It’s the midpoint of 2016, and a good time to take a breather, and look back on the top songs of 2016 so far.
In 2016 alone we estimate over 500 Nigerian songs have been put out so far, and it’s hard to pick out which one to add to add to your playlist. We know you can’t download all of them. Well not to worry, we’re here to help. We’ve to listened to a lot of these songs, and filtered them down. Get on this list and peep out the Top Nigerian songs of 2016 you should be listening to…so far.
Aramide – Love Me ft. Adekunle Gold
Release Date: Feb 17th, 2016
In many ways, it’s a dream match up. Two of the best ‘Afro-RnB’ music makers in Nigeria, Aramide and Adekunle Gold put out this lovely love song, Love Me. It’s everything you’d think of when you think of these two individually, and together they didn’t lose their magic. If you’re in the mood for a Nigerian love song, this is definitely for you.
Adekunle Gold – Ready
Is there any doubt about this song being on here? Adekunle Gold struck gold (pun intended) once again with this lovely Afro-poppish love tune, Ready. In line with his previous singles, Pick Up & Orente, Ready explores the thoughts of a man who’s ready to take on the journey of Love and all that it brings.
Ill Bliss – Nku ft. StormRex & Flavour
Pick this one out of the lot. Ill Bliss dropped this gem early this year featuring StormRex and Flavour, and it’s one that will stick around for a minute. The combo of Kezy Klef, Ill Bliss, Flavour and StormRex works pretty much to perfection. Anything you want to say about IllyGati, he knows how to package his music, and Nku is proof of that.
Reekado Banks – Oluwa Ni
Release Date: Jan 15th, 2016
The winner of last year’s coveted Next Rated award, and the source of the all the controversy, Reekado Banks came into 2016 with a lot of pressure on him. So what does he do? Put out this very classic sounding beauty, Oluwa Ni. It’s a slow burner, and grows on you over time. I know it’s one of my favorites this year even if I wouldn’t have predicted it when it dropped.
Timaya – MONEY ft. Flavour
Timaya is probably the most consistently good musician in Nigeria over the past decade, and there’s a reason he’s been in the game for a long time. At any point in time, he might not be the biggest star, but he’s always up there with the big leagues, and has top 10 singles every year that spin in heavy rotation. Money which features Flavour falls in line with the string of hits that have come to definite Timaya’s longevity.
Humblesmith – Osinachi Remix ft. Davido
Release Date: Jan 8th, 2016
The song was released amidst huge drama between Davido, his baby mama, and her uncle Dele Momodu. It ended up being the platform Davido used to sneak diss his baby mama and uncle, but that aside, Humblesmith really has an A+ track in Osinachi Remix. It’s one of the catchiest songs out this year, and it will be remembered for a very long time, not just cos of it’s quality but because of that diss from Davido.
Koker – Kolewerk
Release Date: Feb 9th, 2016
Chocolate City can really look outside of MI and Ice Prince with Koker on their squad. After his hit single, Do Something, Koker is kinda proving he’s no fluke with this solid dance tune, Kolewerk. To have a hit in Nigeria, you need all the ingredients this song boasts of; Great beat, solid lyrics, and a catch phrase for a hook. It’s already buzzing in clubs.
Dbanj – Emergency
Dbanj is back? It certainly seems that way with the release of this highly infectious tune, Emergency. After having a less than stellar 2015 musically (financially he was still great), Dbanj reminded everyone that he still got it in his locker. This is a song that will be in rotation throughout 2016, and maybe beyond. The base on the beat is to die for seriously.
Reekado Banks – Standard
It’s the second Reekado Banks on here, and for good reason. Standard is literally “another gbedu wey dey burst brain”, and could easily be one of the hottest party jams of the year. With Reekado Banks dropping his debut album this year, the next 12 months could easily be all about Reekado Banks.
Phyno – Fada Fada
Phyno got a huge amount of success with his 2015 hit, Connect, so it makes sense he runs something with the same style. Fada Fada, just like Connect, is a tune that all Igbos will automatically connect with and is also a great enough song that it appeals outside of the East. Cue in the Olamide feature.
Kiss Daniel – Mama
Kiss Daniel not only has one of the albums of the year, he has one of the songs of the year to go with that. Mama put the final stamp of approval on Kiss Daniel’s credentials, and we can definitely say he is for real.
Drake – One Dance ft. WizKid & Kyla
We’re not going to argue with you guys on whether or not this song should be here. Drake borrowed some Nigerian sounds to put out one of the world’s biggest songs of the year. If we are to believe Seyi Shay, the song might actually originally be WizKid’s.
Tekno – Where
Tekno’s new hit is in line with what we’ve been getting from him over the last few years. A dance track that does the job for the parties and celebratory times, and that’s it. Where is just as good as any of them, and is a tune you should have in your list.
Reminisce – Asalamalekun Remix ft. Wale
Release Date: March 29th
Reminisce teamed up with Wale for an even harder version of the hit, Asalamalekun. Everything about it hits hard, especially Wale spitting a serious verse that you wouldn’t have expected him to on a track with Reminisce. If you’re a hip-hop fan, then this one is specially made for you.
MI Abaga – Everything
Release Date: Feb 11th, 2016
In case you haven’t heard yet, MI Abaga is dropping two mixtapes this month; Illegal Music 3, and Young Denzel. So leading up to the release, he’s blessed his fans with the deep hip-hop song, Everything. In many ways it’s the classic MI tune that most of his core hip-hop fans love, and it makes sense that’s a lead up to IM3, and Young Denzel.
Olamide – Who You Epp
You can pick whatever version you like, it’ll be right up there with one of the best hip-hop tracks of the year. To those who felt Olamide no longer raps, this was a good reminder that Olamide is still on his game, and the spare 16 bars on the track inspired thousands of freestyles from many Nigerian (and African) MCs.