The Annual lists are finally here. I have divided the music roundup and movie roundup into two individual posts this year.

Every year, it would be tough for me to choose 20 songs/albums but this year it was tough for me to find songs to complete the list. None of the albums was complete and had a bad number to spoil the fun. The number of good kuthu or gaana songs has reduced considerably this year. Enjoy the best tamil movie songs of 2016.


All the songs are chosen from the movies released in 2016. As a policy, I don’t choose songs from movies awaiting release. So don’t expect songs from Bairava or any other unreleased movie in the list. The songs are listed in chronological order of release of the movies.

  1. Azhage Nee Asainthal

    Movie: Kathakali
    Composer/Singer/Lyrics: Hip Hop Thamizha

    Hip Hop Thamizha had interesting compositions last year and his style of music is getting stereotypical with similar rhythms and singing pattern. Having said that, this song captivates your imagination with some cool lyrics and melodious tune.

2. Un Mela Oru Kannu

Movie: Rajini Murugan
Composer: D.Imman
Singers: Jithin Raj and Mahalakshmi Iyer
Lyrics: Yugabharathi

There are only a few songs that can rule the roost while the movie stayed in the cans. Rajini Murugan was awaiting the release for quite long and this song made sure the movie stayed in the minds of people. Scintillating music, impeccable singing and above all some brilliant rhyming lyrics from Yugabharathi makes this song one of this year’s best.

3. Idarinum
Movie: Tharai Thappattai
Composer: Ilaiyaraaja
Singer: Sharreth Vasudevan
Lyrics: Ilaiyaraaja

When Tharai Thappattai’s soundtrack was released, I posted that Raaja has found his voice in Sharreth. This is a song that Raaja would have sung but lately such songs are given to Sharreth Vasudevan. Soulful singing and the lyrics tears you apart (check the scene in the movie). The starting bit is from Thiruvasagam and the rest of the lyrics was written by Raaja himself.

4. Hey Sandakkara/Usuru Narambula/Vaa Machane
Movie: Irudhi Suttru
Composer: Santhosh Narayanan
Singers: Dhee (First two songs)/Sean Roldan (3rd song)
Lyrics: Vivek/Muthamizh

Irudhi Suttru was almost a complete album. While Vaa Machaney was fun, Hey Sandakkara was quirky. The songs suited the characters and Santhosh Narayanan’s style of music fits perfectly to the story. And that’s why the music was out of place in Hindi.

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Vaa Machaney

5. Shoot the Kuruvi
Movie: Jil Jung Juk
Composer: Vishal Chandrashekar
Singers: Anirudh Ravichander and Radharavi
Lyrics: Vivek

Shoot the Kuruvi is that song you will hum at the most inappropriate time but still enjoy it because of the craziness attached to the song. The music, lyrics, rendering and the making were examples of craziness. Radha Ravi – icing on the cake.

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Shoot the kuruvi

6. Munnal Kadhali
Movie: Miruthan
Composer: D. Imman
Singers: Vishal Dadlani
Lyrics: Madhan Karky

Love failure songs aren’t new to Tamil cinema but there hasn’t been a more graceful expression of love failure than this song. Although I am not a fan of Vishal Dadlani’s Tamil pronunciation, but he delivers this song with a style.

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Munnal Kadhali

7. Konji Pesida Venam
Movie: Sethupathi
Composer: Nivas K Prasanna
Singers: KS Chitra, Sriram Parthasarathy
Lyrics: Na.Muthulkumar

There are some songs in the list just because they are popular choices based on the shares that I get on my social media timelines. Konji Pesida Venam is one of them although I find nothing special about it. May be Chitra.. ?

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Konji Pesida Venam

8. Nooru Saamigal Irundhalum/Nenjorathil
Movie: Pichaikkaran
Composer: Vijay Antony
Singers: Vijay Antony/ Supriya Joshi
Lyrics: Ekanthraj/ Annamalai

Vijay Antony sometimes brings the best tunes and makes you think why he doesn’t compose more music. Nooru Saamigal gives the much needed pathos to the movie in spite of Vijay Antony’s voice while Nenjorathil’s charanams are blissful

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Nooru Saamigal
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9. Uyire En Uyirena
Movie: Zero
Composer: Nivas K Prasanna
Singer: Anirudh Ravichander
Lyrics: Kabilan

The melody in the song is infectious. I always consider simple tunes are the most beautiful ones. Nivas brought the best out of Anirudh.

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Uyire En Uyirena

10. Agni Kunjondru Kanden/Adi Maane
Movie: Uriyadi
Composer: Masala Coffee/Anthony Dasan
Singers: Masala Coffee/Anthony Dasan
Lyrics: Bharathiyar/Anthony Dasan

Uriyadi is the movie of the year for me. Although both the songs made it to Youtube long back, the perfect placements in the movie elevated the songs. You can’t get it wrong with Bharathiyar’s lyrics and the pulsating music gave me the same goosebumps like “Manitha Manitha” from Kan Sivanthal Man Sivanthal. Anthony Dasan’s Adi Maane Maane shows the exuberence and wait of college love. Can’t discount the fact that the beats resemble Nila Adhu Vaanathu Mele.

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Agni Kunjondru Kanden Uriyadi

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11.  Adiye Azhage/Yeppo Varuvaro
Movie: Oru Naal Koothu
Composer: Justin Prabhakaran
Singers: Sean Roldan/Haricharan
Lyrics: Vivek/Gopalakrishna Bharathi

There have been many songs that have shown the hero trying to convince his girl friend after a fight. But Adiye Azhage is one of the sweetest songs in that ‘genre’. Justin’s adaptation of Yeppo Varuvaro is a modern take on a classic and it is almost perfect.

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Adiye Azhage
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Eppo Varuvaro

12. Maya Nadhi
Movie: Kabali
Composer: Santhosh Narayanan
Singers: Ananthu, Pradeep Kumar, Swetha Mohan
Lyrics: Uma Devi

The second song in the list due to popular choice. I am not a fan of Kabali songs and I thought this song was monotonously rendered. But it captured the fancies of many, so it stays in the list.

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Maya Nadhi

13. Ennanga Saar Unga Sattam
Movie: Joker
Composer: Sean Roldan
Singers: Arandhai Bava, K. Perumal
Lyrics: Yugabharathi

There was a time when there were a lot of social satire songs –  Ennanga Saar Sattam is in similar vein and it showed the pain of a common man. And Yugabharathi has a ball with his lyrics.

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Ennanga Saar Unga Sattam

14. Makka Kalanguthuappa/ Endha Pakkam
Movie: Dharmadurai
Composer: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Singers: Mathiyichiam Bala/Chinmayi – Rahul Nambiar
Lyrics: Mathiyichiam Bala/Vairamuthu

When everyone in the industry was writing off Yuvan, he hits you with Makka Kalanguthappa. The rhythm, orchestration and rendering from Mathichiyam Bala – pure awesomeness. Endha Pakkam is Yuvan’s staple diet but in Vairamuthu’s lyrics. The background score of the movie is a treat.

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Makka Kalanguthuppa
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Endha Pakkam from Dharmadurai

15. Kannamma Kannamma
Movie: Rekka
Composer: D.Imman
Singer: Nandini Srikar
Lyrics: Yugabharathi

Again, it was Yugabharathi’s lyrics that shines while the music plays second fiddle. A small kid has a crush on his teacher and the lyricist had to tread in a difficult path. Probably, he took the inspiration from Bharathi – Kannamma. You can’t hate this song. (Safety Announcement – Don’t watch the movie)

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Kannamma Kannamma

16. Thalli Pogathey/Raasali/Avalum Naanum
Movie: Acham Yenbathu Madamayada
Composer: AR Rahman
Singers: Sid Sriram,Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Aparna Narayanan/Sathya Prakash, Sasha Tirupati/Vijay Yesudas
Lyrics: Thamarai/Bharathidasan

After a debacle in 24, AR Rahman was in his forte in AYM. Lot has been written about Raasali and Thalli Pogathey but my favourite is Avalum Naanum. Hats off to Rahman for composing a tune for a Bharathidasan poem – it was like listening to Rahman of the 90s.

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Thalli Pogathey
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Avalum Naanum

17. Soppana Sundari
Movie: Chennai 28 Second Innings
Composer: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Singers: Karthik Raja,Venkat Prabhu,Yuvan Shankar Raja, Premgi Amaren
Lyrics: Venkat Prabhu

2016 needed a perfect party song and there is nobody better than this team to give it to us. Soppanasundari had all the ingredients of a perfect party song and I am pretty sure it’s going to rock the New Year’s eve parties.

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Background scores you should listen to

18. Chennai 28 Second Innings – Yuvan Shankar Raja

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19. Zero – Nivas K. Prasanna – Although the movie had a convoluted storyline, Nivas’ gave his best orginal score yet.

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Zero BGM

20. Kutrame Thandanai – Ilaiyaraaja

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Kutrame Thandanai BGM

21. Tharai Thappattai – Ilaiyaraaja 

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Tharai Thappattai BGM

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