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Ilayaraaja's Top 20 songs.

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This is just my small tribute to the Music Maestro. I become ecstatic when I listen to his Song and listening to his songs surely ranks as one of the best pleasures of my life. This is just a small gratitude from my side to the maestro for having entertained me this long…and it still never ceases.

I initially wanted to list his five best songs, I could not fit in all my likings within 5 and later FINALLY decided to put it into 10 songs but still could not stop it. I kept on compiling it and finally had to cut out many songs with a great difficulty and arrive at this list of 20 songs. These are just my likings and I am sure everyone will have a similar list, considering that Ilayaraja has scored music for more than 5000 songs. Recently, I heard someone say 'Ilayaraja sumaar 5000 paatu mela music panni irukaaru adhula kitta thatta oru 5000 paatu aavadhu nalla irukkum', true tribute to the maestro a complete genius !!!

My Top 20 from Ilayaraaja(brief, for people who want to read it fast, it follows with explanation for people who would like know why I chose these, just for the first five songs):

1. Idhu oru pon Maalai pozhudhu - Nizhalgal
2. Andhi Mazhai - Rajapaarvai
3. Innum Ennai Enna Seyya Pogirai - Singaaravelan
4. Ilaya Nila Pozhigiradhu - Payanangal Mudivathillai
5. Aasai nooru vagai - Adutha Vaarisu
6. Sundari kannal oru sedhi - Dhalapathi
7. Raja Raja Cholan naan - Rettai vaal Kuruvi
8. Sorgamae endralum - Namma ooru paatukaaran
9. Kannae Kalai Maanae - Moondram Pirai
10. Nee Oru Kaadhal Sangeetham - Nayagan
11. Poo Malayae Thozl Searavaa - Pagal Nilavu
12. Senthalam Poovil – Mullum Malarum
13. Ilankaathu Veesudhae - Pitha Magan
14. Meenkodi Theril – Karumbu Vil
15. PoonKadhave Thaal Thiravaai - Nizhalgal
16. Varudhu Varudhu Ilam kaatru - Bramha
17. Kaatril endhan Geetham – Jhonny
18. Meetadha Oru Veenai - Punthotam
19. Maalayil yaaro manadhodu – Shathriyan
20. Mandram Vandha thendral – Mouna Raagam

Details of the first 5 songs of my taste:-

Idhu oru pon Maalai pozhudhu - Nizhalgal - This clearly comes ahead of the rest of the songs by miles. This song is just like the picture of monolisa, can be heard as a philosophical, melancholy, inspiring or jolly song. This song suits to all moods, it totally depends on the person receiving it. The lyric complements the music very well and SPB surely adds the extra dimension. I must have heard this song n number of times and every time it seems to be very fresh, out of the box. I am sure it must have given Raaja immense satisfaction for having composed this song. I would be proud if it is proved that I have heard this song many times than any other person. This is the best song ever to be composed on this earth and the only complete song.

Andhi Mazhai - Rajapaarvai – A class act, a masterpiece, a composition that is flawless, a difficult song to reproduce with the same effect. Beautiful melody, the mixing of the background male voice in charanam is pure magic. Powerful song having a strong flavor that has a pleasant after taste that everyone would love to have. The best backdrop to hear this song would be a house located on a hilltop on a cloudy evening surrounded with a lush green trees and slight drizzle and to have some hot snacks in hand, peeping thru the window with this song playing in the background. One would love to hear this song even when not hearing it.

Innum Ennai Enna Seyya Pogirai - Singaaravelan – Nice prelude, builds a great deal of anticipation before the song begins and the song continues with the same vigor till the end. The song has a very contrasting tempo, the instrument is rhythm based while the vocal is melody based, great combination and very unique. This contrasting style adds to the beauty of the song. I cannot think of another song with such a contrasting style. Nice composition, scintillating one. SPB and Raja again have proved what a class act they are.

Aasai Nooru Vagai – Adhutha Vaarisu – A marvel, IR must have been in exemplary mood while scoring the music for this song. Mesmerizing Prelude, the best Prelude I have heard, excellent composition. I can bet anyone who hears this song(with or without distractions) will automatically tap his leg without his/her knowledge. Malaysia Vasudevan has done a great job, even with his limitations. An evergreen Rap/Pop song that will stay in mind for ever. I would rate it ‘much much much’ higher than the popular Hindi songs of same era(“Dhum are Dhum” –Hare Raama Hare Krishna and “lela uh lela”- Qurubani).

Ilaya Nila Pozhigiradhu - Payanangal Mudivathillai – A song that showcases the geniuses of the maestro’s Guitar prowess to the entire world. A song that made Mohan as Mike Mohan. Those were the days when Hindi entertainment industry was looked upon as a the leader, this song was borrowed from Tamil to Hindi. SPB has sung it with his magical voice, the lyrics too is excellent. A great song that suits for all moods, alleviates all sorrows and sucks your attention into the song.

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