Most Underrated Yuvan Shankar Raja Songs
Top 15 Underrated Tamil Songs of Yuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja is the icon of the youth when it comes to music that caters to the millennials as well as Gen Z. He has belted out some masterpieces that no one can beat him in terms of his compositions and soundscape. Though many music lovers claim that he has lost his charm, his recent songs like Meherzylaa from Maanaadu, Ennai Vittu from Love Today, Oonjal Manam from Laththi, and Mudhal Mutham from Bommai have proved otherwise. Let's take a look at the top 15 underrated Tamil songs composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja.
1. Poothathu from Poovellam Kettupaar (1999)
The album which established Yuvan Shankar Raja was Poovellam Kettupaar. With mind-blowing songs like Irava Pagala, Chudithar Anindhu, Senorita, CBI Enge, and Poove Poove, this album turned out to be a rage in 1999. Amidst these popular songs nestled this quaint melody sung by Yuvan's sister Bhavatharini. It's a short and sweet melody that plays out as a situational song in the movie.
Listen to the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4Jz_BaHAkc
2. Iru Kangal Sollum from Kadhal Samrajyam (Unreleased)
There are quite a few unreleased movies with Yuvan Shankar Raja's music and there are some gems in each of these albums. One such song is Iru Kangal Sollum from Kadhal Samrajyam. This song is a scintillating romantic ballad with some peppy rhythm accompanying it. Balram's voice is evergreen as usual while Gopika Poornima complements him with her mellifluous voice.
Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MESTpyL2Km4
3. Mudhal Murai from Winner (2003)
Songs like Endhan Uyir Thozhiye and Engirundhaai became chartbusters in this movie. However, this beautiful romantic track was forgotten after many years. Crooned by two brilliant singers, Mahalakshmi Iyer and Srinivas, this is one of the finest compositions of Yuvan that should be in your playlist.
Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Vx2YjHuoqQ
4. Vaanathayum Megathayum from Machakaaran (2007)
Both the movie and the songs never received much attention during their release due to the release of other Diwali biggies. However, this one breezy song sung by Haricharan stood out in the album. Beginning with the addictive 'Aasai aasaiyaai irukudhadi...' this romantic number veers into a soft melody with an upbeat rhythm.
Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=127sszcKTzk
5. Yaavum Poithaana from Aadhi Bhagavan (2013)
Composed on the lines of Idhayam from Billa 2, this female solo song is one of Yuvan's soulful compositions. Besides the familiar rhythm, everything about this song is unique. And what a bliss to listen to Madhushree's honeyed voice! The flute in the second interlude is the highlight of the number.
Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkspuHWB79o
6. Yaar Solli Kadhal Varuvadhu from Pathinaaru (2010)
A heart-melting song that sounds even more exquisite with Yuvan Shankar Raja himself crooning the song. It should have become a chartbuster much like other Yuvan songs, but it was sidetracked by other songs that were released during that time. The song has also got some moving lines like 'Thaethi pol kaadhalai neeyum kilithu vida mudiyaadhe...Aagayathai ullankaiyil maraithu vaikka mudiyaadhe...'.
Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWIxofFa_1g
7. Ketti Melam from Pesu (Unreleased)
When this album was released in early 2011, the song Vennira Iravugal became a rage, leaving all the other songs in the album to be sidelined. Among the other numbers, Ketti Melam is a standout track. Vijay Yesudas aces the song, crooning the Hindi lyrics too. Priya Hemesh is as usual brilliant in her rendition.
Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc0_mpa5Rmc
8. Andru Vandhadhum from Kannamoochi Yenada (2007)
Not many know about the existence of this song, except if they are a fan of this movie. Many Yuvan fans have gatekept this song for so long that it has almost become a cult classic. Overshadowed by Megam Megam and Sanjaaram, this peppy track with its foot-tapping rhythm, cheeky tune, and some gorgeous vocals by Shankar Mahadevan, Shweta Mohan, and Haricharan makes for a breezy listen.
Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvvC3nJbCT0
9. Mazhai Mazhai from Moondru Per Moondru Kadhal (2013)
Though Aaha Kaadhal was hailed as the highlight of this album, this romantic melody was overlooked. Sung beautifully by Karthik and Shweta Mohan, this is one of the perfect numbers composed by Yuvan. Also, this song suits as a breezy listen for rainy days.
Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-BIRb3Sjis
10. Oru Punnagai Thaane from Theeratha Vilaiyaattu Pillai (2010)
Ranjith shoulders this song completely with his pleasing voice. Once again, Yuvan proves his mettle by combining a melodious tune with an upbeat rhythm. He peppers the song with some foot-tapping interludes and makes it an astounding listen.
Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbEOZZlyq6o
11. Oru Maalai Neram from Naan Mahaan Alla (2010)
Yuvan fans have always rooted for this unreleased love song from Naan Mahaan Alla. With some brilliant accordion sections, this lively romantic duet is one of Yuvan's best works. The icing on the cake is the song has been crooned by two Bollywood singers, Javed Ali and Shilpa Rao.
Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkMAKB1Llec
12. Entha Kuthiraiyil from Satham Podathey (2007)
If you were a fan of listening to radio stations in the mid-2000s, you'd have never missed listening to this number. It's an item song with a racy rhythm and a mind-blowing tune arrangement. Shreya Ghoshal's raunchy singing coupled with Rahul Nambiar's fruity vocals made this song an instant hit.
Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtoMDCiW7Xs
13. Vinodhane Vinodhane from Thennavan (2003)
A sensuous love song that became forgotten over the years. This number has two versions with different female vocals - Mahalakshmi Iyer and Srilekha Parthasarathy. Srinivas gives the much-needed Carnatic touches to this breezy romantic song.
Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_mSeP-wRV8
14. Kangal Kandadhu from Oru Kalluriyin Kadhai (2005)
This is a motivational campus song that has Yuvan's stamp all over it. It's heartwarming, melodious, foot-tapping, and whatnot. This song is sure to move us all when the 'Ondraai sirithu aludha uravin...' line comes every time. The song has two versions, one by KK & Sujatha, and one by Ranjith & Ganga. Both are equally good.
Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv3rnuAhMhU
15. Kannil Kanthamey from Mounam Pesiyadhe (2002)
The climax version of Chinna Chinnadhai from the same movie is lovable just because of S.P.Balasubrahmanyam's voice. With Ameer's moving lyrics, this song is perfect for explaining the love between the Suriya-Laila pair in the movie. Yuvan peppers the song with some astounding flutes and strings.
Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GUQuLj5Xbk
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