Top 9 trending Naija songs so far (2022)

Deborah Dan-Awoh

A round-up of new releases and collaborations from the beginning of the year according to streaming platforms like Apple, Spotify etc

Asake and Olamide YBNL

Without batting an eyelid, anyone would agree that Nigerian pop artists dominate the music conversations in sub-Saharan Africa, with groundbreaking streaming numbers and major collaborations with international counterparts.

On the ride to global music acclaim and continental recognition, Afrobeat leads the pack with its unusual emo pulses, street vibes, amapiano, and even hip hop.

Even though the year has just begun the number of new releases in the Nigerian music industry has set the music pace of 2022 on fire.

Especially the inauguration of an Afrobeats-dedicated segment on America’s Billboard Charts-more Nigerian records will stand a greater chance to tilt towards global relevance.

 From Rema, Asa, Asake, BNXN Adekunle Gold, 2022 is on its way to being a great music year in Nigeria. Ahead of the curve, updates you with some of the most popular, trending, viral Naija songs of the year so far.

Finesse Pheelz (feat. BUJU)

1. Finesse Pheelz (feat. BUJU)

The year sure started on a good note with this buzzing single from Pheelz-one of Nigeria’s leading producers.

With Buju's sleek input on the new music, it didn't take long for it to become the hottest song out in Nigeria so far. 

Finesse” hit the viral mark soon after it was teased on TikTok by the producer. 

Pheelz sets a new pace alongside a legion of men singing about living in the fast lane. Interestingly, “Finesse” became the most Shazamed song in the world within one week of release.

It even began a social media trend with wonderful pop culture with quotes like “if I broke, na my business”.

Sungba Asake (Remix) (feat. Burna Boy)

2. Sungba Asake (Remix) (feat. Burna Boy)

Call it the song of the quarter or the moment “Sungba” is a single off Asake’s new project, following his signing to Olamide’s YBNL. 

Asake’s sound is bursting our brains and giving unconventional vibes more like a combo of street and Fuji. Bella Shmurda and Zinoleesky also have these street nuances in their music style.

 “Sungba”, meaning Lie Flat in Yoruba, appeals to a vast majority with its sexually suggestive hints.

 Giving the song more music power is Burna Boy's African giant flavor on the remix,  in no time the record took off on social media before going on to become a national hit.

Omo Ope by Asake

3.Omo Ope by Asake ft. Olamide 

Anyone who has heard this jam will agree that Asake outdid himself with this lead single off his EP. It features Olamide, who also heads YBNL, the record label to which Asake is signed.

Omo Olope took Nigeria by a storm, the song speaks about enjoying life to the fullest laced with its energy-packed lyrics in English and Yoruba.


4. Calm Down by Rema

Rema mesmerized everyone with 'Calm down' as he continued to experiment with his soothing vocal performance on bouncy, string-filled instrumentation. 

The song which is from his 2022 album Rave and Roses soon became a dance trend on social media at the beginning of the year.

Following up the masterpiece of a song, Rema released noteworthy visuals to solidify his viral music power.

Pour Me Water by Kizz Daniel

5. Pour Me Water by Kizz Daniel

Kizz Daniel enjoys the title of an unconventional composer of groovy love songs. ‘Pour Me Water’, which drifts across highlife melody, finds true depth in Kizz Daniel's soothing vocals and gentle groove.

Wande Coal

6. Melvitto & Wande Coal - Gentility

If you aren't bouncing after listening to this powerful combo of Wande and Melvitto then you need some juice.

'Gentility o se stupidity' funny thing is that' Gentility'-a duet with talented rapper and music producer Melvitto, took over the number one spot on the Top 100 Nigeria Apple Music Chart on Friday, April 29, 2022.

Talk about music that makes a comeback, the song was initially released in 2029 but gained prominence after it became a challenge on TikTok.

As of April, the song was among the trending songs on Apple Music in other African countries(‘Gentility’) holding the 33rd position on the Top 100 Ghana Apple Music Chart and 10th position on the Top 100 Gambia Apple Music Chart.

Black Sherif

7. Black Sherif - Kwaku the Traveller

This song lives rent-free in our heads.

Kwaku The Traveller, produced by Joker Nharnah. Since its release, it has been on the front line of major music playlists across the various digital streaming platforms in the world.

 Debuting at number 1 on Apple Music Top 100 Nigeria and Ghana respectively, the song has garnered over 75 million audio streams.

'Kwaku the traveller' was the most shazamed song in the world, #1 on Triller, #1 on Deezer, #1 on Boomplay Hot.


8. Baddest Boy Remix by Skiibii ft. Davido

Since Nigerian singer, Skiibii, began the year with his Davido-assisted remix of “Baddest Boy,” he has received massive acceptance. 

Described as the song of the party, TikTok played a big role in the virality of Skibii's music.

The released anthem ‘Baddest Boy’ recorded 5 million streams spending 4 weeks atop the Top 50, in February.

This becomes the third song to spend its first four weeks at No. 1 – joining Kizz Daniel’s “Lie” (6 weeks) and Teni’Makanaki's  “FOR YOU” with Davido at 5 weeks. 

Portable and Pocolee

9. Zazoo Zehh by Poco Lee ft. Olamide and Portable

Although released last year in December 2021, dancer and hype man Poco Lee’s ‘Zazoo Zehh’ is responsible for neo-Fuji singer Portable’s big break.

Released to nationwide acclaim in the late season of 2021, the track, which also features YBNL chairman, and rapper Olamide encourages vibrant dancing and honours the pulsating vibe of the street.

Like many other trending songs, 'Zazoo Zehh' has a quotable slang ' o tun to zeh' and has been central to Nigeria’s mainstream.