2018 – Top 20 Tamil Songs >> Song of the Year

Song: The life of Ram
Movie: 96
Composer: Govind Vasantha
Singer: Pradeep Kumar
Lyricist: Karthik Netha

This song has monopolized my thoughts ever since its release. There have been many travel movies and songs over the years and every time they are done right, they just make us feel that …

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Song: Raajali
Movie: 2.0
Composer: AR Rahman
Singers: Blaaze, Arjun Chandy, Sid Sriram
Lyricist: Madhan Karky

Though Rahman swept the National Award in ‘Roja’ for his soulful music and announced to the world that he was here to stay, it was his audacious dance beats and rampant high-pitched singing that …

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Song: Vasantha Kaalangal
Movie: 96
Composer: Govind Vasantha
Singer: Chinmayi
Lyricist: Uma Devi

It is a like a painting that vibrates hypnotically. The composer has gone full Zen here! It’s a minimalist’s dream. The sheer meditative quality in Mithun Raju’s serene guitar play elevates this track to a league of …

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Song: Bhoomi Bhoomi
Movie: Chekka Chivantha Vaanam
Composer: AR Rahman
Singers: Shakthisree Gopalan
Lyricist: Vairamuthu

While I am still trying to roll off from the magnificent impact of Shakthisree’s voice in the sweet and sensitive ‘Nenjukulle’, here comes another cutting edge masterpiece from AR Rahman giving her the space to …

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Song: Thaabangale
Movie: 96
Composer: Govind Vasantha
Singers: Chinmayi, Pradeep Kumar
Lyricist: Uma Devi

“Thaabangale” evokes a genuine awakening to the beauty of longing. It romanticizes the borderline despair of estranged love with dignity and such grace. There’s an unreal sense of being in a paradise hosting only that couple …

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Song: Endhira Logathu Sundariye
Movie: 2.0
Composer: AR Rahman
Singers: Sid Sriram, Shashaa Tirupati
Lyricist: Madhan Karky

It has been 14 months since the 2.0 jukebox released on YouTube. I still remember waiting outside a retail store back in 2003 so that I could grab from the carton the first …

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Song: Anthaathi
Movie: 96
Composer: Govind Vasantha
Singers: Chinmayi, Govind Vasantha, Bhadra Rajin, Nassar
Lyricist: Karthik Netha

‘Anthaathi’ is a delightful journey, brilliant in parts especially Chinmayi’s rendition of the verses “Konjam pooraname…” putting us into a deep trance leading seamlessly to the endearing portions – “Kadhale Kadhale”. The composer …

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Song: Pullinangal
Movie: 2.0
Composer: AR Rahman
Singer: Bamba Bakya, A.R. Ameen, Suzanne D’Mello
Lyricist: Na. Muthukumar

Tamil songs have had a special place for Chittu Kuruvi over the years. When it hops and tweets by the window sill, and Sivaji Ganesan looks at it ecstatically and delicately calls out, …

2018 – Top 20 Tamil Songs >> 9

Song: Geedhaara Kiliye
Movie: Nimir
Composer: Darbuka Siva
Singer: Sathya Prakash
Lyricist: Mohan Raj

Beginning on such a beautiful classical note in the heavenly voice of Sathya Prakash, much like a playful duel with the shivering violin in the background, the song takes a stupendous twist with Keba’s outstanding guitar …

2018 – Top 20 Tamil Songs >> 10

Song: Kaarkuzhal Kadavaiye
Movie: VadaChennai
Composer: Santhosh Narayanan
Singers: Sriram Parthasarathy, Vijaynarian, Ananthu, Pradeep Kumar, Santhosh Narayanan
Lyricist: Vivek

There aren’t many romantic melodies better than ‘Poovaasam Purapadum Penne’ from Anbe Sivam. Sriram Parthasarathy’s solemn attention to those subtle yet tougher variations elevated that song to one of the best …