Naija Top 10 in the (½) first half of 2020.
Regardless of the global pandemic: coronavirus securing the headlines in 2020, music in Nigeria has been doing progressively well. The first half of the year has produced tremendous hits and this has kept fans happy and engaged despite the lockdown. These are the top 10 hits that made waves in the first half of 2020.
The first half of 2020 has posed many questions most of us never thought we’d have to answer in our lifetime, including: “What does pop mean in a world of self-isolation?” If pop music isn’t enjoyed and celebrated the way it was intended — in communal spaces like concert halls, dance clubs, bars and even private parties — can it even really still be called pop music?
The answer, of course, is yes. We’ve found that in times of quarantine and other crises, music is as meaningful as ever, even just as the soundtrack to such menial activities as doing the dishes, taking a walk around the block or just sitting at home and wondering when or if things will feel normal again. As difficult as this period has been, we doubt we could’ve gotten by without these songs — and we look forward to making up for lost time with them at whatever point we’re finally able to celebrate them publicly.
Here are SureLoaded’s 10 favorite songs of the year so far, with a iTunes, Spotify playlist featuring all 10 of them at the bottom.
1. Simi – Duduke
The song came out in April this year and without wasting time, it secured the top spot on the charts and also in the hearts of millions of Nigerians. In the song , Simi unveiled her pregnancy to the world and left everyone in a buzz. Thousands joined in the duduke challenge and displayed their pregnancy too. Till date the song is still charting and holds a special place in the hearts of expecting mothers.
2. Ladipoe – Know You ft Simi
The rapper engaged song stress Simi in this mind blowing love song and the result was noting short of excellent. Raping and singing at the same time ; Ladipoe produced a song that might be the biggest song of his career so far . The song gained over 30 million views on tiktok as everyone was jumped on the challenge.
3. Falz – Bop Daddy ft MsBanks
Falz was not left out in the battle of hits this year as his hit single “Bop daddy”became a national anthem in no time. Thousands of people used the song to showcase their different careers, fashion sense and singing ability. Teaming up with British rapper Msbanks, the song came out as a massive hit and just like every other Falz’s songs with slow tempo; it fine-tuned it’s way to the top.
4. Blaqbonez – Haba
Haba by Blaqbonez is another song that has refused to leave the social media scene since this year due to the industrious way in which the rapper is pushing the song. The song is a slow party jam and Blaqbonez effortlessly delivers a hit and people can’t seem to get enough of it
Queen Niniola featured icon Femi Kuti in this smashing hit that came out in February. Fantasy is the song that gives the needed vibrance and makes you want to get engaged to the African beat. Still celebrating her success from the last concluded Grammy award show, Niniola shows that she’s here to stay and in fantasy she solidifies her spot.
6. Terri – Ojoro
Ojoro by Terri is another song that has got people on their toes ever since it dropped in April. The artiste released his project “Afro Series” and has Ojoro as the lead single. The song gives you the vibe that is needed presently in the ever growing afrobeats genre. Terri is definitely is a star to watch out for.
7. Rema – Beamer
Beamer by Rema came out in February this year and it seems like the fans are yet to see the best of Mavin signed artiste “Rema”. The songs carves a huge niche for Rema as the frontier of the new afrobeats in Africa . With his strong voice he uses “Beamer “ to unleash the bad boy side of him. He features Rvssian in this hit song and fans are thrilled.
8. Mayorkun – Geng
Geng by Mayorkun is undoubtedly one of the biggest song this year as it wasted no time in becoming a huge street anthem in the country. Rappers jumped on the tune and made their own different verses as the song continued to blossom.
Jore by Adekunle Gold: Jore by Adekunle Gold featuring Kizz Daniel is another top song that made waves in the first quarter. This was the first time the artistes involved were collaborating and it was epic. The stars connected on another level and produced a hit song in the beginning of the year.
10. Burna boy – Odogwu
Odogwu by Burna boy : Grammy nominated artiste, Burna boy as expected delivered a hit song in the early months of 2020. The singer released “Odogwu ” to add to his catalogue of hit songs and it became a banger as soon as it dropped. Burna has consistently proved that he is indeed the African giant as his songs
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