Can you believe we are already three months away in 2022? It feels like just a few weeks ago we were making New Year’s resolutions and planning to conquer 2022, and now we have nine months to go. As we enter a new quarter of the year, we decided to look back on some of the successes that suffocated us from January to March.
1. Omo Ope —Asake and Olamide
Arguably the biggest song of the year, Asake came out of nowhere and totally turned 2022 upside down with his hit, Omo Ope. With Nigeria’s hardest working rapper, Olamide, it’s hard not to fall in love with this song on your first listen. The choirs singing “Mo saare f’owo mi sh’aye” amaze us every time.
2. Delicacy — Pheelz and BNXN
We begged Nigerian musicians to leave Folake alone, but they put cement in their ears. Pheelz and BNXN continue the Folake train with Delicacy and honestly, we’re not mad at her. This song reminds us that it’s okay to be broke. In fact, it encourages you to own it with your chest. If you think this song is a smash hit, wait until you hear the live version with that sick backup choir.
3. IDG —Asa and Wizkid
Years ago, Wizkid tweeted of wanting to do a song with Asa and now here we are. The protest is real, folks! It’s a collaboration (and a version of Asa) that we didn’t see coming, but now that it’s here, we can’t help but wonder why it took so long. Can we have Asa on Wizkid’s next album?
4. FINAL CHAMPION —Cruel Santino
You know a song is a banger when you forget your morals and start shouting the lyrics “Werey touch me” out loud. Dropping the sequel to his altered classic, Mandy and the JungleCruel Santino has arrived with a new name, new album and updated sound on Subaru Boys: THE FINAL PARADISE. Even though several tracks stand out from the 21-track long album, we doubt any of them will come close to this rave starter.
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5. Do not call me —Lil Kesh and Zinoleesky
We love a good feedback. Remember when Lil Kesh held us all in a shoki-hold back in the day? This guy was the reason Olamide banished Don Jazzy from the mainland and then he just disappeared for a while. He finally made a big comeback with the help of Zinoleesky, Do not call me and we’re currently rinsing this song like there’s no tomorrow.
6. Hate me — Olamide and Wande coal
Olamide and Wande Coal try to collaborate again after killing us with Who you Epp and boy oh boy does this joint work. Olamide stops in anguish and sinks, while Wande Coal taps into his inner Michael Jackson for a chorus we’re sure to sing for a very long time.
7. Obsessed – PREFER
How do you follow up on a song that becomes a national anthem? Well, if you’re FAVE, go ahead and release a bop-filled EP. After stealing our hearts and our vocal cords with Baby RiddimFAVE returns with Obsessed and it may be corny to say, but the truth is that we are totally obsessed with it.
8. Baddest Boy (remix) —Skiibii and Davido
One thing about Skiibii, this man will always come out of the de-no matter. Scoring a feature film OBO always guarantees a hit, and its song The baddest boy has become a staple of our playlists, IG stories, and dance floors. But wait, what is special about Nigerian koboko straight out of Magodo?
9. Streets — Dwin the Stoic and Rhaffy
Not Dwin The Stoic here trying to boo us at the very start of a new year. Do we agree with Dwin’s message about wanting to get off the streets? No. But do Streets and Dwin’s voice make us want to dance in slow motion and do some cute lovey-dovey stuff? Well, yes, definitely yes.
ten. WITH YOU — Khaid
The Gen Z era of Afrobeats is booming and taking over social media and one of its biggest stars right now is Khaid. You may not know the title of this song or the name of the artist, but we’re sure you’ve heard WITH YOU before — the song is everywhere.
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12. Commander —Blaqbonez
Is it really a Blaqbonez song if it’s not about fornication? At the rate this man is going, our sex playlist will be 70% Blaqbonez, 20% Rema, and 10% Boyz II Men (for variety). Commander proves to us once again that Blaqbonez has found his niche as an artist and we can’t wait to see what R18 song he releases next.
13. No Wahala (Remix) — 1da Banton, Tiwa Savage and Kizz Daniel
Artists often turn to remixes for two reasons: to blast a song or to blast an already blasted song louder. Yes, we know it’s a mouthful (no pun intended), but it is what it is. After exploding on TikTok thanks to these James Brown videos, 1da Banton called on Tiwa Savage and Kizz Daniel for a remix of her song, No Wahala. Could Tiwa’s verse have been a little longer? Yes, but that pretty dance she made at the end of the video rent-free lives in our heads.
14. Calm — Rema
After the release of his debut album, Rave and Roses, now more than ever, we’re confident no one does it quite like our boy, Rema. Serving as the second single before her album, calm down is Rema at its peak, making us swoon with its melodies. This guy isn’t playing when he says, “Another banger.”
15. Italy —BNXN and Blaq Diamond
At this point, we are fully convinced that BNXN washed their mouths with the help of a baba, because why are all of their songs back-to-back hits? Since Feeling and Outside let go last year, BNXN refused to let go of us. And to be fair, we don’t mind choking a little ear and dear. Do we understand all the lyrics? No. But the song is still on fire regardless.
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