2018 – Top 20 Tamil Songs >> 11

Song: Mazhai Kuruvi
Movie: Chekka Chivantha Vaanam
Composer: AR Rahman
Singer: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu

26 years ago, we heard for the first time a distant humming of ‘Yelelo Yelele lelelo’ in an enchantingly unique style. It was a breath of fresh air in Tamil Cinema. The name is AR …

2018 – Top 20 Tamil Songs >> 12

Song: Kalyana Vayasu
Movie: Kolamaavu Kokila
Composer: Anirudh Ravichander
Singer: Anirudh Ravichander
Lyricist: Sivakarthikeyan

Plagiarism or not, this song transports you to a different world and chills you out for 4 minutes. Anirudh’s lifting vocals during ‘Enakku kalyana vayasu dhan vandhiduchu di’ is so hummable and catchy along with his …

2018 – Top 20 Tamil Songs >> 13

Song: Rowdy Baby
Movie: Maari 2
Composer: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Singers: Dhanush, Dhee
Lyricist: ‘Poetu’ Dhanush

After a series of disappointing albums, Yuvan is back with an astounding number in his own flamboyant style. ‘Rowdy Baby’ is a sensational ‘Kuthu’ song with rocking vibes in the fitting voices of ‘Namma …

2018 – Top 20 Tamil Songs >> 14

Song: Potta Kaatil Poovasam
Movie: Pariyerum Perumal
Composer: Santhosh Narayanan
Singers: Yogi Sekar, Fareedha, Ananthu, Vijaynarain
Lyricist: Vivek

This song is a 7-minute wonder. I do not know which element is superior – whether the endearing tune or the lyrical beauty with all syllables in right proportions or the harmonious …

2018 – Top 20 Tamil Songs >> 15

Song: Simtaangaran
Movie: Sarkar
Composer: AR Rahman
Singers: Bamba Bakya, Vipin Aneja, Aparna Narayanan
Lyricist: Vivek

In the long list of dance songs with meaningful lyrics and poetic beauty, ‘Simtaangaran’ gets direct blessings from its master predecessors such as ‘Oothikinne Kaduchukkavaa’, ‘Naa Salt Kottai’ and unfolds in its own mercurial …

2018 – Top 20 Tamil Songs >> 16

Song: Kannamma
Movie: Kaala
Composer: Santhosh Narayanan
Singers : Pradeep Kumar, Dhee, Ananthu
Lyricist : Uma Devi

Santhosh Narayanan can sometimes be an ultra-minimalist just to prove a point to the crop of his contemporaries that tune is king and instruments are only here to serve. Kannamma is a gorgeous duet, rendered …

2018 – Top 20 Tamil Songs >> 17

Song: Guleba
Movie: Gulaebaghavali
Composer: Vivek-Mervin
Singers: Anirudh Ravichander, Mervin Solomon
Lyricist: Ku. Karthik

An absolute riot this; Prabhu Deva sporting bright red shoes is not just peachy to watch but gets us right into the groove of celebrating free spirit. What can this man not do? He redefined choreography …

2018 – Top 20 Tamil Songs >> 18

Song: Kurumba (Reprise)
Movie: Tik Tik Tik
Composer: Imman
Singer: Mirthula Siva
Lyricist: Madhan Karky

Imman who had made a paradigm shift in his musical journey through Kumki by practising the Ilaiyaraja style of compositions became more successful commercially in the last 5 years. Though I was happy for his …

2018 – Top 20 Tamil Songs >> 19

Song: Sodakku Mela
Movie: Thaanaa Serndha Koottam
Composer: Anirudh Ravichander
Singer: Anthony Daasan
Lyricists: Mani Amudhavan, Vignesh ShivN

Rajesh Murugesan’s ‘Pistah Sumakira’ meets Rednex’s ‘Cotton Eye Joe’ in this high-voltage dance number. What energy from Anthony Daasan! His bold voice cuts through the busy ambience of the song and replenishes …

2018 – Top 20 Tamil Songs >> 20

Song: Maattikkiten
Movie: Padaiveeran
Composer: Karthik Raja
Singers: Rita, Haricharan
Lyricist: Dhana

Those punchy beats inaugurating this short lively track remind me of the catchy groove in ‘Meyyanadha’ from 3 Roses. Karthik Raja who seemed to have gone on a self-imposed exile from music brings the magic back that he …