The year 2022 is gradually coming to an end, and we can confidently say that Nigerian artists outdid themselves this year. From gospel songs to Afro Beats and hip-hop, Nigerian artistes dropped bangers.
We have heard the premium songs delivered by upcoming and mainstream artistes this year. Many of these songs have broken international records at some points, this year witnessed a musical output Nigerians did not expect.
If you’re a lover of Nigerian songs, then you’ll be thrilled with the playlist we have prepared.
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Top 20 Nigerian Songs 2022
These are our best Nigerian songs 2022 so far below, listed in no particular order.
RUSH – Ayra Starr
This Nigerian song by the talented Ayra Starr should be renamed: “letter to my haters .” The song embodies many themes and gives the “I nor send you vibes.” If you don’t have this naija song in your playlist, then “e sure say we never rush reach your side.”
SUNGBA – Asake ft. Burna Boy
Asake decided to thrill us this year, and he teamed up with the African Giant on this one. This Nigerian song was one of the top afrobeat songs in 2022. If you haven’t listened to this banger, you should do so. This song took afrobeat to a whole new level.
BANDANA – Fireboy DML ft. Asake
Nigerian artiste Fireboy dropped a fire single featuring Asake. He tells his story on his music journey in these lyrics: “since ’06 I’ve been writing this story, music chose me, just know this and know peace.” This song is fire, and my absolute favorite line is from Asake’s verse: “dem never see me coming, oh coming. Mogbe won si his coming.”
TERMINATOR – Asake
Ha! Asake just blew up the entire music industry this year. He didn’t want us to rest (Mr. Money no deh waste time). Dropping hits back to back.This song is on his album, Mr. Money With The Vibe, and it did justice by introducing fans to the album. Many don’t know this but the song is a love song.
If you haven’t listened to this jam, you don’t know what you’re missing!
OVERDOSE – Mavins ft. Don Jazzy, Crayon, Ayra Starr, Ladipoe, Magixx & Boyspyce
We all know that when the Mavins crew drops a song, it’s always a hit, but we were not ready for this one. This Nigerian song is among the top afrobeat song in 2022 with a touch of hip-hop. From Ladipoe’s rap game to Ayra Starr’s verse and the song’s lyrics. Inisght.ng can only say that you should add this Nigerian song to your playlist.
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ELECTRICITY – Pheelz ft. Davido
OBO comes through with this electrifying jam with Pheelz. Currently trending, especially on TikTok, we can boldly say that the song dey really electrify. The song also earns its place as one of the top afrobeat songs in 2022.
KU LO SA – Oxlade
Nigerian artiste Oxlade gave us his version of the English word: “Closer” in this thrilling naija song. This song has been trending, particularly on TikTok.
MACHALA – Cater Efe x Berri Tiga
Ever wondered what a song inspired by fan love sounds like? Nigerian song Machala is a perfect example.
Instagram comedian Cater Efe and Berri Tiga teamed up on this song inspired by Cater Efe’s love for Wizkid (Machala). This song trended for months and was the talk of the music industry.
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BUGA – Kiss Daniel ft. Tekno
Nigerian artistes Kiss Daniel and Tekno’s collaboration on this jam was lit! This song quickly became everyone’s favorite as soon as it was released. From young people to little children and to even old persons, everybody just dey Buga.
Buga happens to be one of our favorite songs this year; if it didn’t make this list, that means we made a mistake.
LAST LAST – Burna Boy
“Last last, na everybody go chop breakfast.” We don’t know what African Giant experienced before singing this song, but do we love it? Yes, we do.
Although the song gives off a solemn but possible reality of how some relationships will end, Burna Boy thrilled us with this single.
The beat was lit, and afrobeat never sounded better. If you don’t have this song in your playlist, add it now o before you chop breakfast.
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COMMON PERSON – Burna Boy
This Nigerian song was used in a lot of memes and guyyy!! It was so funny. I love how Burna Boy tells the African story in his lyrics, and Common Person was no exception.
This naija song depicts the typical life of an average Nigerian, and I could relate. Long story short, everyone deserves happiness.
STAND STRONG – Davido ft. Sunday Service Choir
This Nigerian song made waves on social media, particularly on TikTok. Featuring a choir on this song proves that Naija afrobeat has no end to this game.
BLOODY SAMARITAN (REMIX) – Ayra Starr ft. Kelly Rowland
The remix was even better when we thought that the Nigerian song bloody Samaritan was a hit. What Ayra and Kelly Rowland did to this song still leaves rent-free in my head. You should listen to it.
PLAYBOY – Fireboy DML
It’s like Fireboy decided to burn us with fire hits this 2022. This Nigerian song Playboy was a hit, and if you haven’t heard this fire jam, you should honestly listen to it.
WEWE – Ruger
Ruger thrilled us in this banger single, and we are still here for it! It is also one of the top afrobeat songs in 2022. Ruger did justice to this song, without a doubt.
FINEESE – Pheelz ft. Bnxn (fka Buju)
Earlier this year, Buju and Pheelz took us on this finesse journey. Everybody shouted “Ah Finesse” everywhere. Pheelz, being a music producer decided to take the stage of a musical artist to deliver premium sound and music to everyone’s ears. Buru’s verse was giving! We can honestly all agree that this naija song was a hit.
ORGANIZE – Asake
Asake didn’t disappoint his fans when he released his album. The track, Organize, came out as a snippet a day before the album was released but the complete song blew everyone off.
The song claimed the number spot on various music platforms for weeks. Our favourite line in the song is; “some of us are wise, every other person overwise.“
FOR MY HAND – Burna Boy ft. Ed Sheeran
Burna Boy featured Ed Sheeran on this Nigerian song. It is my favorite song out of all Burna Boy’s songs this year. This naija song once again proves that Nigerian afrobeat songs and Nigerian artistes have gone international. Imagine Ed Sheeran giving such a lit verse on an afrobeat song.
LOVE DON’T COST A DIME – Magixx ft. Ayra Starr
When you all complained that relationships were expensive, Magixx and Ayra decided to tell us that love doesn’t cost anything, not even a dime. This Nigerian song was a banger and had many of us vibing and singing along to its lyrics. If you like, still say love is expensive after singing this song, we will report you to Magixx and Ayra!
DIOR – Ruger
Ruger released a song, and we decided to abuse it. Ha! Before we heard the original song, we listened to TikTok and skit makers’ versions, which is still a vibe. When we finally listened to the original version, we confirmed that Ruger was definitely a badman. This Nigerian song was lit!
We’ve created a playlist on Boomplay, do well to listen these songs so that you don’t miss out.
If you are a lover of Nigerian songs, then I’m sure you found this list thrilling. If you haven’t listened to some of these songs, then you should do so. While compiling these songs to make this list, there are two things I noticed, and I’d love to share them with you.
One is that it is so evident how the Nigerian music industry has evolved and is still evolving for the best. Secondly, Nigerian artistes are making us proud for real. Nigerian songs have gone global, and other countries vibe to our songs.
If your favorite song didn’t make this list, you could let us know, as this list is not exclusive. We promise to update this list.
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- Chovwe is content writer and a Fashion Designer. She's also a Chartered Mediator and Conciliator. She's an advocate for peace and loves art. She owns a fashion brand and is very passionate about what she does.
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