The 365 days in 2019 are about to clock out in a few hours, putting the year in perspective, Jaguda picks out some of the hottest songs that totally rocked.
In fact, there were lots of fantastic songs out during the year 2019 but for the purpose of curation we would narrow it down to 20. These songs have been picked via some criteria especially how much impact they had on pop culture.
Here are our hottest Nigerian songs of 2019 below in no particular order
The PSquare breakup took its toll naturally on the former members, each man had to prove his mettle as a solo act. Rudeboy seems to have proved he is the better singer when he made an undeniable hit song in ‘Reason With Me‘. At the moment his song is the most viewed Nigerian music video in 2019 at over 40 million on YouTube.
Staying at the top isn’t easy but Davido manages to pull a couple of hit songs every year since he went pro. 2019 was no different, he teamed up with Chris Brown for ‘Blow My Mind‘. Awesome song, beautiful video and the numbers are great.
Burna Boy’s form in the past two years has been extraordinary, to say the least. He started the year off on a good note with Zlatan’s assistance on ‘Killin Dem‘. This is hands down the best zanku song out there worldwide.
4. Joeboy – Baby
Coming through via emPawa platform Joeboy dropped one of the best Nigerian songs this year with ‘Baby‘. It wasn’t just a hit song but a contender for song of the year.
5. Fireboy DML – Jealous
‘Jealous’ was released late 2018 but made it big in 2019 albeit organically. It was easily the best track on YBNL collective album ‘YBNL Mafia Family’. People loved the Fireboy’s amazing songwriting and vocals and the rest is history, they say.
6. Peruzzi – Majesty
A good song usually wins at the end of the day right? Yeah, sometimes, Peruzzi got his first solo hit with ‘Majesty’. Apparently people saw him as a better collaborator than a lone wolf and then ‘Majesty’ happened and the story changed.
7. Rema – Dumebi
New kid on the block Rema in the past 10 months has traveled the world, rocked stages thanks to his instant hit ‘Dumebi‘. He has suddenly become the king of the new school and one artiste to watch out for in the forthcoming decade.
8. T-Classic – Nobody Fine Pass You
From an almost unknown corner, T-Classic scored a verified hit for himself with his song ‘Nobody Fine Pass You‘. The tune was released in January 2019 but as the months rolled by it got bigger which also raised the stock of the singer in a similar proportion.
9. Kizz Daniel – Madu
Fly Boy Inc. honcho Kizz Daniel had things go in his favour after he released a steamy music video with Beverly Osu for ‘Madu‘. Eventually, ‘Madu’ off his NBS album climbed the music charts on TV and radio. it currently pulls over 19 million views on YouTube.
Wizkid kept his fans waiting for months before getting any personal material from him. He teased them with ‘Ghetto Love‘ love and then dropped the banger ‘Joro‘ as produced by NorthBoi.
The king of the Marlian fandom was released from the EFCC custody and started his assault on the airwaves with songs like ‘Soapy‘. The song inspired some controversies but in the end, the music won. ‘Soapy is a DJ’s delight and the toast of house parties.
While ‘Baby’ was still doing great by all industry indices, Joeboy came on with another banger ‘Beginning‘. The Killertunes produced musical made it to the top of the charts and once again Joeboy proved his worth.
Teniola Apata maintained her dominance in 2019 with a big tune ‘Billionaire’. The song which is the lead single from her debut EP instantly appealed to fans because of the relatable lyrics. People always love to sing about money especially if the subject is well executed in a song.
Damini Ogulu hooked up with P2J for this amazing record. Ever since it’s release the Burna Boy has performed ‘AnyBody’ on some of the biggest stages you can imagine, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight’s Show, The Daily Show, etc.
15. Zlatan – Bolanle
‘Pepper them, Bolanle pepper them oh’, an excerpt of the chorus to Zlatan’s hit tune ‘Bolanle’. An amazing year for Zlatan, in his plethora of songs so far released in 2019, this tune sticks out.
Before ‘Soapy‘ there was ‘Opotoyi‘ and the effect is also wild whenever it comes on through any sound system. Naira Marley got the second half of the year on lock and ‘Opotoyi’is one of his most viewed views on YouTube in 2019.
Before the release of his ‘A Good Time‘ album, Davido dropped ‘Risky‘ featuring Jamaican sensation Popcaan. After a disastrous freestyle, Davido flipped the freestyle to become one of the honest songs in the fourth quarter of 2019.
2019 did not run out without a hit song from The Mayor of Lagos. The DMW singer worked with Kizz Daniel on ‘True’. It was packed with some catchphrases that fans liked and held onto.
Reekado Banks came through with something really memorable in the last quarter of 2019. ‘Rora’ was the song that sealed off the year in a good fashion for him. The tune started off slow but at the moment has gained wide acceptance.
20. Larry Gaaga ft. Wizkid – Low
Music mogul Larry Gaaga teamed up with the one and only Starboy for his song ‘Low’. The ballad sees Wizkid in his calmer elements saying some smooth vocals doing justice to the beat. The video was shot by Moe Musa and remains Larry Gaaga’s most viewed music video to date at over 16 million.
Fireboy – What If I Say, Rema – Lady, Zlatan – Yeye Boyfriend, Timaya – I Can’t Kill Myself, Tekno – Skeletun, Rudeboy – Audi Money, Naira Marley – Am I A Yahoo Boy, etc.