Are These The Biggest Songs To Ever Come Out Of Nigeria?

Taiwo Oluwafemi | - Leave A Comment

Over the years, the Nigerian music industry has witnessed so many great songs released by its musicians, many of them which have turned out to be songs that whenever, however and wherever you hear them, you’d have no choice but to either sing or dance along. These songs have shaken Nigeria as a country, Africa as a continent and the world as their habitat.

In this light, here are the 6 biggest songs to ever come out of Nigeria:

  1. ”African Queen” – 2baba: “African Queen” was released in 2004 as a single off 2face Idibia’s first album; “Face 2  Face,” after leaving Plantashun Boiz to ply his trade as a solo artiste. This song shook the whole continent on its release, and it is till today considered by many as one of the greatest love songs ever to be released in the history of the world. It was even adopted as a sound track in a Hollywood movie “Phat Girls” which featured famous actress; Queen Latifah.
  2. “If” – Davido: After a fruitless 2016 musically, Davido returned to Nigeria after terminating his contract with Sony music Worldwide to release “If” in February of 2017. “If” on its arrival became an instant hit and it immediately became an anthem. The song pierced through Nigeria & Africa to get to other parts of the world. The song even caused some controversies as some people claimed  that a mightily popular line in the song; “30 billion for the account” would cause young people to indulge in illegal ways of sourcing for money. It is considered by many as the biggest song to ever come out of Africa. The song was sung joyously by both the young & old and even American Legendary pop musician; R-Kelly, did a remix of the song with Davido.
  3. “Oliver Twist” – D’Banj: During the the MO’hits era, Eja nla was the hottest musician from the label and arguably the hottest music artiste in Africa. It was during this period D’Banj released “Oliver Twist. This song became an instant hit when it was released on the 11th of May, 2012, topping music charts both within Africa and in Europe, and many are even of the opinion that this is the song that brought major recognition to African music. D’Banj was signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D music as a result of this song and Kanye appeared in the song’s video.
  4. “Fall” – Davido : This was the follow-up single to “If,” and like its predecessor, it became an instant hit and an African anthem. The “Banana fall on you” line widely became a trend and people inculcated particularly the “fall on you” in their everyday life, using that line whenever they are making a request or trying to give out. The visuals to “Fall” is now the most watched music video on YouTube in the history of Nigerian music and will most likely be the first Nigerian music video to attain 100 million views on the social media channel as it is currently  on over 98 million views.
  5. “Johnny” – Yemi Alade: Yemi Alade did not release this song officially, as a matter of fact the song gained massive acceptance all over Africa after it was leaked when Yemi was on tour during that period. “Johnny” became so big to the extent that the Video for a long time was the most watched video on YouTube in the history of Nigerian music until it was stripped off that title by Davido’s “Fall.” “Johnny” is undoubtedly one of the biggest songs to have graced the African continent.
  6. “Ojuelegba” – Wizkid: “Ojuelegba” unlike other songs on the list was not an instant hit, it wasn’t even released as a single but as a part of “Ayo” album that was released in 2014. This song gradually became a hit until it attained that “super hit” status. “Ojuelegba” is a song that preaches reality, a song that tells the story of struggles faced by young people and also offering prayers to helping them survive it. It flew well over the Atlantic and into the minds of American rapper; Drake and UK artiste; Skepta, to inspire a remix which was later released.

Do you agree with this list or do you have any songs you feel should be on it or better still replace any of them?

Drop your choice(s) in the comment section below.


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Taiwo Oluwafemi

Nifemi is a graduate of the University of Lagos. He's a unique user of the pen when it comes to the expression of whatever. He is editor-in-chief of the organization and also a writer of news, articles, editorials and a lot more to help expand the level of knowledge of the readers and simultaneously have them entertained. A lover of music and football is who he is and a Man Utd die-hard.

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  1. Avatar

    Lmaooo…Where is Shakiti BoBo…Biggest Dance Song Ever in d History of nigeria

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    Burna boy Ye should be there

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    IF should be number 1 brov

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    If no 2 lord HV mercy on owner of tooxclusive davido fan smh

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    Pure lie

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    If and fall big pass ojuelgba una dey joke

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    If is the biggest song to ever come out of Africa, it should be number one.

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    Agreed

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    ojuekegba is the biggest hit ever, no1

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    Where is come closer?

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    even ojuelegba hit pass that fall and if talkless of come closer that went worldwide, ojuelegba is no1

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    Yes come closer, hollar at your boy…

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    tooxclusive don’t just have sense idiot davido’s people

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    Tooxclusive just change your site name to davidoxclusive

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    Ye by burna boy tho

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    Come closer and hollar at your boy

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    No p square song is there rubbish

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    The list is 100% correct.

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    Nonsense

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    lol…psquare personally

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    Gongo also should be there

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    Come closer ….Wizkid

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    case sopos day dra na

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    That two davido songs are not support to be the songs that should be rated, in my own view i feel davido song “Throw way ft wande coal & shank ” is very much better than tIF and Fall Combined.. please listen to the song before una talk…

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    Poorly organised list. African Queen should be no 1 followed by Ojuelegba…then:
    P Square Do Me.
    Wizkid Come Closer(Global Song).
    Davido- if
    Wizkid- Holla at your Boy.
    You guys will sit down and write trash at the comfort of your home.
    It’s a new year Tooxclusive stop being biased about your judgement.

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    That two davido songs are not support to be the songs that should be rated, in my own view i feel davido song “Throw way ft wande coal & shank ” is very much better than tIF and Fall Combined.. please listen to the song before una talk…

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    Where is 9ice Gongo Aso

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    you don’t know waiting u dey do, where is Sean tizzle Shole

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    Where is ye by oluwaburna

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    Sure ?

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    The fact is dat fall should b 1
    if 2nd
    Wizzy dogs don’t even know dat fall is d most viewed song on u tube in Africa history!! .

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    where is faze p square

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    Fall should be last on that list, if not for the YouTube views i don’t even expect it on this list… Tecno should probably make it up there too

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    Fall should be last on that list, if not for the YouTube views i don’t even expect it on this list… Tecno Pana should probably make it up there too

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    Fall should be last on that list, if not for the YouTube views i don’t even expect it on this list… Tekno Pana should probably make it up there too

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    please what are u guys smoking ?

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    SO right but if should be no 1

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    The person that made this list must be a comedian.. so none of those Psquare’s classics made the list.. lol

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    Lol… Where is Gongo Aso….. Mumu people

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    Ojuelegba is the very best and for come closer that song is underrated and i think they should put that song in a museum

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    what’s yemi alade’s johnny doing there?

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    Tooxvluisve if una know put victor A.D, wetin una gain?

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    Agreed o

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    Pleo
    (Daybliz) Ode, na once davido acquire d views?

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    What kind of list is this? Not even 1 p-square track. it should contain at least three of their songs.

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    Holla At Your Better Than Fall

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    Ojuelegba should be on that list abeg!!!!!

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    tooxclusive this list is rubbish
    where did you put p-square,wizkid’s come-closer,burna boy’s-ye,you’re now putting fall and if. please use sense and post and stop giving Davido’s fans hope

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    Mediocrity..

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    No M.I songs on that list and am seeing Jonny y?


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