Top Music Sales in Bollywood – Last 60 years

Arranged in Descending Order by Years(in Decade)

Music Hits 2000-2009 (Figures in Units)
2000 2001
Mohabbatein 50,00,000 Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham 35,00,000
Dhadkan 45,00,000 Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai 32,00,000
Refugee 35,00,000 Raaz 30,00,000
Fiza 25,00,000 Lagaan 28,00,000
Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega 22,00,000 Gadar Ek Prem Katha 25,00,000
Chori Chori Chupke Chupke 20,00,000 Ajnabee 22,00,000
Kya Kehna 20,00,000 Yaadien 22,00,000
Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge 18,00,000 Dil Chahta Hai 20,00,000
Josh 18,00,000 Tum Bin 20,00,000
Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya 18,00,000 Ek Rishtaa 18,00,000
Bichoo 16,00,000 Haan Maine Bhi Pyar Kiya 18,00,000
Mission Kashmir 15,00,000 Yeh Dil Aashiqana 16,00,000
Deewaane 14,00,000 Asoka 15,00,000
Kunwara 13,00,000 Nayak 14,00,000
Chal Mere Bhai 12,00,000 Lajja 13,00,000
2002 2003
Humraaz 22,00,000 Tere Naam 30,00,000
Saathiya 20,00,000 Andaaz 25,00,000
Devdas 18,00,000 Kal Ho Na Ho 23,00,000
Kaante 18,00,000 Koi Mil Gaya 21,00,000
Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam 16,00,000 Qayamat 21,00,000
Dil Hai Tumhaara 15,00,000 Chalte Chalte 18,00,000
Jism 15,00,000 Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon 16,00,000
Dil Ka Rishtaa 14,00,000 LOC Kargil 15,00,000
Deewangee 12,00,000 Baghban 14,00,000
Khushi 12,00,000 Boom 13,00,000
Mujhse Dosti Karoge 12,00,000 Ishk Vishk 12,00,000
Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai 11,00,000 Plan 12,00,000
Kyaa Dil Ne Kaha 10,00,000 Kuch Na Kaho 11,00,000
Kuch To Hai 9,00,000 Khakee 10,00,000
Na Tum Jano Na Hum 9,00,000 Munnabhai MBBS 10,00,000
2004 2005
Veer Zaara 30,00,000 Aashiq Banaye Aapne 20,00,000
Bewafaa 25,00,000 Bunty Aur Babli 19,00,000
Dhoom 22,00,000 Rang De Basanti 19,00,000
Murder 22,00,000 Zeher 18,00,000
Main Hoon Na 21,00,000 Lucky No Time For Love 18,00,000
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi 20,00,000 Dus 17,00,000
Musafir 18,00,000 Kaal 16,00,000
Hum Tum 16,00,000 Aksar 15,00,000
Aitraaz 15,00,000 Barsaat 15,00,000
Fida 14,00,000 Bluffmaster 14,00,000
Swades 13,00,000 Dosti 14,00,000
Kisna 12,00,000 Kalyug 14,00,000
Lakshya 11,00,000 Salaam Namaste 14,00,000
Hulchul 10,00,000 Kyon Ki 13,00,000
Masti 10,00,000 Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya 12,50,000
2006 2007
Dhoom 2 20,00,000 Om Shanti Om 20,00,000
Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna 19,00,000 Jab We Met 19,00,000
Fanaa 17,00,000 Partner 18,00,000
Salaam-E-Ishq 16,50,000 Jhoom Barabar Jhoom 17,00,000
Gangster 16,00,000 Welcome 15,00,000
Don 15,00,000 Namastey London 14,00,000
Krrish 13,00,000 Aap Kaa Surroor 13,00,000
Jaan-E-Mann 12,50,000 Bhool Bhulaiyaa 12,00,000
36 China Town 12,00,000 Cash 12,00,000
Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye 12,00,000 Heyy Babyy 12,00,000
Omkara 11,50,000 Chak De India 11,00,000
Guru 11,50,000 Life in a… Metro 11,00,000
Aryan 10,00,000 Taare Zameen Par 11,00,000
Lage Raho Munnabhai 10,00,000 Saawariya 10,00,000
Phir Hera Pheri 10,00,000 Ta Ra Rum Pum 10,00,000
2008 2009
Ghajini 19,00,000
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi 19,00,000
Singh Is Kinng 18,00,000
Dostana 17,00,000
Race 17,00,000
Bachna Ae Haseeno 16,00,000
Jannat 16,00,000
Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na 15,00,000
Tashan 15,00,000
Golmaal Returns 14,00,000
Karzzzz 13,00,000
Raaz – The Mystery Continues 13,00,000
Rock On! 12,00,000
Jodhaa Akbar 11,00,000
Kismat Konnection 10,00,000
Music Hits 1990-1999 (Figures in Units)
1990 1991
Aashiqui 1,50,00,000 Saajan 70,00,000
Sanam Bewafa 35,00,000 Phool Aur Kaante 60,00,000
Patthar Ke Phool 25,00,000 Sadak 50,00,000
Dil 20,00,000 Saudagar 30,00,000
Aaj Ka Arjun 18,00,000 Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin 25,00,000
Baaghi 15,00,000 Henna 22,00,000
Hum 15,00,000 Shola Aur Shabnam 20,00,000
Kishen Kanhaiya 12,00,000 Vishwatma 20,00,000
Ghayal 10,00,000 100 Days 18,00,000
Swarg 10,00,000 Narsimha 18,00,000
1992 1993
Deewana 45,00,000 Dilwale 55,00,000
Beta 30,00,000 Darr 35,00,000
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander 25,00,000 Khalnayak 35,00,000
Khiladi 25,00,000 Aankhen 30,00,000
Bol Radha Bol 22,00,000 Baazigar 30,00,000
Jeena Marna Tere Sang 20,00,000 Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayi 28,00,000
Jigar 20,00,000 Roja 28,00,000
Sapne Saajan Ke 20,00,000 Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke 25,00,000
Khuda Gawah 18,00,000 Lootere 22,00,000
Prem Deewane 18,00,000 Salaami 22,00,000
Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman 18,00,000 Phool Aur Angaar 20,00,000
Aaj Ka Goonda Raaj 15,00,000 Dalaal 20,00,000
Tahelka 15,00,000 Rang 20,00,000
Yalgaar 15,00,000 Raja Babu 18,00,000
1994 1995
Hum Aapke Hain Kaun 1,00,00,000 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 90,00,000
Mohra 45,00,000 Raja 35,00,000
1942 A Love Story 35,00,000 Rangeela 32,00,000
Karan Arjun 30,00,000 Barsaat 30,00,000
Main Khiladi Tu Anari 30,00,000 Bewafa Sanam 30,00,000
The Gentleman 30,00,000 Bombay 30,00,000
Vijaypath 30,00,000 Coolie No1 28,00,000
Khudaar 28,00,000 Hum Se Hai Muqabla 25,00,000
Imtihan 28,00,000 Akele Hum Akele Tum 25,00,000
Aatish 25,00,000 Gambler 22,00,000
Yeh Dillagi 22,00,000 Trimurti 20,00,000
Gopi Kishen 20,00,000 Haqeeqat 20,00,000
Suhaag 20,00,000 Ravanraaj 20,00,000
Teesra Kaun 18,00,000 Yaarana 20,00,000
Laadla 15,00,000 Haathkadi 18,00,000
1996 1997
Raja Hindustani 1,10,00,000 Dil To Pagal Hai 1,25,00,000
Papa Kehte Hain 30,00,000 Pardes 60,00,000
Agni Sakshi 28,00,000 Gupt 50,00,000
Jeet 25,00,000 Border 45,00,000
Saajan Chale Sasural 25,00,000 Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya 35,00,000
Auzaar 22,00,000 Ishq 30,00,000
Krishna 22,00,000 Yes Boss 30,00,000
Masoom 22,00,000 Aflatoon 25,00,000
Tere Mere Sapne 22,00,000 Sapnay 25,00,000
Judaai 20,00,000 Ziddi 22,00,000
Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi 20,00,000 Daud 20,00,000
Daraar 18,00,000 Mohabbat 20,00,000
Hindustani 18,00,000 Koyla 18,00,000
Hero No1 18,00,000 Aur Pyar Ho Gaya 15,00,000
Judwaa 18,00,000 Mrityudaata 15,00,000
1998 1999
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai 80,00,000 Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai 90,00,000
Dil Se 45,00,000 Taal 40,00,000
Soldier 35,00,000 Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam 35,00,000
Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha 32,00,000 Biwi No1 30,00,000
Ghulam 25,00,000 Kachche Dhaage 30,00,000
Daag The Fire 22,00,000 Mann 28,00,000
Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain 22,00,000 Baadshah 25,00,000
Major Saab 22,00,000 Hello Brother 22,00,000
Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai 20,00,000 Sirf Tum 22,00,000
Dulhe Raja 20,00,000 Badal 20,00,000
Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan 18,00,000 Jaanwar 20,00,000
Bandhan 18,00,000 Jaanam Sanjha Karo 18,00,000
Jeans 18,00,000 Hum Saath Saath Hain 18,00,000
Music Hits 1980-1989
Film Year
Maine Pyar Kiya 1989
Love Story 1980
Ram Teri Ganga Maili 1985
Hero 1983
Ek Duke Ke Liye 1981
Qurbani 1980
Karz 1980
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak 1988
Betaab 1983
Pyar Jhukta Nahin 1984
Kranti 1980
Tridev 1989
Naseeb 1981
Souten 1983
Prem Rog 1982
Chandni 1989
Aasha 1980
Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai 1981
Kudrat 1981
Nikaah 1982
Tezaab 1988
Silsila 1981
Ram Lakhan 1988
Sanam Teri Kasam 1982
Saagar 1985
Music Hits 1970-1979
Film Year
Bobby 1973
Yaadon Ki Baraat 1973
Johny Mera Naam 1970
Hum Kisise Kum Nahin 1977
Roti Kapada Aur Makaan 1974
Muqaddar Ka Sikander 1978
Amar Akbar Anthony 1977
Pakeezah 1972
Dharam Veer 1977
Laila Majnu 1976
Beimaan 1972
Haathi Mera Saathi 1971
Don 1978
Chor Machaye Shor 1976
Caravan 1970
Kati Patang 1970
Daag 1973
Sachaa Jhuta 1970
Sargam 1979
Sholay 1975
Loafer 1973
Dus Numbri 1976
Safar 1970
Sanyasi 1975
Kabhi Kabhi 1976
Aan Milo Sajna 1970
Jeevan Mrityu 1970
Julie 1975
Noorie 1979
Music Hits 1960-1969
Film Year
Sangam 1964
Mere Mehboob 1963
Aradhana 1969
Jab Jab Phool Kile 1965
Waqt 1965
Upkar 1967
Teesri Manzil 1966
Aarzoo 1965
Mugha E Azam 1960
Bees Saal Baad 1962
Dosti 1964
Do Raaste 1969
Suraj 1966
Barsaat Ki Raat 1960
Taj Mahal 1963
Junglee 1961
Farz 1967
Guide 1965
Shagird 1967
Hum Duno 1961
Ek Musafir Ek Hasina 1962
Chaudvin Ka Chand 1960
Kashmir Ki Kali 1964
Mera Saaya 1966
Music Hits 1950-1959
Film Year
Awaara 1951
Baiju Bawra 1952
Madhumati 1958
Shree 420 1955
Nagin 1954
Naya Daur 1957
Anarkali 1953
Mother India 1957
CID 1956
Pyaasa 1957
Jaal 1952
Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje 1955
Albela 1951
Navrang 1959
Anari 1959

Source : Boxofficeindia.com

50 Comments

  1. Arise_Awake
    Arise_Awake
    May 27, 2011 at 3:25 AM

    Grdddddddddddddddddd List, now at least verbal dysentery( courtsey baba) will stop here

    Thanks :)

  2. milind
    milind
    May 27, 2011 at 3:30 AM

    Kumar Sanu,going by the above data,has given his voice in the most hit and musically most successful albums of a full decade…the only phenomenon after Kishore Kumar!! Although in no way comparable to Kishore da!

  3. Shalu
    Shalu
    May 27, 2011 at 3:34 AM

    Thanks Doga! Will study this properly tomorrow.

  4. rajeevsingh3366
    rajeevsingh3366
    May 27, 2011 at 3:35 AM

    great work……..aashiqi proving to be greatest musical hit after 1980’s till now…..

  5. the one
    the one
    May 27, 2011 at 3:45 AM

    can believe this till 2001-2002.

    order may be correct but sale units way too high.

  6. Sandyman
    Sandyman
    May 27, 2011 at 4:00 AM

    Ya..Sales have declined since 2000 onwards with the arrival of digital music

  7. RAJ
    RAJ
    May 27, 2011 at 4:27 AM

    Internet dowloading and piracy has literally killed the music industry….

  8. Yakuza
    Yakuza
    May 27, 2011 at 4:45 AM

    Not convince with sales of HUM(15 Lakhs) lesser than Khuda Gawah(18 Lakhs) and Aaj Ka Arjun (18 lakhs) … Music of HUM was rage in 1990 .. This figure doesn’t indicate that ..

  9. Tango
    Tango
    May 27, 2011 at 5:09 AM

    Jumma Chumma De De (from Hum) popularity was unbelieveable. In fact it became the title of one of the earliest concerts- Jumma Chumma In London.

    The popularity sales should be like this (obviously just my views based on what I saw and heard)

    1) Hum (Jumma Chumma)

    2) Aaj Ka Arjun (Gori Hai Kaiyaan)

    3) Khuda Gawah (Main Tujhe qubool)

  10. rockie_c83
    rockie_c83
    May 27, 2011 at 6:14 AM

    Hum had only 1 chartbuster song… other songs were boring…
    Khuda Gawah had good songs… Tht movie was also good…

    Aaj Ka Arjun I dnt remember any songs from this mv .. but 1 song gori hai kalaiya…. and I dont like tht song…

  11. Rocky
    Rocky
    May 27, 2011 at 8:30 AM

    That is a great list, lots of information, I still remember DTPH and Saajan were big big hits….

  12. film_maker
    film_maker
    May 27, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Now the question is — how many of these songs are original!

  13. cineman
    cineman
    May 27, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    kaho naa pyaar hai is the biggest musical hit of last decade.much of the sales must have happened after the release.thats when hrithik mania was at its peak.

  14. Akshay
    Akshay
    May 27, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Raj – “Internet dowloading and piracy has literally killed the music industry….

    Another big reason has been FM. By the way these music companies are trying hard and, keeping in tunes with with modern trends they are finding new and innovative ways to monetize be it through caller tones, license arrangements with FM channels etc.

    I wish we introduce the iTunes model for every song and movie in India where you dont necessarily buy an album but you may even buy a song as well.

  15. Akb
    Akb
    May 27, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    so according to yakuja hum,khuda gaba,aaj ka arjun biggest musical hit of 90s .

  16. rudresh
    rudresh
    May 27, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Great post. And Music sale is really going down with each passing year.

  17. Raju Guide
    Raju Guide
    May 27, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    If someone tells me Kumar Sanu was a “phenomenon” I will either drop dead or for my life just consider him as having same popularity as some “Baba” out there…

    What a pathetic and constipated singer he was!

    Sorry I cud not resist….

  18. Raju Guide
    Raju Guide
    May 27, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    “Now the question is — how many of these songs are original!”

    Re:

    “The first” and founder of “copycat generation” out there was RD Burman …he was biggest copycat ever !!! :)

  19. Shalu
    Shalu
    May 27, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Thanks for this info Doga. Surprised to see some not-so-great albums at the top in some years like Mohabbatein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Humraaz, Aashiq Banaya Aapne, Ghajini and Deewana.

  20. Samwal
    Samwal
    May 27, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    even if music is crap , if the movie is a big hit.. music automaticaly becomes hit

    Fact – If the songs are hit, it is not definately that the movie will also be hit.
    If Movie is big hit , The songs & Music will also become hit [ no matter how crap the music is ]

    Exp – Ghajini, Dhoom 2, etc

  21. utkal
    utkal
    May 27, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    “The first” and founder of “copycat generation” out there was RD Burman …he was biggest copycat ever !!! ”

    Totally untrue. In his long and shining career, he used only two interantional tunes to based his compositions on: Chura Liya based on If it’s Tuesday It must be Belgium and Mehbooba based on Demis Rousous’s Say you Love me. Maybe a couple of others here and there. In compariosn, how many glorius originals!! From films like Teesri Manzil and Hare Rama Hare Krishna to Amar Prem and Aandhi.

  22. Yakuza
    Yakuza
    May 27, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    @shalu .. “Surprised to see some not-so-great albums at the top in some years ”

    Shalu .. audience in interiors were more inclined towards nadeem sharvan kind of music …. But some stuff here by BOI is pure funny ..

    This is another garbage stuff by BOI .. Can you believe that in 2000 when music piracy was there, an ordinary stuff like Kya Kahna sold 20 lakhs, more than HUM(15 Lakhs) whose music was chart buster .. :)

    BOI has maintained garbage stuff for box-office numbers of old movies and i can see same here in music as well ..

  23. Arise_Awake
    Arise_Awake
    May 27, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    rITZZI…

    Who in BW has not copied?
    SJ, S D Burman, Even Salil da…

    If one copies Folk tune( Unknown to masses) its original and if one copies other songs( Known songs) its copy cat… But at then end See if one is able to put His signature on the song and given it different direction…

    Nothing is original but recycled, so says gr8 Mahesh Bhatt :) :) :)

  24. Shalu
    Shalu
    May 27, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Yakuza, Kya Kahna selling more than Hum definitely doesn’t make sense!

    Nadeem Shravan were very popular everywhere in their early days. I can totally believe Aashiqui and Saajan being on the top. I guess most music directors do their best work in the first few years of their careers.

  25. Shalu
    Shalu
    May 27, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Arise_Awake, Very true. The only music director who hasn’t yet been accused of copying is A. R. Rahman. Or has he too copied any songs?

  26. Arise_Awake
    Arise_Awake
    May 27, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    shalu..

    i have read way back he has also copied one song of Nusrat way back… may be we dont know SI folk music…

  27. danish
    danish
    May 27, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Yakuza, Kya Kahna selling more than Hum definitely doesn’t make sense!

    cud it be because of increasing population and post liberalization prosperity leading to more music systems being sold. and mind u its just before internet piracy began full on. just a guess.

    by the way rehman fans just count the rehman albums and add up the number of units sold. and then compare to nadeem shravan, himesh, annu malik etc

  28. Samwal
    Samwal
    May 27, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    ATM Jatin lalit, Anand milind, Viju Shah, Rajesh Roshan & Nadeem Shravan are better composers than ar rehman

  29. the one
    the one
    May 27, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    T series slashed rates of cassetes and cds with aashiqi and while venus followed, HMV who were ruling music company did not and i think Hum was HMV (not sure). so you are never going to sell as much with higher rates.

    Also your romantic melodious tunes always sell more in india and Hum was not in this bracket while Saajan, Dilwale,Aashiqui, etc were.

  30. the one
    the one
    May 28, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    Another thing that gives it away is that Dil was a blockbuster and only sold 20 lakhs but albums released after Aashiqi like Sanam Bewafa and Pathar Ke Phool which were no way as strong as Dil sold much more.

    The music boom seems to have happened with Aashiqui, just like box office boom with HAHK.

  31. sputnik
    sputnik
    May 28, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    @the one,

    I think T series used to have audio casettes at 18 rupees whereas Venus was 24/26 and HMV was 35+ or may be 45.

    People used to buy Aashiqui casettes because all songs were good and this was a whole cassette. Dil was sold more as a combination cassette – it had Ghayal on one side and Dil on the other side if I remember correctly. Similarly I think Hum was also sold more as a combination cassette.

    ———-

    Ok why is Hum listed in 1990 should it not be on 1991 as it released in 1991?

  32. rks
    rks
    May 28, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    “The music boom seems to have happened with Aashiqui,”
    I think it all started with Lal Dupatta Mal mal ka and other smaller films like Jeena Teri Gali mei by TSeries..of course Asshiqui took it to another level.

  33. RAJ
    RAJ
    May 28, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    1….RD Burman undoubtedely the creators of most hit songs in Indian film music history..His albums still sells and at times more than the new albums…His songs are most popular among the masses even now…His songs are even remixed now in movies….Movies are been made in dedication to his talent…He is for me BOSS of indian film music…
    2..Kumar Sanu may not be a very talented singer but he was definitely a phenomenon in the period from 90-95….He had the most number of hit songs and in that regard he can only be compared with Kishore kumar and Md Rafi(Number of hit songs)
    3..ARR though is fantastic music director,most of his albums sell slow among public..Nadeem -Shravan ,anu malik and Jatin lalit always sold more units than ARR in the 90’s (barring a few like dil se and Taal) …Even in now Pritam sells more than ARR..I am not trying to prove who is a better music director…I am just trying keep things in perpective as I have some experince when it comes to music sales…

  34. RAJ
    RAJ
    May 28, 2011 at 1:44 AM

    One thing I like about ARR is before ARR,the background score was not given due imortance .Even now most of the directors fail to understand that background music is a charachter in itself and can enhance the impac of the movie..Its ARR who started the trend of good background score….I mean the backgrund score in Roza,bombay and dilse were just fantastic and way ahead of the league…Its after ARR that RGV with his music directors gave it a new dimension…

  35. the one
    the one
    May 28, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    Sputnik

    Sanam Bewfa and Pathar Ke Phool are also 1991, albums may have released in 1990.

    RKS those were also T Series. Gulshan Kumar changed it all, started with bhajan and shabads and saw something and just chaged it all. HMV had ruled before that for yonks i think.

  36. sputnik
    sputnik
    May 28, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    the one,

    “Sanam Bewfa and Pathar Ke Phool are also 1991, albums may have released in 1990″

    Yeah you are right about Sanam Bewfa and Pathar Ke Phool release year.

  37. Shalu
    Shalu
    May 28, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    Sputnik, Oh yes I remember now that a lot of audio cassettes were double albums. I wonder how the audio sales were mapped in those days. Maybe the single album cassettes were cheaper or something?

    Raj, Can you shed some light on how audio cassette sales were mapped with double album cassettes? BTW, I agree 100% with your take on R. D. Burman and Rahman.

    the one, Gulshan Kumar changed it all for sure, as rks said with films/albums like Lal Dupatta Malmal Ka and Ashiqui soon after. His cassettes were the cheapest in the market. He also gave singing breaks to lots of new singers like Sonu Nigam, Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Paudwal etc. He totally revolutionalised the audio industry – that was the reason he was killed.

    For all the good he did, he also used unfair means like getting his own singers to sing rehashed versions of current hit songs and releasing them as a different album. I remember he had done that with the whole album of HAHK and the Rajshris had taken him to court.

  38. sputnik
    sputnik
    May 28, 2011 at 2:22 AM

    Disagree on Kumar Sanu being a bad singer or not a talented singer. He was the best in the early 90s. Now there are a lot of reasons why his career suffered.

    1) He became arrogant after 1942 A Love Story. He had a foot in the mouth disease and he said some silly stuff about Rahman (may be he was trying to be in the good books of Nadeem Shravan).
    2) I have seen his interview where he said that he asked for his standard remuneration (he was the highest paid singer back then) for songs of DDLJ and he was thrown out after 1 song.
    3) Many of his good songs were not advertised on channels and some of them deliberately not played on the countdowns in the mid-late 90s.
    4) Music companies were promoting singers – Venus started promoting Abhijeet. Kumar Sanu was with Tips and they basically gave the same type of songs (Soldier, JPKSHH) and got him typecast.
    5) He had the acting bug and tried to become a hero in Bengali movie. He also tried to make a movie.

    All said and done he still has a lot of great songs that he sang.

  39. RAJ
    RAJ
    May 28, 2011 at 3:29 AM

    Shalu,

    “”Raj, Can you shed some light on how audio cassette sales were mapped with double album cassettes?””

    Actually,I have no idea about how they mapped sales in 90’s..But I believe,cassete companies always released single film album first and after some time,they used to release double film albums in one cassette..

    Sputnik,

    I agree about Kumar sanu…His arrogance did him …Also ,I think,his career coincided with the rise and fall of Nadeem -Shravan,Jatin-Lalit and anu Malik…These music directors used him very well in their compositions…

  40. Tango
    Tango
    May 28, 2011 at 3:39 AM

    Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan are two singers who ended their own top Bollywood tenure due to more interest in regional films – Bengali and Bhojpuri.

  41. moviefreak
    moviefreak
    May 28, 2011 at 4:01 AM

    Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan are two singers who ended their own top Bollywood tenure due to more interest in regional films – Bengali and Bhojpuri >>>>> is kumar sanu still active – whether hindi or regional? you may be surprised but udit narayan sang several bumper hit songs in telugu also, starting late 90’s and until first half of 00’s

  42. rks
    rks
    May 28, 2011 at 4:01 AM

    I have argued a lot with Sputnik over Sanu. I think he was the force during early 90s when Nadeem Shravan (along with Anand Milind to some degree) defined film music. I was never a fan of his voice but I think more than arrogance, his voice range was the reason of fall. He was excellent in soft sonorous numbers but I think 2000 onwards music changed. I think Udit survived better.

  43. milind
    milind
    May 28, 2011 at 4:11 AM

    1. Kumar Sanu dominated even in the late 90’s…of course the space for him was getting constricted.

    2. Kumar Sanu sings for the Bengali and Bhojpuri Cinema still.And udit Narayan hired Sanu for his bhojpuri film,i remember.

    3. Music changed,so did singers and voices.

    4. Sanu touches my soul,Udiit does not!

  44. suprabh
    suprabh
    May 28, 2011 at 4:17 AM

    Kumar sanu has a good voice (sings nasal though) but I dont find it timeless.

    Although some songs like “Ae kaash ke hum” are timeless

  45. moviefreak
    moviefreak
    May 28, 2011 at 4:18 AM

    i may be wrong, but i have felt Kumar Sanu didn’t put much effort to be versatile. he is just naturally gifted and whatever he does/sings, it’s just easy for him.

  46. RAJ
    RAJ
    May 28, 2011 at 4:20 AM

    “””dit narayan sang several bumper hit songs in telugu also””
    Rama chilkamma ? He also sang some hit oriya numbers…

  47. milind
    milind
    May 28, 2011 at 4:47 AM

    ” he is just naturally gifted and whatever he does/sings, it’s just easy for him.”

    What better dan dat?/ :-)

  48. sputnik
    sputnik
    May 28, 2011 at 4:53 AM

    @rks,

    “I think more than arrogance, his voice range was the reason of fall. He was excellent in soft sonorous numbers but I think 2000 onwards music changed. I think Udit survived better.”

    I think he had a good voice range – he has sung romantic songs, sad songs, loud numbers & comic or fun numbers too.

    Yes music changed after the advent of Rahman – singers were no longer given all songs. Previously songs or an album were known by the singers. They were like the heroes/stars of the music album. Later on singers started getting 1 or 2 songs max per album. I think music composers want credit for their album and they don’t like the singers walking away with all the credit.

    I had posted that live video of Sanu and Udit singing that Khaike Pan Banaras wala song and we had some discussion on it. Lets put up a poll as to who was better shall we?

    @Saurabh,
    “Kumar sanu has a good voice (sings nasal though) but I dont find it timeless.”
    Ek Ladki Ko Dekha, Kuch Na Kaho, Jab se tum ko dekha hai Sanam, Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Pagal, Saason ki Zaroorat, Jab Baat Bigad Jaye, Ek Khushi ki Talash mein hum, Jeeye to Jeeye Kaise, Taare Hain Baarati, Kathai Ankhonwali, Barsaat ke Mausam mein, Aankhon ki Gusthakiyan & many more – are these not timeless?

    He was not nasal in all songs. Yes he was nasal in quite a few songs but then as far as singing nasal goes there are many – Saigal, Kishore (in some songs), Mukesh, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Kailash Kher and your favorite Ghulam Ali too.

    @moviefreak,
    “i may be wrong, but i have felt Kumar Sanu didn’t put much effort to be versatile. he is just naturally gifted and whatever he does/sings, it’s just easy for him.”
    I agree with you – post 1942 songs he let himself typecast in romantic songs.

  49. Rocky
    Rocky
    May 28, 2011 at 4:55 AM

    I prefer Kumar Sanu over Udit Narayan…..

  50. moviefreak
    moviefreak
    May 28, 2011 at 5:00 AM

    Rama chilkamma ? He also sang some hit oriya numbers >>>> interesting…did he leave any language? hehehe… yeah rama chilkamma was like the beginning for him (1998), a top hit song for a chiru film and from then onwards, every other movie had atleast one song by him.. for years.

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