Tamil Nadu promises a unique and culturally rich experience along with the added value of the incredible musical legacy that reins even our southernmost Indian state.

Tamil music, which is of the Carnatic kind while both beats and tunes excite people wild, has charmed people for the longest period.

One of the main factors animating this colorful array of the music industry is the gifted playback artists and vocalists who inject their souls into these tunes. 

This article takes us into the realm of this region’s playback singing, as the voices of these singers unveil the dexterity and sense of joy and comprehension.

 Their songs have always enjoyed a vibrant popularity among listeners. Let’s take a look into Top Tamil Singers of all time.

The Golden Era: Legends ensemble.

Tamilian singers always played a significant role in shaping the Indian musical spectrum.

The heritage of Tamilis based on the same story that is realized by the greatest artists.

You can see a detailed list of male tamil artists here.

 This period spanning from the 1940s to the 1980s gave rise to legends like T.M. Soundararajan, P.B. Srinivasan, P. Susheela, and Lata Mangeshkar who made it to the ‘career hall of fame’ as such.

 Soundararajan who sang both classicarias with his excellent stamina and romantic songs remained at the top of the scene of male playback for years. 

 It was Susheela, who was called “Melody Queen” for a good reason, to whom the average audience expressed their love for her beautiful and lyrical melodies.

 Despite Hindi being the talk of Indian cinema, Lata Mangeshkar’s effortless vocals were woven into many soundtracks of yester years cinemas and touched listeners irrespective of the language they spoke .

 Her pieces will continue to be cherished.

Melody Makers: The Role of Song Performers Is Beyond Imaginable.

Playback singers remain hidden behind the scenes but each of them showcase their vocals like a magician who weaves the Tamil movie song.

As persons embody emotions depicted on the screen, they make the characters familiar and the songs become unforgettable.

Some of the most prominent contemporary singers include:

S.P. Balasubramaniam (SPB): A colossus, SPB trumpeted his voice over half a century of the 20th Century.

He was able to echo a generation and its feelings with lyrics deep in rhythms and filled with the definitions of romance, sorrow and heroism.

K.J. Yesudas: Playback of films owe the dynamics of Carnatic music to the elegant touch formed by the background of famous Yesudas.

His fervent passion and charming voice made his songs utterly soulful and sacred, which were and still are highly regarded.

  1. Janaki: Kundalini deities were emboldened in eroticized forms, centerpieces were femininity and vulnerability. That is the brand of her singing.


With her playback performances for lauded actresses such as Jayalalitha, resounding among notable spin-offs of her feat was the fact that she became one of the most celebrated singers in the industry.

Hariharan: It is safe to say that Hariharan is one of the most multifaceted names in the varying musical landscape of India.

His gift to sing well is reflected in many languages such as Tamil, Hindi, and Telugu.

He doesn’t just stay for the iconic movie songs but also became one of the well-known ghazal singers and the inventor of “lost land of the genres” in fusion music.

Bollywood has given two National Film Awards and a prestigious Padma Shri award, and to Indian music the contribution of Hariharan should not be doubted about.


S.P. Sailaja: He actually singuna voice situated as the so-called Ilayaraja’s voice that made the songs composed by composer Ilaiyaraja perfect.

Such collaborations are what kept people on their feet listening with great pleasure to their top-ranking melodies.


Modern Marvels: The Occupation by New Age Cliques


The Tamil music industry is going through an exciting transition which is marked by a new-talent-era where artists are producing new kinds of playback singing.

By bringing a modern tinge to the sounds but also staying loyal to the soulful nature of the music, these artists are proving to be a breath of life into this genre. Here is the Tamil singers list,


A.R. Rahman: Writing music that will be the soundtrack of our lives, he is extremely multi hyphenated and not only a famed composer but also a talented playback singer as well.

He has this inimitably beautiful style not duplicated by any composer ever.


Shreya Ghoshal: A female singer and a celebrated powerhouse vocalist who is one of Bengal’s finest, Shreya Ghoshal is a household name in Tamil cinema.

Her (some of your favorite artists) melodic and expressive voice has the capacity to convey a variety of emotions effortlessly.


Shankar Mahadevan: Besides that Shankar Mahadevan is a celebrity sarod player, singer & a composer.

Actually, he is very versatile.

Such vigorous singing of playback wakes up the youth thus displaying vitality and youthful vigor.


Sid Sriram: The young musician, Sriram has recently ascatablet and touched many hearts with his baritone and enchanting voice.

Romantic ditties, that have been performed several times, are considered by many as his greatest achievement.


Beyond Playback: The Chameleonic Artist

Numerous present day artists are not only limited to the genre of playback songs.

They are highly autonomous musicians pursuing individual careers in music industry, genre traveling and even some of them become composers and lyricists.

Artists such as Anirudh Ravichander, Dheepa Kathiresh, and Ghibran have been showcasing their versatility through multifaceted approach.

The blending of talents of the music industry keeps the music presence ever new and sparkling.

You can explore many more contemporaries by visiting this website.


The Future of Tamil Playback Singing: Balancing a Mitakshara of Music Genres and Artists

The playback industry has a great future thanks to the Tamil Artists.

Reality programs and social media are providing such platforms to emerging singers to manifest their talent.

Carnatic music singers who have studied this art traditionally combine reinvention with contemporary intricacies, building up an authentic sound space.

And likewise, the expanding nature of independent music permits singers to take chances and give voice to their inner feelings.



Tamil film songs are the soul of the film industry as a whole with playback singers being the life force behind them.

Their voices carry the stories through the air, grab the emotions, and make the memories be true and alive.

Whether it is a golden era legend or the upcoming stars of today, every generation of singers has contributed from its own right to the exquisite music of Tamil.

As the industry continues to evolve, one thing remains certain: the splendid singing and the impressive voices of the Tamil playback singers will keep trimming people for quite some time ahead.


Who is the best Tamil playback singer?

“The best” of Tamil playback singers is just a matter of subjective choice and due to having different likes and dislikes.


Luminaries such as SPB (S.P. Balasubramaniam) and K.J. Yesudas who are on the top of their league when it comes to their mastery of the vocal craft and their exceptional staying power are among the most venerated.

Shreya Ghoshal’s vocal artistry created a buzz and Sid Sriram’s spiritualism touched the hearts of present day audiences.

Ultimately, giving the likes and attention a singer deserves not only are they appreciated, but by doing so the listening process is made more interesting.

List of Playback Singers Tamil?

Tamil Playback Singer is not an easy responsibility to take, here are some of the greatest ever,

  • S.P. Balasubramaniam (SPB)
  • K.J. Yesudas
  • Hariharan
  • S. Janaki
  • S. P. Sailaja
  • A.R. Rahman
  • Shreya Ghoshal
  • Shankar Mahadevan
  • Sid Sriram
  • P. Susheela
  • Lata Mangeshkar
  • T.M. Soundararajan
  • P.B. Srinivasan
  • Ilaiyaraaja (singer) Note: Primarily a composer, but also known for playback singing
  • Dheepa Kathiresh
  • Anirudh Ravichander
  • Ghibran
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