In a matter of days, we’ll all say good-bye to year 2017, to begin 2018 on grand style. The music scene in Nigeria this year was indeed competitive and a lot of musicians did their best to churn out good songs for their fans.
Music lovers had some certain songs on their lips from January – December 2017 and these songs are considerably global, African and Nigerian hit songs. 2017 was a year Nigerians messed with music to cool off the economic challenges the country faced.
Music became friendlier to Nigerians this year, it replaced a lot of political and economic frustrations that faced the country. From cooling off at the recreation centers to getting stuck to their mobile devices, music gave Nigerians life.
Thanks to the internet and social media that contributed to the convenience of getting music, these platforms berthed a lot of hit songs. Radio and TV stations also made music worthwhile in 2017.
In no particular order, the following songs are top 10 songs that rocked Nigeria in 2017;
1.Mad Over You By Runtown
Before, ‘Mad Over You’, the previous major hit we had from Runtown was ‘Lagos To Kampala’, released in 2015 and it was even assisted by Wizkid. To say ‘Mad Over You’ relaunched Runtown into the spotlight after several trials is not an error.
The singer himself will not dispute that ‘Mad Over You’ was one of the greatest things that happened to him in 2017. When I first listened to the track about 24 hours to its release, I knew it was an instant hit.
Critically, the song produced by ‘Del B’ with video directed by Clarence Peters, deserves to be crowned ‘Song of the year’, Nigerians can testify to this fact.
2.If By Davido
It was a little bit difficult before I agreed to ‘If’ as a hotter song compared to ‘Fall’, both tracks by Davido who gave us three monster songs with the inclusion of ‘FIA’ this year.
Davido had a great year 2017 and I’m highly impressed, if I was to give an award, I’d declare him ‘Nigerian Artiste Of The Year’, he is by all ramifications worthy of all the accolades he got in 2017.
3.Iskaba By Wande Coal Et DJ Tunez
‘Iskaba’ is a beautiful song from Wande Coal who happens to be one to the most talented vocalists in Nigeria, the track came at a time his fans were looking forward to having a song that would keep him in the spotlight.
Wande Coal is not an artiste to joke with, his creativity, vocals and style are second to none in the Nigerian Music Industry, Wande is unique in his one ways. If you have him on any song, be rest assured you have all you need to make an instant hit.
Wande Coal’s collaborative effort with DJ Tunes on the Spellz-produced ‘Iskaba’ was one of the productive duets that reigned in year 2017.
4.Penalty By Small Doctor
That guy that made us believe more in street songs is ‘Small Doctor’. ‘Penalty’ is that jam that turned the frosh and posh to street, thanks to Small Doctor.
I call Small Doctor ‘street king’, his strength and ability to hold down the streets with his songs earned him the title. No doubt, there are other artistes doing street songs, but Small Doctor remains their master.
Small Doctor is one of the very few new generation artistes who was able to ‘blow’ on streets before eventually getting online, other artistes have their major breakthrough online before they got accepted on the streets.
Everyone grooved to ‘Penalty’ in 2017.
5.Daddy Yo By Wizkid
Before you ask about Wizkid’s ‘Come Closer’ song featuring Drake, without sentiment, the song is a global hit song (till date), but not a National hit song. ‘Come Closer’ added to Wizkid’s international recognitions, however, it didn’t outweigh other tracks listed here.
When you listen to ‘Daddy Yo’ and ‘Come Closer’, you’ll easily conclude that ‘Daddy Yo’ is for the Nigerian, African markets, while ‘Come Closer’ is for the international market, although released at separate dates.
If not for the acceptance Wizkid’s female fans showed ‘Daddy Yo’ track, Wizkid would have failed to give a major hit track in Nigeria in 2017. ‘Manya’ was also a no no.
Wizkid’s ‘Daddy Yo’ became title ladies gave their boyfriends in 2017.
6.Juice By Ycee Ft. Maleek Berry
‘Juice’ almost escaped this list, I’d have listed ‘Bodak Yellow’ by Cardi B instead, but when I did a quick comparison with my colleagues at SEPTIN911, everyone voted ‘Juice’, how can I possibly leave the ‘sauce’ out?
‘Omo Alhaji’ crooner and Maleek Berry created an anthem for their fans – “too much juice too much sauce, too much sauce too much juice.” You have to be swaggalicious to cope with the song.
If you don’t have the ‘sauce’, you can’t groove to the ‘Juice’. The song is a 360° classy track and a song that sold it self because of the unique impression it created, it came at a time Nigerians needed another sound entirely.
7.Wo! By Olamide
Olamide has his ways of intoxicating his fans with his songs, ‘Wo!’, a very good evidence that was well achieved in 2017.
This list will not be complete without ‘Wo!’ being among the tracks. Produced by Young John, ‘Wo!’ gave birth to many cover tracks and the fast-rising dance step, ‘Shaku Shaku’.
Olamide’s ‘Wo!’ did some damages to his fans, enduring the track wherever they listened to hit was almost impossible, I even danced like ‘olowo’ while writing this section.
8.One Corner By Patapaa Ft. Ras Cann & Mr Loyalty
‘One Corner’ entered Nigeria with a disease – its silly dance moves that drove Nigerians crazy for months.
The song became popular through social media memes and constant playing in clubs and streets. ‘One Corner’ gave Nigerians some moments of relief with its madness.
Many considered it meaningless song, but the good thing about ‘One Corner’ was, it found its way to critics’ mouths. They criticized it, yet they vibed to it and laughed at its memes.
9.Man’s Not Hot By Michael Dapaah ‘Big Shaq’
‘Boom!’ I still don’t know how Big Shaq managed to get Nigerians with his contentious song – ‘Man’s Not Hot’. As a matter of fact, even Big Shaq himself cannot explain.
UK-based comedian Michael Dapaah, popularly known as ‘Big Shaq’, who had no confidence in himself to rap, stepped into Charlie Cloth’s ‘Fire in The Booth’ segment on BBC Radio 1 Xtra to spit some bars, he stayed on the beat and he finally bent this magic.
‘Man’s Not Hot’ was a mistake, a positive mistake I must say and it became a worldwide anthem that got Big Shaq more social media followers and fame.
10.BangDadaDang By Speed Darlington
“I’m not regular, I come through like BangDadaDang…” Social media users criticized Speed Darlington for this track, not knowing they were promoting his music for free.
When we thought Vic O was the only rapper who does this type of music, Speed Darlington who “aspire to inspire” surfaced to “inspire Diddy”. The song is definitely a low-quality track, the production of the audio and music video are both poor and it still became bigger than the artiste himself.
BangDadaDang turned out to be a hit and Nigerians tasted part of the beautiful nonsense.
What’s year 2018 going to look like? Till then, fingers crossed. Is there another hit song that’s not mentioned here? Talk to me in the comment section below.