Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer

The Filmfare Best Male Playback Singer Award is given by Indian film magazine Filmfare as a part of its annual Filmfare Awards for Hindi films, to recognise a male playback singer who has delivered an outstanding performance in a film song.

Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer Male
Awarded forBest Performance by a Playback Singer Male
CountryIndia
Presented byFilmfare
First awardedMukesh,
"Sab Kuch Seekha Humne"
Anari (1960)
Currently held byRaghav Chaitanya,
"Ek Tukda Dhoop"
Thappad (2021)
WebsiteFilmfare Awards

Although the Filmfare Awards started in 1954, awards for the best playback singer category started in 1959. From inception of the category through 1967, both the female and male singers used to compete for a single award, after which separate categories were created for female and male singers respectively.

SuperlativesEdit

Superlative Artist Record
Most awards Kishore Kumar 8
Most nominations Kishore Kumar 28
Most consecutive wins Kumar Sanu, Arijit Singh 5
Most decades Udit Narayan 3 (1980s,1990s,2000s)
First Winner Mukesh 1960
Most nominations without ever winning KK 7
Most nominations in a single year Kishore Kumar (1985) 4
Oldest winner Kishore Kumar (1986) 57 (age)
Oldest nominee Kishore Kumar (1986) 57 (age)
Youngest winner Arijit Singh 26 (age)
Youngest nominee Master Vignesh (2005) 11 (age)

Kishore Kumar won the award the maximum number of times 8 in this category, whereas Mohammad Rafi & Arijit Singh won it 6 times each. Kumar Sanu & Udit Narayan have won the award 5 times each. Mukesh has won this award four times. Mahendra Kapoor has won it thrice.

Mohammad Rafi dominated the 60's with 5 wins. Kishore Kumar, Mukesh had the highest win during 70's winning the award 3 times each. Kishore Kumar continued domination during 80's with 5 wins. Kumar Sanu with most 5 consecutive wins from 1990 to 1995. Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam and Shaan sharing 2 awards among each other in 2000s. Arijit Singh dominated 2010's with 6 wins among them 5 consecutive wins from 2016 to 2020.

Kishore Kumar has the most nomination (28) followed by Mohammad Rafi (21) and Udit Narayan (20). Sonu Nigam (16), Arijit Singh (16), Mukesh (14) & Kumar Sanu (14) are among others.

Udit Narayan holds a unique record of receiving nominations in this category in 3 different decades ( 1980s, 1990s and 2000s ) and getting award in all 3 different decades also the only singer of different origin (Nepali) to win 5 times till date. Arijit Singh (2016-2020) & Kumar Sanu (1991-1995) holds the record for most consecutive wins, five times in a row. Coincidentally, the songs for which Kumar Sanu won the awards, their music also won the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. Kishore Kumar won the award four times in a row from 1983 to 1986.

Mukesh is the only playback singer who won this award posthumously (1977).

Himesh Reshammiya became the first music director to win this award in 2006.

Two singers have achieved the feat of receiving all the nominations of this category in a particular year: Mohammed Rafi was the single nominee in 1969, having all the three nominations to his credit, while Kishore Kumar was the single nominee in 1985, having all the four nominations to his credit. Incidentally, Kishore Kumar's all nominated songs were from a single movie, Sharaabi.

Most winsEdit

Winner Number of wins Number of nominations Years
Kishore Kumar 8 28 1970, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Mohammed Rafi 6 21 1961, 1962, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1978
Arijit Singh 6 16 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Kumar Sanu 5 14 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
Udit Narayan 5 20 1989, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002

Most consecutive winsEdit

Artist Number of Win Year
Kumar Sanu 5 (first 5-year consecutive win) 1991-1995
Arijit Singh 5 2015-2019
Kishore Kumar 4 (last 4 year consecutive win) 1983-1986

Multiple nomineesEdit

Artist Number of Nominations Wins
Kishore Kumar 28 8
Mohammed Rafi 21 6
Udit Narayan 20 5
Arijit Singh 16 6
Sonu Nigam 16 2
Kumar Sanu 14 5
Mukesh 14 4
K K 7 0
Sukhwinder Singh 6 2
Suresh Wadkar 6 0

Winners and nomineesEdit

Table key
  Indicates the winner

1950sEdit

Note: The category for Best Playback Singer was established in 1959, and until 1967 both male and female singers used to compete for a single award.

Year Photos of winners Singer Song Film
1959
(6th)
Award Won by a Female Singer

1960sEdit

Year Photos of winners Singer Song Film
1960
(7th)
Mukesh   "Sab Kuch Seekha Humne" Anari
Talat Mahmood "Jalte Hain Jiske Liye" Sujata
1961
(8th)
Mohammed Rafi   "Chaudhvin Ka Chand" Chaudhvin Ka Chand
Other Nominees were Female Singer
1962
(9th)
Mohammed Rafi   '"Chashme Buddoor" Sasural
Mohammed Rafi "Husn Wale Tera" Gharana
Mukesh "Hothon Pe Sacchai" Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai
1963
(10th)
Award Won by a Female Singer
Mohammed Rafi "Ae Gulbadan" Professor
1964
(11th)
Mahendra Kapoor   "Chalo Ek Bar Phir Se" Gumrah
Mohammed Rafi "Mere Mehboob Tujhe" Mere Mehboob
1965
(12th)
Mohammed Rafi   "Chahunga Main Tujhe" Dosti
Mukesh "Dost Dost Na Raha" Sangam
1966
(13th)
Award Won by a Female Singer
Mohammed Rafi "Chho Lene Do" Kaajal
1967
(14th)
Mohammed Rafi   "Baharon Phool Barsao" Suraj
Other Nominees were Female Singer
1968
(15th)
Mahendra Kapoor   "Neele Gagan Ke Tale" Hamraaz
Mahendra Kapoor "Mere Desh Ki Dharti" Upkar
Mukesh "Sawan Ka Mahina" Milan
1969
(16th)
Mohammed Rafi   "Dil Ke Jharokhe Mein" Brahmachari
Mohammed Rafi "Babul Ki Duvayen" Neel Kamal
"Main Gaoon Tum So Jao" Brahmachari

1970sEdit

Year Photos of winners Singer Song Film
1970
(17th)
Kishore Kumar   "Roop Tera Mastana" Aradhana
Manna Dey "Kaal Ka Paiya" Chanda Aur Bijli
Mohammed Rafi "Badi Mastani Hai" Jeene Ki Raah
1971
(18th)
Mukesh   "Sabse Bada Nadan" Pehchan
Mohammed Rafi "Khilona Jankar" Khilona
Mukesh "Bas Yehi Apradh" Pehchan
1972
(19th)
Manna Dey   "Ae Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo" Mera Naam Joker
Kishore Kumar "Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai" Kati Patang
"Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana" Andaz
1973
(20th)
Mukesh   "Jai Bolo Beimaan ki" Beimaan
Mukesh "Ek Pyar Ka Nagma Hain" Shor
Kishore Kumar "Chingari Koi Bhadke" Amar Prem
1974
(21st)
NA Narendra Chanchal   "Beshak Mandir Masjid" Bobby
Kishore Kumar "Mere Dil Mein Aaj" Daag: A Poem of Love
Manna Dey "Yaari Hai Imaan Mera" Zanjeer
Mohammed Rafi "Hum Ko Jaan Se Pyaari Hai" Naina
Shailendra Singh "Main Shayar To Nahin" Bobby
1975
(22nd)
NA Mahendra Kapoor   "Aur Nahi Bus Aur Nahi" Roti Kapda Aur Makaan
Kishore Kumar "Gaadi Bula Rahi Hai" Dost
"Mera Jeevan Kora Kagaz" Kora Kagaz
Mohammed Rafi "Accha Hi Hua Dil Toot Gaya" Maa Bahen Aur Biwi
Mukesh "Main Na Bhooloonga" Roti Kapda Aur Makaan
1976
(23rd)
Kishore Kumar   "Dil Aisa Kisi Ne" Amanush
Kishore Kumar "Main Pyaasa Tu Sawan" Faraar
"O Manjhi Re" Khushboo
Manna Dey "Kya Mar Sakegi" Sanyasi
R. D. Burman "Mehbooba O Mehbooba" Sholay
1977
(24th)
Mukesh   (Posthumous) "Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein" Kabhi Kabhie
Kishore Kumar "Mere Naina Sawan Bhadon" Mehbooba
Mahendra Kapoor "Sunke Teri Pukar" Fakira
Mukesh (posthumous) "Ek Din Bik Jaayega" Dharam Karam
"Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hoon" Kabhi Kabhie
K. J. Yesudas "Gori Tera Gaon" Chitchor
1978
(25th)
Mohammed Rafi   "Kya Hua Tera Wada" Hum Kisise Kum Naheen
Kishore Kumar "Aap Ke Anurodh Pe" Anurodh
Mohammed Rafi "Parda Hai Parda" Amar Akbar Anthony
Mukesh (posthumous) "Suhaani Chandni" Mukti
K. J. Yesudas Ka Karoon Sajni Aye Na Baalam Swami
1979
(26th)
Kishore Kumar   "Khaike Paan Banaraswala" Don
Kishore Kumar "O Saathi Re" Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
"Hum Bewafa Harghiz Na" Shalimar
Mohammed Rafi "Aadmi Musafir Hai" Apnapan
Mukesh (posthumous) "Chanchal Sheetal" Satyam Shivam Sundaram

1980sEdit

Year Photos of winners Singer Song Film
1980
(27th)
K. J. Yesudas   "Dil Ke Tukde" Dada
Kishore Kumar "Ek Rasta Hai Zindagi" Kaala Patthar
Mohammed Rafi "Chalo Re Doli Uthao" Jaani Dushman
Nitin Mukesh "Aaja Re Mere Dilbar" Noorie
1981
(28th)
Kishore Kumar   "Hazaar Raahen Mud Ke Dekhi" Thodisi Bewafaii
Kishore Kumar "Om Shanti Om" Karz
Mohammed Rafi (posthumous) "Dard-e-Dil"
"Maine Puchha Chand Se" Abdullah
"Mere Dost Kissa" Dostana
1982
(29th)
NA Amit Kumar   "Yaad Aa Rahi Hai" Love Story
Jagjit Singh "Hothon Se Chhoo Lo Tum" Prem Geet
Kishore Kumar "Hamen Tum Se Pyaar Kitna" Kudrat
"Chhoo Kar Mere Man Ko" Yaarana
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam "Tere Mere Beech Mein" Ek Duuje Ke Liye
1983
(30th)
Kishore Kumar   "Pag Ghungroo Bandh" Namak Halaal
Amit Kumar "Yeh Zameen Gaa Rahi Hai" Teri Kasam
Suresh Wadkar "Meri Kismat Tu" Prem Rog
"Mein Hoon Prem Rogi"
1984
(31st)
Kishore Kumar   "Agar Tum Na Hote" Agar Tum Na Hote
Kishore Kumar "Shayad Meri Shaadi" Souten
Shabbir Kumar "Jab Hum Jawaan Honge" Betaab
"Parvaton Se Aaj Mein"
"Yaad Teri Aayengi" Ek Jaan Hai Hum
1985
(32nd)
Kishore Kumar   "Manzilein Apni Jagah Hain" Sharaabi
Kishore Kumar "De De Pyaar De" Sharaabi
"Inteha Ho Gayi"
"Log Kehte Hai"
1986
(33rd)
Kishore Kumar   "Saagar Kinare" Saagar
Shabbir Kumar "Tum Se Milkar Na Jane Kyon" Pyaar Jhukta Nahin
Suresh Wadkar "Main Hi Main Hoon" Ram Teri Ganga Maili
1987 NO CEREMONY
1988 NO CEREMONY
1989
(34th)
Udit Narayan   "Papa Kehte Hain" Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
Amit Kumar "Ek Do Teen" Tezaab
Mohammed Aziz "Dil Tera Kisne Toda" Dayavan

1990sEdit

Year Photos of winners Singer Song Film
1990
(35th)
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam   "Dil Deewana" Maine Pyar Kiya
Amit Kumar "Tirchhi Topiwale" Tridev
Mohammed Aziz "My Name Is Lakhan" Ram Lakhan
Suresh Wadkar "Lagi Aaj Sawan Ki" Chandni
1991
(36th)
Kumar Sanu   "Ab Tere Bin" Aashiqui
Amit Kumar "Kaisa Lagta Hai" Baaghi: A Rebel for Love
Suresh Wadkar "O Priya Priya" Dil
1992
(37th)
Kumar Sanu   "Mera Dil Bhi" Saajan
Pankaj Udhas "Jeeye To Jeeye" Saajan
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam "Tum Se Milne Ki Tamanna Hai"
Sudesh Bhonsle "Jumma Chumma" Hum
1993
(38th)
Kumar Sanu   "Sochenge Tumhe Pyaar" Deewana
Udit Narayan "Pehla Nasha" Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
Vinod Rathod "Aisi Deewangi" Deewana
1994
(39th)
Kumar Sanu   "Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen" Baazigar
Kumar Sanu "Baazigar O Baazigar" Baazigar
Udit Narayan "Jaadu Teri Nazar" Darr
"Phoolon Sa Chehra Tera" Anari
Vinod Rathod "Nayak Nahin Kahlnayak Hoon Main" Khalnayak
1995
(40th)
Kumar Sanu   "Ek Ladki Ko Dekha" 1942: A Love Story
Kumar Sanu "Kuch Na Kaho" 1942: A Love Story
Abhijeet "Ole Ole" Yeh Dillagi
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam "Hum Aapke Hain Koun" Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!
Udit Narayan "Tu Cheez Badi" Mohra
1996
(41st)
Udit Narayan   "Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna" Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Hariharan "Dil Ne Dil Se" Haqeeqat
Kumar Sanu "Tujhe Dekha To" Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
"Tum Mile Dil Khile" Criminal
Udit Narayan "Raja Ko Rani Se Pyaar" Akele Hum Akele Tum
1997
(42nd)
Udit Narayan   "Pardesi Pardesi" Raja Hindustani
Abhijeet "Yeh Teri Aankhen Jhuki Jhuki" Fareb
Hariharan and Suresh Wadkar "Chappa Chappa Charkha Chale" Maachis
Udit Narayan "Ghar Se Nikalte Hi" Papa Kehte Hain
"Ho Nahi Sakta" Diljale
1998
(43rd)
Abhijeet   "Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaaon" Yes Boss
Hariharan "I Love My India" Pardes
Kumar Sanu "Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain"
Sonu Nigam and Roop Kumar Rathod "Sandese Aate Hai" Border
Udit Narayan "Dil To Pagal Hai" Dil To Pagal Hai
1999
(44th)
Sukhwinder Singh   "Chaiyya Chaiyya" Dil Se..
Aamir Khan "Aati Kya Khandala" Ghulam
Kamaal Khan "O O Jaane Jaana" Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya
Kumar Sanu "Ladki Badi Anjaani Hai" Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Udit Narayan "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai"

2000sEdit

Year Photos of winners Singer Song Film
2000
(45th)
Udit Narayan   "Chaand Chhupa" Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
KK "Tadap Tadap" Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Kumar Sanu "Aankhon Ki Gusthakiyaan"
Sonu Nigam "Ishq Bina" Taal
Sukhwinder Singh "Ramta Jogi"
2001
(46th)
Lucky Ali   "Naa Tum Jaano Naa Hum" Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai
Lucky Ali "Ek Pal Ka Jeena" Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai
Sonu Nigam "Tu Fiza Hai" Fiza
"Panchhi Nadiya Pawan Ke Jhonke" Refugee
Udit Narayan "Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hain" Dhadkan
2002
(47th)
Udit Narayan   "Mitwa" Lagaan
Adnan Sami "Mehbooba Mehbooba" Ajnabee
Shaan "Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe" Dil Chahta Hai
Sonu Nigam "Suraj Hua Maddham" Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...
Udit Narayan "Ud jaa Kale Kawan" Gadar: Ek Prem Katha
2003
(48th)
Sonu Nigam   "Saathiya" Saathiya
KK "Bardaasht Nahin" Humraaz
Kumar Sanu "Sanam Mere Humraaz"
Lucky Ali "Aa Bhi Jaa" Sur – The Melody of Life
Shaan "Nikamma Kiya Is Dil Ne" Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa
2004
(49th)
Sonu Nigam   "Kal Ho Naa Ho" Kal Ho Naa Ho
Kumar Sanu "Kissi Se Tum Pyar Karo" Andaaz
Abhijeet "Suno Na" Chalte Chalte
Udit Narayan "Idhar Chala" Koi... Mil Gaya
"Tere Naam" Tere Naam
2005
(50th)
Kunal Ganjawala   "Bheegey Honth Tere" Murder
Sonu Nigam "Do Pal" Veer-Zaara
"Main Hoon Na" Main Hoon Na
"Tumse Milkey Dil Ka"
Udit Narayan "Main Yahan Hoon" Veer-Zaara
Udit Narayan and Master Vignesh "Yeh Taara Woh Taara" Swades
2006
(51st)
Himesh Reshammiya   "Aashiq Banaya Aapne" Aashiq Banaya Aapne
Atif Aslam "Woh Lamhe" Zeher
Sonu Nigam "Dheere Jalna" Paheli
"Piyu Bole" Parineeta
KK and Shaan "Dus Bahane" Dus
2007
(52nd)
Shaan and Kailash Kher   "Chand Sifarish" Fanaa
Atif Aslam "Tere Bin" Bas Ek Pal
Himesh Reshammiya "Jhalak Dikhlaja" Aksar
Sonu Nigam " Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Zubeen Garg "Ya Ali" Gangster
2008
(53rd)
Shaan   "Jab Se Tere Naina" Saawariya
A. R. Rahman "Tere Bina" Guru
KK "Aankhon Mein Teri" Om Shanti Om
Sonu Nigam "Main Agar Kahoon"
Sukhwinder Singh "Chak De India" Chak De! India
2009
(54th)
Sukhwinder Singh   "Haule Haule" Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Farhan Akhtar "Socha Hai" Rock On!!
KK "Khuda Jaane" Bachna Ae Haseeno
"Zara Si Dil Mein" Jannat
Rashid Ali "Kabhi Kabhi Aditi" Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na
Sonu Nigam "Inn Lamhon Ke Daaman Me" Jodhaa Akbar

2010sEdit

Year Photos of winners Singer Song Film
2010
(55th)
Mohit Chauhan   "Masakali" Delhi-6
Atif Aslam "Tu Jaane Na" Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Javed Ali and Kailash Kher "Arziyan" Delhi-6
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan "Aaj Din Chadheya" Love Aaj Kal
Sonu Nigam and Salim Merchant "Shukran Allah" Kurbaan
Sukhwinder Singh and Vishal Dadlani "Dhan Te Nan" Kaminey
2011
(56th)
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan   "Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji" Ishqiya
Adnan Sami and Shankar Mahadevan "Noor-e-Khuda" My Name Is Khan
Mohit Chauhan "Pee Loon" Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan "Sajda" My Name Is Khan
Shafqat Amanat Ali "Bin Tere" I Hate Luv Storys
2012
(57th)
Mohit Chauhan   "Jo Bhi Main" Rockstar
Akon and Vishal Dadlani "Chammak Challo" Ra.One
Mohit Chauhan "Saadda Haq" Rockstar
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan "Teri Meri" Bodyguard
Shafqat Amanat Ali "Dildaara" Ra.One
2013
(58th)
Ayushmann Khurrana   "Pani Da Rang" Vicky Donor
Mohit Chauhan "Barfi" Barfi!
Nikhil Paul George "Main Kya Karoon"
Rabbi Shergill "Challa" Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Sonu Nigam "Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin" Agneepath
2014
(59th)
Arijit Singh   "Tum Hi Ho" Aashiqui 2
Amit Trivedi "Manja" Kai Po Che!
Ankit Tiwari "Sunn Raha Hai" Aashiqui 2
Benny Dayal "Badtameez Dil" Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Siddharth Mahadevan "Zinda" Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
2015
(60th)
Ankit Tiwari   "Galliyan" Ek Villain
Shekhar Ravjiani "Zehnaseeb" Hasee Toh Phasee
Benny Dayal "Locha-e-Ulfat" 2 States
Arijit Singh "Mast Magan"
"Suno Na Sangemarmar" Youngistaan
2016
(61st)
Arijit Singh   "Sooraj Dooba Hain" Roy
Ankit Tiwari "Tu Hai Ke Nahi" Roy
Arijit Singh "Gerua" Dilwale
Atif Aslam "Jeena Jeena" Badlapur
Papon "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Vishal Dadlani "Gulaabo" Shaandaar
2017
(62nd)
Arijit Singh   "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Amit Mishra "Bulleya" Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Arijit Singh "Channa Mereya"
Atif Aslam "Tere Sang Yaara" Rustom
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan "Jag Ghoomeya" Sultan
2018
(63rd)
Arijit Singh   "Roke Na Ruke Naina" Badrinath Ki Dulhania
Akhil Sachdeva "Humsafar" Badrinath Ki Dulhania
Arijit Singh "Zaalima" Raees
Arko Pravo Mukherjee "Nazm Nazm" Bareilly Ki Barfi
Ash King "Baarish" Half Girlfriend
Sachin Sanghvi "Kho Diya" Bhoomi
2019
(64th)
Arijit Singh   "Ae Watan (Male)" Raazi
Abhay Jodhpurkar "Mera Naam Tu" Zero
Arijit Singh "Tera Yaar Hoon Main" Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety
"Binte Dil" Padmaavat
Baadshah "Tareefan" Veere Di Wedding
Shankar Mahadevan "Dilbaro" Raazi

2020sEdit

Year Photos of winners Singer Song Film
2020
(65th)
Arijit Singh   "Kalank" Kalank
Arijit Singh "Ve Maahi" Kesari
B Praak "Teri Mitti"
Nakash Aziz "Slow Motion" Bharat
Sachet Tandon "Bekhayali" Kabir Singh
2021
(66th)
NA Raghav Chaitanya "Ek Tukda Dhoop" Thappad
Arijit Singh "Shayad" Love Aaj Kal
"Aabad Barbaad" Ludo
Ayushmann Khurrana "Mere Liye Tum Kaafi Ho" Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan
Darshan Raval "Mehrama" Love Aaj Kal

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