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The best of KK: A list of the singer's most-loved Tamil songs

Here are the memorable Tamil songs that showcased KK’s versatility as a singer

  • S Subhakeerthana

Last Updated: 10.10 AM, Jun 01, 2022

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The best of KK: A list of the singer's most-loved Tamil songs
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As the fans and music lovers reel from the shock of well-known Bollywood singer Krishnakumar Kunnath's death, here's our pick (in no specific order) on his most-loved Tamil songs that bore the KK stamp.

KK (53) sang extensively in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi and Bengali, and so on. He also crooned several ad jingles.

Konji Konji from The Legend was KK's last song. Composed by Harris Jayaraj, the film, which is yet to hit the screens, features entrepreneur Saravanan in the lead, and is directed by the duo, JD-Jerry.

Strawberry Kannae, (Minsara Kanavu): Listen to this, and I bet, you feel a surge of energy. Even now, the tune (composed by AR Rahman) sounds quite refreshing. So too are the voices, that of KK and Febi Mani.

Ninaithu Ninaithu Paarthal, (7G Rainbow Colony): It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say, after this song (composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja), KK was recognised as a singer with immense potential. If romantic longing of the human heart could take an audio form, it would be KK’s evocative voice.

Andangkaaka Kondakaari, (Anniyan): Sometimes, all you need is the right song to give you the push you need to keep at it. This is one such number! There's a little bit of everything in this song.

Mudhal Naal Indru, (Unnale Unnale): KK adds extra oomph to this song that has already hit hard. If you are in love, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Poi Solla Poren, (Thiruttu Payale): This is a free-flowing soft romantic number. KK and Kanmani made it hummable and easy on the ears!

Pani Thuli, (Kanda Naal Mudhal): Sung by Tanvi Shah, Shreya Ghoshal and KK, this one starts slowly but picks up the pace and reaches its crescendo in no time! Pani Thuli is one of the evergreen romantic numbers of Tamil cinema.

Penne Kadhal Vali, (Pammal K. Sambandam): Songs like these certainly needed the technical expertise that KK could offer. Deva's composition continues to work its magic on music lovers, especially on account of KK's singing.

Appadi Podu, (Ghilli): Think of a catchy, foot-tapping number; this is still a favourite for many. This Vijay-starrer was the official remake of the 2003 Telugu movie Okkadu, starring Mahesh Babu. Appadi Podu became a huge hit, and everybody praised KK's singing. Excellence had, after all, become second nature to him!

Kaadhal Oru, (Shahjahan): Whether it was dance-oriented, folklore or a western-style song, KK made it an evergreen hit with his impeccable style of singing. Featuring Thalapathy Vijay in the lead, the film was released in 2001.

Oru Punnagai Poove, (12B): This is an instant go-to song if you want an energy boost. The film also marks the debut of actor Shaam. Directed by the late Jeeva, the album is by Harris Jayaraj.

Olli Kuchi Odambukaari, (Red): There is a certain rustic and folk mood to this, which has music by Deva. You will catch yourself humming its tune, even if you don't remember the lines. The film had Ajith in the lead and was released in 2002.

Uyirin Uyire, (Kaakha Kaakha): This is an ideal romantic number. Every time you listen to this one, you'll be moved by the intensity of KK's voice. The film, which had Suriya and Jyotika in lead roles, is directed by Gautham Menon.

Vechuka Vechukavaa, (M Kumaran Son of Mahalakshmi): Very few singers in film music have had such a long and distinguished career as KK. He sang from the heart, yet again. This, indeed, is the secret of the reach of his songs.

Neeye Neeye, (M Kumaran Son of Mahalakshmi): Listen to this one to realise how KK's voice is a whispering window to pain and pine. Neeye Neeye is one of those songs, which will always be remembered for KK's unique style of rendition.

Kaadhal Valarthen, (Manmadhan): The film and its music (by Yuvan Shankar Raja) have a high recall value among Tamil film buffs to date. Simbu is said to have ghost-directed the project. Also, the actor played dual roles for the first time in his career.

Kalyaanam Thaan Kattikittu, (Saamy): This can be described as the best song in the entire album. Beautifully sung by Yugendran, KK and Srilekha Parthasarathy, the foot-tapping romantic number is an all-time favourite among film buffs. It was, once, a chartbuster, too. It still is.

Annanoda Paatu, (Chandramukhi): This fast-paced-energetic number might seem just average, but it grows on you slowly. The film, directed by P Vasu, was a massive financial success. The film, starring Rajinikanth, Jyotika, Prabhu, and Vadivelu, was the remake of the Malayalam classic, Manichitrathazhu.

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