There are so many talented Punjabi singers that it comes to almost impossible to list the best Punjabi songs. But this is what the community is for. Think of this site as the place for exchanging ideas. You could be reminded by someone here about a good old song that you have forgotten for some time already or you might introduce a great vocal that is about to rise to be known for wider audience in near future. Also for someone new to a Punjabi music scene, this can be a very helpful resource in getting to know the amazingly rich culture. So you are most welcome to share your favorites with the community! Let us start this by introducing some of the talents of Punjabi music scene.
A legend called Chamkila
Amar Singh Chamkila was a charismatic singer and a song writer. He was loved and hated: loved for his talent and hated by the community elders for the indecent messages in his lyrics, which he mostly wrote himself. There was a great deal of tension around him, which finally ended up in getting him and the women he loved killed. This women was Amarjot – a talented Punjabi folk singer. Together they made a great team on the stage and sang many duets that are inspiring artist even today to make remixed Punjabi songs. He has also contributed to Punjabi movies. One of his most known songs is Pehle Lalkare Naar, which is from a film Patola. This song is also one of the most popular duets by Chamkila and Amarjot. So listen to their duets and get inspired by their talent and passion for singing.
The King of Bhangra
Bhangra is the style that is probably the most popular Punjabi music outside of India. Malkit Singh is the one that has contributed a great deal to introducing true bhangra music to the world. He has performed in more than 27 countries by now, but his music is listened to in most of the countries around the globe. In 2008 Malkit Singh was recognized by the Queen of England as the best selling Bhangra artist in the world. Mehandi is the Punjabi song that is often mentioned by fans as the best one ever. There are many many more, but just to mention some tracks to start from: Tutak Tutak Tutiyaan, Sajna O Sajna. Actually just get some of his records and enjoy bhangra that comes form a good and passionate Punjabi hart.
The man with many talents – Gurdas Maan
He is loved-loved-loved by so many these days in India and in many other countries. In addition to singing, he also performs as a Bollywood actor and writes great Punjabi songs. Nearly 30 years in the fields of music and films, has brought him huge recognition. In 2010 University of Wolverhampton gave him honorary doctoral degree for his big contribution to the music scene. Often when people try to list their favorite Punjabi songs, Gurdas Maan positions high in the top. Some of the songs that are mentioned very often are Murjaa Ve Murjaa Beeba, Sohne Des Punjab, Dukhan Nu Bana Ke Apna, Mawan Thandiya Chawan. And there is of course Challa, a piece of art really.
Other Punjabi star singers
There are many other talents, for example Hans Raj Hans. Listen to his songs Ye Jo Sili Sili or Aaja Nach Le from a movie called Monsoon Wedding. Then there is Kuldip Manak who is a legendary star as well. Try to find his songs called Rsaloo, Maa Hundi Hai Maa. Artist called Jazzy Be has excellent Punjabi songs. Just to mention some – listen to Naag or Heer. One of the all time favorite Punjabi music artists is Sukhshinder Shinda. Some songs from him would be Sohniye and Jado Akh Matkawe.
There are so many more. Please share!