The year 2020 will be a remarkable year to be remembered in the history of the world where lots of countries were told they stayed indoors to prevent further spread of Covid-19. In Nigeria, many industries were affected especially activities that involved the gathering of people like music festivals, religious activities, sporting events, and many others.
During this time, it was as if Nigerian musicians were using the period to write and record hit songs for themselves. In 2021, Nigerian music has changed due to various artists releasing mid-tempo banger songs that are making airwaves. The good thing about the music industry several artists are trying to experiment with new sounds, still, they are getting street relevance. Without further ado, let’s get to know the most played songs.
Most Played Songs in Nigeria 2021
Here they are:
1. Ladipoe & Buju – Feeling:
This mid-tempo song reminds me of when Ice Prince’s Oleku came out and was a smash hit on the streets. Buju killed this song with his superb hook and great delivery. He sang the hook with no stress with words easy to remember after listening to it between two or three times. The owner of the song Ladipoe showed his rap power by dropping awesome flows to add finesse to the song.
2. Wizkid ft Tems – Essence:
When Wizkid’s Made in Lagos was out, the popular song on the album was no stress, and nobody thought about Essence gaining global recognition and also making it to the Billboards. One good thing about the song is the way it spread organically becoming a major hit in the US, London, and other parts of the world. Tems and Wizkid made magic on the song!
3. Ruger – Bounce:
The pink-haired due is making waves in the music industry with his song titled “Bounce”. It is very easy to spot him on any musical videos, concerts, and social media due to his eye patch. Late last year, he released his EP “Pandemic” with hit songs such as Monalisa, Yekpa, Ruger, etc, but Bounce happens to be the one that made his art popular. The beat of the song has a reggae drum pattern, still, the ladies love the vibe when they get to listen to it.
4. DJ Kaywise & Phyno – Highway:
In the Nigerian music scene, it is not the first time DJs are collaborating with artists to drop singles. There are many DJs and music producers with songs/albums to their names such as DJ Spinhall, DJ Xclusive, DJ Jimmy Kart, Sarz, Killatunez, DJ Neptune, Pheelz, Rexxy, etc. It was released towards the end of 2020, still, he has spread like Coronavirus in 2021, and the sound was produced by Jay Willz.
5. Rexxie & Mohbad – KPK
In terms of music production, Rexxie has proved himself producing songs for big names in the industry such as Burna Boy, Davido, Olamide, Tiwa Savage, Naira Marley, etc. There is a part in the song you will like “Talo so pe ko por ke, Opp o por pa, Opg o por gan”. Many youths in the country have grooved to the song in parties, streets, and other fun places.
6. Focalistic & Davido ft. Virgo Deep – Ke Star:
Presently, the Amapiano sound is one of the trending sounds in Africa at the moment, and it is originated from South Africa. If you are conversant with Afro-house sound, you can trace the root of the sound. South African artists Focalistic and Virgo Deep partnered with one of the Nigerian renowned musicians Davido. No way you will listen to the rhythm of the song without moving your body to the drumline.
7. Olamide – Rock:
Olamide is one of the rap gods in Nigeria that knows his onions very well in releasing party bangers. The amazing thing is the way the song made airwaves across the Nigerian media. The song is under his latest released album “Uy Scuti”. Although he switched to his pop side on the song, and Rock has climbed the music charts for several weeks to become an anthem on people’s lips.
8. Naira Marley & Busiswa – “Coming”:
Naira Marley is known for his vulgar lyrics and is the major reason most of his songs are being sanctioned by the Nigerian Broadcast Commission (NBC). Coming has some 18+ words that are not ideal to the masses, still, the song is one of the most played songs both in Nigeria and South Africa. Also, the synergy between both artists on the track is contagious.
9. Masterkraft ft Bella Shmurda & Zlatan – Hallelu:
Masterkraft is not a strange face in the music scene based on various street pop songs he has produced for big Nigerian artists. When you hear the song, you will notice there are lots of street pop sound sensations in it. Bella Shmurda is known for his distinct vocal, and Zlatan recognize for his chanting when rapping “Ayi!”. Although it is a secular song, they both took us to church, “oluwa gbemileke”.
10. Rema – Bounce
After several years of Don Jazzy staying out of music production since he has recruited the likes of Altims, Ozedikus, and Babyface producing for his artists. He decided to produce “Bounce” for Rema signed under his brother’s (D Prince) label. Also, the beat of the song and Rema’s delivery style can make lots of people go gaga on the dance floor. If you are a party goer, it is one of the most played songs DJs will play at any party.
11. Kcee & Okwesili Exe Group – Cultural Praise:
When the song was out, music lovers were surprised to hear Kcee singing gospel with the Okwesili Eze Group. The truth is the song topped the music charts because a lot of fans were thrilled to this Christian highlife sound. Despite the Igbo language in it, still, it defies every language barrier to capture the hearts of music aficionados.
12. Joeboy – Show me:
Many people have recognized Joeboy’s music because of its brevity. Most of his songs are not up to three minutes such as call, focus, alcohol, etc. The most important thing is the fact he knows how to create a melodious and irresistible song that music lovers will yearn to hear more of it over and over again. If you want mid-tempo love songs with groovy vibes, you can bank on him to perform the magic.
13. Naira Marley – Koleyewon:
Naira Marley fanbase is loyal people to the extent they created Marlian Nation. For every song he has released, his fans have found a way to make it trend on different social media platforms. Different content creators on Tiktok used the song “Koleyewon” as a challenge to showcase the juvenile delinquency in the lyrics by using different ways.
14. Kwam 1 – Ade Ori Okin:
Kwan 1 is a legend in the fuji music genre, and he has made his name for himself over time. Ade Ori Okin happens to be one of the songs you are likely to hear in Nigerian party scenes. A big shout out to Mystro the music producer for the song by embellishing the sound with well-repeated guitar chords, and is a song for owambe moments.
15. Lojay & Sarz – Tonongo:
Sarz is good at teaming up with upcoming artists and making them popular. Without much PR fanfare, the song has gained thousands of listeners and also for Lojay’s EP LV N ATTN. Many music listeners are yet to recognize the collabo work of the music icon Sarz on the track. You can listen to the song and enjoy the vibes.
Nigerian music is gaining more recognition in different parts of the globe because of the afrobeat sound. Presently, countries like the UK, the US, and others are vibing to Nigerian songs. If you enjoy playing good music, you can add these songs to your playlist to chase boredom away.