This post highlights top 10 Nigerian songs we cannot stop loving. Nigeria is a country that has always excelled in the music industry. We have produced songs that ranked among the best in Africa and even met up international standards. Nigeria has produced top-quality songs that shook the music industry, but many of these songs don’t stand the test of time and eventually fade away.
However, there are some notable Nigerian songs we cannot stop loving despite being released long ago. These songs are evergreen and would always remain relevant regardless of which period they are played.
Below, I have compiled a list of some of the best songs that Nigeria has produced over the years, and still remains relevant to date. The criterion for this list is based on personal preferences, therefore, if you have any contrary opinion, feel free to drop a comment below.
Below are top 10 Nigerian songs we cannot stop loving:
10. Orin by Adol
At number ten is a song that rocked the country during my childhood days. Orin is a song written by Adol, a very promising young Artiste back in the day. The song sees him in a determined mood as he sings about how he was destined for greatness and how his destiny lies in singing.
The song was produced over a decade ago, however, it has caught the heart of many Nigerians and still remains relevant to date.
This song is one of Asa’s many masterpieces and is one of the greatest songs produced in modern-day Nigeria. This song clearly shows her ingenuity in music as she tactfully uses metaphors to depict the state of injustice and cruelty in the nation. The song imprinted her name in the hearts of many Nigerians and is still among the playlist of many individuals.
8. Olufunmi by Style Plus
This song is without a doubt one of Nigerians’ favorites, produced by one of our best music bands- Style Plus. This song would always enter throwback songs as it made many Nigerians fall in love with it. The song talks about the hurt of a man when his lover leaves him as he pleads for her to stay. Despite being produced so many years ago, you can still hear this song being played on the radio to date.
7. African Queen by 2face
This is a Nigerian classic that stole the hearts of many Nigerians and brought 2face into the limelight. The song gained so much popularity back in the day, granted 2face international recognition, and won him several awards. Despite being released over a decade ago, this song is still dear to many as they can’t seem to get enough of it. This track is played by many radio stations to date and is sure to continually have a place in one of the top 10 Nigerian songs.
6. Water no get enemy by Fela Kuti
This song was a huge classic by the music legend himself- Fela Kuti. In the song, Fela uses water to metaphorically describe how human beings relate. The song was a huge hit back in the day, and a musical genius. Even long after the passing of the songwriter, the song still remains relevant. It remains a classic hit all the way down to the generation of those who were not even born when it was released.
5. Osondi Owendi by Chief Steven Osita Osadebe
This song was a classic disco tune back in the day. The song originated from Eastern Nigeria and is an Eastern highlife different from the Western-style. The tune just seems to have a magic touch to it that’ll make you want to keep singing along. Back in the day, the song was so popular, that it outlasted its generation and moved to the next. Even though it is outside of its time now, it is still a classic jam many would vibe to.
4. Seven lives by Beautiful Nubia
This song is the pride of many Africans and not just Nigerians. The song was written by one of Nigeria’s finest music prodigies ever produced. Beautiful Nubia was truly a beautiful singer, and almost every song that he sang was a hit. His songs will keep anyone in a hypnotic daze and make you sing along. ‘Seven Lives’ in particular is one of his many masterpieces. This song clearly shows his musical genius, creativity, and brilliant storytelling. Despite being produced so long ago, if you check the playlist of many Nigerians, this song appears three out of four times.
3. Send down the rain by Majek Fashek
At number 3 of the top 10 Nigerian songs we cannot stop loving is ‘Send down the rain’. In Nigeria, Majek Fashek is a musical legend. To many Nigerians who knew him back in the day, the song is something out of a myth. Legend has it that the year he released the song, the nation experienced the highest amount of rainfall ever. The song garnered a huge fanatical following, and to date, many people still regard the track as one of the best Nigerian songs.
2. Seun Rere by Christie Igbokwe Essien
This song is one of Nigeria’s finest, and the singer is remembered to date because of it. It is one of the many evergreens that helped push the Nigerian music industry to where it is today. Wherever you go, you would hear this song played at least once every year. Christie is a highly respected music icon in the nation because of this song. Despite being recorded over 30 years ago, this song is still relevant to date and is sure to remain that way for years to come.
1. At number 1 of the list of top 10 Nigerian songs we cannot stop loving is Sweet Mother by Prince Nico Mbarga
This song has become a legend, not just in Nigeria but also in Africa. The song is so popular that it even outshined the singer. It is globally considered as one of Africa’s greatest songs ever. Sweet Mother is a song that everyone can relate to as it is a song of honor to every mother out there. No matter what era, whenever this song is played, it will always remain relevant.