If your music tastes lean toward Indian pop music, you may recognize these ten best Indian pop albums. Sometimes called Indipop or Hindi Pop, Indian pop music combines Indian folk and classic songs with music styles from around the world. Most Indipop comes from the Indian film industry and is extremely popular in South Asia.
With Indian pop songs as prolific as the films they are associated with, choosing ten best albums isn’t easy. The following albums are popular with Indian music audiences and represent the best in Indian pop music. They are listed in alphabetical order, by album title.
- “Aashiqui.” “Aashiqui” is a top-selling greatest hits album by Jassi Sidhu, a Punjabi singer and former front man for the British Asian band, B21. He released his “Aashiqui” album in 2005 to introduce his older hit songs to a new Indian audience.
- “Baby Doll.” “Baby Doll” is a 2004 debut album by Alisha Chinai, a popular Indipop musician and playback singer for Hindi cinema. The album title comes from her adopted stage name. Chinai’s music consists of remixes of Hindi classics, modernized with heavy bass and hip-hop elements.
- “Channa Vey.” “Channa Vey” is a 2004 pop album by Kunal Ganjawala, a well-known Hindi playback singer for the Indian film industry. The title song was a huge hit for the singer. In addition to Hindi, Ganjawala sings in Punjabi, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali Teluga, Sindhi and other Indian languages.
- “Deewana.” “Deewana” is a 1999 hit Indian pop album by Sonu Nigam, an award-winning singer known as “the golden boy of Indipop.” He is well-known as a playback singer for the Indian film industry. His “Deewana” is still popular, and it is one of the most successful Indian film albums.
- “Disco Deewane.” “Disco Deewane” is a top-selling 1981 pop album by Nazia Hassan, a legendary Pakistani singer who died in 2000 at the age of 35. Her song, “Aap Jaisa Koi”, made her a 1980s pop icon in South Asia. Hassan released this first solo album in the wake of that song’s success, and the album is still popular today.
- “Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin.” “Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin” is a soundtrack album for the 1991 remake of the 1934 American classic film, “It Happened One Night.” The soundtrack album features several songs by Kumar Sanu, India’s leading Bollywood playback singer.
- “Lata Mangeshkar: The Legend.” “Lata Mangeshkar: The Legend” is a 2006 greatest hits collection by Lata Mangeshkar, one of India’s best-loved and respected playback singers. Now in her 80s, she continues to work in the prolific Indian film industry on a limited basis.
- “Mantra.” “Mantra” is a 2005 album by Faakhir, a Pakistani pop singer and composer with a heartthrob personality. The “Mantra” album, like Faakhir’s other offerings, is popular for its diverse music and lyrics with western and European music elements and influences.
- “Rabbi.” “Rabbi” is a 2004 debut album by Rabbi Shergill, known as Punjabi music’s “true urban balladeer.” The singer-songwriter and guitarist is known for his folksy rock, pop and Indipop. The “Rabbi” album reference Sufi poetry, Indian social problems and mythical travel.
- “Sur.” “Sur” is a 2002 soundtrack album for an Indian film of the same name. The film tells the story of a middle-aged musical genius and a girl with the voice of an angel. M. M. Kareem, an award-winning music composer, provides the music for this popular Indian album.