Audience acceptance is essentially what we looked out for the most when we started compiling this list. From the east, west, north and south, which songs had Nigerians of all walks of life singing along joyfully to.
We present the biggest hits of 2015 from bottom to top.
- Fans mi- Davido ft. Meek Mill
Honestly, the only reason this song still rings a bell is because Davido managed to wring out a credible appearance from American rapper Meek Mill. It seems that every year, there is a massive industry collaboration attempt with an international star (think D’banj/Snoop, P-square/Rick Ross). Fans mi was 2015’s entry.
- Gift- Iyanya ft. Don Jazzy
Forget the lyrics that whipped up a storm, Gift was Iyanya and Don Jazzy teaming up to make the kind of unchallenging, yet highly virulent crowd pleasing fare that has made both acts incredibly wealthy. It is hard to imagine singing along to Gift a year from now but for 2015, it will have to do.
- My woman my everything- Patoranking ft. Wande Coal
Serial hit maker Patoranking served up this dancehall-lite scorcher about love and devotion to the women in our lives. Try resisting that bass line, that beat and Wande Coal’s vocals performing juicy home runs and we’ll show you a futile attempt. Only few tracks this year had a better chemistry between performers than Wande Coal and Patoranking.
- Duro- Tekno
Tekno’s Duro is that song you love but are too embarrassed to admit in public. A star making turn for the Made Men Music Group artiste/producer, Duro is as inescapable as it is cheesy. Surrender to the charms of Tekno and DJ Coublon.
- Reggae blues- Harrysong ft. Olamide, Iyanya, Kcee, Orezi
Who would have thunk it? That the happiest, grooviest song of the year would come from Five Star music act Harrysong and his band of merry brothers. While the jury isn’t out yet on the effects of the all-star line-up- Olamide, Kcee, Iyanya and Orezi- on the song’s actual bottom line, few can dispute that the gyration meets highlife melody of the chorus was one of the catchiest things to hit the airwaves.
- Laye and Woju– Kiss Daniel
Kiss Daniel became the luckiest kid on the block last year when Woju started gathering steam. By 2015, the Woju train had steamrolled into an over the top remix with Tiwa Savage and Davido. From car stereos held up in traffic to the clubs and the streets, Woju was the name of the game and everybody played it. Mr Daniel followed it up brilliantly with Laye, another DJ Coublon produced winner that was as similar sounding as it is fabulous.
- Indomie- Masterkraft ft. CDQ, Olamide
In the year 2015, producer Masterkraft scored a massive hit with the club anthem Indomie. In many ways, Indomie is the typical Nigerian hit single for the times. It says nothing exactly, lyrics are inane, beat is humongous and chant is addictive. If there is a formula out there on how to make the perfect club banger, Indomie is proof that it exists.
- Godwin- Korede Bello
The success of Korede Bello’s gigantic hit Godwin was all but pre-determined the moment he came up with the strategic first line, I don get alert/ Godwin. Striking deep at the heart of every Nigerian alive, Godwin capitalised on the religious inclinations of the average Nigerian to sell itself instantly. It became at the same time a rallying cry, a prayer point and a source of optimism for a year that had more than its own fair share of downsides.
- Ojuelegba- Wizkid
Wizkid’s jaunty, irresistible opus, released to promote his sophomore album Ayo became one of the biggest exports from Nigeria this year. Skepta and Drake jumped on the remix, Alicia Keys got a dose of happiness from listening and Nigerians the world over couldn’t have been prouder. Easily an album highlight, this tale of humble beginnings and childhood reminisces is one of the best things the Star boy has done. Ever.
- Bobo- Olamide
Olamide and his YBNL posse definitely owned 2015. Bobo was the feel good anthem of the year, that irresistible slice of goodness that transcends language and tribe. The appealing video sporting the now famous dance helped to advance the song’s clout beyond the familiar confines of the South West where Olamde reigns supreme as king of both the streets and dance floors.
– Wilfred Okiche (@DrWill20)