Best Torch Song Singer IN THE WORLD!!!! Judy Versus Edith Versus Whitney Versus Lata Versus Geeta

Oh yeah, I’m not gonna make this easy for you!!!! Top South Asian heartbreakers, versus top Western heartbreakers. And if you feel I missed someone, add them on!

Judy, “The Man That Got Away”

Edith Piaf, “Non, Je Ne Regette”

Lata, “Lag Jaa Gale”

Whitney, “I Will Always Love You”

Geeta Dutt, “Na Jao Saiyan”

Okay, my rankings, and feel free to fight me on this:

  1. Judy
  2. Lataji
  3. Edith Piaf
  4. Whitney
  5. Geeta

14 thoughts on “Best Torch Song Singer IN THE WORLD!!!! Judy Versus Edith Versus Whitney Versus Lata Versus Geeta

  1. Sometimes Whitney gives me a headache, and like I said, Judy makes me s ad. Not to slight the Indian songs, but because I can understand the lyrics of Je ne regrette and play them in my head, I choose La Mome. “I’m done with past loves and all their pain…I’m starting over with you.”


    • It means heartbroken yearning song, unrequited love. It’s from “carrying a torch for someone”. Which comes from I don’t know what, maybe some ancient ritual of carrying a torch to pray for love or something?

      On Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 3:59 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • Oh, so there must be Amor Eterno on the list too. Everything is so beautiful and heart-breaking in this song: the melody, the guitars, the lyrics and Rocio’s voice of course. I can only listen to it form time to time because it’s too touching.

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      • “Love has, since antiquity, been seen as a flame or as something that inflames the heart. There are many theories as to how a torch came to be associated with love, and torches are said to have been a part of Greek wedding ceremonies. Cupid, or Eros to the Greeks, is depicted as carrying, along with his bow and quiver of arrows, a torch, which he used to “inflame the passion between two lovers.” Hymen, as well, the God of marriages, carried a torch (bridal torch). This, perhaps, it the simplest explanation for the idiom ‘carry a torch.’ Despite the possible ancient origins, the idiom itself is not thought to have appeared in print until the 1920’s.

        The idiom is also the origin of the special name we give songs about lost lovers or unrequited love: Torch songs.”

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  2. Ufff I was gonna go Judy, but Angie brings up a good point re: Amor Eterno. Although, legend goes Juan Gabriel wrote that for his mother, so maybe not a torch song??

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