Even though the year started slowly, it turned out to be a great one for Nigerian music so far. Perhaps a few more bangers might still come out before December 31, these ten songs are the top ten so far.
10. Terry Apala – Champagne Showers
Terry Apala started really making waves last year summer with his unique Apala style but it wasn’t until early 2017 that he started getting massive air play. Although you might not be able to discern the lyrics upon a first listen, the bass heavy track leaves an indelible sonic mark with its edgy production and raspy vocals.
9. Tiwa Savage – All Over
Tiwa Savage came back for her throne in Naija pop music and we were glad to give it to her. The only song by a female musician on this list, All Over is an infectious pop tune that does not try to do too much and we love that about it.
8. YCee – Juice ft. Maleek Berry
There is no doubt that YCee and Maleek Berry gave us one of the catchiest choruses and Instagram captions of 2017. The fresh beat made the song an instant ear worm and one of the best party ready tracks of this year.
7. Runtown – Mad Over You
Runtown’s lovey dovey track made a remarkable listen this year. Runtown did justice to slick beat and delivered a tune that we kept on repeat time after time. Mr Eazi might think he inspired it but who’s complaining
6. Mayourkun – Mama
Mayourkun proved to us that he is no one hit wonder with a string of hits this year. Seemingly taking a cue from Runtown’s song, Mama breathes new life to the new Naija pop wave. From the call and response chorus to the colorful instrumentation, Mayourkun gave us a jam for days.
5. Wizkid – Come Closer
This track was so hot that Baba Nla had to drop two music videos for it. Star boy’s collaboration with Drake hit the spot and enjoyed, and is still enjoying, a nice reign on the iTunes’ chart.
4. Small Doctor – Penalty
Whether you were on the streets or you were in the club, there was no escaping Penalty. ‘Penalty’ won many of Doctor’s critics over because of the high energy that seemed to burst out of the song and of course, the catchphrase about kicking penalties into throw-ins.
3. Davido – Fall
Davido had a really good year. The musical direction that his latest singles took not only showed the artiste’s growth but also had his sounding his best. The combination of Davido’s vocals with the minimalist production proved to be a match made in musical heaven.
2. Olamide – Wo!!
Olamide tried a couple of sounds out this year but no song had him sounding more like himself than the Young John produced street banger. From the Wo!! challenge to all the radio air play the song get, we will definitely jamming to this YBNL tune for a while.
1. Davido – If
At some point this year, you would have said ‘thirty billion for the account oh!’, whether or not it was true. ‘If’ reminded Nigerians why they are fans of OBO and even amidst all of Wizkid’s international attention, Davido’s decision to challenge the direction SONY wanted him to go looks like a smart one.
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