A legend whose music can stay on loop, yet makes you feel alive every time you hear it is Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the soul stirring voice that weaves the threads of magic and infuses love even into stones. A global audience has been reached by his art, transcending national borders.
Born on December 9, 1974, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan specializes in the Qawwali genre of devotional music by the Muslim Sufis. As a top-paid singer in Pakistan, Khan is one of the biggest names in the industry. Rahat is the nephew of the great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. His father is Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan and his grandfather is the famous Qawwali singer Fateh Ali Khan. His repertoire includes ghazals and other light music as well as Qawwali. As a playback singer, he is also well known in Hindi cinema and in Pakistani cinema. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan songs are quite popular in South Asia.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan taught Rahat Fateh Ali Khan music as a young boy. Fans of music still enjoy some of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s most popular songs. As a nine-year-old, he performed for the first time in public, endowed with a deep voice and great singing abilities. He made his Bollywood debut with ‘Mann ki Lagan’ from the movie ‘Paap’. Aside from Indian singing reality shows such as ‘Chhote Ustad’ and ‘Junoon’, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has also performed on musical shows. During the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in 2014, he was the first Pakistani singer to perform. In this article, we’ll be revisiting some of legend’s most well known Bollywood songs.
Here are the most popular Rahat Fateh Ali Khan songs in the Indian subcontinent.
1. Jag Ghoomiya
There is no doubt that one will feel many emotions when listening to this soothing romantic song. One of the masters of love ballad singing, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, crooned this song. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s soulful voice, along with the lyrics and music, make this song one of the most memorable ones in this list. The track from the film Sultan describes the love between a guy and his girl in a way that is very simple, soft and heartfelt. Truly one of the really amazing Rahat Fateh Ali Khan songs.
Next up on our list of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan songs is Sajda. A romantic number from the film My Name Is Khan showed off Kajol and Shah Rukh’s chemistry. Currently, many weddings still feature this song for the bride and groom. It wouldn’t have been the same if Rahat Fateh Ali Khan hadn’t sung it so beautifully, winning the Mirchi Music Awards for ‘Best Song in Sufi Tradition’ in 2011.
3. Yeh Jo Halka Halka Suroor Hai
Do not get confused. The father and son have both sung this song, and they have both done it in an unmatched manner. Initially, the song was released in Souten, and then it appeared in Fanney Khan, which starred Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai. Truly a classic by the maestro Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
4. Husn Jaana Ke Taarif Mumkin Nahin/Afreen Afreen
Father and son have also sung Husn Jaana Ke Taarif. In India, it became known as Afreen Afreen. There were times when people tuned into the music video channels just to hear Nusrat’s rendition of this song. He has his son render it in a lower tone and in a style that is more in keeping with Bollywood aesthetics. The Coke Studio version also has Momina Mustehsan with Rahat Fateh. Pakistan’s Coke Studio songs are known for being beautifully soulful, Afreen Afreen is no exception.
5. Mein Tenu Samjhawan
A few Bollywood movies have featured Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s song Mein Tenu Samjhawan. Khan’s unplugged rendition for Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya is the most famous. It previously appeared in the film Virsa. A timeless composition and timeless lyrics keep the song relevant even today. Rahat Fateh Ali’s original track still holds the same magic even though Arijit Singh sang a different version. Soul-stirring tracks like this are an integral part of every ‘Sufi’ night.
6. Jag Soona Soona Lage
From Om Shanti Om comes Jag Soona Soona Lage, a Rahat Fateh Ali Khan sad song that is one of the most emotional ones in modern Bollywood romance. Throughout the song, Shah Rukh Khan is depicted as a lovelorn man who has just realised the love of his life isn’t there for him. There is no heartbreak anthem more iconic than this one from Om Shanti Om. We were blown away by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s incredible singing in one of the most dramatic, filmy, most Bollywood songs ever. A perfect rendition of Om’s angst and heartache, this song proved that Ustads like Rahat Fateh are equally adept at both Qawwali and commercial music.
7. Tere Bin
Tere Bin is one of the absolutely stunning Rahat Fateh Ali Khan songs from Simmba, performed by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Asees Kaur. It is only Ustar Rahatji who can perform love songs with such genuineness in an era when everyone sings them.
8. Ajj Din Chadheya
This Rahat Fateh Ali Khan hit song comes from the movie Love Aaj Kal and has an earthy Punjabi flavour. His singing other than Sufi tunes demonstrated his brilliance. This song will evoke a genuine plea from the bottom of your heart for the person you love. Tabla and Harmonica play in the background, elevating the track to new heights. Everyone went on an endless repeat mode when hearing the songs of ‘Love Aaj Kal’, which still touches your heartstrings.
9. Jiya Dhadak Dhadak
One of the classic Bollywood songs; Rahat brings to the fore a slow, lilting melody with his unique rendition of Jiya Dhadak Jaaye. Kalyug, a Bollywood film starring Kunal Khemmu, first featured the song. It brings out the movie’s high level of emotion in one go. The soothing and soulful love song is elevated by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s vocals. It is because of this romantic song that anyone would even remember the film ‘Kalyug’. Rahat Fateh, known for his high-pitched vocals, delivered a love anthem that left us swooning. A classic, this definitely earns a spot in the Rahat Fateh Ali Khan best songs list.
11. Bol Na Halke Halke
This Rahat Fateh Ali song was a major hit, even though the movie bombed at the box office. In this magical number from ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’, the lyrics are beautifully crafted and will leave you in a state of awe.
12. Tere Mast Mast Do Nain
An image of the beauty of loved ones’ eyes is depicted in this romantic Rahat Fateh Ali Khan song. It comes from the Dabangg film. This was another lovely song performed by Shreya and Rahat together. You’ve never been able to describe your lover’s eyes in a more quirky or sassier manner than with this. An enchanting love ballad written by Faiz Anwar, Tere Mast Mast Do Nain is brought to life beautifully by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Almost entirely in lyrical form, the song captures the euphoria of falling in love for the first time before one becomes jaded with cynicism. It takes only a few seconds for eye contact, looking at someone, to induce a strong emotion.
13. Laagi Tum Se Mann Ki Lagan
Among Rahat Fateh Ali Khan songs, Laagi Tum Se Mann ki Lagan is one of the most popular ones. This song is featured in the Bollywood thriller film Paap. A major part of the Indian audience first heard Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice on this song.
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