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MTV Base Top 20 ‘Naija Songs of All Time’

Posted by Tyler on October 3, 2014 in Editorial · 133 Comments


 

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Music and entertainment channel, MTV Base Africa have just released a list of the Top 20 Naija Songs of All Time. You guessed it! This one obviously will join the record of controversial lists we’ve had in the industry, as it will get us talking quite an awful lot about it. Here it is below!

1. 2FACE – AFRICAN QUEEN
2. 9ICE – GONGO ASO
3. D’BANJ – OLIVER TWIST
4. P SQUARE FT. WAJE – DO ME
5.WIZKID – HOLLA AT YOUR BOY
6.DAVIDO – DAMI DURO
7. ICE PRINCE – OLEKU
8.D’BANJ – WHY ME
9. M.I – SAFE
10. OLU MAINTAIN – YAHOOZE
11. NAETO C – KINI BIG DEAL
12. DAVIDO – SKELEWU
13. BANKY W – LAGOS PARTY
14. WIZKID – PAKURUMO
15. ASA – JAILER
16. P -SQUARE – CHOP MY MONEY
17. WANDE COAL – BUMPER TO BUMPER
18. DR SID – SURULERE
19. FLAVOUR – NWA BABY REMIX
20. KCEE – LIMPOPO

Jimmy King strongly believes Dr Sid’s Surulere shouldn’t be classified as one of Naija’s Top 20 songs of all time… may be just not yet. But instead The Mavins Dorobucci would have been best suited in it’s place. Yahooze as a matter of fact should be in the first six songs displacing either of Davido or Wizkid’s.

aL Yhusuff thinks Mo’ Hits Booty Call should have made it on the list and that 2face Idibia’s If Love Is A Crime should equally merit a spot on the list.

Jim Donnett is of the verge that the list features majority of the industry’s millennial acts. There are songs from artistes that have phased into oblivion whose songs can very well pass for evergreen. Also, Iyanya’s Kukere was a revolutionary single in the afro pop genre from the Nigerian shores but yet it was omitted, erroneously may be. Banky W’s Lagos Party wasn’t that much a hit like his Strong Thing, which should have replaced it and in like manner, Flavour’s Ashawo is the song for this list instead of Nwa Baby.

What do you think about the list? Which songs do not deserve to be on the list and which other songs can you think of that should merit the list but did not? Share your thoughts!





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  1. Rubbish
    First to comment

  2. Shit

  3. Davido’s n wizkid shouldn’t be on that list,
    Yahoo should b top5, M.I ‘s Safe should be top 3..Surulere is absolutely not suppose to be dere

  4. Well the list is queit ok! But like jim donnet said kukere is one hit dat has to be on dat list and the legendary busy body from p square!!!

  5. Where iz faze koLomentaL,,or Originality,,and d likes,,diz iz not about d artist status in d music industry but Evergreen naija songs…song lyk Lagos party by banky W shouldn’t b on d list,,instead it shld b replaced with strong thing…

  6. Styl Plus – Olufunmi

    • U too mch broda

    • I would prefer imagine dat or iyabasira. wer does guy dey self

    • I would prefer imagine dat or iyabasira. wer does guy dey self.

  7. Kolomental and kukere is missing? Bumper 2 bumper should be in top 10, oleku should go above dami duro. Surulere? Mayb top 100

  8. Absolute Rubbish”. U call it songs of all time and d oldest of dem all is 13yrs old. Does it mean we dnt listen to local songs bfor den? Dem no get sense” Where Idrees “mr Lecturer, Tetuila “You don hit my car,Weird MC “Ijo ya, Remedees “omode meta” etc Rasquie, Benita, Nigga Raw, Lord of Ajasa, Da grin. Whose songs had kept us all on our feet in d past. “Na dem knw” RUBBISH

    • U tried. But dat generation sef can’t be rated all times. U don’t see Americans rating Asap rocky or drake or lilwayne as part of some all times. We talking evergreen songs not all dis ones dat their track can’t even last for 4 weeks.

  9. Lagos party its a NO NO….yahoozee should av secure a place in d first 5 displacing holla@your boy…n frm dat list up dia Dr Sid Surulere appeared 2twice I hop is nt d d remix n d 1 wit donjazy…it shouldn’t av feature@all n by d way wia is terryG freemadness n no track mak d list from timaya den mama album….n d last 1 dat I will finally mak me rubbish diz list is KUKERE haba una no try@all see una cheat cheat face oya lie say ur pikin for auz no dance kukere abi ur siblings for wia den dey no dance kukere d only dance wey ma pastor wife sabi dance well well….abeg mak una reverse d list MTV abi wetin be una name…

  10. Of All Times????. Really!!!???? This is absolute nonsense. Wt of joromi, suffering and smiling- fela. Omo mi se rere, send down the rain- majek fashek. Caro (yellow sisi) and osondi owendu and Co. Are you kidding. That generation is naija music. Not all this copy cats. Asa and 2face deserve to be on the list. But Davido, Wizkid, m.i and Co. KCEE!!!????? Those pple that made the ranking needs to b sacked. They know nothing abt music or Nigeria sef.

  11. There is a lot of bias in this list. I don’t know what kcee’s limpopo is doing there, and I think only one of psquare’s ‘get squared’ or ‘busybody’ should be on the list. I also think dban’j’s ‘tongolo’ should be there instead of any of his songs. Banky w’s ‘ebute metta’ should be there instead of ‘lagos party’. What of african china’s ‘crises’ and danfo drivers’ ‘I am a danfo driver’ (even though the song is not too meaningful). Davido and whizkid’s songs were just rave of the moment in their time and do not qualify as evergreen in my own opinion. What of sound sultan’s ‘jangbajantis’ of those days?

    • Yes bro!u ar right

      • I strongly agree with you

  12. Styl plus nko o

  13. Yahoozee shud be on top5..kolomental missing…my car by tony tetula missing…

  14. Booty Call is missing. What business does Lagos party has to do there. Eedris’s Jagajaga is missing too

  15. Why is kukere not there?,I dnt like this list cos I didn’t see songs that are surposed to be there.

  16. Why is kukere not there?,I dnt like this list cos I didn’t see songs that are surposed to be there.

  17. Dat list is for d trash can. Certainly not a music listener dat drafted it!

  18. From the directors of research mtv naija u are all stupid. Foolish and bias may GOD stroke your fettish stupod. Desecion . Its obvious you know nothing about evergreen songs in nigeria so I will advice your stupid company to appologise. To nigerians for the stupid fake selections you guys made. Where is eedris mr lecturer where is eeedris jagajaga where is remedies where is african china … Na GOD go punish all of una at mtv offices…

    • No mind dem joooooor, dem just select some kind song way I no even ma understand.abeg d list no make sense atolllllllllllll#new list

    • Some of u guy lack manner why are you insulting then..i can see you hav got mad…they said”share ur thought” simple english…olodo

      • i think d pple dat collated dis list are either a group of 10years old or they are just plain dumb.
        for crying out loud where z fall in love by dbanj, jagbajantis by sound sultan, busybody, olufunmi, kolomenta,
        seriously. dat list z just notit

    • It amaze me how u guyz comment on stuff, u should add ur thought to it not being insultive.

    • Lmaoooooo! U dey craze aswear…. u funny die

  19. D list, nah nah nah where’s faze alone, or kolomental, or olufumi by style plus????

  20. Rubbish list were ni e oooo ibeg wat about dagrin notin,God go fire u all @mtvbase.

    • No insult…they said “share ur thought”

    • No insult…they said “share ur thought”

  21. 1–2face___african queen
    2–sunny neji___face me
    3–tony tetuila___my car
    4–faze___faze alone
    5–weird mc___ijoya
    6–faze___kolomental
    7–MI___save
    8–idris___jaga jaga
    9–Style plus___olufumi
    10–Plantesion boiz___you and i

    • Nice one I support ur list

    • 11. If love is a crime. 12. Yellow fever by fela. Surport u

  22. Dis is a list for poeple born in the mid 90’s

    • #Word

  23. OnLY ME BY 2FACE Should Be On The List!!!! Wtf is Damiduro And Pakurumo Doing On That List!Geez!!!

  24. Dis is nt an evergreen song… I fink der is a mistake somewhr… Let dem apologise nd redraft..

  25. I agree with d first three. But dami duro,lagos party, nwa baby rmx, surulere too??? nah nah nah, shouldnt have even made d 1st 50 list.
    list of tracks missing out
    Faze-kolomental
    iyanya-kukere
    style plus-imagine that
    eedris-jaga jaga
    danfo driver

  26. the list is rubbish,a lot of songs are missing and the one that got me annoyed the more,the list did not feature any song from timaya 5 album,haba how bias can they do,timaya has been a dancehall king for the past 10 years #SMH

    • Pay less regard to those fools.

  27. Yahooze should be on the first top three evergreen Nigerian songs. Songs like Dami Duro and Skelewu should not be called evergreen because those songs did not even reign for a year. Songs like P Square’s do me, Lagos party. Timaya’s Dem mama was a banging song to remember. I know the list was compiled out of their minimal knowledge about Naija music.

  28. MTB Base…hahaaaa!

  29. What is Limpopo doing there

  30. Nah whr duro soke dey. Olemide baddoo no mind dem jare na.

    • Mercy u are a big fool
      I prefer olamide ft terry d rapman
      Boys are not smilling. To dorosoke

  31. This list without Bracket’s YORI YORI is a joke!! Rubbish.

    • you gotbit righr

    • you gotbit

    • you got it right

  32. There is no way this list can have only 2O songs. It should be like 5O cos 9ja music industry has been on top d game. Who u wan ommit? Busy body! Kolomental! Kukere! Dem Mama! Etc

  33. This list without maga don pay by kelly hansome is just a pack of bull shit. Don’t know why you guys don’t like that guy.

  34. Please where is eni duro by baddo???

  35. Funny nobody is even talking about Modenine’s ‘Cry’.. This list is as worst as any lame man just waking up and actually constructing a Top20 list too..no even timaya,faze,styl-plus..na wah o.. U sure say na MTV rily do this list?even a 12yrs old boy won’t pile up something lyk dis trash

  36. zule zu kerewa
    danfo driver
    african china crisis
    styl plus olufunmi,imagine that
    faze kolomental
    yahozee
    kelly handsome maga don pay
    2face nfani ibaga
    tony tetuila e go better
    this list is bullshit
    davido and wizkid dnt deserve a spot except for skelewu

    • Guy go sell pepper

    • ya list is ok truly u knw reigning songs

  37. Were is YBB-Be My Luv. una no well, u better add it nw if u want d list to make sence.

    • Correct……, I support u kaka

  38. I feel MI’s Safe, Naeto C’s Kini Big Deal and Flavour’s Nwa Baby Remix should be one of them. What happened to the Likes of Styl Plus’ Imagine dat/Olufunmi, Iyanya’s Kukere. I even feel Weird MC’s Ijoya should be ahead of the 3 I mentioned earlier. These songs reigned for months. Anyways, Kudos. U are doing a good job.

  39. Dis list is bull shit…imagine davido skelewu,mavins dorobucci,duncan mighty port son menn fu*k dis list

  40. what of dagrin the C.E.O pompo

  41. ***HISH**** none of anikulapo music is included nd u all call him mentor,dagrin own nko?

  42. Total rubbish….mtv base u b mr foolish

  43. Dis list absolutely rubbish, were is olmide, no no no is unfair, atleast eni duro, voice of d street, durosoke support to b on list, is nt gud enough, dey discriminate on olamide, wish dey davido start music, surulere ko suruleyin ni, wat limpopo doing on d list. Nonsense

  44. Y olamide music is nt on list, wizkid holla at ur boy, and ice prince oleku is on d list and they were in dsame category, wit olamide eni duro, wat is skelewu,limpopo,suruleyin is doing on the list, very funny list, poor of (mtv base)

  45. Where is “durosoke by olamide”
    “Kukere by iyanya”
    “Ara by brymo”
    “Lorile by xproject”

  46. Which stupid list be dis MTV base best naija music of all time an no FELA music dare no timaya no tony tetula na wo oo una go dey put davido small rat wizkid is even manageable self

  47. Am nt sure this list is from MTV base and if yes, den is bullsh*t, cos its only based on those artiste dat are @ d peak of success in d music industry right nw… SUCKS evergreen songs aint really there…

  48. I always respect mtv base but for this list I disrespect them….naija songs of all time should or must include songs frm idris,tetuila not skelewu,limpopo shit!

  49. checkout dis blogspot for exiting news asap…@# chiblogweb.blogspot.com

  50. Mehn foreal mtv fuck up. Buh dem say make we share our tought ni sha…

  51. Most played songs on MTV not Nigeria songs all the time.

    • Exactly my broda

  52. where is Da grin kondo…dat song is Even green 4 life…RIP man

  53. This list can’t be all-time best songs, most of dis songs r from 2003 – till date. And we hv been enjoy music b4 den. So what is wrong with Mtv ?

  54. This list is completely wrong to be sincere

  55. Wt a list,,,,wt of daddy shockey’s’SHOCKEY’,baba fryo’s ‘DENGE POSE’,azadus,songs like u may kiss d bride,salty’s malaria,lagbaja nothin fr u,2 short n big lo’DELICIOUS’,timaya’s MY STORY abeg d list no carry weight

  56. Mtv base u listed fake name and track list and for the all commenters u all tried but if u re a good listener and a single track in which ur unborn or bron son or daughter wil ask u that daddy who sang ds musik…hmmmm ds re d 2 evergreen track which no one can dispute 1st man is JAYWON odun yi THIS YEAR and d 2nd 1 is OLAMIDE badoo RESPONSIBILITY …coment on ds am aving 2 and nt 10 nt. 20

    • Confirm!!!

  57. wea is 9ice ft 2face street credidbilility and gbamu gbamu

  58. You people are fun rubish why you no put olamide more dan rubish

  59. Pls were is burna boy run my race

  60. Pls were is burna boy run my race an tekno dance

  61. Pls were is burna boy run my race an tekno dance an iyaya kukere

  62. Pls were is burna boy run my race and tekno dance and iyaya kukere

  63. THIS IS NOT WHAT THIS LIST SHOULD EVER LOOK LIKE

  64. where is Da grin pon pon pon pon pon

  65. Please the list is not ok… Timaya’s song should be there, tony, danfo drivers, faze,afrincan china, yes 2face leave davido and wizkid out of this. Please redraft

  66. Guys they said share your thought…
    What do you think about the list? Which songs do not deserve to be on the list and which other songs can you think of that should merit the list but did not? Share your thoughts…make una take am easy with d yab.

  67. What happened to danfo driver,Fela,edris mr Lecturer,tony tetuila my car,Lagbaja konko below,Africa China crisis,and many more classic songs,who the hell came up with this list in the first place,na only small pickin wey dem born yesterday go bring this kind list come here. #untothenxt #hiss

  68. Jangbanjantis shuld b on dt list

  69. Na wa o.. Its like u guys have time. In a matured setting you can classify the best naija songs without using a defined formular. It brings up issue. Mtv just wants people to talk

  70. Stupid ass comments lol, perfect list, every song on the list deserves it, some mentioned daddy shokey?! Are you out of your fvcking mind?!. Abd olamide?! The niggas biggest award is the headies.. lool.Every song on that list went international, everybody on the list went on tours after those single’s and the albums.. and umm jim donnett fvck u bruh.. i hate your guts lool.. peace out!

  71. Mtv base best naija songs ever!!!
    I see pple mentioning songs that wasn’t even played once on Mtv, songs that doesn’t even have a video…
    I agree with the list 100%, all those songs there got awards/nomination and was played countless times…
    Mtv nor dey play audio songs or songs without good videos, tony tetuila- hit my car, eedris, danfo drivers and the rest are radio hits! Most of the songs una dey complain say suppose dey d list, was not even played on Mtv once grrrr!!!

    • My list
      1. 2face – African queen
      2. Tetuila – my car
      3. Abdulkareem – Mr lecturer
      4. Olumaintain – Yahoozee
      5. Daddy showkey – showkey
      6. 9ice – gongo aso
      7. Dbanj – why me
      8. Psquare – do me
      9. Sunny nneji – oruka
      10. Dagrin – pon pon
      11. Xproject – lorile
      12. Style plus – olufunmi
      13. BankW – don’t break ma@.
      14. Wired Mc – ijoya
      15. Lagbaja – konko below
      16. 2face – Only me
      17. Wande coal – bumper2bumper
      18. Iceprince – oleku
      19. Olamide – first of all
      20. Asa – jailer.

      • you came closest to what i had in mind. atleast your list is way better than the MTV’s list of bullcrap

      • That’s a nice selection bro

      • Papi nice one, u sabi d tin

      • what of Ego by Djinee??? fuck this list

      • your list is way better than what mtv thinks… thumbs up

  72. I think d question is, does mtv base understand d definition of ‘evergreen’? Evergreen for naija n u v songs dat their release dates is less dan a year or two. Where r d likes of fela, Victor olaiya, Victor owaifo, Ebenezer obey, king sunny are, sir shine peters etc.? The above list save for a few, can’t survive dis present musical dispensation. And u can’t talk abt d recent musical revolution without mentioning eedris n Tony tetuilla. So wtf is dis list representing?

  73. I think d question is, does mtv base understand d definition of ‘evergreen’? Evergreen for naija n u v songs dat their release dates is less dan a year or two. Where r d likes of fela, Victor olaiya, Victor owaifo, Ebenezer obey, king sunny ade, sir shina peters etc.? The above list save for a few, can’t survive dis present musical dispensation. And u can’t talk abt d recent musical revolution without mentioning eedris n Tony tetuilla. So wtf is dis list representing? Where d hell is Femi kuti’s bang bang bang dat was nominated for Grammy award? Wetin lagbaja do dem?.

  74. ? hate mtv…..wen U????? talk abt greatest of all tym abt nigeria hip hop….U????? talk abt….eedris,tetula,style plus,lagbaja,weid mc,alariwo,2shot,tuface,dbanj,M.?…… ????????? list is J????? abt current nija music and those niggaz are no where great……FUCK MTV…..they chose deir list not ours….peace out…

  75. Why surulere no go dey?

  76. That’s just a stupid selection, where u wan put maga don pay or little money by nice baba. Dagrin ghetto dream……Banky W capable,if this hit is not there the hits not complete. Anytime I listen to Terry G free madness part2 I stil go crazy for that song. MTv should sleep and write another list.

  77. I have Bee looking for this song D-WHYTE-BABY-NA-SO.I always ear it on the air

  78. O’tiz, 2fresh and ludoro are idiots lool, stupids fucks dont know shit about music

  79. no track from d’banj’s THE ENTERTAINER Album……dats bullshit……

  80. SURULERE IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THERE. WHERE IS “PERE” BY MO HITS AND “FALL IN LOVE”, “WHY ME” , “MR LECTURER” BY EEDRIS’. THERE ARE SO MANY PAST HITS THAT ARE NOT HERE. YORI YORI, ONE LOVE BY ONYEKA ONWENU, ETC…..

  81. WHERE IS KUKERE AND YORI YORI

  82. hahahahahaha…..wen nigerians go eva learn hw to undastnd simple english….dy say mak we comment,sum idiots here dy trow insult…if na ur papa compile d list,u fit insult am??

  83. 1 mumu dy call eni duro by olamide…dat 1 na song? U 4 call 1st of all dn we go consider…but atlst songs frm fela and dagrin should be there ‘cus dy ar d mentors of d modern day singers. I rest my case.

  84. MTV BASE HAS DON MORE THAN WORST WITH THIS LIST B4 I SAY SUMTIN ELSE PLZ WERE IS AFRICA CHINA CUS I CNT FIND HIM ON D FUCKIN LIST. STYLE PLUS EDRISS DANFO DRIVERs ZULE ZOO MR RAW AZADUS dis list should have been from 80s to 2005, I wonder what all dis New act are doin on that list

  85. No Mo’hits track??no styl plus????..no terry G??no tony tetuila??no lagbaja??..then ya’ll sleeping on a bicycle,,no offence given…

  86. 1 African queen by 2baba
    2 Ego by Djinee
    3 Booty call by Mo’hits
    4 Do me by P square
    5 Ijoya by Weird Mc
    6 Jam my car by Tony Tetulla
    7 Oliver Twist by D’banj
    8 If Love is a crime by 2baba
    9 Bizzy body by P square
    10 Why Me by D’banj
    11 Jailer by ASA
    12 Safe by M.I
    13 Lorile by X project
    14 Kukere by Iyanya
    15 Kini big deal by Naeto C
    16 Oleku by Ice prince
    17 Dami Duro by Davido
    18 Holla at your boy by Wizkid
    19 Ashawo by Flavour
    20 Lagos Party by BankyW

  87. this list is bulsHit without dagrin’s ponponpon

  88. wia is Kelly Hansome song ” Like Play Like Play” and ” Maga Don Pay”,,,, this 2 songs really pop de head out of the people and also Faze ” Kolomental Kaze” . abeg diz list na MTV most played songs in current time and not de best songs ever.

    • Gbayi…niceone

  89. fanko tiatia

  90. wrong list………

  91. a very poor and wrong list

  92. Yeah ma people na so de thing go ooo!!!! Really appreci8 y’all for your candid opinion criticism & slanderous words all follow for the matter, to be honest here all d mentioned & NON mentioned songs are or perhaps were HITS & good muzik, pleasant & also nt pleasnt to de ears to different people in differernt places @ a time, NO forget “ZAROKOME”one man’s meat is another man’s poison BT de truth & de fact which is de subject matter here is “EVERGREEN songs” meaning which nija song u feel sey u fit hear am now or in de nxt minimum of 5yrs & e still get effect for your body both past & present, ancient & current, I believe sey that na de matter from my own point of view………….. LOVE ya’ll Na so de ting go!!!!

  93. What happend to Faze Kolemental

  94. Nigeria jaga jaga by Idris abdulkereem

  95. What of ZULEZU, him no enter 4 d first 20?

  96. 1 DJ zee fokasibe
    2 2face African queen
    3 faze originality
    4 dbanj fall in love
    5 psquqre do me
    6 olu maintain yahooze
    7 9ice conga aso
    8 terry g free madness
    9 mohits booty
    10 african china crisis
    11 ASA jailer
    12 dbanj oliver twist
    13 wande coal bumper to bumper
    14 lagbaja konko below
    15 dagrin pon pon
    16 iyanya kukere
    17 style plus olufumi
    18 bracket yori yori
    19 timaya true story
    20 2face only me

  97. where is pon pon pon. where is Africa rapper no 1. where is ruggedy baba. any way the person that made the list
    is not a Nigerian

  98. No offence, I feel 2faces 1st and 2nd album shud do the list

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