The southern Indian state known as Tamil Nadu is a place rich in culture and history, where people enjoy music to the fullest, doing it passionately and with great love. The Tamil music genre is understandably extremely popular in India, however, in recent years it has also started to draw fans from all over the world. More and more people are interested in the genre, many already love it, but if you are unfamiliar with Tamil music, here are some songs that will show you exactly why it is growing in popularity.
Translated to The Rainfall in the Heart, this song was composed by Harris Jayaraj for the movie Vaaranam Aayiram (Thousand Elephants). The lyrics were written by Thamarai and it was sung by Hariharan, Devan, and V.V.Prasanna. The lyrics are simple, romantic and youthful and they perfectly fit with the music. The song became a chart-topper in 2008 and it has since achieved cult status.
Composed by the famous A. R. Rahman for the movie Sillunu Oru Kaadhal (A Breezy Love), the song became a hit upon its release, with the entire soundtrack being highly appreciated. The lyrics were penned by Veturi and are extremely sweet and meaningful.
Ennavale Adi Ennavale
From the movie Kadhalan (Loverboy), the song and the entire soundtrack earned A. R. Rahman national acclaim. P.Unnikrishnan won the precious National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for his rendition of this song and got his break as well. Even though the song was released in 1994, it is still an all-time favorite for many. If you would like to give the song a listen, you can visit isaimini.
Featured on the soundtrack for the movie Bombay, it is one of the most popular and acclaimed songs of all time. Hariharan noted that it was the best one he has ever sung. The song incorporates elements of Sufi music, was composed by A. R. Rahman, while the lyrics were written by Vairamuthu. The film’s soundtrack is also one of the best-selling Indian music albums of all time and was featured in The Guardian’s list of ‘1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die’. Another song from the movie – Bombay Theme has appeared in a variety of international movies and music compilations and has also been sampled by numerous international artists.
Innum Konjam Neram
The song was a part of the movie soundtrack Maryan (The Immortal) and once again composed by the acclaimed A. R. Rahman who decided to maintain simple and flowing poetry for this song. The entire album received overwhelmingly positive reviews and became a chart-topper as soon as it was released.
Feelgood music that inspires you and makes you want to sing and dance, or extremely emotional music that will move you to tears are the main characteristics of Tamil songs. If you have become a fan of the genre after listening to some of the songs above, make sure you read the lyrics as well since they are known for being uplifting, motivational, and for having deep meanings.