As we slowly close the curtain on the year 2023, we look back and see that it’s been a truly remarkable year for Nigerian music. Let’s take a quick dive into 12 songs that quickly became anthems this year.
The musical maestro Burna Boy solidified his reign over the charts with “City Boys,”. This track is a testament to his unwavering presence in the industry and a clear signal that he’s here to stay, continuing to shape the sound of Afrobeats.
In February, BNXN teamed up with Kizz Daniel and Seyi Vibes to release “Gwagwalada,” a tune so infectious that it’s still on everyone’s lips ten months later. This song is not just a hit; it’s a cultural phenomenon we’re confident will spill over into 2024.
June brought us “Lonely at the Top” by Asake, a song that quickly morphed from a hit to a national chant, becoming a familiar tune across all ages in Nigeria.
Kcee introduced us to “Ojapiano”, also in June, a trailblazer that’s been the heartbeat of parties, clubs, and celebrations nationwide. It’s more than a song—it’s the herald of the Amapiano movement, a fresh genre that’s taking the music scene by storm.
Asake, in collaboration with Olamide, struck gold twice with “Amapiano,”released in May. The duo’s alchemy has kept this anthem at the forefront since its debut, captivating the audience with its pulsating beats.
Kizz Daniel, the hit machine, kept his winning streak alive with “My G” in July. Following the success of “Buga” and “Cough,” this track is another feather in his cap, proving that his musical journey is far from over.
Spyro, with “Only Fine Girl” in October, proved that he’s the man of the hour. He’s crafted back-to-back hits with fans eagerly waiting for more, holding them spellbound with his catchy tunes. From Who’s Your Guy to Only Fine Girl, Spyro has fans on lockdown.
Davido’s “Unavailable,” which hit the airwaves in May, became an instant global sensation, especially when Chris Brown was spotted grooving to its viral dance. Even if you’re not a dancer, there’s no way you haven’t hummed along to this worldwide hit.
Tems, the extraordinary singer-songwriter, graced us with “Me & U” in October. Her unique sound and lyrical prowess turned the song into an instant hit, adding another chart-topper to her repertoire.
Mohbad’s “Ask About Me,” released in April, holds a poignant place in the hearts of fans. As one of his final gifts before his tragic passing, the song’s popularity soared posthumously, becoming a touching tribute to his talent.
July saw Crayon and Ayra Starr collaborate on “Ngozi,” a banger that showcases the genius of Don Jazzy’s protégés. It’s a vibrant and electrifying track that has everyone hitting the repeat button.
Lastly, “Terminator” by King Promise, featuring Young John and released in August, remains one of the year’s most adored hits. It’s a song that has continued to resonate with us, a fitting endnote to this musical journey.