We are half way into 2019, and what a year it has been for the music industry. From Rema’s Dumebi to Burna Boy’s Dangote, new and veteran artists have consistently dished out hits upon hits, leaving music fans thrilled and wanting more.
In no particular order, here are the biggest songs of 2019 so far…
1. Zanku – Zlatan Ibile
The song that is the soundtrack to the current dance craze across the country was released last year. The video, though, was released this year. As everybody expected, it is filled with variations of the dance.
2. Fvck You – Kizz Daniel
It seems like everybody has recorded a cover to this Kizz Daniel song: From Simi to Tiwa Savage to Ice Prince to Victoria Kimani. Each of the covers has contributed to the song’s popularity. Initial gossip regarding who the pronoun in the title refers to has also fueled the song’s popularity.
3. Killin Dem – Zlatan Ibile ft Burna Boy
The ‘Ye’ crooner and Spaceship Entertainment singer had a fantastic run in 2018 with a highly revered ‘Outside’ album and lots back to back hits.
After touring the world towards the end of 2018, Burna Boy dropped ‘Killin Dem’ in December.
The song featured Zanku master Zlatan Ibile. Fast forward to 2019 the tune has been burning the airwaves and topping music charts on TV and radio.
4. Madu – Kizz Daniel
Fly Boy Inc. honcho has been very consistent over the past few years and in 2019 he has maintained the momentum. He dropped his much talked about ‘No Bad Songz’ album last year. A standout single on that album is ‘Madu‘. The tune piqued the attention of music lovers this year shortly after the release of the sensual music video which starred Beverly Osu.
5. Woske – Olamide
The video for ‘Woske’ has Olamide in a suit channeling Michael Jackson in ‘Smooth Criminal’ and perhaps ‘You Rock My World’. The song has faint disco elements but retains a Nigerian vibe. A similar mix of foreign and local styles gave him the hit ‘Motigbana’ last year. He has pulled it off again.
6. Before you wake up – Adekunle Gold
7. Poko – Kizz Daniel
8. Dangote – Burna Boy
Damini Ogulu pulled out ‘Dangote’ rumoured to be a single off his forthcoming ‘African Giant’ album. Burna Boy titled his Afrobeat tune after the world’s richest black man. The tune which preaches hard work and focus resonates very well among his fans.
9. Sensima – Skiibii ft Reekado Banks
10. Low – Larry Gaga ft Wizkid
Nigerian music mogul Larry Gaaga pulled in Wizkid for a sensational tune ‘Low’. In a year where Wizkid has not released any official single in 2019 at the time of writing. ‘Low’ was just the right tune for millions of the Starboy fans.
11. Am I a yahoo boy – Naira Marley ft Zlatan Ibile
Naira Marley made news headlines over his outright support for ‘yahoo yahoo’. Keeping up the flow, the musician released a song ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy’ featuring his buddy Zlatan. He was later arrested days after by the EFCC which made the track even more popular and in demand.