2013 is coming to an end. In the course of the year, the Nigerian music scene produced a lot of hit singles which ruled the airwaves. In no particular order, PREMIUM TIMES takes a rundown of the songs that kept us dancing all year long.
1. Sho le – Sean Tizzle
This was probably the first hit song of 2013. A certain Sean Tizzle teamed up with music producer D’Tunes’s Difference Entertainment and broke into the industry with Sho Le (co-written by Sound Sultan). The club track didn’t waste time in getting attention as it rocked the airwaves and several charts across the country.
2. Gobe- Davido
Gobe almost took the shine off Sean Tizzle’s ‘Sho le’ as the first single of the year for Omo Baba Olowo. It became an instant hit across the country and Africa. With production from usual suspect, Shizzi, Gobe instantly took over charts and dance floors for a good part of the first and second quarter of the year.
3. Limpopo- Kcee
“Oya limpopo. Baby, oya limpopo…” Kcee, a former member of the pop duo, KcPresh, certainly released the biggest song of 2013. The Del’B produced track, written by Harry song took over the airwaves and got Kcee an endorsement deal with telecoms company, MTN, and a nationwide tour with Star Music Trek, amongst other goodies.
4. Ada Ada- Flavour
The wedding song released by afro-highlife singer, Flavour, went on to become a staple at almost all traditional and church weddings in 2013. The video won multiple awards including four at the Nigerian Music Video Awards, NMVA. It pulled over 2 million views on YouTube, thus, becoming the most watched music video in Nigeria for 2013.
5. Skelewu- Davido
This was Davido’s third single and second hit of the year. Skelewu came with a dance which took over every floor. Making the video for the song led to several controversies. Davido was first accused of stealing the dance move from Dammy Krane, then he released a video directed by Sesan, denied the video and produced another one directed by Moe Mus in London. These controversies however didn’t take away anything from the song or the still popular dance move.
6. Rotate – Wande Coal
Wande Coal, dropped a couple of singles in 2013 but Rotate stood out as one of the hits of the year. The Donjazzy produced song was heavily laced with Wande’s usual rhyming style. The Black Diamond proved that he still had what made him the toast of music lovers in 2008.
7. Durosoke- Olamide
“Take it out side, basket; Take it inside, koroba …” that’s the intro to Yoruba lingo rapper, Olamide’s hit single, Duroske. The pop-rap single dominated the airwaves for a better part of 2013 even when Olamide released other singles or freestyle.
8. Personally- Psquare
The video dedicated to late pop icon, Michael Jackson, hit over a million views on YouTube within three months of its release.
9. Pullover Over – Kcee feat Wizkid
With a remix featuring producer, Donjazzy, and a video with cameo appearance by popular comedian, Saka, Kcee’s Pullover was a super hit. Although released in the last quarter of the year, the video has over 748,000 views on YouTube, thereby ranking as the second most watched Nigerian music video of 2013.
10. Ekolma Demba- Timaya
Produced by Timaya’s go-to-producer, Young D, the fast-paced song got the clubs and airwaves from Lagos to Delta on fire. Young D’s talent at making club hits covered up for Timaya’s poor lyrics.
1. Caro- Wizkid
2. Natural Something- Sound Sultan
3. Run My Race- Burna Boi
4. The Kick- Wande Coal
5. Man of The Year- Phyno
6. Don’t tell me nonsense – D’banj