Nigeria’s Top 50 Songs(1960-2010) – The Complete Music Countdown

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Side note: Nigeria’s Top 50 Songs was released in 2010 to mark Nigeria’s 50th anniversary!!!

Below is the complete list of our choice of Nigeria’s top 50 songs made up of Nigerian oldies and new-ish songs released between 1960 – 2010.

We had to edit out the bios and stories of each artist or else we would have created the longest post in the world. To reference the bios, kindly visit the following links:

50 down to 41.

40 down to 31.

30 down to 21.

20 down to 11

10 down to1

No 50:  Oby Onyioha – I Want To Feel Your Love


(1981, “I Want To Feel Your Love”, Time Communications Ltd)

Oby Onyioha

Oby Onyioha – I Want To Feel Your Love

No 49: Junior & Pretty – Monika

(1991, “Fufu Flavour“, Storm Productions)

Junior & Pretty

Junior & Pretty – Monika

No 48: Dizzy K Falola – Baby Kilode

(1983, “Be My Friend“, EMI (Nigeria))

Dizzy K Falola - Baby Kilode

Dizzy K Falola – Baby Kilode

No 47: Ofege – Try and Love

(1974, “Try And Love“, EMI (Nigeria))

Ofege - Try and Love

Ofege – Try & Love

No 46: Remedies – Shakomo

(1998, “Peace Nigeria“, Kennis Music)

Remedies - Peace Nigeria

Remedies – Shakomo

No 45: Alex Zitto – Walakolombo

(1989, “Walakolombo”, PolyGram)

Alex Zitto - Walakolombo

Alex Zito – Baby Walakolombo

No 44: Kris Okotie – I Need Someone

(1980, “I Need Someone”, Phonodisk)

Kris Okotie - I Need Someone

Kris Okotie – I Need SomeOne

No 43: Bright Chimezie & his Zigima Sound – African Style

(1990, “African Style”, Rogers All Stars Music)

Bright Chimezie - African Style

Bright Chimezie – African Style

No 42: Tony Tetuila ft Pastor Goody Goody – My Car

(2001, “My Car”, Kennis Music)

Tony Tetuila - My Car

Tony Tetuila – My Car

No 41: Chris Mba – Baby Don’t Cry

(1983, “Love Everlasting”, Chris Robinson Studios)

Chris Mba - Love Everlasting

Chris Mba – Baby Don’t Cry

No 40: Felix Lebarty – Ifeoma
(1989, “One Life To Live
“, Tabansi Records)

Felix Lebarty

Felix Liberty – Ifeoma

No 39: Olu Maintain ft LKT – Yahoozee
(2006, “Maintain Reloaded”, Reloaded Records)

Olu Maintain - Yahoozee

Colin Powell & Olu Maintain

photo credit: Getty

Olu Maintain ft LKT – Yahoozee

No 38: Stephen Osita Osadebe – Osondi Owendi
Osondi Owendi”, Polydor [LPs]; Premier Music [CD])

Osili - Osondi Owendi

Stephen Osita Osadebe – Osondi Owendi

No 37: Dr Victor Olaiya – Omo Pupa
1982, In the Sixties”, Polydor)

Victor Olaiya

Dr Victor Olaiya – Omo Pupa

No 36: Evi Edna Ogholi – Happy Birthday
(1989, “Happy Birthday”, Polydor Nigeria

Evi Edna - Happy Birthday

Evi Edna Ogholi – Happy Birthday

No 35: Oliver De Coque & His Expo 76′ – Identity
(1980, “Identity”, Olumo)

Oliver De Coque - Identity

Oliver De Coque – Identity

No 34: Mike Okri – Time Na Money
(1988, “Concert Fever”,
CBS Records (Nigeria))

Mike Okri – Time Na Money

No 33: Funmi Adams – Nigeria My Beloved Country
(1989 (?), “All We Need Is Love”, Supra)

Funmi Adams – Nigeria My Beloved Country

No 32: Oritz Wiliki – Heart Of Stone
(199?, “Heart Of Stone”, Premier Music)

Oritz Wiliki - Heart Of Stone

Oritz Wiliki – Heart Of Stone

No 31: Harry Mosco – Sugar Cane Baby
(1982, “Sugar Cane Baby”, Samba)

Harry Mosco - Sugar Cane Baby

Harry Mosco – Sugar Cane Baby

No 30: Dan Maraya Jos – Gangar Bashi

Dan Maraya Jos

Dan Maraya Jos – Gangar Bashi

No 29: Veno Marioghae – Nigeria Go Survive
(1984, “Nigeria Go Survive”, Tabansi Records)

Veno Marioghae - Nigeria Go Survive

Veno Marioghae – Nigeria Go Survive

No 28: Sunny Neji – Oruka
(2003, “Unchained”, Blue Pie

Sunny Neji - Oruka

Sunny Neji – Oruka

No 27: Bongos Ikwue – Still Searching
(1978, “Still Searching“, EMI Nigeria)

Bongos Ikwue - Still Searching

Bongos Ikwue – Still Searching

No 26: Blackky – Rosie
(1991, “About Tyme”, Premiere Music

Blackky - About Tyme

Blackky – Rosie

No 25: P Square – No One Like U
“Game Over”, Squared Records)

P Square – No One Like U

No 24: Daddy Showkey – Diana
(1999, “The Ghetto Soldier“)

Daddy Showkey - Diana

Daddy Showkey – Diana

No 23: Femi Kuti – Beng Beng Beng
(1998, “Shoki Shoki”, Barclay)

Femi Kuti - Beng Beng Beng

Femi Kuti – Beng Beng Beng

No 22: Nelly Uchendu & Mike Obianwu – Love Nwantinti-ada Eze-onye Nwulu Ozuluike
(1976, “Love Nwantinti”)

Nelly Uchendu & Uncle Mike

Nelly Uchendu & Mike Obianwu – Love Nwantinti-Ada Eze-Onye Nwulu Ozuluike

No 21: IK Dairo – Mo Sorire

IK Dairo - Mo Sorire

IK Dairo – Mo Sorire

No 20: Sonny Okosun – Which Way Nigeria
1984, “Which Way Nigeria?” EMI Nigeria)

Sonny Okosun - Which Way Nigeria

Sonny Okosun – Which Way Nigeria

No 19: William Onyeabor – When The Going Is Smooth & Good
(1985, “Anything You Sow”, Wilfilms Records)

William Onyeabor

William Onyeabor – When The Going Is Smooth & Good

No 18: D Banj – Tongolo
(2005, “
No Long Thing”, Mo’ Hits)

D'Banj - Tongolo

D’Banj – Tongolo

No 17: Majek Fashek – Send Down The Rain
(1988, “Prisoner of Conscience”, Tabansi Records)

Majek Fashek – Send Down The Rain

No 16: Onyeka Onwenu – Ekwe
“In The Morning”, Ayollo Records)

Onyeka Onwenu - Ekwe

Onyeka Onwenu – Ekwe

No 15: Fela Anikulapo  Kuti – Zombie
(1977, “Zombie”, Coconut Records/Phonogram)

Fela - Zombie

Fela Kuti – Zombie

No 14: Bobby Benson – Taxi Driver

Bobby Benson – Taxi Driver

No 13: Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey – Board Members
(1972, “Board Members”, Decca)

Ebenezer Obey - Board Members

Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey – Board Members

No 12: Cardinal Rex Jim Lawson – Love Me Adure
(1972, “Love M Adure“, Akpola)

Rex Lawson

Cardinal Rex Jim Lawson – Love Me Adure

No 11: Lagbaja – Konko Below
(2001, “We Before Me”, Lagbaja)

Lagbaj - Konko Below

Lagbaja – Konko Below

No 10: 2Face – African Queen
“Face 2 Face”, Kennis Music)

2Face - African Queen

2Face – African Queen

No 9: Shina Peters – Afro Juju(Ace)
Ace (Afro-Juju Series 1))

Shina Peters

Shina Peters – Afro Juju(Ace

No 8: Sonny Okosun – Now Or Ever
“Now or Never”, EMI)

Sonny Okosun - Now Or Never

Sonny Okosun – Now Or Never

No 7: Femi Kuti – Wonder Wonder
(1995, “
Femi Kuti”, Tabu Records)

Femi Kuti - Wonder

Femi Kuti – Wonder Wonder

No 6: King Sunny Ade – The Way Forward 1
(1994, “
The Way Forward“, Sigma Park)


King Sunny Ade – The Way Forward 1



ends here and a live concert starts…

No 5: Sir Victor Uwaifo – Joromi
“Big Sound”, Phonogram/Phillips)

Sir Victor Uwaifo – Joromi

No 4: Christie Essien Igbokwe – Seun Rere
(1981, “Ever Liked My Person”, Lagos International Records)

Christie Essien Igbokwe – Seun Rere

No 3: Fela Kuti – Water No Get Enemy
“Expensive Shit” )

Fela - Expensive Shit

Fela Kuti – Water No Get Enemy

No 2: Onyeka Onwenu – Iyogogo


Onyeka Onwenu – Iyogogo

No 1: Prince Nico Mbarga – Sweet Mother
(1976, “
Sweet Mother”, Roger All Stars)

NO1 Sweet Mother

Prince Nico Mbarga (1 January 1950 – 24 June 1997) was a highlife musician, born to a Nigerian mother and a Bakassi father in Abakaliki, Nigeria. He is renowned for his hit song “Sweet Mother“, recorded with his band – Rocafil Jazz. He played the xylophone, conga, drums, and electric guitar in school bands and he made his professional debut as a member of a hotel band, the Melody Orchestra, in 1970.

Although he only recorded one significant hit, “Sweet Mother,” in 1976, which sold more than 13 million copies (and which is recognised as one of Africa’s greatest songs), Mbarga played an important role in the evolution of African popular music. With his soulful vocals set to the light melodies of his acoustic guitar, Mbarga created a unique hybrid of Igbo and Congolese guitar playing and uplifting highlife rhythms. He formed his own group, Rocafil Jazz, to perform regularly at the Naza Hotel in the eastern Nigerian city of Onitsha.

After releasing a disappointing single in 1973, Mbarga and Rocafil Jazz had their first success with their second single, “I No Go Marry My Papa”, which became a regional hit. The band’s inability to break past their local following resulted in their recording contract being dropped by EMI, a decision that proved ill-fortuned when the band signed with Rogers All Stars, a Nigerian recording company based in Onitsha, and recorded “Sweet Mother

Sung in Pidgin English, “Sweet Mother” became one of the top sellers in the history of African music. In the six years that Mbarga and Rocafil Jazz remained with Rogers All Stars, 1975 to 1981, they recorded nine albums.

Temporarily relocating to England in 1982, Mbarga became known for his flamboyant, 1970s glam rock-inspired performances. While he continued to appear with Rocafil Jazz, Mbarga also performed with London-based highlife band the Ivory Coasters and Cameroonian vocalist Louisiana Tilda. Despite launching his own Polydor-distributed record label, upon returning to Nigeria, Mbarga and the original members of Rocafil Jazz separated after several Cameroon-born members were deported. Although he later formed the New Rocafil Jazz Band, Mbarga failed to match his early success. Leaving music, he turned his attention to managing the two hotels that he owned, Hotel Calabar and the Sweet Mother Hotel.

Prince Nico Mbarga was killed in a motorcycle accident on June 24, 1997, leaving behind “Sweet Mother” as the most popular song amongst Nigerians. “Sweet Mother” is sometimes called Africa’s anthem and has been voted Africa’s favourite song by BBC readers and listeners.

Prince Nico Mbarga – Sweet Mother

Sweet mother I no go forget you
for the wey you Suffer Suffer for me.

Sweet mother I no go forget you
for the wey you Suffer Suffer for me.

When I dey cry, my mother go carry me, she go say,
‘My Pikin’ wetin you dey cry ye, ye,
stop stop, stop stop make you cry again oh no. “

When I won sleep, my mother go pet me,
she go lie me well well for bed,
she cover me cloth, sing me to sleep,
“Pikin sleep sleep oh my.”

When I dey hungry, my mother go run up and down.
Something she go find me when I go chop oh.

Sweet mother I no go forget you for the wey Suffer me Suffer for you

When I dey sick, my mother go cry, cry, cry,
INSTEAD say she go when I go die make she die.

O, she go beg God,
“God help me, God help, my Pikin oh.”

If I do not sleep, my mother no go sleep,
if I no chop, my mother no go chop, she no dey oh pull.

Sweet mother I no go forget you,
for the wey you Suffer Suffer for me.

Another wife you get fit, you fit Get Another husband,
But You Get Another fit mother? No!

And if I forget you, Therefore I forget my life and the air I breathe.

And Then on to you men, forget, verily, forget your mother,
for if you forget your mother you’ve lost your life.

lifted from wiki

Nigeria’s Top 50 Songs (1960 – 2010) was chosen from 237, 516 Songs by a strong panel of 6 music lovers whose collections span from 8-tracks to 12 & 7 inch vinyls to tapes to CDs to iTune Libraries to iPODs to mp3s to ogg files. Their ages are 16, 24, 32, 41, 49 & 68.

The selection process took ‘4weeks, 2broken glasses, a purchase of an Awolowo picture (?), 1 angry landlord & 1 work query’ to conclude.

Hope u enjoy it. Constructive criticism is fully allowed. Please no insulting comments. Just WORK IT OUT!

No record sales or related information were used to determine them and they were chosen based on personal opinions, popularity, quality, originality, creativity & the VOCAL DROPS Rating System (please check any of the album reviews for the meaning of the acronym).

This top 50 Nigeria Songs does not in any way represent the whole Nation’s opinion.  We sincerely apologize for any songs we may have missed out on during the selection process. We will always be your biggest fans

As we count down, let us know which songs u think should be in Nigeria’s top 50 and which ones shouldn’t have made it.

Please list your own Top 50 Songs and post it in the comment box or send to

We apologise to any of the artists/music labels/bodies  that are/will be featured in this article who may find it abusive, disrespectful or unsuitable. Upon notification to remove any of their materials, we will do so immediately.

Special thanks to Comb & Razor & Likembe (John B. Milwaukee) – their blogs were immensely useful; all the websites especially wiki we referenced, our friends, parents, egbons & aunties.

This has been a rewarding experience for everyone involved.




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    1. great work ; but have u have forgotten some great great songs like (stella monye ife , essy agessa fine pepper soup, blackky aro

  1. Hmm..will be hard for anyone to compile a list of the top50 songs in 9ja & i applaud ur efforts.
    Missing Songs
    Orlando Owoh…ohh kangaroo
    Rolling dollar…Won kere si number
    Sunny Ade feat. Onyeka…Wait for Me
    Unknown Artist…Baby Jowo,ko mai lo o
    Barrister…fuji garbage
    Plantashun Bois…plantashun bois
    its a long list

  2. Its a great list Oyeakd,nice work. A lot of information thou, which it could have been edited(lol).But i am loving it and i feel really nostalgic about the line up. More power to your elbows cos you are definitely going places!!!

  3. This is great but you really missed especially
    Sunny Ade feat. Onyeka…Wait for Me
    Barrister…fuji garbage, tunji oyelana,Plantashun Bois…plantashun bois…its really tought to compile..kudos

  4. A bit tired, listening to 9ja radios online and I stumble on this list…though not perfect but great job guys. Went to youtube and ‘ve been having a party all by myself. Had to replay Iyogog, Ekwe, Nigeria Go Survive, Happy Birthday, Mandy’s Taxi Driver (which I liked better), Ace by SSP….been nice….great job!

  5. I am really thrilled .. Nice work Oye … really have to applaud the hardwork you put into this.. aint no beans putting all these together … God bless ya hustle ..

  6. Waow…this is really classic.At a point in time in life, these musics were top in charts.Really taking me back to the good old days.

  7. No plantation boys? No jimmy jatt’s stylee? Where is Asa’s jailer and fire on the mountain? 9ice’s kongo aso?And african queen on spot ten? Hello! With all due respect to the legends there bt that song sits b/w 1 and 3 of naija’s best and popular. Or may be u wana honour oldies with 1 to 9. Nice try though.

  8. Your effort is awesome guy… am goin thru this list n am thinkin its really an award deserving work Big ups Man… n I am proud of ur effort . We need to get the Ministry of Whatever to take this up n improve on it …

  9. i agree with the list except the p-square entry: do me should have been there instead of no one like you…all in all, very good though i shall download this 🙂

  10. Oyekd great work. People think it’s easy to compile a list like that. It’s easy to say he forgot some songs, y’all should try to do it and see how hard it is.

  11. Nice try bro, d creativity nd initiative is quite commendable. Need a slot 4 Majek Fashek-Send down d rain nd Fela-Lady instead of water no get enemy.Tnx 4 blazing d trail. says:

    Gr8 job, tnx 4 sending me down d memory lane nd blazing d trail 4 a perfect work. Need a slot 4 Majek Fashek-Send down d rain nd Fela-Lady, instead of water no get enemy. Big up Bro.

  12. I am delighted to see these priceless collections. More power to your elbow for this amazing work. Thumps up. Thanks for thegood work. One love!

  13. My…….
    This is such a great list, almost contains all the songs that have shook Nigeria at some point. Also, the number 1 spot is a well deserved spot for SWEET MOTHER. REALLY GREAT WORK FRIENDS

  14. one thing is for sure, u can never please
    everybody, so u guys should do the best u can.
    this work is wonderful, keep it up and i promise u,
    u will be better than the best.

  15. Awwwwww…..I was really praying I will see “Mushin Olosha” by Brother Martins…that song really rocked my childhood….Great Compilation by the way…Please, if anyone stumbles on that song…plsssssssss Hola!

  16. songs like – wait for me (sunnny ade and onyeka owenu); bia nulo (onyeka onwenu); rhumba dance (mike okri); wo mi o omolakeji re ni moje (wilson ………), shake body (trybes men); oya (trybes men); something dey (ayetoro)

  17. Thanks for this compilation. Am happy to see Dizzy K Falola, Raskimono, Majek Fashek, Edna Ogoli included. I love them so much. Anytime i listen to some of these songs, they stir up my emotion. Most of their works will remain in our heart as legendary

  18. who sang, “I want your lovin, I want your kisses” I believe the same guy who also sang, “comin to my life you’ll be happy, sexy woman”. Help

  19. i’m kinda new school, but i think Asas songs like Jailer, Fire on The Mountain and No one are classics… also plantashun boyz, most Fela Kuti records, KSAs n Onwenus Wait for me, Osadebe nwanne ebezina, Ras kimono, Tina onwudiwe among others are worthy of mention… Great list all the same.

  20. this are real songs that make sence that time and you learn a lot from the songs not all the rubbish songs they sang that I don’t understand what they are saying.

  21. This has been the sanest compilation I’ve ever seen a Nigerian do. Your top 5 is super awesome… And the ‘disclaimer’ part… Awesome too… We all don’t share the same opinion, but the way you took me to the time past, got goose pimples thread over my skin. Awesome post… Faze’s Originality. I was hoping to see it. And some other songs… But Nice list. Whoever made this list needs a glass of Champagne from me. 🙂


  23. The SWEET MOTHER na real number 1. But why u come turn some of the lines of d stanzas upside down abi na frontline back. U 4 listen & check well. No wonder my papa used 2 tell me say story teller strong pass d warrior wey fight.

  24. Nice compilation… I’ve been searching for a classic song with the lyrics: iwo ni mo feran (i love you) ni gbogbo aye mi shogbo… No luck finding the singer or song title pls help me out @360 merci beaucoup

  25. Oh!! Music is powerful!! Nostalgia!! I’m shedding tears mehn, music has a way of bringing back both d good n d bad memories!! 9ce work!!

  26. Massive massive compilation…good job, I think there re still some unmentioned great songs that deserve to replace some odas in dis list tho .

  27. Welldone. Pls who sang ‘ imarunma isigi pereumpe omalicha nwata ga cho onye ntegu,egwu egwu amaka omalicha nwata bia turam egwu.plsss tell me d woman who snag it.thank u and God bless

  28. Solid list, great job. Would love to see Madators Rat race, Majek fashek Religion na politics, Funmi Adams Anyahe yharo ( hope i got that ) on the next list of 60 years or 100 years list. P. squres Busy body should replace the one on your list and at least one plantashun boiz song or tony one weeks gyration song should be there. 1 love

  29. Boss u too much! Nothing to criticize here cus its the best of both worlds(generations) & u created d balance between. Some of them got me reminiscing how my dad plays them on our many trips especially the Apapa amusement park. Thank you sir! Two Thumbs up!!

  30. Wow, just wow.
    There are a few songs that should be on that list like Evi Edna Ogoli’s obaro (I hope that’s the title), Ras kimono (something about “belle”. In the video people young and old were dancing like crazy). So Many So many.
    But the list is super non the less. Good Job. You put a smile on my face and joy and gladness in my heart with this Top50. Thank you.

  31. Greatlist!I jst luv good music nt mindn ‘dates’ so hv bin lukn4 som oldies&i jst my answrs here,even got mre than xpcted! Rily glad had all in my playlist now. TO THOSE complaining:u cnt av all songs here esp. Wen its a list of 50,I advice u stick wit 360 nobs&u won’t b disapointd cos nobs has a ll nobs tightened. N:B am unable2c 1st 3words frm my left cos of d social media pop up (share on FB,pin,G+1,in)dt cnt b closed,resolve pls. Thnks again! God enlarge ur coast!

  32. Glad to have come across this site.
    I’m not too concerned about their arrangement, I’m just happy that so many people still cherish these beautiful tone.

  33. Great work! Where are mandy ojugbana’s baby kilode; bunmi olajubu’s to ba kawe re, bata re a du koko ka; Mandator’s rat race; Barry at 40; esse agesse’s blacky’s bang belle; alex o’s do it in d name of love; alex zitto’s tickle me, kolington’s ijo yoyo; which one u dey; eje kajo;?

  34. Awesome job! been looking for where i can reconnect with some brain refreshing oldies! Honestly got more than expected here!Regardless how they were arranged on the list, they were all huge jams then…. THUMBS!!!

  35. Ohhh my God, good job bro. I must thank you but i can’t stop shedding tears…..i can’t help. Most of them are killing me expecially “Nelly Uchendu & Mike Obianwu – Love Nwantinti-ada Eze-onye Nwulu Ozuluike
    (1976, “Love Nwantinti”)”….i have no heart……

  36. Hey there please me find a song called sweriri,i think the singer is a nagerian so damn inlove with the song.please please

  37. hmmm,,, I am sooo loving this list,, u guys did some great job here,, as for the angry land lord,, if he sees wat u did here,, I think he’ll be proud of y’all really… and thanks for thiese gifts of lovely memories,,

  38. This compilation is great. I would have rate this something better than A but unfortunately we don’t have that so an A will do. Though not rating you a 100% but with 96%, this is incredible. I will like to make 2 addition and 2 subtraction, these are; Barrister’s Fuji Garbbage in place of Psquare and Eedris Abdulkareem’s Jaga Jaga in place of D’banj’s Tongolo. But then, this your list is awesome, with or without the addition




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  40. This is quite informative, and will constitute a very useful reference material for research on Nigerian music and allied interests. Thank you so very much.

  41. Wow! I must commend this work and the compilers. Just stumbled upon it while searching for info on Veno Marioghae. Too many great songs still left out like Your Name Is Greater Than Gold and Your Children Are Crying by Chichi of Africa. Like a commentator said above, maybe we need a 100 or 200 or 500 song list. Lol. Kudos still.

  42. Whao!
    This is amazing. Special thanks to you guys for not only listing them but also making the download available.
    I hope the “Pampers” and “Indomie” will find the list interesting as well

  43. Great work and there is no one who can get it all right. As someone who followed music very closely from a young age, did university projects researching music, was a DJ, I can say you did a good work. Some of the selections and ranking are not perfect, for instance, that Sunny Ade song is not even his 10th ranking song, nor was Sonny Okosuns or Fela’s. But you got it most right.

  44. please who sang ‘Egwu,egwu Igbo amaka,
    Omalicha nwata bia tewere m egwu.
    Isi gi peru mpe,Omalicha nwata bia tewere m egwu .’


  45. Hello 36Onobs

    I just saw (for the first time) your top 50 countdown. I was actually looking for Stella Monye”s IFE on the internet.
    How in heaven”s name is that song not on your list?
    That song and funmi Adams”s Nigeria was the real deal for me back in the dayzzzzzzzzzz., am in my late 20s but I can relate with all the songs you guys put on that list, but plz put ife on that list.
    and Egwu,egwu Igbo amaka,
    Omalicha nwata bia tewere m egwu.
    Isi gi peru mpe,Omalicha nwata bia tewere m egwu is Also a hit, I actually stilll know the lyrics from top to bottom. .


  46. Good work, but Oriental Brothers’ “Nwada di Nma”, “Akwa Uwa” and others should also find place in the first 10

  47. Where is “Rat Race” by Victor Essiet and the Mandators? It’s got to be in the top 10. Great anthem of the late 80’s. It was everywhere at the time. I still get great pleasure from listening to it.You should probably add “Umqombothi” by Yvonne Chaka Chaka. Even though she is South African, the song was a massive hit in Nigeria in the early 90’s

  48. OMG! Wat a compilation?Threw my memory back to d days. Good job. Kudos. Was actually searching 4 a song done in d 80s whose chorus goes like this ‘Let’s save Nigeria,let’s save d country,let’s save d nation and live in harmony’. Can’t rmbr d name of d group that sang it.Though they appeared to be based abroad.D song even has a video.Watched it as a kid. Can u kindly help?

  49. What is the name of the old school raggae musician that sang,… If you need a woman make you raise up your hands, oh lalala lalalala raise it up lalalala….. So searching for it…

  50. Please I couldn’t find any download link for the last song; Prince Nico Mbarga – Sweet Mother, I need it please. Nice compilation indeed though.

  51. please i need the name of the woman that sang ‘MAMA THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR LOVE OH YEAH please i beg any idea of her name and where i can get the music downloaded thanks

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