Golden Era Of The Pakistani Music Industry

“The only love affair I have ever had was with music”

Pakistani music is as varied as its multiethnic people and varies from the well-known qawwali style of Sufi Islam to plain good old rock & roll. It has a variety of elements, such as influences from contemporary western popular music as well as music from various regions of South and Central Asia. These many influences have combined to create a distinct sound that is uniquely Pakistani. Music has always been a sort of enjoyment, just like it is everywhere else, but despite Pakistan’s current rigid image, society was a little bit different back then. Since Pakistan is home to a large number of top-tier musicians that specialize in a variety of genres, In this article, we attempt to shine a spotlight on renowned Pakistani music bands and individual music artists who gave their time and effort to the music and entertainment industry and presented the country’s positive side to the world

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan


The monarch of Qawali, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, is already well-known due to the family’s centuries-long contributions to music artists, but “Dam Mast Qalandar” has gained enormous popularity. Despite linguistic barriers, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan has fans all around the world because of the way his music unifies people.

Noor Jahan

When it comes to Madam Noor Jahan, the barriers between Pakistan and India dissolve! The “Queen of Melody” dominated Indian and Pakistani entertainment and music for more than six decades as a playback singer and actress. Her honorary title, Malika-e-Tarannum, is also well-recognized.

Vital Signs

The patriotic song “Dil Dil Pakistan” made the band “Vital Signs” instantly famous. the most well-known musical band in South Asia. Salman Ahmad, Shahi Hassan, and Rohail Hayyat were the other members of the band while Junaid Jamshed served as the main singer. The official album, “Vital Signs 1,” which was released in 1989, was recorded by the band in 1986. and from that point on, there was no turning back as each song that was released rose to stardom.

Famous versions of the song “vital signs” include.

Mehndi Hassan

“Shahenshah-e Ghazal” Pakistani playback singer Mehdi Hassan was adored by everyone for his singing abilities. “Mujhe Tum Nazar Se,” which was written at that time period, still has a profound impact on people who have experienced a breakup. He also wrote several well-known ghazals, such “Ranjish Hi Shi” and “Rafta Rafta.” In the centuries of Lollywood, a vocalist like him cannot be reincarnated.


Salman Ahmad departed Vital Signs in 1990 because he felt constrained by the ideas and inventiveness of the other band members. As a result, he met Ali Azmat and invented a distinctive musical style known as Sufi Rock. He founded the band “Junoon” and gained recognition with his song “say one” along with other well-known songs like “Ghoom Tana,” and “Heer”.

Amir Zaki

One of Pakistan’s most well-known guitarists and songwriters is Amir Zaki. Saudi Arabia is where Amir was born. He began his career in the 1980s and gained notoriety for his album “Signature,” Zaki’s immensely successful song “Mera Payar,” and he collaborated with several other well-known musicians. He is regarded as one of Pakistan’s first rock musicians.


Alamgir Haq, a Bengali Pakistani singer-songwriter and guitarist, is regarded as the king of Pakistani pop. Elvis Presley and Ahmed Rushdi served as his primary sources of inspiration. An Urdu adaptation of the Guantanamera song, Albela Rahi, was Alamgir’s debut song. It became popular among the youth of the 1970s, and he afterward recorded a number of other well-known songs, including “Dekha Na Tha” and “Main Ne Tumhari Gaagar Se,” among others. He is sometimes referred to as “Baba-e-Pop.”

Nayyara Noor

Indeed the Legend never dies, “Watan ki Mitti Gawah Rehna” is a pure patriotic song of Pakistan sung by the legendary Nayyar Noor who died recently. Her musical career started in 1970. She was the queen of ghazal and a very famous playback singer in Pakistan. “Kabhi Hum Khoobsurat They” is one of her most-played songs in the ’80s and She was known as Bulbul-E-Pakistan.

Nazia Hassan

In South Asia, Pakistan was represented by Nazia Hassan, the Queen of Disco and Pop. Together with his brother Zoheb, Nazia Hassan wrote songs about friendship, passion, and the worth of life. “Young Tarang” was the duo’s best-selling album. Due to Nazia’s disease, no one has yet been able to fill the emptiness she has left in her followers’ hearts.

Junaid Jamshed

Vital Signs’ main vocalist Junaid Jamshed. In 1999, he disbanded his band and issued the solo album “Us Rah Par,” which immediately propelled his solo career to the top of the music charts. He recorded several well-known hits, including Na Tu Ayegi and many more. Junaid Jamshed, a gifted and attractive singer-songwriter, continues to be the favorite of many Pakistanis.

Abrar Ul Haq

Abrar ul Haq is a renowned Punjabi artist who became well-known in the 1990s as a result of his song “Billo de Ghar,” which was a huge hit. Later, “Nach Punjaban” was adopted as the ultimate desi wedding party song.

Sajjad Ali

In 1983, Sajjad Ali gained notoriety by singing a cover of Noor Jehan’s “Banwari Chakori” to the audience’s astonishment. Subsequently, he began writing his own songs, including Har Zulm, Paaniyon Main, and the highly contentious “Chief Saab,” which helped the legendary musician achieve great success.

Shehzad Roy

Shehzad Roy is a Pakistani singer who debuted in the music industry in 1995. He became famous for his song “Tera Kangana,” which made him the crush of Pakistani females in the 1990s. He is still the same, full of enthusiasm, and always looking for ways to become a better artist.

Ali Haider

Pakistan’s pop vocalist Ali Haider began performing at a very young age. In the 1990s, “Purani Jeans” became a very popular song. Every college or university student adored to jam to this song, which was officially made by Ali Haider. Fans also flocked to “Zalim Nazron Se,” another one of his tracks. Recently, Ali Haider returned to the Pakistani music scene and remastered his well-known song “Purani Jeans.”

By: Amber Zaidi