25. Yxng Bane – “Rihanna”

British Congolese artist Yxng Bane has also had a really good year and this track produced by Legendury Beatz caps it off, especially with the hook.

24. Mayorkun –  “Mama”

Even when Davido is not making music, he still is blessing the scene. He signed Mayorkun who makes incredible music and “Mama” is proof.

23. MI – “You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives”

A PSA too all rappers. M.I. basically came to call out the softness and hypocrisy of some artists. M.I. is one of the better rappers in the industry and he just wanted to remind us.

22. Tekno – “Yawa” 

Another artist who is reaping the rewards of his hardwork. Tekno produces, writes and makes hits. This is another one.

21. Burna Boy – “Rock Your Body”

Burna Boy has superstar potential, we all know it and pretty sure he does too. He effortlessly floated on this track.

20. Burna Boy – “Hallelujah”

Back to Back. If you have never seen Burna Boy perform, go and see him perform. Burna Boy gave us praise and worship with “Hallelujah” then in the video, khamis and a durag.

19. Sarkodie – “Pain Killer”

Ghana’s own, Sarkodie provided us with an amazing track that you can play at any time of day or night. Runtown as the feature was the perfect collaboration as well.

18. Ajebutter22 – “Ghana Bounce”

Some people may not have this song in their top lists but it should be. Everyone loves nyash, a song about nyash with a great beat, what else do you want?  Ajebutter22 also released one of the best albums this year with “What Happens in Lagos”

17. Juls – “Early” featuring Maleek Berry & Nonso Amadi

DJ Juls “Leap of faith” is littered with quality tracks, this is one of them.

16. Small Doctor – “Penalty”

This song was everywhere this year. The hook and drums on the beat catches your ear, dare you try to not dance.

15. Davido – “Fia”

Another. Davido. Banger.

14. Tekno – “Be”

When you are talented and on a hot streak, you release fire.

13. Wizkid – “Come Closer”

Wizkid and Drake have worked together frequently over the past few years and this track is some of that work.

12. Sarz – “Get Up” ft. DJ Tunez & Flash

Sarz is known for his beats and he is now making his name known as an artist. This track features DJ Tunez (who has a really good year) and newcomer, Flash.

11. Runtown – “For Life”

Runtown has been working for a while and he is beginning to reap his rewards, he followed up his hit “Mad over you” with “For Life”.

10. MUT4Y x Wizkid – “Manya”

The only starboy we acknowledge. Wizkid released an EP in July but it was not a track from the EP but his work with his Mut4y of legendury beats. Shoutout to Ghana, you made it a hotline, Wizkid made it a hot song.

9. Krizbeatz – “Erima” ft. Davido and Tekno

Producer Krizbeatz calls up on two of the hottest artisits, Davido and Tekno to collaborate for this track.

8. Niniola – “Maradona”

She footballer ni e, to n gba balli kiri?! Niniola released this tune, question devious men about their ways and made a fire track while at it.

7. Jhus – “Did You See”

J Hus, who we gave the number one album of the year, had an international hit with this track and propelled him to the fore front. This is the perfect track to vibe with, a “soft” production with some hard roadman lyrics. A vibe.

6. Olamide – “Wo”

Iya anybody! Olamide has to have to a hit factory in Bariga. Young John once again gives an amazing beat and Olamide laces the track with Yoruba lyrics.

5. Tiwa Savage – “Ma Lo”

The queen of Mavin music, Tiwa bounced back from her storied personal life and released an EP. This track featuring Wizkid has incredible chemistry from the two artists and a great video to match.

4. Davido – “Fall”

No surprise Davido has two hits in the top 10, he’s had a terrific year, and “Fall” is a banger.

3. Ycee – “Juice” (featuring Maleek Berry)

Too much juice, too much sauce! Major credit to Adey for making this beat.

2. Mr. Eazi – “Leg Over”

Mr. Eazi had an amazing year, his EP took off, he got into wahala with Nigerian’s (which is never fun) and his star shone, Zagadat!

1. Davido – “IF”

Davido’s “IF” was the start of this year’s afrobeats explosion, let’s be honest. It didn’t take long for this song to grow either, and it currently has over 56 million vews. With this song, he set the pace for the industry and continued to drop hit after hit. Also: shoutout to Tekno.

Honorable mentions

Wande Coal – Iskaba & Runtown – Mad over you

There’s going to be that person who says “well they were released in 2016”, go and argue elsewhere. These songs took off this year and everyone and their mother loved them. Shoutout to all the original babe’s not made in China.

Also: Blackmagic feat Sheyi Shay & Big Bad – “Like This”, Timaya – “Telli Person” Feat. Phyno & Olamide, Chief Obi- “Carry and Go”, Awon Boyz – “Gimme”, Dotman – “My Woman”, Adekunle Gold – “Money”,  Yonda – “Las Vegas”, Seyi Shay – ” ft. Eugy, Efosa, and Afro B ft. Yxng Bane – “Juice & Power”

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