This year 2018, will definitely go down as one of the biggest years for Nigerian music and its acceptance of the global stage as we have seen Nigerian artistes perform on some of the world’s biggest of stages.
It’s a tough one this year in the music Industry, the competition is high, every artistes are under pressure to drop hits. A lot of these achievements have been built on chart-topping and moment defining singles and it is that time of the year when over long hours of debate and reasoning.
Here are the Top 10 Nigerian songs of 2018
10. Diet – DJ Enimoney ft Tiwa Savage, Reminisce and Slimcase
A very controversial record with those infectious hooks, dope melodies and candy street slangs that enjoyed commercial success for varied reasons but most importantly because of the contributions of the different talents brought on board.
9. ‘Baba’ – DJ Spinall ft Kizz Daniel
His very first musical collaboration ‘Baba’ was one of the songs that we could not stop dancing to all year as it came through as an instant hit as Kizz Daniel killed the Killertunes produced beat with good lyrical delivery.
8. One Ticket – Kizz Daniel ft Davido
Although released later this November, the joint efforts of Kizz Daniel and Davido is what fans have been expecting from the beginning of the year and they did according to the expectations as it became an instant heat and will still stay relevant come 2019.
7. This is Nigeria – Falz
Falz stepped out of when nobody could as he gave his comical character to give a serious take on happenings in the country when corruption in Nigeria moved to another level and it turned out not just as one of the biggest viral songs this year.
6. ‘Motigbana’ – Olamide
Olamide bounced back middle of the year with style as he released this heavy tune that came fully packed with its own dance style setting the clubs on fire and has been on repeat ever since then.
5. Fake Love – Duncan Mighty X Wizkid
This year marked a big come back for Duncan Mighty as this particular song resurrected his dead music career to become one of the most featured artiste in 2018. The power collaboration sparked a fire that burned all through the second half of the year.
4. ‘Assurance’ – Davido
This is a well-hyped song built around an artiste like Davido became a slang, a trending topic, a prayer and an anthem. ‘Assurance’ was a mega hit and the drama with unveiling his girlfriend, Chef Chioma was well deployed to wondrous effect.
3. ‘Amaka’ – 2baba ft Peruzzi
The legendary 2baba strikes again and this time he is well assisted by the sensation Peruzzi to deliver this simple, catchy and relatable record that at best rolls out of your mouth like a burst of pure spun-sugar pop goodness. The song Amaka brought out a slang of it’s own. In the streets of Nigeria Amaka now means ‘disappointment’ to the dismay of ladies named Amaka.
2. Soco – Starboy ft Wizkid, Terri, Ceeza Milli and Spotless
The all-star Starboy anthem unarguable holds the longest life-span in 2018 as it unfolds like a song on steroids with its enchanting hooks and easy verses serving as the party starter record at every event. The song received lots of backlashes in the early days of release but fans start getting to love the song after much repeat air plays.
1. Ye – Burna Boy
‘Ye’ is double-edged anthem steeped in consciousness and good life. Coming off a fairly troublesome 2017, Burna opened the year with his album”Outside” which unearthed this gem of a record and the pop star’s biggest song yet.
‘Ye’ has been consistent all year long, becoming one the longest running songs on charts and radio rotations. ‘Ye’ has grown into being the life of the party, the reaction every time it comes up at concerts is wild with Nigerians at some point seeing it as the perfect replacement to the national anthem.
Burna Boy delivered magic in the details; from the auto-tuned intro, the fine slow groove, the lyrics and the way his voice glossed over the monstrous beat produced by Phantom. The song has taken Burna Boy away from the under-rated act he used to be as fans are beginning to acknowledge that he is more talented than Wizkid and Davido.