Alka Yagnik (born 20 March 1966) is an Indian playback singer who works predominantly in Hindi Cinema. She has been described in the media as one of the most prominent and successful playback singers in Bollywood. In her career spanning over four decades she has recorded songs for films and albums in various Indian languages and received several accolades including two National Film Awards, two Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards and a record seven Filmfare Awards for Best Female Playback Singer[note 1] from a record of thirty-six nominations.
Yagnik is one of the most prolific female playback singers, and has sung a large number of female solos in her Bollywood career. In her career spanning over four decades she has sung songs for more than thousand films and recorded over twenty thousand songs in more than twenty-five different Indian languages. Twenty of her tracks feature in BBC’s list of top forty tracks of all-time. She is ranked No.1 on the YouTube’s Music Charts & Insights list of top global artists as of February 2022. She has been on the chart for 283 weeks with 300 million views.