These songs took over the streets, brought life to every party and got steady spins on the Nigerian airwaves.
We are slowly crawling into the last quarter of 2017 and in retrospect, we can proudly say this year has been a good one for Nigerian pop music because like never before, our sound has ascended to massive heights of global accolades.
Even as we look forward to what the rest of the year holds for Nigerian music, here’s a list of the top five hottest songs that rocked Nigeria in 2017 so far. These songs took over the streets, brought life to every party and got steady spins on the Nigerian airwaves. Although some were released in 2016, they sure did rock 2017.
5. Mr Eazi
Leg over is the lead song on the Accra to Lagos mixtape by Mr Eazi. The harmonious progressions and laid back kicks set the record aside as soon as it dropped.
Even though it was released in December 2016, the song has lived on to become one of the hottest Nigerian songs in 2017.
4. Small Doctor- Penalty
Unlike other new school indigenous artistes, Small doctor is one whose music doesn’t really carter to the mainstream audience as his (urban fuji) sound and narrative appeals to a core street audience.
Penalty by small doctor however crept up on us while we were sleeping through the push and support of his loyal street fans. When lovers of mainstream music caught the wave, it was impossible to ignore the groovy progression of the song.
Penalty was released in December 2016, but it sure still retained it’s fire throughout the most part of 2017.
3. Davido- Fall
Davido’s second single for the year applies the same formula that birthed his first hit. The same laid back Ghanaian instrumentation but a different hook – Banana Fall on You!
Fall was the stamp of Davido’s position as the most consistent hit maker in 2017 as it was well received by both his fans in Nigeria and in diaspora scoring repeated plays at parties and sitting on top of every Nigerian pop chart.
2. Olamide- Wo
After 2 failed attempts to release a new year hit record, Olamide was finally able to get a dying minute score with “WO”. The Young John produced record swept us off our feet like a hurricane – we didn’t see it coming.
Since it’s release in August, WO by Olamide has been everyone’s madness trigger. The enchanting catch phrase “WO” on an up tempo Nigerian pop instrumental is all we need to keep the party alive.
- Davido- If
Released in the first quarter of 2017 and produced by Tekno, IF by Davido is a Duncan Mighty and Lagbaja inspired record that features consistent trumpet fills while also exploring the Ghanaian Highlife Bounce otherwise called the ‘pon pon’ sound.
Immediately the song was released in February, it instantly became a national anthem with both adults and children screaming “30 Billion for the account” in every hook and cranny of the country.
Not only was it a national hit record, it also crossed the boarders of the African continent scoring a remix with RnB singer – R Kelly. Over six months have gone and IF still remains everybody’s favourite.
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