VIDEO DOWNLOAD: 12 Nigerian songs that rocked 2015
It is daunting task, rifling through an entire year’s catalogue of songs in search of massive hits, but here at OlisaTV, your wish is our command. After a private poll was conducted within a select group of music lovers and a tentative list compiled, we went to Youtube for stats to rate each of these songs, enjoy!
12: German Juice (365 305)
Cynthia Morgan, first lady of Northside Records, who recently took to calling herself godmother, had a good 2015. Following closely her slew of back to back hits — “Don’t break my heart”, “Lead me on” & “Taken” — she brought a new product into the industry called “German Juice.” Like “Tongolo” or “Dorobucci”, there is no general consensus on what German Juice is. However in East Africa where this song is a massive hit, it is believed to be some gift men often give to women.
11: Right now by Seyi Shay (518 557)
If “Murda” was Seyi Shay’s biggest single of 2014, “Right Now” trumps to be the 2015 equivalent. An imploring love song with a concealed reggae tinge, Shay’s vocal performance puts her very close to a Rihanna. With a recently released album, Shay is sure to rock next year too with her latest catalogue of songs.
10: Always by Skales ft Davido (795, 468)
A delightful mid-tempo love song and perhaps the most popular on his Man of the Yeardebut album, “Always” enjoys collaborative efforts from Davido lyrically and Spellz’s sonic genius in addition to Skales’ sonorous singing.
9: Lagos Boys by Olamide (1 230 213)
With two albums and a handful of hits, Olamide, without a doubt, had a chilling 2015. “Lagos Boys”, which should has been called “Sneh”, features same now trending on Lagos streets as the hottest slang. That Olamide has become a pop culture icon energising trends and categories goes without saying, especially in the eye-candy video of this song with his retinue of Yoruba Demons.
8: Melo Melo by Olamide (1 376 883)
Before this song, Mr Olamide Adedeji has been abysmal with love songs. “Melo Melo”, a love song deeply steeped in both Yoruba idioms and contemporary street language, enjoys a pared down acoustic delivery by a crooning Olamide, who, with the success of this song, might just unseat Drake as the singing rapper.
7: Reggae Blues by Harry Song ft Olamide, Kaycee, Iyanya, Orezi (1 411 818)
Even without the gift of foresight, one can easily see a Headies effigy (for Best Collabo) hanging on this song’s head. A party starter cum energiser with stiff perfect deliveries from every featured musician, Reggae Blues sounds like keggites gyration song taking the baton from Davido’s Aye and winging it with humour, innuendoes and a delightful music video.
7: Duro by Teckno (1 856 951)
Tecknomiles, the golden boy of Triple MG record label or simply Nigeria’s response to Chris Brown, had a good year with his 2015 equivalent of “Woju.” With DJ Coublon at the helms of sonic affairs and Teckno crooning (sorry, wooing) a lady to his side, “Duro” will keep many Xmas party dance floors attended to.
5: Laye by Kiss Daniel (2, 457 139)
One would have expected the UNAAB Water Engineering graduate to follow up his massive hit “Woju” with a breakthrough album but 21 year old Anidugbe Tobiloba isn’t done with highlife love song medleys. He revisits the song-writing pattern of his previous single and masterfully pulls another classic out what many thought was a battered magician’s hat. There are probably more tricks from where that came.
4: My Woman, My Everything by Patoranking ft Wande Coal (3 336 349)
Whilst Patoranking’s first album tarries, he continues to bless airwaves with powerful dancehall singles. Last year, it was “Girlie O” with a masterful remix with Mavin First lady, Tiwa Savage, who dropped it very hard. This year, he recruits Ex-Mavin Serviceman Wande Coal to lisp his hook in yet another heterosexual love song about the importance of a female companion.
3: Godwin by Korede Bello (4 643 623)
Mavin Record’s Dorobucci was one of the watershed moments of last year and this year, Korede Bello, the young man with the honeyed falsetto and one of the Mavin Horsemen, pays attention to an important moment in the life of Nigerian: when an SMS alert notifies you of a bank account deposit. From Accra to Zungeru and back, people are singing “Godwin” in night clubs and open air bars every night since this single emerged.
2: Shakiti Bobo by Olamide (5 042 203)
“Eyin omo yobe!” Thus begins Olamide’s biggest hit of the year, a song that speaks to the rigours of Lagos hustle. Beyond being successful as one of Olamide’s crooning moment, “Shakiti Bobo” comes with its own dance step. It is not Olamide first attempt at patenting a dance style; he attempted to on his classic third album, BGEL, in “Position Yourself”, but like the song referenced “soakaway”, the dance did not hold sway. Two years later, couples dance Shakiti Bobo down the aisle to their wedding receptions.
1: Ojuelegba by Wizkid (5 427 667)
Late 2015, Wizkid released his much anticipated sophomore album Ayo to mixed reviews. Many reviewers posited that his oeuvre was already stale save one song, Ojuelegba, which was clearly a work of genius.
Ojuelegba has a long history of being a crossroad and it was a place that Wizkid trod frequently as a struggling musician. With an inspired beat by Legendury beats, Ojuelegba is a fusion of Afrobeat and pop at its finest. It was so alluring that American rapstar Drake jumped on it. This singular event is easily the biggest event in Nigerian Pop music of 2015.