Pakistan has produced many brilliant singers having special and unique, voices and styles in their singing. There are many Pakistani singers but this list is composed of most favorite singers of their times and afterward.
Organizing the top 10 list is quite difficult as you have a limited choice and you have to choose best of the best.
1 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Master of Qawalli, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is the most favorite singer of all times not only in Pakistan but also all over the world; even people who do don’t know the language listen to the Nusrat’s sung songs. He has a long list of songs that are most popular but few of his evergreen masterpieces include, “Tumhain Dillagi Bhool Jani”, “Mast Nazron Se”, “Sanu Ik pal chain”, and countless others.
2 Mehdi Hassan
Mehdi Hassan Khan is the big name in Pakistan as well as across borders; he the “king of ghazal” or known as shahanshah-e-Ghazal, his unique, smooth style has won the millions of hearts in the subcontinent. However, he has got several national level awards in his life time performance. Some of his master pieces include, “Rafta Rafta Who Meri”, “Mujhay tum nazar se”, “Ranjish hi sahi”, and “Zindagi mein to sabhi”
3 Ghulam Ali
Ghulam Ali is another classical ghazal singer of Pakistan, he has won several awards for his performance, he is one of the most favorite singers in India when it comes to ghazal, he has sung some extraordinary ghazals including; “Hangama hai keun barpa”, “Chupke Chupke raat din”, “Mere shauk da nai” and “Awargi”.
4 Amanat Ali Khan
Ustad Amanat Ali Khan is another legend in the list, he is classical ghazal singer as well who has sung quite a few masterpieces including “Insha Ji Utho”, “Kaisay guzar gai”, “Aa meray pyaar ki khushboo”, and “Aye Watan Pyaray watan”.
5 Noor Jahan
Noor Jahan has received several titles from various music lovers, the most popular one is the maleka-e-taranum means “queen of melody”. She has sung many memorable tracks some of them are; “Mujh se pehli si mohabbat” and “Raat pheli hai tere”.
6 Ataullah Essa Khelvi
Attaullah Essa Khelvi is also one of the most favorite folk singers, he has a unique voice and style of singing songs, some of his famous singings are; “Idhar Zindagi ka”, “Bewafa tera yoon muskurana” and “dil laga tha dilagi ke”.
7 Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan being the nephew of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is no doubt is the current living legend in Pakistani Music, he has a grip over classical, qawali and ghazals though he now sings for India more than for Pakistan, he is still most favorite singer in current times.
8 Abida Parveen
Abida perween famous for sufiana kalam (Sufism and Sufi poetry) is one of a kind singer you may find in Pakistan. She has sung so many beautiful sufi poems, qawalis and ghazals including; “Tu ne dewana banaya”, “Yaar ko hum ne jabaja” and “Jab se tu ne mujhay”.
Reshma is another folk singer from Pakistan, she also has a special voice and folk style of singing songs, her Punjabi songs such as; “Lambi judai char dina da”, Akhian nu rehn day akhian de kol kol” are still unforgettable for music lovers.
10 Nayyara Noor
Nayyara Noor is rich classical singer she has very melodious voice and great grip on ghazal. She is supposed to be one of the melodious female voices in ghazal. Her top ghazals include, “Aye jazba-e-dil”, “Roothay ho tum tumko”, “aye ishq humain barbad na ker”.