The Nigerian music industry like every other sector was no doubt badly hit in the year 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and other issues that troubled the country.
However, it also seemed to be a year of great discovery in the music industry owing to the number of break out stars that fans were blessed with as well as beautiful music from other top artistes.
In a recent segment of Entertainment Gist on Legit TV, our correspondents, Abisola Alawode and Tobi Crackitt, shared their take on the top 20 music that rocked the scene this year.
There were also quick to note that the list was not in any particular order and that the research was conducted based on feedback from social media users and music charts.
See some of the artistes mentioned and their songs below:
Bad Influence by Omah Lay:
Omah Lay was one break out star in year 2020 that took everybody by storm. His growth seemed organic as people identified with him strictly based in the quality of his music. In no time, his Bad Influence track became an anthem and it was one of the many songs from his body of work to blow people’s minds away.
Smile by Wizkid:
Wizkid is no doubt one Nigerian artiste that is greatly loved by his fans. Even though his newly released Made In Lagos album was trailed by mixed reactions, a number of people have agreed that his Smile track was a good one.
Fem by Davido:
DMW boss, Davido’s Fem, is one song that has become a household song for many Nigerians and it appears it would remain that way for a long time. Even though some fans held the opinion that it was a diss track aimed at Burna Boy, it still hasn’t diminished their love for it.
The song was greatly accepted and was even used to make political statements at protests.
Nobody by DJ Neptune featuring Joeboy and Mr Eazi:
This track has been said to have replay value and an easy one to love. The music creators banked on this and had a remix done in almost every language imaginable. A remix was also done with BBNaija 2020 winner, Laycon.
Infinity by Olamide ft. Omah Lay:
Olamide has no doubt paid his dues in the industry and is no stranger to making hits. For this track, he also featured fast-rising star, Omah Lay.
Woman by Rema:
Mavin Records star, Rema, had an amazing year 2019 and he did not stop in 2020. His song, Woman, was greatly accepted by fans and said to be very relatable.
Abule by Patoranking:
Popular Nigerian reggae-dancehall star, Patoranking, also impressed many with this song and it was arguably one of the top songs this year.
Duduke by Simi:
This song no doubt had many people wishing they were pregnant as they joined in on the baby bump challenge that rocked social media. The music star released the song to announce the birth of her first child, Adejare.
Wonderful by Burna Boy:
Grammy nominated Nigerian star, Burna Boy, ushered in his Twice As Tall album with the release of this song. He no doubt whet people’s appetite as they were excited to see what else he would bless their ears with from his album.
Away by Oxlade:
This is another song that came and took the industry by storm especially from a breakout artiste. Oxlade came in with no rush and with his own sound.
Maserati by Olakira:
This is another song that is nothing less of a jam. It was an anthem on the streets and greatly loved by many. It even earned the singer the attention of Davido who featured on the remix.
Geng by Mayorkun:
Mayorkun has no doubt earned himself the description of an A-list artiste going by his stunts in the music industry this year. It appears everything he touched turned to gold and all his songs were greatly accepted by fans.
MJ by Bad Boy Timz:
This is another new guy on the block that broke out this year and it appears his MJ song introduced him into the consciousness of fans.
Ma Pariwo by Zinoleesky:
This newbie in the industry is signed on to Naira Marley’s Marlian Records and his song, Ma Pariwo, is still a street banger.
Zoom by Cheque:
Another hot track in year 2020 is Zoom. It took a while for many music lovers to realise that it was a Nigerian song. Unknown to many, Cheque is also signed on to Phyno’s music label.
Bop Daddy by Falz the Bahd Guy:
This track was one that entertained many during the coronavirus lockdown. It became a TikTok anthem with people using it in a social media challenge. At a point, one could not go on the internet without seeing at least one video of this song in a TikTok challenge.
Cash App by Bella Schmurda:
Another breakout star this year who took many by storm with his song. The song appears to have been a massive hit.
Koroba by Tiwa Savage:
Top Nigerian music star, Tiwa Savage, released an album this year and Koroba was one of the tracks. It has been a greatly accepted song.
Know you by Ladi Poe and Simi:
Talented Nigerian stars, Ladi Poe and Simi, collaborated on this track and it became an anthem for love birds and TikTok fans that used it in challenges.
See the video below: