice to SPB and sung "Deepavali Deepavali", where SPB has acted. No other actor in India has lent his voice to a singer. One and Only Dr Rajkumar.

His voice sounds like a auspicious temple bell. Great voice. Many people don't know about dr. Raj's talent.

23 Saindhavi

Her voice is superb. Her voice is equal to Harini's Voice.
She is superb in singing. Her voice is like cuckoo. Let she be successful in this generation as well as in next generation. Continue to Rock Saindhavi.

Congratulation to become great and best ever play back singer. Ag, asmp your lovely fans.

She is having lovely and sweet voice. In the film thivathirumagal vizhigalil song she has sang so well. I love saindavi

Saindhavi mam I like your voice so much. It is touching my heart

24 Ilaiyaraaja

His voice is also good

HE IS A MUSIC DIRECTOR don't PUT IN THE LIST SINGERS OK

25 LR Eswari

So many yungstars singing to emitted the voice of famous singers except LR ESWARI VOICE nobody was able to touch her voice till now I pray god to give live long life.

Awesome singer from Old songs to Latest songs. She maintains her voice even at older age.

Greate singer..Her style and way she sings no one can touch

No one has voice like LR Eswari

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