Alka Yagnik is one of the most iconic Bollywood playback singers. Though she has an illustrious singing career spanning over three decades, she completely owned the era of 90s. Alka is a seven-time Filmfare Award winner and a two-time recipient of the renowned National Film Awards. She has also been nominated for a record of 35 times for Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer.
Alka's mother Shubha Yagnik was a classical singer and wanted her daughter to be a singer. At the age of 6, Alka started singing for Akashvani (All India Radio), Calcutta. When she was 10, her mother brought her to Bombay to become a child singer. After much efforts, impressed Raj Kapoor sent her to music director Laxmikant, who gave her two alternatives- to begin her career immediately as a dubbing artist or to get a break later as a playback singer. They opted for the latter.
One cannot skip comparisons in this industry, Alka too was often compared to legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar. Her first song was for the film Payal Ki Jhankaar in 1979, followed by Laawaris (1981). However, the song that turned her into a star overnight was Ek Do Teen from Tezaab(1988). She collaborated with many composers, from Laxmikant Pyarelal to AR Rahman.
So, as Alka Yagnik turns 52, here are the top seven songs crooned by the melody queen that you can play on loop.
AE MERE HUMSAFAR (QAYAMAT SE Qayamat Tak, 1988)
GALI MEIN AAJ CHAND (ZAKHM, 1997)
EK DO TEEN (TEZAAB, 1988)
SAANSON KO (HUM TUM, 2004)
AGAR TUM SAATH HO (TAMASHA, 2015)
KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI (KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI, 1998)
TAAL SE TAAL MILA (TAAL, 1999)
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