2015 was quite an eventful one in terms of volume of music put. Sifting through the loads and loads of music put out, we made use of parameters such as audience acceptance, pop culture effect, quality of recording and lyrical content to assemble our 10 best songs of 2015.
Only songs released or promoted as singles in the calendar year were considered.
- Melo melo- Olamide
Olamide isn’t the man you go to when you think songs of love and devotion but he proves himself a willing chameleon capable of shifting gears and changing paces with this entry into the silly love songs hall of fame. Introspective and less care free than his regular output, Melo melo is Olamide acting wise beyond his years.
- Pray for me- Darey ft. The Soweto Gospel Choir
Audiences of radio friendly pop have for some time now gotten their music absent meaningful lyrics arranged to tell a story. Darey returned this year to correct that. Taking inspiration from the sounds and feel of the seventies and from country music as well, Darey narrates a deeply felt story of guts and fortitude that everyone can relate to. And he brings along the Grammy winning Soweto Gospel Choir for the experience.
- Local rappers- Reminisce ft. Phyno, Olamide
One of the most controversial songs of the year is also one of the most urgent. Attacking the hot button issue of who the contemporary Nigerian rapper is, the three rappers showed a playful sense of irony by lighting up the song-a rally cry against punchlines- with the very art form they profess against.
- 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 set to an inspired beat by Legendary Beats.
- Lost in you- Praiz ft. Sammy
Praiz’s silky smooth voice wraps itself smugly around this slice of pure R&B goodness. Artistes record collaborations all the time but the seamless blend of Praiz and Sammy is so tastefully and effortlessly done that it induces shivers of delight at each listen.
- Right now- Seyi Shay
After a string of moderately successful singles, Right now marks Seyi Shay’s entrance into the big leagues. With a new management team/record label, Shay put her best foot forward with this light reggae effort that with its sound finish, can hold its own in the international markets. Some of the lyrics are derivative of R&B hits of old but who cares when it blends this great.
- The Promise- Giniz
Produced by DrillMeister, this haunting stunner by female vocalist is part Enya, part Lana Del Rey and part Dolores O’Riordan. With its contemporary mix of mood, sound and setting, The Promise is one of the finest alternative songs to be released this year.
- Satan be gone- Asa
If ever there was a prize for record of the year, it should be handed to Asa for this powerful, dramatic and evocative ode to New Orleans and its voodoo heritage. Smoking with mystery and thumping with fire, Satan be gone plays as both musical exorcism and a return to form for Nigeria’s finest export not named Kuti. The abrupt switch in tone and sound is everything.
- There’s a fire- Bez
Bez’s lengthy mix of Afrobeats and Jazz was one of the year’s genuine highlights. Demanding to be consumed live, this is a love song that burns with power. The swirling blend of instruments that takes over from the fourth minute alone is worth the price of admission.
- One Pound- Brymo
Brymo is presently making the best music of his career and this ode to colonial era Lagos, taken off his Tabula Rasa album is reflective of the versatility and diversity that is bursting out of the young man. One pound is gritty, edgy and troubling but it ultimately participates in celebrating the doggedness of the human spirit.
Laye- Kiss Daniel
King kong remix- Vector ft, Phyno, Reminisce, Classiq, Uzi
Jamb question- Simi
Katapot- Reekado Banks
- Wilfred Okiche (@DrWill20)