Pakistan is a nation that has been blessed with some of the greatest talents this world has ever seen. These musicians’ talent knew no boundaries and are a point of national pride.
1. Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (13 October 1948 – 16 August 1997)
The Shahenshah-e-Qawwali had an extraordinary range of vocal abilities and is still considered one of the greatest voices ever recorded.
2. Nazia Hassan (April 1965 – 13 August 2000)
The beautiful and glamorous pop sensation became one of the most famous celebrities of South Asia at a very young age.
3. Abida Parveen
Abida ji has a career spanning over four decades and is considered Queen of Sufi Music.
4. Madam Noor Jehan (21 September 1926 – 23 December 2000)
The Malika-e-Tarannum was one of the greatest and influential singers of South Asia. While she is known for her voice she was also a film director, actress, and music composer.
5. Mehdi Hassan (8 July 1927 – 13 June 2012)
The “King of Ghazal” or the “Shahanshah-e-Ghazal is considered one of the greatest and most influential figures in the history of ghazal.
6. Ahmed Rushdi (April 24, 1934 – April 11, 1983)
Rushdi Saab also known as the Magician of Voice is an important contributor to the Golden Age of Pakistani film music and is acclaimed as one of the greatest singers ever lived in South Asia.
7. Farida Khanum
She is known as the Malika-e-Ghazal and the ghazal she is most associated with is Aaj Jaane Ki Zidd Naa Karo.
8. Reshma (c.1947 – 3 November 2013)
She was a renowned folk singer. “Dama Dam Mast Kalandar”, “Hai O Rabba”, “Ankhiyan no rehen de” and “Lambi Judai” were some of her famous numbers.
9. Ustad Amanat Ali Khan (c.1922 –17 September 1974)
The Ustad stands with great singing icons like Mehdi Hassan and Ahmed Rushdi. He was the first tutor of India’s legendary vocalist Lata Mangeshkar.
10. Alam Lohar (c.1928 – 3 July 1979)
The Sher-e-Punjab has been a major singer in Punjabi and Sufi singing throughout the entire world and is credited with popularising the musical term Jugni. He is the father of Arif Lohar.
11. Ustad Ghulam Ali
He is considered as one of the best ghazal singers of his era and his popular and respected throughout the world.
12. Junaid Jamshed
Before he announced that he was quitting music after being convinced that it was ‘Haram’, he had already made a place for himself amongst the legends.
13. Sajjad Ali
A legendary semi-classical, pop and rock singer who even A. R. Rahman considers amongst the greatest musicians of Pakistan.
The President of Youth Wing of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and the Chairman of Youth Parliament of Pakistan is also amongst the most talented and popular Punjabi singers Pakistan has produced.
15. Adnan Sami
He has command of Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock and Fusion music. While he has exceptional vocals, he is also the fastest keyboard player in the world. It’s sad that he isn’t proud to be a Pakistani 🙁
16. Ali Azmat
While he is out of the music scene these days, he is best known as the lead singer of Junoon.
17. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Although he is the nephew of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, he has been able to make an identity for himself. His powerful vocals have made him become the most renowned musicians of this era.
Pakistan has many more talented musicians; however, we feel that these 17 are the greatest vocalists of Pakistan. Let us know if you feel we have missed anyone.