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Top 10 Best Superhit Songs of KK That Will Make You Nostalgic

01 Jun 2022

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Superhit Songs of KK

The year 1999 gave some of the most magical musical tracks. It was a time when eminent male singers were reigning in Bollywood in a way that there was neither any space for anyone else nor the requirement.

Yet, when Krishnakumar Kunnath alias KK screeched ‘Tadap tadap ke is dil se aah nikal ti rahi…’, his voice tugged at the heartstring of the teens, tweens, youth, and everybody in between and beyond. 

Tadap tadap ke being his solo debut, KK's voice was first heard in the soundtrack - Chhod Aaye Hum Woh Galiyan - of the 1996 multi-starrer film Maachis. In a song that also featured the voice of Hariharan, Suresh Wadkar, Vinod Sehgal, and was composed by Vishal Bhardwaj, the opening piece of the song was sung by KK. 

That was the first time KK had given his voice in a mainstream big-banner Bollywood movie. The biggest differentiator of KK’s voice has been the perfect balance between youthfulness and melancholy. KK’s magic - extremely measured and subtle rendering of emotion that left a deeper and more resonating impact in the psyche of the listeners.

In his illustrious, KK has given his voice to 3,500 advertisement jingles and numerous title tracks for TV serials before starting to sing Bollywood songs. Just like his idol Kishore Kumar, he had never received any formal training in music. Yet, his voice was complete with depth and nuances that gave a transcendental experience to the listeners.

Here’s a list of 10 superhit songs by KK that are special, particularly for but not limited to every 90’s kid in India. 

Top 10 Best Superhit Songs of KK

1. Yeh Pyaar Ke Pal

2. Yaaron Dosti Badi Hi Haseen Hai

3. Aashayein Khile Dil Ki

4. Alvida

5. Main Ne Dil Se Kaha

6. Tadap Tadap Ke

7. Aankhon Mein Teri

8. Tu hi meri Shab hai

9. Tu Jo Mila

10. Dus Bahane

Let's read in detail:

1. Yeh Pyaar Ke Pal

‘Be in the moment of love’ cause you might only get it back in your memories… the most hard-hitting reality spoken in simple words and breathed into life through the voice of KK.

The song featured in KK’s solo debut album. The lyrics were penned by Mehboob and the album was arranged and compiled by the singer and music composer Lesle Lewis. The album was released in 1999 and put KK in the limelight right away.

2. Yaaron Dosti Badi Hi Haseen Hai

Well, who wouldn’t agree to it? Of course, friendship is the most beautiful thing in life. But after this song was released in KK’s debut album ‘Pal’, it defined the theme of the farewell parties for outgoing students in schools and colleges all across India. People called up friends they had been out of touch with. Even today, this song is sung by friends at their reunion parties, in college canteens, and even at small get-togethers between friends.

By the way, if you are looking for some easy Bollywood songs to sing and impress a crowd, here’s a ready list.

3. Aashayein Khile Dil Ki

Victory song of a deaf and mute cricket aspirant in the 2005 sports drama Iqbal. The track plays in the backdrop as the leading character - Iqbal walks into the cricket stadium in the blue uniform amidst a cheering crowd. KK’s voice along with Salim Merchant weaves the magic once again. Every time I have heard this song, I remember taking a deep breath to fill my lungs, and the song has played in my mind for quite some time. Has that happened to you as well? 

4. Alvida

It’s not for nothing that they say - KK’s songs become the voice of every jilted heart. Nothing explains this statement better than this song that was featured in the 2007 Bollywood movie - Life in a Metro. Lyrics by Amitabh Varma and music composed by Pritam, this song is exactly what you need while picking up the pieces of your heart. Or remembering such incidents on a cloudy melancholic evening or a starry night.

5. Main Ne Dil Se Kaha

Well, did we just say ‘melancholy’? Here is a song that you reach out to every time you find yourself dunk in some better-be-forgotten-but-can’t-get-over heartaches - old or fresh. This song certainly heals because it renders the exact words that you can never say in the most soulful manner. That’s KK!

6. Tadap Tadap Ke

Yes. We have spoken about it at the beginning of this write-up. Yet, it deserves a special mention in the list. And why not? It is KK’s first Bollywood song that created a powerful differentiator amidst stalwarts of the music industry such as Udit Narayan, Shankar Mahadevan, and Kumar Shanu. The song stood out strongly and gave a new singing star to Bollywood. 

7. Aankhon Mein Teri

KK’s songs have never left any layer of human emotion untouched. ‘Aankhon mein teri ajab si ajab si adayen hain’ - is a song that featured in the 2007 blockbuster ‘Om Shanti Om’. Written by Vishal Dadlani and composed by Vishal-Shekhar, the song had become a rage among the youth. It was lip-synced by Shah Rukh Khan on screen. KK’s voice cast the spell once again.

8. Tu hi meri Shab hai

KK had been the youth’s voice. The peppy song from the 2006 movie - Gangster had every music lover swooning. The song was penned by Sayed Quadri and the music - composed by Pritam. It still remains a favorite among aspiring vocalists and guitarists apart from music lovers.

9. Tu Jo Mila

Yet another from the KK-Pritam duo that stood out in the entire soundtrack of the film - Bajrangi Bhaijaan. The song was penned by Kausar Munir. The soulful delivery of KK makes this song timeless and an all-time favorite for music lovers.

10. Dus Bahane

Dus - the much-hyped movies got shelved. But its title track lived on. The peppy song was brought to life by the quintessential voice of KK and Shaan. It was penned by Panchhi Jalonvi and the music was composed by Vishal-Shekhar. The youthfulness in this song makes it irresistible for all music lovers. Perhaps, that is the reason why we have a Dus Bahane 2.0 in the movie Baaghi 3.

No Alvida for you, KK

KK breathed his last on May 31, 2022, after performing at Nazrul Manch, Kolkata. His contribution to Indian film music is exemplary. He will always be alive through his songs and continue to inspire singers in the times to come.

Team ipassio pays a respectful tribute to KK.

It’s true that KK had a god-gifted voice. But for the ones who are not as lucky as KK, the best option is to join online singing classes.

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