2022 has been quite a challenging year, especially for Nigerians, but just like previous years, Nigerian music has given us an escape and avenue to express our emotions.
Continuing their 2021 form, Nigerian artists have begun to turn out some of the best songs we have heard in the first quarter of 2022. From veterans and legends like Davido and Adekunle Gold, to prodigious newcomers such as Asake and Fave, Nigerian artistes have spoiled music listeners with bangers
These are the best songs of the first quarter of 2022.
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10. Sungba – Asake
The YBNL artiste has been the MVP of 2022 so far. Starting the year with the massive Olamide assisted Omo Ope, Asake has ensured that he is not going to be addressed as a one hit wonder by dropping the mesmerizing Sungba. The song is expected to get even bigger as Burna Boy is expected to feature on the remix
9. B.D’OR – Burna Boy and Wizkid
At the tail end of 2021, Burna Boy teamed up with Wizkid in dropping the football-themed song. Following their impressive showing on Ginger, a standout on Made In Lagos, Wizkid and Burna Boy put their bromance and chemistry on display once again on B.D’OR
The track has enjoyed successful streaming numbers so far.
8. Dior – Ruger
Released as part of the Second Wave EP in November 2021, the success of this song has translated into 2022.
Ruger is establishing himself as a critically acclaimed artiste, with two well-received EPs, all eyes are on Ruger.
7. Calm Down – Rema
In 2022, Rema dropped his debut album Raves and Roses. As the single leading directly leading to the album, the Mavin hitmaker dropped Calm Down.
On the track, Rema displayed his genius storytelling over enchanting melodies. The song has continued to grow in popularity and its music video has garnered over 18 million views in just one month.
6. Baby Riddim – Fave
You will be hard-pressed going anywhere in Nigeria without hearing “My baby bad, my baby good”. Fave dropped the hit song in September 2021 however it reached its peak at the beginning of the year.
The song has cemented Fave as a talent to watch out for.
5. Mercy – Adekunle Gold
Adekunle Gold had one of the best runs in Nigerian music history in 2021 with his critically acclaimed hits. Continuing on that blistering form and inching close to his album Catch Me If You Can, AG Baby dropped Mercy, the song interpolates Baba Fryo’s Dem Go Dey Pose.
So far, the song has dominated streaming platforms and the airways.
4. Baddest Boy Remix – Skibii & Davido
Three things are certain in life, Death, Taxes, and Skibii creating a hit song from relative obscurity.
The video of Davido and Skibii’s hit song has garnered over 8 Million views in 2 months.
3. Don’t Call Me – Lil Kesh and Zinoleesky
Zinoleesky delivered the most hypnotic hook of his career on this song. The chemistry and genius on display on this track makes it almost impossible for it not to dominate playlists and radio spins.
The song has helped rejuvenate Lil Kesh’s music career while Zinoleesky continues to inch his way into A-list music status.
2. Finesse – Pheelz and BNXN (Buju)
TikTok videos and Instagram reels have been plagued with chants of “Folake for the night” thanks to Pheelz and Buju
The song already attained hit status before its official release. It has its place in history as one of the most anticipated afrobeats releases.
1. Omo Ope – Asake and Olamide
Gege Like Okocha, Olamide mercurially rhymed on his verse, in arguably the biggest song of the year so far.
Asake makes his second entry on this list. He is unarguably the MVP and Rookie of the year simultaneously for 2022 so far.
Emiliana – Ckay, a true digital hit.
Peru – Fireboy, although released in 2021, it has continued to grow in leaps and bounds.
Crazy Tings – Tems, released in 2021, the song has entered the lingo of Nigerians in 2022.