2016 has been a great year on the Nigerian music front,hits upon hits was dropped on us even though at a point there was the general feeling that there was no current hit song. We take you back through the months and review 16 of the hottest Nigerian tracks that dropped in the year 2916 in descending other. This list was put together by our editorial team and a panel of music critics.
16. Runtown – Mad Over You
Coming in at number 16 is the current buzzing song by ‘Gallardo’ crooner Runtown. The song dropped close to the end of the year but the response has become massive over the continent and therefore ‘Mad Over You’ squeezes its way through at number 16. By the time you finish reading this article, the song would probably have played o at least 3 radio stations in Nigeria.
15. Dj Spinall ft Mr Eazi – Ohema
Ace Dj , Dj Spinall has developed an uncanny knack of dropping some hit tunes. The cap linked up with Detty boy Mr Eazi to create one of the hottest jams of 2016 ‘Ohema’. The Hiplife inspired tune has beome a fixure on radio and on the dance floor in Nigeria and a night is not complete without ‘Ohema’ on the various Dj mixes.
14. Dotman – AKube
‘Dotman Kuraja, Hakuna Matata’, if you live in Nigeria that refrain is probably stuck in your head on default with the massive impact this tune made on Nigerian airwaves. Unheralded before 2016, Dotman became a national sensation with song ‘AKube’. Even T-Pain had to dance to ‘Akube’ when he stormed Nigeria to perform. So next time you come across your Naija friend, tell him to show you the ‘Akube’ dance.
13. Maleek Berry – Kontrol
Renowned producer Maleek Berry exposed fans to another side of him as an artist when he unleashed the ‘Last Days of Summer’ EP on us. Maleek Berry controlled the airwaves with the song ‘Kontrol’, which has emerged as one of the most popular Nigerian songs of the year. “She say she wan take Kontrol, Kontrol , Kontrol’.
12. Adekunle Gold – Ready
It is safe to say 2016 was a ‘golden’ year literally as it signified the rise and rise of Nigeria’s king of the alternative genre Adekunle Gold. His vastly different style caught immediate attention and the Adekunle Gold brand grew in leaps and bounds. The song ‘Ready’ at a point held the airwaves spell bound as Mr. Gold’s voice worked his magic on music consciousness. Classic wedding tune ‘there’s a man for every woman’ , ‘mo ti ready ooo’.
11. Mayorkun – Eleko
Davido’s latest protege Mayorkun son of renowned Nollywood actress made a huge splash as he plunged into the Nigerian music scene in 2016. The Puffy Tee produced track ‘Eleko’ took the nation by storm and caught up like a fever. The DMW act Mayorkun capped the year by winning the Headies 2016 Rookie of The Year. Debuts don’t come better than ‘Eleko’ which literally became a National anthem.
10. Reekado Banks – Oluwa Ni
One of 2016’s certified hitmakers is surely Reekado Banks without a doubt. The MAVIN son has earned enormous plaudits and dersevingly so for his talnet since bursting onto the scene. The sweetly crafted tune with Altims ‘Oluwa Ni’ was a hit as soon as it dropped and would go down in Nigerian music annal as one of the hottest tracks of 2016. Gbedu wey dey bust brain , Reeky was standard on this one and the song’s popularity attests to it.
9. Sugarboy – Hola Hola
G Worldwide signee Sugarboy finally announced his talents to the Nigerian music industry on this tune. Glimpses of him on ‘Raba’ merely showed flashes of his undoubted talent and ‘Hola Hola’ was the track that confirmed it. The song became one of the most played songs in the summer and no party was complete without the refrain ‘Hola Hola’.
8. Zoro ft Flavour – Ogene
Indigenous rapper Zoro has been one of the revelations of 2016 and the song ‘Ogene’ launched him into the mainstream of top rated artists. Enlisting the help of the Superstar performer Flavour , Zoro’s ‘Ogene; crossed ethnic boundaries and became one of the hottest songs of 2016. You don’t have to understand ‘Igbo’ language to love the song neither can you resisting bending down and trying some traditional moves when the song hits the airwaves.
7. Patoranking ft Sarkodie – No Kissing Baby
Patoranking provided yet another highlight os song of 2016 on this collaboration with Ghanaian rap god Sarkodie. Simply the best of both worlds as both acts shoed synergy on this tune that became a permanent fixture on airwaves . Groovy and feel good tune that the girls could not stop bumping to it party starter for your favourite Dj; ‘No Kissing Baby’ stands tall on the list at number 7.
6. Falz ft Simi – Soldier
One of the most beautiful musical synergy on the Nigerian music scene currently has to be Falz and Simi. The two talented stars have set tongues wagging with dating rumours trailing them but there is undeniable music chemistry between the duo. One of this was brought to life on the monster hit song ‘Soldier’, which was followed by a movie like video and fans could not just get enough.
5. Olamide ft Phyno & Wande Coal – Who You Epp?
Olamide emerges as usual suspect on this list with his knack for creating street anthems. You already know 2016 would not be complete without Olamide stamping his mark and this he did with the hit tune ‘Who You Epp’? The Phyno and Wande Coal edition caught on like a virus and became one of the top songs on every hit list during the year. Think about it, who you epp?
4. Kiss Daniel – Mama
Oya talk to me o Mama’, Kiss Daniel continued his impressive rise from 2015 into 2016 showing he is no flash in the pan. He dropped the ‘New Era’ album that has earned critical acclaim and the song ‘Mama’ is definitely one of the hottest songs of 2016.Kiss delivers in his usual effortless self on a catchy beat with witty lyrics and the ears got stuck on replay.
3. Phyno ft Olamide – Fada Fada
Let’s take you to church real quick for number 3 because thats exactly what Phyno did with this church style inspired tune produced by the genius Masterkraft with usual accomplice Olamide on this one. The Beast from the East Phyno and the King of The West Olamide conspired to murder this tune, which might as well have been the Nigerian national anthem for 2016 with its massive popularity. Massive , Massive hit!
2. Mr. Eazi ft Efya – Skin Tight
Call 2016 the year of Mr Eazi and you are not too far from the point as anything the Detty boy touched turned into gold. Mr Eazi’s wave rose and shot through the rooftop in a ridiculously short time and his refreshing sound was a welcome relief from the norm. ‘Skin Tight’ featuring Efya is one of the songs that ruled Africa from Casablanca to Congo and beyond . Lif is surely Eazi for Mr Eazi as the continent sings along to ‘Skin Tight’. I go dey your body like skin tight.
1. Tekno – Pana
2016 witnessed many hits but one hit song got us all spectacularly enamored and thats the song ‘Pana’ by Tekno. The Triple MG act built on the promise of previous years by owning 2016 with string of hit songs with ‘Pana’ topping them all. Pana was not only a national hit but a continental hit as the song became number 1 on the charts of many African countries. Pana is certified number one hottest song in Africa and cements Tekno as hottest Nigerian act of 2016