Malayalam Songs gained prominence due to playback singing in the Indian Music industry. Keralites, particularly followed the music native to the state until the trend changed in the early 1950s, which saw many talented poets and musicians arrive into the Malayalam Music industry. It was essentially with the Malayalam Film Music that Malayalam Songs attained recognition and an identity of its own.
Many singers over the years have lent their voice to the Malayalam Songs of the era gone by as well as till today, with many not being Malayalis. Even though their pronunciation was not fluent, yet they acquired immense popularity among people in the region. In fact, many of the Malayalam Songs are rated as some of the finest in the Indian Music industry with the likes of Manna Dey, Talat Mahmood, Asha Bhosle, S.P Balasubhramanium, Lata Mangeshkar.
Music directors too were mesmerized by the depth in classical Carnatic music that was heavily used during the golden years of the Malyali Music industry in the 1980s and early 1990s. The Malayalam Songs has also been remade in other languages which signify the identity of the industry in the world of Indian Music.
Malayalam music retains its glory and with more young composers foraying into the industry, Malayalam Songs will see a high in many more years to come. Here’s a list of the Top 32 popular Malayalam Songs that has captivated listeners worldwide for a long time. It also is a tribute to the mesmerizing tunes of the Malayalam Music industry.
Most Popular Malayalam Songs
1. Shararanthal ponnum – Thudarkadha
Hit Malayalam song from 1995. Artists Sreekumar, K.S Chitra and music by S.P. Venkitesh
2. Pathimey maranjathenthe – Paavam Paavam Rajakumaran
Pavam Pavam Rajakumaran is a 1990 Malayalam film directed by Kamal and written by Sreenivasan. The movie stars Sreenivasan, Rekha, Siddique, Kottayam Santha, Jagadish and Maniyanpilla Raju in the key roles. The song Pathimey maranjathenthe is a all time hit.
3. Indulekha kanthurannu – Oru Vadkkan Veeragadha
Indulekha kanthurannu is a popular song that reached the masses. An all time renowned Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha is an epic Malayalam film directed by Hariharan, written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, and starring Mammootty, Balan K. Nair, Suresh Gopi, Madhavi, Geetha and Captain Raju.
4. Kannadi Kayyil – Paavam Paavam Rajakumaran
A highly melodious tune from the masterpiece Paavam Paavam Rajakumaran, Kannadi Kayyil attained great acclaim from listeners of Malayalam Songs. Sung by legends Johnson Mash and K.S Chitra is a great hit.
5. Swarakanyakamar – Saanthwanam
Malayalam popular song from the year 1991 is another classic music from the movie. This is gets into the #5 position in our top 40 Malayalam Songs billboard.
6. Indraneelimayolum – Vaishali
Directed and edited by Bharathan, Vaishali is a 1988 Malayalam movie, which was adapted of a story narrated by Vedavyas to King Yudhistira. Indraneelimayolum is one of the classic hits from the movie.
7. Kaikudanna niraye – Mayamayuram
Maya Mayuram is 1993 Malayalam romantic film directed by Sibi Malayil, starring Mohanlal and Revathi. The popular track Kaikudanna niraye is one of the most acclaimed of Malayalam Songs.
8. Orikkal nee chirichal – Appu
Appu is a 1990 Malayalam film directed by Dennis Joseph, written by Sreekumaran Thampi starring Mohanlal, Murali and Sunitha. Orikkal nee chirichal is a special track that has great significance in the Malayalam music industry.
9. Deepam Kayyil Sandhyadeepam – Neelakadambu
Deepam Kayil Sandhyadeepam is a popular track from the Neelakadambu, a film whose soulful music captivated many listeners.
10. Sreelathikakal – Sugamo Devi
Sukhamo Devi is a 1986 Malayalam Indian feature film directed by Venu Nagavally. It is said to be Venu Nagavally’s own tragic love story. The film stars Mohanlal, Shankar, Geetha and Urvashi. This is a popular track from the movie.
11. Ponpularoli Poovithiriya – Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove
Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove attained cult status in Malayalam Songs industry for the work done by K.J Yesudas. The music reached incredible heights during the time and remains a favorite for many.
12. Ambalapuzha kannan unni – Adwaitham
Adwaytham is a 1992 Malayalam political crime thriller film directed by Priyadarshan and written by T.Damodaran. The film stars Mohanlal in the lead role alog with a super case of actors Jayaram, Revathi, Innocent, and M. G. Soman. Soundtrack for the movie was composed by M. G.
13. Janaki Jaane Rama – Dhwani
Dhwani is a 1988 Malayalam musical romance directed by A. T. Abu. It is the last completed film of veteran actor and evergreen hero Prem Nazir. Music was composed by Naushad. Janaki Jaane Rama is very popular among the Malayalam music lovers.
14. Pavizhamalli – Sanmanasullaavarkku Samadhanam
Pavizhamalli is a track from Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam a 1986 Malayalam film directed by Sathyan Anthikkad. It stars Mohanlal, Karthika and Sreenivasan in lead roles. The film was superb and received huge acclamation from the audiences with great commercial success.
15. Doore kizhakkudikkum – Chitram
Chitram is a 2000 Telugu film written and directed by Teja. This film stars Uday Kiran, Reema Sen. It is produced by Ramoji Rao and has music composed by R.P. Patnaik.
16. Moovanthi Thazhvarayil – Kanmadham
Kanmadham is an evergreen Malayalam drama of the year 1998. It has been written and directed by A.K Lohithadas. The music has been composed by Raveendran. Moovanthi Thazhvarayil is a hit track sung by K.J Yesudas.
17. Dhwadhashiyil – Madhuranumbarakaatu
Madhuranumbarakaatu was released in 2000, directed by Kamal and won the Kerala State Film aAward for the second best film. Dhwadhashiyil remains an eternal favorite.
18. Anuragalola Rathri – Dhwani
A 1998 musical romance film, Dhwani has been a music chartbuster of the Malayalam Songs list. Anuragalola Rathri has been composed by Naushad.
19. Azhake nin – Amaram
Amaram is a 1991Malayalam film directed by Bharathan and stars Mammoothy, Murali, and Mathu. Music has been composed by Raveendran and Johnson.
20. Dhwani tharanga tharalam – Joker
Dhwani tharanga tharalam is a Malayalam song from the movie Joker. The track has been sung by legends K.S Chithra and Yesudas.
21. Kudajadriyil – Neelakkadambu
A nice song by singer K.S Chithra, music by Raveendran.
22. Sreeramanaamam – Narayam
Sreeramanaamam is sung by K.S Chithra.
23. Kathodu Kathoram – Kathodu Kathoram
Kathodu Kathoram is the title track from the 1985 movie of the same name. It stars veteran movie stars Mammoothy and Saritha.
24. Nee En Sarga Soundaryame – Narayam
The track is an evergreen classic from Narayan.
25. Thamarakili – Moonampakkam
Moonampakkam is a 1988 Malayalam film written and directed by Padmarajan.
26. Poo veno poo – Deshadanakili karayarilla
Deshadanakili karayarilla is a story about the wandering schoolgirls. Poo veno poo is a highly popular track.
27. Aayiram Kannumaayi – Nokketha Doorathu Kannumnattu
Nokketha Doorathu Kannumnattu is a 1984 Malayalam drama film directed by Fazil.
28. Pathinalam raavu udhichadhu – Maram
Pathinalam raavu udhichadhu is a popular Malayalam song that attained great acclaim from the listeners worldwide.
29. Poonthennale nee parannu – Sayam Sandhya
Poonthennale nee parannu is a Malayalam dram song sung by K.J Yesudas.
30. Devasabhathalam – His Highness Abdullah
The movie His Highness Abdullah is a popular movie in the region, having won national awards for music. The excellent track from the film Devasabhathalam has got many awards for the super hit Malayalam Songs.
31. Issak Thomas Kottakapally – Adaminte Makan Abu
Adaminte Makan Abu is a 2011 Indian dram movie that stars Salim Kumar. The film has won a national award for the Best Actor category.
32. Kunnathe Konnaykkum – Pazhassi Raja
Pazhassi Raja is a movie based on the life of Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja, who was one of the earliest freedom fighters in India. This 2009 historical Malayalam film captures the reign of the princely state of Malbar and his fight against the British rule in 18th century. The music is on patriotic lines and delivers some soulful tunes.
Richness of Malayalam Songs
The list of Malayalam Songs unearths the richness of the music industry. Unforgettable tunes sung by the stalwarts of the industry has offered to us the golden Malayalam Songs of the era which will be remembered for its contribution in shaping up the Malayalam Music industry the way it is today. There are scores of awards that have been bestowed to the amazing talents in the field. A special mention for the incredible lyricists must be added here for the immense contribution of their magical lyrics that has made the music stand out the way it has.
Malayalam Songs have acquired recognition among those that understand and recognize the glorious music of the Indian Songs industry. The tunes have made the industry receive many an appreciation in the form of National Awards given by the President of India for outstanding work in glorifying the culture in music in the country.