The first quarter of the year 2022 has been nothing but spectacular in terms of songs released by Nigerian artists.
One would have thought the big fish in the industry like Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Davido would be topping the charts in the first quarter of the year but that wasn’t the case as they are yet to drop official singles.
A difficult list to compile because of the number of hit songs that have been produced so far this year but surely these are worthy songs which deserve to be on this list.
Below are the Top 10 Songs That Dominated The First Quarter Of The Year 2022
1. Asake Ft. Burna Boy – Sungba (Remix)
Ever heard of the phrase “Grace meets talent and hard work”?
Asake is surely the best Artiste to be used as an example for such, after getting a feature from the African Giant, Burna Boy on his already groundbreaking single titled “Sungba”
After garnering over 30 million airplay on digital platforms, believe us when we say this song is a strong contender not just for the first quarter of the year but for the song of the whole year.
After topping the Apple Music Top 100 chart in Nigeria and remains top three as of today. Burna boy delivered as we expected him to on Sungba remix. His lyrics are so intriguing and appropriate for Sungba remix.
Asake Ft. Burna Boy by Sungba (Remix)
2. Rema – Calm Down
With this monster hit, “Calm Down”it is evident that whatever Rema serves up will only be another step towards the powerhouse he is capable of becoming.
Leaving most observant listeners in suspense, Rema initiates what can be called his storytelling abilities in this single that has generated almost 40 million streams. it’s no different as its catchy beat evokes feelings of nostalgia in listeners.
Notable feats in just the first week of release are: – 6 countries iTunes Top Songs Charts, 38 countries Apple Music Top Charts, 2 countries Spotify Daily Songs Charts, 4 countries YouTube Daily Charts, 8 countries Deezer Top Songs Charts, 7 countries Top Shazam Charts. and lots more
With these feats, don’t you think we have a music of the year already?
Calm Downby Rema
3. Fireboy – Playboy
From his much-anticipated album titled Playboy, Fireboy dropped his first single of the year also titled Playboy.
Fireboy showed a glimpse of what to expect from the album with song topping chats on different music platforms. It’s been 3 years since his debut with runs of back-to-back hits.
It seems Fireboy already has a formula and a cheat code to this music thing, with his melodies and vocals on a check, Playboy is another song that shows he is indeed here to stay and his anticipated album would be another record-breaking one.
Playboyby Fireboy DML
4. Black Sherif – “Kwaku The Traveler”
Black Sheriff is the first Ghanian to top the Nigerian music chart with Kwaku The Traveler.
Although he has been making waves in Ghana, Nigerians get to know about him with Black Sermon remix which features Burna Boy. Later he featured in Poco Lee’s song YARD alongside Bella Shmurda and Alpha P before releasing Kwaku The Traveler which finally made him famous in Nigeria.
The song was topping all charts in Nigeria for weeks as the song number and is still in the top 10 to date.
5. Asake – Omo Ope
Starting the year on a phenomenal note, Asake taps Nigerian pop featuring Olamide for “Omo Ope,” a euphoric new single that successfully expands the singer’s musical fame.
In the song, Asake leans into common advocacy in street pop: living the good life and indulging in whatever material and hedonistic excesses you deem fit. “Omo Ope” is solely focused on the enjoyment that’s happening at the moment. “Mo s’are f’owo mi s’aye / gbomo mefa l’ole / emi omo ope o,” Asake sings in self-congratulation on the hook.
Produced by Magicsticks, “Omo Ope” is a masterclass in song arrangement, with over two million streams on Audiomack already, in just over a week of release, “Omo Ope” looks like Asake’s next big hit. Besides that, it’s one of the best songs in Nigerian pop music this early into the new year.
Listen below: –
Omo Olopeby Asake Ft. Olamide
6. Portable Ft. Poco Lee & Olamide – Zazoo
The kind of grace following Portable is more than what an herbalist soap can do for you, it’s a grace of God.
When they say a song can change your story and your career, Zazoo did exactly that for Portable.
Portable is having the best year so far ever since the release of Zazoo with Olamide and Poco Lee.
Anything Olamide dropped his few bars on, it’s always fire and Zazoo blew up after baddo blessed Portable with a few lines and the song went up on charts.
“Zazoo” became a song with both the Local and the International vibes and one of the songs that started the year well for us all.
Portable is still eating from the grace of this song till this moment you’re reading this post, zazoo bizabiza.
Listen below: –
Zazoo Zehhby Portable Ft. Olamide & Poco Lee
7. Zinoleesky – Rocking
Rocking was Zino’s debut single for the year and it comes after his previously released 2021 single titled “Gone Far” which was produced by TimiJay.
It lacked the elements that would pique your interest in the song. Zinoleesky’s delivery improved gradually, but he didn’t fully deliver until the end of “Rocking,” which harmed the song’s overall quality.
He “Rocking,” Zinoleesky did a lot of lyricism, which is commendable. It is, in fact, praiseworthy. He employs logical and professional-sounding lyrics, demonstrating that he is no news when it comes to songwriting.
Listen below: –
8. Buju Ft. Zinoleesky – Kilometers (Remix)
With over 5.45 million plays on Audiomack, I’d say Kilometers was a success in terms of average listening statistics today.
Kilometers is a song about how far Buju ‘BNXN‘has come, so this remix is necessary to some extent.
… And the remix’s inclusion of Zinoleesky is significant.
Without a doubt, Zinoleesky has had a very successful career thus far, especially with the success of his first single, ‘Rocking.’
So yes, being on number 8 is well deserved.
Listen below: –
BNXN Ft. Zinoleeskyby Kilometer (Remix)
What do you think about this song?
9. Pheelz Ft. Buju – Finesse
How does it feel going from a music producer to an artist topping the charts and even securing a spot on the billboard? Well, I guess you should ask Pheelz that.
“Finesse” was no doubt one of the most trend songs in Nigeria even up till now, with the melodious contribution of BNXN fka Buju.
“If I Broke My Business” as being one of the most used statements by Nigerians ever since the release of the song.
With this song, Pheelz had proved to the Industry that he is not just a mere producer, he has proved he had something that could get you all speaker banging.
Before the release of “Finesse”the snippet had already been going crazy on social media and after the release, it has managed to break through a lot of unbelievable charts and even got Pheelz a record deal with an international record label.
Without long capping, you all know how this song turns the whole place on fire when you hear it in the club or anywhere.
Hustleby Reminisce Ft. Buju, D Smoke
10. Reminisce Ft. Buju, D Smoke – Hustle
This is a song that became a national anthem for every hustler. Buju delivered one of the hardest hooks so far this year and American rapper D Smoke blessed the song with his rap.
This song surely deserves a spot on this list.
Listen below: –
Finesseby Pheelz Ft. Buju
The End !!
Which Song Is Your Favorite Song So Far This Year?
Which Song Do You Think Deserve To Be On This List?
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