Srila Prabhupada always used to sing the songs of the great Vaisnava acharyas of parampara like Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura, Srila Locan dasa Thakura and he always used to inspire his followers to do the same. As Srila Prabhupada writes in the foreward to Songs of Vaisnava Acaryas: “Songs composed by the acaryas are not ordinary songs. When chanted by pure Vaisnavas, who follow the rules and regulations of Vaisnava character, they are actually effective in awakening the Krsna consciousness dormant in every living entity.”
Further he wrote to show the importance of these songs: “I have advised Srimad Acyutananda Swami to sing more songs of the Vaisnava Padavali and record them in books, so that my disciples and others in the western countries may take advantage of this chanting and thus advance in Krsna consciousness more and more.”
By just singing these songs, a person can awaken his dormant Krsna consciousness and relish the nectar of Krsna prema. Great devotees whose lives are totally surrendered to the Lord of Vrindavan, Sri Krsna, have composed these songs and bhajans.