Mesmerising. That’s the music of AR Rahman. His Oscar nominations wins have brought his music to a bigger world stage. But is Slumdog Millionaire Rahman’s best? You don’t even need to think for the answer.

As a salute to the Mozart of Madras, I’ve picked up some of his best works and compiled them into a single video.

Since it is very difficult to be selective about songs from Rahman’s oeuvre, I followed a simple procedure (though technically faulty):

Only his Hindi songs, or songs dubbed into Hindi, have been included. Because that’s what I’ve listened to the most.

One song from each selected movie. With the exception of Dil Se, arguably Rahman’s best work yet. How can you choose between a Chaiyya Chaiyya and a Dil Se Re?

Video – The Best of AR Rahman

The videos are in no particular order. If you disagree with my list (which I believe many would) please leave your suggestions (the songs that I’ve missed out on) in the comments.

List of songs included in the video (in order of appearance):

1. Dil Hain Chota Sa (Roja)
2. Humma Humma (Bombay)
3. Kabhi Neem Neem (Yuva)
4. Saathiya (Saathiya)
5. Azeem-o-Shaan Shahenshah (Jodhaa Akbar)
6. Mangal Mangal (Mangal Pandey – The Rising)
7. Roobaroo (Rang De Basanti)
8. Ye Jo Desh Hain Tera (Swadesh)
9. Rut Aa Gayi Re (1947 Earth)
10. Chaiyya Chaiyya (Dil Se)
11. Maa Tujhe Salaam (Vande Mataram)
12. Yai Re (Rangeela)
13. O Re Chori (Lagaan)
14. Tu Fiza Hain (Fiza) (This isn’t a Rahman composition, as pointed out by Lyrical Craziness Personified)
15. Hum Hain Is Pal Yahan (Kisna)
16. Dil Se Re (Dil Se)
17. Masakkali (Delhi-6)
18. Jaage Hain Der Tak (Guru)

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