The singers are what infuse life into the composition of the music composers and the words of the Lyricist. I only thought it fair to dedicate Part 3 of our Music Mastani Annual Wrap-Up for 2016 to the singers of the songs we loved. After all, the singer is what matters to the “common public”, if not as much to music lovers as us!

So here we go with the countdowns for the best singers of the year 2016!


Best Singers of 2016

(Click on the singer’s or song’s name to hear the song on YouTube)

– Best Female Singers of 2016 (Top 20)

20. Jonita Gandhi for Sau Tarah Ke (Dishoom)

This song was Jonita’s required big break. After working for two years or so with Vishal-Shekhar and A.R. Rahman and the other odd composers, Pritam finally gave this talented girl her big break with this song, a racy dance song that flipped her image completely! I never imagined that Jonita Gandhi could’ve sung such a song, before she did!

19. Nahid Afrin for Rajj Rajj Ke (Akira)

Debutant, and former ‘Indian Idol Junior’ contestant stuck fold with her very first song. Of course, music-maker duo Vishal-Shekhar were instrumental in making this happen and become a success. The teenager sung this song with such maturity, and it is surprising! The rocking performance is something to be remembered for days!

18. Sona Mohapatra for Qatl-e-Aam Unplugged (Raman Raghav 2.0)

Despite all those controversies she created and/or reacted to (for which I salute her, by the way!) this year, she did deliver one song, comoosed by husband Ram Sampath. And whenever they get together for a song, the result is bliss. The same is the case with this song, where Sona uses her voice to he best ability, resulting in a beautiful poetic song.

17. Monali Thakur for Cham Cham (Baaghi)

This song is just enjoyable. Monali’s spunky rendition makes it all the more enjoyable. What else can I say? Dance to the beats!

16. Sunidhi Chauhan for Aisa Kyun Maa (Neerja)

We don’t get to hear Sunidhi singing soft tracks everyday, yet ironically, this year, almost all of her songs were soft tracks! This one was a beautifully sung track, maybe a bit low in the composition department, but Sunidhi really stunned me with the vocals.

15. Zebunissa Bangash for Haminastu (Fitoor)

With that earthy voice of hers, Zebunissa renders this song about Kashmir with such ease, that it is scary! And her voice is something to die for! Sadly, it went unnoticed due to the film’s debacle at the box office.

14. Shreya Ghoshal for Jab Tum Hote Ho (Rustom)

Shreya has been singing great songs for Ankit Tiwari all throughout his career (in ‘Aashiqui 2’, ‘Samrat & Co.’, ‘Rocky Handsome’ and now ‘Rustom’) and in this song she proves yet again why she is called the nightingale of modern Bollywood music. Though the song wasn’t used in the film and hence didn’t reach to the desired amount of people, this song is your typical Shreya Ghoshal affair… Melodious and heart-rending.

13. Monali Thakur for Dil Ye Ladaku (Saala Khadoos)

Monali Thakur’s voice never gets boring to the ears. Here she sings as cutely as a three-year-old girl, and makes us fall in love with her voice instantly! The innocent love ballad that it is, this song ought to have got more listeners!

12. Sunidhi Chauhan for Just Go To Hell Dil (Dear Zindagi)

Another one of Sunidhi’s soft tracks this year has creeped its way into the list, and it is Amit Trivedi’s beautiful and impactful sad song from Alia Bhatt-SRK starter ‘Dear Zindagi’. Her bold voice helps this song to sound the way it does!

11. Kavita Seth for Jeete Hain Chal (Neerja)

Another song from Vishal Khurana’s debut album Neerja, this one is a soul-stirring motivational song. Kavita Seth’s awesome voice always does wonders, and that’s exactly what happened here.

10. Qurat-ul-ain-Balouch for Kaari Kaari (Pink)

Another soul-stirring rendition, another rustic voice, another spell-binding result. The pain in Qurat-ul-ain-Balouch’s voice conveys the song’s message very, very well, and it also gives us another gem to cherish.

9. Jyoti Nooran & Sultana Nooran for Hota Hai (Mirzya)

This Nooran Sisters duo is really going places! After working with Rahman, Vishal-Shekhar, Anu Malik and Sneha Khanwalkar, (and Pritam later on) the singer duo worked with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for a number of songs in Mirzya, and this one really showcased their immense boldness and boisterous nature. This one is not something to miss!

8. Neha Bhasin for Jag Ghoomeya – Female (Sultan)

She has sung so many urban songs before, that this sudden rustic rendition took everyone by surprise. But leave it up to Vishal-Shekhar to subvert an established belief! Neha Bhasin has sung this song so charmingly, that it is hard to play Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s rather generic-sounding version of the same song after listening to this!

7. Jonita Gandhi for Gilehriyaan (Dangal)

Pritam sure did give Jonita those awesome club numbers ‘Sau Tarah Ke’ and ‘The Breakup Song’, but he made sure to also give her a song that will end her account for this year on a high note, and he result was this song, in which Jonita sounds so free and flowery. Her voice here is so sweet, that one can get diabetes! Bhale hi Bapu sehat ke liye haanikaarak na ho, lekin ye gaana toh hai!

6. Shreya Ghoshal for Rehnuma (Rocky Handsome)

The nightingale didn’t sound to sweet in this song; she sounded as sultry as you could never have imagined! The haunting melody brought out the best in Shreya Ghoshal for this song, and resulted in a beautifully ‘handsome’ rendition by Shreya in the low notes, which we rarely get to hear her sing in!

5. Shashaa Tirupati for Sarsariya (Mohenjo Daro)

Now this was probably the second sweetest (Read on to find what was the sweetest!) thing of he whole year. Shashaa’s rendition here was topnotch and she really sounded AWESOME singing this melodious dance+romance song. And when she sings those parts in that Mohenjo-Daro-an language…Uff! (💘💘💘💘💘💘)

4. Kaushiki Chakraborty for Kaaga (Mirzya)

This song might be short, it might have gone unnoticed, but that doesn’t stop me from placing Kaushiki’s scintillating rendition of it in the fourth place! The classical touches have been performed impeccably by the expert and the result is just dreamy!

3. Neeti Mohan for Haal-e-Dil – Female (Sanam Teri Kasam)

This has to be counted as one of Neeti’s best songs. The haunting composition just helps in elevating her voice to such a position that we cannot dare dislike it. And the small nuances she adds are amazing!

2. Monali Thakur for Dhanak (Dhanak)

Now this was the sweetest thing of he year. Monali’s sugary voice singing a sugary lullaby, nothing can be better! Just wow!

1. Palak Muchhal for Kaun Tujhe (M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story)

This has to be the best sung song of he year. Creating such a big wave across ths nation, that too, by a female-singer song, which is on top of that, an emotional sad song, is rather unusual! But it happened! It happened and it probably became the biggest hit of the year. It also became Palak’s career’s best. She has put in all the required expression to make this song sound the way it does. And also tried not to sound like Shreya!


Female Singers I Missed in 2016: Shalmali Kholgade (she had three to four songs in big budget films, but nowhere to actually shine) and Rekha Bhardwaj (who sang the song in Tum Bin 2, the song in Jugni, that sadly didn’t make it to the list, and almost nothing else)! Also, Shilpa Rao, who except for her short stint in Bulleya (ADHM) sang nothing else.


– Best Male Singers of 2016 (Top 20)

{Beware of the large number of Arijit Singh songs in the list.. He was just on fire this year.. then again, which year was he not? 2011? Yeah.. that’s right.}

20. Hriday Gattani for Udan Choo (Banjo)

Hriday Gattani had impressed me way back in 2014 itself when Rahman launched him in ‘Lekar Hum Deewana Dil’. Here, he got an awesome romantic ballad, where he got to flaunt his silky smooth voice. And it was a success!

19. Armaan Malik for Buddhu Sa Mann (Kapoor & Sons)

Young talent Armaan Malik sounds charming singing a party track, and here too, he does the same. Crooning the groovy song must’ve so fun, but he makes it fun for us to listen to as well!

18. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for Jag Ghoomeya (Sultan)

Though it appears lower on the male singers list than its female counterpart did on its list, this one is no doubt one of the cutest renditions by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Though the song was tailor-made for him, he still surprised us with his charming vocals and cuteness.

17. Amit Trivedi for Pashmina (Fitoor)

Probably the only composer on this list (I don’t think it’s fair not to call Vishal Dadlani a full-time singer!) It just proves how great Trivedi has rendered his sing. His voice has that amazing lilt which has made this song one of the best songs of the year.

16. Nakash Aziz for Jabra Fan (Fan)

This being the only song in this movie, that too, not included in the final cut of the film, it had to be great. Vishal-Shekhar did deliver a great fun song, but equal credit goes to Nakash Aziz, who is the expert at singing such songs, and who blew it away in his first song with Vishal-Shekhar! It is truly a memorable performance by the singer!

15. Arijit Singh for Taarefon Se (Dear Zindagi)

This was a charming performance from Arijit. His distinct voice in a jazz song, was a treat to the ears. Just too mellifluous, his voice!

14. Shahid Mallya for Ikk Kudi (Udta Punjab)

Though this version of the song got drowned under the mors popular, but less deserving Diljit Dosanjh version, this one is my personal favourite. Shahid’s vocals are beautiful, and his high notes are perfect. Nothing better than a Punjabi earthy song to soothe the ears!

13. Arijit Singh for Yeh Fitoor Mera (Fitoor)

This is what I warned you for in the beginning. Arijit was on a roll this year, and that’s evident in the fact that he has sung very less droning and boring Bhatt songs this year. This was one of his earliest hits of the year, and what a rendition! The grace in his voice is just enough to make you fall in love. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again!

12. Arijit Singh for Tu Hi Hai (Dear Zindagi)

On one hand, Arijit sings these intense romantic songs, and on the other hand he sings these cute and innocent romantic songs. Both are lapped up by audiences. Now this song has been promoted terribly by Sony Music on TV, but I hear it wherever I go on people’s phones. Isn’t that proof enough that it is an amazing song? Arijit sounds charming as ever in this sweet little song.

11. Armaan Malik for Besabriyaan (M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story)

The biggest hit that Amaal-Armaan gave this year took the form of a motivational song, and half the motivation lay in Arman’s smooth and silky voice. His voice texture is just something to die for. Hear this song if you haven’t already, and you’ll understand.

10. Papon for Labon Ka Karobaar (Befikre)

Papon in this song sounds sweet and sensuous at the same time. It definitely makes for one of the best renditions of the year. His nuances are enough to kill!

9. Sonu Nigam for Dard (Sarbjit)

Six to seven years ago, this man was everywhere. Thankfully, this year, he got some great songs if not a lot of bogus ones. And thankfully, this song here is one of the best of the year, and maybe one of his best for years to come! His rendition reminds one of the times when he used to sing like Arijit does nowadays and Udit Narayan did before his time — in every other movie!

8. Vishal Dadlani for Bappa (Banjo)

Now this song really wore away with time, and it wasn’t actually a very perfect Ganpati track as it had all the usual stuff and nothing new, but Vishal’s delivery was immensely energetic and I couldn’t help but to catch on some of that energy, which made Vishal’s voice the sole reason for me to keep hearing the song afterwards. Impeccable performance!

7. Armaan Malik for Jab Tak (M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story)

Armaan is a rockstar. Give him a party sing, he’ll rock it. Give him a fun and cute romantic song, he’ll rock that too. Now give him an intense romantic song, and he’ll rock that as well! This song was one of his best performances, and also the song from which I started loving his voice — a lot!

6. Arijit Singh for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

Okay so most of you would place this song on the first position, but I don’t really agree. The singing is unblemished, no doubt about that. But I don’t really think shouting so much sounded too good! 😀 Hence the drop by five positions, and this performance of Arijit’s takes the sixth position on our list!

5. Shankar Mahadevan for Aave Re Hitchki (Mirzya)

Shankar Mahadevan’s voice is just so strong. It can move your heart so effectively. Here, he sings so poetically and dreamily, you can’t help but fall in love with his voice. Wowwwww! 😀

4. Amit Mishra for Bulleya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

A name that has been doing the rounds for quite a few years, but he gets his big break now, with this smashing performance of his in Bulleya. Pritam senses Amit Mishra’s capabilities and gives him a Sufi-Rock number that outdoes all other Sufi-Rock numbers that have ever released. Turns out that Amit’s version is better than the version of Arijit that released later!

3. Arijit Singh for Channa Mereya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

This has to be the one of the best songs Arijit has sung. He gets the emotion just right, and the result is very endearing. This song has been on everyone’s playlists this year, and it’s impossible to let this performance go unfelicitated! 😀

2. Papon for Bulleya (Sultan)

Again, Papon’s creamy voice, again for a Vishal-Shekhar composition, again a beautiful result. This is one of the best renditions of 2016, and also one of the most unnoticed ones too. I wish that when Sultan starts getting considered a classic 30 years down the line, this song gets its due!

1. Daler Mehndi for Dangal (Dangal)

The best performance of this year had to be, hands down, Daler Mehndi’s booming vocals for the Dangal title song. His ravishing voice had me clutching my sofa handrest while listening to it at home and had me on the edge of my seat when it kept playing in the theatres during the movie. Might be considered by some as a ‘pain to the head’s song, but I simply LOVED IT!


Male Singers I Missed in 2016: K.K?? Singing one or two songs with middling compositions nowadays! Though I must admit this year was a bit better off with the songs he sang composed by Amaal Mallik. Also missed Javed Ali, who sang one song in Happy Bhag Jayegi which didn’t satisfy me and an awesome Qawwali I’m Krsna’s Cute Kameena which was way too satisfying.

– Best Duets of 2016 (Male-Female, Male-Male & Female-Female included!) {Top 15}

15. Sarwar Khan & Sartaz Khan Barna for Haanikarak Bapu (Dangal)

These two youngster boys crooned this song with such gusto, that it really deserves to be on this list. This Duet really is something that we are lucky to have got to hear!

14. Sunidhi Chauhan & Vishal Dadlani for Je T’aime (Befikre)

Both of these singers have sung many duets together, and it’s always been an awesome result. This one too, is a beautiful song, with nice European touches, and Vishal and Sunidhi carrying them out flawlessly.

13. Neeti Mohan & Arijit Singh for Wafa Ne Bewafai (Teraa Surroor)

Now this was a dreamy song that I fell in love with instantly. Arijit at his charming best, and Neeti singing in her characteristic feathery voice, impressed highly. These two were a perfectly matched pair in this song.

12. Payal Dev & Arko Pravo Mukherjee in Dil Nawaziyaan (Tum Bin 2)

This song was a treat towards the end of the year. A Classical-Western fusion song, this one had Payal Dev showcasing her prowess at classical notes, and Arko singing English lines in the most charming way imaginable.

11. Sunidhi Chauhan & Arijit Singh for Darkhaast (Shivaay)

Arijit’s lilting voice was well complemented by Sunidhi’s bold one, in this romantic ballad. The way they contradict each other, yet make such a nice pair together, is just wonderful. Then again, one of their earliest duets and one of Arijit’s earliest songs (Yaariyan Reprise – Cocktail) was just as intriguing!

10. Antara Mitra & Arijit Singh for Itni Si Baat Hain (Azhar)

The Gerua duo came back together with this song, and produced an even better effect in this song. Arijit, as always, sounded awesome and lovable, and even Antara Mitra, with her short part, made her presence felt.

9. Sumedha Karmahe & Atif Aslam for Toota Jo Kabhi Taara (A Flying Jatt)

This was one of the most lulling songs of the year; Atif and Sumedha’s vocals make it sound more so. The dreamland-ish melody has been brought to life by these two singer’s melodious voices, and what a nice find Sachin-Jigar have got in Sumedha!

8. Daler Mehndi & Navraj Hans for Raj Karega Khalsa (A Flying Jatt)

This rocking duo shook the audiences with their awesome rendition of this Sikh anthem. The pulsating rhythm helped their voices to really stand out in the song, and the result was an awesome and booming song.

7. Sanah Moidutty & A.R. Rahman for Sindhu Ma (Mohenjo Daro)

Probably known to everyone as ‘Tu Hai’, this song is a soothing Duet between Rahman, who has his ethereal voice, and newcomer Sanah. Both of them sounded their very best, and though this might be one of Rahman’s songs that might get washed out after some years, the vocals will make it a treat to hear anytime.

6. Palak Muchhal & Arijit Singh for Dekha Hazaro Dafaa (Rustom)

This was a lovely Duet by Palak and Arijit. One of the best of the year, this song is surely one that will stay with music lovers for a long time. Arijit is charming, while Palak is rather cute in this song!

5. Sukhwinder Singh & Shadab Faridi for Sultan (Sultan)

As pulsating as A Flying Jatt’s ‘Raj Karega Khalsa’, this one had a more universal appeal. Moreover, Sukhi paaji’s and Shadab’s bold rustic voices made the song sound all the better.

4. Neeti Mohan & Armaan Malik for Sau Aasmaan (Baar Baar Dekho)

Neeti’s voice is just so mellifluous! Armaan complements her well, and together, they make this song one of the best duets of 2016. There isn’t a single note in the song where they mess up or make you withdraw your attention from the song!

3. Rekha Bhardwaj & Late Jagjit Singh for Teri Fariyad (Tum Bin 2)

The rework of this Ghazal witnessed Rekha Bhardwaj stepping in to fill the places and actually make it sound like a remake. Jagjit Singh’s voice has been retained and it is such a pleasure to hear his voice yet again!

2. Prakriti Kakar & Sonu Nigam for Tu Hi Na Jaane (Azhar)

Sonu Nigam on another splendid track this year, this time joined by Prakriti Kakar, really made quite the ideal sad song for us to listen to anytime. This song is something that will never die away.

1. Nandini Srikar & Zebunissa Bangash for Hone Do Batiyaan (Fitoor)

The only female-female duet on this list, this song is one of my favourites of the year, only and ONLY because of the wonderful rustic voice behind it. Though the composition is oh-so-melodious, and the lyrics are to cherish, these two ladies have sung this song in a whole new scale of excellence. And that’s why it is my favourite duet of the year!



– Best Ensemble Songs of 2016 (Top 10)

10. Arijit Singh, Bela Shende, A.R. Rahman & Sanah Moidutty for Mohenjo Mohenjo (Mohenjo Daro)

9. Benny Dayal, Divya Kumar & Bianca Gomes for Rootha (Te3n)

8. Javed Bashir, Pratibha Singh Baghel, Jyoti Nooran & Sultana Nooran for Mann Ka Mirga (Bollywood Diaries)

7. Mame Khan, Suchismita Das & Akhtar Chanal for Chakora (Mirzya)

6. Arijit Singh, Khushboo Grewal & Roach Killa for Girl I Need You (Baaghi)

5. Badshah, Mohit Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Megha Sriram Dalton & Anugrah for Bolo Har Har Har (Shivaay)

4. Harshdeep Kaur, Siddharth Mahadevan & Jasleen Kaur Royal for Nachde Ne Saare (Baar Baar Dekho)

3. Arijit Singh, Ash King & Shashwat Singh for Alizeh (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

2. Shashaa Tirupati, Altamash Faridi & Rabbani Mustafa Khan for Allah Hu Allah (Sarbjit)

1. Daler Mehndi, Saieen Zahoor, Akhtar Chanal, Jyoti Nooran, Sultana Nooran & The Salvation Singers for Mirzya (Mirzya)


So that was Part 3 of the Annual Wrap-Up! Stay tuned for the next parts, and Happy New Year! 🙂

4 thoughts on “SINGERS IN 2016 (2016 ANNUAL WRAP-UP: PART 3)

  1. Every single choice is perfect,excpet for the fact that I feel Neeti deserved to be on that list for Sau Aasmaan as well 💘 Anyways, loving your Annual series and really excited for the next one. 😁

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Was expecting 3 more songs of Arijit
    Either of the 3 atleast
    Tera Chehra (Sanam Teri Kasam), Aye Zindagi Gale Laga Le (Dear Zindagi) or Nashe Si Chadh Gayi (Befikre)
    Found neither of them
    No issues, the songs u chose are amazing too.
    Now waiting for ur next post 😀👍

    Liked by 1 person

Leave A Comment...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s